We want your teenagers!

If you know of any secondary school students that might be interested in expanding their literary horizons, Serendipity 2015 is the event for them. Not only will they be inspired they will learn about writing fiction and the picture book industry, plus they’ll get a chance to talk to world famous authors. On top of all that, we’ll feed them!

Tell your kids. Tell your kids’ teachers. Tell your PAC.

Groups of 15 or more students receive a 10% discount on their registration fee.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to create a picture book?

Come to Serendipity 2015 and find out first-hand what is involved in creating these stunning works of art (and literature) for children with special guests Molly Idle and Kelli Chipponeri.

MollyMolly Idle is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including the Caldecott Honor winning Flora and the Flamingo (2013) and its equally enchanting companion Flora and the Penguin (2014). She also illustrated the delightfully unnerving Zombelina (2013), written by Kristyn Crow, and wrote and illustrated the whimsical Tea Rex: A Young Person’s Guide to Tea Party Etiquette (2013).

KelliWe are also delighted to introduce Kelli Chipponeri, Editorial Director, Children’s, at Chronicle Books, who has worked with Molly on a number of projects. Kelli previously worked at Running Press and in 2010 moved to Chronicle books as their Executive Editor. Her knowledge and expertise on the subject of picture book publishing is phenomenal.

Bring your questions and be prepared to get inside information about the children’s picture book publishing experience from this dynamic duo.Intrigued? Then be sure to register for Serendipity 2015 while the early bird rates are still in effect!


Edgy, Eerie, Exceptional Serendipity takes place March 7, 2015 at UBC.

Have you registered for Serendipity 2015?

HollyWe know you won’t want to miss Serendipity 2015, especially because you’ll have the opportunity to meet and hear from incredible award winning authors like Holly Black! Her middle-grade book Doll Bones won a Newbery Honor in 2014 and her Modern Faerie Tale series has spawned a thriving fandom and garnered much critical attention. Other titles from Holly include The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (2013), her fabulous edited collection, Zombies vs Unicorns (2010), and most recently, The Darkest Part of the Forest (2015). Holly is well known for her dark and gloomy stories, full of magic, mayhem, and mystery. Come on out to Serendipity 2015 at UBC on March 7, 2015, and get ready for some Edgy, Eerie, Exceptional fun.

 

Andrew Smith to Speak at Serendipity 2015

Register for Serendipity 2015 to see an incredible lineup of literary stars!

Andrew_SmithOne of these stars is the industrious and ever-prolific, Boston Globe – Horn Book Winner, Andrew Smith, author of the ground breaking Grasshopper Jungle (2014) and beautifully imagined 100 Sideways Miles (2014), among many other bizarre works of fiction.

His novels are dark, there’s no denying that, but at the heart of each unsettling novel is a strange hope for the future. Smith’s books explore complex issues of love and death, romance and sex, and the end of humanity, as we know it.

Come hear this powerhouse of an author at Serendipity 2015 (at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC) on March 7, 2015. And just to make it even more fun, he will be joining us only a few days after the release of his brand new YA novel, The Alex Crow!

Early bird rates end January 31. Register here.

Happy New Year!

After all the festivities of the holidays, January can be something of a letdown. If you’re looking for a “blues – buster” we’ve got just the thing. Join us at our Celebration of Award Winning B.C. Children’s Authors & Illustrators event. Enjoy BC wines and cheeses as we toast our awarded B.C. Authors and Illustrators January 21, 2015 at the Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village. A free event for students and members. With special guests Kit Pearson & Michelle Mulder

When: January 21, 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

What: A taste of BC wines & cheeses | Silent Auction

Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat and update your membership.

You are invited to a special Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable event

A Celebration of Award Winning BC Children’s Authors & Illustrators

With Special Guests Kit Pearson & Michelle Mulder

When: January 21, 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

What: A taste of BC wines & cheeses | Silent Auction

Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat and update your membership.

The Gift of Serendipity

Stuck for a gift idea? A ticket to Edgy, Eerie, and Exceptional: Serendipity 2015 with Holly Black, Andrew Smith, Mariko Tamaki, Molly Idle, and Kelli Chipponeri makes a great gift for yourself or for a friend.

From haunted dolls and worlds of nightmare, to the raw emotion and exceptional beauty of growing up, the presenters at Serendipity 2015 will captivate and inspire. This year’s speakers include Caldecott and Newbery Honor winners, illustrators and authors, and even an editorial director to take you behind the scenes!

Plus . . . take your inspiration from these authors’ books; come in your edgy, eerie, or exceptional costume and be prepared for a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Held in the Swing Space building, 2175 West Mall, on the UBC campus (conveniently located right next to the West Parkade). Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks | Book sales by Kidsbooks

Early Bird rates end January 31, 2015

Register online or by mail.

Edgy, Eerie, Exceptional: Serendipity 2015

VCLR_Serendipity_Mar2015_Poster_v8a2with Holly Black, Andrew Smith, Mariko Tamaki, Molly Idle, and Kelli Chipponeri.

From haunted dolls and worlds of nightmare, to the raw emotion and exceptional beauty of growing up, the presenters at Serendipity 2015 will captivate and inspire. This year’s speakers include Caldecott and Newbery Honor winners, illustrators and authors, and even an editorial director to take you behind the scenes!

(This event will be held at at UBC, but we are still confirming the exact location. Please check www.vclr.ca for updates.)

Saturday March 7, 2015
Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks | Book sales by Kidsbooks

Early Bird Rates until January 31, 2015 Members $140 | Non-Members $155 | Students $60
Regular Rates February 1 – March 4, 2015 Members $180 | Non-Members $195 | Students $75

To register by mail download the registration form here.

This is a member-only event. Don’t miss out. Please make sure your membership is up-to-date. Renew your VCLR membership here.