Tates Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
NV Welcomes Canadian Children's Author With Enthusiasm
NV - - It was a whirlwind day in Ely, NV Friday for Nikki Tate as
she launched her Pony Express tour in conjunction with her tenth
childrens novel, Jos Triumph (Orca Book Publishers)
which is set around the historic Pony Express.
overwhelmed," Nikki said in wonderment after an afternoon of
talking to a steady stream of children, local business people, cowboys
and ranchers who lined up to have her sign her books. A lot of interest
in the event had been generated by local cultural maven Margaret
Bath who organized Nikkis appearance at her Economy Drugs
and Soda Fountain in the heart of the town. Complete with pony and
full Pony Express regalia, Nikki was the center of attention, first
in the parking lot, and then, forced inside by a very rare rainfall
(the first in the area in two years) at the stores soda fountain.
in the day Nikki delighted students at McGill Elementary School
and David E. Norman School as she rode up her small gray Arab mare
who seemed to enjoy her Pony Express role. It was a rare treat for
the children of the remote Nevada area to have the opportunity to
talk to an author who writes about many of the local geographic
locations familiar to them. .
day started out with an on-air interview at a local radio station
where she talked about her family connection to Ely. Her father,
Colin Williams, painted the the first mural in Ely two years ago
as part of the towns outdoor mural program.
day ended with another interview, this one for the popular Nevada
television feature Tysons Tales which chronicles stories of
the people and places in Nevada.
is riding sections of the Pony Express Trail, delivering Pen Pal
letters from British Columbia school children to students en route
and talking to them about the real events that inspired Jos
Triumph and about her life as a writer. Her adventures in Nevada
will culminate at the Great Basin Book Fair in Reno on September
Nikki Tate's Pony Express Adventure on her website at www.stablemates.net.
PONY EXPRESS 2002 SPONSORS:
Books (Victoria, BC) Clearsilver Media (Victoria, BC) Horse Council
BC (Aldergrove, BC) Leisure Time Rentals (Victoria, BC) Orca Book
Publishers (Victoria, BC) Scrapbook Parade (Victoria, BC) Sono Nis
Press (Winlaw, BC) Theatre Row Auto Sales (Victoria, BC) Karl Schutz