The first Children's Literature Roundtable in Canada was established in Edmonton in the fall of 1977. A trio of enthusiasts (Ronald Jobe and Annabelle Bourgoin, Consultants with the Edmonton Public School Board, and Dianne Woodman, a bookseller) wanted to have an organization which would allow people to get together to share good children's books and to meet the Writers and Illustrators which created them. The initial speaker was Phyllis Yaffee, the First Director of the Canadian Children's Book Centre in Toronto. Three other program were held in the inaugural season. A Christmas program, sponsored by the children's book store, with music and books is a tradition which still continue today. A discussion of mystery and detective stories with a detective from the Edmonton Police Department, and a HOT session on "Books that go klunck in the night!" This was held in the furnace room of a church! - From the VCLR web site
Anyone interested in literary arts for young people may join the Edmonton Children's Literature Roundtable. The membership fees are listed on our membership application form. Costs include beverages at each meeting. Special sessions, such as visits by international authors, are ticketed events, but members enjoy a discounted ticket price. Members have the opportunity to vote for the Canada Information Book Award, and receive a newsletter about upcoming events, as well as news about the literary arts for young people. In addition to featured presentations by renowned local, national, and international authors and illustrators, each season of Edmonton CLRT's programming includes a Celebration of Albertan Authors and illustrators. This evening features 10 Albertan literary artists discussing and reading from their new work.