Reminder: CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books happens tomorrow!

A quick reminder – the Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books panel happens tomorrow night, March 2, 2015.

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m
Venue: Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Alice Mackay Room (that’s the lower meeting room under the atrium in the main library branch in downtown Vancouver).
Cost: FREE

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Meet the panelists:

Claire Eamer is a self-confessed science geek who writes about science for kids and adults. Her most recent book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science, won the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing in Canada. She also writes un-science-y fantasy stories for kids.

Kallie George is an author, editor, and speaker living in Vancouver. Her most recent book is Clover’s Luck, Book 1 in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops.

Silvana Goldemberg is an award-winning Argentine-Canadian author of numerous books and magazines published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. Her YA novel Victoria (Tradewind Books) was distinguished by BC Book Prizes as one of five outstanding books for children by a British Columbia author published in 2013.

Sara Leach is the author of five books for children, including the Red Cedar award-winning Count Me In and Warm Up, which is part of the Orca Limelights series. She is a teacher-librarian who lives in Whistler.

Sheri Radford is the editor of two magazines and spends her days wresting with commas, taming adjectives, and banishing adverbs. As the author of several silly, award-winning books for children, she spends her evenings playing, imagining, and creating. She lives in Vancouver with her messy husband and two even messier cats.

Mark David Smith has written freelance articles for marketing and travel companies and poetry for adults, and is the former editor of an independent arts journal, Plumb. He is married with three children, and teaches English to high school students in Burnaby. Caravaggio: Signed in Blood is his first novel.

Ellen Schwartz (moderator) is the award-winning author of 16 books for children, from picture books to early chapter books to teen novels and non-fiction. Ellen teaches writing for children at Douglas College. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Deed, won the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

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WORLD READ ALOUD DAY – March 4th

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What magical pet would YOU adopt?

Last week, CWILL member Kallie George launched Clover’s Luck, her first book in the Magical Animal Adoption Series. The event took place at Kidsbooks in Vancouver and was attended by kids big and small (including many big kids from CWILL).

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Kallie did a brief reading and autographed copies for a long line of magical animal fans. Some of the fun activities of the night included filling out a page in the Wish Book . . .

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The series is published in Canada by Harper Collins and Disney-Hyperion in the USA. You can find out more about her series by visiting magicalanimaladoptionagency.com. You can even take a quiz to figure out which magical pet is right for you!

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CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books 2015

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(print-sized posters, and every size in between, are available for download here in colour and black and white)


The annual CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books panel is coming up on March 2, 2015, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Alice Mackay Room (that’s the lower meeting room under the atrium in the main library branch in downtown Vancouver).

Interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers? Join seven professional children’s authors and illustrators at this free public event to find out how they broke into this exciting and competitive field and how they built their careers. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and get practical information on such topics as how to improve your writing, how to find a publisher and submit your work, what agents do, what to look for in a book contract and what the financial rewards are.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the children’s publishing industry from published authors and illustrators. And it’s a free event.

This year’s well-published and informative panelists are:

Claire Eamer is a self-confessed science geek who writes about science for kids and adults. Her most recent book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science, won the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing in Canada. She also writes un-science-y fantasy stories for kids.

Kallie George is an author, editor, and speaker living in Vancouver. Her most recent book is Clover’s Luck, Book 1 in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops.

Silvana Goldemberg is an award-winning Argentine-Canadian author of numerous books and magazines published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. Her YA novel Victoria (Tradewind Books) was distinguished by BC Book Prizes as one of five outstanding books for children by a British Columbia author published in 2013.

Sara Leach is the author of five books for children, including the Red Cedar award-winning Count Me In and Warm Up, which is part of the Orca Limelights series. She is a teacher-librarian who lives in Whistler.

Sheri Radford is the editor of two magazines and spends her days wresting with commas, taming adjectives, and banishing adverbs. As the author of several silly, award-winning books for children, she spends her evenings playing, imagining, and creating. She lives in Vancouver with her messy husband and two even messier cats.

Mark David Smith has written freelance articles for marketing and travel companies and poetry for adults, and is the former editor of an independent arts journal, Plumb. He is married with three children, and teaches English to high school students in Burnaby. Caravaggio: Signed in Blood is his first novel.

Ellen Schwartz (moderator) is the award-winning author of 16 books for children, from picture books to early chapter books to teen novels and non-fiction. Ellen teaches writing for children at Douglas College. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Deed, won the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

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CWILL authors participate in the Kids’ Lit Quiz ~ the first time in BC

On January 23rd, four members of CWILL participated in the Kids’ Lit Quiz, an annual reading competition for children aged ten to thirteen. It’s an international competition, with students from New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Canada, the US, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia participating. The winning teams qualify for national and world finals!

The CWILL author’s team was dubbed The Quizzards of Oz and consisted of Lee Edward Fodi, Stacey Matson, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and Kallie George.

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This specific heat was for Western Canada, so the winning team went on to Toronto to compete for the national title. This heat was held at Little Flower Academy, with teams from different Vancouver schools participating. The author team wasn’t allowed to win, but competed just for fun and to help provide entertainment and support for the students who were playing for keeps.

There were ten rounds of ten, with categories such as “Giants,” “Harry Potter,” “Book Knowledge,” “Classics”, and “Comics.”

The Western Canada tournament, like all the tournaments in the world, was managed by quiz master Wayne Mills, who had travelled all the way from New Zealand to Vancouver the day before. Despite inevitable jetlag, he delivered the questions with charm and humor. Here he is with Stacey Matson.

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The winner of the Western Canada heat, from Southbridge Elementary, won a very cool trophy. But there was plenty of swag to go round—every team came away with a stack of books.

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It was such fun to see the kids competing. They took it SO seriously, and it was a joy to see them embrace literature.

The Kids’ Lit Quiz is not for profit and run entirely by volunteers. You can find out more at www.kidslitquiz.com.

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A Celebration of BC’s Best

On January 21, 2015, some of BC’s finest authors and illustrators gathered at to meet, mingle, and celebrate local talent. This was a joint event between the Children’s Literature Roundtable and CWILL BC. It took place at the beautiful Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver, a venue that offers a beautiful view of False Creek and the city.

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Kit Pearson, winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence spoke about her writing career. She’s been a prolific storyteller, and is known for many books including The Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth, and The Guests of War Trilogy. Kit spoke with fondness about the joys of doing research and the delight she’s taken in weaving whimsical historical facts into her writing.

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The second speaker was Michelle Mulder, winner of the VCLR Information Book Award for Pedal It: How Bicycles Are Changing the World. She spoke about her travels and experiences and how she came to love writing non-fiction.

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The night also featured a silent auction of numerous goodie baskets filled with—what else—literature. Perhaps the piece de resistance was scooped up by CWILL President Lori Sherrit-Fleming: a beautiful boxed set of the Anne of Green Gables series.

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The night was a chance to celebrate ALL of the wonderful BC authors and illustrators who were finalists or winners for awards in 2014. Here’s a list of the 2014 CWILL Finalists and Winners:

Karen Autio Sabotage – finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis

Linda Bailey Toads on Toast – winner of the 2014 Chocolate Lily

Dan Bar-el Not Your Typical Dragon – finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prize

Sara Cassidy: Skylark – finalist for the Bolen Book Prize Seeing Orange – finalist for the 2014 Chocolate Lily

Becky Citra If Only – finalists for the 2014 BC Book Prize

Claire Eamer The World in Your Lunch Box – winner of the 2014 Red Cedar Information Book Award Before the World Was Ready – finalist for the 2014 VCLR Info Award and winner of  the 2014  Lane Anderson Award for science writing.

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