A few upcoming events and things that caught my eye:
If you live in British Columbia, particularly if you're close to Vancouver, and you are interested in writing for children, mark March 10 on your calendar. That day, several talented artists and illustrators from CWILL-BC (the Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC) will be holding a workshop with lots of tips on the industry. And on March 8, there's Serendipity, an event put on the the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable. This wonderful event brings together writers, illustrators, publishers, bloggers, all with a shared passion for children's literature. This year, Caldecott award winning illustrator, Paul Zelinsky, will be presenting as will be Canadian writers, Arthur Slade (winner of the Governor General's award for children's fiction) and Hadley Dyer, who just recently won the Children's Information Book award.
Who knew there was such a thing as a Rubber Stamp Archive?
There are (hundreds) more female writers on the Canadian lit scene than Atwood, Shields and Munro (obviously), but CBC gives us a list of 10 Canadian women you need to read. It's a great start. (Especially Ania Szado.)
And dust off your fountain pens, pull out that stationery you've been hoarding, February is A Month of Letters. The idea is to send out at least one letter or card a day. I had a pretty high volume in January, so I'll try to keep up the pace.
And would another country (or planet?) please take these jokers off our hands?