COMEDY NIGHT for Reading Lights: February 23, 2017

Vi Hughes, Kathie Shoemaker, Kelly Zirnhelt, and Lenka Misikova invite you to:

COMEDY NIGHT for Reading Lights
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm
The Studio | 919 Granville street, Vancouver

comedy-night-invite2Please join us for a fun night out with friends! Enjoy a burger, a beer and a laugh! If you think the CBC show The Debaters is funny, you’ll love what we have in store for you. Patrick Maliha moderates as two of Vancouver’s finest comedians, including Simon King, debate the merits of fairy tales and the dangers of reading.

Surprise gifts for everyone! | Silent auction of great items for the whole family!

If you plan to come and haven’t bought your tickets yet, get them now. It will be a hilarious night, all in support of Reading Lights, celebrating BC books and reading to children.

Buy your ticket through PayPal and print your receipt to show at the door:

Tickets for authors and illustrators of 2017 selected books:

Brought to you by Reading Lights – a celebration of books on our city streets!

— Reading Lights

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Serendipity 2017: March 4 at UBC

Serendipity 2017:
From Beginning to End (Life, Death, and Everything In Between)

Jeremy Tankard  |  Jennifer A. Nielsen | Martha Brockenbrough

Serendipity 2017 looks to the stages of development between childhood and teenage years, from the humorous antics of Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s exploration of a young girl finding her family divided overnight by the sudden rise of the Berlin Wall in A Night Divided, and Martha Brockenbrough’s Game of Love and Death, a tale of destiny and personal choice throughout various times and places. The work of these three phenomenal artists, from picture books to nonfiction to historical novels, will make you laugh, cry, and think about humanity in surprising ways.

March 4, 2017 | 8 am to 3:30 pm | UBC Ike Barber Library

Register here!
Early bird rates end February 12, 2017 | Regular rates end February 28, 2017
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, book sales, and book signing.

— Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable

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Haiku Secrets at Historic Joy Kogawa House

historic-joy-kogawa-houseOn February 25, Jacquie Pearce will give a Haiku Secrets workshop at Historic Joy Kogawa House. In the workshop, Jacquie will teach people about writing haiku (including debunking the idea that a haiku poem needs to be 5-7-5 syllables long and exploring some of the other characteristics that make a good haiku) and will invite participants to decorate a koi scale with haiku that they write during the workshop. Jacquie has had several haiku receive recognition in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival international haiku contest, including Best Vancouver haiku in 2015.

The workshop will run from 1 – 2:30 pm, February 25, 2017, at Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver. The workshop will be followed by koinobori decorating from 3 – 4:30 pm. To attend, RSVP to (admission by donation).

jacquieJacquie’s novel The Reunion (historical fiction for ages 8-10) indirectly connected her with Historic Joy Kogawa House. The novel is about children affected by the WW II internment of Japanese-Canadians, and the house is the former home of Japanese-Canadian author, Joy Kogawa, who lived there with her family before being sent to an internment camp in the BC interior.

Jacquie will be a partnering writer at Historic Joy Kogawa House in February and March 2017 and will be in residence there in July.

Jacquie Pearce

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Can Write: Meet Norma Charles in Canadian Teacher

norma-charles-portraitMargriet Ruurs interviewed Norma Charles in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Canadian Teacher. The feature, Can Write: Meeting Canadian Writers and Illustrators of Children’s Books, asks:

What inspires the writers of the books your students read? How does an illustrator decide what to draw? Is it true that most authors and illustrators don’t know each other? This column features a different Canadian children’s book creator in each issue and shows you the story beyond the covers.

Check out Can Write – Meet Norma Charles, by Margriet Ruurs:

— Margriet Ruurs

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Marion Crook on 7 Ways to Make a Young Reader’s Hair Stand Up!

marion-crook-featuredMarion Crook was a guest columnist for Writers’ Digest in January 2017 on 7 Ways to Make a Young Reader’s Hair Stand Up.

Marion is the author of Writing for Children & Young Adults published by Self-Counsel Press as part of the Self-Counsel Press Writing Series. The Updated 3rd edition came out in 2016.


— Marion Crook

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Booktalk on Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs: January 16th


The BC Literary Council and the Lower Mainland International Literacy Association have asked Margriet Ruurs to talk about her latest book, Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey, in celebration of Family Literacy Day:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Norma Rose Point School, Learning Commons Room
5488 Ortona Road, Vancouver (near UBC off University Blvd)

Meet & Greet 4:00 pm | Program Begins 4:30 pm | BCLCIRA Meeting Follows

FREE admission! Everyone welcome! Light refreshments! Door Prizes!

refugee-boatsBooks will be available for sale & signing before and after the official program.

Attendees will be invited to make a small voluntary donation to support a Syrian refugee family sponsored by Literacy Haida Gwaii.

If you wish, memberships to the International Literacy Association will be available on site with a special discount of $10.

This also entitles you to a British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Reading Association Membership.

— Margriet Ruurs

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