In a cross-country effort, three Canadian authors are joining hands to celebrate writing for young people by promoting their books on the weekend of the release of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

“Other people write books too, you know.” That’s the message James Bow, an Ontarian writer of fantasy novels for young people, hopes to get across with his one-man picket beside the midnight line-up of fans waiting to get their hands on the last book in the Harry Potter series.

Bow, wearing a wizarding hat and a “will write for food” placard, will be stationed outside the Toronto independent bookstore Another Story, as it opens at midnight to accommodate eager muggles. He will return the next day at noon to read from other novels and sign his own.

In Vancouver, authors James McCann and kc dyer will launch their latest novels at the Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival in Stanley Park “in defiance of the Potter juggernaut”.

“As a writer of books for young adults, I know how much my industry owes to the imagination of J.K. Rowling,” says dyer. “I discovered Harry just after the second book was published and am a huge fan. But we’d like to use this occasion to bring attention to some of the other wonderful books that are being published for young people in this country.”

Both McCann and dyer are affiliated with Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC), an organization that helps promote writers and illustrators of books for youth in British Columbia.

These tongue-in-cheek protests, are designed to bring attention to Canadian books children and young adults could read once the final page turns on Rowling’s Harry Potter epic.

Who:James Bow, author of “Fathom Five” (the Dundurn Group)

kc dyer, author of “Ms. Zephyr’s Notebook” (the Dundurn Group)
James McCann, author of “Pyre” (Simply Read Books)

When: Friday, July 20, 2007 – 11:59 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. EDT (James Bow)Saturday, July 21, 2007 – noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT (James Bow)

Saturday, July 21, 2007 – 1:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PDT (kc dyer, James McCann)

Where: Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto (James Bow)

Summer Dream Festival, Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver (kc dyer, James McCann)

Summer Dreamin’

Come out and meet your local authors at one of Vancouver’s most lively literary arts festivals! CWILL BC will have a table promoting authors in your community.

As well, kc dyer and James McCann will be reading from the children’s tent from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and will also be celebrating* their new books Ms. Zephyr’s Notebook and Pyre!

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival is an annual, engaging, outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. This year the festival will be located in beautiful Stanley Park at Lumberman’s Arch on Saturday July 21st from 12:00 to 7:30pm.

This literary celebration will be comprised of performances by twenty literary groups, including multi-cultural readings in various languages, a Poetry Slam and a Story Slam competition to be judged by attendees.
Entertainment will also include dancers and two local bands. There will be a children’s area with puppet shows, music, storytellers, face painting and a craft table.

Throughout the day Pandora’s Collective will offer workshops, a panel discussion, a creativity table for crafts and writing, a poetry contest, open mic readings and there will be information tables showcasing community groups and resources such as the Vancouver Public Library and
The Federation of BC Writers.

Vancouver Poet Laureate, George McWhirter, will do the opening reading at the Festival. For more information, see here:

*due to park regulations, books cannot be sold at the festival. If you’d like a signed copy, simply pick up your copy ahead of time from your favourite bookstore and bring it with you!