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Dog Night at the Story Zoo is nominated for the Joan Stuchner Oy Vey! funny book award

Nothing helps in curing two months of debilitating back pain and a kidney stone attack like finding out that one of your books, Dog Night at the Story Zoo, has been nominated for the Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Award. Why? Because ironically, oy vey is what I’ve been groaning of late, and laughter is medicine, and an award celebrating funny books is kind of related.

It’s also a great honour. Those of us in Vancouver knew Joan to be a very funny soul who was taken from us much too early. This award was set up by some of her writer friends.

Dog Night at the Story Zoo is a graphic novel illustrated by Vick Nerino and published by Tundra Books

Red Cedar Awards Gala

Yesterday, I took part in the Red Cedar awards gala and had a great time! This is an event owned by the children (several hundred strong) who packed the room, many of whom had taken the ferry from Victoria that morning to get there. These grade 4-6 students served as masters of ceremony, they introduced the authors in attendance, they performed skits based on the nominated books and they came up to us to chat and get books signed. The level of confidence, the degree of capability and the abundance of humour shown by them has so much to do with the fact that these were children in school reading clubs who were among other children from other schools who also had a passion for reading. I was impressed with all of them.

PSA: Red Cedar Award Gala 2016

Janet of The Book Wars blog states all the important info and reasons why you should come down to the Vancouver central library tomorrow.

The Book Wars

Should you happen to be in or near Vancouver tomorrow (May 7, 2016), head to Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch for the Red Cedar Award Gala 2016!

The Red Cedar is BC’s Reader’s Choice Award. Students in grades 4-7 read and vote on their favourite fiction and information books from the nominated list. At the Gala, readers get to meet nominated authors, talk books with friends, give speeches or perform skits about nominated books, and *drumroll* the winners are announced.

Honestly, the whole day is a win, and all the books (and authors) (and readers) are winners. The gala is a ton of fun, as attendees of last year’s gala can attest.

And this year’s line-up of author attendees looks fabulous. Here’s the plan for the day:

11:30 am – noon: Book sales & signings with Kidsbooks and featured nominees

Noon – 3 pm: Gala! Skits & book…

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