Writing Work Shop for Teens

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Kids’ Lit. Breakfast coming up

If you happen to be in Vancouver this weekend, this would be an awesome event to check out.

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And the Winner Is…

 

The 2017 Bolen’s Book Prize for Children’s Books was announced last night. And the winner is…

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Congratulations all!

Kisses coming soon

Advanced reading copies are out. Coming to a book store near you soon.

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Victoria Kids’ Lit Roundtable Event

Author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
Telling It Straight (With a Few Curves): Writing Nonfiction for Children

Monday, Oct. 23rd at 7:30 pm
Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Local author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox will describe her experience of writing her first book for children (after 30 years as a writer and editor) and her writing process, and offer a brief brainstorming exercise to get you started on your own process.

Merrie-Ellen is the author of What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. More info at www.merriellenwilcox.com

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VCLR Steering Committee members will also book talk some more of the titles nominated for the Information Book Award. Voting will take place at this meeting.
Doors open at 7 pm; presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Browse books for sale from School House Teaching Supplies and Children’s Bookstore.

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $7 drop-in; $5 with valid student card.

Annual 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 Vruti Patel: vpatel@gvpl.ca

The Best Kids’ Books of the Season

There are so many wonderful books for kids that sometimes it’s hard to know which ones are right for your child. One of the ways to narrow down the search is to check out the books shortlisted for this season’s awards. Here in Canada, that’s made easy by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, who coordinate a whole host of kids’ book awards including the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award.

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And if introducing wonderful books to your children isn’t enough, CBC will be running kids’ book clubs across the country with some cool prizes.  CBC Books has launched a Fan Choice Contest, giving readers the opportunity to vote on their favourite book of the five titles shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The author with the most votes will receive $5,000. Those who vote in the contest will be entered in a random draw to win $500, a school visit from one of the nominated authors and a financial donation to their school library. (Kids in Canada  aged 5-12 are eligible)

So, get to the library or bookstore and get your kids reading!

 

 

Children’s Literature Roundtable September 27 2017

Author Robin Stevenson

Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 7:30 pm

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

Local author Robin Stevenson will discuss her latest book, Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Pride is a finalist for the 2017 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. It’s also a 2017 Stonewall Honor book, and was selected for the USSBY Outstanding International Books list, the Rainbow List, the Tri-State Review Committee Books of Note and OLA Best Bets. It was a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Award and the Red Maple Award, and is shortlisted for the Red Cedar Award, the Hackmatack Award, and the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtable’s Information Book Award.

Pride is about LGBTQ Pride, its history, and the beautiful, resilient and diverse community that celebrates it.

VCLR Steering Committee members will also book talk some of the titles nominated for the Information Book Award. Voting will take place at the October meeting (Monday, Oct. 23rd).

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

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $7 drop-in; $5 with valid student card.

Annual 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 Vruti Patel: vpatel@gvpl.ca

http://victoria.tc.ca/mailman/options/vclroundtable/

Victoria CLRT Program

So You Want to Publish a Children’s Book? With Sarah Harvey & Jenny Watson

Monday, Feb. 20th at 7:30 pm
Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Sarah Harvey and Jenny Watson will share their children’s book publishing experience. A large portion of the presentation will be Q & A, so please come prepared with your questions.

Sarah N. Harvey writes for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, French, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, BC, where she works as a children’s book editor. For more information, visit http://www.sarahnharvey.com.

Jenny Watson grew up in small-town New Zealand, dreaming of big adventures in faraway places. After returning to New Zealand to earn a Master’s degree in psychology, she moved to San Diego and trained to be a technical writer. Jenny and her husband now make their home in Victoria, BC.

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

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $7 drop-in; $5 with valid student card.

Annual memberships are $25 (valid for 12 months). Your support helps us support and promote local authors and Canadian children’s literature. Thank you!

For more information, contact Kirsten Andersen: kandersen@gvpl.ca

Get Writing!

It’s that time of the year. The Writers’ Union of Canada is hosting a Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers.

The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 24st Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words, closes on February 1, 2017. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration.

The competition is open to Canadian residents who who have had no more than one book published in any genre (traditionally or self-published) and who are not currently under contract for a second book. Writers not yet published in book format are eligible. TWUC members and staff are not eligible. Entry fee is $29 per submission.

Enter online at https://writersunion.submittable.com/submit by 11:59 PM PST, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Mailed-in entries can be sent (along with a $29 entry fee per submission) to The Writers’ Union of Canada at 460 Richmond Street West, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1Y1, postmarked by Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in May 2017. For complete rules and regulations, please go to http://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition. For a printer-friendly version, please click here.

The Writers’ Union of Canada
600 – 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto ON M5V 1Y1
twuc@writersunion.ca
http://www.writersunion.ca
416-703-8982

Save the Date!

Happy New Year friends!

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