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

MONTHLY MEETING Wed. Jan. 10; SPEAKER Mireille Messier

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MEETING Wed. Jan. 10 at 7:00; SPEAKER: Mireille Messier 

LOCATION: Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (1 block N of Eglinton, W off Yonge), Room 200 (2nd floor).

Join us for our first meeting of 2018!

TOPIC: Breaking In Through the French Doors 
Bilingual author Mireille (pronounced Mee-Ray) Messier learned the ropes about writing for children with Quebec publishers. When she decided to try her hand at publishing in English, she was in for a "réveil brutal". What are the differences between publishing in Quebec and publishing in English Canada? Mireille shares her journey with all its idiosyncratic ups and downs. 

Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born and now Toronto-based children's writer with a background in broadcasting and theatre. She has worked as a television and radio host, director, researcher, book reviewer, translator and voice actress. One of her first “literary” jobs was writing jokes for the bottom of pudding lids! Since her first book in 2003, Mireille has published over 20 books, most of them in French but, recently, in English too. She has had the pleasure of having her books be in the running for the Governor General award, the Prix Tamarac, Prix Peuplier and the Blue Spruce. Mireille lives in Toronto with her husband, two teenage daughters and three extremely fluffy cats.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY MEMBERS: Got a new book? Award? Book launch? Get yourself on the agenda to make your announcement at the meeting! Send the following information to

  • Your name
  • Book title 
  • Publisher, genre and/or age range 
  • Summary of book and/or launch, award, tour, or other news 
  • Will you make your announcement at the meeting in person? 
  • Put Member Announcement and your name in the email subject line 

DINNER WITH THE SPEAKER: Everyone is welcome to the pre-meeting dinner with the speaker at 5:00 at The Pickle Barrel (Yonge-Eglinton Centre, 2nd floor). RSVP to Cathy Rondina

TRANSIT & PARKING: From Eglinton station on the Yonge subway line, walk 1 block N on Yonge to Orchard View. The closest parking is Yonge-Eglinton Centre's (expensive) underground lot with an entrance on Orchard View. Green P parking lots are on Erskine, Castlefield and Sherwood. 

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