If you're in Vancouver (or even anywhere within a few hundred kilometres) and you're free on February 8th or 23rd, you might want to check out two great events put on by the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable. Sadly, I won't be able to make either this year, but they're well worth attending if you're interested in writing, illustration, children's books, children's literature, the lives of writers and illustrators. Oh heck, if you once were a child, go!
Authorfest is February 6 from 4 - 6 pm at UBC's Wesbrook Building. The panel includes author Sarah Ellis, winner of the 2007 TD Canadian Children's Literature award; poet, Robert Heidbreder; writer and science educator, the Science Lady, Shar Levine; and writer, poet and dramatist, Kari-Lynn Winters.
Serendipity is on February 28 from 8 am - 4 pm. It will be held at the beautiful First Nations' Longhouse at UBC. This year's theme is "a celebration of First Nations writers and illustrators of children's books." Speakers include illustrator George Littlechild; author Richard van Camp; author and illustrator Leo Yerxa; illustrator Julie Flett; author Earl Einarson; and author Diane Silvey. Wish I could be there. Boo hoo for me.