September 2007 News from CWILL BC Members

CWILL BC members have been busy over the summer. There’s lots of news about books and more to announce.

Vivien Bowers:
My book Crazy About Canada, a children’s non-fiction book has won the 2006 Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s Science In Society Journalism Award in the Children’s Book category. The awards, announced on June 16, 2007, honour outstanding contributions to science journalism in the Canadian media during the 2006 calendar year. Crazy About Canada: Amazing Things Kids Want to Know is illustrated by Dianne Eastman and published by Maple Tree Press, in partnership with Canadian Geographic magazine. The book answers actual questions sent in by children from across the country, such as, “Why are beaver’s teeth orange?” or “Where does the water come from that flows over Niagara Falls?” or “What’s that hairy thing underneath a moose’s chin for?” It features two cartoon characters—myself and my sidekick, Morton—together we celebrate the notion of being curious, asking questions and tracking down information. This is the second time I have won this award. My previous title Crime Science (revised and re-issued in 2006 as Crime Scene) was honoured in 1997.A list of 2006 CSWA Science in Society Journalism Award winners
can be found here.

For information about me and my books visit my website:

Kristin Butcher:
I have just signed a contract with Lorimer & Company. The new book will be coming out in the spring of 2008. It is called The Secret in Mr. Dotty’s Garage and will be part of Lorimer’s Streetlight Series. In October, I will be presenting two writing workshops. On the 13th, I will be doing an all-day session at Malaspina College (the Duncan campus) for those who would like to write for teens. The workshop is called Angst, Apathy, and Acne. Visit Malaspina’s website or contact the college directly for more information. On October 20th, I will be part of a panel discussion in the morning, and leading a writing workshop in the afternoon. The day is sponsored by the Campbell River Arts Council and will be held at the Sybil Andrews Cottage on the Old Island Highway. My workshop will focus on the publishing process from idea through to publication. For details, check out my website:

John Wilson:
My latest historical fiction for Young Adults, The Alchemist’s Dream, is now in stores. Set in the 16th century against a background of plague, alchemy and exploration, it is a tale of guilt and obsession. The Alchemist’s Dream tells the story of Robert Bylot and how he gets caught in the web of dreams and ambition that led to the horrific mutiny on board Henry Hudson’s ship in 1611.

Shar Levine:
The following books of mine are coming out:

Becker&mayer! pub.
Smart Lab- Weird and Gross
Smart Lab – Science and Nature
Smart Lab- Human Body Challenge – coming soon
Smart Lab- Indoor Outdoor microscope – DM coming soon
Scholastic Super Power Microscope– DM coming soon

Sterling pub.
Extreme Balloon Tying – now in print
Ultimate Guide To your Microscope – has been delayed until January 2008

Mud Puddle pub.
Volcano book and kit – coming this fall

I will be speaking at the BC Teacher/Librarian Conference in October.

Ann Walsh:
My book Dark Times, an anthology of stories about teens dealing with loss, recently received high praise in a review in Canadian Literature (Spring 2007). Reviewer Lynn (J.R.) Wytenbroek concludes her review with “Ann Walsh has done a superb job of selecting the stories for this anthology; it is a truly excellent collection that will speak to both adults and young people alike about the many facets of loss and recovery from loss.”

Eileen Kernaghan:
My new YA historical fantasy Wild Talent: a novel of the supernatural is scheduled for fall 2008 publication by Thistledown Press. It’s set in London and Paris circa 1888-89.

Pat Godwin:
Pioneer Sounds, my children’s non-fiction book in cartoon format, detailing life in the Lower Fraser Valley in the late nineteenth century, will be out about the end of September. It will be suited for the Grade 2/3 provincial curriculum and will be published by Blask Tusk Publishing Inc. For more information, see

Irene N.Watts:
Susan Perren of The Globe & Mail, had nice things to say about When the Bough Breaks my new children’s novel published by Tundra books, August 2007: “Watt’s keen eye for period detail, her vivid characterization and her estimable heroine make this novel a very affecting one.”

Margriet Ruurs:
I will be speaking at the Vancouver International Writers Festival on Granville Island, on October 16 and 17 (together with Linda Bailey and Dennis Lee). My books include In My Backyard and Wake Up, Henry Rooster (shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award).

Joan Betty Stuchner:
I am taking part in one of the Writing Talks (Children’s Books) at The Word On The Street (touch wood – preferably a nice, polished mahogany. I’m sure that’s lucky for settling strikes.) It’s at 3pm on Sept. 30th. Then in October I’ll be in Sheffield England for a book festival called Off The Shelf. I’ll be reading from, and talking about, Honey Cake, my recently published chapter book.

Pam Withers:
Just off the press is the ninth novel in my “Take It To The Xtreme” series (Whitecap Books): BMX Tunnel Run, for ages 11-14. The tenth and final book will be out in six months. Meanwhile, I’m working on a biography of the world’s most extreme kayaker Tao Berman, due out in a year from Menasha Ridge Press. I’m also writing an Orca Currents (young adult) novel about a climber.

Kari-Lynn Winters:
I will be presenting my book, Jeffrey and Sloth, with Lori Lee Sherritt at the Word on the Street Festival on September, 30th, 2007. Her interactive presentation will begin at 11:50 a.m. in the Kids’ Tent.

Two of my pieces have been published this month. Look for “Measure Me a Measurement”, a poem created by Tiffany Stone and Kari-Lynn Winters, in this month’s issue of KNOW Magazine and “Colorful Mistakes” in the on-line magazine for children entitled Fandangle.

Another story, “Extreme Rollers” was recently accepted for publication by ChickaDEE.

Sandra Diersch:
I have just signed a contract with James Lorimer for my 7th sport story. No Contact is a sequel to Home Court Advantage with ice hockey as the sport of choice. Look for it sometime next year. Also, I will be spending a lot of time in Mission this fall, visiting all 16 elementary schools. Look for pictures and comments on my website later this fall.

Diane Haynes:
I’m booking presentations now for the 2007-2008 school year, and have five presentations/workshops available for teachers and librarians to choose from:

1. Flight or Fight (grades 4-7)
2. Crow Medicine (grades 4-7)
3. Animal Rescue! (grades 4-7)
4. Medicine Animal Journey (grades 4-12)
5. Animal Writes (grades 4-12)

These presentations can easily be tied to your curriculum units in social studies, science, environmental studies, social justice, literature and creative writing. Check the EDUCATORS section on my website for more details or contact me directly at janeraybooks[at]gmail[dot]com. Ten percent (10%) of all my speaking fees will be donated to the Haynes Scholarship for the Advancement of Animal Welfare at UBC. I look forward to hearing from you!

With the support of Burnaby NOW editor Pat Tracy and the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, I’ve launched a new monthly column in the Burnaby NOW called “Animal Instinct.” Exploring everything from oil spills to anti-cruelty laws to the place we give companion animals in our day-to-day lives, the column gives me the chance to tackle subjects outside the realm of “Jane Ray’s Wildlife Rescue Series” while still doing the work I’m passionate about: helping to make our world a better place for animals.

Nancy Hundal:
I have just signed a contract with Raincoast for a picture book called Snowmen and Sandcastles. It will be out in October 2008.

Glenda Leznoff:
Although I work primarily as a writer I’ve always painted. On September 20th the Amelia Douglas Gallery (Douglas College, New Westminster) is launching my first major art show: “The Empress in Her Garden”. The collection of 22 paintings is gardenesque in inspiration, full of colour and free-flowing movement. The cases will feature ceramics by Kinichi Shigeno. The opening is September 20th, 4:30 – 7:30, everyone is welcome. The show runs until October 26th.

Nan Gregory
This fall I’m very pleased to see my picture book Pink come out with Groundwood. It’s illustrated beautifully by the Quebec artist Luc Melanson. I love this book because, though it’s all about a little girl who longs for a pink doll, it’s really about the power of art to break the chains of desire.

Nikki Tate:
Trouble on Tarragon Island has been causing me all kinds of trouble! Despite receiving a nomination for a Saskatchewan Willow Award, at least one Saskatchewan school (in Kindersley) has deemed the book inappropriate for children. Pulled from school library shelves, the novel will not be available for check out, even to children participating in the Willow Awards program. I’ve posted various media articles relating to the banning on my blog at .On Sunday, September 23rd from 2-4 pm I’ll be participating in a “Wacky Families” panel at Cafe Fairfield. Other panelists include Karen Rivers, Dede Crane, and Nelly Kazenbroot. As the panel title suggests, the theme will be wacky relatives and how they get into books. Reading, music, snacks and laughs are also promised by Cafe organizers.

Lee Edward Födi:
I recently returned from teaching a creative writing camp for children in Yong-in, South Korea. This six-day writing-intensive workshop for talented young English writers was a massive success and I’m due to repeat the workshop in February 2008.

I’m pleased to announce that my book, Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers, has been named a finalist for the Mom’s Choice awards, with winners to be announced in NYC on October 13.

My new book, Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, will be released in October. You can peek through the Door, read the first chapter, and even view a 90-second book trailer by visiting

Kirsti Anne Wakelin:
My newest picture book, written by Jennifer Lloyd and published by Simply Read Books, is out in stores now. Look for Looking for the Loons locally in Vancouver Kidsbooks and Blackbond Books, among others. It’s a fall book chock full of wildlife.

I’ve posted a few photos of the illustrations as works in progress on my blog.

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