BookLore welcomes Toronto children’s author Gauer

September 22, 2016   ·   0 Comments

BookLore is known for being a hub for all things literary in Orangeville and throughout Dufferin. With contacts throughout the world of literature, owner Nancy Frater has continued to bring residents closer with the people whose books she sells through events, book clubs, and even meet the author nights.

On October 15, BookLore will open its doors to Kathleen Gauer, a Toronto children’s author, who will meet with local readers and share from her most recently published book, High in the Sky.

“Nancy, the owner of BookLore – a bustling bookstore in Orangeville – offered to sell my book in her shop,” said Ms. Gauer. “Nancy is known for giving support to new authors, and recently, the Orangeville Library acquired High in the Sky in their children’s collections.”

Ms. Gauer decided to pursue becoming a children’s author because she believes that everyone has a picture book inside them, just waiting for the opportunity to have its tale written.

“I just decided to get mine published,” she explained. “There’s something special about snuggling at bedtime while reading a storybook with your child or grandchildren.”

She added that she has always loved writing, particularly when using rhyming, and wanted the opportunity to share her passion with others.

“I also wanted to spread the message that your imagination can take you anywhere.”

With her book, Ms. Gauer did just that. High in the Sky was inspired by her grandchildren, two young boys who love to swing and dream. The boys even appear in one of the illustrations in the book.

“My two grandsons have a tire swing in their backyard, and watching them have so much fun being free on a swing gave me the inspiration to write this book,” she shared.

While publishing the book on its own was special, there was another element to it that brought this story close to her heart.

“My mother used to read the classic poem The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson, to me as a child,” said Ms. Gauer. “I was able to read my book about a swing to her before she passed away last December.”

The book is described as a bouncy, fun to read aloud text featuring charming watercolours. It follows the wildly imaginative adventures of a young, energetic child riding on a tire swing.

The event at BookLore will be an immersive one, with sketches and artwork from the book on display during the event, and the opportunity to share your own adventures of riding on the swing. There will also be free bookmarks and colouring pages for the children.

“Visiting a local bookstore is a great way to share the joy of books with a child and to encourage a budding writer,” added Ms. Gauer. “While you are there, you can hear me read from High in the Sky and pick up a signed copy for a child, grandchild, birthday, or baby shower gift.”

High in the Sky has been experiencing its own adventure since its release, being acquired by libraries across Canada from Kitimat, BC to Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario, and even as far away as Australia. Recently, it has also been picked up by libraries in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Ottawa, Brampton, and of course, Orangeville.

“High in the Sky is entirely made in Canada,” said Ms. Gauer. “The artist, writer, and printer are all from Ontario.”

Get ready to launch on this exciting storytime adventure with BookLore and Ms. Gauer on Saturday, October 15 from 10:30 a.m. until noon. For more information, contact Nancy Frater at 519-942-3830. You can also visit the store’s website at

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