Winter 2023 Book Fair

We’re looking forward to seeing your faces in person again at the Winter 2023 Book Fair! Registration is now open at the link below. Please register by January 1, at which time numbers for meals need to be confirmed.

Registration

You can register through Eventbrite at this link. Please also let us know who will be attending from your organization by filling out this quick survey.

When registering, please indicate which meals you anticipate attending. A link to a survey for dietary restrictions is included in the confirmation email after registration and can be found here.

If you would like to register as an exhibitor, please email natassja@anansi.ca and you will be added to the exhibitor mailing list.

Dates

Book Fair Dates: Monday, Monday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Location

The Parkside Hotel and Spa
810 Humboldt St.
Victoria, BC V8V 5B1
Phone: 1-855-616-3557 or 1-250-940-1200

We have a block of “Deluxe One Bedroom Suites” reserved for $169.00 a night (February 12th to 15th). You must book by December 29th to receive this pricing.

Please call the Parkside directly at 250.940.1200 or 1.855.616.3557 to reserve and say you’re with the WBRA Book Fair. The Parkside will allow free cancellation or modification of your reservation up to 24 hours before arrival, so there’s no downside to reserving your spot early!

The parking rate is $12 per day for event attendees, and overnight parking is $17 per night.

Schedule of Events

Monday, February 13

10:00 am to 1:00 pm Set-up for reps – Urban Ballroom
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Book Fair Exhibit Hours – Urban Ballroom
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception and Author Speed Dating

Tuesday, February 14

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast – West Lobby
8:45 am to 5:00 pm Group Buying Sessions – James Bay Room
9:00 am to 12:00 pm Book Fair Exhibit Hours – Urban Ballroom
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm Catered lunch in the City Club Lounge
12:45 pm to 5:00 pm Book Fair Exhibit Hours – Urban Ballroom

Wednesday, February 15

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast – West Lobby
8:45 am to 5:00 pm Group Buying Sessions – James Bay Room
9:00 am to 12:00 pm Book Fair Exhibit Hours – Urban Ballroom
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm Catered lunch in the City Club Lounge
12:45 pm to 5:00 pm Book Fair Exhibit Hours – Urban Ballroom

Covid Restrictions

We would like to request that all attendees wear a mask whenever possible.

Cocktail Party and Lunches

Meals will be hosted in the City Club Lounge at the Parkside, catered by Truffles. Please select the number of meals you will be attending on the registration page. A survey of dietary restrictions will be included in your confirmation email.

Group Buying Schedule

Tuesday, February 14

8:45 – 9:15 Darryl Scott – Thomas Allen
9:15 – 10:15 Ali Hewitt – Ampersand

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 Susan Travis – Scholastic
11:30 – 12:00 Jen Cameron – Orca Book Publishers

Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 Heather Read – Read & Co Books
1:45 – 2:45 Joedi Dunn – Simon & Schuster

Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:30 Megan Ferguson – Harbour Publishing/D&M et al
3:30 – 4:00 Iolanda Millar – Canadian Manda Group (Children’s)
4:00 – 5:30 Hala Kamaliddin – Penguin Random House Canada

Wednesday, February 15

8:45 – 9:45 Sandy Cooper – HarperCollins
9:45 – 10:15 Natassja Barry – Anansi/Groundwood

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 Kate Condon-Moriarty – Canadian Manda Group (Adult)
11:30 – 12:00 Louis Anctil – Midtown Press, Pajama Press, Inhabit Education etc.

Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 John Walls & Megan Radford – HGD & Greystone Books
1:15 – 2:15 Sandy Cooper – HarperCollins
2:15 – 3:45 Hamish Clark – Penguin Random House Canada

Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 Jennifer Fyffe – Penguin Random House Canada