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Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2012 2:31 PM | Jennifer Gordon (Administrator)
    Applications have now closed.
  • Wednesday, February 08, 2012 11:34 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Picture yourself writing on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia in September. (The best month to be there, say the locals.) Imagine getting expert feedback there from one of Canada’s leading editors and one of Canada’s leading writers for young people 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 again this year – to six lucky writers dedicated to their craft. They welcome applications from novices and veterans alike.

    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 about it by clicking on ‘Workshops’ on Kathy’s website, kathystinson.com. You can also read more and see more photos by clicking on ‘Retreat’ under blog categories.

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

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2012 10:37 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Performer Eddie Douglas has been nominated for a JUNO Music Award for Children’s Album of the Year. His CD Sleepy Sky Lullaby includes newly written musical settings of popular works from centuries past along with original lullabies and songs for night-time.
  • Monday, February 06, 2012 1:20 PM | Jennifer Gordon (Administrator)

    It is with deep sadness that we announce that CANSCAIPer Joyce Barkhouse passed away from heart disease on February 2, 2012, in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Kings County Academy, Barkhouse attended the Provincial Normal College in Truro and became and elementary school teacher. She went on to teach in both the Maritimes and Montreal. As a teacher, she noticed the lack of Canadian reading material for children and so began her career in writing for children. Barkhouse was one of Nova Scotia's finest writers for children and her works include Anna's Pet and Pit Pony. In 2007, she was named to the Order of Nova Scotia, and in 2009, to the Order of Canada. Donations may be made in Joyce’s name to the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

  • Monday, February 06, 2012 12:17 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners:


    ALSC Announces 2012 Notable Children’s Books

    Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, identifies the best of the best in children’s books. Two CANSCAIPers made this year’s list:

    • Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood Books.
    • No Ordinary Day, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books.


    Paul Yee Honoured at ALA’s 2012 Youth Media Awards

    Author Paul Yee was honoured by the American Library Association for his latest book, Money Boy (Groundwood Books), which was selected as an honour book for the Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. This award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.


    Barbara Reid Appointed to the Order of Ontario

    Author and illustrator Barbara Reid has been appointed as a member of the Order of Ontario. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invested the appointees at a ceremony on Thursday, January 26 at Queen’s Park.


    2012 YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list

    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced its list of books at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list honoured CANSCAIPers:

    • Kenneth Oppel, This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, HarperCollins
    • Cathy Ostlere, Karma, Puffin Canada


    Ontario Library Association Best Bets for Children

    PICTURE BOOKS

    Dog Breath, written by Carolyn Beck, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan, Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

    Wellington’s Rainy Day, written by Carolyn Beck, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan, Orca Book Publishers.

    Picture a Tree, Barbara Reid, Scholastic Canada.

    Reaching, written by Judy Ann Sadler, illustrated by Susan Mitchell, Kids Can Press.

     

    JUNIOR FICTION

    Missing, Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers.

    Racing Home, Adele Dueck, Coteau Books.

    No Ordinary Day, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books.

    Dear Canada: That Fatal Night of Dorothy Wilton, Sarah Ellis, Scholastic Canada.

    Banjo of Destiny, Cary Fagan, Groundwood Books.

    Better Than Weird, Anna Kerz, Orca Book Publishers.

    The Listening Tree, Celia Lottridge, Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

    The Tiffin, Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat (Cormorant Books).

    The Whole Truth, Kit Pearson, Harper Trophy Canada.

     

    JUNIOR FICTION HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    That Boy Red, Rachna Gilmore, Harper Collins.

    Timber Wolf, Caroline Pignat, Red Deer.

     

    NON-FICTION

    To Hope and Back: the Journey of the St. Louis, Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press.

    In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra.

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

    Canadian Money, Elizabeth MacLeod, Scholastic Canada.

    The Last Airlift: a Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, Marsha Skrypuch, Pajama Press.

     

    JUNIOR NON-FICTION HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    Snowy Science: 25 Cool Experiments, written by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, illustrated by Patricia Storms, Scholastic.

    Space Tourism, written by Peter McMahon, illustrated by Andy Mora, Kids Can.

     

    Ontario Library Association Best Bets for Young Adults

    The Fifth Rule, Don Aker, Harper Collins.

    Witchlanders, Lena Coakley, Atheneum.

    B Negative, Vicki Grant, Orca.

    She Said/She Saw, Norah McClintock, Orca.

     

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    All Good Children, Catherine Austen, Orca.

    Drummer Girl, Karen Bass, Coteau.

    True Blue, Deborah Ellis, Pajama Press.

    The Yo-Yo Prophet, Karen Krossing, Orca.

    Karma, Cathy Ostlere, Razorbill.

    Undergrounders, David Skuy, Scholastic.

    Empire of Ruins, Arthur Slade, Harper Collins.

    Yellow Mini, Lori Weber, Red Deer Press.

    First Descent, Pam Withers, Tundra.

    Money Boy, Paul Yee, Groundwood.


    NOTABLE NON-FICTION

    Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives, Marthe Jocelyn, Tundra Book.


    USBBY Outstanding International Books for Children and Young Adults

    USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Youth (IBBY), has selected its list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults for 2011. CANSCAIPers include:

    • Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood Books.
    • When Apples Grow Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean, written by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, Groundwood Books.
    • This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children, written by David J. Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, Kids Can Press.
  • Friday, February 03, 2012 12:00 PM | Jennifer Gordon (Administrator)
    35 CANSCAIPers mass launch at the OLA Super Conference, February 3, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre!

    CANSCAIP and OLA are proud to present the seventh annual mass book launch Friday February 3, 2012 at the EXPO Stage in Hall C, from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM. 35 authors and illustrators will introduce to you their new 2011-12 titles in entertaining three-minute infomercials. Sylvia McNicoll, Book Launch Co-ordinator of CANSCAIP, will act as emcee and official timer. Enjoy the personalities behind the books as well as their behind-the-creation stories. Buy a raffle ticket to win some of these stories. Picture books, middle-reader age as well as young adult novels will all be available on site for purchase and the authors and artists will happy to autograph them for your collection.    

    Jan Andrews When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew;  Tales of Ti-Jean, Groundwood Books.

    Rona Arato  On an American Day, by Owlkids.

    Catherine Austen  My Cat Isis  illustrated by Virginie Egger, Kids Can Press;  26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6,  Lorimer; All Good Children, Orca Book Publishers

    Karen Bass Drummer Girl, Coteau Books.

    Helaine Becker  Trouble in the Hills, Fitzhernry Whiteside;  Juba This, Juba That,  illustrated by Ron Lightburn, Tundra; The Quiz Book for Girls, Scholastic

    Lesley Choyce Dumb Luck, Red Deer/ Fitzhenry and Whiteside  

    Lena Coakley Witchlanders, Atheneum Books for Young Readers 

    Aubrey Davis Kishka for Koppel, Orca Books Oct 2011 

    Anne-Yvonne Gilbert Snow White, Grimm Press 

    Susan Glickman  Bernadette in the Doghouse, Second Story Press  

    Vicki Grant Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret, HarperCollins Canada 

    Jacqueline Guest Ghost Messages, Coteau Books

    Natalie Hyde I Owe You One, Orca (Young Readers) Saving Armpit, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Kathy Kacer  To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, Second Story Press.

    Karen Krossing The Yo-Yo Prophet, Orca Publishing 

    Vladyana Krykorka  Arctic land, Arctic sea, Artic sky, Annick Press

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

    Jennifer Maruno  Warbird  Dundurn Press 

    Elizabeth MacLeod  Canadian Money; Canada's Trees, Scholastic Canada 

    Maureen McGowan  Cinderella: Ninja Warrior; Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer  Silver Dolphin Books, Canadian distributor Raincoast Books

    Mahtab Narsimhan  The Tiffin,  Dancing Cat Books, an Imprint of Cormorant Books. 

    Allan Peterkin The Flyaway Blanket, Imagination Press, The American Psychological Association Press (Washington)

    Cheryl Rainfield  Hunted, Westside Books 

    Susan Ross The Great Bellybutton Cover-up, Susan Ross   

    Adira Rotstein Little Jane Silver, Dundurn  

    Virginia Frances Schwartz  NUTZ! Tradewinds

    Marsha Skrypuch Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue From War, Pajama Press 

    Bill Slavin Big City Otto, Kids Can Press 

    Martin Springett Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail, Fitzhenry and Whiteside

    Patricia Storms (Illustrator) Snowy Science, Scholastic Canada 

    Teresa Toten Beyond Blonde, Penguin 

    Kari-Lynn Winters aRHYTHMetic, Co-written with: Tiffany Stone and Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Illustrated by Scot Ritchie, Tickle Trunk Publications

    Frieda Wishinsky  Explorers Who Made it…Or Died Trying, Scholastic Canada; Halifax Explodes  Owl Kids

    Pam Withers First Descent, Tundra Books 

    Paul Yee The Secret Keepers,  Tradewind Books of Vancouver; Money Boy, Groundwood Books 
  • Thursday, February 02, 2012 4:02 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Toronto Public Library’s annual Young Voices winter workshops offer teens an opportunity to hone their creative writing and art skills under the tutelage of professional writers and artists. The workshops lead up to the March 31 submission deadline for the 2012 issue of Young Voices, Toronto Public Library’s magazine of teen writing and visual art. All Toronto teens age 12-19 are invited to attend the workshops and to submit their poetry, creative prose, hand-drawn black and white artwork, or black and white photos for possible publication in the magazine.

    “For nearly five decades, Young Voices has given Toronto teens a chance to express themselves, supporting them in their creative endeavours and providing a foundation for their future success," says Toronto Public Library children and youth advocate Lisa Heggum.

    What: Looney Poems Poetry Workshop with Poet Matthew Tierney
    Where: Runnymede Branch (2178 Bloor St. W., two blocks east of the Runnymede subway stop)
    When: Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m.
    Who: Wile E. Coyote is just like a poet. He aims the highest and falls the farthest. Toronto poet Matthew Tierney shows you how to make your writing explode with humour.

    What: Keeping it Fresh: Drawing with Sharpies with Artist Michael Brown
    Where: Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St., north of the Yonge/Bloor subway stop)
    When: Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m.
    Who: Uncap a fresh sharpie with Toronto artist Michael Brown and let your drawing run wild.

    What: WordPlay Writing Workshop with Writer Karen Krossing
    Where: Cedarbrae Branch (545 Markham Rd., south of Lawrence)
    When: Thursday, March 15, 3 p.m.
    Who: Author Karen Krossing helps teens rediscover the fun of writing at this hands on workshop.

    Teens interested in submitting to Young Voices are encouraged to pick up a submission form at their local branch, or submit their entry online at torontopubliclibrary.ca/youngvoices.

    For more info, or to register for the workshops, contact Ken Sparling 416-397-5970, ksparling@torontopubliclibrary.ca
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:16 PM | Jennifer Gordon (Administrator)
    A children’s literature conference organized by graduate students will be held at the University of British Columbia on Saturday, April 28, 2012. This is a one-day conference showcasing graduate research that explores and questions any facet of children’s literature. They are particularly interested in research that draws upon the broadly interpreted themes of navigation, exploration, and narrative. The conference fee is $18 for students and presenters, and $35 for faculty and professionals. It includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch. For more information, go to blogs.ubc.ca/childlitconference2012.

    UBC_Conference_April_2012.pdf
  • Monday, January 09, 2012 4:23 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Sarah Ellis will be the Writer in Residence at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library, February 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012.

    Sarah is a contemporary Canadian children’s author. Her works include Back of Beyond, The Baby Project, Out of the Blue and Next Stop. In 1991, Sarah won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Pick Up Sticks. She is also the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Body of Work Award. Her books have now been published in five countries.

    For more information about the Writer in Residence program and how to submit a manuscript for critique by Sarah Ellis, go to www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/writer-in-residence. The deadline to submit is January 13, 2012.
  • Monday, January 09, 2012 4:21 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is offering HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST, a professional development symposium for writers.

    Whether you are an aspiring writer wanting to develop your audience before publication; an emerging writer who needs to stay visible; or long-published and looking for new tips and techniques, this full-day workshop is for you.

    Authors Elizabeth Ruth and Ann Douglas will present on traditional but innovative book marketing strategies as well as new media opportunities for writers. Kelly Duffin, Executive Director of TWUC, will update participants on the latest evolutions in the publishing landscape.

    The price of the workshop is $89.00 and covers costs, including lunch, $75 for members of TWUC. For those who can’t attend in one of the participating cities, a 3-hour webinar will be offered, distilling the highlights of the workshop. Registration forms can be printed from The Writers’ Union of Canada’s website at www.writersunion.ca/registration.pdf.

    For more information, please contact: Valerie Laws at info@writersunion.ca.
 
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