Holman Wang’s BT shout-out & book launch – April 2nd, 2019

Congratulations to Holman Wang, who got a shout-out on Citytv’s Breakfast Television under the headline Vancouver artist’s textile twist: https://preview.msn.com/en-ca/news/crimeincanada/vancouver-artists-textile-twist/vi-BBV7pUJ

Join Holman as he launches his new picture books, Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad!, at Kidsbooks on:

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 | 7 pm
Kidsbooks | 2557 West Broadway | Vancouver, BC

RSVP at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/launch-for-holman-wangs-great-job-books-tickets-55994169067

Holman says “It’s my real birthday to boot, so come celebrate, see some old friends and peruse a great book store!”



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Danielle Marcotte to launch her new French language book

Author Danielle Marcotte is launching her new book, Capri, la Petite Antilope des Prairies, with two separate events.


Quand?: Vendredi 22 Mars 2019, 14h30
Où?: Centre culturel Royer de Ponteix, Saskatchewan Les Auvergnois
Tout le monde et invité!

When: Friday, March 22, 2019, 2:30
Where: Centre Culturel Royer de Ponteix,110 Railway Avenue, Saskatchewan
Everyone is welcome!

danielle_marcotte.jpgThe launch will feature a presentation by students from a rural French school near the Grasslands National Park (the general area where the story takes place). Laurier Gareau, the publisher of the book, put his skills as a writer and playwright to work, helping the students write two plays based on the main character in Marcotte’s book. The plays will be presented at the school for the whole community to attend.

Capri, la Petite Antilope des Prairies will also have a Vancouver launch.

Quand: 10 am, Samedi 27 Avril 2019 au Salon du Livre francophone de Vancouver, gratuit et ouvert à tous!

Où: Le centre culturel francophone de Vancouver,
1551 7th Ave ouest, Vancouver, BC

When: 10 am on Saturday, April 27, 2019, during the Salon du Livre francophone de Vancouver, free and open to everyone.

Where: The French Cultural Centre, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC, near Granville

Capri, la Petite Antilope des Prairies is illustrated by Andrew S. Davis and is the story of an antelope caught in a barbed wire fence near Val Marie and Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. Threatened by a coyote, who will come to Capri’s rescue?



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Norma Charles makes news with Runner: Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man

CWILL’s own Norma Charles was interviewed by the North Shore News about her book Runner: Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man. The interview by Jeremy Shepherd, entitled Harry Jerome runs into YA novel territory, appeared online February 5, 2019 – just in time for Black History Month.

Jeremy Shepherd writes:

“Charles’ young adult novel Runner: Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man dramatizes the life of North Vancouver’s greatest sprinter and chronicles the sweat, grit and unrelenting effort that went into perfecting that effortless stride.”

Runner was published by Red Deer Press in 2017:

“Harry Jerome is one of Canada’s forgotten heroes. From a skinny little kid growing up in St. Boniface, Manitoba, he rose to become “the fastest man in the world,” a title he held for an incredible eight years. He achieved this, despite having to battle the prejudices he and his family had to overcome, on account of their African-Canadian heritage.

In this engaging and inspiring novel, acclaimed children’s writer Norma Charles has woven together Harry’s fascinating life story from facts gathered through research, interviews with his family, friends and coach, and also from her own memories of his races at UBC when she was a student there.

Runner is the story of one Canadian kid’s determination and perseverance against enormous odds. As Norma explains: I hope it will serve as an inspiration to youth across Canada.”

Find the complete article here: https://www.nsnews.com/community/harry-jerome-runs-into-ya-novel-territory-1.23624416


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Annie Bourret Book Launch – January 31st, 2019

Congratulations to Annie Bourret, linguist and translator, on her sixth book, Pour l’humour du français. Brefs essais techniques, patraques ou loufoques, which will be launched this Thursday, January 31st, at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, room C575, at 7 pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcomed. She is the first author published by a new French publisher in BC, Les Éditions de l’Épaulard.

Annie has two French children’s books to her name, both set in BC, and now four very serious publications as a linguist, translator and pacifist. She has also contributed to dictionaries and educational material in the past, as well as innumerable articles on the French language for regional French papers outside of Quebec and for Radio-Canada radio and TV. This newest book in French is for an adult audience and concerns the French language and its sometimes funny and strange twists.

Sincères félicitations à notre amie Annie Bourret, linguiste, traductrice, auteure pour enfants et d’ouvrages pour adultes, qui lance un autre livre ce mardi à UBC au carré Robson à Vancouver à 19 heures. Tous sont invités à cet évènement gratuit.

Les Éditions de l’Épaulard nous invitent tous à célébrer la parution de ce sixième ouvrage d’Annie Bourret, Pour l’humour du français. Brefs essais techniques, patraques ou loufoques. Le jeudi 31 janvier 2019 à 19 h 00 UBC Robson Square, salle C575; 800 Robson St, Vancouver Présentation de l’ouvrage et séance de dédicaces. Entrée libre.

Danielle Marcotte

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School Presentation Hints from CWILLers for CWILLers!

Getting school bookings requires a business approach!

“If teachers are going to spend their school’s precious PAC money on bringing you in, they want to know you’ll be worth it. Put together your presentation, then prepare a brochure or information sheet that makes it sound exciting and irresistible.”

“Websites! Make use of websites such as your CWILL member page and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors Illustrators & Performers (Canscaip) site. You can refer teachers to our websites for details on books, presentation topics, even fees.”

“It helps if your presentation appeals to boys as much as girls and to know where your topic fits into the BC curriculum.”

“If you can handle a large audience, schools feel they can better justify your cost as more students will benefit. Talk about group sizes prior to your visit, to avoid misunderstanding.”

“If I’m going to be in an area and want to line up extra bookings, I contact the district or individual schools well in advance, through websites. I do this strategically, rather than en masse. Most schools can’t afford to pay my travel expenses in addition to my fee, so sometimes my line is that I’m going to be in the area anyway, so this is a chance to book me without the extra travel costs. Another time, I realized that my book fit perfectly with the theme of the summer reading club in BC public libraries, so I contacted the program coordinator and ended up doing 42 presentations around Southern BC in one month. ”

“When I was starting out, I offered a ‘freebee’ reading at my own kids’ local school. That helped to get the feel of a reading, sort out the trembly knees syndrome, see what worked and what didn’t. Word spread a little, that first year. A little more the next. By then I was quite at ease. So I took a kind of promo package to all the schools in my area, including a photo, bookmarks, info sheet about the sort of presentations I do, good reviews, etc. I delivered these information packages by hand, trying not to be shy about the blatant self-promotion. That produced about a 30% response so I expanded my coverage area a bit. After that the ripple effect started!”

Note: If you do decide to do a first presentation for free or to ‘donate’ a talk to your children’s school, make it clear that this is an exception. Give them an invoice showing, then deducting the amount you would normally charge and provide some information about ArtStarts in case they want to bring you back the following year. You can even consider it a charitable donation and ask for a tax deductible receipt.

Once you get a booking, how do you plan your presentation?

“In order of importance: variety, interaction, storytelling, humor, multimedia. BRIEF readings (maximum of two at 90 seconds each), BRIEF “lessons” (driving home points like the importance of persistence, patience, and taking criticism). Above all, let them participate. Ask the kids questions, assign them tasks (such as walking around showing one of your props), get them to vote on something.

“I make notes on index cards and keep them handy while I’m talking. I almost never refer to them, but they’re a nice psychological ‘back-up’ in case I go blank. I have lots of show-and-tell items, and these usually keep me on track in terms of order. I time myself carefully, using a stopwatch, so that I know how much time everything takes.”

“I am willing to look at a few pieces of writing from the class (depending on the fee) before I get there and I will also meet with teachers after the event to talk about their writing programs. Others offer a separate staff development workshop on writing as an after-school option at an additional cost.”

“We’ve all written different books, we all have different talents… all our talks are going to be different. But what makes any talk worth listening to is how you present it. I think it’s extremely important to look as though you’re having a good time. Look as though there is no place you’d rather be. Look confident… you KNOW what you’re talking about – you’re an authority. I try to make eye contact with each child in the room. I move around a lot. I ask almost as many questions of the students as they ask of me. If I’m presenting to a large group (100 or more) I try to have the children arranged in a horseshoe shape, only about 4 deep, so I can move around amongst them. I show them things. I try to have a different, fun ‘something’ to show connected with each book.”

On the day itself, what do you do during your presentation?

“I request that students introduce me and refer them to my website for introduction information. This often fits well with ‘research’ for teachers, and helps students get used to public speaking themselves. I usually suggest that at least two or three students be involved.”

“Use different voice levels, capitalize on pauses, it’s all a performance! I do voice warm up exercises in my car on my way to the school.”

“My presentations for intermediate students include lots of audience participation, props, action, and fun. Any selections I read are very short. The audience helps me solve a crime, takes part in a contest based on my books, tries tasting dulse, volunteers for various roles, etc. I choose to avoid using AV technology; I know that some authors give very good slide show presentations, and they may be crucial for illustrators, but sometimes PowerPoint presentations are a crutch. And if you are forced to suddenly change venues, or present outside as I once did, you need a presentation that is adaptable.”

“I bring along bookmarks that I’ve autographed (while watching TV) so that each child gets an autograph, and also takes home something with my name on it. Otherwise many won’t have a clue what author came to talk to them that day.”

“Book sales are something to think about: will you refer them to Vancouver Kidsbooks, another local bookstore, or bring your own books to sell? We usually get a 40% discount so selling books in the staff room is a nice supplement.”


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Children’s Literature Roundtables’ 2018 Information Book Awards

On January 30th, 2019, the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable will honour award-winning authors Monique Gray Smith and Tanya Lloyd Kyi.

Winner of the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2018 Information Book Award:

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, by Monique Gray Smith. Published by Orca Book Publishers.

“In Speaking Our Truth, we are embarking on a journey of reconciliation. This isn’t a read-and-do-nothing kind of book. It is an active exploration of Canada’s collective history, our present and our future. It’s about how we grow as individuals, families, communities and as a country.

For some of you, this may be a time of significant change in your understanding of Canada’s history. It might be the first time you’ve thought about what reconciliation means and, more specifically, what it means to you and what your role in it is. Simply reading Speaking Our Truth is an act of reconciliation. So, good on you! I welcome you all to the journey.

In my Nihiyaw (Cree) language, we say tawâw, which loosely means “there’s always room.” For you, for me, for your friends, your family, your community. There’s always room. —Monique Gray Smith”

2018 Information Book Award Honour Book:

Eyes & Spies: How You’re Tracked, and Why You Should Know, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi.  Illustrated by Belle Wuthrich. Published by Annick Press.

“Who is watching you . . . and why?

Social media and the internet are great for sharing information, meeting new friends, and exchanging points of view. But they also make it very easy to find out everything about you—including things you may not want others to know. This book asks three simple questions: Who’s watching, and why? Where is the line between public and private? How can you keep your secrets to yourself?

Eyes and Spies looks at the way information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Each chapter covers one aspect of the subject, from data collection to computer surveillance and personal privacy. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically about the issues. “Creepy Line” sidebars highlight controversial real-life scenarios, often involving youth. “Action Alert” entries explain how to find out more about the implications of surveillance and data mining. Other topics include how students are tracked at school, cyberbullying, and online safety.”

When: January 30, 2019, 7-9 pm | Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Where: UBC Golf Club | 5185 University Blvd, Vancouver
What: Bubbly and appetizers | Silent Auction
Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat and update your membership.

Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable & CWILL BC



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