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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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Meeting Notes from February 10 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016 8:11 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

MEETING NOTES: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

President’s Remarks

President Sharon Jennings welcomed a surprisingly large crowd to the blustery February meeting. She noted that many in attendance in January had mentioned how much they learned about estate planning for creators with lawyer Marian Hebb. This topic might be a future all day seminar.

Tonight, Sharon’s ‘monologue’ (or ‘rant’ she intimated) was on the subject of writing letters to the editors of newspapers concerning the dismal lack of coverage for children’s literature. Sharon read out a couple of her letters that The Toronto Star did print, and a couple that they did not. Two themes emerged: reviews claiming that a book for adults is breaking new ground, when in fact a Canadian children’s book had already done so; and the Star’s unwillingness (despite letters to the editor) to separate juvenile books into two lists – Canadian and international – as they do for adult titles. Sharon told us that when Member Lena Coakley’s The World of Ink and Shadows was number one on the juvenile list, the Star chose a photo of a Wimpy Diary title to showcase.

An audience member suggested that the CANSCAIP office alert us to any such issues in order that we may inundate a newspaper with our letters.

Sharon asked any newcomers to introduce themselves, and we met several arts students from Seneca and Centennial, all keen to hear Gary Clement.

NEXT MONTH’S MEETING:

Rick Wilks of Annick Press will be our guest speaker.


New Creations by CANSCAIP Members

AUTHOR: Kate Blair
TITLE: Transferral
GENRE / AGE: YA - speculative fiction
PUBLISHER: Dancing Cat Books
SYNOPSIS: London, England, present day. This is the world as we know it, but with one key difference: medical science has found a way to remove diseases from the sick. The catch? They can only transfer the diseases into other living humans.
PROMOTION/LAUNCH: Signing at Indigo Oshawa at 2pm on February 28th. The Globe and Mail called it a 'solidly engaging debut' and it got 4/4 stars from the Canadian Review of Materials.

AUTHOR: Nadia L. Hohn
TITLE: Music
TITLE: Media
SYNOPSIS: Both books are part of the Sankofa Black Heritage Collection series. Sankofa is a contemporary literacy resource for all students in Grades 4 to 8. Sankofa is designed to help promote understanding of the African Canadian narrative during Black History Month and throughout the school year.
GENRE / READING AGE: Genre Non-fiction Multi-genre Music Grade 5 and Media Grade 6
PUBLISHER:  Rubicon Publishing Inc.
LAUNCH/PROMOTION: Launched February 19th at the Reading For the Love of It Conference

AUTHOR: Nadia L. Hohn
TITLE: Malaika's Costume
GENRE / AGE: Picture book, age 3-9
PUBLISHER: Groundwood Books
SYNOPSIS: It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?
LAUNCH: March 5, 2016 2-4pm at A Different Booklist Bookstore
TOUR DATES: April 2, 2016 Albion Public Library (Toronto, ON), April 9, 2016 Knowledge Bookstore (Brampton, ON)

AUTHOR: Angela Misri
TITLE: No Matter How Improbable (book 3 in the Portia Adams Adventures)
GENRE / AGE: YA Mystery
PUBLISHER: Fierce Ink Books
SYNOPSIS: Being the newest consulting detective to hail from Baker Street proves to be too much for our young sleuth, so she heads to Italy on a case with royal implications. But on her triumphant return she finds everything has changed - her friends, her family and even her very purpose are thrown into question. Will Portia Adams lose her way, or follow the clues to her new place in the world?
LAUNCH/PROMOTION:Will be the featured book in my TD Canadian Children's Book Week tour 2016 as I travel to Manitoba!


Guest Speaker Gary Clement

Award-winning political cartoonist and children’s illustrator/author Gary Clement gave an inspiring, entertaining and informative presentation on his work and career. Gary first discussed his 18 year and still-going-strong stint as a political cartoonist for The National Post, outlining the challenges of creating insightful and topical cartoons on a tight deadline. (He does five per week!) He gave us a sneak preview of the next day’s cartoon, and mentioned that the U.S. Republican candidates are a cartoonist’s dream come true.

For this audience, Gary focused on being a children’s book illustrator and author, working mainly with publisher Groundwood Books. Gary has been illustrating children’s books since 1991, starting with Get Growing by Candace Savage. He talked mainly about the three books The Great Poochini, which won the Governor General’s Award for illustration in 1999, Oy Feh So? (written by Cary Fagan), and his newest book, Swimming, Swimming, which is based on the well-known camp song, and which the audience gleefully sang out loud.

We learned about Gary’s creative process as well as the materials that he prefers to use when drawing and painting. Gary works in watercolour and inks with Speedball pen and ink, and he prefers to use Hot Press paper because there is less texture in the paper, and the art appears cleaner and smoother when printed. Gary also discussed the challenges of getting watercolours ‘just right’ when checking proofs for printing.

Gary also informed us that he has succeeded with his goal in life: to never feel that he has a ‘job’!


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