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A Salute to Dancing Gabe, Hometown Hero

Last September, Dancing Gabe Langlois was the subject of a biography, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time. Little did he know how busy he would be over the next ten months—heck, the guy already attends almost 200 professional sports games a year—and where this adventure would take him.

We now know the next chapter! Fans will be able to get their hands on a Dancing Gabe Bobblehead! Wednesday night, July 13th, 2016, is Hometown Heroes Night at Shaw Park and the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club pays tribute to Winnipeg’s Police, Fire & EMS Service personnel. They “also pay tribute to Winnipeg’s own “Hometown Hero” Gabriel Langlois with a Dancin’ Gabe Bobblehead giveaway.”

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In October, Gabriel Langlois was awarded Winnipeg’s Community Service Award by Mayor Brian Bowman. In November, he led the Grey Cup Parade as the co-Grand Marshall. In January, he was awarded the Dallis Beck Good Guy Award by the Manitoba Sportswriters  and Sportscasters Association. In March, Gabe and his siblings performed the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Autism Awareness Night, for a Manitoba Moose game at the MTS Centre. And in April, Dancing Gabe was interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada.

Sprinkled throughout these events, Gabe graciously accompanied me to more than 60 events, signing books, posing for photos, reading to school kids, and spreading joy and happiness to everyone he met. He continues to do this without hesitation, always sporting this big smile everyone loves.

Dancing Gabe has been recognized with many awards and special events over the past 53 years, including a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2010, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Dancing Gabe, Hometown Hero, we salute you!

Millennium Library Local Author Fair

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(L-R) Daniel and Elaine Perron with Dancing Gabe Langlois, in December 2015

I’m honoured, excited, and a little intimidated to participate in the Millennium Library Local Author Fair. I look forward to meeting other authors, sharing our writing stories, and learning from their experiences.
Readers are the focus of the afternoon, and I will be in fine company: Winnipeg’s one and only Super-fan, Dancing Gabe, will be there with me to sell and sign copies of Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time.
See you there!

Millennium Library Local Author Fair – May 7th, 2016

Dancing Gabe Back on the Bestsellers List

Well, thanks to Rogers Hometown Hockey and Ron MacLean, and to Sportsnet Hockey Night in Canada and Scott Oake, and to all Dancing Gabe fans out there, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time is back on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the week of March 27th – April 6th.
Thank you!

There’s Only ONE Dancing Gabe

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Dancing Gabe signing autographs during recess.

We were wrapping up our I Love To Read event with the Grade 3 – 6 students. One of the young students raised his hand, eager to ask one more question. His eyes lit up when I noticed him, approached with a few steps to ensure I would hear his query, and invited him to ask his question.

How many Dancing Gabe books are there in the whole wide world?” he said.

I returned to the microphone and repeated the young man’s question to ensure everyone else assembled in the school’s gym would hear it. A gentle hush had fallen on the students who were even more attentive than they had been during the previous forty-five minutes.

Well,” I said, “that is a very good question. There are more than four thousand Dancing Gabe books in the whole world today.” My answer, much to my surprise, was greeted with a collection of cheers, screams, and applause from all those assembled. They liked my answer.

I looked over to Gabe. He too was clapping and beaming, pleased with the answer, pleased with the joy he could see in the eyes of the students. He was the reason for this happiness.

Buy Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time on Kindle.

 

#6 Bestseller for 2015: DANCING GABE!

Well, how about that!
Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time at #6 of the McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers List of 2015 for Manitoba Non-fiction books.
We’re very proud and honoured to be in the company of such great books and authors.
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for putting us there!
Thank you Dancing Gabe for your truly inspiring and touching story.
We couldn’t have done it without you.

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McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Bestsellers List for 2015

Guest of the Happy Bookers Book Club

A huge THANK YOU to the Happy Bookers Book Club–Rose, Karen, Wanda, Laura, Kathy, and Thelma–who read and reviewed Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time, and invited me to join them for last week’s get together. What a wonderful way to spend an evening with a great group of kind, thoughtful, and witty ladies!

I didn’t know what to expect—I must admit I was a little intimidated at first—but I sure enjoyed the chance to meet everyone, to answer excellent questions, and to discuss so many facets of my experience writing Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time. In many ways, the questions they asked forced me to reflect, deeply at times, on my motivation and how this endeavour has touched me. The time I spent with the Happy Bookers adds another memorable page to this great adventure.

I hope I didn’t ramble on too much; I definitely found myself getting caught up in the excitement of the moment. You made me feel very special. It was a pleasure to meet you.
Happy reading!

STILL A BESTSELLER FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 11 (6TH WEEK IN A ROW)!

Well, we’re now in our sixth consecutive week in the Top 5 at McNally Robinson’s! Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time remains on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the Paperback and Hardcover Non-Fiction and category, for the week of October 11th. That’s six weeks in a row in the Top 5 Bestsellers!
Sitting at #3 of the Paperback and #5 on the Hardcover list (Click here to see the list). We are in fine company on both lists. Tough competition on the Hardcover list from heavy-hitters Clara Hughes and Wab Kinew (Hometown Hero Biographies).
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for keeping us there!!!

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STILL A BESTSELLER FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4 (5TH WEEK IN A ROW)!

Well, we’ve done it again! Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time is still on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the Paperback and Hardcover Non-Fiction and category, for the week of October 4th. That’s five weeks in a row in the Top 5 Bestsellers!
We jumped to #2 of the Paperback list last week, after the first three weeks at #1 and one week at #4!!! We We are also at #5 on the Hardcover list. (Click here to see the list)
We are in fine company on both lists. Tough competition on the Hardcover list from heavy-hitters Clara Hughes and Wab Kinew (Hometown Hero Biographies).
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for keeping us there!!!

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STILL A BESTSELLER FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27 (4TH WEEK IN A ROW)!

Well, we’ve done it again! Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time still on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the Paperback and Hardcover Non-Fiction and category, for the week of September 20th.
After three weeks at #1, we slide to #4!!! Tough competition with Clara Hughes and Wab Kinew (Hometown Hero Biographies).
Thank you for keeping us there!!!