The 30th Annual BookFest will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in downtown Nanaimo!
BookFest is a wonderful, fun-filled day for children and adults alike. Renowned authors and illustrators from across Canada are invited to present their work, tell stories about their creations and lives, and inspire youth through literature and art. Past presenters have included Kevin Sylvester, Sarah Ellis, Kit Pearson, Michael Kusugak, Mike Deas, and many more. Find out about more past presenters here.
The day is divided into three sessions of 45 minutes each. Each child who registers may bring a parent and pick three BookFest presenter sessions of their choice. The presenters use a variety of techniques to inspire creativity and enthusiasm for books in their audience: some use technology, some use story-blankets, and others may leap and bounce about. Audience participation is common, as the presenters ask children to help with future book ideas or assist with a new illustration.
Over the lunch hour, there will be all sorts of exciting children’s activities brought to us by Camp Narnia. There will also be a healthy and affordable lunch available from Nanaimo Foodshare. And, in 2016, we will be treated to a wonderful performance by Nanaimo’s own youth fiddlers, Fiddelium.
Each presenter will have books be available for purchase on-site from our official BookFest book vendor, Mulberry Bush Book Store. The presenters will be available to sign books at the end of the day!
Presenters in the Schools
In the week leading up to the festival many of the authors and illustrators present in elementary schools throughout School District #68, #69, and independent schools across the Island. This important aspect of the festival ensures that we can bring the power and fun of literacy directly to students across Vancouver Island.