A special hello to young readers of the Fraser Valley! Preparations for this year's Reading Link Challenge are under way. On January 18th, 19th, and 20th, Arlo, Pinball, Rocko, the Mysterious X, Cassie, and the rest of the cast of Klutzhood characters will descend upon six libraries in the Fraser Valley. Of course, all of these characters will be represented by the novel's author, Chris McMahen (that's me) and a borrowed hockey stick.
For those of you attending one of my sessions, come prepared with questions and quick reflexes. Elbow pads and face masks are highly recommended!
Thanks to the great people at the Fraser Valley Regional Library for organizing this tour.
When not wandering about, hopelessly lost, I live in British Columbia’s Spallumcheen Valley, only a short bike ride away from the small city of Armstrong. I am proud to be the self-proclaimed holder of the title, “Worst Ex-recreational Hockey Player in Canada.” I used my many years of on-ice futility as primary research for my 2007 novel Klutzhood (http://www.orcabook.com). I have also spun a lifelong fascination with tabloid newspapers into a novel for young readers–Tabloidology (http://www.orcabook.com).
My first novel, published in 1996, was the cult classic Buddy Concrackle’s Amazing Adventure (Coteau Books), although I’m not exactly sure which cult thinks it’s a classic.
Published in the Fall of 2011 is my fourth novel, Box of Shocks.
When I’m not huddled over a keyboard or pad of paper writing, I can often be found in one of many places. I may be cycling the back roads or trails of the Spallumcheen Valley, lost somewhere on a ski trail, or in an elementary school in Armstrong where I work as a teacher-librarian and classroom teacher.