Author returns to Cornwall for first Canadian book signing

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Kid’s Korner hosted author Denise Bourgeois for a special book signing on Wednesday, and she’s back at the store Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to chat with young readers.

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The collaboration is exciting for several reasons.

Bourgeois (now Bourgeois-Vance) grew up in Cornwall, residing on Lefebvre Street with his six siblings. After leaving town in 2001 to live in Alberta and now in Seattle, Washington, Bourgeois still finds opportunities to visit family and friends here, where she says she will always feel right at home. She chose to have her very first Canadian book signed in Cornwall given her strong roots in the community, and to start a new chapter in her life, softly launching her bilingual children’s book business in Canada.

“It’s like a dream come true. I was so thrilled when (Kid’s Korner) was able to accommodate us. It would be nice if we brought people in, but even if we don’t, to be in that atmosphere with my books… it’s a great feeling,” Bourgeois said. .

Kid’s Korner owner Leslie Ouderkirk said she was thrilled to introduce the creator to an 11-volume children’s book series in a multitude of languages.

“It’s a good time at the end of the school year. And it’s good that these books are bilingual. I was really interested in bringing in (Bourgeois),” Ouderkirk said. “It’s always nice to be able to support our local authors.”

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At the start of the pandemic, Bourgeois saw an opportunity to start writing books to meet an educational need for middle-aged children who speak different languages. The 61-year-old worked as a family support specialist for immigrant and refugee families in the Seattle area for several years, noting that there is little to no literature for teens that families can read at their children in their mother tongue.

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Being bilingual herself, Bourgeois understands the importance of teaching children to read in a multitude of languages. Alongside her supportive husband, she started collaborating with a translator and now sells books worldwide in 20 languages, so that more children have the opportunity to read.

Having just attended a national conference of the ALA (American Library Association) in Washington DC, she was sensitized to the demand of the market she currently serves. Soon his books will also be made with a VOX speaking device so that the child can read and listen, so that he can better learn to pronounce certain words.

“Go to any library in the United States and ask for a book in Urdu, Vietnamese or Arabic and see what they bring,” said Garth Vance, general manager. “Among the largest libraries in the United States, you would be lucky to find a book. Almost all traditional publishers and self-publishers are hesitant to publish a double-text selection.

Bourgeois hopes to write a new page in the industry to be more inclusive for all levels of young readers in different languages.

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