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


CWILL Member News for Fall 2014

Lee Edward Fodi:  Just finished presenting at the VWF and was selected to do the TD 2015 Tour

Norma Charles:  Did an author talk at the Coquitlam Pioneer’s AGM and a reading at the Mallairdville celebration in September

Lois Peterson:  Is the Writer in Residence at York House School with a focus on historical fiction

Cynthia Nugent:  Received funding to complete a story app for i pads based on a Tradewind picture book

Gina McMurchy-Barber:  “Bone Deep” is out, the third in the Peggy Henderson Adventure series.  Gina is doing the Reading Link Tour in January/February.  “When Children Play” was nominated for the Hackmatack and she has been invited to tour New Brunswick in May

Glen Huser:  Launched “The Elevator Ghost” in October in Edmonton and Vancouver.  Many school visits in both cities

Danielle S. Marcotte:  Had 6 books published in two languages in May 2014

Lori Sherritt-Fleming:  Has artwork and poetry from the upcoming “Hungry For Math” picture book at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and is in the midst of a full school Writer in Residency at Brockton Preparatory School in North Vancouver.

Robin Stevenson:  Recently took part in the International Festival of Authors, speaking with young readers at Toronto’s Harbourfront and in Creemore, ON. She very much enjoyed this fabulous opportunity to connect with enthusiastic kids and to meet and be inspired by writers from all over the world. Robin will be in Toronto again in January, for the OLA’s Super-conference, where she will speak about her experience winning the Silver Birch Award at the Forest of Reading showcase. Robin’s new YA novel “The World Without Us” will be published in February 2015 by Orca. She is currently working on a juvenile novel as well as her first work of non-fiction– a middle-grade book about Pride Day.

As a result of Karen Autio’s historical novel /Second Watch/ being about a Finnish immigrant family travelling on the doomed Canadian Pacific steamship /Empress of Ireland/ in 1914, Karen was interviewed by a Finnish journalist. She was then featured in his article about the shipwreck and the Finland-bound passengers in the Finnish magazine /Seura/. Karen’s first chapter book has been accepted for publication by Sono Nis Press. /Kah-Lan /is a west coast sea otter adventure tale.

Suzanne de Montigny’s novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, was recently released as a print book. The 36-page reproducible study guide that accompanies it, is free for download. It is in compliance with the BC Curriculum for grades 4, 5, and 6.

Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone have a book in edit. It will be released in the spring and the print book will feature QR links to videos of the experiments. Cool or what? Shar is just completing the longest book she has ever written. At over 30 thousand words plus about 100 illustrations and photographs, she is ready to shoot herself. It is a history book that reads like fiction and will have a web site dedicated to the videos and historical documents relating to the book.

Laura Langston’s fall release The Art of Getting Stared At was named as one of Canadian Living Magazine’s 5 best fall reads. Laura has also been selected to tour for TD Book Week in 2015, and will be heading to Ontario.
Carol Anne Shaw is thrilled to learn that the HANNAH trilogy will become audiobooks through Post Hypnotic Press in Vancouver, with the first two becoming available in late November of this year. Now that she is writing and painting full time from her home, Carol Anne has a few other manuscripts on the back burner as well as finishing up the edits to Hannah & the Wild Woods. As to whether or not there will be a fourth HANNAH book, it’s kind of looking that way! In-depth study guides are now available for both Hannah & the Spindle Whorl, and Hannah & the Salish Sea (free for download). You can find them here: and here:

Mark David Smith’s first novel, Caravaggio: Signed in Blood, was released in November by Tradewind Books, and will be published in the USA and UK in 2015. He will be the feature author at the Burnaby School District’s annual writing contest in the spring, addressing several hundred students from K to 12.

Silvana Goldemberg: will be part of “Diverse Voices”: Multicultural Authors Panel at Richmond Public Library on Nov. 20th from 7-8:30 p.m. Her play “ZooLogical” will be on stage in Buenos Aires during December.

Dan Bar-el: took part in Wordfest in Calgary this October as well as the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Throughout October and November he’s been giving presentations at 16 Fraser Valley Library branches. This month his middle grade novel, Audrey (cow), was released. It is published by Tundra Books.

Jacqueline Pearce presented a workshop on writing historical fiction at the Richmond Junior Writers’ Conference in October. Her novel Siege, in which contemporary teenagers participate in War of 1812 re-enactment, is out this month with Orca (in the Orca Currents series).

Max Tell: This year has been very exciting for Max Tell with more to come. He has had close to a dozen poems published and has received three honourable mentions and won two awards. These include an honourable mention for “The Sasquatch that Botched Hopscotch”, Amateur Lyric Contest, The American Songwriter, “Crazy Crazy Zoo Story”, ASA The Australian Songwriting Competition, and “Amanda the Panda”, the UK Songwriting Contest. The latter is still in the running. “The Kid Who Hid His Head in a Box” won second place in the Royal City Literary Arts Society’s Write-On Contest, and Max was honoured with Writer International Network’s 2014 Distinguished Author and Artist Award for 40 years of working with children as a writer, storyteller, songwriter, and performer.  Max is also soon to be showcased on Canadian Musician Magazine’s web site, will be a featured poet at Poetic Justice in New Westminster, BC, November 23, will be a guest performer at Edge of the Page Poetry Club in Maple Ridge, BC, December 15, and will perform his current show “Caroling Capers for Christmas Kids” at Kensington Community Centre in Vancouver, BC, December 15 and at the Open Door Church in Maple Ridge, BC, December 20. Earlier this year, Max was invited by the Royal City Literary Art Society to create and facilitate a new writers’ group for authors who write for children. Writing for Kidz started in September and runs every other Monday form 10-12. Their next meeting is scheduled for September 17. Max lives in White Rock, BC.



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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