Tag Archive: CWILL

Oct 23

Speed dating for Authors!

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 …

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Jul 12

Meet Jacquie Pearce, BC author

I met Jacquie Pearce at my first CWILL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC) meeting in 2007.  My book was in the hands of Gumboot Books Publishing and Crystal Stranaghan, Founder, happened to be the president of CWILL.  After the meeting I got to know Jacquie as we shared experiences about Japan. We continue to have a personal and professional relationship …

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Jul 04

Thank you Keen Readers!

Sure, the writing and publishing road can be fraught with potholes, detours, or unexpected dead ends yet there are so many success stories, not all of them measured by best-sellers or high-profile book tours.  While my own publishing story came down to “right place, right time”, it was also loaded with all that is wonderful and exciting in a first …

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Nov 24

Kamishibai Theatre Launch November 2010

  The 10th Annual Nikkei Place Craft & Bake Sale kicked off Saturday, November 20th for two days of power shopping and great food! Together with Takeshi, we launched our “kamishibai” (paper theatre) storytelling of Fly Catcher Boy.  In the space of 4 hrs. I read the story three times to kids of all ages, …

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Oct 10


10/10/10.   A bonus fall day here on the BC coast—sunshine!  Yesterday it rained sideways… 2010’s October is quite unusual: 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays!  A combination found every 800+years!  So, what else for the 3-10s? Good fortune?  Great writing?  Inspiration beyond belief?  Yes, yes, yes to all of the above.   I’m out the …

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May 03

Gina’s book launch

  This weekend I visited our local Black Bond Books where Gina McMurchy-Barber was signing copies of her new novel Free As A Bird . Gina and I both belong to CWILL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators) a strong, active group of 160+ members, with over 1,000 published books, translated into eight languages. Gina’s powerful new …

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