Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award!

Aidan Cassie for Sterling, Best Dog Ever (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux Books for Young Readers):

“Aidan Cassie’s Sterling, Best Dog Ever, is a heartwarming and hilarious debut picture book for dog lovers about a dog in search of a forever family. Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free ‘shipping to homes around the world’, he is determined to become the most terrific fork ever! For what home doesn’t need flatware? Sterling is delivered on time and undamaged to the Gilbert family’s front door. He is not, however, what they ordered. But he may be exactly what they need. Here is a humorous, heart-tugging picture book about finding a family who wants you just as you are.”

& Cary Fagan for Mort Ziff is Not Dead (Penguin Random House Canada):

A humorous coming-of-age middle-grade novel set in 1960s Florida. Battling obxious siblings, sunburns, and a corporate millionaire, Norman is determined to help an old comedian save his career.”


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CWILL Writers’ Retreat 2019

A wonderful weekend on Mayne Island learning all about about writing dialogue from our brilliant and prolific CWILL author, Ellen Schwartz. The setting was heavenly and the conversation witty and intelligent. I managed some watercolour sketches during the free time and while people shared their writing from the weekend. Tap on individual images for closeup view.

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Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Awards: June 19th, 2019

The winners of the 2019 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Awards (Picture or Board Book category & Chapter Book category) will be announced at a special, giggle-filled celebration on:

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 7-9 pm
at Slickety Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew
3475 Main Street, Vancouver

This award is in memory of Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, who 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 award we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

Please join us! For more information, see:

BONUS TEACHER LIBRARIAN BOOK DRAWS: Attend for a chance to win a collection of 1) all the Oy Vey submissions, and 2) a $500 collection of books by BC authors and illustrators, which is part of the BC Book Prizes “Adopt a Library” program.

— Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award Committee

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Mahtab Narsimhan celebrates Vancouver Asian Heritage Month with Embrace the Chicken

Mahtab Narsimhan launched her latest novel, EMBRACE THE CHICKEN – a story about being proud of who you are – at the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library in May 2019. It is published by Orca for their Currents Series.

The book launch was part of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society celebrations. The event was a great success and well attended by members of the public as well as a couple of classes from a local school.

Find out more about Mahtab at or follow her on Twitter @MahtabNarsimhan

Left to right: Mahtab Narsimhan author; Leticia Sanchez, VAHMS; Tamara Gorin, Western Sky Books; Tess, VPL Librarian.

— Mahtab Narsimhan

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Join CWILL BC at the Write-on Festival!

On Saturday, May 11th, the Vancouver Public Library is hosting a day-long celebration of writing and publishing at Write-On Vancouver: Writing and Publishing Fair.

Drop in to attend a workshop, ask an expert your writing questions, or browse local writing groups and publisher tables.

CWILL will have one of the tables at the publishing fair, where you can meet some talented local authors, illustrators and storytellers including Suzanne De Montigny, Claire Lordon, Wendy Phillips, GR Ludlow, Melanie Jackson, Aidan Cassie, and Lori Sherritt-Fleming!

There are also plenty of workshops on site. No registration is required, but all events are first come, first seated.

You can find out more about the fair here.


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Wendy Phillips book launch – May 9th, 2019

Wendy Phillips is launching her second YA novel, Baggage, on

Thursday, May 9th | 7 pm
Chapters | 1033 Robson Street Vancouver

Baggage follows the story of an African boy abandoned at the Vancouver airport and the Canadian kids determined to battle government regulations and child traffickers to help him stay in Canada.

— Wendy Phillips

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