Jewelry, wands, and masks: creating characters through costume

Between the Cracks of Here and There

I spent the last few weeks as an artist-in-residence at a school for particularly awesome teens. It’s a specialized school with only fifty students and, since this is my third or fourth stint there, I’ve had the opportunity to really get to know the kids.

For this term, I decided to embrace the Halloween season and have the students imagine character through intensive costume and prop-building. As an instructor, this is a challenge because no one is doing the same thing. That means there’s not a lot of demonstrations on my part, but a whole lot of problem-solving.

This means finding the right type of material for each student’s individual project and then helping them build what’s in their imaginations.

The Theme

We loosely chose the theme of superheroes, though many students decided to lean towards a fantasy or steampunk design.

Over the last few weeks, they drew, painted, sculpted…

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Danielle S. Marcotte Book Signing – October 27th, 2018

Announcing a book signing event for Scamper and the Airplane Thief by Danielle S. Marcotte! Everyone is invited to meet the author:

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Black Bond Books in Ladner
Trenant Park Square | 5251 Ladner Trunk Road

— Danielle S. Marcotte

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Book Launches

You’re invited! If you’re in the Okanagan on October 20 or 24, I hope you’ll come by!


West Kelowna Book Launch

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Book launch – Linda DeMeulemeester & Beryl Young – October 3rd, 2018

Linda DeMeulemeester and Beryl Young invite you to attend a launch of their middle-grade novels –

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 7 pm
Book Warehouse | 4118 Main Street, Vancouver

Linda’s book is The Mystery of Croaker’s Island and Beryl’s is Miles to Go.

Juice and chocolate brownies will be served.
Everyone welcome.

Beryl Young & CWILL BC

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A West Coast Summer Book Launch

Author Caroline Woodward and Carol Evans announce a book tour to launch A West Coast Summer.


Tuesday, October 2nd, 4 pm
Tofino Community Theatre
380 Campbell Street, Tofino
Slide show presentation and Q&A with author and artist All children and adults welcome! Free to the public. Mermaid Tales Bookshop will be selling books.

Wednesday, October 3, 2 pm
Courtenay Public Library
300 6th Street, Courtenay
Slide show presentation and reading. All children and adults welcome! Laughing Oyster Bookshop will be selling books.

Wednesday, October 3, 4:15 pm
Mulberry Bush Bookstore
102 280 East Island Hwy, Parksville.

Meet and greet with the author and illustrator.

Thursday, October 4, 1:30 pm
Salt Spring Public Library
129 McPhillips Avenue, Ganges
Slide show presentation and Q&A with artist and author. Salt Spring Books will be selling books which author and artist will happily autograph.

Thursday, October 4, 4 pm
Volume I Bookstore
149 Kenneth Street, Duncan

Autographs and hand shakes in another lovely and long-established Island bookstore!

Friday, October 5th, noon
Tanner’s Books
2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
Meet and greet with the author and illustrator.

Friday, October 5th, 4 pm
Maritime Museum of British Columbia
634 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Slide show and presentation with author and artist. All children welcome! This event, like all the events listed, is free to the public. The Maritime Museum will be selling books and author and artist will happily autograph them for you.

Carol Evans will discuss her watercolour process, finding her subjects, and
some of her adventures on the sailboat she and her husband, Bryn King, go
out on every summer, exploring this coast from Salt Spring Island, their
home, up to Haida Gwaii. Carol has had three books of her paintings
published but this one, her fourth, is her first children’s book.


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Oy Vey! Deadline approaching for funniest book award

The deadline for entries for the second bi-annual Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’ sBook Award is October 24, 2018 (AKA International BolognaDay). There are TWO prizes now!


Please see below for details . . .

Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Joan was many things — brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now…) With this pair of awards, we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

The $752.81 x 2 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! —Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented biannually to a Canadian author or illustrator of the work of juvenile writing that had the jury most buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained in these two categories:

1. A board or picture book

2. A book with lots more words than pictures


Eligible works:

•   board books
•   picture books
•   chapter books
•   graphic novels
•   juvenile fiction and non-fiction (suitable for readers up to grade 7)
•   created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada
•   published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018
•   written in English

Ineligible works

•   young adult fiction
•   self-published titles

Submission requirements:

Please send 3 copies of the work along with acompleted application form to:

The Joan Betty Stuchner OyVey Funniest Children’s BookAward
6637 Emerson Street, Burnaby BC V5E 1W5

Please include a $25 submission fee per title by PayPal or a cheque payable to “JBS Oy Vey Award.”

Submission deadline:

International Bologna Day: 24 October, 2018

The second Joan Betty Stuchner OyVey Funniest Children’s Book Awards will be presented at a special ceremony in Spring 2019.

Posted on behalf of The Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award Committee (Caroline Adderson, Kathryn Shoemaker, Ellen Schwartz, Cindy Heinrichs)

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