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Nova Scotian authors Sheree Fitch and Budge Wilson will be
attending the prestigious Feria Internacional del Libro
(FIL - International Book Fair) in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the
end of November.

The fair, which attracted 729 publishers from 27 countries last
year, is under the auspices of the University of Guadalajara.
This year Canada is being honoured as a special guest country,
and the FIL will feature cultural performances and exhibitions by
Canadian artists. Sheree Fitch and Budge Wilson are the only
Atlantic Canadians who will be attending, joining a roster of
high profile Canadian writers. The authors were recommended by
the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

The writers are being supported by the cultural affairs division
of the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture and
federally by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Nova
Scotia Education and Culture Minister Robbie Harrison said "The
Department is delighted that Sheree Fitch and Budge Wilson will
be among the group of fine Canadian writers profiled in Mexico.
The FIL opens doors to many new markets, and will showcase their
talents to the world."

This book fair is now considered the most important and
prestigious book fair in Latin America. Because of Mexico's young
population (40 per cent under 20 years of age), children's books
are of special interest at the FIL, and a special exhibit of
children's art organized by the Canadian Children's Book Centre
in Toronto will be on display. There will also be an opportunity
for the public to buy Canadian books directly at a bookstore
organized by the Association for the Export of Canadian Books.

Budge Wilson is an award-winning author of children's, young
adult and adult books, whose book of short stories "The Leaving"
received the City of Dartmouth Book Award, the Canadian Library
Association Young Adult Book Award and many other citations. She
has written over 15 books and received grants from the Canada
Council, the Ontario Arts Council and Cultural Affairs. She has
spoken to audiences coast to coast and in the far north, and in
Germany. Her books are taught in a number of Canadian
universities. Her work has been published in nine countries and
has been translated into six languages. She has three books
coming out in 1997, and she won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for
"Oliver's Wars" in 1993.

Sheree Fitch is a performance poet, educator, journalist, author
and activist who has performed her work as far south as Belize
and as far north as the Canadian Arctic. Her first book of
nonsense poetry, "toes in my nose", (Doubleday Canada) was
published in 1987 and continues to be a best selling children's
book. In 1992 she won the Christie's Book Award for "There Were
Monkeys in My Kitchen". She has been profiled in Chatelaine,
Macleans and Atlantic Advocate, and works tirelessly for the
cause of literacy. Ms. Fitch is currently at work on two
children's plays and a children's television pilot.


Contact: Peggy Walt  902-424-6389

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