October in Ottawa is the perfect time and place to meet local authors and illustrators of books for children and teens (without bothering us at home).
On October 25th, head out to the 14th annual KidLit Cafe from the Ottawa Public Library and the Ottawa Children’s Literature Roundtable. Come out to the Greenboro Branch (363 Lorry Greenburg) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for an interactive and family-friendly celebration of books. There’ll be crafts, refreshments, stories, author workshops and a book sale (thanks to Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books). It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s full of authors and illustrators, including these guys:
Frances Itani, Cecile Beulieu Brousseau, Rachel Eugster, Betty Large, Don Cummer, Kate Jaimet, Mike Stewart, Brenda Chapman, and me, Catherine Austen. Workshops hosted by local author and CBC Radio personality Alan Neal.
Can’t wait till the 25th? Then come out to Indigo Barrhaven (125 Riocan Ave.) on Thursday, October 16th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. to meet almost a dozen authors and illustrators in advance of the weekend’s SCBWI conference “The Art of Story.” Again, it’s free, it’s fun and it’s full of authors and illustrators, including these guys:
Alma Fullerton, Caroline Pignat, Kari-Lynn Winters, Kate Jaimet, Angela Graham, Katherine Battersby, Rachna Gilmore, Lisa Darymple, Rachel Eugster, Jennifer Perlin, and me (Catherine Austen – in case you weren’t paying attention last paragraph).
Bring the kids or send the teens out to meet us, browse the shelves, and get some books signed.