YABS Confab

Pictured: Bill Bunn, Val Lawton, Maureen Bush

Thirteen writers, illustrators and storytellers from the Young Alberta Book Society gathered last night for the first Calgary YABS Confab. If you're a teacher, librarian or parent, you should know about the Young Alberta Book Society (www.yabs.ab.ca) - YABS helps to organize and fund school author and artist visits.

Artist and authors of the Young Alberta Book Society make all kinds of stories, from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels to storytelling concerts. And they travel to the far corners of the province to share their literary know-how with schoolkids.

In between swapping news of our latest books and talking about creativity and work, we drew exquisite corpse pictures, a kind of group drawing. Each person draws a section of a picture in sequence without seeing what the person before them drew.

Here are some of the more family-friendly exquisite corpses:

Thanks to the talented crew who showed up for a spirited discussion and a fun evening: Maureen Bush, Jan Markley, Carolyn Pogue, Jacqui Guest, Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli, Sandy Nichols, Bill Bunn, Mary Hays, Shenaaz Nanji, Shirlee Smith-Matheson, Faye Reinberg Holt, Val Lawton.

(Now go read their books!)