BC/Lower Mainland Chapters of the International Reading Association

On Friday, Oct. 21 – myself, with several other CWILL members will be in attendance for LOMCIRA’s and BCLCIRA’s conference, which will be held this year in Burnaby, BC.

This is a provincial PD day, so I hope to meet lots of teachers and have the opportunity to talk to them about Darkness Between the Stars, which addresses the issues of teen suicide in a direct and honest way.

As most of you know, this week, a bill calling for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy was passed in the House of Commons. Bob Rae said:

Lives lost, kids struggling with identity and bullying, young people suddenly feeling adrift and abandoned, veterans returning home from duty, older people struggling with health and uncertain of the way ahead. What we now realize is a simple truth: Suicide is not just a personal tragedy, a life cut short, an existential decision that leaves disbelief and devastation behind. It has become far more. Just as those who take their lives have no sense of the impact their decision will have on those who survive them, we can no longer turn away and pretend something is not very wrong.

It is so important that we shed, once and for all, the taboo around suicide and discuss it openly with our kids, friends and family. I know Darkness will help to get the conversation going, so I am very excited about the conference and the opportunity to introduce the book to teachers.

Also, I love graphic novels and looking forward to those presentations.

The other CWILL authors attending and their books are:

Dan Bar-El, Title: Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Norma Charles, Title: Run Marco Run

Lee Edward Fodi, Title: Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah

Vi Hughes, Once Upon a Bathtime

Tanya Kyi, 50 Underwear Questions

Duane Laurence, Sammy Squirrel & Rodney Raccoon – To The Rescue

Jacqueline Pearce, Mystery of the Missing Luck

Pam Withers, Title: First Descent

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