Summer 2022 Book Fair

We’re looking forward to seeing your faces in person for the first time in a while at the Summer 2022 Book Fair! Our survey came back very positively in favour of an in-person fair, so we’ll be going ahead with our fair at the Parkside from June 13 to 15! Registration is now open at the link below. Please register before May 13, at which time numbers for meals need to be confirmed.

Registration

You can register through Eventbrite at this link. If you’re unsure about attending, could you please email asap to let us know when you might decide and what factors you’re considering, as we’re trying to get a sense of numbers.

When registering, please indicate which meals you anticipate attending, so we can plan for numbers. A link to a survey for dietary restrictions is included in the confirmation email after registration, or you can find it directly here.

For exhibitors, you can indicate the number of tables you’ll require during registration, and a separate email will be sent with more specific details surrounding sponsorship. 

Dates

Book Fair Dates: Monday, June 13, to Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Location

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

We had a block of rooms reserved until April 29th, which might still be available. The block is of “Deluxe One Bedroom Suites” for $219 a night, reserved for the 13th to 16th.

Please call the Parkside directly at 250.940.1200 or 1.855.616.3557 to reserve and say you’re with the WBRA Summer 2022 Bookfair.

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

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 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

Tuesday, June 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, June 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 and exhibitors be vaccinated, and 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. The author speed-dating event has been postponed until future fairs.

Group Buying Schedule

The following schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, June 14

8:45 to 9:30 Darryl Scott – Thomas Allen 
9:30 to 10:30 Ali Hewitt – Ampersand  
10:30 to 11:00 Jen Cameron – Orca Book Publishers  
11:00 to 11:30 John Walls – HGD 
11:30 to 12:00 Megan Ferguson – Harbour Publishing/D&M  
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch 
1:00 to 2:00 Heather Read – Read & Co Books 
2:00 to 3:00 Susan Travis – Scholastic 
3:00 to 4:00 Joedi Dunn – Simon & Schuster 

Wednesday, June 15

9:00 to 10:30 Sandy Cooper – HarperCollins 
10:30 to 11:00 Susan Kuzina – Login Canada 
11:00 to 11:30 Natassja Barry – Anansi/Groundwood 
11:30 to 12:00 Louis Anctil – Midtown Press, Pajama Press, Inhabit Education
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch 
1:00 to 2:00 Kate Condon-Moriarty  – Canadian Manda Group  
2:00 to 3:00 Iolanda Millar – Canadian Manda Group