This year, the 2nd Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories is being held on Sunday, September 19, 2010 in the Westfield Heritage Village. Gates open at 9:30am and the festival ends around 4:00pm. You don’t want to miss it, Telling Tales won the 2010 Tourism Hamilton Award of Excellence – Festival of the Year!
Where is Westfield Heritage Village you may ask? Just 30 minutes north of downtown Hamilton. The fairground is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (also referred to as RR 552), Rockton, ON L0R 1X0. This festival is also outdoors, so make sure you pack your sunscreen, hat, (umbrella), and water! Parking and admittance into the festival are free!
Keep an eye out for our authors participating in the festival this year:
Author of All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine
12:30pm at the Jerseyville Railway Station
She will be signing at the Bookseller’s Tent at 1:15pm.
Author of The Snow Queen, Clever Katarina, and The Wild Swans
12:30pm at the Native Village
2:45pm at the Mountsberg Church with Gillian O’Reilly and Ken Roberts
He will be signing at the Bookseller’s Tent at 1:15pm and 3:30pm.
Author and illustrator of Splinters
11:00am at the Jerseyville Railway Station
2:00pm at the Bandstand
He will be signing at the Bookseller’s Tent at 11:45am and 2:45am.
Author of Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace
2:00pm at the One Room School House
She will be signing at the Bookseller’s Tent at 2:45pm.
Click here for some photos from last year’s festival!
February is Black History Month, visit your local bookstore or library to learn more. We also compiled our reading recommendations for you (click on the covers for more information):
By Ann Towell
Available on February 9, 2010
A heartbreaking history of prejudice, family ties, and the loss of innocence. The novel is based on a race riot that occurred in Oil Springs, Ontario on March 20, 1863.
By Colleen Craig
~ Short-listed for the 2009 IODE (National Chapter) Violet Downey Book Award
~ Selected for the Best Book for Kids and Teens 2009 list, presented by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace
By Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Janet Wilson
~ Selected as a Best Book (Non-fiction) by Quill & Quire
“…is beautifully written, evocative, and heart-wrenching” – School Library Journal
I Came as a Stranger: The Underground Railroad
By Bryan Prince
~ Honor Book for the Society of School Librarians International’s Best Book Award – Social Studies
~ Winner of 2005 Children’s Nautilus Book Awards (Non-fiction)
Season of Rage: Hugh Burnett and the Struggle for Civil Rights
By John Cooper
“…well written and compelling.” – VOYA
“What is really a vignette of events in one small town results in a much broader view of the attitudes of an entire country. An eye-opening story.” – School Library Journal
Rapid Ray: The Story of Ray Lewis
By John Cooper
“…This well-written and engaging biography of the first Canadian-born black athlete to join a Canadian Olympic track-and-field team…” – School Library Journal