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The Village of Many Hats by Caroline Woodward

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The Village of Many Hats by Caroline Woodward

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Description of The Village of Many Hats

It takes a village to raise a child and to care for families in crisis. In The Village of Many Hats, we learn that it takes a child and a wise hat-maker to save a village. Nine year old Gina struggles with her little sister’s illness and a tragedy within her village which ultimately brings her community together.

Author Note 

I began this book when I lived in New Denver, a village on Slocan Lake in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. We had a book and toy store there for eight years and during that time, as an active member of the community, I realized so many wonderful people of all ages quietly helped other people cope with all kinds of things in their lives. So that got me reflecting again on the “fabric of a community” which of course got me rolling on how we all contribute our time and talent and treasure (though a lot more of the first two than the latter) to make things better for the place we live in. Once a talented friend started making hats out of recycled clothing (I donated a red wool Hudson Bay coat among other things), the metaphor-mulling increased!

Author Bio 

Caroline Woodward is an exceptional, multi-talented woman who herself wears many hats! She is the author of children’s and adult fiction, a performer and storyteller, singer, arts producer, editor, publicist, writing instructor, bookstore owner, and relief lightkeeper, keeping watch at lighthouses when needed.

She was a finalist for the 1994 Arthur Ellis Best First Mystery Award, and the 1991 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She was a 1993 Globe & Mail Editor’s Choice, and has served on cultural juries or advisory committees for the National Book Week Festival, Canada Council Explorations, BC Arts Council, BC Festival of the Arts, BC Book Prizes and BC Arts Millennium Awards.

She has also served on the boards of Selkirk College, Theatre Energy, the Slocan Lake Gallery Society, the Kootenay School of Writing in Nelson, the B.C. Arts Council and on the advisory group for the Arts & Culture Committee for the Vancouver Foundation.

Praise for The Village of Many Hats

~ Sometimes the story behind a novel is as good as the one it tells. While writing this magic-infused tale of a girl coping with her younger sister’s serious illness, Caroline Woodward (author of the acclaimed Singing Away the Dark) discovered that all of the provincial funding for the volunteer-run reading centre in her hometown of New Denver, B.C., had been slashed. So to raise money for the centre, Woodward auctioned off the names of five characters in the book. To top it off, she’s donating a portion of the royalties to B.C. Children’s Hospital, in honour of the sick little girl at the heart of this drama for readers seven to 10 years old. ~Brian Lynch, The Georgia Straight

~  I was pleased to find that everything I loved about Singing Away… was present here in this story of a small community surrounded by nature in the Kootenays, whose spirit refuses to be permeated by economic hardship, a novel whose heart is a young girl who knows that bravery is not the absence of fear, but instead fear harnessed. ~ Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

Read a fascinating INTERVIEW with Caroline Woodward about The Village of Many Hats

Visit Caroline Woodward’s WEBSITE 

Paperback: 120 pages

Publisher: Oolichan Books (April 15 2012)
ISBN-10: 0889822840
ISBN-13: 978-0889822849

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