Optimists Die First Book Launch


Join Susin Nielsen, winner of the prestigious Governor-General’s award, for the launch of her new book, Optimists Die First.

Here are all the event details:

Thursday, March 2, 7 pm
2557 West Broadway, Vancouver

For more information, contact the store at:

Susin will perform a short reading and will be personally autographing copies. The book has been receiving rave reviews so, if you are a lover of YA literature, then this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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Nancy Hundal / Danielle S. Marcotte book launch

In March, Danielle S. Marcotte will team up with Nancy Hundal to launch the French versions of their new books. The event will be in French, at the Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, free and open to everyone. Cake and fruit will be served.

10:30 am | Saturday, March 18th 2017
Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver | 1551 West 7th Avenue

Nancy Hundal: Le camion 21 by les Presses de Bras-d’Apic
Danielle S. Marcotte: Noé et Grand-Ours Une aventure au Yukon by les Éditions des Plaines

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Everyone is welcome at this French-speaking event, be they French speakers, English speakers or mimes!

bref1-copieIn other news, are any of you tempted by a contest in French? A Manitoba press, Les Éditions du Blé, has a contest until March 3: writing 150 words short stories (called “nouvelles” in French) for Western and Northern Canadian authors. They will print the 150 entries in French (on any topic for all audiences) in a book to celebrate 150th year of Canadian history, a maximum of three per author. For more information see: http://ble.avoslivres.ca/vedette/bref/

— Danielle S. Marcotte

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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: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AP36A2TXJXAEQ

Tickets for authors and illustrators of 2017 selected books: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CDB2BTJM4EFCN

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 info@kogawahouse.com (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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