Book launch – Linda DeMeulemeester & Beryl Young – October 3rd, 2018

Linda DeMeulemeester and Beryl Young invite you to attend a launch of their middle-grade novels –

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 7 pm
Book Warehouse | 4118 Main Street, Vancouver

Linda’s book is The Mystery of Croaker’s Island and Beryl’s is Miles to Go.

Juice and chocolate brownies will be served.
Everyone welcome.

Beryl Young & CWILL BC

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A West Coast Summer Book Launch

Author Caroline Woodward and Carol Evans announce a book tour to launch A West Coast Summer.


Tuesday, October 2nd, 4 pm
Tofino Community Theatre
380 Campbell Street, Tofino
Slide show presentation and Q&A with author and artist All children and adults welcome! Free to the public. Mermaid Tales Bookshop will be selling books.

Wednesday, October 3, 2 pm
Courtenay Public Library
300 6th Street, Courtenay
Slide show presentation and reading. All children and adults welcome! Laughing Oyster Bookshop will be selling books.

Wednesday, October 3, 4:15 pm
Mulberry Bush Bookstore
102 280 East Island Hwy, Parksville.

Meet and greet with the author and illustrator.

Thursday, October 4, 1:30 pm
Salt Spring Public Library
129 McPhillips Avenue, Ganges
Slide show presentation and Q&A with artist and author. Salt Spring Books will be selling books which author and artist will happily autograph.

Thursday, October 4, 4 pm
Volume I Bookstore
149 Kenneth Street, Duncan

Autographs and hand shakes in another lovely and long-established Island bookstore!

Friday, October 5th, noon
Tanner’s Books
2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
Meet and greet with the author and illustrator.

Friday, October 5th, 4 pm
Maritime Museum of British Columbia
634 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Slide show and presentation with author and artist. All children welcome! This event, like all the events listed, is free to the public. The Maritime Museum will be selling books and author and artist will happily autograph them for you.

Carol Evans will discuss her watercolour process, finding her subjects, and
some of her adventures on the sailboat she and her husband, Bryn King, go
out on every summer, exploring this coast from Salt Spring Island, their
home, up to Haida Gwaii. Carol has had three books of her paintings
published but this one, her fourth, is her first children’s book.


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Oy Vey! Deadline approaching for funniest book award

The deadline for entries for the second bi-annual Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’ sBook Award is October 24, 2018 (AKA International BolognaDay). There are TWO prizes now!


Please see below for details . . .

Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Joan was many things — brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now…) With this pair of awards, we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

The $752.81 x 2 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! —Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented biannually to a Canadian author or illustrator of the work of juvenile writing that had the jury most buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained in these two categories:

1. A board or picture book

2. A book with lots more words than pictures


Eligible works:

•   board books
•   picture books
•   chapter books
•   graphic novels
•   juvenile fiction and non-fiction (suitable for readers up to grade 7)
•   created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada
•   published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018
•   written in English

Ineligible works

•   young adult fiction
•   self-published titles

Submission requirements:

Please send 3 copies of the work along with acompleted application form to:

The Joan Betty Stuchner OyVey Funniest Children’s BookAward
6637 Emerson Street, Burnaby BC V5E 1W5

Please include a $25 submission fee per title by PayPal or a cheque payable to “JBS Oy Vey Award.”

Submission deadline:

International Bologna Day: 24 October, 2018

The second Joan Betty Stuchner OyVey Funniest Children’s Book Awards will be presented at a special ceremony in Spring 2019.

Posted on behalf of The Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award Committee (Caroline Adderson, Kathryn Shoemaker, Ellen Schwartz, Cindy Heinrichs)

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Kidsbooks’ Launch – September 20th, 2018

Please come help us celebrate the following lovely new books!

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Kidsbooks | 2557 West Broadway | Vancouver

Goodnight, Anne & Anne Arrives, by Kallie George (an early reader and a goodnight book for fans of Anne of Green Gables—and who isn’t?)

Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey (a picture book biography of Mary Shelley and the creation of Frankenstein)

Hedgehog, by Ashlyn Anstee (a humorous political allegory about sharing!)

There will be readings, refreshments and literary conversations and wonderful new fall books everywhere you look!

If you can come, please register at the following site to help Kidsbooks with numbers:

— Linda Bailey & CWILL BC

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Crwth Press Launch

Crwth Launch

Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio, illustrated by Loraine Kemp

Isobel’s Stanley Cup by Kristin Butcher

For more information, click Crwth Press Launch Party

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Graphic novel about the rescue of Jewish children wins award

Kathryn Shoemaker and Irene N. Watts have won a second award for their graphic novel Seeking Refuge, published by Tradewind Books.

The book has won in the category of “Children & Youth” for the Jonathan & Heather Berkowitz Prize.


​Seeking Refuge captures Irene Watts’ experiences when she was sent to England from Germany on the Kindertransport at the age of seven. This was a military operation that saved almost 10,000 Jewish children during WWII. ​

IRENE N. WATTS has written poems, plays, novels and non-fiction books. As a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, she wrote and directed plays for young audiences to be performed at schools.

KATHRYN E. SHOEMAKER is the illustrator of more than 40 books for children. She has broad experience as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, fund raiser and event designer. She teaches children’s literature at UBC.

The Western Canada Jewish Book Awards are part of the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival in Vancouver. This initiative is designed to celebrate excellence in writing on Jewish themes / subjects and showcase the achievements of authors who reside west of the Ontario/Manitoba border, including the Northern regions. The Awards aim to recognize these writers’ contribution to Jewish culture by. For the 2018 awards, books published in 2016 and 2017 were accepted.


The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages. This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging Jewish writers and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events over 5-6 days in November, which is Jewish Book Month. In 2018, the 34th annual Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will take place between Nov 24th-29th.

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