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Gracie visits Community Services

— iPhone photos by Heather Conn

At the last minute, Community Services in Sechelt, BC invited storyteller John Conway to read aloud Gracie’s Got a Secret at their fundraising event in December 2011. John used the same puppets from the book launch. (See the post below for more details.)

He had some rambunctious boys in the audience, but with the help of Gracie and Mopey, John kept them engaged with the story. It was fun to watch the interactions.

Gracie to support special-needs community project

Gracie and Heather Conn will appear at a fun event Dec. 5 in Sechelt, BC to support kids with special needs. As part of a fundraiser for Kids In Motion, a program run by the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, they’re going to join about a dozen local craftspeople and home party vendors and sell their wares.

Ten per cent of the sales of Gracie’s Got a Secret will go towards this important community initiative.

Join Gracie, Heather, and others from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Community Services Building, 5638 Inlet Avenue. For further information about the event, contact Liz or Merrily at the Infant Development Program at 604-885-5881.

Gracie at West Sechelt Elementary School

Gracie and Heather Conn, along with Sunshine Coast author Shelley Leedahl, will be selling books Dec. 1 at a special kids’ event at West Sechelt Elementary School. From 5 to 8 p.m., they’ll join other vendors with home-based businesses who offer products for children.

If you haven’t bought Gracie’s Got a Secret at one of the Sunshine Coast bookstores or craft fairs, this will be a great time to get a signed copy from the author.

Plenty of smiles at Gracie’s launch

— photos by Janice Williams

Author Heather Conn and storyteller John Conway

A plucky three-year-old girl who can trumpet like an elephant. A talented storyteller who brings words and characters to life with accents, puppets, and sound effects. Free goldfish crackers for a goldfish book. How can you not have a fun book launch?

Several dozen hardy listeners battled high winds and darkness Nov. 26 to attend the 5 p.m. launch of Gracie’s Got a Secret in Sechelt, BC. Local children’s entertainer John Conway was a hit at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre event with his hilarious antics and puppet interactions. He and a child volunteer shared elephant sounds while raising their respective arm like a trunk. The girl was a natural!

John used a puppet for each of the book’s three main characters to tell the story. When Nellie appeared, as an elephant puppet with tusks, I was waiting for some young voice to point out that she had tusks, but no one did. When one of her ballet slippers fell off, I felt compelled to run up and correct this “wardrobe malfunction.”

John was wonderful at prompting smiles and giggles from the audience. He invited adults to add glub-glub-glub sounds to his own fish noises for Gracie, but people seemed a tad too shy to become temporary goldfish.

— William Gelbart photo

After John read the book to the group, using three volunteers in his performance, we took a short break for free snacks: cookies and goldfish crackers, juice, and coffee and tea.

Afterwards, in the Q&A, someone asked me if I’m planning to do a sequel. The answer is yes. I’ve already got another character that I want to use with Gracie. There wasn’t room for him in this story.

Many thanks to everyone, young and old, who came to the reading. I appreciated the help with book sales from Bev from Talewind Books and her daughter.

— William Gelbart photo

Thanks to John for putting on such a great show. And a huge thank you to my husband Frank, who spent time getting everything set up and ready while I was selling books at the Seaside Centre before the event. Your help made all of the difference.

Gracie in Gibsons Nov. 18 and 19

— Will Cummer Jr. photo

I’ll be hosting a book table for Gracie’s Got a Secret as part of Woods Showcase at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons, BC on Nov. 18 and 19. On the Friday night, I’ll be available from 4 p.m. to closing, on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to closing. I’ll have books available for purchase and signing with personal messages.

Enjoy puppets and storytelling at Gracie’s official book launch

Gracie the Goldfish is eager to enter the hearts and homes of people of all ages. To help her on her journey, join popular storyteller John Conway and delightful puppets on Saturday, November 26 as they help launch Gracie’s Got a Secret.

The fun event, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, BC. Author Heather Conn will introduce her guest entertainer and lead a discussion following the interactive storytelling. If you purchase a book or two, she’ll also sign copies. There will be a few yummy nibblies available too.

If you miss this event, you can catch Heather earlier on the same day at her book table at the nearby Christmas Craft Fair at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt (for more details, see the post below on this page).

Gracie at 2011 Christmas Craft Fair in Sechelt, BC

Amidst artists, craftspeople, and holiday shoppers, author Heather Conn will be on hand in Sechelt, BC on Nov. 26 and 27 to sellĀ  Gracie’s Got a Secret. You’ll find her from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Christmas Craft Fair at the Seaside Centre, on Highway 101 in Sechelt, on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. She’ll have a table with lots of books for sale. Gracie is ready to go home as a holiday gift for lots of lucky youngsters, especially those ages seven to nine.

Want to attend Heather’s fun book launch held nearby in Sechelt that same afternoon? Read the post above for details.

“Soft” Book Launch at Sunshine Coast Arts Crawl

— Linda Williams photo

Here are Gracie and I (next to Jason Herz of the
Sunshine Coast Conservation Association) at
The Writers’ Hub in Roberts Creek, BC on Oct. 23.

Be among the first to get a copy of Gracie’s Got a Secret at the 2011 Sunshine Coast Arts Crawl in Roberts Creek, BC on Saturday, October 22. The author will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with books for purchase and signing, at the Writers’ Table at the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek (it’s at the foot of Roberts Creek Road, close to the ocean, off Lower Road).

Come and meet a variety of Sunshine Coast authors, from Heather Conn and Jane Covernton to Andreas Schroeder. They’ll all have books in every genre on hand. Support the tradition of books in print, your local authors and independent publishers. Hope to see you there.

Oh yes, the cost of Gracie’s Got a Secret is $9.95 + tax = $10.45.

To read more about The Writers’ Hub and to see photos of the event, see my blog post.

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