Monthly Archives: June 2011

Joy of Signing Books

I got to do my first book signing today at Kids Books, Vancouver – I signed all copies they had in store and man, did that feel good! I can’t express what a thrill it is to see books you’ve actually written on a bookshelf in the hands of one of our cities top booksellers!

In the meantime, fingers crossed for the Canucks tonight!

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Sharing Books – Spreading Literacy

I am a member of CWILL, and many people may not realize our strong commitment, as a group, to making sure that children have access to books, whenever possible. We do this through donations to various groups in need. For example, books from authors have gone to Japan and to Slave Lake in the past few months.

I was inspired by this generosity and wanted to make sure that the wonderful books I read this year for the annual Red Cedar Award would also find a home in a more local school library, where they would be read and read again, allowing students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the Red Cedar Awards for 2012, do just that.

With the help of fellow-writer, Lois Peterson, we found a home for all of these books at Jessie Lee Elementary School in Surrey, where librarian Dawne Murray plans to oversee a full Red Cedar reading program for her her students. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this 🙂

If you have books sitting on your shelves that need a home, please consider donating them. I know it is tempting to take them to a second hand bookstore to sell, but, in the end, it is much more satisfying to send them off to a bookshelf where they will be appreciated!

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A Writing Partner – Is it for you?

Up until now, I have never had a writing partner, but I was at a workshop at the Joy Kogawa House a little while ago and I met a fellow writer, a grad from the UBC MFA program, who I really got along with, immediately. After the workshop, we exchanged emaails, and today, for the first time we are meeting at The Wired Monk to talk about an informal one-on-one ‘writer’s support group.’ Basically, this would involve reading each other’s manuscripts, with a critical but kind eye and offering advice and encouragement.

I have never worked closely with another writer before in this capacity, but I have friends who consider this type of collaboration to be a really important part of their writing process, so I am excited to see what comes of this. More about this, post meeting.
Julie

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Congratulations to the Winners of the BC Chocolate Lily Awards 2011

To all of you CWILLERs who took home a Chocolate Lily Award (celebrating BC’s best books for children), Well Done!!

PICTURE BOOK
Winner – Fred and Pete at the Beach by Cynthia Nugent
2nd Place – Stanley’s Beauty Pageant by Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin

CHAPTER BOOK
Winner – Zach and Zoe Bully and the Beagle by Kristin Butcher
2nd Place – Goldfish Don’t Take Bubble Baths by Trina Wiebe

NOVEL
Winner – The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence
2nd Place – Bank Job by James Heneghan and Norma Charles

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