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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:53 PM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    2013 Forest of Reading Award Winners

    The winners of the 2013 Forest of Reading Awards were announced in May. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Blue Spruce™ Award Winner

    • Kate and Pippin, Martin Springett and Isobel Springett, Puffin Canada

    Honour Book

    • Splinters, Kevin Sylvester, Tundra Books

    2013 Silver Birch® Fiction Award Winner

    • Making Bombs for Hitler, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada

    Honour Book

    • Missing, Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers

    2013 Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award Winner

    • No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, Rob Laidlaw, Pajama Press

    2013 Red Maple™ Fiction Award Winner

    Honour Book

    • This Dark Endeavour, Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada

    2013 Red Maple™ Non-Fiction Award Winner

    • Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death, Bill Swan,  James Lorimer

    Honour Book

    • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Pajama Press

    2013 White Pine™ Award Honour Books

    • Witchlanders, Lena Coakley, Simon & Schuster
      All Good Children, Catherine Austen, Orca Book Publishers

    R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature
    The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta announced the winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, supported in memory of CANSCAIPer Mary Woodbury. The winner is The Discovery of Longitude, written by Joan Marie Galat and illustrated by Wes Lowe, Pelican Publishing Company.

    Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    The 2013 winners for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced. Winner of the Children’s Picture Book Award Category is A Hen for Izzy Pippik, written by Aubrey Davis, illustrations by Marie Lafrance, Kids Can Press. Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category is The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books.

    IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

    IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that CANSCAIPer Martha Newbigging has been selected for the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. Martha Newbigging’s residency will take place during the month of October 2013 at the Northern District Branch of the Toronto Public Library. The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program offers published children’s book illustrators the opportunity to participate in a one month residency in a public library. The program honours Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), who illustrated many influential Canadian children’s books.

    2013 Arthur Ellis Award

    The winners of the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced. Shane Peacock takes home the prize for best juvenile/YA crime book for his novel, Becoming Holmes (Tundra), the sixth and final installment in The Boy Sherlock Holmes series.

    2013 CBA Libris Awards

    The winners of the 2013 CBA Libris Award recognize the extraordinary professionals who deliver great books to Canadian readers. Children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables took home the honour for specialty bookseller. The winner in the young reader category was Such Wicked Intent written by Kenneth Oppel, published by HarperCollins Publishers.

  • Monday, May 13, 2013 9:01 AM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    2013 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Sarah Ellis as a recipient of the 10th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. This prize was established in 2003 to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.

    Shortlist for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards

    The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards, including the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • The Discovery of Longitude, written by Joan Marie Galat, illustrated by Wes Love, Pelican Publishing Company

    2013 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

    The Canadian Library Association selected The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books) as the winning title for the 2013 Book of the Year for Children Award. The jury also selected The Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allan Stratton (HarperCollins) as an Honour Book.

    2013 CLA Young Adult Book Award

    The Canadian Library Association selected My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt (Groundwood Books) as the winner of the 2013 CLA Young Adult Book Award. Honour books include What Happened to Ivy by Kathy Stinson (Second Story Press).

    Shortlists for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Award

    The Crime Writers of Canada announced the shortlists for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book. The awards are for crime writing, and include crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense and thriller writing. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • Becoming Holmes, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • Crush. Candy. Corpse., written by Sylvia McNicoll, James Lorimer & Company

    2012 Science in Society Book Award

    The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two $1000 annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing – one intended for children/middle grade readers and one for the general public. The youth book winner is The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker and Willow Dawson (illus.), published by Kids Can Press. Entries were judged on the basis of initiative, originality, scientific accuracy, clarity of interpretation and value in promoting a better understanding of science by the public.

    Nominees for the 2013 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards

    The 2013 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards aim to promote reading and Canadian literature by giving young people the opportunity to vote for their favourite Canadian book from an annual preselected list. Nominees for the 2014 award include the following titles by CANSCAIPers:

    • Crush. Candy. Corpse., Sylvia McNicoll (Lorimer)
    • Making Bombs for Hitler, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic)
    • Middle of Nowhere, Caroline Adderson (Groundwood Books)
    • My Name is Parvana, Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books)
    • Such Wicked Intent, Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, Allan Stratton (HarperCollins)
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, Susin Nielsen (Tundra)
    • Ungifted, Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
    • Yesterday’s Dead, Pat Bourke (Second Story Press)

    Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

    The West Coast Book Prize Society handed out the 2013 BC Book Prizes in May. The winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize is Middle of Nowhere, written by Caroline Adderson, Groundwood Books.

    2012/2013 Red Cedar Book Awards

    The Information Book Award Winner for the 2012/2013 Red Cedar Book Awards is Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War by Marsha Forchuck Skrypuch, Pajama Press.

    Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards

    The winners of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2013 were announced. Catherine Austen, author of 25 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, was the winner in the English fiction category.

    CBA Libris Awards Shortlist Revealed

    The Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced the 2013 CBA Libris Awards shortlist. In the Picture Book Category, titles by CANSCAIPers include The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry and Whiteside. In the Young Reader Category, titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susan Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • Such Wicked Intent, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins
  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013 12:18 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Jennifer Lanthier, winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for The Americas (Canada/Mexico/Central & South America) for The Stamp Collector (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, illustrated by Francois Thisdale).


  • Monday, April 22, 2013 11:58 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    CONGRATULATIONS to Sylvia McNicoll, nominated for Crush Candy Corpse published by Lorimer and to Shane Peacock, nominated for Becoming Holmes, published by Tundra Books, both in the Juvenile/YA category for The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards!
  • Friday, April 19, 2013 12:02 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Enterprise Toronto's 7th annual Small Business ARTS Forum
    Tuesday April 23, North York Civic Center, 5100 Yonge St. Lower Level, Council Chambers, 9 am - 3 pm - www.toronto.ca/artsforum 

    This is a full-day free event that will focus on empowering artists with the information and tools they need to excel with the business of their art. 

    Panel discussion: Crowdfunding - is it a viable option to fund your art project? Come and hear the experiences of some artists who have been through it and succeeded! Seminars Roundtable discussions Managing Your Career: Promoting Health & Welbeing, Legal Tips, The Business of Being an Artist, All Things Marketing, Networking Tradeshow For full event details and to register please visit our website: www.toronto.ca/artsforum

    This jam-packed day will include: Keynote Presentation Featuring: Michie Mee, Canada’s Original Hip Hop Queen Toronto’s own, Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style of combining reggae and dancehall with hip-hop. Many successful artists have followed in Michie’s footsteps using this gifted technique. With over two decades in the entertainment industry, the Juno nominated rapper and actress is not only an inspiration for female musicians, but also all artists nationwide. Don’t miss out as Michie shares her journey and valuable insight into the music business and the many valuable lessons learned. www.michiemee.com 

    For more info contact Margie 416-396-7163 (direct line) Margie Galarneau Business Information Officer City of Toronto । Business Services । Enterprise Toronto, Small Business Centre । Scarborough Civic Centre । 150 Borough Dr., Ground Floor Toronto, ON M1P 4N7 Tel: 416.396.7169 । Fax: 416.396-5088 www.enterprisetoronto.com
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:28 PM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    Finalists for the 2013 BC Book Prizes

    The West Coast Book Prize Society has announced the finalists for the 2013 BC Book Prizes. The winners will be announced in May in Victoria.

    The Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize is awarded to the author of novels, including chapter books, aimed at juveniles and young adults, as well as non-fiction books for children (including biography) which have not been highly illustrated. The author must be a B.C./Yukon resident or have lived in B.C. or the Yukon for three of the past five years. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • Middle of Nowhere, written by Caroline Adderson,  Groundwood Books
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, Doubleday Canada

    The Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize is awarded to the author and illustrator of picture books and illustrated non-fiction books. The prize is shared by the author and the illustrator. The author and/or illustrator must be a B.C./Yukon resident or have lived in B.C. or the Yukon for three of the past five years. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • Gift Days, written by Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Stephen Taylor, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Hey Canada!, written by Vivien Bowers and illustrated by Milan Pavlovic, Tundra Books
    • What’s Up, Bear? A Book About Opposites, written by Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Sean L. Moore, Owlkids Books Inc.

    Shortlists Announced for the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards

    The Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the shortlist for the ten different book prizes that make up the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards. Winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show in May in Dartmouth. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

    • Enemy Territory, written by Sharon E. McKay, Annick Press

    Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

    • I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet, illustrated by Brenda Jones, written by Hugh MacDonald, Sleeping Bear Press

    2012 Science in Society Book Awards

    The Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA) is pleased to announce the shortlist for children’s books published in Canada in 2012 and entered in the national Science in Society Book Awards competition. The award carries a $1,000 prize value. The winner will be announced mid-April. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson, Kids Can Press
    • Earth Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal of Corry Lapont, written by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Stephen MacEachern, Kids Can Press
    • The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods, written by Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd, Annick Press

    2013 Short List for Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    The 2013 short list for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards was announced. The two awards, of $6,000 each, recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. The winners will be announced on May 23. 

    Children's picture book award category

    • A Hen for Izzy Pippik, written by Aubrey Davis, illustrations by Marie Lafrance, Kids Can Press
    • Larf, written by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press
    • Wishes, written by Jean Little, illustrations by Geneviève Côté, North Winds Press

    Young adult / middle reader award category

    • Hunted, by Cheryl Rainfield, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd.
    • Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, Doubleday Canada
    • The Grave Robbe’s Apprentice, by Allan Stratton, HarperCollins Canada
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books

    2013 TD Grade One Book Giveaway Selection

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is thrilled to announce the title of the 2013 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. Over 500,000 copies of Boy Soup, written by Loris Lesynski and illustrated by Michael Martchenko will be distributed to Grade One students in schools across the country this fall.

  • Tuesday, March 05, 2013 4:20 PM | Karen Krossing
    CONGRATULATIONS
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    Violet Downey Book Award
    The shortlist for The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, valued at $5,000, has been selected from among submitted books published in Canada in 2012. The Award is offered annually for the best young children’s English language book containing at least 500 words of text. The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s 113th National Annual Meeting being held at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, Alberta on May 31, 2013. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:
    • Enemy Territory, by Sharon E. McKay, Annick Press
    • My Name Is Parvana, by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • Yesterday's Dead, by Pat Bourke, Second Story Press

    CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
    This prestigious award honours a book by a Canadian author, published in Canada in 2012, that is designed to appeal to readers aged 12 and younger. This year the award committee received 172 books; ultimately, 43 of these were long‐listed for thorough reading and review, and ten were selected as finalists. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:
    • And Nothing But the Truth, by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins Publishers
    • Becoming Holmes, by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • The Grave Robber's Apprentice, by Allan Stratton, HarperCollins Publishers
    • Island of Doom: The Hunchback Assignments IV, by Arthur Slade, HarperCollins Publishers
    • Middle of Nowhere, by Caroline Adderson, Groundwood Books
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • Ungifted, by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Canada

    Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
    This award recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2012, that appeals to children up to the age of 12 years. Ten finalists for the 2013 Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award were selected. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:
    • Goodnight, Canada, written and illustrated by Andrea Beck, North Winds Press
    • The Stamp Collector, illustrated by François Thisdale, written by Jennifer Lanthier, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    CLA Young Adult Book Award
    This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English‐language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2012, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. Ten finalists for the 2013 CLA Young Adult Book Award were selected. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:
    • The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada
    • The Last Song, by Eva Wiseman, Tundra Books
    • My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt, Groundwood Books
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • Such Wicked Intent, by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Publishers
    • What Happened to Ivy, by Kathy Stinson, Second Story Press
    The winners for all CLA awards will be announced on April 15, 2013.

    Saskatchewan Book Awards
    Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) celebrated its 20th Anniversary by announcing the shortlist of nominees for the 2013 awards. For the Young Adult Literature Award (sponsored by SaskEnergy), titles by CANSCAIP members include:
    • The White Bicycle, by Beverly Brenna, Red Deer Press
    • The Island of Doom, by Arthur Slade, HarperCollins Canada

    Ezra Jack Keats Foundation New Writer Honor
    The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Book Awards were created “to acknowledge and encourage budding children’s book authors and illustrators who impart Ezra Jack Keats’ values – the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world.” The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has awarded Jennifer Lanthier its 2013 New Writer Honor for The Stamp Collector, illustrated by François Thisdale, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Jennifer was one of three authors named for the New Writer Honor.

    2013 Willow Awards Nominees
    The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards promote reading by granting a Willow Award to the Canadian books voted by students to be the best of those nominated in three categories. The nominated books for 2013 Willow Awards have been selected, and titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    Shining Willow (K-3)
    • Toads on Toast, written by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Colin Jack, KidsCan Press
    • A Hen for Izzy Pippik, written by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Marie Lafrance, KidsCan Press
    • Lumpiot and the Painter from Spain, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
    • Kate and Pippin, written by Martin Springett, illustrated by Isobel Springett

    Diamond Willow (4-6)
    • Morning Star, by Judith Plaxton, Second Story Press
    • Dragon Seer's Gift, by Janet McNaughton, Harper Trophy
    • Racing Home, by Adele Dueck, Coteau Books
    • No Ordinary Day, by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Book
    • Ice Storm, by Penny Draper, Coteau Books
     
    Snow Willow (7-9)
    • Fly Boy, by Eric Walters, Puffin Canada
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • The Tiffin, by Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat Books
    • crush. candy. corpse., by Sylvia McNicoll, Lorimer
    • Ungifted, by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Canada
    • Shade & Sorceress, by Catherine Egan, Coteau Books
    • Redwing, by Holly Bennett, Orca Book Publishers


    2013 SCWBI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards

    The shortlist for the 2013 SCWBI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards was announced this week. In the division of the Americas (Canada/Mexico/Central & South America), titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside


    Children’s Africana Book Awards “Best Books for Young Children”

    The Matatu written by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell (Orca Book Publishers) has been selected for the Children’s Africana Book Awards “Best Books for Young Children” list. In 1991 the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association accepted a proposal from Africa Access to establish awards for outstanding K-12 books on Africa published in the U.S. The awards are designed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children’s materials on Africa, to recognize literary excellence and to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators.

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:17 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Women’s Words: Summer Writing Week commemorates its 20th anniversary this year. To celebrate this landmark date, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension is inviting all women who have ever taken a class in the program to submit poetry, short fiction, or nonfiction pieces to an anthology. Edited by authors Shirley Serviss and Janice Williamson, the anthology will be launched during this year’s Women’s Words, on Sunday, June 2, 5–7 pm, Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton). The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. For the submission guidelines and more information on the program, please visit www.womenswords.ca
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:27 PM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    Canadians Honoured at ALA Midwinter Meeting

    In January, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2013 award-winning books. Canadian young-adult author Beverley Brenna’s latest novel, The White Bicycle (Red Deer Press), is an Honour book for the Michael L. Printz Award, given each year to the best book written for young adults. Author Rachel Hartman took home the William C. Morris Award for her debut YA fantasy novel, Seraphina (Doubleday). The William C. Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

    YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting

    Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    • Seraphina*, written by Rachel Hartman, Doubleday
    • The Book of Life by Angel, written by Martine Leavitt, Groundwood Books
    • Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book Two, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins

    USBBY Outstanding International Books

    USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. All books on the list were published in 2012 and chosen by a committee of USBBY members. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    • Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • My Name is Parvana, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    OLA 2012 Best Bets

    Each year the OLA Best Bets Committee selects the top Canadian picture books, fiction and non-fiction for children, and fiction for teens. Books are selected on the basis of their literary merit as well as their appeal to the intended audience. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    Picture Books

    • JoJo the Giant, written by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Esperança Melo, Tundra Books
    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Wishes, written by Jean Little, illustrated by Geneviève Côté, North Winds Press
    • Larf, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press
    • Dear Flyary, written by Dianne Young, illustrated by John Martz, Kids Can Press

    Honourable Mentions

    • A Hen for Izzy Pippik, written by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Marie Lafrance, Kids Can Press

    Middle Grade Fiction

    • Middle of Nowhere, written by Caroline Adderson, Groundwood Books
    • Yesterday’s Dead, written by Pat Bourke, Second Story Press
    • Ungifted, written by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Canada
    • The Paper House, written by Lois Peterson, Orca Book Publishers
    • Making Bombs for Hitler, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, written by Allan Stratton,  HarperCollins Canada

    Honourable Mentions

    • Hold the Pickles, written by Vicki Grant, Orca Book Publishers

    Young Adult Fiction

    • Running on Empty, written by Don Aker, HarperCollins Canada
    • Redwing, written by Holly Bennett, Orca Book Publishers
    • Shade & Sorceress, written by Catherine Egan, Coteau Books
    • Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, Doubleday Canada
    • Crush. Candy. Corpse, written by Sylvia McNicoll, James Lorimer & Company
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books

    Honourable Mentions

    • How to Tend a Grave, written by Jocelyn Shipley, Great Plains Teen Fiction
    • Such Wicked Intent, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada

    Notable Non Fiction

    • Bodyguards: From Gladiators to the Secret Service, written by Ed Butts, illustrated by Scott Plumbe, Annick Press

    Non-Fiction

    • Hey Canada!, written by Vivien Bowers, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic, Tundra Books
    • The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods, written by Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd,  Annick Press
    • A Good Trade, written by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau, Pajama Press
    • Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries from Coast to Coast, written by Natalie Hyde, illustrated by Matt Hammill, Owlkids Books Inc.
    • Hockey Science: 25 Winning Experiments, written by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, illustrated by Lorenzo Del Bianco, Scholastic Canada
    • The Secret of the Village Fool, written by Rebecca Upjohn, illustrated by Renné Benoit, Second Story Press

    Sydney Taylor Book Award

    The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series and is presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries in the United States. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    Notable Books for Younger Readers

    • A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson with illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss, Random House

    Notable Books for Teens

    • Rachel’s Secret by Shelly Sanders, Second Story
    • The Last Song by Eva Wiseman, Tundra Books

    Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award

    Canadian novelist and short-story writer Caroline Adderson has been long-listed for the world’s richest short-story prize, the £30,000 ($47,000) Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. There are 16 stories nominated, and the eligibility criterion for the prize is that the author must have been published, either in book or magazine form, in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The story that Adderson submitted, called Erection Man, has not been published. The short list, of six, will be announced in a month – each of these finalists will win £1,000 ($1,600). The winner will be announced in Oxford on March 22.

    Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals

    A new commemorative medal was created in 2012 to mark the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Barbara Reid and Jean Little accepted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in early February.

     

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:28 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Writing by the Sea 

    Picture yourself writing on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia in September. Picture yourself getting feedback there from one of Canada’s leading editors and one of Canada’s leading authors for young people, feedback that will help you take your current project to new heights of brilliance. The good news is: you may not have to just imagine. Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson are offering their Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat once again in 2013 - in the week of September 8 to 14 – to six lucky writers dedicated to their craft. They welcome applications from novices and veterans alike. Since this workshop program was launched, several participants have gone on to secure publishing contracts and to see their manuscripts become books. One even won a Governor General's Award for the project she worked on there, and another was shortlisted for a GG. All have gained immensely from the opportunities presented by this workshop. 

    If accepted, you'll be staying in a 150-year-old renovated farmhouse, with a mile of sand beach a few minutes away, and the famous Keji seaside adjunct a 20-minute drive away. You'll join others in a stimulating five days and six nights all devoted to your writing B with private writing time, stimulating workshops, and personal feedback from Peter and Kathy. 

    Peter is children's book editor for Red Deer Press, former teacher of Writing for Children for George Brown College, and recipient of the Claude Aubry Award for a distinguished contribution to the field of children's literature. Kathy is the author of a number of highly successful books for a range of young readers, an experienced workshop leader, and editor of children's and adult fiction and non-fiction. 

    To find out all you need to know about how to apply, where you’ll stay, the setting, and what former participants in the experience have to say, click on ‘Workshops’ on Kathy’s website, kathystinson.com


    Kathy and Peter look forward to receiving your application by April 30.
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