We were so lucky to have the incredible Karl Johnson join us at Tall Tales to perform his remarkable craft for our customers!
A 3rd generation silhouette artist, Karl is able to cut a perfect silhouette of his subject in under two minutes!
If you missed this unique opportunity, you can always send a photo to Karl and order a silhouette online! Visit his website at http://cutarts.com/
October Knit-ins to raise awareness about the period of PURPLE crying – Oct. 1st & 15th 2011
Way to go Victoria knitters! You contributed 27 knitted purple baby caps to support the Click For Babies campaign! The caps are on their way to BC Children’s Hospital and will be given to babies born in British Columbia during the month of November to raise awareness about the period of PURPLE crying.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our knit-ins and dropped off caps to the store. Thank you to the ladies from the Savvy Squirrel Coupon Book for donating purple yarn and to Katherine C. for lending some knitting tools and expertise.
For more information about the Click for Babies campaign and the period of PURPLE crying, visit http://www.dontshake.ca, www.PURPLEcrying.info, follow on Twitter @PurpleCrying, or visit the facebook page.
Launch of “Ankylosaur Attack” – October 15th, 2011
Rrrroooaaarrr! It was all about the dinos when we celebrated the launch of the brand new picture book “Ankylosaur Attack” by award-winning local Victoria author Daniel Loxton.
Daniel was on hand to read from his book, answer questions, and sign copies for all the dinosaur lovers in attendance.
Thank you to Daniel, Cheryl, and Isaac for the honour of letting us celebrate with you and for all the amazing treats! Thank you also to Kids Can Press and everyone who came out to the event!
Launch of “Suzie’s Sourdough Circus” – September 11th, 2011
We had a packed house as we celebrated the launch of the brand new picture book from Harbour Publishing, “Suzie’s Sourdough Circus“! Both author Kathy Sager and illustrator Eliska Liska were on hand to read and sign copies of their amazing new book. In addition, everyone got to enjoy the magic of sourdough first hand as Kathy brought a bunch of home-made sourdough cakes and loaves of bread! Huge thank-you’s to Kathy, Eliska, Annie from Harbour Publishing, and everyone who joined us for this great event!
Tall Tales Books turns Two Years Old! – August 20th, 2011
Our little store turned two years old this month! To mark this milestone we held a superhero-themed birthday party with storytime, face painting, balloon animals, cake, and a superhero craft. It was truly a special occasion: not only were we celebrating the store’s second birthday, but celebrating all the heroes in the community who got us to this point as well!
“Bon Voyage” Event – April 16th, 2011
We had a great turn-out to the Bon Voyage event where we bid farewell to four local Victoria authors as they prepared to travel across Canada for the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week tour. All four authors were on hand to read from their latest novels and sign copies for those in attendance: Julie Lawson with “Ghosts of the Titanic“, Penny Draper with “Ice Storm“, Robin Stevenson with “Outback“, and Michelle Mulder with “Out of the Box“.
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and supported our amazing local talent! Thank you also to Julie, Penny, Robin, Michelle, Orca Book Publishers, Coteau Books, and Scholastic Canada for having us be a part of this terrific event. And a big thank you to Leslie Bootle for MCing the event!
“Out of the Box” Book Launch – April 9th, 2011
We were so honored to be a part of the launch of local Victoria author Michelle Mulder’s great new novel for middle-grade readers “Out of the Box“. We had a great turn-out to the event to meet Michelle and hear her read from her book. Local musician Jonathan Goldman was also on hand playing the bandoneón, an Argentine instrument that plays a large role in the novel. Thanks to Michelle, her family, Jonathan, and Orca Book Publishers for putting on such a great event!
Charlie Hope concert – August 17th, 2010
There was lots of singing and dancing and many smiling faces at our free Charlie Hope concert on August 17th. Thanks to Charlie for putting on such a wonderful show and thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed her music!
If you missed the show, you can still pick up one of Charlie’s CDs at Tall Tales Books! Please support this amazing Canadian talent!
“Shut Up and Eat” signing – July 17th, 2010
Thanks to Kathy for coming all the way out west from Ontario, making us laugh, and signing so many copies of her book “Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay“! Another big thanks to Janice from Real Food Made Easy for providing the amazing food!
And finally thank you to everyone who joined us for this fun event – we hope you laugh with Kathy’s book as much as we have!
“My Think-a-ma-Jink” signing – July 11th, 2010
Thanks to Dave Whamond, his family, and everyone who came to the signing on Sunday July 11th! Dave read from his new picture book “My Think-a-ma-Jink“, did a drawing demonstration, and signed copies of his book!
If you missed the event, please come check out Dave’s amazing book! We even have a few signed copies still available!
Everyone had a great time making their own crowns and wands, enjoying pink lemonade, and a bunch of lucky kids received free cupcakes from Pink Sugar Cupcakery! We also raised a bunch of money for Margaret Jenkins Elementary School to help them purchase a new playground!
Thanks to everyone who attended!
“Restoring Harmony” signing – June 12th, 2010
We had a great time at Tall Tales with BC author Joëlle Anthony as she shared an amazing presentation about her new novel “Restoring Harmony” and signed copies of her book for those in attendance! Also on hand was her husband and musician Victor and local fiddler Sarah Tradewell who both performed amazing music from the novel! Big thanks to Joëlle, Victor, Sarah and her family, and everyone who attended!
For those who missed the event, please pick up a copy of “Restoring Harmony” – we highly recommend it for young adults and adults alike! For more about this amazing book, please visit Joëlle’s website at http://www.joelleanthony.com.
Book launch of three new books from local authors and illustrator! – May 15, 2010
Thank you and congratulations to Robin Stevenson, Sylvia Olsen, and Mike Deas who were all at Tall Tales Books on Saturday May 15th for the launch of their new books (Ben’s Robot, A Different Game and Food Fight)! Fun was had by everyone as they signed copies of their books and answered questions. Mike even did a drawing demonstration for everyone in attendance! A big thank you to Leslie, Andrew, and the rest of Orca Book Publishers!
Comic Book Workshop with Mike Deas! – March 20th, 2010
Local Graphic Novel artist Mike Deas led a really cool workshop for lucky budding comic book artists and covered character design, composition, perspective, and storytelling in the comic book medium! Mike is the artist for the very popular Graphic Guide Adventures series which includes Wild Ride, Ramp Rats, Soccer Sabotage, Media Meltdown, and the upcoming Food Fight!
“Island Kids” Book Launch – February 20th, 2010
The launch of local author Tara Saracuse’s new book “Island Kids” was a massive success! We estimated that about 100 people came to the event, over 40 of which were kids (including a Girl Guide troop and a kid’s book club)! Tara did two incredible readings from her book and some of the “kids” whose stories are in the book were also in attendance! A big thanks to Tara, her family, and Brindle and Glass Publishing for all their help and for putting on such an amazing event at our store! If you haven’t had a chance to see Tara’s book yet, come by the store to check it out and support local talent!
Salvation Army Charity Drive – December 20th, 2009
Our “Under the Giving Tree” Salvation Army charity drive was a success! Everyone involved was able to collect enough clothes, toiletries, and food to prepare 30 Christmas care packages for needy men, women, and children in our community as well as three boxes of extra items! A huge thanks to the families of Cloverdale School for collecting so many donations as well as Ms. Patterson’s Grade 5 class for preparing the care package “reindeer”!
We would also like to thank our partnering bookstores:
- Chronicles of Crime Bookshop
- Russell Books / Books on View
- Shepherd Books
- Cadboro Bay Book Company
- Snowden’s Books
- Fairfield Bookshop
It was great working with you!
Thank you to Jeremy Bezooyen for designing the poster for the event! (If anyone out there needs graphic design work, let us know and we can put you in touch with Jeremy)
Also, thank you to everyone who spread the word via Twitter and any media outlets who helped us out (KOOL FM, CFAX, A-Channel, Times Colonist)!
Grand Opening Party – September 27th, 2009
Thank you to everyone who made our Grand Opening Party such a success! We had two fantastic storytime sessions, appearances by author Polly Horvath and illustrator Mike Deas (including the book launch for Mike’s new Graphic Guide Adventure book “Media Meltdown“), free cupcakes from Pink Sugar Cupcakery, amazing prizes, and hilarious entertainment from PoCo the clown!
In “Ben’s Robot“ by Robin Stevenson, Ben discovers that having a bossy friend isn’t that much fun, even if it is a real walking, talking robot.
Sylvia Olsen’s “A Different Game“, is the sequel to “Murphy and Mousetrap“. Murphy and his three friends are nervous about trying out for the soccer team at their new school, but a diagnosis of leukemia proves more challenging than anything they encounter on the field.
“Food Fight” is the fifth installment in the popular Graphic Guide Adventures series, all written by Liam O’Donnell and illustrated by Mike Deas. In this exciting story, Devin and Nadia stumble upon a conspiracy involving genetically modified food and unscrupulous scientists. (Visit the Food Fight websitefor resources, games and other fun, free stuff.)
Come meet the authors, get your books signed and watch a drawing demo from artist Mike Deas. Or, just drop by for a snack!