Yolanda Ridge

Middle Grade Author

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

My final event in a whirlwind of springtime author visits (the snow is almost gone now, BTW) was at the Nelson Public Library this past Friday. The event was hosted by the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and it’s the first year they’ve included youth programming. I’m very grateful to Antonia Baynard for the invitation and the teachers at Hume Elementary School for bringing such an enthusiastic group of 2nd and 3rd grade students to listen to my presentation NO MORE RULES!!

 

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Spring has Sprung!

Piles of snow still surround my mountain home but I know it’s spring because my schedule is suddenly packed with author visits. My favourite time of year!

Tuesday night I participated in a panel for the last event of the Rossland Library‘s AUTHOR SERIES. It was so fun to talk writing and publishing with five other local authors. It’s amazing how many different paths there are to publication!

Then on Wednesday morning I was in front of a much different audience to celebrate LITERACY WEEK at Rossland Summit School. Along with two other children’s authors, I provided 200 students from kindergarten to grade eight with writing tips before letting them loose to create their own stories. It was very inspiring to hear all their creative ideas and help them get their stories out.

Now I’m busy preparing a workshop for next week’s YOUNG AUTHOR’S CONFERENCE at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. I’m very excited to be returning for the third year in a row. This year my workshop is called NO MORE RULES!

I will also be talking about rules on May 11th in Nelson as part of the ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN LITERARY FESTIVAL. This is the first year they’ve offered this program and I’m honoured to be part of it. See the news release here.

In the meantime, I’m hoping my agent will go out on submission with my most recent project, REASONS TO TELL, before the start of summer. Other manuscripts are in various stages of development… hopefully I’ll have more to report soon. In the meantime, bring on the warmer weather!!

 

 

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Rossland Author Series

I am so excited to be part of the line up for this great series featuring so many talented authors! On Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm I will be talking about my road to publication and reading the first chapter of my current work-in-progress, Reasons to Tell. The series is geared toward adults but my presentation will be of interest to anyone from age 9 to 109 who is interested in reading and/or writing. Please come join me!

 

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Kootenay Book Tour

I’m nearing the end of my  Kootenay Library Tour.  Sad in so many ways… in part because it was only on this last trip that I actually remembered my camera! So, here you go, the tour summed  up with as many pictures as I have (plus a few that I didn’t take!)

My hotel (Park Place Lodge) in Fernie

My hotel (Park Place Lodge) in Fernie

Walking in Fernie

Walking in Fernie

Radium

Radium

942843_423454661086628_692304060_nMy last set of thanks go to the Fernie Heritage Library and the grade 5 students and teachers that attended my talk in their beautiful space. Fernie’s library is definitely worth a visit – if you are travelling through, pull off the highway and take a look. While you are in town, check out the Toys&Books store and one of the many coffee shops – I highly recommended the blended coffee/chocolate/banana drink I had (and wish I could remember the name of it!)

1013948_423455184419909_1817735157_nThanks to Emma Dressler, I was put up at a fabulous hotel for the night and got to explore the network of trails around town – thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

P1160778And finally, my thanks to the Radium Hot Springs Library who have done amazing things with a small space. And thanks to all the students at Edgewater Elementary – it was great fun talking to people who had already read my books! What great questions you all had and I love your ideas of book titles and future plots featuring Ethan Matheson. I was sorry to have to get back on the road so soon but really appreciate the quick lunch I shared with Jane and Trudy. I will be back!

And in case that isn’t enough – here’s a huge thank you to the Kootenay Library Federation, Joanne Richards, and Helen Graham. You are truly an amazing team that does a lot of work with very little. THANK YOU!

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The tour continues…

Leading the protest at Salmo Elementary

Leading the protest at Salmo Elementary

This week I got to visit with the students at Salmo Elementary and JV Humphries School in Kaslo. My list of thanks continues to grow but today I am particularly grateful to Marianne Hansen from the Salmo Public Library for reuniting me with my laptop’s power cable!

I am so proud to live in the Kootenays. It is such a beautiful area, full of wonderful librarians and teachers… and, of course, great kids.

Next week I’m off to Fernie and Radium. Look out East Kootenays… here I come!

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Nakusp

IMG_0492 IMG_0493 IMG_0501The next stop on my KLF tour – Nakusp!  What a spectacular village!  With a beautiful library!  Really – there are not enough exclamation marks to describe it and the kids were wonderful too (thanks in part to their very supportive teachers!) A huge thank you to Susan and Patty for the warm welcome.  And a special thanks to Helen, the KLF co-ordinator, for arranging the visit for May 21st.  The day greeted me with a sunny two and a half hour drive and enough warmth for a walk along the lake after my library time…
Today it would have been a very different experience with a rainfall warning and road closures due to high winds last night.  Sending hugs to everyone in Nakusp – I hope to be back soon!
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KLF Tour

Today, my tour with the Kootenay Library Federation officially began!  Over the next few months I will be visiting seven different libraries across the Kootenay region of BC, thanks to the KLF and the amazing organization of Helen Graham.

My first stop was Midway where I got to meet with over a hundred enthusiatic grade four and five students who just completed the Reading Link Challenge.

Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to all the students who attended my talk – you were a terrific audience!

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Earth Day at Rossland Library!

My Authors for Earth Day visit has been booked!

I will be visiting with grade two and three students from Maclean Elementary School at the Rossland Public Library on Wednesday, April 17th.  One hundred percent of my $250 visit fee will be donated to a non-profit environmental organization of THEIR choice.  Yes, that’s right – the students will be learning about the organizations and voting for their favourite.  I am currently trying to select the nominees.  It’s much harder than I thought it would be… there are so many people out there doing so many amazing things for the planet.
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Authors for Earth Day

I am very proud to be a member of Authors for Earth Day, an amazing program through which I will donate the fees from an author visits in April to a conservation organization chosen by the students at that school.  For more information, please read this letter;  Authors for Earth Day.  And if you are a teacher or librarian, please contact me at yolanda_ridge@yahoo.ca to discuss getting your school involved!

Authors for Earth Day

 

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Author Visit at the Kincardine Library

I had a great time at the Kincardine Library in Ontario on August 28th.  My thanks to children’s librarian Carolyn McKeeman for hosting my book reading, to Liz Dadson for her excellent write up in the Kincardine Times, and to Judi Brown for sponsoring the radio advertisements.   I’ve never heard my name on the radio while shopping with my mom and sister – what a treat!

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