Spotlight Country – Canada

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This year Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the world is invited to celebrate with us. The main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous people, the environment and youth. These values can be found throughout Canada, and they are also reflected in our literature.

Canada is pleased to be part of the Seoul International Book Fair as its Spotlight Country in 2017, and to share some of the literature that represents who we are. We are excited to have two Canadian authors participating in SIBF: Ms. Kathy Stinson, a children’s author from Toronto with over 30 titles, including The Man with the Violin which won the TD Children’s Literature Award in 2014; and Ms. Sylvia McNicoll, a young-adult author with two titles, Revenge on the Fly and Best Friends Through Eternity, that have been published in Korea.

We are thrilled that visitors to the Book Fair will have the opportunity to meet with these authors and to explore an extended collection of over 260 new titles at the Canadian pavilion.

Embassy of Canada
I. Meet the Canadian Author
15:30~16:30, June 15 (Thursday)
Meet the Canadian Author, Sylvia McNicoll
Sylvia McNicoll, a Canadian children’s book author, is pleased to meet with Korean readers at the Seoul International Book Fair. She will speak about her books, which cover important themes such as honesty, justice, race discrimination, self-recognition, and generational conflict. Two of her books have been translated into Korean: “Revenge on the Fly” and “Best Friends through Eternity”. A book signing and a raffle will be held after her speech. - Location: Event Hall 2, Hall B
14:00~15:00, June 16 (Friday)
Meet the Canadian Author, Kathy Stinson
Kathy Stinson, a Canadian children’s book author, will be at the Seoul International Book Fair to meet with readers. She will speak about her books and share her own story with young readers at the book fair. She has several books that have been translated into Korean including “Red is Best”, “The Man with the Violin”, “What happened to Ivy?”, “King of the Castle”. A book signing and a raffle will be held after her speech. - Location: D1, Hall A
II. Writing Workshop with Canadian Author
17:00~18:00, June 15 (Thursday)
Writing Workshop by Canadian Author, Sylvia McNicoll
Sylvia McNicoll, a Canadian children’s book author will be holding a Writing Workshop to children from 10~13 years old. Demonstrating writing process with her two novels “Revenge on the Fly” and “The Best Mistake Mystery”, Sylvia McNicoll will engage participants with writing poetry “on the fly” and error and recovery plots. We kindly ask that participants be able to understand and write in English without an interpreter. - Location: Event Hall 2, Hall B
III. Craft Time with Canadian Teachers from Maple Bear
10:00~12:00, June 17 (Saturday)
Teachers from Maple Bear, a Canadian language institute in Seoul, will host Craft Time for children aged 6-7 years old at the Canada Pavilion. The teachers will introduce a Canadian picture book and teach participating children how to make characters found in the book. - Location: Canada Pavillon (C11)
IV. Screening of the Canadian Animation “The Nut Job”
14:30~16:00, June 18 (Sunday)
Screening of the Canadian Animation “The Nut Job”
“The Nut Job”, a 3D animated movie coproduced by the Korean film company “Red Rover” and Canadian company “Toon Box Entertainment”, will be screened during the book fair. - Location: Event Hall 2, Hall B