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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Shelley Hrdlitschka book launch – May 8th, 2019

Shelley Hrdlitschka is launching her new book, The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain: The True Adventures of Coola and Grinder on

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 6:30 – 8 pm
Kidsbooks, Edgemont Village | 3040 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver

This is the remarkable story of two orphaned grizzly cubs who became residents of Grouse Mountain and ambassadors for the movement to conserve wilderness habitat for bears. The book was co-written with Rae Schidlo and illustrated by Linda Sharp.

Please join us if you are able!

— Shelley Hrdlitschka

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Orca Launches New Spring Books – May 8th, 2019

Robin Stevenson is launching two books this Spring: a board book, PRIDE COLORS, and a book of teen non-fiction, MY BODY MY CHOICE: THE FIGHT FOR ABORTION RIGHTS.

Robin is celebrating with four other Orca authors: Alex Van Tol, Sean Rodman, Jillian Roberts, and Melanie Jackson, who are launching a wonderful variety of new books for kids and teens!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 7 pm
Munro’s Books | 1108 Government Street, Victoria

— Robin Stevenson


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Salon du livre de Vancouver – 26 au 28 avril 2019

All of you who read, write or understand French might be interested in the Salon du livre de Vancouver – a cross between a book fair and writers’ festival – coming up this week-end. This three day salon is entirely free; it offers French books for sale and an array of literary activities in French for both children and adults. It takes place at the French cultural center, 1551 West 7th near Granville.

All are welcome, even if, as an Anglophone parent or grandparent of immersion kids, you just want to find some books for a French student or a friend. This free event hosts some 18 multicultural writers from BC and Canada and more than twenty publishing houses. More details at

Danielle Marcotte

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