There was a flurry of excitement and activity as children?s author Eric Wilson gave a presentation to students from grades four to eight at Tumbler Ridge elementary school on October 16. Wilson is a children?s mystery writer and bases his books around the characters Liz or Tom Austen. The author who lives in Vancouver, has visited Nunavut, Edmonton, Vancouver and Dawson City (the latter is the setting for the latest book he is writing), encouraged his audience by including the children in his presentation by acting, reading and answering questions. Wilson will also be visiting Chetwynd and Dawson Creek schools presenting his books to ?The future leaders of our country?.
Wilson includes his audience in a mystery show by reading an excerpt from his latest book and then singling one child out to reenact this to the audience. On this day, a thrilled Georgia LaPrairie McManus stepped up to the task.
The children were asked to answer questions derived from his presentation. The students were rewarded for their listening skills, receiving an autographed postcard of his new book, ?The Emily Carr Mystery?. ? The book will be available at the Tumbler Ridge Public Library, says Librarian Michele Burton.
Many of Wilson?s books are based on life experience, using characters inspired by real people, and using all five senses. When asked what his greatest experience is from his presentations, he replied that it is at the end of the presentation when a boy or child asks for a copy of his book. Since Eric started his career at 29 trying to encourage a feisty group of grade eight boys to read, he decided that he would start to write stories for his class in efforts to encourage his class to read. This approach gained the literary respect of his students. Wilson published ?Murder on the Canadian Express? commercially with Harper Collins five years later and is. now the successful author of 22 books in five languages.
Wilson presented each of the teachers with a copy of his signed postcard of the Emily Carr Mystery, and autographed copies of his books for students.