Heather noticed that perhaps because of the rain there were less people, but the people who did come by our booth wanted to talk a little more. Here are some of them.
First, there was Robert Chaplin. I bought two copies of his independently published book Ten Counting Cat. I love picture books that look like they are kids books, but really aren’t. Here’ s a video of the same book.
One of my favourite publishers, Simply Read, was vending beside us. I got a copy of A Growling Place for only $10. A friend recently reviewed it, and we agreed that the art was beautiful, dark, Sendakian and not really a little kids book.
Another children’s author came by and told us that her publisher told her she can’t use the words gold medal, Olympics and downhill skiing in her upcoming book. Apparently they’ve been trademarked by the 2010 folks. We agreed that this was completely absurd. Robert Chaplin encouraged her to publish independently and then disappeared into the rain.
We also met a retired school librarian who was frustrated that American schools have educational exemption and can show Hollywood movies in their classrooms, but Canadian schools have to pay a lisencing fee to show the same films in classrooms.