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kcdyer, Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 10:00pm
Tags: CC Humphreys, VPL


SiWC 2008 alum Chris Humphreys will be doing a reading from his new book this week:

 Sez CC:

I am doing a reading from my new novel: 'Vlad, The Last Confession' at the Central Library downtown, Alma van Dusen Room, on December 12th at 7.30. Hope to see you all there!



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kcdyer, Monday December 8, 2008 - 10:35pm

...but we are almost ready to upload photographic evidence of SiWC 2008!


In the meantime, a note for those in and around the Vancouver area, looking for a shopping suggestion or two this weekend:

 HERE is a link to my Flickr page with the poster advertising A Triple Author Event this weekend at Once Upon a Huckleberry Bush bookstore in Vancouver. The three authors, all alumni of the 2008 conference (and one of whom is perhaps Very Well Known to readers of this blog) will be handing out candy canes and signing books.

In an interview from the North Pole, a jolly man in a red suit was quoted as saying, "My elves may not get toys made in time for Christmas. They are too busy reading...

kcdyer, Wednesday December 3, 2008 - 10:54pm

Lots happening!

Keep an eye out here for news about photos from this year's conference. We've got a newsletter coming out soon, too -- and don't forget that tomorrow is contest day, just in time for our now-traditional Friday giveaway.

Hope you are enjoying a cheer-filled holiday season!


More soon...



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kcdyer, Tuesday December 2, 2008 - 4:36pm

Looking for gift ideas for teens from eleven to eleventy?

 I'm posting new suggestions every day on my leftwriter blog -- come on over and have a look. And if you'd like to join in the fun and offer a suggestion of your own, I'll throw your name in the draw to win an autographed copy of MS. ZEPHYR'S NOTEBOOK.


Happy Holidays!



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kcdyer, Saturday November 29, 2008 - 4:18pm



Hope you are recovered from your surfeit of turkey feasting, if that's how you've spent the last few days. If not -- here's hoping you were writing!

I spent the morning enjoying the wit and wisdom of former SiWC presenter Nancy Warren at her Breast Cancer Fundraiser. More pix and thoughts about the event will appear on my blog -- the link is below.

So without further ado, here is the winner of our Thanksgiving Mira Book Give-Away...

Lisa Norman!

Congratulations, Lisa. Drop me a line at ...

kcdyer, Thursday November 27, 2008 - 6:33pm




As promised, in celebration of our southern neighbour's Thanksgiving holiday, our latest Friday give-away!

Just reply in the comments section and choose the title of your favourite book to complete the following sentence -- 'I am most thankful to have read...'

If you want to say _why_ that particular book makes you so thankful...all the better!

Deadline for the give-away is Friday night, as usual -- Friday, November 28th at midnight PST. (That's Pacific Standard Time, not Provincial Sales Tax...)

I'll put all the eligible comments into a hat and draw for a MONDO Mystery collection from MIra Books:

THE TENTH CASE by Joseph Teller

14 by JT Ellison

THE DEAD ROOM by Heather Graham


kcdyer, Wednesday November 26, 2008 - 4:54pm


The sky is falling!

But wait...

The New York Times explores the weird world of the business of publishing these days HERE.



kcdyer, Tuesday November 25, 2008 - 3:26pm win the UK's Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her book SHIRE HELL. You can read the full CBC story HERE or the Guardian's take on it HERE.

Rachel Johnson sounds like a good sport and has said she is honoured to accept the award, apparantly given because her animal metaphors were particularly appalling.


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kcdyer, Tuesday November 25, 2008 - 10:33am


Exciting news for 2006 & 2007 presenter Steven Galloway.

From today's Publisher's Lunch:


Borders Original Voices Nominees 

The retailer announced nominees for their 13th annual Original Voices awards in four categories. Winners will be named in January. The fiction candidates are: Dear American Airlines,  by Jonathan MilesThe Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry The Somnambulist, by Jonathan Barnes The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

 Fingers crossed for you, Steven!


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kcdyer, Monday November 24, 2008 - 8:42pm




I've been reading the BIG stack of evaluations from the conference, and I've decided this is a good place to give a little feedback on your feedback. 

First of all, you should know that these little babies get read...a LOT. Right now I'm reading and compiling the information for the Board. (This takes at least 3 readings of each.) Then I pass the actual forms onto the Board members themselves, and THEY read 'em.

We take your thoughts and comments seriously. Of course, we are always hoping to get an A, but when we don't, we pay attention. The recommendations you make for presenters and speakers are all considered carefully. The suggestions for improvements and ideas for future workshops are all noted and we do our best to put as...