January 29, 2014

Albertan YoungCanLit Author Trio: Author Event (Edmonton)

Mark February 8th on your calendar
if you live in the Edmonton area 

because
you're fortunate to have
not one,
not two,
but
three youngCanLit authors
 
Karen Bass, Marty Chan, and Karen Spafford-Fitz

visiting

Chapters at West Edmonton Mall
from 12 p. m. to 4 p. m.




Check out some of their books below, including their latest (always far left book cover).

 
Karen Bass
  • Graffiti Knight (Pajama Press)
  • Drummer Girl (Coteau)
  • Summer of Fire (Coteau)

Marty Chan
  • The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Barnabas Bigfoot: Bone Eater (Thistledown Press)
  • The Mystery of the Cyber Bully (Thistledown Press)

Karen Spafford-Fitz
 
  • Vanish (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Dog Walker (Orca Book Publishers)


Further details about the event can be found here.

January 27, 2014

When Mama Goes to Work

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Illustrated by Jessica Phillips
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
978-1-55455-34-3
32 pp.
Ages 1-5
October 2013

We know that, in these days of economic instability, many children are part of households in which parents are out of the house at work each day.  It doesn't matter whether it is a single-parent household, one with both father and mother, or even one with two mothers–bills must be paid, careers to be realized and passions to be developed, and contributions to be made outside of the home.  As adults, we understand why we go to work, but do children always understand this? 

In When Mama Goes to Work, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch ensures that they do understand, specifically that the days of working mothers and children are not that dissimilar.  Their days start the same, in preparation for the day: dressing appropriately, making lunches, tidying themselves, and packing their bags.  At work and school, the similarities continue, as they do when Mama and child are reunited.  Regardless of their day's activities, Mama and child know that they are each in the other's thoughts and hearts, and that when the "work" day is over, they will again be together.

This positive and reassuring message, which also communicates the variety of roles mothers may play within the community e.g., construction worker, medical professional, business person and care giver, is enhanced by illustrator Jessica Phillips' cheerful round-faced children and mothers.  All children will see themselves in her characters who range in their skin and hair colours, in gender, nationality, and activities.  When Mama Goes to Work is an inclusive story of everyday routines that may be unfamiliar and may seem mysterious but are reassuringly comparable and interconnected.

January 26, 2014

Grandmother Ptarmigan

by Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Inhabit Media
978-1-927095-52-2
24 pp.
Ages 0-4
2013

While a grandmother ptarmigan seeks to get a little one to sleep, Grandmother Ptarmigan is actually a traditional Inuit origin tale that explains why ptarmigans cry, "Nauk, Nauk" and why baby ptarmigans fly so young.

Just as many human parents try a variety of strategies to help their young ones go to sleep, a little ptarmigan's grandma sings to him, tells him to close his eyes, and tucks him in, but he continues to demand a story.  Well, she tells him a story, obviously a little more feather-raising than she intended, though it does end with affectionate tickles. Unfortunately, the little ptarmigan is so frightened that his reaction is to fly away, much to the distress of his grandmother.

Qaunaq Mikkigak, an elder from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, shares a traditional Inuit origin tale in Grandmother Ptarmigan, written in collaboration with children's author Joanne Schwartz.   I applaud the successful efforts of these authors in divulging an origin tale from the Aboriginal Peoples of our own continent.  In addition to reaffirming the Inuit culture for young people, Grandmother Ptarmigan reminds us that origin tales do not all stem from Africa or lands with which youngCanLit readers are unfamiliar.  Along with Qin Leng's deceptively simple but effective illustrations, Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz bring the origin tale to roost appropriately amidst the rich stories told by the Aboriginal Peoples of North America, here courtesy of Inhabit Media. Thank you.

January 25, 2014

2014 CBC Bookies are on!

Time's running out for the CBC Bookie Awards of 2014. These are the readers' choice awards organized by CBC Books in eleven categories:
  • Best Canadian Fiction
  • Best Canadian Non-Fiction
  • Best Canadian Book Cover
  • Best Canadian Poetry
  • Best Canadian Thriller, Mystery or Crime
  • Best Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy or Speculative Fiction
  • Best Canadian Young Adult
  • Best Canadian Graphic Novel or Comic Book
  • Best Canadian Short Story Collection
  • Best International Fiction
  • Best International Non-Fiction
The nominated titles for the Best Canadian Young Adult book are:


The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten
Doubleday Canada/Random House of Canada

Sorrow's Knot 
by Erin Bow
Scholastic Canada

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl
by Emily Pohl-Weary
Razorbill

Homeland 
by Cory Doctorow
Tor Books

September 17: A Novel
by Amanda West Lewis 
Red Deer Press

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Go to CBC Bookies 2014 web page  and support great Canadian YACanLit by voting before Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Winners will be announced Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Author Events at OLA Super Conference 2014 (Toronto)

Next week, the Ontario Library Association will hold its annual conference called Super Conference, Canada's largest continuing education event in librarianship.  It's a fabulous event of teaching, learning, books, research, authors, illustrators, publishers, exhibitors, teacher-librarians, public librarians, library technicians, educators–and so much! As a blog focusing on youngCanLit, I thought I'd bring attention to those authors and/or illustrators who will be in attendance and/or doing book signings at this year's Super Conference, as I'm always asked who will be there.  While there are numerous more authors than listed here, including science fiction master Robert J. Sawyer, these are only youngCanLit authors.

 Scheduled Author Signings 

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time
Authors and Illustrators
Location
9:00
Stephanie McLellan, Tweezle into Everything
The OLAStore MTCC 205B
10:00
Deborah Ellis, Moon Over Nine, Looks Like Daylight
GoodMinds #228/230

Allan Stratton, Curse of the Dream Witch
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Amanda West Lewis, September 17
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425

Kari-Lynn Winters, Buzz About Bees
The OLAStore MTCC 205B
10:30
Steve Barwin, Spiked
Lorimer #422

Hélène Boudreau, I Dare You Not to Yawn
Raincoast Books #417

Eric Walters, Tagged
Orca #410/412
11:00
David Carroll, Ultra
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Caroline Fernandez, Boredom Busters
Thomas Allen & Son #318/320

Jennifer Gold, Soldier Doll
Second Story Press #418

Chantel Guertin, Rule of Thirds
Canadian Manda Group #217/219

Debbie Ohi,  I’m Bored, NAKED
Simon & Schuster Canada #605/607

Eve Silver, Rush, Push
HarperCollins Canada #731/733

Kevin Sylvester, Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure
The OLAStore MTCC 205B

Beverley Terrell-Deutsch, Running Scared
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425
11:15
Sylvia Taekema, Seconds
Orca Book Publishers #410/412
11:30
Joy Crysdale, Courageous Women Rebels
Second Story Press #418

Deborah Ellis, Moon Over Nine, Looks Like Daylight
ON Book Publ Org #220/222

Rob Laidlaw, No Shelter Here, Cat Champions
ON Book Publ Org #220/222
11:45
Catherine Egan, The UnMaking
Literary Press Group of Canada #332
12:00
Tara Anderson, Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That
ON Book Publ Org #220/222

Cheryl Cooper, Second Summer of War
Dundurn #428/430

Alma Fullerton, A Good Trade
ON Book Publ Org #220/222

Susan Hughes, The Four Seasons of  Patrick
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425

Deb Loughead, Caught in the Act
Orca Book Publishers #410/412

Marsha Skrypuch, Making Bombs for Hitler, Underground Soldier
The OLAStore MTCC 205B
12:30
Rick Revelle, I  Algonquin
Dundurn #428/430
1:00
Karen Bass, Graffiti Knight
ON Book Publ Org #220/222

Helaine Becker, Ode to Underwear
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Patrick Bowman, Curse of the Sea God, Torn from Troy
Publishers Group Canada #122

Julia Donaldson, Sugarlump and the Unicorn
HarperCollins Canada #731/733

Sue MacLeod, Namesake
ON Book Publ Org #220/222

Shelly Sanders, The Rachel Trilogy
Second Story Press #418

David Skuy, Striker
Lorimer Ltd #422

Eric Walters, Between Heaven and Earth, The Matatu
The OLAStore MTCC 205B

Kari-Lynn Winters, Buzz about Bees
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425
1:30
Steve Barwin, Hurricane Heat
Orca Book Publishers #410/412

Jennifer Dance, Red Wolf
Dundurn #428/430

Ken Setterington, Branded by the Pink Triangle
Second Story Press #418

Marsha Skrypuch, Making Bombs for Hitler, Underground Soldier
ON Book Publ Org #220/222
2:00
Erin Bow, Sorrow’s Knot
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Philippa Dowding, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden
Dundurn #428/430

Rosemary McCarney, Every Day is Malala Day
Second Story Press #418
2:15
Vicki Grant, Triggered
Orca Book Publishers #410/412
2:30
Darrell McCalla, From the Lands of the Night
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425
2:45
Lisa Dalrymple, Bubbly Troubly Polar Bear
Literary Press Group of Canada #332
3:00
Marilyn Helmer, Great Garage Sale; Pirate Island Treasure
Orca Book Publishers #410/412

Janet Hepburn, Flee, Fly, Flown
Second Story Press #418

Richard Scrimger, Zomboy
HarperCollins Canada #731/733

Vikki VanSickle, Summer Days Starry Nights
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215
3:30
Rebecca Upjohn, The Secret of the Village Fool
Second Story Press #418
4:00
Lisa Dalrymple and Suzanne Del Rizzo, Skink on the Brink
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425

Friday, January 31, 2014
Time
Authors and Illustrators
Location
9:00
Jean Booker, Still at War
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Sylvia McNicoll, Crush. Candy.Corpse; Dying to Go Viral
The OLAStore MTCC 205B
9:30
Sigmund Brouwer, Justine McKeen, Eat Your Beets; Justine McKeen and the Bird Nerd
Orca Book Publishers #410/412
10:00
Julia Donaldson, Superworm
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Lucy Liederman, Lives of Magic
Dundurn #428/430

Michael Redhill, Saving Houdini
HarperCollins Canada #731/733

Nancy Runstedler, Pay It Forward
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425

Marsha Skrypuch, Making Bombs for Hitler, Underground Soldier, Last Airlift, One Step at a Time
GoodMinds #228/230

Janet Wilson, Our Rights
The OLAStore MTCC 205B
10:15
Ted Staunton, Who I’m Not; Ace’s Basement
Orca Book Publishers #410/412
10:30
Pat Bourke, Yesterday’s Dead
Second Story Press #418

Serah-Marie McMahon, The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear
Raincoast Books #417

Cheryl Rainfield, Stained
Thomas Allen & Son #318/320

Nicole Winters, TT:Full Throttle
Lorimer #422
11:00
Lana Button, Willow Finds a Way
The OLAStore MTCC 205B

Linda Granfield, The Road to Afghanistan
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Kathy Kacer, Shanghai Escape
Second Story Press #418

Karen Krossing, Cut the Lights
Orca Book Publishers #410/412

Jennifer Maruno, Kid Soldier
Dundurn #428/430

Evan Munday, The Dead Kid Detective Agency
Canadian Manda Group #217/219

Marsha Skrypuch, When Mama Goes to Work,;The Best Gifts
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425
11:30
Ted Staunton, Morgan on Ice
Lorimer Ltd #422

Patricia Storms, Never Let You Go
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215
11:45
Kenneth Oppel, The Boundless
HarperCollins Canada #731/733
12:00
Kathleen McDonnell, Emily Included
Second Story Press #418

Dustin Milligan, The Case of the Missing Montreal Bagel
DC Canada Edu Publishing #T2

Nancy Runstedler, Beautiful Goodbye
Dundurn #428/430

Tom Ryan, Tag Along; Totally Unrelated
Orca Book Publishers #410/412
12:30
Brad V. Cowan, Skinner’s Banks
Lorimer Ltd #422
1:00
Hugh Brewster, Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day in World War II
The OLAStore MTCC 205B

Jan Dolby & Joyce Grant, Gabby Drama Queen
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425

Pam Fluttert, Until Today
Second Story Press #418

Ruth Ohi, Fox & Squirrel
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215
1:30
Heather Smith, Baygirl
Orca Book Publishers #410/412
2:00
Sigmund Brower, Devil’s Pass
The OLAStore MTCC 205B

Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge
Orca Book Publishers #410/412

Rene Schmidt, Canadian Disasters
Scholastic Canada #211/213/215

Ted Staunton, Jump Cut
The OLAStore MTCC 205B

Janet Wilson, Our Rights: How kids are changing the world
Second Story Press #418
2:30
Sylvia McNicoll,  Dying to Go Viral, Bringing Up Beauty
Fitzhenry & Whiteside #421/423/425





 Authors' Showcase: Forest of Reading Winners 2013 

Thursday, January 30, 2014
9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
MTCC 104A

Martin Springett, Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story
Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen, Margaret and the Moth Tree
Marsha Skrypuch, Making Bombs for Hitler
Rob Laidlaw, No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs
Wesley King, The Vindico
Bill Swan, Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death, The Story of Steven Truscott
Jeyn Roberts, Dark Within



 CANSCAIP Mass Book Launch    
Friday, January 31, 2014
12:25 - 2:30 p.m.
On Stage at the EXPO Theatre

Sylvia McNicoll, Dying to Go Viral, Fitzhenry  & Whiteside
R. J. Anderson, Quicksilver, Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Books (distributed by Monarch Books of Canada)
Karen Autio, Sabotage, Sono Nis Press
Karen Bass, Graffiti Knight, Pajama Press
Jean Booker, Still at War, Scholastic Canada
Lana Button, Willow Finds a Way, Kids Can Press
Veronika Charles, It’s Not about the Beanstalk!; It’s Not about the Straw!; It’s Not About the Ball!; It’s Not About the Diamonds!; It’s Not About the Tiny Girl!, Tundra Books
Anita Daher, Itty Bitty Bits, illustrated by Wendy Bailey, Peanut Butter Press
Lisa Dalrymple, Bubbly Troubly Polar Bear, illustrated by Elizabeth Pratt, Tuckamore Books
Suzanne Del Rizzo, illustrator of, Skink on the Brink, written by Lisa Dalrymple, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Catherine Egan, The Unmaking, Coteau Books
Lizann Flatt, Sizing Up Winter, OwlKids Books
Linda Granfield, The Road to Afghanistan, North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada
Nancy Hartry, Smokescreen, Tundra Books
Marthe Jocelyn, Sneaky Art: Crafty Projects to Hide in Plain Sight, Candlewick Press, Where Do You Look, (co author Nell Jocelyn), Tundra Books
Karen Krossing, Cut the Lights, Orca Books
Sue MacLeod, Namesake, Pajama Press
Elizabeth MacLeod (and Frieda Wishinsky), A History of Just About Everything, Kids Can Press; Canadian Government, Scholastic; Bones Never Lie, Annick Press
Jennifer Maruno, Kid Soldier, Dundurn Press
Maureen McGowan, Compliance, Skyscape
Deborah Miller, Grappling with the Grumblies, illustrated by Diane Jacobs; Juggling the Jitters, illustrated by Danielle Bazinet, Frontenac House
Rene Schmidt, Canadian Disasters, Scholastic Canada
Heather Smith, Baygirl, Orca Books
Ted Staunton, Who I’m Not, Orca Books
Patricia Storms, Never Let You Go, Scholastic Canada
Jan Thornhill, Is this Panama? A Migration Story, illustrated by Soyeon Kim, Owlkids Books
Susan White, The Sewing Basket, Acorn Press
Janet Wilson, Our Rights: How Kids are Changing the World, Second Story Press
Kari-Lynn Winters, Buzz About Bees, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Nicole Winters, TT:Full Throttle, Lorimer


I'll be at the Authors' Showcase if you'd like to come by and say hello!