Opening Launch: Baggage, by Wendy Phillips

Coteau Books invites you to come celebrate the exciting release of YA novel-in-verse, Baggage, by Wendy Phillips! From the author of the award-winning Fishtailing, comes an explosive story of international smuggling, blossoming romance, and lives that hang in the balance. A mysterious young African turns up abandoned at the Vancouver airport. He speaks no English, but would he tell his whole story even if he could...? Will include a reading from the author, Q & A, and author signing. 

May 9 (7-9pm)

Indigo Robson - 1033 Robson Street, Vancouver


About the Author

Wendy Phillips’ first novel, Fishtailing, won several awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Writing and the Moonbeam Award for Innovative Storytelling.  

She began writing at age 11, inventing wilderness adventures while hiking in the sagebrush hills around Kamloops. An enduring love of words took her through a journalism degree from Carleton University, volunteer teaching in Lesotho, and freelance writing in Zimbabwe. Returning to the West Coast, she enjoyed a new career as a high school English teacher and librarian.

Now she lives on beautiful Gabriola Island, writing full time, reading just about anything, and celebrating the possibilities of words, wood, ocean, and music.  

For more about her writing, see Wendy’s blog at

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