Book Launch Party for Sarah Ellis and Caroline Adderson

Sarah and Caroline book launch



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CWILL BC Members nominated for the CSWA Book Awards!


The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years, and 2) intended for and available to the general public. Entries, in either French or English were published in Canada during the 20 13 calendar year.

Three CWILL members are on the shortlist.

Claire Eamer (along with illustrator, Sa Boothroyd) for Before the World Was Ready

Before the World Was Ready

Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone for Dirty Science


The winners of this year’s award will be announced in mid-April and the award will be presented during the CSWA awards banquet at the annual conference in Toronto on June 7th.

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Maggie de Vries’s Book Launch at Kidsbooks – Tuesday, April 1st


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The 28th Annual Nanaimo BookFest this May 3rd, 2014

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CWILL BC members will be joining other Canadian children’s authors and illustrators for BookFest as well as visiting local schools throughout the week prior to this wonderful Saturday event. Here’s who is coming:

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START THE PRESSES! – The latest news from CWILL BC writers and illustrators

CWILL Member News for March 2014

Karen Autio’s first picture book GROWING UP IN WILD HORSE CANYON has been accepted for publication by Sono Nis Press. Karen’s Vancouver Island book tour is set for April 7-11, 2014. In her school presentations she will feature the history behind her newest book SABOTAGE, as well as commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Empress of Ireland sinking by sharing the inspiration and research behind SECOND WATCH.

Eileen Kernaghan’s new YA novel, Sophie, in Shadow, will be released March 31 by Thistledown Press. It’s 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of the SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in the unfamiliar world of British India. Against the background of a world at war, Sophie’s powers of precognition will be called upon to help thwart a conspiracy that could incite a bloodbath in Calcutta, and deliver India into enemy hands.

Irene N. Watt’s recent novel: Touched By Fire, Tundra Books, was named an Honor Book for older readers, by the Sidney Taylor Awards Committee. It was also awarded Honor status in the Grade 6-8 category by USIBBY.Her 2005 book Flower, Tundra books, has been picked up by Welcome Rain Publishers of Seoul, Korea- the first international book on their children’s List.

Becky Citra’s new juvenile novel, Finding Grace, will be released in March by Second Story Press. Becky will be launching the book at the Agassiz-Harrison Museum in April.

Sara Leach’s new book, Warm Up, has just been released as part of the Orca Limelights series.

Holman Wang (with twin brother Jack Wang) will be publishing three books in spring 2015 with Chronicle Books, in conjunction with Disney / Lucasfilm: 12-word, needle-felted versions of each of the three original Star Wars movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi). Holman and Jack are the creators / illustrators behind Cozy Classics.

Caroline Woodward has launched her lighthouse memoir on the BC BookLook site, which is also carrying her review of two hockey goalie books originally commissioned for the March issue of BC Bookworld.

Glen Huser – completed a successful residency at St. Francis Xavier in December, working with grade 4 students.

Darlene Foster – will be presenting at a Richmond elementary school next week. Reading from Amanda in Arabia, which is being used as part of the curriculum.

Wendy Phillips will be a jury member for Chocolate Lily awards.

Joan Stuchner – judging a speaking contest at Richmond Library, Saturday, Feb. 22.

Danika Dinsmore – leading a workshop at the Faerie Conference in Seattle. Book 3 of MG Fantasy series out 4/15, & Art Starts grant for artist residency at Southridge School, Surrey.

Suzanne de Montigny – recently graduated from SFU’s TWS; am just finishing second Shadow of the Unicorn series. First one is due soon as a print book. Have a fiddling novel I will shortly rewrite.

Jacquie Pearce’s new novel, Siege, for Orca Currents, is coming out in September. School presentation, workshop at New West Lit Fest in April, workshops for Kamloops conference for kids.

Mary Jane Muir is doing workshops in schools this spring.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming is completing a residency at Henderson Annex Elementary on the them of Active Witnessing and finding words to stand up for what you feel is right, and beginning a new one in April at Star of the Sea in White Rock combining technology and poetry. She organized Canada’s First World Read Aloud Day on March 5th at Christianne’s Lyceum with CWILL members and has been doing skype visits with schools across the globe. She was recently interviewed on the Morning Edition with Rick Cluff and in Quill and Quire for WRAD.

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CWILL BC Members Nominated for 2014 BC Book Prizes

The shortlist for the 2014 BC Book Prizes were announced today. In the two categories devoted to children’s writing, six CWILL BC members were among the nominations. Here are their books:

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

If Only
by Becky Citra
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

If only

Fifteen-year-old Pam is assaulted when she and her twin brother Danny are walking home through the woods. Danny is frozen with fear and does nothing; luckily, Pam is rescued by a woman out walking her dog. Pam deals with the trauma by isolating herself while Danny struggles with the shame of not protecting his sister. His shame is compounded by their father’s contempt, and Danny decides to redeem himself by finding Pam’s attacker. In the process, he discovers a family secret, and Pam connects with new friends who help her regain her confidence. Becky Citra is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When Becky is not writing, she gardens, hikes, skis, and reads. Becky lives with her husband and daughter on a ranch where she has ridden and trained horses for thirty years in Bridge Lake, BC.

Record Breaker
by Robin Stevenson
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers


It’s 1963, and Jack’s family is still reeling from the SIDS death of his baby sister. Adrift in his own life, Jack is convinced that setting a world record will bring his father back to his senses and his mother back to life. But world events, including President Kennedy’s assassination, threaten to overshadow any record Jack tries to beat—from sausage eating to face slapping. Nothing works, and Jack is about to give up when a new friend suggests a different approach that involves listening to, not breaking, records. Robin Stevenson is the author of more than a dozen books for children and teens. She has always loved reading and still finds it almost impossible to walk past a library or bookstore without going inside. Robin spends most of her time writing, hanging out with her homeschooled son, and teaching creative writing to adults, teens, and kids. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her family.

by Silvana Goldemberg
Publisher: Tradewind Books


After losing her parents, 14-year-old Victoria and her young twin brothers move in with their aunt. But shortly afterward, her aunt’s boyfriend attempts to assault her, and she runs away and learns to survive on the dangerous streets of Paraná, Argentina. Encountering a world of street kids, gangs, and drug dealers, Victoria overcomes deprivation and great hardship. With the help of newly found friends and her single-minded determination to survive, she carves out a new life for herself and her little brothers. Silvana Goldemberg was born and raised in Argentina. Her books and magazines have been published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. She moved from Argentina in 2003 and now lives in Richmond, BC, with her husband and their two daughters.

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

How To
by Julie Morstad
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Publisher: Simply Read Books


This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder,’ ‘how to see the breeze,’ and ‘how to be brave.’ With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you! Julie Morstad divides her creative energy between drawing, illustration, animation, and design. Her work is exhibited at Atelier Gallery and she is the illustrator of the award-winning picture book, When You Were Small, and its sequels Where You Came From and When I Was Small published by Simply Read Books. Her picture book How To has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus.

Not Your Typical Dragon
by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Tim Bowers
Publisher: Viking Children’s Books


Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire. But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with Band-Aids? Marshmallows? Teddy bears? Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day. With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can’t help feeling a little bit different. Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author of eleven books. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife, artist and goldsmith, Dominique Bréchault. Tim Bowers has illustrated over thirty books. His books have received numerous state and national awards and have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections.

Wild Berries
by Julie Flett
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Publisher: Simply Read Books

wild berries

Tch, tch, sh, sh, tup, tup. Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. Meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett. This book is written in both Enlglish and Cree, in particular the n-dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area. Julie Flett is a Vancouver-based Metis and Cree artist and illustrator who incorporates photography, drawing, and painting into her practice. She is the recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and nominee for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book for Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alfabet di Michif). More

Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 3rd at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

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