Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants

NOTES from Past Meetings

To extend the content of our monthly Toronto meetings to our full membership across Canada, we provide notes from these meetings on our website.
  • Wednesday, October 03, 2012 7:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Gwen Molnar will be reading from her new book “Just Because,” and will talk about her publishing journey and the challenges of writing poetry. 

    For new location and date details, please contact CANSCAIP Edmonton Regional Rep, Dennis Lee.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:36 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    CANSCAIP is pleased to invite applications from Canadian authors and/or illustrators for the new Creator-in-Residence position. The residency is designed to encourage exchanges between the creator and the CANSCAIP community across Canada, and to foster mentorship of new and emerging authors and illustrators. For more information on the position and how to submit, please click here.

    Applications to be mentored by the Creator-in-Residence will begin in November 2012. Details to come. 
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:08 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    Finalists Announced for the 2012 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) announced the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards in June. The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children`s Literature Awards in Toronto this fall.

    TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

    • The Dragon Turn, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • No Ordinary Day, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, written by Susan Hughes, Owlkids

    Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

    • Picture a Tree, written and illustrated by Barbara Reid, Scholastic
    • Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?, written by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Rae Maté, Simply Read Books
    • Small Saul, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press

    Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

    • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, written by Susan Hughes, Owlkids
    • Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives, written by Marthe Jocelyn, Tundra

    Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

    • Shot at Dawn: World War I (I Am Canada), written by John Wilson, Scholastic
    • This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins
    • The Whole Truth, written by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins

    John Spray Mystery Award

    • The Case of the Missing Deed (Teaspoon Detectives), written by Ellen Schwartz, Tundra
    • The Dragon Turn, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • True Blue, written by Deborah Ellis, Pajama Press

    Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • Hunted, written by Cheryl Rainfield, WestSide Books

    Shortlist for the 2012 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

    The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic are presented annually to Canadian writers with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year. The young adult shortlist includes the following title by a CANSCAIPer:

    • All Good Children, written by Catherine Austen, Orca Book Publishers

    Awards for Five Thousand Years of Slavery

    Five Thousand Years of Slavery, by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen, (Tundra Books, 2011) has recently won two awards:

    • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, 2011 Silver Winner.
    • Young Adult Nonfiction and Nautilus 2012 Gold for Middle Grade and Teen Nonfiction.
  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012 3:32 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    St. Albert Public Library presents award-winning and popular author Kenneth Oppel, September 26, 7pm at the Arden Theatre. 

    Oppel is one of the most popular Canadian writers of the day, appealing to children, teens and adults alike. His books include the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies around the world, and Airborn, winner of the 2004 Governor General's Award for children's literature, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book award from the American Library Association. His current series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein gave usThis Dark Endeavour in 2011, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year and is being made into a movie by the producer of Twilight. The sequel Such Wicked Intent was published this year, and Oppel will be reading excerpts during his appearance at the Arden. This is going to be an event not to be missed! Tickets are available from St Albert Public Library tel: 780 459 1682 or at Audreys books.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:22 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Author: Carol-Ann Hoyte (creator and co-editor); illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
    Book Title: And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems (
    Genre: Poetry 
    Approximate Age Range: 8-12 
    Publisher: FriesenPress 
    ISBN: Paperback 978-1-77097-953-6 Price: $17.99 (colour)   
    E-book (PDF format) 978-1-77097-954-3 (colour)  Price: $3.99 (colour) 

    Launch Details: MONTREAL LAUNCH Thursday, September 13th, 2012 7 p.m. Selwyn House School 95 Cote St. Antoine Road, Westmount (The Montreal event has been postponed).
    OTTAWA LAUNCH Saturday, October 13th, 2012 2 p.m. Sunnyside Branch - Ottawa Public Library 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa 
    TORONTO LAUNCH Friday, November 9th, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Northern District Branch - Toronto Public Library 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto (Second Floor)
  • Friday, August 10, 2012 3:28 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators!

    Applications are invited from creative writers for the term position of Saskatoon Public Library/Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence from September 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. Remuneration: up to $30,000 for a nine-month term.

    Criteria are based on Canada Council guidelines; position subject to Canada Council funding. 

    Applications must be received by 5 p.m., November 1, 2012 For more details visit
  • Monday, July 16, 2012 12:15 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Carol-Ann Hoyte presents the Montreal Screening -- "Louder than a Bomb" (

    Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2012
    Time: 7 p.m. 
    Location: Selwyn House School, 95 Cote St. Antoine Road, Westmount
    Contact: hoytec at selwyn dot ca
    Other Information: Tickets ($10) available at Babar en ville (1235 Greene Ave., Westmount,Phone: 514-931-0606) and Livres Babar Books (46 St. Anne Street, Pointe Claire, Phone: 514-694-0380).
  • Monday, July 16, 2012 12:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    What is the future of illustration studies? 

    What can comics scholars learn from animation studies and vice versa? Do illustrated books or graphic novels resist the supposed obsolescence of the book? What do pictures want (now)?

    These and related questions will be explored at the Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College to be held April 19 – 21 2013.

    Scholars interested in the illustrated image in all of its mediated guises are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. Nearly all illustrated or drawn ‘texts’ are eligible for consideration:
     *comics and graphic novels 
     *cartoons and animated films 
     *picture books 
     *illustrated books  

    And given the uniquely plenary nature of the conference, which brings together scholarship on static and moving illustrations, preference will be given to proposals that seek to bridge visual media. Possible topics may include: 
     *Individual titles by prominent practitioners in the field 
     *Identity, subjectivity, authority, ideology or culture in or more type of illustration media  *The future of particular schools of criticism (psychoanalysis, critical race theory, phenomenology, Marxism, feminism, queer theory, post-colonialism, formalism, aesthetic theories, etc.) and one or more type of illustration media 

    The location of the conference may also be a source of inspiration for prospective participants. Not only does Dartmouth College lie in close proximity to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, but it is also the historic home of Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss, whose illustrated books continue to awe and amuse. 

    Interested participants may propose individual papers or panels. Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Panels shall be ninety minutes long and should be comprised of three presenters and one (ideally separate) panel chair. Please send 300 word abstracts and a brief bio for each proposed paper no later than December 1, 2012. 

    Send all proposals and inquiries to: Michael A. Chaney michael dot chaney at dartmouth dot edu
  • Friday, July 13, 2012 12:44 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the third Manchester Poetry Prize – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.

    The Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best poems submitted. The competition is open internationally to both new and established writers aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.

    All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems (total maximum length: 120 lines). The poems can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.

    For more details visit:

    Deadline: August 31, 2012
  • Friday, July 13, 2012 12:42 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or the ethnic and cultural origins of its author.

    The prize of £1,500, plus the option for Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children's Books to publish the novel, will be awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8-to-12-year-olds by a writer, aged 18 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children. The writer may have contributed to an anthology of prose or poetry. The work must be written in English and it must be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 35,000 words.

    The closing date for all entries is 31st December 2012. Helena Mulhearn (the award's coordinator) confirmed that non-UK writers can enter the competition.

    For more details visit:

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