Wednesday, April 3, 2013

KinderText Reading: Dianna Bonder, Thursday April 11th

The 2013 Kinder Text Reading series commences on April 11th with a reading by author and illustrator Dianna Bonder. Children of all ages welcome!
Reading and Q&A
Capilano University
LIB 321, 2:30 – 4:00
Thursday April 11th, 2013

Described as “one of BC's top authors and illustrators,” Dianna Bonder has published eleven works for children, many of which have received or been short-listed for multiple awards. A sought after public speaker and advocate for literacy and the arts, she is a member of the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP); the Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia; and the Write-on Speakers Bureau. In 2006 she was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Drawing Masters of Canada. Currently she is CANSCAIP Writer-in-Residence. Her most recent illustrated book is Pedro the Pirate (Raven Tree, 2012). A, B, Sea: A Deep Sea Symphony is forthcoming from Walrus Books in 2013. She lives on Gabriola Island, BC.

Contact: Roger Farr
604-986-1911 local 2291

Sponsored by the the English Dept. at Capilano University.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

KinderText Reading: Bill New, Thursday Jan. 27th

Sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the English Dept. at Capilano University.

The 2011 Kinder Text reading series begins on Thursday Jan. 27th, in LB321, at 11:30 am, with a reading by William New, University Killam Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia.

William New is the author of several hundred articles and reviews, academic works, textbooks, poetry, and books for children. His work for kids includes Vanilla Gorilla, Llamas in the Laundry, Dream Helmet, and his latest, The Year I was Grounded. Awards include the following: Officer, Order of Canada, 2006; Lorne Pierce Medal, 2004; and Governor General’s Award for International Canadian Studies, 2004. He was editor of Canadian Literature for several years and is editor or co-editor of several widely used anthologies, such as Modern Stories in English and A 20th Century Anthology. He is currently working on a book of poetry for adults.

Contact: Crystal Hurdle
604-986-1911 local 2420


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tanya Lloyd Kyi: Thursday Oct. 21st at 11:30

Hear award-winning Children’s Literature author Tanya Lloyd Kyi read in the KinderText series at Capilano University on Thursday Oct. 21st at 11:30 in LB321. Free.

Tanya is the author of more than ten books for middle grade and young adult readers. Her interests include science and social issues, and her 2005 title, The Blue Jean Book, won the Christie Harris Children’s Illustrated Literature Award at the B.C. Book Prizes.

She grew up in Creston, B.C. She began her writing career as a high school poet and enrolled in creative writing at the University of Victoria intending to specialize in poetry, but ultimately specialized in non-fiction instead. After completing her degree, she worked as a graphic designer for several years before switching to full-time writing.

Tanya now lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband Min and their two children.

For further information, contact Carlos Reyes: or 604-986-1911 local 2425.


Friday, August 20, 2010

"What Children's Literature Tells Us"

Professor Clare Bradford from the University of Winnipeg/Deakin University, Australia will be speaking on "What Children's Literature Tells Us" on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m, sponsored by Simon Fraser University and the Trudeau Foundation. This is a free lecture and reception.

Clare Bradford is a professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research examines the interplay between children's literature and the social practices which it represents and advocates. She has focused especially on representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures in children's texts, and on Indigenous textuality for children, publishing two books on this topic: Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children's Literature (2001), and Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature (2007), in addition to many essays. Unsettling Narratives is the first comparative study of settler society literatures for children, embracing Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US texts. A second strand of research has examined how children's literature following the end of the Cold War has engaged with political, social and environmental questions, addressed in her book New World Orders in Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations (2008), co-authored with three Australian colleagues. A third collaborative project has focused on Australian children's texts since 1990, exploring the values they promote relating to multiculturalism, immigration and community relations. She was a member of a SSHRC-funded team, based at University of Winnipeg, which focused on discourses of home in Canadian children's literature. Her books have attracted international prizes: Reading Race was awarded the International Research Society for Children's Literature Award in 2003 as well as the Children's Literature Association Book Award for the best critical work published in 2001. Unsettling Narratives received the Children's Literature Association's Honor Award. She is currently President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kinder Text Reading - Pamela Porter, April 8th

Pamela Porter

Award-winning children’s literature writer Pamela Porter will visit Capilano University on Thursday April 8th at 11:30 in Library 321.

Pamela Porter
was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her novel, The Crazy Man, has been a stunning success, winning the Governor General's Literary Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Young Adult Book, the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Hackmatack Award, the OLA Golden Oak Award, the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, and the Red Cedar Award. She has published another children's novel, Sky, a picture book, Yellow Moon, Apple Moon, and two collections of adult poetry: Stones Call Out, published by Coteau Books, and The Intelligence of Animals, from the Backwaters Press in the US. Pamela is a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria and lives in N. Saanich, on Vancouver Island, with her family and a menagerie of rescued animals.

This reading is made possible by the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Capilano University English Department.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kinder Text Series - Sarah Ellis, January 28th

Hear award-winning Children's Literature author Sarah Ellis read in the Kinder Text series at Capilano University on Thursday Jan. 28th at 11:30 in LB321. Free.

Ellis is the author of fourteen books for children, including picture books, short story collections, middle grade novels and non-fiction. Her books have been awarded such honours as the Canadian Governor General's award for Children's Literature and the TD Canada Children's Literature Award and have been included on the American Library Association's list of notable books. She has recently retired from thirty years of work as a librarian in public libraries and has taken up a new career teaching writing at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.

For further information, contact Crystal Hurdle: or 604-983-7570 local 2420

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Children's Lit Courses for Spring 2010

English 218-01 - The Art of Children's Literature – Roger Farr

This course examines writing for, about, and by children. From Robin Hood and Runaway Bunny to the latest issue of Stone Soup -- a magazine featuring writing and art by people under thirteen years of age --, we will survey a number of classic and contemporary works, with a focus on the complex interaction between attachment, authority, and autonomy. We will also read a short text that challenges the notion of ‘childhood’ itself, by making the radical argument that it is society that must adapt to the needs of children, not the other way around. With this challenge in mind we will consider the infamous case of “The Wild Boy of Aveyron,” a feral child found living in the woods in France in 1797. The story of his capture and attempted domestication reveals much about societal attitudes toward children – and “childishness -- in the West.

Required Texts:

• Children in Society: A Libertarian Critique
• The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature
• The Wild Boy
• Songs of Innocence and Experience
• Runaway Bunny
• Stone Soup

English 292-01 - Creative Writing: Children's Literature - Crystal Hurdle

Experience an intensive workshop in writing literature for children of various ages. Examine and practice the art of writing for children by exploring a range of different strategies and techniques: identify narrative structure, myth, character development, levels of diction, voice, etc. Discover voices and forms for your writing and express your ideas in styles appropriate for children’s interests at different ages, from picture books and nonsense rhymes for children to young adult novels in verse. In developing your own projects, become a successor to J. K. Rowling!

Required Texts:

• Sarah Ellis’ From Reader to Writer
• Deborah Ellis’ The Breadwinnner
• William New’s Dream Helmet
• Pamela Porter’s The Crazy Man
• Print Pack with assorted readings