Have you recently finished writing that thriller set at the bottom of the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge? What about that romance novel that featured your parents' Buick Riviera cruising along Marine Drive? The North Shore libraries are on the hunt for local recently published works to feature in their growing collections.
The North Shore Authors Collection applications are now open, and now in its third season, the program aims to highlight a diverse range of emerging and established local authors who live on the North Shore. According to the North Shore libraries, more than 110 local authors and 156 titles have been featured in North Shore libraries since the program’s inception.
If your work is accepted, titles will be on display at each of the three participating libraries for one year – West Vancouver Memorial Library, North Vancouver City Library and North Vancouver District Public Library.
Children’s book author Patricia Bowles, known for her work Butternut Island, said the experience of being part of the authors' collection was “very gratifying.”
“First, you get to meet other North Shore authors and share your thoughts and second, your book gets prominently displayed in North Shore libraries,” Bowles said.
To be considered for the collection, authors are to submit their applications by June 30 for the 2022-23 collection, which is set to launch in the fall. The work of authors who are currently featured in the North Shore Authors Collection will remain highlighted at all three libraries until October of this year.
The collection will accept applications for books that are traditionally published, self-published, or independently published from authors of any age who are currently residing on the North Shore, or who lived here during the year of publication. Books can be in any genre and any language but must be professionally bound for public borrowing and published between 2012 and 2022.
More information on the authors collection and application details can be found at North Shore Authors Collection.
Charlie Carey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, North Shore News