START THE PRESSES! – The latest news from CWILL BC writers and illustrators

Irene N. Watts has two books out, Touched by Fire and ESCAPE FROM BERLIN, Tundra Books. Tradewind books has sold rights for NO PETS ALLOWED to Brazil.

Pam Withers has had a second young-adult adventure novel accepted by Tundra Books. It is set in Alberta and Bolivia. The title is Andre’s Race and it is due out in spring 2014.

Ellen Schwartz will be writer-in-residence at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Vancouver during November and December.

Scot Ritchie was asked to be a judge (in the children’s illustration category) for this years Governor General’s award. He was very honoured to be asked but said the best part of it was being able to look at the amazing work of so many talented illustrators. The second best part was talking them all over with the other judges and delightful mediator, Diane Miljours.

Vi Hughes’ story Kaput!” is out. Bedtime goes kaput when grandpa, a magician, retires but his rabbits don’t. Published y Scholastic Education. In magazine format, Illustrated by Graham Ross. Vi, with co –author Frances Warner, has written Go Outside and Read which appears in ‘Info Link’, the journal of the BCNPHA (BC Non Profit Housing Association). It advocates for reading in play spaces. Vi and Frances (community planner) are advocating for early literacy in public spaces through their initiative called LITE –Literacy in the Environment. They are off to Washington on November 21 to present the concept at the NAEYC conference (National Association for the Education of Young Children). They are creating a Facebook page for LITE which will be up soon.

Gillian Richardson’s, 10 Plants That Shook the World (Annick Press) has won a Silver Honors Award from the California Reading Association. It has also been honoured with a nomination in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category of the 2013 Cybils Awards, and is a starred selection in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Fall Edition of Best Books for Kids and Teens.

Lois Peterson’s first picture book MY BOOTS, YOUR BOOTS will be published by Fitzhenry Whiteside in 2015 or 2016. Her young reader THE PAPER HOUSE has been selected as one of six titles in the 2014 BCLA BC Reading Link Challenge in which teams of school children challenge each other in discussion of books, while her teen hi-lo DISCONNECT is proving to be a ‘nice little earner’ with foreign sales to seven countries. Which , is just as well – everything else on her desk right now has gone off the boil for the moment so she’s filling the time with working, teaching and trying to come up with 30 picture book ideas during November’s Picture Book Ideas Month.

Glen Huser “Time For Flowers, Time For Snow” launched in Montreal with 180 kids singing 3 numbers in early October.

Heather Kellerhals-Stewart is launching her picture book, “Oh No Noah” in December.

Darlene Foster is writing book 4 of Amanda’s Travel Adventures.

Max Tell has had 2 poems published in Westward Quarterly in September and October, 3 poems published in Wordplay at Work, his award winning song, “Cat in My Hoody” is in the running for a second award. He is the featured writer in Wordplay at Work in December.

Jacquie Pearce is working on a new Orca Currents novel and has a story in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book with a Canadian winter theme.

Lee Edward Fodi has been selected as the feature author at the Richmond Children’s Arts Festival and new editions of Kendra Kandlestar have been released with Simply Read Books.

Kallie George is having the book launch for “Spark” on November 28th at 7pm at the Lyceum.

Kathie Shoemaker has successfully completed her doctorate at UBC.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming is completing two residencies at Brockton Preparatory School and Pleasantside Elementary and will be presenting at the National Council of Teacher’s of English Conference in Boston in late November. She has also launched an after school writing and drama program at Mount Pleasant Elementary in partnership with Kidsafe and ING Direct.

Karen Hibbard is excited to announce she will be a contributing illustrator for the book version of Shane Koyczan’s poem titled “To This Day” (scheduled to be published in 2014- Annick Press). The viral video of this poem has been viewed by more than 10 million people.

Joan Stuchner gave a Scary Scene writing workshop at Oakridge Library on October 29th. There were thirteen students who wrote the scariest scenes you can imagine. It was wonderful.

Karen Autio and her latest book Sabotage were featured in Okanagan Life Magazine’s inaugural author Q&A column in the Oct/Nov issue. In January she will be participating in CANSCAIP’s Mass Book Launch at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. In May Karen will be presenting at the Empress of Ireland 100th Anniversary Commemoration in Rimouski, QC, and signing copies of her novel Second Watch which is based on the Empress shipwreck and inspired by the tale of a silver spoon from her Finnish grandmother.

Silvana Goldemberg’s new book, Victoria, is out published by Tradewind books.

About Dan Bar-el

I am a children's writer. I write picture books, middle grade novels and graphic novels. Also angry tweets, once in a while.
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