Happy Canadian Children’s book week! Watch for Canadian Children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers in your area this week. And, if your community isn’t fortunate enough to host a visiting Canadian creator, I’ll bet your local library and Indie bookseller will have a plentiful supply of books by Canadian creators, so be sure to check them out.
27 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
Authors for Indies is coming up on May 2. I’ll be at Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe in Fort Langley. I doubt my bookselling abilities will stack up to the staff’s, but I plan to do my best to convince you that my favorite authors and illustrators are worth bringing home, so please do drop by. See you there between 2-4pm.
26 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
Yesterday, I was in Calgary, not for the Flames frying the Canucks (sorry Canucks hockey fans), but for the Calgary Young Writers’ Conference.
Illustrator, Ian Wallace wowed kids with his stunning illustrations from Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot, before getting to hone their own skills under the tutelage of some of Canada’s finest writers and illustrators. And yes, the day’s success was toasted with some seriously delicious strawberry shortcake. Thanks for the invite Calgary. Hope to see you again next year.
23 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
My bags are packed and I’m ready to go!
The Calgary Young Writers’ Conference is about to begin!
Dozens of kids’ book authors and illustrators will be arriving in Calgary tomorrow, so get ready to write! Sponsored by the Calgary School Board and run by a group of dedicated volunteers, this conference has been wildly successful. In fact, it’s turning 32 this year! 1500 keen young writers devoting a full Saturday to work with professional writers and illustrators is proof that kids love books and writing.
A keynote address by Ian Wallace, one of Canada’s finest author/illustrators will start the day off. Then, morning and afternoon sessions will follow. Sessions range from:
Write Like a Gorilla, with Jamie Bastedo, a biologist turned storyteller from the NWT, to
Who’s Driving the Story, with the infamous and superbly funny, Marty Chan, to
Read This Or Else, by one of my favorite children’s author’s, Hazel Huchins , to
my session, How To Turn Real Stuff Into Fiction.
The only thing I don’t like about the conference is that they keep us so busy that we never get a chance to sit in on other sessions. But that’s a pretty minor complaint, and the freshly baked strawberry shortcake with real whipping cream served at lunch time almost makes up for it!
See you soon Calgary.
11 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
I’m a big fan of Dean Griffiths illustrations and was fortunate enough to have had a sneak preview of some of his wonderfully expressive and quirky illustrations for his and Kari-Lynn Winters Bad Pirate. You won’t want to miss his visit to the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable on Monday, May 25, 2015.
Illustrator Dean Griffiths
Presents at Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable
Monday, May 25, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Dean’s new book is Bad Pirate, written by Kari-Lynn Winters, will be published this Spring by Pajama Press. Dean has illustrated over thirty books for children, including Perfect Man (Troy Wilson), Ballerinas Don’t Wear Glasses (Ainslie Manson) and When Emily Carr Met Woo (Monica Kulling).
Join us at:
Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)
$5 drop-in / $4 students, Members free Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Browse Schoolhouse Teaching Supplies and Children’s Bookstore.
10 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
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