Don’t forget, January 17 is our annual Celebration of B.C.’s Award Winning Children’s Authors and Illustrators with special guests Lee Edward Fodi and Janet Whyte, and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016 Information Book Award winners Deborah Hodge (author) and Karen Reczuch (illustrator) for their book West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. Over 20 B.C. authors and illustrators will be there as well!

We will also be selling mystery cracker jack packs for $20 each to help fund the speakers at our next events. Each package of cracker jacks contains the secret number of a prize valued between $25 and $200. You could be the lucky winner of a set of books, a bottle of wine, a framed illustration, or another wonderful treat! Please remember to bring cash or cheques as we are unable to process credit or debit card payments at the venue.

When: January 17, 2017, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
What: Celebratory drinks & delicious snacks
Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat.


In their recent history of Canadian children’s illustrated books, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman observe that “the children’s literature of a nation is a microcosm of that country’s literary and sociocultural values, beliefs, themes, and images, including those of geography, history, and identity.” This lecture explores the importance of regional Atlantic Canadian children’s literature and the development of Sea Stacks, an authoritative web-based resource featuring information on and about Atlantic Canadian books, authors and illustrators for children and youth.  Sea Stacks includes comprehensive annotated bibliographies of primary texts, author and illustrator profiles, videotaped interviews, analysis, and criticism.  This presentation illustrates the use of Sea Stacks for research and concludes with a discussion of the relevance of Ian McKay’s provocative 1994 text The Quest for the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia to an analysis of contemporary Nova Scotian picture books.  This talk is hosted by the iSchool at the University of British Columbia.

Biography  

Vivian Howard is associate professor in the School of Information Management and Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include barriers and motivators for pleasure reading, particularly for young readers; social reading initiatives; and Atlantic Canadian literature for children and teens. She is the editor of the YA Hotline newsletter and is the principal investigator of a research team developing the Sea Stacks website.

 

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