This year The Whistler Writing Society invited four of Canada’s most highly regarded children’s and young adult authors to be a part of the Authors in the Schools program — and they came! Cherie Dimaline, Deborah Ellis, Kit Pearson and Richard Van Camp gave riveting presentations to students from 17 schools in Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie.
Four hundred and nineteen copies of the authors’ books were purchased from our program supporter Armchair Books and given to classrooms in the corridor for schools to read, study, and keep as a legacy for the future.
Book-loads of thanks go to volunteers Stella Harvey (Founder and Artistic Director of AITS), Libby McKeever, Cristiana Spooner and Meredith Gardner.
The program is generously funded by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, B.C. Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Community Foundation of Whistler, Libby McKeever, Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium and the Whistler Public Library.
We hope that students who get to engage with the award-winning, Canadian and Indigenous writers of the books they’re reading will not only be inspired to read and write more but to tell their own stories.
Rebecca Wood Barrett, program manager of Authors in the Schools
The Whistler Writing Society