Guess what, Canada? I’M COMING BAAAACKKKK. And… I have a favour to ask.
Firstly, though, I should explain why I’m coming back if you didn’t quite get the full story from the recent CP24 Breakfast Show interview above.
Some of you might have seen that I wrote a book, called ‘Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero’. Well, that book is finally available in Canada, after becoming a #1 best-seller in the UK (it’s on Amazon.co.uk here, in paperback and eBook).
That’s right, to everybody that’s been kind enough to wait while we worked to find somebody that could distribute the book in North America without you spending a fortune to get it shipped (and, amazingly, some of you did just that – thank you so much!), we’ve cracked it.
I’m absolutely chuffed to say, if you live in Canada or the US, you can buy the book from the lovely people at Indigo.ca RIGHT HERE. And it’s also available in all local independent book stores too.
Here’s what Canadian Olympic hero Clara Hughes (who has won multiple Olympic medals as both a speed skater in the Winter Olympics and cyclist in the Summer Olympics!) had to say about the book:
‘I laughed. I cried. I absolutely loved reading about Jamie’s journey – just incredible. It’s not just his 5,000-mile Canadian run, but also, more profoundly, the fact that he was sick as a kid and yet still achieved and experienced so many amazing things that makes this book so damn good. What struck me deeply is his humanity and unfailing ability to never give up… It was also great to read about all the people who helped Jamie across our vast country – I couldn’t be prouder to be Canadian. This book is unputdownable – a true must-read for anyone looking to find the superhero within themselves.’
Clara Hughes, OC OM MSC
To celebrate the release, I’ve decided to recreate the Canadian run!
Sadly, I’m not going to be running it this time (I’ll be in a camper van) – but I will be driving every one of the miles I covered throughout the run last time.
Here is our LIVE tracker so you can see where I am at any time, as I continue driving the same route I ran across Canada as part of my tour, stopping in at hospitals we helped and giving talks about my book en route.
For any books sold in Canada, 50% of profits will go to the main children’s hospital in the province I’m travelling through (just like when I raised money for them before), and the other 50% will go to the charity I co-founded, Superhero Foundation.
So, 100% of the profits from the book go to charity. I haven’t, and won’t, earn a penny from it.
Since finishing the run, alongside starting the charity and writing the book – which, given my dyslexia, took me foreverrr – I’ve been giving motivational talks. I’ve probably given more than 500 talks to businesses, schools and other organisations around the world in the last couple of years, which has been AMAZING.
I would never say I’m an expert, but I’ve had some pretty phenomenal feedback, and, honestly, it’s become a dream come true to be inspiring people for a living.
Throughout my time doing the book tour in Canada, I’d like to give my time – for free – to as many schools, hospitals and, really, anybody that wants to hear my story as possible!
This video gives you a good idea of what you can expect me to ramble on about:
And here’s where I ask for the favour.
Some of you might remember that I’m not much of a planner.
But guess what? Since finishing the run, I’ve only gone and found my very own Adventure Queen, Miss Anna McNuff! She’s gone above and beyond her girlfriend duties to put the below travel timeline for Canada together. A Canadian plan.
A Planada, if you will.
Actually, YEP. A PLANADA. Think it’ll catch on?
If your home town is in the list below, please look at when I’m near to you, and help me book talks, events and book signings. The sooner in advance, the better – I’d love to get my diary as booked out as possible!
Here are a few thoughts:
- I don’t think I’ll be able to do more than a couple of talks each day. Dependent on travel, it might even only be one.
- Again, there’ll be no absolutely no cost for any talks. If you’d like me to speak to an audience wherever you live or work, I’m all ears!
- I’ll bring along a load of books to each talk (bring $20!). As I say, every penny made goes to charity.
- I will be prioritising schools (I’ve found secondary school kids, so 10-11+ years old, respond brilliantly), hospitals and anywhere else I feel I can really make a difference, but that isn’t to say I won’t speak at businesses, book stores and other organisations too – after all, anyone can be a superhero!
See your home town and want to book me up to talk?
Email Superhero, Victoria Clark at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the place name and date in the subject line and she’ll get back to you. I’ll add pencilled-in talks into the plan as soon as they’re confirmed, to try to avoid doubling up.
Want to help with PR?
For all media requests and interviews, email Leanna Gruhn at: email@example.com
Without further ado, here’s the PLANADA – thank you so much for your help!