Chapters book store at Metrotown in Burnaby has teamed with local authors Linda DeMeulemeester, Diane Haynes, Jacqueline Pearce and Ellen Schwartz to create an afternoon of books, games, prizes and treats for young readers. If you’re in the area Saturday, December 8 from 1pm to 3pm, take a break from mall madness and meet the authors.
DeMeulemeester, Haynes, Pearce and Schwartz are all members of CWILL BC and have 23 books and numerous awards among them. They were looking for ways to let Burnaby parents and young readers know that some of their favourite authors might be living in their very own neighbourhood. That’s when they hit on the idea of joining forces with Chapters.
“These authors approached us with the idea of creating a special event for Burnaby kids for the holiday season,” says Metrotown Chapters general manager Michael Mallen, “and since we’re actively looking for ways to connect with the community, especially our young readership, we immediately said yes, and started brainstorming ways to build on the authors’ ideas.” Stationed in the children’s section of the store, the authors will be available to sign books and answer questions about their writing, and the afternoon will feature activities and games, give-aways, book prizes and some sweet treats courtesy of Chapters.
DeMeulemeester’s The Secret of Grim Hill has been selected as one of the 10 “Great Books of 2008” by the Canadian Toy Testing Council; Haynes is the author of a series of animal rescue novels for young adults and her latest is Crow Medicine; Pearce has written seven books for young readers, including Manga Touch, about a manga-loving teen who travels to Japan; and Schwartz has penned 13 books, including the Sydney Taylor Book Award-nominated Stealing Home. Schwartz speaks for the group when she says, “We’re delighted to join with Chapters Metrotown to put on an event that brings kids, families and books together.”