May 23 – Regina Book Launch for Leaving Mr. Humphries and No Place for Kids!

The big launch day is almost here! I hope some of you can join me May 23 (Saturday afternoon) between 1-3 p.m. at Home & School Connection to celebrate my two most recent books, Leaving Mr. Humphries and No Place for Kids. There will be door prizes.

Where? Regina, Saskatchewan.

Home & School Connection is located at 911 Albert Street in Regina, in the strip mall at the northeast corner of Albert Street and 4th Avenue. It’s toward the north end of the strip mall, and will be recognizable by its red “banner” sign. Home & School Connection is a terrific store for teachers and home-schoolers. I really appreciate the enthusiasm of proprietor Colleen Harron in helping to pull the event together!

When? 1-3 p.m. I’ll be reading from both books around 2 p.m. Otherwise, feel free to drop by to chat, and pick up a signed copy of either of these books (or some of my older titles as well). There will be cake, and other refreshments. You’ll also want to peruse the wonderful contents of Home & School Connection (my last purchase there was a great jigsaw puzzle).

There will be door prizes – books, what else? If you live at a distance and aren’t able to attend the launch, but would like to enter the draw, please contact me to express your interest before 11 a.m. Central Standard Time on May 23. If your name happens to be chosen, I will mail you an autographed book at no charge.

The books? Leaving Mr. Humphries is a picture book for ages 4-7. It focusses on intergenerational family connections, and a child’s love for his fuzzy bear. Set at the real-life family cottage in Dorset, Ontario, the linocut-and-watercolour art by my talented cousin Gretchen Ehrsam evokes the locale perfectly as well as an eerily realistic portrayal of my late dad, Walt Lohans, as the grandpa in the story. This book has recently been shortlisted for its third award! This book was published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing.   …..   No Place for Kids is a stark contrast to the warmth of family love presented in Leaving Mr. Humphries. This gritty novel for ages 9-11 features sisters Jen and Sarah who go on the run from deplorable living conditions. With very little money and nobody to look out for them, the girls set off across western Canada in hopes of finding their aunt in Vancouver. Scared and hungry – and sick – they must rely upon themselves as they join the ranks of the urban homeless during their quest. (Some schools may have copies of the original edition, published by a press that later went bankrupt. This new Wandering Fox imprint of Heritage House is a longer book that offers a richer reading experience.)

I hope you’re able to drop by this Saturday afternoon to join in the celebration!

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