Chatham-Kent Public Library is hosting the 2019 Book Bash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00 to 8:30 pm! Book Bash is a fun-filled, free children’s festival featuring a variety of activities and programs with Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and entertainers. Book Bash will take place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, 565 Richmond St., Chatham.

The 2019 Book Bash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival schedule includes activities for all ages.

Expo
5:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Community Partner Stations: Interactive, hands-on activities

5:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Local Author Showcase featuring Arlene Melanson, Susan Nuttall, Mary Clendenning Genge, Wade Vermeersch, Pamela Muntean, Veronica Lloyd, Emma Vandermeer, Meggan MacKenzie, and Yejide Kilanko

Workshops
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kathy Kacer – Educator Workshop

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Paul François Sylvestre – French Workshop

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Deborah Ellis – Author Workshop

6:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Marc Keelan-Bishop – French Workshop

7:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Paul-François Sylvestre & Marc Bishop Book Signing

Main Stage
5:45 pm to 6:15 pm
The Great Lakes Woodland Dance Troupe

6:20 pm to 6:55 pm
Cecil Issac – Indigenous Storytelling

7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Monique Gray Smith – Keynote Speech

7:45 to 8:30 pm
The Thames River String Band / La Tranche – Concert!

For more information about the authors, performers, and community partners attending Book Bash, visit www.ckpl.ca/bookbash.

Funding for the Book Bash Festival is made possible through the Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund for Canadian Children’s Literature at the Toronto Public Library Foundation. The Fund was established by Larry Muller, retired president of Scholastic Canada, to create an annual children’s literature festival promoting reading and recognizing the value of Canadian children’s literature to Canadian families.