New literary initiatives in the news

There are several interesting literary initiatives popping up this Spring. Here’s some that have come across our radar recently.

New partnership marks Vancouver’s literary locations

Literary Landmarks – a partnership between the Vancouver Public Library, B.C. BookWorld, the VPL Foundation, and Dr. Yosef Wosk – recognizes physical locations with connections to the city’s authors and books.”

There are 26 inaugural Literary Landmarks from a wide range of authors, such as Wayson Choy, Joy Kogawa, Evelyn Lau, W.P. Kinsella, Daphne Marlatt, Lee Maracle, George Woodcock, and Ethel Wilson. Each location includes an informational plaque mounted on a lamppost.

Read the full article on Quill & Quire | View the interactive online map.

Call for submissions: CWILL BC seeks stories and illustrations for Reading Lights

The Vancouver Public Library is also working on another similar initiative with the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC)—Reading Lights.

“Excerpts of stories or poems with associated illustrations from published children’s literature will be featured on permanent plaques and placed on lamp posts in Vancouver. These “Reading Lights” will provide spontaneous encounters with BC books for children and their caregivers near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries. They are intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, while celebrating the work of BC authors and illustrators.”

CWILL BC is seeking submissions for featured work—aimed at readers 8 and younger—to be installed in 2016. Installations for older readers are anticipated after the first round.

Submissions must be postmarked by April 15, 2015. View the full list of criteria (PDF).

ABPBC launches Read Local BC in April

Read Local BC is a project to celebrate the extraordinary depth of BC publishing. The campaign takes place April 1-22, 2015 and includes events and participants from across the province.

The Read Local BC page lists participating publishers, authors, bookstores and libraries and all the associated events. Find one in your community! Read Local BC is also on Facebook with up-to-date news as well as contests.