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.
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2012 6:30 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Join us for guest speaker Luanne Armstrong. 

    A writer and teacher of many talents, Luanne is a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children’s author, PHd in Creative Writing, teacher, editor, and farmer from the Kootenays. 

    Luanne is teaching at Women’s Words at the U of A the first week of June. 

    She has taught or mentored many CANSCAIP members; come out and see what new tips and tricks she has to share!

    For location details, please email Edmonton Regional Rep, Dennis Lee:
  • Friday, June 01, 2012 12:38 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Catherine 2012 Toronto Romance Writers Contest 

    Three weeks left to enter! Get your entry ready!

    Deadline: June 1, 2012    Electronic entries only 

    Entry includes: The first pages of your novel-length manuscript plus a synopsis. Up to 30 pages combined. 

    Eligibility: The Catherine is open to all unpublished writers (whether or not a member of RWA) and any member of RWA who is not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished as of entry date. 

    First round judging: Each entry will be judged by three writers; the lowest score will be dropped. 

    Categories and Final Round Judges: Contemporary Series – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin Contemporary Single Title – Leonore Waldrip, HQN Historical – Katherine Pelz, Berkley Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic – Esi Sogah, Avon Romantic Suspense – Leis Pederson, Berkley Strong Romantic Elements – Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin's Young Adult – Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children's Books 

    Gold Ticket Grand Prize: The top entry in each category is entered into Gold Ticket round to be judged by Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner receives a three-chapter critique by New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. 

    For more information, visit

    Happy writing and entering!
  • Friday, June 01, 2012 12:12 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Art Show Exhibit of paintings by Frances Tyrrell from The Illustrated Gazette, author Avril Tyrrell 

    Exhibit of paintings by Frances Tyrrell from The Illustrated Fairy Gazette, author Avril Tyrrell 

    Date: Opening reception, June 3, noon-6 pm. Regular hours June 3 - July 1, Saturdays and Sundays noon-6 pm., Thursdays 6-8 pm. 

    Location: Arcadia Gallery, 680 Queens Quay West, Toronto (west of Bathurst) Website or Email Address: 

    Other Information: "Children and fairies welcome. Wings may be worn." To contact Frances,, To contact Avril,
  • Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:00 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    This one-day workshop will teach you how to get a publisher’s attention by writing a professional book proposal. 

    Manuscript submission protocol, standards, and guidelines will also be discussed. 

    Sat, May 26, 2012, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Instructor: Joan Marie Galat (
    For more information email MacEwan Writing Works at or call 780-497-5346.
  • Friday, May 25, 2012 3:01 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Janet Wilson's Shannen and the Dream for a School has won the First Nations Communities Read Competition

    Cathy Ostlere's Karma is a highly commended book with the 2012 South Asian Book Awards

  • Friday, May 25, 2012 2:09 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    A Medley of NonFiction Writing for Children
    Explore ways to write children’s nonfiction including alphabet books, historical stories, information books, and more. Expect to take part in creativity, writing, and self-editing exercises.

    You will write a query letter, begin a nonfiction book proposal, and discover how to build your credentials. There will be opportunities for feedback and learning about the publishing industry. 

    Whether you are an aspiring writer or established author, this medley of nonfiction will expand your range of creative choices and empower you with the tools needed to succeed in this exciting area of writing. 

    Instructor: Joan Marie Galat 
    Dates: Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:49 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)


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

    SCWBI Crystal Kite Award

    Lena Coakley won the 2012 SCWBI Crystal Kite Award in the Americas Division for her debut novel Witchlanders, published by Atheneum Books. The Crystal Kite is a peer award voted on by SCWBI regional members.

    CLA 2012 Young Adult Book Award

    The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the 2012 Young Adult Book Award winner and Honour Books for books published in 2011. All Good Children by Catherine Austen, published by Orca, is the winner. The Honour Books are Karma by Cathy Ostlere, published by Penguin Canada, and This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel, published by HarperCollins.

    CLA 2012 Book of the Year for Children Award

    The Canadian Library Association has selected its 2012 winning title for the Book of the Year for Children Award. This year’s winner is The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson, published by HarperCollins. The Honour Books are Dragon Seer’s Gift by Janet McNaughton (published by HarperCollins) and That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore (published by HarperCollins).

    Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award

    The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the 2012 winner and honour books for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The winner is My Name is Elizabeth! (Kids Can Press), illustrated by Matthew Forsythe and written by Annika Dunklee. Honour books are Small Saul (Kids Can Press), illustrated and written by Ashley Spires, and Migrant (Groundwood Press), illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault and written by Maxine Trottier.

    Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    The 2012 shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards include:

    Children's Picture Book Award Category

    • Picture a Tree, by Barbara Reid, Scholastic Canada
    • Migrant, by Maxine Trottier, illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood Books

    Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category

    • No Ordinary Day, by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • Scribbling Women, by Marthe Jocelyn, Tundra Books
    • Blink & Caution, by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick Press
    • That Fatal Night, by Sarah Ellis, Scholastic Canada
    • The Whole Truth, by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

    The 2012 winners will be announced on May 31, 2012.

    Finalists for the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

    Presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, this year the awards are honouring excellence in the categories of fiction and children’s/young adult literature. The finalists for the Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award include the Dragon Seer’s Gift, written by Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins Canada.

    Shortlists for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award

    The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the shortlists for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards. The finalists for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book include:

    • Blink and Caution, written by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick Press
    • Empire of Ruins: The Hunchback Assignments III, written by Arthur Slade, HarperCollins Canada
    • Missing, written by Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers

    Prizes will be announced on May 31.

    2012 Rocky Mountain Book Award

    Susin Nielsen's Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom (Tundra Books) is the Gold Medal Winner of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Book Award, a readers’ choice program, which invites students to choose the best book from a shortlist. The Alberta-based program is designed to stimulate the reading interests of students in grades 4-7.

    Saskatchewan Book Award

    At the 19th Saskatchewan Book Awards, thirteen awards were given out celebrating excellence in writing and publishing in Saskatchewan, including one for children's literature. Adele Dueck took home the honours for her novel Racing Home (Coteau Books).

    Winners of the 2011 Willow Awards

    The winners of the 2011 Willow Awards were announced in Saskatchewan. Winders included:

    Shining Willow (Kindergarten - Grade 3)

    • The King's Taster, written by Kennth Oppel, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, HarperCollins

    Diamond Willow (Grades 4-6)

    • The Midnight Curse, written by L.M. Falcone, Kids Can Press

    Snow Willow (Grades 7-9)

    • Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, written by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books

    Winners of the 2012 Hackmatack Awards

    The winners of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2012 were announced in Moncton, New Brunswick. Hugh Brewster, author of Prisoner of Dieppe: World War II, was the winner in the English fiction category. Catherine Rondina, received the English non-fiction award for her book Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You.

    2012 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award

    Lesley Simpson's Yuvi’s Candy Tree (Kar-Ben Publishing) is the winner of the 2012 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award in the youth category. A program of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards celebrate excellence in contemporary Canadian writing that reflects Jewish themes and subjects.

    Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award

    Susin Nielsen's Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom (Tundra Books) is the winner of the 2012 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA). Kenneth Oppel's Half Brother (HarperCollins Canada) and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's Stolen Child (Scholastic Canada) were named the 2012 honour books.

    The nominees for the 2013 MYRCA list have been announced. These include:

    • Against All Odds by Natale Ghent, HarperCollins
    • The Case of the Missing Deed by Ellen Schwartz, Tundra Books
    • Dragon Seer's Gift by Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins
    • Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • End of Days by Eric Walters, Doubleday
    • Fly Boy by Eric Walters, Penguin
    • Ice Storm by Penny Draper, Coteau Books
    • This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins
    • The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat Books
    • Timber Wolf by Caroline Pignat, Red Deer Press
    • True Blue by Deborah Ellis, Pajama Press
    • Undergrounders by David Skuy, Scholastic Press
    • Witchlanders by Lena Coakley, Atheneum Books

    Ontario Library Association Festival of Trees

    The Ontario Library Association hosted the 2012 Forest of Reading Festival of Trees in May. CANSCAIPers include:

    Silver Birch Fiction Award

    • Undergrounders, David Skuy, Scholastic Canada

    Silver Birth Non-fiction Award

    • Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You, written by Catherine Rondina, illustrated by Kevin Sylvester, Kids Can Press

    Silver Birch Express Award

    • When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew, written by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, Groundwood Books

    Red Maple Award

    • Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel, Harper Collins

    White Pine Fiction Award

    • The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong, Random House
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:40 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    SOMETHING FROM NOTHING - based on the book by Phoebe Gilman and produced by CASCADE THEATRE will be at the Toronto Fringe Festival this July. 

    All shows are at the PALMERSTON LIBRARY THEATRE: 560 Palmerston Ave (just north of Bloor St. 2 blocks west of Bathurst)

    TICKETS:  online 
    By phone - (after June 15) 416 966-1062 x 1 
    At the door TICKETS ARE : $10 adults - $6 children INFO – 416 469 2878 

    SHOW TIMES Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 7:15pm - 8:15pm Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm Monday, July 9, 2012 - 4:15pm - 5:15pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:45pm - 1:45pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 2:45pm - 3:45pm Friday, July 13, 2012 - 7:45pm - 8:45pm Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 2:15pm - 3:15pm Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Monday, May 14, 2012 1:45 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Shuswap Association of Writers presents its Ninth annual festival for readers and writers, "Word on the Lake", Salmon Arm, May 25-27

    Keynotes are Ivan Coyote and Sylvia Taylor, plus 11 other award-winning presenters. 

    Visit for registation forms and discounts, biographies, workshop schedule, information on applying for bursaries and alternative accommodation and more.
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