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SPRING BOOK HATCHING 2008

MEDIA RELEASE
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Come Celebrate Children’s Literature at the Second Annual

Just in time for summer reading, the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) is pleased to announce the second annual Spring Book Hatching, a special event to celebrate the release of the latest books by local authors and artists.

Spring Book Hatching will be held June 14, 2008, from 1-3 pm in the Peter Kaye room and lower level at the Vancouver Public Library.

This free event promises to have something for every young reader, with picture books, juvenile fiction, and young adult books all being showcased. The afternoon will feature live presentations, free autographs, displays, door prizes, a book sale and—best of all—the chance for lovers of children’s literature to meet their favourite BC author or illustrator.

“We have some incredible, award-winning authors and illustrators in this province,” says CWILL BC president James McCann. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to gather so much of our local talent together in one room. Last year, this event was an incredible success, and we can’t wait to show the public what we’ve all been up to since last year.”

To date, the following authors and illustrators are scheduled to appear at Spring Book Hatching:

Caroline Adderson, Sue Ann Alderson, Ann Alma, Dan Bar-el, Lillian Boracks-Nemetz, Julie Burtinshaw, Kristin Butcher, Izabel Bzymek, Norma Charles, kc dyer, Lee Edward Födi, Patricia Godwin, James Heneghan, Shelley Hrdlitschka, Vi Hughes, Melanie Jackson, Katarina Jovanovik, Shar Levine, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Laura Langston, Meomi, James Mccann, Gina Mcmurchy-Barber, Michelle Mulder, Rachel Dunstan Muller, Maxwell Newhouse, Jacqueline Pearce, Robin Stevenson, Crystal Stranaghan, Joan Betty Stuchner, Nikki Tate, Meg Tilly, Kirsti Anne Wakelin, Irene Watts, John Wilson, Kari-Lynn Winters, and Pam Withers.

CWILL BC is a lively group of published writers and illustrators for children. With close to 150 members across British Columbia, we exchange information about creating literary works for young people, we support one another and we help promote our books. Our volunteer, cooperative organization also communicates with other arts groups, schools and libraries in BC and Canada. Spring Book Hatching is hosted by CWILL BC, Pandora’s Collective, and the Vancouver Public Library.
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The poster can be downloaded here (letter size) and here (tabloid size)

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Spring Book Hatching 2007!

The Spring Book Hatching was a resounding success! With anywhere from 300-500 people (depending on who you ask), we kept a packed house of revolving (meaning not the same all day) people who came out to meet their local authors.

A big thanks goes out to the Spring Book Hatching planning committee, namely kc dyer, Diane Haynes, Melonie Jackson, Jaquie Pearce and Lee Edward Fodi. I also feel the need to thank Pam Withers for suggesting this idea to me during her 2005/2006 Presidential term over CWILL.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some photos.

Writer’s Union, Blogging and Pyre

So it seems a bit absurd not to blog about the writing panel I was on yesterday at the Writer’s Union AGM … considering the panel was on blogging.

I was one of three panelists, the other two being George Plumley and Michael V. Smith. We had a fair turnout, and fielded your typical questions of “Why should I blog?” The best part about yesterday wasn’t the panel, but the people I got to meet. I met Kristyn Dunnion, a fellow YA author. I had actually met a friend of hers who lives here in Vancouver, kind of a chance meeting at the bookstore where she and I started talking about YA books. I can’t recall if her friend or if I had mentioned Mosh Pit, but we’d gotten onto the topic of Kristyn somehow. Anyway, Kristyn became my Myspace pal and yesterday we got the chance to meet face to face. It was awesome.

Another cool thing was when the Child Lit authors started talking about what direction they’d like to see the Writer’s Union go in, and everything they mentioned were things that CWILL has been doing for the past 2 years. I never realized before just how progressive of a writer’s organization CWILL is, and just how lucky I am to be a part of it.

In other news, I got wind that Pyre will be shipped on the 26th of this month. This means it should start hitting bookstores sometime in July.

Spring Book Hatching


How could I forget this?

Come and see your favourite BC authors as they launch their newest creations at the Vancouver Public Library!
June 9th (Saturday) from 1 to 3pm in the Alice McKay Room.

Our list of presenters includes: Alison Acheson,Dan Bar-el, Dianna Bonder, Vivien Bowers, Della Burford, Kristin Butcher, Linda DeMeulemeester, Maggie de Vries, kc dyer, Lee Edward Födi, Dennis Foon, Diane Haynes, James Heneghan, Melanie Jackson, Heather Kellerhals-Stewart, Cora Lee, Shar Levine, Ainslie Manson, Adrienne Mason, James McCann, Victoria Miles, Max Newhouse, Cynthia Nugent, Jacqueline Pearce, Louise Phillips, Ellen Schwartz, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin, Shannon Stewart, Tiffany Stone, Joan Betty Stuchner, Diane Tullson, Kari-Lynn Winters & Pam Withers.