Robert J. Sawyer, a past presenter who will return this year to SiWC, spoke to a standing-room-only audience on Monday night at White Dwarf bookstore in Kits.
I arrived a bit late to find him already reading from his new book WAKE (he did not read from a copy of the book, but actually from his Blackberry, as you can see in the picture). There was no room left to sit, and the house was packed and rivetted to him throughout the reading. A lively question period followed.
Sawyer continues his tour across the country for the next couple of weeks. I know he signed a pile of books at White Dwarf -- if you'd like a copy they may have one or two left. If not -- you'll have to wait until the fall, when there will plenty of chances to get him to sign at...
Here we are. Mid-April already!
I certainly have lots to report -- where to begin, where to begin...?
We have almost got our presenter roster in place for 2009. A few tweaks, a twiddle here and there, and it will be ready. This may seem early, but actually I am much later getting to this than I have in the past...mostly because I am also juggling the arrival of my new book. (If you haven't checked it out, you can read about it HERE.)
But all is not only well, but ahead of schedule, in some ways. For the first time, we are going to open registration early this year. As soon as I have a firm date, I'll post it here.
Why are we doing this, you ask?
Today Janice's editor Donna Bray chimes in about her part in the process.
Check out earlier posts to read Janice's full story, and how she got to be featured both here and in Kristin's blog!
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...lately, especially in the blogsphere.
Guess that's what happens to you if you attend the Surrey International Writers' Conference as an unpublished writer, and walk away ...with an agent, a book contract and a great book deal!
Want to learn more? Then, first have a look HERE at Agent Kristin Nelson's blog. Agent Kristin talks about Janice's Query letter and why her pitch was so successful.
Then, hop on over HERE to...
Rob will be touring his new book WAKE across the country (and in San Francisco) this spring. Check out the dates so you can see if he'll be appearing near you!
Bookstore Reading and Signing Borderlands Books 866 Valencia Street San Francisco, California Monday, April 13, 2009, 7:00 p.m.http://www.borderlands-books.com Bookstore Reading and Signing White Dwarf Books 3715 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, British Columbia Monday, April 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m.http://www.deadwrite.com/wd.html Bookstore Reading and Signing Sentry Box 1835-10th Ave SW Calgary, Alberta Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:00 p.m....
Children and young adult authors James McCann, kc dyer and Lee Edward Födi invite you to SPRING INTO FANTASY with them this Sunday, April 5th, at the Strawberry Hills Chapters in Surrey from 1 to 4 pm. These award-winning authors will be digging in the dirt, making bookmarks, eating cupcakes and signing books — there will be plenty to do and lots of fun for kids of all ages! James McCann, author of RANCOUR and PYRE, specializes in Urban Fantasy for teens. Lee Edward Fodi’s KENDRA KANDLESTAR books chronicle Magic, Monsters and Mystery for kids from 7 and up. And kc dyer is celebrating the launch of her fi fth novel, a time travel tale for kids 11 and up called A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW. Give yourself a chance to SPRING INTO FANTASY this Sunday — see...
Diane Smith, a poet who received an Honourable Mention in our 2006 Storyteller's Contest, has edited a new poetry Anthology which will be out this spring.
A facsimile of the cover:
In the Silence of this RoomInternational authors share their thoughts in poetry and prose, linked by global issues that haunt us all. Edited by Diane Smith
Diane tells me the volume will address current global issues and peace, through the voices of every major faith including Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Hmong.
All the best, Diane! When the book is set to hit the shelves, we'll post an Amazon link here...
Long time judge, presenter and friend of the conference Lois Peterson will follow up her debut novel MEETING MISS 405 with a second novel to be published by Orca.
THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES MCGRAW will debut in Spring, 2010. Congratulations, Lois!
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And no -- it's not me!
My new book A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW came out this week (I blogged about this earlier -- you can see a copy of the cover if you look back two or three postings).
To celebrate, Darby Christopher (the main character from my novel), is interviewing a number of authors who blog throughout the month of March. You can win FREE books by a number of authors, many of whom have been guest presenters at SiWC over the years. To win, all you have to do is leave a comment in response to the interview from which you'd like to win a book. There is no limit to the number of books you can win --...