NEWS BULLETIN file photo Attendees at last year’s Bookfest read together at Diana Krall Plaza. The event returns this Saturday, June 1, to downtown Nanaimo venues.

Nanaimo Bookfest will foster a love of reading

Event will be held Saturday, June 1, in and around Diana Krall Plaza

Books and reading will be celebrated in downtown Nanaimo.

The Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival will return this weekend, with authors and illustrators meeting children and their families. Bookfest takes place Saturday, June 1, at Diana Krall Plaza, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo Museum, Harbourfront Library and the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Bookfest is made up of a series of presentations from authors and kids can attend three different talks over the course of the day leading up to book signings at the end of the event.

“It’s just so exciting,” said Laura Foran, festival co-coordinator. “The adults get just as excited as the kids to meet some of the presenters and it’s just so much fun to see the kids really engage.”

Foran said one of the big names among the attending authors this year is Linda Bailey, the “incredibly popular” author of Stanley’s Party, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur and Under-the-Bed Fred.

Other presenters are Emma Fitzgerald, Monique Gray Smith, Gabrielle Grimard, Michael Kusugak, Kit Pearson, Jordan Stratford, J. Torres, Nancy Vo and Sally Williams.

“We’ve been able to attract some really talented people,” Foran said. “We try to divide up our roster between people who are established and really well known and who are popular, but also supporting some new and emerging authors and illustrators. So it’s a nice mix for the kids.”

Bookfest is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $10 per child or $25 for a family pass. Adults accompanying their children will be admitted free. To purchase tickets or find out more information, visit

RELATED: Bookfest helps fill school library shelves leading up to event

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

$5-million lotto ticket sold in Nanaimo

Someone matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s 6/49 draw

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 22

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

VIEX all set for 125th anniversary fair

Vancouver Island Exhibition taking place at Nanaimo’s Beban Park from Aug. 23-25

VIEX all set for 125th anniversary fair

Vancouver Island Exhibition taking place at Nanaimo’s Beban Park from Aug. 23-25

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man tells judge he attempted suicide a month before daughters’ murders

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

BREAKING: Province approves Surrey police force

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth green-lights city’s municipal police force

Most Read