Full Steam to Canada!

Full Steam to Canada, by Anne Patton
Full Steam to Canada, by Anne Patton

Author:  Anne Patton
Publisher: Coteau Books

Release Date: May 2011

Winner of the 2009 John V. Hicks Unpublished Long Manuscript Award!

Eleven-year old Dorothy Bolton makes the long journey to the Canadian prairies in 1903 with her parents, her sister Lydia, her brother Frank, and a boatload of new acquaintances. They travel with other Barr Colonists by steam train, steam boat, and another train on their way to settle in the Northwest Territories (now Saskatchewan and Alberta). Reverend Barr has promised them a fertile land with a gentle climate just waiting to welcome them to a new home. But when they get there, things are not quite as rosy as they thought…

Based on diaries and conversations with actual Barr colonists, this book brings the story of the Barr Colony to life for middle-grade readers.

Read more of the story in Dorothy’s own words at Barr Colony Adventures!

Read a review in Canadian Teacher Magazine.

Order from McNalley-Robinson, Amazon.ca, Amazon.comChapters-Indigo.ca, Orca Books, or Coteau Books.

Full Steam to Canada launches at May 14 Victorian Tea

Poster for Book Launch fundraiser for Full Steam to Canada!
Poster for Book Launch fundraiser for Full Steam to Canada!

Anne Patton’s hot-off-the-press novel Full Steam to Canada will be launched on May 14 at a Victorian tea in Briercrest, Saskatchewan.

The event is a fundraiser for the Brier Rose Cultural Centre, and will help preserve the smallest farmhouse ever.

This house is notable because it is the very house that the real-life Dorothy Bolton, (Dorothy Boan) the protagonist in Anne’s novel, lived in when she first got married.

Full Steam to Canada is based on memoirs and diaries of people who immigrated to Canada from England as part of the Barr Colony settlement in 1903. A large part of the story comes from an interview that Anne did with Dorothy Boan, who was a young girl when she came to Canada with the Barr Colonists.

Anne will read and autograph copies of her book at the Briercrest Community Centre on Saturday, May 14, 2011, starting at 2 pm. Admission to the Victorian Tea is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call 306-799-2147 or 306-631-7966 for more information.

Briercrest is about 100 km southwest of Regina. From Regina, follow highway 1 west toward Moose Jaw and take the right exit ramp at highway 301. Turn left toward Weyburn. After 13 km, you will see a sign for Briercrest/Avonlea. Turn right onto highway 339 and drive 19 more km to Briercrest.

Bookworm’s Corner Debuts on January 24, 2011!

Bookworm’s Corner , Access 7s new community television series showcasing Saskatchewan picture book authors, is set to debut on January 24, 2011. Robins Alison Lohans, Anne Patton, Linda Aksomitis, and Sharon Plumb will be among the first authors to appear.

The shows are hosted by actress and author Jean Freeman. Each episode features two picture books being read to a live audience of Saskatchewan children. Most books are read by their authors, but some are read by other well-known prairie people.

Each show premieres on Access TV on Mondays at 3:30 pm, with reruns on the following Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm.

Showtimes for January and February are:

January 24, 2011
Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, Marion Mutala
Bill Bruin Shovels His Roof, Sharon Plumb Hamilton

January 31, 2011
L is for Land of Living Sky, Linda Aksomitis
The Lake in the Middle of Town, Neil Sawatzky

February 7, 2011
The Bone Talker, Shelley Leedahl, Read by Dr. Shauneen Pete
Dancing in My Bones, Anne Patton & Wilfred Burton

February 14, 2011
He Who Flies by Night: The Story of Grey Owl, by Lori Punshon, Read by Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart
Sundog Rescue, Alison Lohans

February 21, 2011
The Always Team, Holly Preston
Waiting for the Sun, Alison Lohans

February 28, 2011
Fiddle Dancer, Anne Patton & Wilfred Burton
Nathaniel’s Violin, Alison Lohans

Bookworms Corner coming soon on Access TV

Anne Patton and friends after reading for Bookworm's Corner at George Bothwell Library in Regina
Anne Patton and friends after reading for Bookworm’s Corner at George Bothwell Library in Regina

Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton read their award-winning books Fiddle Dancer and Dancing in My Bones to an appreciative audience of eleven children at the George Bothwell Library on November 2, 2010.

A crew from Access7, Access TV‘s community channel, was there to record the event. It will be broadcast around the province later this year and next year as one of several shows in their new literacy program, The Bookworm’s Corner.

Dancing in My Bones wins 2010 Moonbeams Spirit Award!

Moonbeam Children's Book Award logo
Moonbeam Children’s Book Award logo

Congratulations to Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton, whose book Dancing in My Bones has won a Moonbeams Spirit Award!

The awards are administered by the Independent Publishers, who say:

“The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards  are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.

The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.”

The Moonbeam Spirit Award is given “for dedication to children’s literacy and inspired writing, illustrating and publishing.”

Now Anne and Wilfred have another reason to dance!

Launch of Dancing in My Bones

Anne Patton reading Dancing in My Bones at Batoche
Anne Patton reading Dancing in My Bones at Batoche
Anne with husband Waldo and granddaughter Ada
Anne with husband Waldo and granddaughter Ada

Anne Patton launched Dancing in My Bones with co-author Wilfred Burton at the Back to Batoche Days in Batoche in June 2010. This picture shows Anne reading to a group of young people.

Here is Anne with her husband Waldo and her granddaughter Ada, standing in front of a display of all the recent books published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute, publisher of Dancing in My Bones and its prequel, Fiddle Dancer.