Barbara Nickel is an Abbotsford-based author of children's books including FROM THE TOP OF A GRAIN ELEVATOR, THE SECRET WISH, and A BOY ASKED THE WIND. A Vancouver lamppost will soon display a plaque of a spread from A BOY ASKED THE WIND, thanks to a program by the Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC (Children's Writers and Illustrators of B.C.). Barbara writes for adults as well as children. I'm particularly interested in her work because of her Saskatchewan and Mennonite connections, which sound something like mine [as evidenced in my 1940s Saskatchewan Mennonite novel CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS]. For more info about Barbara Nickel, her books, and speaking engagements, see her blog, http://www.barbaranickel.ca/ . Thanks to Mary Derksen for telling me about her.