Thursday, 23 October 2014

Book Launch and a Halloween Bash


Halloween is coming and it's the perfect time to launch my new spooky series for kids, Weird Stories Gone Wrong, from Dundurn Press.

Jake and the Giant Hand, book 1 in the new series, is now available in bookstores and libraries across the country. To celebrate, please join me at two spooky Halloween events:

BOOK LAUNCH: This Sunday, Oct. 26th, 1:00 p.m -2:00 p.m., Indigo Yorkdale (Toronto). I'll be reading and signing books just in time for Halloween. Please join illustrator Shawna Daigle and I in celebration of one-handed giants!

HALLOWEEN BASH AND BOOK LAUNCH: Thursday, Oct. 30th, 4:00 p.m., families are invited to join in the fun at the Bloor Gladstone Public Library Halloween Party, (1101 Bloor Street at Dufferin, Toronto), where I'll be a special guest, reading from Jake and the Giant Hand. Enter the draw to win 1 of 5 copies of the book, plus come in costume and enter the haunted house.

Everyone is welcome to both of these free events. I hope you can join us in the Halloween fun!

Read Reviews of Jake and the Giant Hand

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

It's a Red Maple nomination for The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden!

I could not be more honoured to announce that my 2014 novel, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, has just been nominated for a Red Maple Award by the Ontario Library Association. This is an annual Reader's Choice award, and young readers in grades 7 and 8 (ages 11-14) all across Ontario will be reading the book in school, and discussing it in book groups all winter, then voting on their favourite book out of the ten selected next spring.

Here is the amazing list of nominees: Kenneth Oppel, Eric Walters, Richard Scrimger, Vikki VanSickle, Jaqueline Guest, Sigmund Brouwer, Jess Keating, Sarah Ellis, Caroline Pignat, and me.

I'll be touring the province with many of these wonderful Canadian authors (cannot wait to meet Ken Oppel!), talking to young readers about the book, about writing, about my fascination with the gift of flight. Next spring, May 2015, the program culminates in a huge celebration of reading and books at Harbourfront in Toronto, at the Forest of Reading.

I'm so very honoured to be part of this in 2014-2015, it's a huge achievement and a remarkable program. Hundreds of thousands of children in Ontario take part, from ages 4-18, and all the authors are locally-grown Canadians, which is also wonderful.

Thank you to the Ontario Library Association, and to my publisher, Dundurn Press, for letting me tell a strange story about a girl who wakes up one morning floating on the ceiling of her bedroom. More to come, but for now, please have a look at some reviews and earlier posts about Gwendolyn Golden:

Starred Review in Quill & Quire
Goodreads reviews
Why I chose Gwendolyn MacEwen's poem for an epigraph
Earlier Blog Posts