On January 21, 2015, some of BC’s finest authors and illustrators gathered at to meet, mingle, and celebrate local talent. This was a joint event between the Children’s Literature Roundtable and CWILL BC. It took place at the beautiful Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver, a venue that offers a beautiful view of False Creek and the city.
Kit Pearson, winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence spoke about her writing career. She’s been a prolific storyteller, and is known for many books including The Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth, and The Guests of War Trilogy. Kit spoke with fondness about the joys of doing research and the delight she’s taken in weaving whimsical historical facts into her writing.
The second speaker was Michelle Mulder, winner of the VCLR Information Book Award for Pedal It: How Bicycles Are Changing the World. She spoke about her travels and experiences and how she came to love writing non-fiction.
The night also featured a silent auction of numerous goodie baskets filled with—what else—literature. Perhaps the piece de resistance was scooped up by CWILL President Lori Sherrit-Fleming: a beautiful boxed set of the Anne of Green Gables series.
The night was a chance to celebrate ALL of the wonderful BC authors and illustrators who were finalists or winners for awards in 2014. Here’s a list of the 2014 CWILL Finalists and Winners:
Karen Autio Sabotage – finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis
Linda Bailey Toads on Toast – winner of the 2014 Chocolate Lily
Dan Bar-el Not Your Typical Dragon – finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prize
Sara Cassidy: Skylark – finalist for the Bolen Book Prize Seeing Orange – finalist for the 2014 Chocolate Lily
Becky Citra If Only – finalists for the 2014 BC Book Prize
Claire Eamer The World in Your Lunch Box – winner of the 2014 Red Cedar Information Book Award Before the World Was Ready – finalist for the 2014 VCLR Info Award and winner of the 2014 Lane Anderson Award for science writing.