"...Passionate about Canadian books, their creators, and readers, Eric Walters viewed with dismay the falling sales for our books (down by almost 50% over the last 10 years), and the small percentage - 15% - of Canadian books purchased. He decided that something had to be done, and done now. He came up with the idea of getting every student in our country to read a Canadian book for 15 minutes on one particular day. But how to get anyone, let alone everyone, to take this proposal seriously? Eric began his crusade by getting as many concerned players as possible, from across Canada, into one room. In June of 2019, about 40 people - creators, publishers, librarians, bookstore owners and managers, wholesalers, reviewers, organizations (including The Writers’ Union of Canada), and educators came together to pitch ideas and raise concerns. That in itself was a momentous accomplishment!..."
And now, I present to you my little contribution. I am a Canadian author...I WRITE CANADIAN! Here's a video I created introducing myself, one of my books, Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast, and a short reading of the first few pages:
- Visit www.ireadcanadian.com and sign up. You’ll find lots of downloadable logos, images, and links that are ready to use in your emails, website and social media.
- Spread the word. Encourage your writing group, book club, classmates, students, colleagues, teachers—everyone—to use I Read Canadian logos and images.
- Follow and participate in the I Read Canadian Day activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Like, share, post and re-Tweet!
- If you have a school or library visit lined up, ask if they know about I Read Canadian Day. Encourage your own kids’ schools to get involved.
- Visit your local library and bookstore and ask if you can help them participate.
- Drop in to your government representatives and ask for their support.