Good Company

Look at the lovely company When You Were Small finds itself in over at Black Eiffel....

And what a wonderful site to spend the morning meandering around. Thank you, Rachel!


Susan Juby

Susan Juby, (author of the wonderful teen novels Alice, I Think, Miss Smithers, Alice MacLeod: Realist at Last, and Another Kind of Cowboy), has lately taken to giving out advice. And she gives good advice. Here's where to look for Ask a Juby.

And here's a sample:

Juby's new novel for fall is called Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance and Cookery.

I've just read an advance copy and would highly recommend it. Susan Juby seems to possess an eidetic memory of adolescent angst and just how painfully funny, and funnily painful it can be. In all of her novels she demonstrates an admirable way of writing about teen behaviours without either glamorizing them or averting her gaze. And she's funny - did I mention that?


We heart TD Bank

Over at the Canadian Children's Book Centre they've announced the finalists for the 2008 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award:

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting
by Hugh Brewster
with paintings by John Singer Sargent
Kids Can Press

by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Publishers

Elijah of Buxton

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic Canada

Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case

by Shane Peacock
Tundra Books

Please, Louise!
by Frieda Wishinsky
illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books


Choice Sophie

There's a very good interview with the wonderful Sophie Blackall over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

I've blogged here before about Blackall and her work with Meg Rosoff, including most recently the brilliant Googily and Jumpy Jack.

In this interview, Blackall talks about working on illustrating a story of her own for the first time. It's called Are You Awake, and will be published in fall 2009. There is a sneak peak at an illustration for the work-in-progress on the 7-IMP site:

Ooh, I do love a little boy in a stripe-y shirt. I'm looking forward to reading this one ... Blackall definitely has a sensibility all her own.


Enfant Terrible

Over at Babygadget, they are featuring the work of Tokyo graphic designer and author Katsumi Komagata ... you can see more of his work here.

You can buy the books - which sound fascinating - through a site called enfantterrible, which also features books by Bruno Manari, Enzo Mari and select others. They also have clothes that make you want to dream up a baby to put into them ....


Press release for WOTS Toronto

The Word On The Street is excited to be presenting six family-focused venues this year, including two new venues for kids!

New for Family Fun in 2008, the Little Readers Tent is geared towards families with children under three and will focus on the importance of early-literacy in a child’s life. Workshops and interactive storytelling, rhymes, and games will be on offer from the Toronto Public Library’s Ready for Reading Program and the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. Featured storytellers include Theo Heras and Sally Jaeger and readings will be given by authors Marthe Jocelyn and Kathy Stinson.

The Word On The Street is thrilled to be presenting French-language programming for the first time in the festival’s history. Une ville, des mots/The City of Words Marquee is being presented in partnership with the Blue Metropolis Foundation and the Bureau du Québec. French-language artists and authors from Quebec and Ontario, including Francis Chalifour, Aurélie Resch and Caroline Mérola will be on hand offering readings, storytelling, word-play, and creative writing workshops for children 12 and under.

Our wildly popular Children’s Activity Tent is returning with interactive painting and drawing sessions by Charles Pachter and Jeremy Tankard, music by Little Fingers Music, crazy science experiments by Helaine Becker and Mad Science, live reptiles from Reptilia and much more.

Featuring a selection of Canada’s best children’s authors, the Children’s Reading Tent will see lively readings and illustration demonstrations from authors and artists including Shane Peacock, Kathy Stinson, Edo Van Belkom, Tish Cohen, Michael McGowan, Loris Lesynski, Sara O’Leary and Bill Slavin to name a few guests.

Back by popular demand, the TVOKids Stage will offer activities, music and fun with favorite TVOKids personalities.

For older ones, the IdeaSpace Young Adult Marquee, geared towards youth ages 12- 18, will present exciting workshops, readings and segments designed to get youth excited and involved with the written word. Segments include a travel writing workshop with young writers from Outpost Magazine, readings by Mariko Tamaki and Kristyn Dunnion, a street-style fashion show with Canadian Teen Girl Magazine and a panel discussion on world issues featuring Allan Stratton, Bilaal Rajan and others.

Every year, on the last Sunday of September, in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors, The Word On The Street in Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. The 19th annual festival takes place on Sunday, September 28th, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Queen’s Park in Toronto.