Interview with Illustrator of Island in the Salish Sea

I absolutely love the illustrations for my new book, Island in the Salish Sea. Check out the following interview with, illustrator, Leslie Redhead. For more of her fabulous art, be sure to visit her blog.

Karen Rivers speaking on April 16th

The Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable is featuring author Karen Rivers for it’s next program on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm at Nellie McClung Library at (Cedar Hill & McKenzie).

Karen Rivers is a fabulous author who has written for middle school, young adult, and adult audiences. She’s a master of the first person narrative that young adult audiences so often find appealing, and she uses it to put her readers in the driver’s seat along with  her quirky characters.  She’ll be talking about how she found her “dream job” as a writer, but anyone who knows Karen or has read her books, wil know that she hasn’t found, but created her dream job through well developed stories that are carefully crafted.

Her most recent novels are What is Real, the XYZ Trilogy, and Barely Hanging On.

***The doors open at 7:00 pm but you’re welcome to arrive early to browse the Cadboro Bay Books table.

***Everyone welcome! Cost: $5.00 at the door, Students $4.00, $25.00/year.

***Dayle Sutherland will present Orca Book Publishers new Spring titles.

Bring lightly used children’s picture books to donate to Project abc 1,000 x 5.

Reaching More Readers—The Book and Beyond…

Reaching More Readers—The Book and Beyond SPONSORED BY: Orca Book Publishers with School Library Journal EVENT DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2011 – 3:00-4:00 PM EDT Reaching struggling readers has always been a challenge and that is truer now than ever before.  Find out how new books, approaches and  technologies can work for you in assisting and connecting with struggling readers.Panelists include:

Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of many books for children and adults. As a tireless presenter with his Rock and Roll Literacy Show across North America, Sigmund knows first-hand what it takes to reach a reader.

Tori Jensen is a high school Library Media Specialist in St. Paul, Minnesota and past-president of the Minnesota Education Media Organization

Denise R. Lyons is Director of Library Development for the South Carolina State Library.

Andrew Wooldridge is Publisher at Orca Book Publishers and editor of the Orca Soundings series of teen novels for reluctant readers.

Moderator: Rocco Staino is the retired director of the Mary I. Keefe Library at the North Salem School District, North Salem, NY and is a past president of the New York Library Association. He is currently the chair of the Empire State Center for the Book and a contributing editor for School Library Journal.

***If you are not able to make the live webcast of Reaching More Readers—The Book and Beyond, register now and you will get an email notification from School Library Journal after the event when the webcast is archived and available for viewing at your convenience.

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Two publishers, two best sellers!

It’s always nice to get a bit of good news.  Just heard  through a writer friend, the wonderful Marsha Skrypuch,  that A Pod of Orcas is Fitzhenry and Whiteside’s number  one selling title…and that includes both adult and  children’s books!  Hurray!  Not only that, but Orca Books  number one seller is another one of my picture  books, Jessie’s Island, which has been a continuous best  seller for the last 19 years!