Kamloops author's Safe At Home book hits 400 in sales

Sue Mark, who teaches in the education department at Thompson Rivers University, is donating all proceeds to local charities. The book, which sells for $5, tells a children’s story in rhyming couplet. It is also a colouring book and includes some activities and games

A Kamloops woman who wrote and illustrated a kids’ book about living through the COVID-19 pandemic as a fundraiser for local charities has donated $1,000 from sales to various agencies.

Sue Mark’s book, Safe At Home, is also now available at Save-on Foods in Sahali, which she said will likely increase sales.

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Mark, who teaches in the education department at Thompson Rivers University, printed her first run of the book in early April.

Last week, she sold her 400th copy.

The book tells a children’s story in rhyming couplet. It is also a colouring book and includes some activities and games.

“It’s a kids’ story perspective about what to do and how we’re self-isolating,” Mark said.

The book sells for $5 and Mark is donating everything she makes on the project to local charities.

She said she has donated a total of $1,000 so far — $600 to the Kamloops Food Bank and $300 each to the BC SPCA and Twin Heart Animal Sanctuary.

Mark said she found out recently that the Sahali Save-on Foods would carry her book, charging the same $5 price, with all money going toward local pandemic relief.

For more information or to order a book, email Mark at suesiemark@gmail.com.

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