Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Little Maple Leaf Stickers, eh?

Our old friend Steve Byer commented on a recent post, "Hey, Dorcas! Your book is listed on Chapters.ca! Is your publisher going to put those little maple leaf stickers on the spine for sales this side of the border? I'm guessing your book qualifies."

I don't know anything about little maple leaf stickers, but they sounded cute so I emailed Kate the PR person at Good Books and told her that if the book needs Canadian content to qualify for the stickers, it certainly has some (picking blueberries, hitting the moose, etc.)

Kate emailed back and said I need to be a Canadian author to qualify for the maple leaf stickers. Well, wouldn't you know, I am actually a Canadian citizen, since we decided to finish out our eighth year in Canada so we could go through the process, just in case we ever wanted to go back to live or work or go to school.

When I raised my right hand and affirmed loyalty to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her heirs and successors, I never dreamt my citizenship would come in handy in the form of little maple leaf stickers on a book jacket.

Quote of the Day:
"Mom! There's a picture over there of a lady and she's NOT MODEST!"
--Matt, 8 years old and intrigued with what's appropriate and what's not, in a loud voice in front of the secretary at the official place where we got our citizenship. I told him that even if she has a gown on like that, he shouldn't talk that way about Queen Elizabeth.

7 comments:

  1. Your quote for the day, relating the incident of Matt commenting on Queen Elizabeth's attire, reminded me of the tale of the Emporer's New Clothes, where only one child was free to call it what it really was.

    ~Rhoda

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  2. Dorcas, does that mean you have dual citizenship, or you are not an American anymore? I have an aunt who was born in Canada of American parents. She lived her whole life here in the states, but did not know she could vote or buy property. She thought she was Canadian.

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  3. Rhoda--good point.

    Anon--we are dual citizens. If you go from the U.S. to Canada, you can get your Canadian citizenship and keep your American citizenship. However, the reverse is not true. If a Canadian comes here, they have to renounce their Canadian citizenship before they can become an American. Children born in Canada of American parents are also dual citizens.

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  4. O Canada!
    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.

    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!

    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee

    ~another canadian~

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  5. I'm not THAT old! :)

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  6. will your book be available in Delaware? I want one, sounds really good.

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  7. The book will be available everywhere through Ingram, the bookstore supplier, so you can have it ordered from your local bookstore. And if enough of you ask about it, it may actually be carried on the shelves.

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