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Read Local BC

ReadLocalBCSponsored by The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC), Read Local BC is a campaign to encourage the public to support the local book industry by visiting libraries, and reading and purchasing BC books.

From April 8-22, Read Local BC will feature a media relations campaign, promotional materials (postcards, bookmarks, posters, bag stuffers and advertisements), and more than 20 author events throughout the province.

The ABPBC is inviting libraries and librarians to join in the fun. You can participate in Read Local BC in a number of ways:

  • Post a Read Local BC poster in your library;
  • Share Read Local BC buttons, bookmarks or postcards;
  • Host events with Read Local BC authors;
  • Create a display with Read Local BC materials and books;
  • Promote Read Local BC on your social media feeds.

The ABPBC is preparing a list of BC books that we will share with you in the weeks to come.

If your library would like to host an event for Read Local BC, or if you want more information about the campaign, email Natalie Hawryshkewich: natalie@books.bc.ca. Natalie will send you promotional material make sure that information about your events is passed on to the ABPBC’s communications company, ZG Communications, who will be coordinating media.

Check out the Campaign’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ReadLocalBC

-Heidi Schiller, North Vancouver City Library

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A Reader’s Guide: British Columbia’s Literary Festivals

Vancouver Writers FestReaders all across British Columbia are busy scanning programs and buying tickets, brushing up on old books and devouring new ones. What’s all this preparation for you ask? Why it’s the season of Writers Festivals of course!

Book festivals are the ultimate night out for the reader. Imagine a chance to see several notable authors, peer under the fictional hood and maybe even exchange a word or two with someone you’ve only encountered on the back side of a dust jacket.

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Now, imagine that book festival taking place in Sechelt, along the Sunshine Coast or nestled in the Rockies at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. British Columbia has an unparalleled line up of literary festivals ranging from intimate to international. To get you ready for the Fall, and  maybe even start planning for next year here is a list in chronological order of BC’s amazing writers’ festivals:

Or if you’d like something off the beaten track why not take a trip to the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in late October? Or check out the Cinematheque’s Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver in October for a twist on the regular festival experience.

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

These festivals were gleaned from the Book and Periodical Council list of Canadian Literary Festivals and Canada Council for the Arts’ English Literary Festivals list.

We’d love for you to weigh in, which festivals have you been to? Which ones are missing from this list? Can you share a favourite literary festival memory?