Just Start Reading! Guest post by Sarah Leach


Just start reading! Guest post by Sara Leach On October 14, 2011, I held a book launch for my new novel for 9-13 year olds, Count Me In, as part of the 10th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival. It was held at the Whistler Public Library. The book features Tabitha, who hikes to Lake Lovely Water with her cousins, Ashley and Cedar. Tabitha is less than thrilled about hiking, and even less excited about spending time  with her cousins who seem to be set on making her life miserable. We had a great turn out, with […]

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Top Picks for Children and Teens

Looking for a great Canadian read for children or teens? Look no further. The Victoria Times Colonist recently published a Top-10 list of titles ranging from board books to teen fiction, all chosen by Tracy Kendrick, co-ordinator of children’s and teen services at the Greater Victoria Library. Three Orca titles made the list! Alligator, Bear, Crab: A Baby’s ABC, by Lesley Wynne Pechter (Board Book) Kendrick said, “A colorful and playful book that introduces the shapes and sounds of the alphabet amid a colorful collection of critters.” Purchase board book Purchase ebook  Slick, by Sara Cassidy (Orca Currents) […]

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Standing up for the Great Bear Rainforest


Are you concerned about the Enbridge proposal to build a crude oil pipeline from Alberta to the north coast of BC? Are you worried about the threat the pipeline poses to our rivers and salmon and that it would bring tankers to the Great Bear Rainforest? Now is the time to speak up and make your voice heard! Community hearings as part of the federal review of the Enbridge pipeline proposal will likely take place in January-March 2012. Caitlyn Vernon (author of Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest, Fall 2011) as part […]

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The more the merrier when it comes to books and authors!


Seven CWILL members gathered at Vancouver Kidsbooks Wednesday evening (May 18) to launch their new books for kids. The evening began with Joan Betty Stuchner and her picture book, Can Hens Give Milk? (illustrated by Joe Weissman). According to Joan (and her chicken side-kick), the story takes place in the village of Chelm, which may or may not be mythical (one member of the audience claimed to hail from Chelm!). The main character, Tova, lives with her family on a farm in Chelm. When Tova’s father tries to find a way to get milk without a cow, hilarity ensues. Jacqueline Pearce’s chapter […]

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Inspired by Japan, a bakery and a lucky cat


Guest Post by Jacqueline Pearce My new chapter book, Mystery of the Missing Luck , is fresh out of the oven (so to speak). It’s about the relationship between a young girl, Sara, and her grandmother, Obaachan, and what happens when Maneki Neko, the lucky cat statue goes missing from the grandmother’s Japanese bakery. Ten years ago, if you’d told me I was going to write three books with a connection to Japan, I would have been surprised. My interest in Japan and Japanese culture came about somewhat by accident. It started when I was a university […]

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Planning a Book Launch, Part 4: Be Flexible!

Erin Thomas launched her first Orca title, Boarder Patrol, on Saturday, May 15 at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. All this week, she is sharing tips for planning a fantastic book launch. Yesterday she discussed the importance of knowing your crowd and supporting  local businesses. This is Part 4. Last weekend I celebrated the launch of Boarder Patrol, my first book with Orca. The launch was a success, despite a few twists in the planning process. More than fifty people filled the bookstore and bought or ordered seventy-some books. We had too much food, not enough books, and lots […]

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