Oct 23

Speed dating for Authors!

“Kool” hair with author Tiffany Stone at VCLR event

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable hosted an exciting event recently: DARK ALCHEMY: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum, featuring Kenneth Oppel talking about his new work “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein…and the Frankenstein Myth”. This engaging, humorous author held his audience in the palm of his hand as he offered some insights into how his 16-year-old protagonist came into being. A lively Q&A followed.

During lunch 15 CWILL BC authors revved their engines for author “speed dating”, spending 2.5 minutes at each of the 15 tables, talking about their 2012 books. 2.5 minutes isn’t long. The timer was exacting. When the bull horn blew, you were expected to rush to the next table and start again. Fun? Yes! Exhausting? Yes! The first four to six tables got perfect presentations delivered on time. Tables 10-15 got the abbreviated version as the author, now parched and starving, drug him/herself as if in search of an oasis (which is a perfect metaphor really).

Thanks to Kathie Shoemaker and Margot Filipenko (Chair and Co-Chair of VCLR) for their usual 5* production! From the “dark”, clever table centrepieces, to healthy box lunches, to the inspiring and interesting program, all attending left singing praises for a fabulous day!

Thanks to my fellow CWILL authors: Alison Acheson, Caroline Adderson, Dan Bar-el, Vivien Bowers, Danica Dinsmore, Darlene Foster, Karen Hibbard, Melanie Jackson, Shar Levine, Ainslie Manson, Paola Opal, Lois Peterson, Tiffany Stone*, and Janet Whyte. Thoroughly enjoyed spending time getting to know more of you!

Check out each and every author’s website and prepare to be amazed at all the wonderful books they’ve written!

*isn’t Tiffany’s blue hair “kool”; we just had to take this photo to share!

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