Tuesday, April 29: West Vancouver, B.C. – Booktopia: The West Vancouver Children's Literature Festival is back for its 10th year! We couldn't be more excited about this year's line-up celebrating the art of pairing of visuals with text, and featuring three best-selling, internationally-renowned artists.
- Jeremy Tankard: picture book author of Boo Hoo Bird, Grumpy Bird, Here Comes Destructosaurus and many more; 2014 B.C. Summer Reading Club artist (85,000 children in B.C. participate in the Summer Reading Club each year)
- Kazu Kibuishi: Eisner Award winning graphic novelist of the Amulet series, illustrator of new 15th anniversary Harry Potter covers from Scholastic
- Gene Luen Yang: Eisner and National Book Award winning graphic novelist of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints and co-creator of the comics continuation of Nickelodeon's popular Avatar: the Last Airbender series
"This year's festival features dynamic authors and artists who will no doubt inspire our youth to develop their own artistic and literary creations, as well as a joy of reading," says Director of Library Services, Jenny Benedict.
Booktopia offers a series of events for preschool, elementary and secondary school students at two venues: the Kay Meek Centre and the West Vancouver Memorial Library.
"This joint commitment between West Vancouver Memorial Library and the West Vancouver School District is a wonderful partnership that gives students exposure to high profile authors and illustrators through presentations and hands-on workshops," says West Vancouver School District Superintendent, Chris Kennedy. "We are fortunate to live and work in a community that recognizes the value of literature and the arts as important and vital educational tools."
Booktopia is offered in partnership with the West Vancouver School District and is sponsored by the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, the North Shore News and the West Vancouver Community Foundation.
A complete list of Booktopia 2014 events can be found at booktopia.ca.
Booktopia 2014 Photo Opportunities
Booktopia Opening Reception
Friday, May 2, 4 p.m., WVML Youth Department (second level)
In attendance: MP John Weston, West Vancouver District Councillors, West Vancouver School Board trustees, young winners of the 2014 Member of Parliament Award for Writing, West Vancouver Memorial Library Director, board members and library staff.
Author Presentations at the Kay Meek Centre Main Stage
- Kazu Kibuishi: Tuesday, May 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. In total, Kibuishi will present to approximately 500 Grade 5 students
- Gene Luen Yang: Wednesday, May 7, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Yang will present to approximately 400 secondary school students
- Jeremy Tankard: Thursday, May 8, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. In total, Tankard will present to approximately 500 secondary school students
Illustrator's Workshop with Jeremy Tankard
Wednesday, May 8, 4 – 5 p.m., WVML Storyhouse (second level)
8 – 12 year-olds will work with Jeremy to create their own original characters
Booktopia Puppet Show: The Bremen Town Musicians
Saturday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., WVML Welsh Hall
Approximately 60 young children and their families will attend.
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.
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 10th 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.
David Carson, Communications and Event Coordinator