Panel Discussion on Writing for Children and Teens

From the Canadian Authors Association Website:

Date: May 7, 2008 – please note date change
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Place: Alliance for the Arts & Culture, Suite 100, 938 Howe St., Vancouver.
Cost: CAA Members free; Non-members $5 ; Students (with student ID) $2

Our panel includes three authors who write for children and teens. There will also be a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables.

Born in Calgary, kc dyer now lives with her children (and other animals) north of Vancouver BC where she works as a freelance writer, speaker and conference coordinator for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. The author of a number of books for young adults published in North America and the UK, kc has a secret fondness for inducing nausea in teens and can often be found sharing some of the greatest grotesque moments in history with large groups of high school students. Unable to see the folly of her ways, kc continues to write and most days can be found sitting at her desk, searching for the perfect word… Website

James McCann is the author of Rancour, Pyre, and the upcoming third book in the series, Dawn. Growing up on the icy plains of Manitoba, he spent most of his time as a teen reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Both of his hobbies taught him his storytelling tools that he now uses as an author and creative writing instructor. Unlike the creatures of the night of which he writes, McCann lives peacefully in the daylight with his Shih Tzu, Conan. He is currently working on his fourth novel, Kane.

Meg Tilly is the author of two adult novels: Singing Songs and Gemma. Her first YA novel, Porcupine, was released by Tundra in Sept. 2007. Porcupine is shortlisted for the Shelia Egoff Children’s Literature award and was chosen as a “The Top Ten Best Bets, 2008” for middle grade readers by the Ontario Libraries Association. Tilly is also known for her work in her former career as a film actress. Some of her better known films include The Big Chill and Agnes of God, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar. At present she is working on her second YA, Try and Stop. She lives in Vancouver BC with her family. Website:

For more information see the Canadian Authors Association Website.

Indigo Signing

kc dyer and I had our first holiday signing at Park Royal Indigo in West Vancouver last night. Here are a few photos to share!

There is one more signing to go! See the post below for information on our event at the Strawberry Hill Chapters in Surrey!

kc dyer and James McCann @ Chapters and Indigo Books

Cybils nominees kc dyer and James McCann will be signing books at the Park Royal Indigo store this Friday afternoon (December 14th) from 2:30 to 5 pm, and at the Surrey Strawberry Hill Chapters store Sunday, December 16th, starting at 1:00 pm.

All are welcome!

We’ll provide the chocolate, you provide the chat! Join young adult authors kc dyer and James McCann as they show their appreciation for readers with chocolates, refreshments and their latest novels.

kc dyer is the author of the historical fiction Eagle Glen Trilogy SEEDS OF TIME, SECRET OF LIGHT & SHADES OF RED, and now the contemporary novel MS ZEPHYR’S NOTEBOOK.
A former teacher, kc now spends her days surfing the time-space continuum for inspiring stories from both past and present for teens and adults.

James McCann is the author of RANCOUR and now its exciting prequel PYRE. As a teen he read comics and played Dungeons & Dragons, both hobbies giving him the tools for storytelling. Now he’s a voracious reader, author and creative writing instructor. His goal is to write books that engage even the most reluctant-reader.

Chocolate & Chat

kc dyer and I had our final four installments of the Terrific Teacher Appreciation Travelling Roadshow at Chapters across Metro Vancouver. The first two were on Sunday, and were in Surrey and Langly. The final two were on Monday, and were at Park Royal and Broadway&Granville.

The staff at Chapters showed us a warm welcome, with a table filled with our books and announcements that let everyone know we were there. The days couldn’t have gone better, with kc and I finishing them off feeling on top of the world!

Chocolate and Chat!

Join James McCann and kc dyer as they show their appreciation for teachers by sharing chocolate and an introduction to their latest novels.

All are welcome! Bring your favourite teacher!

3083 West Broadway, Vancouver – Thursday, August 23rd @ 7:30pm
3040 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver – Sunday, August 26th @ 2pm

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