Booktopia celebrates with internationally-renowned talents

This year's children's literature festival line-up proves that putting pen to paper is just one part of the exciting literary arts world for young people.

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BOOKtopia, the West Vancouver Children's Literature Festival, is back for its ninth year! This year's Festival line-up proves that putting pen to paper is just one part of the exciting literary arts world for young people. BOOKtopia 2013 features presenters with three distinctly different and internationally-renowned talents: plasticine art, prose writing and spoken word poetry:

  • Barbara Reid: Creator of more than 25 picture books, her plasticine artwork has won numerous accolades including the Governor General's award
  • Sarah Ellis: Author of 14 books for children and winner of the Governor General's award and TD Canada Children's Literature award
  • Shane Koyczan: One of the world's premiere spoken word poets

A complete list of BOOKtopia 2013 events can be found at booktopia.ca. We are especially excited to offer opportunities for youth to participate in workshops with Barbara Reid and Shane Koyczan.

BOOKtopia Opening Reception

Friday, May 3, 4 p.m.
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Youth Department (second level)
In attendance: West Vancouver MP John Weston, Mayor Michael Smith, District Councillors, West Vancouver School District Superintendent Chris Kennedy, School Board trustees, young winners of the 2013 Member of Parliament Award for Writing, West Vancouver Memorial Library Director Jenny Benedict, Board members and library staff.

Author Presentations at the Kay Meek Centre Main Stage

  • Sarah Ellis: Tuesday, May 7, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., presentation to approximately 500 Grade 5 students
  • Barbara Reid: Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., presentation to approximately 500 Grade 2 students
  • Shane Koyczan: Friday, May 10, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., presentation to approximately 500 secondary school students

Illustrator's Workshop with Governor General's Award Winner Barbara Reid

Wednesday, May 8, 4 – 5 p.m.
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Storyhouse (second level)
Children ages 8 – 12 working with Barbara to create plasticine portraits.
presented by the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation May 3 – 11

Writing Workshop with Shane Koyczan

Friday, May 10, 4 – 5 p.m.
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Storyhouse (second level)
Teens hone their writing craft and work on original pieces with Shane.

About BOOKtopia

BOOKtopia, a partnership between the West Vancouver Memorial Library and the West Vancouver School District, features authors, illustrators, workshops and other literary events for young people ages three and older. The Festival is presented with the generous support of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, the North Shore News and the West Vancouver Community Foundation. Each year approximately 1,500 children and their families participate in the Festival.

BOOKtopia began with the vision of Fanny Patterson, a West Vancouver mother of three. Inspired by the Vancouver International Writers Festival events for young people and the addition of the Kay Meek Centre to the community, she came to the West Vancouver Memorial Library with her idea of a children's literature festival. In the spring of 2005, BOOKtopia: the West Vancouver Children's Literature Festival was launched.

Now in its ninth year, BOOKtopia continues to promote literacy, celebrate language arts and cultivate creative thought amongst young West Vancouverites and their families. All events are offered free of charge.

About the WVML Youth Department

The Youth Services Department is committed to ensuring that all youth in our community have an equal opportunity to build literacy skills, to progress successfully through the school years, and to transition into the work force equipped for lifelong learning. In addition to large annual events like BOOKtopia, the Summer Reading Club and the Reading Link Challenge, the Department offers a dozen weekly programs for children and teens. The Library attracts nearly 43,000 people to our facility and 27,000 to our website each month and circulates over 1 million items annually.

BOOKtopia Media Contact

Shannon Ozirny, Youth Department Head, West Vancouver Memorial Library
Phone: 604.925.7422 | Fax: 604.925.5933 | Email: sozirny@westvanlibrary.ca

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