Sketchbook ~ Go Away You Owls

Go Away You Owls | pen & ink


Go Away You Owls | pen & ink with digital colour

The drawing is from the archives (10 years ago – 22 and fresh out of school); the digital colouring is fresh (in the last week – pushing 32..).

This post is for Fiona who I know checks in on my blog for the sketches despite her dial-up. Which is such a lovely compliment. And I’m sorry my sketch blogging has been so spotty recently, Fiona. So here are two images. (Sorry! It’ll be a little dial-up intensive but I hope it’s worth it).

Fiona wrote a lovely review of her book bag haul from the CWILL BC Spring Book Hatching this past weekend. Looking for Loons was one of the books. Thanks Fiona!

And more great Looking for Loons news – my friend and former agent now literary consultant, Leona Trainer, wrote to tell me that LfL is listed as one of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books of 2008! I need to track down a physical copy of the journal as the list doesn’t seem to exist on line – or at least it has eluded my google-assisted snooping and my rock-turning on the ccbc site.

Hatching Loons

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I’m all set for the CWILL BC 2008 Spring Book Hatching tomorrow.

In Vancouver tomorrow and looking for somewhere to take the kids? Stop by the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch between 1 and 3pm. There will be a whole lot of kids book authors and illustrators set up in the lower level, just itching to talk about their books and sign coveted Spring Book Hatching passports. Age groups from picture books up to young adult/teen novels are covered.

Book Launch ~ Looking for Loons @ The Hycroft Event

I will be launching Looking for Loons, written by Jennifer Lloyd, (Simply Read Books pub.) at this year’s Hycroft Event. Every year The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable puts on the Hycroft Event, an evening of book launches by CWILL BC members. This year, the authors and illustrators from around the province will launch their books published in 2007 from 6pm-9pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at Hycroft Mansion (1489 Macrae – just east of Granville at 16th). This year’s special guest speaker is Nan Gregory.

There is no registration required, the event is free and light refreshments will be served after the launch. Books will be available for sale before and after the presentations.

A complete list of this year’s presenters and their books [pdf].


Spring Has Sprung, the Books Are Hatching

The Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) is having a spring book launch event for 2006/2007 titles.

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Join Alison Acheson, Dan Bar-el, Dianna Bonder, Vivien Bowers, Della Burford, Kristin Butcher, Linda DeMeulemeester, Maggie de Vries, kc dyer, Lee Edward Födi, Dennis Foon, Diane Haynes, James Heneghan, Melanie Jackson, Heather Kellerhals-Stewart, Cora Lee, Shar Levine, Ainslie Manson, Adrienne Mason, James McCann, Victoria Miles, Max Newhouse, Cynthia Nugent, Jacqueline Pearce, Louise Phillips, Ellen Schwartz, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin, Shannon Stewart, Tiffany Stone, Joan Betty Stuchner, Diane Tullson, Kari-Lynn Winters & Pam Withers when they launch their new books this June.

More information will be posted soon on the CWILL BC blog.