COTLA is organizing a week-long author visit

This year Central Okanagan Teacher-librarians’ Association( COTLA)  is organizing a week-long visit (March 5-9, 2012) from the award winning and Canadian author Eric Walters. He will read and present to almost 4000 grade 5 & 7 students at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and on site at some of our high schools.  COTLA has hosted an Author Week for years now with authors such as Paul Yee, Kenneth Oppel, Roch Carrier, Karen Levine, David Bouchard, and Deborah Ellis advocating literacy through storytelling.

Mr. Walters will also present a free evening session for all ages at the
Kelowna Community Theatre on Thursday, March 8, 2012 / 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Walters started his writing career while teaching grade 5. It was his way of encouraging his reluctant readers and writers to become more involved in literature. Since 1993 he has written more than 70 novels for young adults. Some deal with contemporary historical fiction—Run (Terry Fox), Safe as Houses (Hurricane Hazel); while others deal with topics related to social activism—Shattered (soup kitchens and war), Rebound (being wheelchair bound). His books have won numerous awards. Walters now devotes most of his time to writing, speaking, and social issues. In a typical year he presents to over 120,000 students! His presentations are a blend of drama, storytelling, audience participation and interaction. Walters is a wonderful role model for young people. For example, he donated all of his royalties from Run to cancer research, and more recently founded The Creation of Hope, an organization that is dedicated to providing care for 400+ orphans in the Mbooni district of Kenya. For more information on the author, his books and book trailers, visit:
http://www.ericwalters.net

Walters follows a long line of prestigious Canadian writers for young people whom COTLA has brought to Kelowna for Education Week visits.  Previous presenters have included Roch Carrier (The Hockey Sweater), Paul Yee (Ghost Train), Karen Levine (Hana’s Suitcase), David Bouchard (If You’re not from the Prairies), Kenneth Oppel (Sunwing and Airborn trilogies), and Deborah Ellis (Breadwinner trilogy).

Walters now devotes most of his time to writing, speaking, and social issues.  In a typical year he presents to over 120,000 students!  His presentations are a blend of drama, storytelling, audience participation and interaction.  Walters is a wonderful role model for young people.  For example, he donated all of his royalties from Run to cancer research, and more recently founded The Creation of Hope, an organization that is dedicated to providing care for 400+ orphans in the Mbooni district of Kenya.  For more information on Eric Walters you cn visit his website at www.ericwalters.net.

Author events are a way for COTLA to highlight the importance of three interconnected literacy building blocks:  school libraries, teacher-librarians, and reading.  There is no charge for admission.  You are encouraged to attend the Thursday evening presentation and to bring family, friends and colleagues.  Special thanks go out to Capri Insurance and Harmony Honda for helping to make this event possible.

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