CWILL Member News for March 2014
Karen Autio’s first picture book GROWING UP IN WILD HORSE CANYON has been accepted for publication by Sono Nis Press. Karen’s Vancouver Island book tour is set for April 7-11, 2014. In her school presentations she will feature the history behind her newest book SABOTAGE, as well as commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Empress of Ireland sinking by sharing the inspiration and research behind SECOND WATCH.
Eileen Kernaghan’s new YA novel, Sophie, in Shadow, will be released March 31 by Thistledown Press. It’s 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of the SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in the unfamiliar world of British India. Against the background of a world at war, Sophie’s powers of precognition will be called upon to help thwart a conspiracy that could incite a bloodbath in Calcutta, and deliver India into enemy hands.
Irene N. Watt’s recent novel: Touched By Fire, Tundra Books, was named an Honor Book for older readers, by the Sidney Taylor Awards Committee. It was also awarded Honor status in the Grade 6-8 category by USIBBY.Her 2005 book Flower, Tundra books, has been picked up by Welcome Rain Publishers of Seoul, Korea- the first international book on their children’s List.
Becky Citra’s new juvenile novel, Finding Grace, will be released in March by Second Story Press. Becky will be launching the book at the Agassiz-Harrison Museum in April.
Sara Leach’s new book, Warm Up, has just been released as part of the Orca Limelights series.
Holman Wang (with twin brother Jack Wang) will be publishing three books in spring 2015 with Chronicle Books, in conjunction with Disney / Lucasfilm: 12-word, needle-felted versions of each of the three original Star Wars movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi). Holman and Jack are the creators / illustrators behind Cozy Classics.
Caroline Woodward has launched her lighthouse memoir on the BC BookLook site, which is also carrying her review of two hockey goalie books originally commissioned for the March issue of BC Bookworld. http://bcbooklook.com/2014/02/24/lighthouse-lit/#more-22276
Glen Huser – completed a successful residency at St. Francis Xavier in December, working with grade 4 students.
Darlene Foster – will be presenting at a Richmond elementary school next week. Reading from Amanda in Arabia, which is being used as part of the curriculum.
Wendy Phillips will be a jury member for Chocolate Lily awards.
Joan Stuchner – judging a speaking contest at Richmond Library, Saturday, Feb. 22.
Danika Dinsmore – leading a workshop at the Faerie Conference in Seattle. Book 3 of MG Fantasy series out 4/15, & Art Starts grant for artist residency at Southridge School, Surrey.
Suzanne de Montigny – recently graduated from SFU’s TWS; am just finishing second Shadow of the Unicorn series. First one is due soon as a print book. Have a fiddling novel I will shortly rewrite.
Jacquie Pearce’s new novel, Siege, for Orca Currents, is coming out in September. School presentation, workshop at New West Lit Fest in April, workshops for Kamloops conference for kids.
Mary Jane Muir is doing workshops in schools this spring.
Lori Sherritt-Fleming is completing a residency at Henderson Annex Elementary on the them of Active Witnessing and finding words to stand up for what you feel is right, and beginning a new one in April at Star of the Sea in White Rock combining technology and poetry. She organized Canada’s First World Read Aloud Day on March 5th at Christianne’s Lyceum with CWILL members and has been doing skype visits with schools across the globe. She was recently interviewed on the Morning Edition with Rick Cluff and in Quill and Quire for WRAD.