February 05, 2008

Thank-You, OLA!

Just back from a short trip to Toronto where I picked up this gorgeous Evergreen Award from the Ontario Library Association (in the middle of a howling snowstorm, I might add...)

We maritime mommies shrug off such weather with a hair-toss and a giggle, (especially when we've got lots of tomato soup in the pantry and no place to be) - so I didn't think much about the forecast before I left home. Imagine my surprise when I turned on the TV after my arrival and found the meteorologists of the T-dot absolutely manic over said weather event. Overall, I think Torontonians battled it well. It's not easy to get around (by car, bus, bike or foot) when tons of slushy snow has no place to go!

I was storm-stayed with a bunch of librarians, so I was more than happy to stay put and exchange tales of books, research and life.

Carl Honore (In Praise of Slow) gave an inspiring and fun key-note speech, (including his hilarious story about a Blackberry obsessed woman checking her messages during sex.) Seriously. You can listen to him in this YouTube Video...
It was great to hear him in person and listen to his ideas about the slow movement.
When I moved to Nova Scotia eight years ago, I didn't realize that I was part of a "movement," I just knew that I wanted to unplug from the breakneck pace of my life in Chicago and start over. I wanted to see what would happen if I allowed myself to slow down and actually do the things I said I'd do "someday." (So far, so good.)

Carl has a new book coming out in April, Under Pressure. This time he's tackling the topic of parenting and how as a society we are raising a generation of exhausted, over-scheduled kids. I didn't get a chance to ask him, but I wonder if he's heard of unschooling?

My part in the OLA Super Conference included an afternoon presentation - a behind-the-scenes look at my writing process. I shared stories of my research for The Birth House and both my play, Jerome-the Historical Spectacle, and my upcoming novel, The Virgin Cure. I even *gulp* read a bit from The Virgin Cure. (I don't usually read from works in progress, so I was pretty nervous toward the end!) Afterwards, I got to sit and meet many of the people who had been in the audience. We laughed, we cried, and I was so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be there.

Thank-you to everyone I met, to the OLA, to Barb Love, and to my wonderful escort -Sharron Smith, OLA Librarian of the Year! (and now, back to writing...)

Have you thanked a librarian lately???
Librarians the world over work tirelessly to get books into the hands of readers, to open new ideas and worlds to their patrons, and to bring information to those who seek after it. I would not be able to tell the stories I long to tell without their dedication and assistance. Thank-You!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations honey!!!

Sorry we didn't get a chance to see you this time (AHEM !!) lol..but for sure next time..

i'm loving loving loving the idea of unplugging..can i do it? yikes!!

miss you lots..hoping for a trip out there soon!!! (spring? late summer?)

hope the boys are well,

Lisa Epstein

marta said...

You rock as always. And I was thinking that your book might well be the next book for the Lake Belle book club. Yes, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Ami, We were just so thrilled to have you join us at the OLA Super Conference and you are so worthy of our Evergreen Award.

All the best and believe me when I say, there are lots and lots of librarians who just can't wait to read your forthcoming book!

Great to meet you in person, Sharron Smith

Cheryl A said...

Another award? Oh so deserving. Congratulations!
Thanks for the comments on the slow movement, it is something I am researching with great interest right now.

Shelli said...

Congratulations on the award. The conference sounds wonderful. I'm all for living a slow life.

Anonymous said...

Ami,Your Evergreen Award is beautiful!! Congrats. I can just see you tiptoeing through the snow.Miss you lots. Love, Aunt Da

William Wren said...

i will thank a librarian

Anonymous said...

I stumbled along your blog via Facebook. What caught my attention was the phase you used. I had read your book up at a cottage in Northern Ontario last summer. I had read it due to it's Maritime content. See, I'm a Toronto gal. Recently, my husband & I moved to Nova Scotia. We had it planned for two years. Why? Exactly what you said. I wanted to stop the grind, I wanted something slower..I wanted meaning but most of all I wanted to know me. I feel slightly homesick but when I read your words today, you brought it all home. Who knew I was part of a movement. Who knew others felt the same. Thank-you

Tara M-W said...

Congrats on the much deserved award. My copy of Birth House is onto its 5th reader, we all devoured it, thank-you for one great read!

Love your slow down attitude!
With easterner roots & stuck in T.O. raising 3boyz I try to back up and do less. I am trying to be just me, realy realy I am.
For the first time in my life I am not being 'friend'-ly to people who don't appreciate me for me, or look at me 'cause I am not one of them (working super mom) I have chosen my path and yes that includes ties to self led learning, staying home, baking, singing & dancing in the living room and whatever else I choose to do during the day.