Join us Nov. 7

Please join Orca creators and check out our new books…including Island in the Salish Sea.

Book birth day

…climbing big-leaf maples, eating wild blackberries, exploring tide pools and sandstone caves, and discovering ancient petroglyphs are only some of the things you can read about in my new picture book, Island in the Salish Sea illustrated by artist,Leslie Redhead and published by Orca Book Publishers.

I have loved the islands in the Salish Sea since discovering them oh so many years ago. This is a place like no other. It holds my heart. I am so fortunate to have raised my children here, to have lived and grown and learned so much on these shores and on these waters. It is the home of ancient peoples, of eagles, whales and salmon, of sitka spruce, cedars and salal. Welcome to this special place. Welcome to my home.

Little Library

A newly refurbished bench has been added next to my little library for your browsing pleasure. And, you will notice that it has been painted my favorite color!

#Little Library

Victoria Literature Roundtable Event

Indigenous Literature for Young Readers

Monday, May 14th at 7:30 pm

Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Introducing Indigenous Literature for Young Readers presented by Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria. Dr. Rodriguez’ presentation highlights examples of Canadian indigenous literature and resources that connect young readers with indigenous culture and worldviews.

Free event. Doors open at 7 pm; presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Browse books for sale from School House Teaching Supplies and Children’s Bookstore.

Annual VCLR memberships are now only $20 (valid for 12 months). Your support helps us support and promote local authors and Canadian children’s literature. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Andrea Brimmell: or Vruti Patel:

The ARCs are Out!

So excited to see an Advance Reading Copy for Island in the Salish Sea. You’ve seen the cover before on this blog, but the interiors are just as gorgeous. Can’t wait until it comes out in September 2018. @orcabook @lredheadart

Barbara Bush was all about literacy

Here is a link to a picture of the socks president Bush wore to his wife, Barbara’s funeral yesterday. She was all about literacy and how books could both lift you up and simultaneously ground us. What a wise woman, and what a lovely and humble tribute. Thanks @jgm41 for taking this poignant photo.


I have long loved the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph. Here are the first few lines and the last few lines.

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me/

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.”

Here’s my new shed colour. Just a warning so that family and friends aren’t shocked and surprised when I am suddenly old and start to wear oodles of purple.

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