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06/17/14
Breaking for Summer
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 6:39 am

Newsletter Notice 

This is our final newsletter until September.

However, we ARE here all summer and ready to help
with your booking needs.

(Our response time may be a little slower during
July and August.)

 Wishing you all a safe and happy summer!!

 

Welcome Two New ABS Members!

Gisela Sherman 

A former elementary school teacher and
teacher-librarian, Gisela Sherman
has presented book talks and writing workshops to young people in schools,
libraries and at conferences across Canada. She has given keynote and literacy
talks to parents and fledgling writers. For many years she taught creative
writing classes at McMaster University and Mohawk College.

Peter McMahon

On top of being the author of several
award-nominated children’s science books (Space Tourism and Machines of the
Future: Ultimate Trains) with two more on the way, Peter runs a 35-seat
travelling planetarium, and is fast-becoming one of Canada’s most popular young
science presenters. 

In the last 10 years, Peter has written cover-stories and features for
magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Today’s Parent, YES Mag, OWL, Reader’s
Digest, to name a few. (He’s also an editor at SkyNews: “Canada’s #1
astronomy magazine”…actually it’s Canada’s only astronomy magazine, but
isn’t it cool Canada has its own astronomy magazine!?)

Peter has helped unearth a dinosaur, walked inside a stadium-sized particle
accelerator, descended 2 km underground to a solar observatory, traveled to
Vancouver to cover the science of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and stargazed at
each of Canada’s 20 dark sky preserves.

While working with the Canadian Space Agency in 2013, Peter wrote the scripts
that Chris Hadfield used for his “Life In Space” videos which got
millions of views on YouTube.

From ’space Sasquatches’ to wooden spaceships, Peter brings the adventure of
science (and literacy) to hands-on talks and planetarium shows based on the
subjects of his books and magazine articles.

News from our Members 

Erin Bow’s latest YA fantasy, Sorrow’s
Knot
, has just been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, for the best book
of Canadian fantasy and science fiction.  The winner will be announced in
the fall. 

Lisa
Dalrymple
will be in Ottawa October 17-19, where she is receiving the
Crystal Kite Award for her engaging picture book Skink on the Brink
(illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo). Lisa has transportation, is available for
school and library visits, and is able to extend her dates in the area.

Your Turn 

David Carroll came to St. George’s Junior School this morning and enthralled
the students (gr. 3-5) with his Ultra marathon stories.  He has great messages
to share with the students through his stories…ie
 “we all have super powers”
and “nothing is impossible”.  David kept the audience engaged
with his slides, music, reading, story telling and chatting with the kids.
 Very personable, fun and easy going.  Highly recommended!  - Juli Belliveau  (Thank you, Juli, for taking a moment to tell us
what ABS has meant to you! We love hearing from teachers and librarians who
have benefited from our service.
)

Enjoy a
glimpse of David’s presentation in this video clip from one of his other
visits:

http://writerunrepeat.com/2014/04/09/the-freakishness-of-the-long-distance-runner-video/

Looking
Forward:
 

Cathy Ostlere will be in Toronto
from Sept 17 – 30. She teaches teen workshops on the following topics:

Using
Personal Experience to Fuel Fiction

- The Genocide Poem

Road
to the Interior – Writing a Haibun Journal

- The Call to
Adventure – The Reluctant Hero

- High Velocity
Verse – the Mini Verse Novel

Imaginary
Beings & Beasts in Literature

- The Horror!

Cathy may also have time to give
an adult workshop (2 - 6 hours) on Seven Essential Tools in Writing Creative
Nonfiction and Personal Narratives. She is the current President of the
national organization — the Creative Nonfiction Collective.

Don Aker will be in the GTA in late
October/early November. Booking full days only (4 sessions) but these can be
shared between two schools. Limited time remaining!!
 

David Poulsen will be in the GTA the third week
of November and is available in the GTA and surrounding areas. This recent
White Pine nominee is also happy to visit elementary schools—he has a number of
books and loads of experience presenting to these grades.

Sorry!! Linda Bailey’s fall schedule is now full. We are composing a waiting list for her next
visit.

Sorry!! Valerie Sherrard’s plans to be in Ontario have been moved to the spring. Contact us to be
placed on her list for a visit at that time.

 

 

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05/26/14
Dinosaur Visits, Real Justice and Dunces Rock!
Filed under: General, newsletters
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Dear School and Library staff –

Have
you recovered from the Forest of Reading festivities yet? All of us
here at Authors’ Booking Service would like to thank you tireless
volunteers for running this wonderful program. A special shout-out to
Meredith Tutching, who is our hero.

Congratulations!


Congratulations to ABS authors and Forest of Reading Winners, Susin Nielsen (Red Maple), Robin Stevenson (Silver Birch Fiction) and Marsha Skrypuch (Silver Birch non-fiction). A complete list of winners and honour books can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

 

Meet Linda Bailey

 

What
if . . .?” Those of you who have hosted me in your schools in recent
years will know that those two words are at the heart of my creative
process. I mention them to almost every audience I meet. What if . . . a
dog decided to climb on the couch and ended up hosting a party? What if
. . . a hockey-playing farm team (pigs, cows and chickens) faced off
against a team of forest critters? What if, what if . . . to me, those
words are like a launch pad for the imagination.

And now the title of my latest book is a “what if.” It’s called If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur (Tundra,
illustrated by Colin Jack). The question that got this book started was
this: what if you had a dinosaur, just lying around your living room,
doing absolutely nothing? How could you make use of it? Can
opener? Baby-sitter? Diving board? Umbrella? I had TONS of fun imagining
the possibilities, and I hope young readers will respond by imagining
their own uses, not only for dinosaurs, but also for other legendary
creatures. 

I’m
excited to be visiting Ontario schools this November to share this book
and others. And my new question is — what if my dinosaur decides to
come along? (Okay by me as long as I get the window seat!)

 

 

Availability notes

Bill Swan, 2013 Red Maple non-fiction winner, is available in the London area on June 12 and 13, travel fees waived.

Real Justice

 

Still
want an author visit before the end of the school year? Good news! Our
Ontario-based authors and illustrators have good availability in June.
Check out this page for a complete listing.

 

As well, our Ontario-based Forest of Reading nominees have good availability in June.

 

 

Book ahead for the Fall!

 

Kate Jaimet will be embarking on a two-week Ontario Tour October 13-24 to celebrate the launch of her hilarious middle-grade comedy Dunces Rock, the sequel to Silver-Birch nominated Dunces Anonymous.
The tour will begin in Ottawa and wend its way to Toronto via Kingston,
with the possibility of stops further south (Niagara Peninsula) or
north (Barrie area) before returning to Ottawa via Peterborough. Kate
will be offering a special promotional rate of $500/ full day (3-4
sessions), with the possibility of 2 schools in close proximity to each
other teaming up to split the cost for a half-day (1-2 sessions) each.
No additional travel costs. The schedule is flexible, so book soon to
reserve your preferred dates. Kate is a member of TWUC.

 

Linda Bailey
will be in the Toronto area and also in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in
late October/early November. Booking full days only (3 sessions) but
these can be shared between two schools.

 

Don Aker
will be in the GTA during the week of November 3rd. Booking full days
only (4 sessions) but these can be shared between two schools.

 

Valerie Sherrard will visit various parts of Ontario early in November. Ask us about your location.

New Books

From Natale Ghent, about her brand new book Millouse:

Millhouse
is a faint-hearted, hairless guinea pig. A great lover of all things
theatrical, most especially the work of William Shakespeare, Milly longs
for the limelight and someone to love. However, after the death of his
beloved owner, the great actor Sir Roderick Lord Kingswagger, Millhouse
is abandoned to a neglected and dusty pet shop filled with other rodents
— some rude, some odd, some cute and some downright frightening.
Finding himself a reviled outcast and a target of the nasty Pepper Brown
ferret, Millhouse sets about trying to find a way back to the theater
and a happy home, and in doing so experiences more drama than he could
ever have imagined!

 

An invitation

 

Former Londoner Allan Stratton
would like to invite London area teachers and librarians to comer and
have fun at a reading, Q&A, and conversation at the London Public
Library, Central Branch on Tuesday June 10, at 7:00 pm. The event is for
his new adult satiric novel,
The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish.
Set in London and Hollywood during the Dirty Thirties, it’s about a
young woman who resurrects a boy electrocuted at the Western
Fairgrounds. St. James and the Ceeps also figure prominently.

 

 

 

2014 FOREST OF READING®  AWARD WINNERS

The 2014 Blue Spruce Award™ Winner

Oddrey Dave Whamond

Honour Books for Blue Spruce 
I Dare You Not To Yawn by Helene Boudreau, Serge Bloch 
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen 
Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe by Wallace Edwards

The 2014 Silver Birch Express Award® Winner 
Secret of the Village Fool 
Rebecca Upjohn, Renné Benoit

Honour Books for Silver Birch Express 
Ava and the Little Folk by Alan Neal & Neil Christopher, Jonathan Wright 
Jason’s Why by Beth Goobie 
Danny, Who Fell In A Hole by Cary Fagan

The 2014 Silver Birch Fiction Award® Winner 
Record Breaker  by Robin Stevenson

Honour Books for Silver Birch Fiction 
The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman 
Curse Of The Dream Witch by Allan Stratton 
Yesterday’s Dead by Pat Bourke

The 2014 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award® Winner 
One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way 
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Honour Books for Silver Birch Non-Fiction 
Robbers!: True Stories of the World’s Most Notorious Thieves by Andreas 
Schroeder, Rémy Simard 
Draw Out The Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by Brian 
McLachlan 
Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing the World by Janet Wilson

The 2014 Red Maple Fiction Award™ Winner 
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

Honour Books for Red Maple Fiction Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel 
My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis 
Loki’s Wolves: The Blackwell Pages by K.L Armstong & M.A Marr

The 2014 White Pine Award™ Fiction Winner 
Live To Tell, Lisa Harrington

Honour Books for White Pine Fiction 
My Book of Life By Angel by Martine Leavitt 
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers 
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The 2014 White Pine Award™ Non-Fiction Winner 
The Secret of the Blue Trunk, Lise Dion, Liedewij Hawke

Honour Books for White Pine Non-Fiction 
People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression by Laura Scandiffio

Lauréat du Prix Tamarac 2014 
Une fille à l’école des gars, Maryse Peyskens

Honour Books for Le Prix Tamarac 
Aveux de l’autre (pas si grand) méchant loup by Catherine Girard-Audet 
À la découverte de l’Ontario français by Andrée Poulin , Marie-Ève Tremblay

Lauréat du Prix Tamarac Express 2014 
Attention, j’arrive ! (BiBop), Raymond Parent

Honour Books for Le Prix Tamarac Express 
Marguerite: la petite sorcière qui n’était pas une bonne méchante by Normand 
Renaud, Lesley St-Amour 
Le monde fabuleux de Monsieur Fred by Lili Chartrand, Gabrielle Grimard

 

Your Booking Chicks,

V&M


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04/23/14
Linda Bailey coming to ONT, Rene Schmidt’s disasters!
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 2:16 pm

Meet
Rene Schmidt


Rene
Schmidt
’s
4th
edition
of
Canadian Disasters
recalls in chilling detail many
historical, awesome and terrible tragedies that affected Canada and
our history.

Terrible
Anniversaries
;
How many Canadian students know the night of May 29 of 2014, marks
the 100th

anniversary
of the sinking of the passenger ship
Empress
of Ireland,

which
took 1012 lives in just 14 minutes in the St. Lawrence River?  Still
one of the world’s ten worst ship disasters, more passengers were
killed on the
Empress
of Ireland
than
on the
Titanic.

June
19th  2014, will be the 100th

anniversary
of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster, an explosion that killed 189 men in
Canada’s worst-ever mining disaster.  

Contact
us to book Rene now for a Canadian disaster presentation!

Presentation
Perk when you book
Karen Patkau –
Ecosystem Series presentation and receive a bonus 15-minute
reading of Creatures Great and Small for kindergarten and
grade 1. Available May 15 to June 30.

Award
News

Allan
Stratton
won the CLA 2014 Book of the Year Award for Children for
Curse of the Dream Witch , and Rachelle Delaney’s Metro
Dogs of Moscow
is an Honour Book.

Karen
Bass
won the CLA 2014 Young Adult Book of the Year Award for
Graffiti Knight.

Frieda
Wishinsky’s
A
History of Just About Everything

is shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers’ Award.

Ultra
by
David
Carroll

and
Sorrow’s
Knot

by
Erin
Bow

have both been shortlisted for the
Ruth
and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award

A
Taste of Heaven
by Meg
Tilly
has been shortlisted for the Retail Council of
Canada’s Libris Award.

News

Gail Sidonie Sobat
will be
travelling to the GTA and Orillia from May 12-15, 2014.  May 1,
London area May 13, and Ottawa area on May 15. She is also available
for other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas. She would be delighted
to visit your school or library!

Sharon
McKay
is available within a wide range from Burlington (Simcoe to
Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

Don
Aker
will be in the GTA during the week of October 27th.
Booking full days only (4 sessions) but these can be shared between
two schools.

Linda
Bailey

will be in Ontario in late October. Linda will be in the Toronto area
but will consider other locations if there is enough interest to book
several days. 

Valerie
Sherrard
will
visit various parts of Ontario early in November. Ask us about your
location.

Forest
of Reading visit news

Blue
Spruce:

Hélène
Boudreau
is
available on Tuesdays in the GTA in June.


Andrew
Larsen

has some availability between now and the end of the school year in
the GTA.

Elly
MacKay

will
be in Toronto May 6, 7 and 8.

Silver
Birch Express:

David
Anderson
has good availability in a 100km radius of Toronto in
April and May.

Philippa
Dowding

has
some availability in Toronto during the first week of May. She is
widely available by SKYPE.

Kari-Lynn
Winters

is
available in Southern Ontario (GTA , Niagara Region,
Kitchener/Waterloo, Simcoe/Tilsonburg/St. Thomas, and London Areas)
between now and the end of the school year.

Natalie
Hyde

is
available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to
connect you with Natalie to discuss a date for your location.

Beth
Goobie

is
available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver
Birch Fiction:

Ria
Voros

will
be in London May 9 – 11 and in Toronto the mornings of May 13 and
14.

David
Carroll

still
has a few morning availabilities in June.

Pat
Bourke

is
in the GTA in late May and early June.

Allan
Stratton

is
available in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about
dates in the GTA.

Rachelle
Delaney

is available in the GTA from May 19
th
until the end of the school year.

Silver
Birch non-fiction:

Claire
Eamer

is
available in the Toronto-Kingston corridor May 19-23.

Janet
Wilson
,
author of
Our
Rights: How Kids are Changing the World

has availability in late May and the month of June.

Red
Maple Fiction:

Sigmund
Brouwer

has some availability between now and June.

Ted
Staunton

is
available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to
connect you with Ted to discuss a date for your location.

Joanne
Levy

is
available in Southern Ontario between now and June.

Cynthia
d’Entremont

is
available in Toronto on May 15 and 16.

White
Pine Fiction

Colleen
Nelson

is
available in the Toronto area all day May 12 and in the  morning
May 13.



Sorry!
The following nominees are now full: Don Aker, Jennifer Lanthier,
Jill McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen, Valerie Sherrard, Marsha
Skrypuch, Courtney Summers, Marion Brooker and Eric Walters.

Your
Booking Chicks,

V&M

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04/10/14
Meet Frieda Wishinsky
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 9:51 am

Last Chance to Book!

Silver Birch Express nominee Philippa Dowding has some availability in North Bay and Parry Sound April 28 - 30.

Celia Godkin
is available in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25. She will be speaking
about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World.

Red Maple nominee Joanne Levy is available in the North Bay area April 28 and Parry Sound area on May 1.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Pat Bourke is available in North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Don’t Miss this Launch …and be sure to RSVP

Allan Stratton would like to invite you to the launch of his new novel The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish. Set in backwoods Canada and Hollywood during the Dirty Thirties, it’s about a young woman who apparently resurrects the dead. The
launch is Tuesday April 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Ben McNally Books, 366
Bay Street (at Richmond), Toronto. There’ll be dips, a little wine and
pop, a short reading, and lots of great conversation. More info and
advance reviews are at Allan’s website. Because of the need to gauge
refreshments please
RSVP by April 21.

News from our Members

Jill McLean’s free verse novel Nix Minus One has just been shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award.

Presentation Perks when you book…

Red Maple nominated author Joanne Levy in June. You’ll receive a signed copy of Small Medium at Large and 100 signed bookmarks.

Kate Jaimet during literacy week. You’ll be entered in a draw to receive a limited-edition advance copy of Dunces Rock.

Book a Spring “Spook-a-licious” visit by LM Falcone for your middle-grades and get a free 20 minute visit for your grade 2/3 students.

Get hysterical over Sylvia McNicoll’s
new historical Revenge on the Fly.  How many flies could your students
catch if it would save their family’s lives? Book Sylvia’s newest
presentation for grades 4 to 6 and get an autographed first edition of
this fun glimpse into the past.

Book a spring and early summer half-day visit with Shane Peacock and there is zero travel charge. These sessions will include a sneak preview of his new, upcoming trilogy.

Bill Swan,
author of books on Steven Truscott, Donald Marshall Jr. (and to be
released this fall) Hurricane Carter, is available in April, May and
June for presentations on Wrongful Convictions: the danger signs.
Mileage waived in Durham Region and London District. In May, Bill
offers a bonus 30-minute workshop for writing craft on fiction,
non-fiction or journalism: your choice.

Book a spring visit for Andrew Larsen and receive a free copy of The Imaginary Garden, the perfect book for spring.

Education Week

Did you miss the
list of our members who are still available to visit schools and
libraries during Education Week?  You can peruse it here: http://authorsbooking.blogspot.ca/  

And a few notes from members available at various times this spring…

Susan Aihoshi, author of Torn Apart, is available on Wednesdays, May 14 to June 11 inclusive, grades 3 and up, within the GTA (TTC-accessible).

Karen Krossing, author of The Yo-Yo Prophet and Cut the Lights is
available on April 22-25 and April 29, grades 6 to 12. 100 km radius of
Toronto. Also available May 13-20. Karen is not available during
Education Week.

Offering interactive and educational presentations for JK-grade 8 students, Award-winning Canadian children’s author Kari-Lynn Winters is available for author visits in the Niagara, Greater Toronto, London, and Simcoe regions various dates.

Philippa Dowding, author of The Gargoyle at the Gates
is available on May 7, 8 and 9, grades 3 to 6.  TTC or GO train radius
of Toronto. Also available April 7 to 10 and widely by SKYPE.

AVAILABILITY

The OLA nominees we represent (ask about availability) are here:

http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

A full list of our Ontario members can be found here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/2043.html

And members from other provinces are here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/131811.html

Our newsletters let you know when they’re visiting Ontario.

Meet the Author: Frieda Wishinsky

What did you do before you became a writer/illustrator?

My BA is in
International Relations. My MS is in Special Education and I taught kids
of all ages with learning disabilities for 23 years. While teaching I
began to write. Once I started, I was hooked. My BA helped prepare me
for researching non-fiction and historical fiction. My teaching degree
and experience are invaluable for presentations and creating curriculum
links. Nothing is wasted.

What is the most difficult thing about your work as a writer/illustrator?

Waiting is the
hardest part of being an author for me. Waiting to hear if someone will
buy the story. And then waiting for the book to be published. And when
it finally is published, it’s hard to let it sail out into the world
where I have little control over what will happen to the work I spent so
much time, thought and to which I gave so much love.  The key is to
move on to the next project.

Getting an idea
is the best part of the process. Weaving the idea into a story is
challenging but engaging.  Revising is like putting together a puzzle
and I  love it. I appreciate the wise comments from a good editor (and
I’ve worked with some of the wisest).

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Anyone who knows
me knows I love chocolate. I sneak chocolate into many books. I even
wrote a book called CRAZY FOR CHOCOLATE. If anything were to happen to
the rain forest and cocoa trees, I’d be bereft. There’s nothing as
satisfying on a tough day as good quality dark chocolate. (Yes. I’m a
chocolate snob)

How old were you when you realized you wanted to become a writer/illustrator?

I was teaching and in my late twenties when I started to write but it took years for it to become my “career”.

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03/30/14
Education week
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 12:48 pm

Dear
School and Library staff –

Check
out our website: www.authorsbooking.com

Email
us at: abs@authorsbooking.com

Deal
of the Week!

Alberta
author Gail Sobat will give a free 1/2-hour writing workshop
(15-20 students) as a bonus to any school that books her during the
May 12-15 dates in Ontario…

Look
Who Can Visit During Education Week!

Hugh
Brewster
, author of At Vimy Ridge, and other titles, is
available May 7-9. Grades 4-8. 100 km radius of Toronto. Also
available April 14-23 and June 5-14.

Joanne
Levy
, Red Maple nominated author of Small Medium at Large is
available for Education Week
, May 5-9 within a 100km radius of
Hamilton. Also available select dates in April, May and June.

Sylvia
McNicoll
, author of Revenge on the Fly (historical
fiction grade 4 to 6) and Dying to Go Viral (YA for grade 7 to
8) is available  May 5, 6, 7 and 9.

Matt Beam,
author of 
Can You
Spell Revolution?
 is
available on May 5, 6, 7 and 9, grades 4 to 8. 100km radius of
Toronto. Also available April 15 to 30 and June 1-15.

Sigmund
Brouwer
, author of Red Maple nominated Devil’s Pass, (part
of The Seven Series), is available from May 6-8 during
Education Week. His Rock and Roll Literacy Presentation is
formatted to be lots of fun for large-group assemblies of various
grade ranges. 250 km radius of Toronto. Also available May 2, May 12,
May 16.

Megan
Crewe
, author of The Way We Fall, is available May
5 to 9, grades 6 to 12, in Toronto. Also available in the rest of May
and June; outside Toronto may be possible depending on the date.

J.
Torres
, author of Bigfoot Boy is available May 5-8, grades
4 to 6. GTA and Durham Region.

Veronika
Martenova Charles
,
author of
Don’t
Go into the Forest! (Easy-to-Read-Spooky Tales series)
 is
available on May 1
st,
2
nd
and May 5
th,
grades 1-5. 100 km radius of Toronto.  Also available 3
rd
- 4
th
week in May and 1
st
and 2
nd 
week in June.
As an extra bonus,
each class will receive a free book signed by the author.

Shane Peacock,
author of 
The
Boy Sherlock Holmes
series
is available on May 8 and 9, grades 4 to 8, throughout southern
Ontario, Also available April 17 to 30 and June 1-20.

LM
Falcone

(author of
The
Midnight Curse
)
is available during Education Week (May 5 – 9) with her
“Spook-a-licious” presentation for your middle-grades. Also
available April – June. Each booking gets one free 20 minute “Farty
PantZ’ visit for your grade 2/3 students.

Allan
Stratton
,
author of
Chanda’s
Secrets

(grades 8 - 12) and
Curse
of the Dream Witch

(grades 4 - 8) is available on May 5, 6, 7 within 20 km of Toronto;
two class minimum. Also available April 1,2 and June 1 - 15.

Blue
Spruce nominee
Alma Fullerton
still has some availability for April 14-17, is available May 5&6,
as well as slots available the last two weeks of May and in June.
She presents to all grade levels at schools within a 200 km from
Midland Ontario.

Kathy
Kacer
, author of Shanghai Escape and To Hope and Back:
the Journey of the St. Louis
is available for school visits
on May 1 and 2. Grades 4-8, 200 km radius from Toronto. Also
available April 21-30 and in June.

Andrew Larsen,
author the Blue Spruce nominated In the Tree House is
available on May 5, 6, and 7 in the GTA. Andrew still has a few spots
available in April, May and June.

Eric Zweig, author
of The Big Book of Hockey for Kids, is available on May 8 and
9, grades 3 to 8. North of Toronto (Barrie/Orillia to Owen Sound).
Also available anywhere from May 12 to the end of the school year.

Silver Birch Nominee
Janet Wilson, author
of Our Rights: How Kids are Changing the World is available
Education Week Monday to Thursday May 5-8, also May 19-30, and the
month of June.

Kate Jaimet, author
of Dunces Rock (the forthcoming sequel to Silver-birch
nominated Dunces Anonymous) is available May 5-6 and 8-9.
Grades 3-6. Within Ottawa City limits. Also available in June.

J.
Torres
, author of Bigfoot Boy is available May 5-8, grades
4 to 6. GTA and Durham Region.

News

Karen
Patkau
will be presenting her Ecosystem Series at Bookfest
2014 on May 3rd in Nanaimo, BC. On May 31st at Yes Oui
CANSCAIP’s Imagine a Story Conference in Montreal, she
will be doing a presentation and workshop – Illustrating Facts and
Fiction: The Picture Book Process.


Larry
Verstraete
’s launch of Life or Death: Surviving the
Impossible
, his most recent book of high adventure true stories,
will be held at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue,
Winnipeg on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2 p.m.  All are welcome.

Marsha
Skrypuch
’s Ottawa launch of Underground Soldier, in WWII,
a Ukrainian teen joins the resistance to fight both the Nazis and the
Soviets. Monday, April 14, at 7pm. Ukrainian Community Centre, 911
Carling Ave, 2nd floor. All are welcome.

Bank
Street College of Education’s

Best
Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults

Alma
Fullerton

and
Karen
Patkau
,
A
Good Trade

Jill
MacLean
, Nix Minus One

Marsha
Forchuk Skrypuch
, One Step at a Time

Hackmatack
Award nominees 2014-15

A
History of Just About Everything; 180 Events, People and Inventions

That
Changed the World,
by Elizabeth
MacLeod and
Frieda
Wishinsky

Pandemic
Survival: It’s Why You’re Alive,
by
Ann Love
and
Jane Drake

Danny,
Who Fell in a Hole,
by Cary
Fagan

The
Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden,
by
Jill MacLean

And
the Winner Is…Amazing Animal Athletes,
by
Etta Kaner, illustrated by
David
Anderson

Look
Who’s Coming from Away!

Tololwa Mollel is
available in the GTA for the afternoon of Thursday April 3 only.

Celia Godkin is
available in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25. She will be speaking
about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the
World.

Sigmund
Brouwer
is available in
the Ottawa area on Tuesday, April 29 to for his Rock and Roll
Literacy author visit. The format is ideal for large-group
presentations of up to 400 students, and receives rave reviews.

Gail Sidonie Sobat
will be
travelling to the GTA and Orillia from May 12-15, 2014.  May 1,
London area May 13, and Ottawa area on May 15. She is also available
for other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas. She would be delighted
to visit your school or library!

Sharon
McKay
is available within a wide range from Burlington (Simcoe to
Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

Don
Aker
will be in the GTA during the week of October 27th.
Booking full days only (4 sessions) but these can be shared between
two schools.

Linda
Bailey

will be in Ontario in late October. Linda will be in the Toronto area
but will consider other locations if there is enough interest to book
several days. 

Valerie
Sherrard
will
visit various parts of Ontario early in November. Ask us about your
location.

Forest
of Reading visit news

Blue
Spruce:

Hélène
Boudreau
is
available on selected Tuesdays in the GTA between now and May.


Andrew
Larsen

has some availability between now and the end of the school year in
the GTA.

Elly
MacKay

will
be in Toronto May 6, 7 and 8.

Silver
Birch Express:

David
Anderson
has good availability in a 100km radius of Toronto in
April and May.

Philippa
Dowding

has
some availability in Toronto during the first week of April and the
first week of May. She is widely available by SKYPE.

Kari-Lynn
Winters

is
available in Southern Ontario (GTA , Niagara Region,
Kitchener/Waterloo, Simcoe/Tilsonburg/St. Thomas, and London Areas)
between now and the end of the school year.

Natalie
Hyde

is
available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to
connect you with Natalie to discuss a date for your location.

Beth
Goobie

is
available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver
Birch Fiction:

Ria
Voros

will
be in London May 9 – 11 and in Toronto the mornings of May 13 and
14.

David
Carroll

still
has a few morning availabilities in April and June.

Pat
Bourke

is
available in North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1.
Travel fees waived.

Allan
Stratton

is
available in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about
dates in the GTA.

Rachelle
Delaney

is available in the GTA from May 19
th
until the end of the school year.

Silver
Birch non-fiction:

Marsha
Skrypuch

has
some availability in June and good availability in the fall.

Claire
Eamer

is
available in the Toronto-Kingston corridor May 19-23.

Janet
Wilson
,
author of
Our
Rights: How Kids are Changing the World

is available Education Week Monday to Thursday May 5-8, also May
19-30, and the month of June.

Red
Maple Fiction:

Sigmund
Brouwer

has these spots open:
April
28
morning: York Region, April 29
 Ottawa, May 2 GTA, May 12 Brampton/Mississauga, May 15 morning
east GTA and Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge, May 16 GTA

Ted
Staunton

is
available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to
connect you with Ted to discuss a date for your location.

Joanne
Levy

is
available in the Parry Sound area May 1, London area May 13, and is
flexible for other dates in Southern Ontario.

Cynthia
d’Entremont

is
available in Toronto on May 15 and 16.

White
Pine Fiction

Colleen
Nelson

is
available in the Toronto area all day May 12 and in the  morning
May 13.



Sorry!
The following nominees are now full: Don Aker, Jennifer Lanthier,
Jill McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen, Valerie Sherrard, Courtney
Summers, Marion Brooker and Eric Walters.


comments (0)
03/26/14
There’s still time to book for the spring!
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 7:46 pm

 

 

Dear School and Library staff – 


 

Are you in a frenzy to book a spring author visit? Never fear! The booking chicks are here to help. E-mail us at: abs@authorsbooking.com

 

Check out our website: www.authorsbooking.com

 

 

 

Deal of the Week!

Silver Birch Express illustrator nominee David Anderson (And the Winner Is …) will draw and donate to your school a special ‘mascot’ animal if you book him for a visit in April or May.

 

 

 interior: And the Winner is ...

 

New Books

Mireille Messier:
La salade de César (illustrations by Julie Cossette) In this French
picture book for readers 4-8, brothers César and Jules decide to make a
salad for dinner. A CESAR salad, of course! But what ingredients do they
need? That’s easy! You just use all things that César likes! 

Sigmund Brouwer: Dead Man’s Switch,
a mystery, Harlen Coben, style, about a boy who lives on an island and
gets this message from a friend who has disappeared: Trust No
Authorities.

 

Forest of Reading visit news

 

Blue Spruce:

Hélène Boudreau is available on selected Tuesdays in the GTA between now and May.

Andrew Larsen has some availability between now and the end of the school year in the GTA.

Elly MacKay will be in Toronto May 6, 7 and 8.

 

Silver Birch Express:

David Anderson has good availability in a 100km radius of Toronto in April and May.

Philippa Dowding has some availability in Toronto during the first week of April and the first week of May. She is widely available by SKYPE.

Kari-Lynn Winters is
available in Southern Ontario (GTA , Niagara Region,
Kitchener/Waterloo, Simcoe/Tilsonburg/St. Thomas, and London Areas)
between now and the end of the school year.

Natalie Hyde is available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to connect you with Natalie to discuss a date for your location.

Beth Goobie is available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

 

Silver Birch Fiction:

Ria Voros will be in London May 9 – 11 and in Toronto the mornings of May 13 and 14.

David Carroll still has a few morning availabilities in April and June.

Pat Bourke is available in North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Allan Stratton is available in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about dates in the GTA.

Rachelle Delaney is available in the GTA from May 19th until the end of the school year.

 

Silver Birch non-fiction:

Marsha Skrypuch has some availability in June and good availability in the fall.

Claire Eamer is available in the Toronto-Kingston corridor May 19-23.

 

Red Maple Fiction:

Sigmund Brouwer has these spots open: April 28 morning:
York Region, April 29  Ottawa, May 2 GTA, May 12 Brampton/Mississauga,
May 15 morning east GTA and Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge, May 16 GTA

 

Ted Staunton is available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to connect you with Ted to discuss a date for your location.

Joanne Levy is available in the Parry Sound area May 1, London area May 13, and is flexible for other dates in Southern Ontario.

Cynthia d’Entremont is available in Toronto on May 15 and 16.

 

White Pine Fiction

Colleen Nelson is available in the Toronto area all day May 12 and in the  morning May 13.


Sorry!
The following nominees are now full: Don Aker, Jennifer Lanthier, Jill
McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen, Valerie Sherrard, Courtney
Summers, Marion Brooker and Eric Walters.

Availability news

 

Tololwa Mollel is available in the GTA for the afternoon of Thursday April 3 only.

Celia Godkin is available in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25. She will be speaking about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World.

 

Sigmund Brouwer
is available in the Ottawa area on Tuesday, April 29 to for his Rock
and Roll Literacy author visit. The format is ideal for large-group
presentations of up to 400 students, and receives rave reviews.

 

Gail Sidonie Sobat will
be travelling to the GTA and Orillia from May 12-15, 2014.  May 1,
London area May 13, and Ottawa area on May 15. She is also available for
other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas. She would be delighted to
visit your school or library!

Sharon McKay is available within a wide range from Burlington (Simcoe to Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

 

Don Aker will be in the GTA during the week of October 27th. Booking full days only (4 sessions) but these can be shared between two schools.

 

Linda Bailey
will be in Ontario in late October. Linda will be in the Toronto area
but will consider other locations if there is enough interest to book
several days. 

Valerie Sherrard will visit various parts of Ontario early in November. Ask us about your location.

 

Yours truly, the Booking Chicks, Valerie and Marsha

 


Authors’ Booking Service
Connecting Canadian Creators and Educators

Contact us at abs@authorsbooking.com

If you haven’t received a response at the above address within two working days you are welcome to contact Marsha at marsha@calla.com or Valerie at valeri@nbnet.nb.ca

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03/18/14
A new Deal!
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 9:10 pm

ABS logo

 

Dear School and Library staff –

 

We have lots of news for you! We’ve
got an extensive of list of Forest of Reading nominees who would love
to visit. Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for that listing.

 

As well, we’ve got a DEAL this week! Check it out!

 

Are you planning ahead for fall? Read below to see which out of province authors are already planning trips to Ontario!

 

Check out our website: www.authorsbooking.com

 

Email us at: abs@authorsbooking.com

 

 

 

Deal of the Week!

 

Revenge on the Fly

Book a spring visit for Sylvia McNicoll’s newest presentation on the 1912 war on the fly and receive a free copy of Revenge on the Fly.

 

Availability news

 

Rona Arato is available in Sault Ste. Marie on March 27.

Tololwa Mollel is available in the GTA for the afternoon of Thursday April 3 only.

Celia Godkin is available in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25. She will be speaking about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World.

Gail Sidonie Sobat will
be travelling to the GTA and Orillia from May 12-15, 2014.  May 1,
London area May 13, and Ottawa area on May 15. She is also available for
other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas. She would be delighted to
visit your school or library!

Sharon McKay is available within a wide range from Burlington (Simcoe to Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

 

Linda Bailey
will be in Ontario in late October. Linda will be in the Toronto area
but will consider other locations if there is enough interest to book
several days. 

Valerie Sherrard will visit various parts of Ontario early in November. Ask us about your location.

 

 

For Forest of Reading nominee availability, scroll to the end of this newsletter.

 

Award News

 

Canada’s IBBY Honour List children’s books for 2014:

ENGLISH TEXT: Jennifer Lanthier. The Stamp Collector. Illustrated by François Thisdale. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012.

ILLUSTRATION: Isabelle Arsenault. Virginia Wolf. Written by Kyo Maclear. Kids Can Press, 2012.

CLA YA Book of the Year nominations:

Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass (Pajama Press)

Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean (Pajama Press)

Saskatchewan Willow Award nominations:

In The Tree House, by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Dušan Petričić

Larf, by Ashley Spires

On a Snowy Night, by Jean Little, illustrated by Brian Deines

The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, by Allan Stratton

A Taste of Heaven, by Meg Tilly

Ultra, by David Carroll

Counting Back from Nine, by Valerie Sherrard

Nix Minus One, by Jill MacLean

Yesterday’s Dead, by Pat Bourke

News

Just released by Sylvia McNicoll, Revenge on the Fly (Pajama Press) is a historical fiction with plenty of the “Ick” factor for 9 to 12 year olds

In
1912 William Alton sails with his dad to Canada leaving his mom and
sister’s graves behind him in England. On the third day in Hamilton,
Ontario, he realizes the reason behind their deaths and plots his
revenge and also his fortune.  Along with the rest of the world, Will
declares war on the fly!

 

Richard Scrimger’s latest is a creepy funny mid-school novel:  Zomboy,
HarperCollins, just out March 15th.  Bob and Evil-O (Olive backwards)
have a new classmate.   Imre survived a nuclear accident and is, says
the principal, “like any of you here.  Except that his heart isn’t
beating.”  Zomboy is a funny, moving story about friendship.  But don’t
be fooled.  It’s a book with zombies in it.

 

Kate Jaimet will
be embarking on a three-day tour in the Algoma region March 24-26 as
part of the Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funded by
the Ontario Arts Council. Kate will discuss her sports/mystery books
with the teens at Central Algoma Secondary School then visit the younger
kids at Echo Bay Public School and St. Joseph Island School to present
her middle-grade comedies,
Dunces Anonymous and Dunces Rock

 

Catherine Austen: 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6: Phobia-fighter
Dave Davidson helps his friends avoid, evade and eventually overcome
the greatest terrors of sixth grade: dances, dogs, public speaking, band
practice, and the looming possibility of an alien invasion. For
reluctant or enthusiastic readers of middle-grade comedy. Ages 9-12.

 

All new updated Forest of Reading nominee availability list

 

Blue Spruce:

Andrew Larsen has some availability between now and the end of the school year in the GTA.

Elly MacKay will be in Toronto May 6, 7 and 8.

 

Silver Birch Express:

Philippa Dowding has some availability in Toronto from April

1 to 15, and in North Bay and Parry Sound April 28 - 30.

Kari-Lynn Winters is
available in Southern Ontario (GTA , Niagara Region,
Kitchener/Waterloo, Simcoe/Tilsonburg/St. Thomas, and London Areas)
between now and the end of the school year.

Natalie Hyde is available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to connect you with Natalie to discuss a date for your location.

Beth Goobie is available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

 

Silver Birch Fiction:

Ria Voros will be in London May 9 – 11 and in Toronto the mornings of May 13 and 14.

David Carroll still has a few morning availabilities in April and June.

Pat Bourke is available in North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Allan Stratton is available in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about dates in the GTA.

Rachelle Delaney is available in the GTA from May 19th until the end of the school year.

 

Silver Birch non-fiction:

Marsha Skrypuch has some availability in June and good availability in the fall.

Claire Eamer is available in the Toronto-Kingston corridor May 19-23.

 

Red Maple Fiction:

Sigmund Brouwer is available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to connect you with Sigmund to discuss a date for your location.

Ted Staunton is available between now and the end of the school year. Ask us to connect you with Ted to discuss a date for your location.

Joanne Levy is available in the Parry Sound area May 1, London area May 13, and is flexible for other dates in Southern Ontario.

Cynthia d’Entremont is available in Toronto on May 15 and 16.

 

White Pine Fiction

Colleen Nelson is available in the Toronto area all day May 12 and in the  morning May 13.


Sorry!
The following nominees are now full: Don Aker, Helene Boudreau,
Jennifer Lanthier, Jill McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen, Valerie
Sherrard, Courtney Summers, Marion Brooker and Eric Walters.

comments (0)
02/24/14
Carroll wins Cybils
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 12:50 pm

This
just in!!

 

Rona Arato
will be in the Sault Ste. Marie area the week of March 24th
 and will be available for school
visits on Thursday March 27th

 

Gail Sidonie Sobat
will be travelling to the GTA and Orillia from May 12-15, 2014.  She would
be delighted to visit your school or library!

 

News from our Members

 

Ultra, by David Carroll has just won a Cybils Award (Children’s and Young
Adults Bloggers Literary Awards) for best middle-grade novel. “
David Carroll, the author of Ultra,
uses a television interview and flashbacks to tell this gripping story.
Throughout the 24-hour, 100-mile race, we learn about the relationships he has
with his mom, younger brother, and best friend.  We find out the hardship
of the war in Afghanistan. Most importantly, judges couldn’t put the book
down.”

 

Gail Sidonie Sobat’s new graphic novel, Jamie’s Got a Gun, illustrated by Spyder Yardley-Jones, will be released in April 2014. Gail
will also present at the Writing Women’s Lives International Symposium at
Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2014.

 

New Release

 

Larry
Verstraete
: Life or Death:
Surviving the Impossible
.
When the stakes are high,
survival is remote, and the path ahead is riddled with pitfalls, what does
it take to beat impossible odds?
  More than 30 riveting and true stories of
people who did just that.
  8-14 years,
non-fiction adventure

 

 

 

AVAILABILITY NOTES

 

Going,
Going, Gone!!

 

OLA Nominees whose spring schedules are full:

Don Aker, Helene Boudreau, Jennifer Lanthier,

Jill McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen,

Valerie Sherrard and Courtney Summers.

 

John Wilson’s spring tour in Ontario is also full.

 

 

Red Maple Fiction nominee Sigmund Brouwer is available in
various parts of Ontario March 4, 19 - 21, 28 – 30 and May 12 – 16.

Blue Spruce nominee Alma Fullerton will be in the GTA the
week of March 24. Ask about other dates and locations.

Rona Arato is available in Sault Ste. Marie on March 27.

Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominee Marsha Skrypuch still has
some days available in
March, April and May. Anywhere within two hours of Brantford.

Tololwa Mollel is available in the GTA for the afternoon of
Thursday April 3 only.

Silver Birch Express nominee Philippa Dowding has some
availability in Toronto from April
1 to 15, and in North Bay and Parry Sound April 28 - 30.

Celia Godkin is available in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25.
She will be speaking about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest
Bird in the World.

Red
Maple nominee Joanne Levy is available in the North Bay area April 28, Parry
Sound area

Gail
Sidonie Sobat is available in the GTA and Orillia, May 12-15, 2014.  

May 1, London area May 13, and Ottawa area on May 15. She
is also available for other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas.

Silver Birch non-fiction nominee Claire Eamer is
available in the Toronto-Kingston corridor May 19-23.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Pat Bourke is available in
North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Blue Spruce nominee Elly MacKay will be in Toronto May 6, 7 and
8.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Allan Stratton is available in
Thunder Bay on May 7th
and 8th, and in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about dates in
the GTA.

Silver Birch Express nominee Beth Goobie is available in the
GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Ria Voros will be in London May
9 – 11 and in Toronto the mornings of May 13 and 14.

White Pine Non-Fiction nominee Marion Brooker is available
in the Toronto area around the time of the awards.

White Pine Fiction nominee Colleen Nelson is available in
the Toronto area all day May 12 and in the
 
morning May 13.

Sharon McKay is available within a wide range from
Burlington (Simcoe to Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

 

To see the full list of the OLA nominees we can book for
you, visit
http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

 

Wondering who else we represent?

A full list of our Ontario members can be found here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/2043.html

And members from other provinces are here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/131811.html

Our newsletters let you know when they’re visiting Ontario.

 

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02/10/14
OLA Best Bets
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 8:36 am

Last Chance!!

Blue
Spruce Nominee Alma Fullerton is available in the GTA  Feb. 17 -19.

Calgary
writer, Cathy Ostlere is available in Metro Toronto February 19 and 21.

Margriet
Ruurs is available in the Toronto area on Feb 24 and 25.

Blue
Spruce Nominee Elly MacKay is available in Toronto Feb 27 and 28.

Many more
availability notes below!

 

Last week the OLA released its much anticipated BEST BETS LISTS and we are pleased to
share them with you.  Those persons whose
names have been bolded are also currently ABS members.

 

PICTURE BOOKS:

Boudreau, Hélène
I Dare You Not to Yawn Ill by Serge Block.

Camp, Richard Van. Little You. Ill by Julie Flett.

Gay, Marie-Louise. Read Me a Story Stella.

Grant, Joyce. Gabby. Ill by Jan Dolby.

Jocelyn, Marthe
and Nell Jocelyn. Where Do You Look?

MacKay, Elly.
If You Hold a Seed.

Snicket, Lemony. The Dark Ill by Jon Klassen.

Storms, Patricia.
Never Let You Go

Villeaneuve, Anne Loula is Leaving for Africa.

Young, Jessica. My Blue is Happy. Ill by Catia
Chien. 

Honourable Mentions:

Becker, Helaine.
Little Jack Horner Live From the Corner. Ill by Mike Boldt.

Boldt, Mike. 123 Versus ABC.

Larsen, Andrew.
In the Tree House. Ill Duŝan Petričić. 

Stinson, Kathy. The Man With the Violin. Ill by Duŝan
Petričić.

Thornhill, Jan.
Is This Panama? A Migration Story. Ill by Soyeon Kim.

 

CHIILDREN’S
FICTION:

Armstrong, K. L. and M. A. Marr. Loki’s Wolves Ill by Vivienne
To.

Britt, Fanny. Jane, the Fox & Me. Ill by Isabelle
Arsenault.

Coates, Jan L. The Power of Harmony.

DeLint, Charles The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

Lloyd, Jennifer. Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective. Ill
by Jacqui Lee.

Mack, W.C. Athlete vs. Mathlete.

MacLean, Jill.
The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden.

Stevenson, Robin.
Record Breaker.

Vansickle, Vikki. Summer Days, Starry Nights.

Honourable Mentions:

Leck, James. The Further Adventures of Jack Lime. Kids
Can Press

Marentette, Meghan. The Stowaways. Pajama Press.

 

CHILDREN’S
NON-FICTION

Birmingham, Maria. Weirdzone: Sports. Ill by Jamie
Bennett.

Editors of Chirp Magazine. Joking Around With Chirp: More
Than 130 Feather-Ruffling Jokes, Riddles, and Tongue Twisters! Ill by Bob Kain.

Glassbourg, Michael. Learn to Speak Film: a Guide to
Creating, Promoting & Screening Your Movies. Designed and Ill by Jeff
Kulak.

Jocelyn, Marthe.
Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight.

McLachlan, Brian. Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to
Creating Your Own Comics.

Mulder, Michelle. Pedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the
World.

Suneby, Elizabeth. Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream
of an Education. Ill by Suana Verelst.

Sylvester, Kevin. Showtime: Meet the People Behind the
Scenes.

Walker, Niki. Why Do We Fight?: Conflict, War, and Peace.

Winters, Kari-Lynn.
Buzz About Bees.

Non Fiction – Honourable Mentions:

Bergeron, Alain, Quintin, Michel, Sampar. Do You Know
Chameleons?

Isabella, Jude. Chitchat: Celebrating the World’s
Languages. Ill by Kathy Boake. 

Shapiro, Sheryl and Shapiro, Simon. Ladybugs Have Lots of
Spots.

Vermond, Kira.
Growing Up, Inside and Out.

Vickers, Roy Henry and Budd, Robert. Raven Brings the
Light.

 

YOUNG ADULT:

Andrews, Jan. The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley.

Bass, Karen.
Grafitti Knight.

Bow, Erin.
Sorrow’s Knot.

Johnston, Julie. Little Red Lies.

Little, Ashley. The New Normal.

MacLean, Jill.
Nix Minus One.

Mulder, Michelle. Not A Chance.

Sherrard, Valerie.
Counting Back From Nine.

Silver, Eve. Rush (The Game: Book 1).

Toten, Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.

Young Adult Honourable Mentions

Chapman, Elsie. Dualed.

Laidlaw, S.J., An Infidel in Paradise.

McNicoll, Sylvia.
Dying to Go Viral.

Ryan, Tom. Tag Along.

 

AVAILABILITY NOTES

 

OLA Nominees whose spring schedules are full: Don Aker, Helene
Boudreau, Jennifer Lanthier, Jill McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen, Valerie
Sherrard and Courtney Summers,

 

Red Maple Fiction nominee Sigmund Brouwer is available in
various parts of Ontario March 4, 19 - 21, 28 – 30 and May 12 – 16.

Blue Spruce nominee Alma Fullerton will be in the GTA the
week of March 24. Ask about other dates and locations.

Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominee Marsha Skrypuch still has
some days available in
March, April and May. Anywhere within two hours of Brantford.

Tololwa Mollel is available in the GTA for the afternoon of
Thursday April 3 only.

Silver Birch Express nominee Philippa Dowding has some
availability in Toronto from April
1 to 15, and in North Bay and Parry Sound April 28 - 30.

Celia Godkin is available in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25.
She will be speaking about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest
Bird in the World.

Red Maple nominee Joanne Levy is available in the North Bay
area April 28, Parry Sound area May 1, London area May 13, and Ottawa area on
May 15. She is also available for other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas.

Silver Birch non-fiction nominee Claire Eamer is available
in the Toronto-Kingston corridor May 19-23.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Pat Bourke is available in
North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Blue Spruce nominee Elly MacKay will be in Toronto May 6, 7
and 8.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Allan Stratton is available in
Thunder Bay on May 7th
and 8th, and in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about dates in
the GTA.

Silver Birch Express nominee Beth Goobie is available in the
GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver Birch Fiction nominee Ria Voros will be in London May
9 – 11 and in Toronto the mornings of May 13 and 14.

White Pine Non-Fiction nominee Marion Brooker is available
in the Toronto area around the time of the awards.

White Pine Fiction nominee Colleen Nelson is available in
the Toronto area all day May 12 and in the
 
morning May 13.

John Wilson will be in Guelph on March 4 and Ottawa March 5
to 12. John is offering a special rate of $500 per half day (2 sessions) and no
expenses.

Sharon McKay is available within a wide range from Burlington
(Simcoe to Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

 

To see the full list of the OLA nominees we can book for
you, visit
http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

 

Wondering who else we represent?

A full list of our Ontario members can be found here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/2043.html

And members from other provinces are here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/131811.html

Our newsletters let you know when they’re visiting Ontario.

 

Questions? Comments? We’re listening!

Marsha & Valerie

Contact us at abs@authorsbooking.com

We respond quickly to all e-mails – usually within a day or
two. Please note: If you haven’t had a reply to messages sent to the above
address within 2 working days, your message may have gone astray. In that case,
please contact either of us at home. Valerie Sherrard: valeri@nbnet.nb.ca or
Marsha Skrypuch:
marsha@calla.com

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We’re delighted to share the names of ABS members with titles on:

The Year’s Best Books (20103) from Resource Links

 

Picture Books

Becker, Helaine. Little Jack Horner Live From The Corner. Ill Mike Boldt.

Charles, Veronica Martenova. It’s Not About The Ball! Ill David Parkins.

Charles, Veronica Martenova. It’s Not About The Beanstalk! Ill David Parkins.

Charles, Veronica Martenova. It’s Not About The Diamonds! Ill David Parkins.

Charles, Veronica Martenova. It’s Not About The Straw! Ill David Parkins.

Charles, Veronica Martenova. It’s Not About The Tiny Girl! Ill David Parkins.

Edwards, Wallace. Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe.

Endrulat, Harry. The Adventures Of Franklin And His Friends: A Collection Of 8 Stories. Ill Brenda Clarke.

Fagan, Cary. Oy, Feh, So? Ill Gary Clement.

Jennings, Sharon. Franklin’s Big Book Of Stories: A Collection Of 6 First Readers.

Jocelyn, Marthe. Where Do You Look? Ill Nell Jocelyn.

Little, Jean. On A Snowy Night. Ill Brian Deines.

Maclear, Kyo. Mr. Flux. Ill Matt Stephens.

Storms, Patricia. Never Let You Go.

 

Fiction Grades 3-6

Brouwer, Sigmund. Justine Mckeen And The Bird Nerd Il Dave Whamond.

Little, Jean. From Anna.

Maclean, Jill. The Hidden Agenda Of Sigrid Sugden.

Stratton, Allan. Curse Of The Dream Witch.

Torres, J. Into The Woods (Bigfoot Boy Series). Ill Faith Erin Hicks.

Nonfiction Grades 3 – 6

Bow, James Electrical Engineering And The Science Of Circuits (Engineering In Action Series).

Jocelyn, Marthe. Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises To Hide In Plain Sight.

Wilson, Janet. Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing The World.

Winters, Kari-Lynn. Buzz About Bees.

 

Fiction Grades 7-12

Bass, Karen. Graffiti Knight.

Grant, Vicki. Triggered (Orca Soundings Series).

Hyde, Nathalie. Hockey Girl.

Jaimet, Kate. Break Point (Orca Sports)

Mcnicoll, Sylvia. Dying To Go Viral.

Scarsbrook, Richard. Nothing Man And The Purple Zero.

Sobat, Gail Sidone. Not With A Bang.

Walters, Eric. Power Play.

Wilson, John. Stolen (Orca Currents)

 

Non-Fiction Grades 7-12

Bow, James. Aston Martin (Superstar Cars Series).

Zweig, Eric. Stanley Cup: 120 Years Of Hockey Supremacy

 

French Resources

Little, Jean. Perdue Dans La Neige. Illustrated By Brian Deines.

Nielsen, Susin. Les Maux d’Ambroise Bukowski. Translated By Rachel Martinez.

Storms, Patricia. Toujours Avec Moi

 

News

Frieda Wishinsky’s Freedom Heroines
was chosen as one of the titles on year’s Amelia Bloomer List of books
with significant feminist content that will appeal to young readers.

Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance: War Brothers: The Graphic Novel;
Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2014 Great Graphic
Novels for Teens List (one of the Top Ten titles on the list). It has
also been selected for the 2014 USBBY Outstanding International Book
honor list.

 

New Releases:

Megan Crewe: The Worlds We Make (Fallen
World #3) Contact with the CDC gives Kaelyn and her companions hope
that they can finally end the “friendly flu.” But as the Wardens close
in, Kaelyn has to compromise her morals to protect her group and the
precious vaccine they’re carrying—and even that might not be enough.
Ages 13+ Science Fiction

 

Larry Verstraete: Life or Death: Surviving the Impossible.
When the stakes are high, survival is remote, and the path ahead is
riddled with pitfalls, what does it take to beat impossible odds?  More
than 30 riveting and true stories of people who did just that.  8-14
years, non-fiction adventure

 

Your Turn!

Marla Cook had this to say about a recent visit from Marsha Skrypuch:

The feedback I have received from our
students has been awesome. Everyone LOVED your presentations and are so
inspired to read, and read more of your books. Bombs for Hitler copies
were all gone by 8:40 a.m! There were so many inspired and motivated
students.

 


Availability Notes by Date

 

Sorry!!! The
following OLA Nominees schedules are now full: Helene Boudreau, Jennifer
Lanthier, Jill McLean, Susin Neilsen, David Poulsen, Valerie Sherrard
and Courtney Summers.

Blue Spruce nominee Alma Fullerton will be in the GTA  Feb. 17 -19 and the week of March 24.

Calgary writer, Cathy Ostlere is available in Metro Toronto February 19 and 21.

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto area on Feb 24 and 25.

Blue Spruce nominated author and illustrator Elly MacKay will be in Toronto Feb 27 and 28, and again on May 6, 7 and 8.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee Sigmund
Brouwer is available in various parts of Ontario March 4, 19 - 21, 28 –
30 and again May 12 – 16.

Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominee Marsha Skrypuch still has some days available in
March, April and May. Anywhere within two hours of Brantford

Tololwa Mollel is available in the GTA for the afternoon of Thursday April 3 only

Silver Birch Express author Philippa Dowding has some availability in Toronto from April
1st to 15th, and in North Bay and Parry Sound at the end of April (April 28th, 29th, 30th).

Celia
Godkin is available for readings in the GTA on April 23, 24 and 25. She
will be speaking about her new title, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird
in the World.

Red Maple Nominee Joanne Levy is
available in the North Bay area April 28, Parry Sound area May 1,
London area May 13, and Ottawa area on May 15. She is also available for
other dates in the GTA and Hamilton areas.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Pat Bourke is available in North Bay on April 28th,and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Allan Stratton is available in Thunder Bay on May 7th
and 8th, and in London on May 13. Travel fees waived. Also, ask about dates in the GTA.

Silver Birch Express Nominee Beth Goobie is available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Ria Voros
will be in London starting Friday, May 9 – 11 and in Toronto the
mornings of May 13 and 14.

White Pine Non-Fiction Nominee Marion Brooker is available in the Toronto area around the time of the awards.

White Pine Fiction Nominee Colleen Nelson is available for school and library visits on May 12 and the morning of May 13.

John Wilson will be in Guelph on March 4
and Ottawa March 5 to 12. He will be focussing on Lost Cause, one of
the wildly successful 7Series, and Graves of Ice, his latest
contribution to the I Am Canada series but is also happy to talk about
any of his 40 titles to anyone from grade 4 to 12. John is booking half
or full days at $500+GST for a half day (2 sessions) or $1,000+GST for a
full day (4 sessions). No expense charges.

Sharon McKay is available within a wide range from Burlington (Simcoe to Oshawa) on May 13, 14 and 15.

 

To see the full list of the OLA nominees we can book for you, visit http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

 

 

Wondering whom else we represent?

A full list of our Ontario members can be found here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/2043.html

 

And members from other provinces are here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/131811.html

 

Our newsletters let you know when they’re visiting Ontario.

 

Questions? Comments? We’re listening!

Marsha & Valerie

Contact us at abs@authorsbooking.com

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Do you love these authors? Book them
while you can!

 

 

White Pine nominee, Don
Aker
has a single spot available this school year. On
May 15th, he’ll finish a session at Jean Vanier
Catholic HS in Richmond Hill at 9:30am. He will be presenting at
the St. Lawrence Library on Front Street at 2. He has room
between these two sessions for one gig if the logistics are
right. Email us at abs@authorsbooking.com
if you think you can host him for this slot.

Calgary writer, Cathy
Ostlere
, will be available for Metro Toronto school
visits for two days: Wednesday, February 19th and
Friday, February 21st.

Karen Bass is
available in the GTA January 28 & 29.

Margriet Ruurs
is available in the Toronto area on Feb 24 and 25.

Tololwa M Mollel
is available in the GTA from April 1 to 3, 2014.

Sharon McKay
will be in the Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton area for a few
days at the end of May 2014. Book now to avoid disappointment.


 


And
we can’t forget our 7th out of province presenter!

Sigmund
Brouwer
will be in Ontario on these dates:

March
4-6
March 19-21
March 28-30
May 12-16




Welcome,
Elly MacKay!

We are pleased to announce that
Blue Spruce nominated author and illustrator Elly MacKay has now
signed on to Authors’ Booking Service! This Owen Sound artist
will be in Toronto Feb 27 and 28, and May 6, 7 and 8.
Visit here
for further details:

Contact us early at
abs@authorsbooking.com to avoid disappointment.


Marsha
Skrypuch, presentation

Making
Bombs for Hitler
and Underground Soldier


Wed Jan 28th at 7pm

St Vladimir Centre, 620
Spadina Ave, Toronto ON

books available for sale and
autograph


Philippa
Dowding Book Launch!

Philippa Dowding
will be launching her next middle-grade novel, The Strange Gift
of Gwendolyn Golden, at Yorkdale Indigo on Saturday February
1st, from 2:00 to 3:30. Come and say hello and get a signed
copy.


Sorry – schedules
filling up!

Blue Spruce nominee Helene
Boudreau’s
schedule is now FULL

Silver Birch Express Fiction and
Golden Oak Nominee Jennifer Lanthier’s schedule
is now FULL

Red Maple Fiction nominee Valerie
Sherrard’s
schedule is now FULL.

White Pine Fiction nominee Jill
MacLean
’s schedule is now FULL

White Pine Fiction nominee Courtney
Summers
’ schedule is now FULL.


Forest of Reading
Availability Notes

Silver Birch Express author Philippa
Dowding
has some availability in Toronto from April
1st to 15th, and in North Bay and Parry Sound at the end of
April (April 28th, 29th, 30th).

Silver Birch Express Fiction
Nominee Beth Goobie is available in the GTA
from May 7 – 15.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee
Allan Stratton
is available in Thunder Bay on May 7th
and 8th, and in London on May 13. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee
Pat Bourke
is available in North Bay on April 28th,
and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominee
Marsha Skrypuch
still has some days available in
March, April and May. Anywhere within two hours of Brantford.

Red Maple Nominee
Cynthia D’Entremont
is available in the GTA
January 27 & 28.

Red Maple Nominee Joanne
Levy
is available in the North Bay area April 28,
Parry Sound area May 1, London area May 13, and Ottawa area on
May 15. She is also available for other dates in the GTA and
Hamilton areas.

Red Maple Nominee Ria
Voros
is available in the London area May 8 & 9,
and mornings only in Toronto May 13 and 14.


 

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What do you get when you combine 113 Durham TLs and 17 ABS authors & illustrators?

Absolute magic!

 

 

Here’s the list of ABS authors who attended this wonderful event held
at the DDSB Education Centre on Monday, organized by ABS, and the
amazing Richard Reid:

Martin Springett, Shane Peacock, David Carroll, Helaine
Becker, Karen Krossing, Richard Scarsbrook, Alma Fullerton, Tim Beiser,
Ted Staunton, J. Torres, Rene Schmidt, L.M. Falcone, Karen Patkau,
Wesley King, Bill Swan, Pat Bourke
and Marsha Skrypuch.

Each author had a table with their books for autograph and sale, plus
an info flyer about their presentations for the TLs to take home with
them. Also available was a “Tips for Author Visits” handout. After some
initial schmoozing, each author gave a two minute talk, and then there
was more time for schmoozing and book buying.

Richard Reid, from all of us at ABS: Thank you for the great
organizing, the pizza, the press releases … and most of all the
ENTHUSIASM!

Comments overhead from the TLs:

“All 17 presenters were so different from each other and they all sound amazing! Now, which one will I invite first?”

“I’ve never hosted an author visit. Now I’m anxious to have one!”

“I’ve always invited the same authors year after year, but having
the opportunity to listen to these 17 authors has given me new ideas!”

Here’s a photo of the ABS authors with some of the TLs:

 17 authors + Durham TLs

 

 

This just in –

 

Calgary writer, Cathy Ostlere, will be available for
Metro Toronto school visits for two days: Wednesday, February 19th and
Friday, February 21st. Contact us now to avoid disappointment. For more
info, go here:

http://authorsbooking.com/2043/authors/Cathy_Ostlere.html

 

Out of Province Availability

Karen Bass is available in the GTA January 28 & 29.

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto area on Feb 24 and 25.

Tololwa M Mollel is available in the GTA from April 1 to 3, 2014.

Sharon McKay will be in the Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton area for a few days at the end of May 2014. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Sorry – schedules filling up!

Blue Spruce nominee Helene Boudreau’s schedule is now FULL

Silver Birch Express Fiction and Golden Oak Nominee Jennifer Lanthier’s schedule is now FULL

Red Maple Fiction nominee Valerie Sherrard’s schedule is now FULL.

White Pine Fiction nominee Jill MacLean’s schedule is now FULL

White Pine Fiction nominee Don Aker’s schedule is now FULL.

 

Forest of Reading Availability Notes

Silver Birch Express Fiction Nominee Beth Goobie is available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Allan Stratton is available in Thunder Bay on May 7th and 8th, and in London on May 13. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Pat Bourke is available in North Bay on April 28th, and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominee Marsha Skrypuch still has some days available in March, April and May. Anywhere within two hours of Brantford.

Times New Roman”;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-CA;mso-fareast-language:EN-CA;mso-bidi-font-weight:
bold”>Red Maple Nominee Cynthia D’Entremont is available in the GTA January 27
& 28.

Red Maple Nominee Joanne Levy is available in the
North Bay area April 28, Parry Sound area May 1, London area May 13, and
Ottawa area on May 15. She is also available for other dates in the GTA
and Hamilton areas.

Maple Nominee Susin Nielsen is available for 2 sessions in Toronto on the morning of May 13.

Red Maple Nominee Ria Voros is available in the London area May 8 &
9, and mornings only in Toronto May 13 and 14.

White Pine Nominee David Poulsen has one half day still available in the Scarborough area — the morning of Monday May 12..

To contact us, send your email to: 

abs@authorsbooking.com 

Here is the direct link to our presenters. 

And here is the direct link for our Forest of Reading nominees. 

Looking for tips on how to host an awesome author visit? Go here. 

 

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01/08/14
The time to book is Now!
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Happy New Year, School and Library Staff! 

Giving thanks to all of you who have booked authors and illustrators through our service. To contact us, send your email to:

abs@authorsbooking.com

Here is the direct link to our presenters.

And here is the direct link for our Forest of Reading nominees.

Looking for tips on how to host an awesome author visit? Go here.

 

News

Congratulations to David Carroll and Sharon McKay, both of whom are finalists for the 2013 Cybils – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. David’s Ultra was shortlisted in the Middle Grade Fiction category and Sharon’s War Brothers was shortlisted in the YA Graphic Novel category. 

Marsha Skrypuch’s Underground Soldier, companion novel to her Silver Birch winning Making Bombs for Hitler has just been released. Look for it in the Scholastic flyer and bookstores near you.

Here’s what Marla Cook had to say about a recent visit by Marsha:

The feedback I have received from our students has been awesome.
Everyone LOVED your presentations and are so inspired to read, and read
more of your books. Bombs for Hitler copies were all gone by 8:40 a.m!
There were so many inspired and motivated students.
 

 

Out of Province Availability

Sharon McKay will be in the Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton area January 25th. One day only until April, 2014.

Karen Bass is available in the GTA January 28 & 29.

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto area the week of Feb 24.

Tololwa M Mollel is available in the GTA from April 1 to 3, 2014.

 

Sorry – schedules filling up!

Blue Spruce nominee Helene Boudreau’s schedule is now FULL

Silver Birch Express Fiction and Golden Oak Nominee Jennifer Lanthier’s schedule is now FULL

White Pine Fiction nominee Jill MacLean’s schedule is now FULL

White Pine Fiction nominee Don Aker’s schedule is now FULL

 

Forest of Reading Availability Notes

Silver Birch Express Fiction Nominee Beth Goobie is available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Allan Stratton is available in Thunder Bay on May 7th and 8th, and in London on May 13. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Pat Bourke is available in North Bay on April 28th, and in Parry Sound on May 1. Travel fees waived.

Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominee Marsha Skrypuch still has some days available in March, April and May. Anywhere within two hours of Brantford.

Red Maple Nominee Cynthia D’Entremont is available in the GTA January 27
& 28.

Maple Nominee Susin Nielsen is available for 2 sessions in Toronto on the morning of May 13.

Red Maple Nominee Valerie Sherrard is available in the GTA on May 6 and 13.

Red Maple Nominee Ria Voros is available in the London area May 8 & 9, and mornings only in Toronto May 13 and 14.

White Pine Nominee David Poulsen is available in the GTA mid May.

 

Ice Storm 

Rene Schmidt sent us his Holiday story late, but it seems rather fitting to share it with you now:

    Watching the news about Toronto’s ice storm and people being
inconvenienced at Christmas made me think of a Christmas many years ago
when I was a student.

   It was Christmas Eve in the early 1980’s and I was driving
taxi in the north end of Toronto through a snowstorm. The roads were
empty. Sensible individuals were home with their families. While taking a
fare north, well out of the city limits, I saw a man walking southbound
wearing just a thin jacket, street shoes and no hat.   

   My paying fare conned me into driving many miles farther than I
intended, but I kept thinking about the walking man. A half hour later
when I returned southbound the man was still hoofing it.  I pulled over
to offer him a ride, but he waved me away. 

“It’s free.  It’s Christmas.” I shouted.  He tried to speak but
his mouth was too cold to form words. It took a while to convince him I
wasn’t going to charge him money.  Finally he got in.

When he could talk, he told of walking for over an hour to visit
friends in Richmond Hill.  He arrived only to find nobody home, so he
was walking back again. 

I wondered what it must be like to have nobody, really, to share
Christmas with.  I’d like to say that I took him for dinner, or gave him
a gift, or began a friendship, but I didn’t.  I simply drove him back
to an apartment building he said he lived at.  And I wondered about
him.  

I wonder about him yet.

 

 

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12/16/13
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ABS logo

 

Joyous Greetings from All of Us to All of You this Holiday Season!

Once
again we are delighted to send out a special ABS Holiday newsletter,
with stories, recipes, crafts and more from our members – our gift to
each of you.

 

 

David Anderson's Christmas Forest of Reading

David Anderson’s Christmas Forest of Reading

 

Home for Christmas by Valerie Sherrard

When
I was a young mother I worked as a counter girl at a local donut shop.
Christmas Eve Day was cold and blustery, customers were few and I was
anxious for the shift to end. About an hour before closing, a young man
came in and ordered a coffee and a donut. When he paid, I saw that there
was writing on his hand and I asked him about it. He told me he’d been
hiking for days trying to get home to his daughter by Christmas. One
driver who’d picked him up had been drunk and driving wild. With no ID
on him, my customer had feared he would be killed and no one would know
who he was to inform his family. He turned his palm toward me and I saw
he’d written a name, phone number and the words, “I love you,” there. A
bit later, warmed and eager to continue the few hours left to his
destination, he hurried out to the side of the road and I watched
joyfully when a transport stopped for him. Many years have passed but
the lesson of what is truly important in life has not faded. Family,
love and home.

Building Graham Cracker Houses  by Sylvia McNicoll

First
my three children, now my six grandchildren, love creating candy
Christmas houses. Laura Williams, the librarian at Burlington Central,
began our tradition of gluing graham cracker squares into houses with
royal icing (beat 4 egg whites and a teaspoon of lemon juice, gradually
adding 4 cups icing sugar until the mixture is paste-like) and then
decorating them with treats. (Icing glue walls to a paper plate, or
cardboard base. Glue “roof” on top and candy everywhere.) Part of the
joy includes choosing the candy, usually at Bulk Barn. One year Santa’s
sleigh, drawn by eight jujube rats, adorned the top of a flat-roofed
garage. Every year the walls lean over (and fall!) under the weight of
the treats. Teaches us patience as well as engineering skills. Stuffing
the inside of the graham cracker walls with extra sweets is the kids’
perennial secret. The houses lose their decorations over the holidays as
they sneak away candy but the secret stash lasts right to the end.

 


Ted Staunton’s First Christmas Story

The
first time I thought there might be something to this writing business
came when Mrs. Ross, my grade four (and all time favorite) teacher asked
our class to write Christmas stories.

    As
usual, I was stumped for something to write about. I was also a recent
convert to Santa skepticism. While the rest of the class wrote about
crises at the North Pole toy workshop or finding ponies under the
Christmas tree, I knocked out a short piece about how I’d come to
suspect there was no Santa because last Christmas Eve I’d left a peanut
butter sandwich out for the big guy and the next morning noticed guess
what on my dad’s pillow when I roared in to wake the folks. It was the
first writing I ever did that felt natural to me. I actually liked doing
it.

    Mrs.
Ross, bless her heart, gave me and A and said it was funny. I loved
that word. It was a new one in relation to me; I was a serious little
kid. And it set me on the low path to frivolity and perdition I’ve been
treading ever since. Thanks, Mrs. Ross, and Merry Christmas.

Gingerbread House by Kate Jaimet

How to make a gingerbread house:

1.
Buy the amazing cast-iron gingerbread house mold from Lee Valley Tools.
Follow enclosed recipe for the gingerbread house pieces.

2.
Make Royal Icing using a recipe from the Internet. Do not let your kids
help. Royal Icing requires patience, focus, and steady hands, none of
which are characteristics of childhood. If the Royal Icing fails, the
house will collapse (see photo). During icing-making, send kids and
spouse to purchase candy decorations.

3.
On a large, flat surface (eg. cutting board) assemble gingerbread house
using Royal Icing as mortar. For a piping bag, cut one corner off a
Ziplock bag and squeeze icing through the hole. Don’t attempt to put the
chimney on the roof. Eat chimney pieces instead. Store remaining icing
in an airtight container, otherwise it will solidify like concrete.

4.
Do not let children decorate the gingerbread house right away.
Especially, don’t let them decorate the roof, as the weight of the
candies will cause the sloping roof pieces to slide off of the wall
pieces, and the house will collapse. Go tobogganing. When you return,
glue the candies on the house with the Royal Icing.

5. Display proudly.

 

Kate's Gingerbread House

Kate Jaimet’s Gingerbread House

 

A Poem from Joanne Levy

Twas the first night of Hanukkah and all through the house,

The entire Levy family sat, each grandchild and spouse.

We lit the candles while speaking in prayer,

Giving thanks for the miracle that once happened there.

And then we sat at the massive dining table

Dad at the head, so to tell us the fable

Of the tiny vial of oil, that lasted 8 nights

And this is why it’s the festival of lights.

On to the food, the focus of the day.

Donuts, latkes, roasts, oy vey!

Mom made it all, served it on a platter;

Amazing how, every year we got fatter.

In the end she’d give out the gelt,

Chocolate coins that told just how she felt;

She loved her family and so did our dad

Despite all the times when we’d been very bad.

Because they knew what holidays are for:

Getting family together like days of yore

To celebrate love and family, blessings and peace,

And most especially, foods fried in grease.

Courtney Summers’ Roasted Carrot Soup

In our household, recipes are loose guidelines.  

Use as much of or as little of the following ingredients to serve the amount of people at your table.

More veggies = more soup!

Chop the following in small pieces:

Potatoes (peeled)

Carrots (always put more carrots in than anything else!)

Onions

Garlic

Toss veggies in a bowl with extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper and dried dill (to taste)

Spread
on baking sheet and roast in oven at 470F for 30 min (or less–watch
for burning with small chopped veggies, high heat and short roast
times!)

Blend roasted veggies with vegetable broth, using as much or little broth as needed to achieve your desired consistency.

Serve; garnish with a dollop of sour cream, sprinkling of dill, and/or a few croutons.

 

Andrew Larsen’s Christmas Deliveries

Like
my two older brothers, I had a paper route by the time I was ten. For
us newspaper boys, Christmas meant big tips from our many customers.

I wasn’t so keen, however, when I learned that I had to deliver newspapers on Christmas morning.

Just wait,” said my brothers, knowingly. “It’ll be awesome.”

It
snowed on Christmas Eve as we drove home from my grandparents. Waking
up the next morning, I didn’t bother to check my Christmas
stocking…not yet.  First,I had deliveries of my own to make.

The
sky was still dark. The snow was deep and untouched. The only thing I
heard as I made my deliveries was the sound of my breathing and the
crunch of snow beneath my feet. The solitude was exhilarating. My
brothers were right.

I
left a trail of footprints leading from door to door to door. My
footsteps were the only ones marking our neighbourhood. I returned home,
after my deliveries, and fell back into a deep sleep.

Looking back, I wonder if anyone mistook my Christmas footprints for Santa’s…


Polar Bear by Karen Patkau

Polar Bear by Karen Patkau

 

 

Kathy Kacer’s Tower of Latkes

I
am getting ready to make latkes (potato pancakes) for our Chanukah
party, food fest and talent show (yes, we are a crazy performing
family). There are usually a lot of people who come for this annual
event and this year is no exception; we’re expecting about 30 family
members and friends. That means that I will be making more than 200
latkes! The goal in latke-making is to produce the crispiest pancake
imaginable, and trust me, over the years I’ve experimented with many
methods for achieving this; hand grating, food processor grating,
squeezing out the water, adding back the starch, deep oil, minimum oil,
baking - you name it, I’ve tried it! I think it’s safe to say that some
years I hit it right, and other years my latkes are sadly on the “limp”
side. But no matter how they turn out, my guests always generously
praise me for the effort. And I rarely have even one latke left over.
That’s a good thing!

Catherine Austen’s Twelve Days of Christmas!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my librarian gave to me

twelve ace detectives,

eleven evil villains,

ten red herrings,

nine apparitions,

eight lost relations,

seven creepy neighbours,

six cruel beauties,

five dumb jocks,

four nerdy sidekicks,

three best friends,

two star-crossed lovers,

and a hero in a mystery.

A Tradition was Born

by Karen Bass

My
daughter’s due date was December 29th, but I was hoping she’d wait
until January 2nd. That was my late grandfather’s birthdate, and in our
tiny hospital, it guaranteed winning the New Year’s baby gifts.

    But
I went into labour on Christmas Eve, and she arrived early Christmas
morning. A year later, we had to cope with the problem facing Christmas
babies everywhere: how to make sure they don’t feel short-changed. We
had birthday cake, balloons and a banner to hang, birthday favours, and
of course, presents wrapped in birthday paper. But it was still
Christmas.

    My
father solved that problem. When our noon meal ended, he stood and
declared that Christmas was over and it was now Kristen’s birthday.
 Nothing changed except our attitudes, because our Christmases have
always been primarily about getting together with family, but it was
enough. Through the years our daughter has never complained about
feeling ripped off.

    A tradition was born on her first birthday: at noon, one party ends and another begins. Attitude truly makes all the difference.

Julie Burtinshaw’s Christmas Eve Read Aloud

Christmas
Eve in our home is a special time, and not just because Santa Clause is
airborne! It’s about books. Electronic devices, phones, tablets and TVs
are put away for the Holidays, replaced by books and conversation. On
December 24th, after we’ve had our fill of homemade eggnog and
tourtiere, and just before we head off to bed, the family gathers around
for ‘Read Out Loud Time.’ Everyone, no matter their age, looks forward
to this. We always read the same books; The Night Before Christmas and
The Cremation of Sam McGee. These are two very different poems, one
traditional to the season and the other not, but they are equally loved
by all of us. When guests join our family, they are often surprised by
our choices of readings, but never disappointed. For a brief period of
time, we are all transported to the land of the midnight sun and the
strange adventures of a desperate miner, and then it’s time to imagine
the yearly, nocturnal visits of a generous, funny man in a red suit!
Merry Christmas!

Dumbarton Cup Street Hockey Tournament by Colleen Nelson

Years
ago, when hockey became not just a game, but on obsession for our two
boys, we began holding the Dumbarton Cup Street Hockey Tournament. (Our
street name is Dumbarton Blvd.) At 1pm on New Years Day, cars loaded
with kids in snowsuits and jerseys start to arrive. Nets are set up,
teams are made and O’ Canada is sung at centre ice. As soon as it is
‘Game On’, my husband’s ref whistle is out. The clack of wooden sticks
and cheering can be heard down the street, often bringing other
neighbours out of their cozy houses to watch the fun.

One
year the weather turned nasty a few hours before the Dumbarton Cup was
to begin, -30 degrees and blowing snow. I worried no one would show up.
But, when we opened the garage, kids hopped out of their cars with
parents in tow. Not much stops Manitoba kids from a game of street
hockey!

Each
year, the Dumbarton Cup grows. Some kids have graduated and come back
to ref and others who were cuddled in a Baby Bjorn in the first years
are now out on the rink, stick in hand. Hearing our friends and
neighbors laughter on even the coldest winter days are what holidays are
all about.

Natalie Hyde’s Gingerbread Carousel

We love making a gingerbread carousel instead of a house for Christmas.

All you need is:

Gingerbread
dough (enough to make two 9 inch (23 cm) circles as well as 6 carousel
animals (I use a reindeer cookie cutter for ours)

19 candy canes (plus a couple extra in case of breakage)

9 Oreo cookies

royal icing

candies for decorating

Cut
the curved ends off all the candy canes, taking care to make them all
the same length. Glue seven together with icing to make a central
pillar. Use royal icing to glue the pillar to the centre of the base
circle. Glue decorated carousel animals to six more of the candy canes.
Glue these ‘poles’, spaced evenly around the base, about 1” from outer
edge. Make a stack of ‘glued’ Oreo cookies for the centre of the top
circle. Angle and glue six more candy canes from the top of the stack to
the gingerbread ‘roof’. Put dabs of glue on top of the poles and pillar
and carefully place top circle, making edges even with the base. Use
royal icing, candies and sprinkles to decorate.

Pat Bourke’s Mystery Gifts

My
extended family moved away from traditional gifts to a fun tradition of
mystery gifts once the youngest children were old enough to enjoy the
fun. Each family member brings a wrapped mystery gift to our family
get-together in December. Gifts tend toward inventive and inexpensive,
with imaginative wrapping encouraged–think camouflage. We draw names to
determine the order. After the first recipient has chosen a mystery
gift from the pile and opened it, subsequent recipients have a choice:
They can choose an unopened mystery gift from the pile, or take an
opened mystery gift away from any other earlier recipient.  The now
gift-less earlier recipient can then choose an unopened mystery gift
from the pile, or take an opened mystery gift from another  earlier
recipient. One choice per gift-less recipient per round prevents an
infinite loop of take-backs.  It’s always fun at the end for the group
to try and guess who provided which mystery gift.

Rebecca Bender’s Mini Cheesecakes

This
recipe a good one to try with kids; my 3-year-old had fun filling the
cupcake pan with liners and vanilla wafers while I worked on the cake
batter.

What you need:

12 cupcake liners (large)

12 vanilla wafers

250 g of cream cheese (room temperature)

3/4 c sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 can of your favourite pie filling or preserves (cherry, strawberry, blueberry)

Preparation:

Preheat
oven to 350º. Line the pans with cupcake liners and place vanilla wafer
in bottom of each. In mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon
juice and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill liners 2/3 full. Bake 15
to 20 minutes, until set. Remove from oven, cool and top each
cheesecake with pie filling or preserves. Enjoy!

Robin Baird Lewis

I
greet this Christmas 2013 (that year already!??) by delivering my usual
hand made cards. To acknowledge absent family members, I also felt an
urgent need of candlesticks that sent me scrabbling around in storage to
find as many of any decent sort I could use.  Taper candles are passe
these days, the smelly votive kind more popular due to cost and safety
perhaps.  And yet… an array of odd numbered candlesticks cheerily
alight amidst small, low sprays of real cedar, pine and balsam, shining
on the long narrow brass tray as our dining table centre piece…
that is
a Christmas memory of family gatherings for sixty years that will last
forever for me.  I hope to honour it with a similar arrangement this
year on my table, featuring it on my Christmas card as well.

And
then my father’s grace shall be said : “O Star of Bethleham which led
Wise Men from the East, Shine upon our revels and sanctify our Feast!”
after which he would invariably add: “God give heart to the bereaved and
shut ins and GOD BLESS the Cook!”

David Poulsen’s Christmas Pasta Salad

For
as long as I can remember, the Christmas dinner has been my favourite
part of the holiday season–as much a part of our family celebration as
the tree, the lights, the gifts, the music and my reading of “Night
Before Christmas” to the grandkids…and this salad occupies a prominent
spot on the table and in our tummies.

 

Christmas Pasta Salad (Acini De Pepe)

1 cup white sugar

2 tbsps flour

dash of salt

2 eggs beaten

1 20 oz can pineapple - drain and reserve juice

1 1/2 cups Acini de Pepe pasta *

1 cup orange segments - cut into small pieces

1/2 pkg miniature marshmallows

1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained (optional)

1 cup whipped cream or 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping (thawed)

Combine
sugar, flour, salt, eggs and pineapple juice in saucepan. Cook slowly
until thick. Boil pasta until tender. Blanch and cool 6-8 mins. Mix
pasta with the thickened pineapple juice mixture and cool for a few
hours or overnight. Once cool, mix with remaining ingredients. Chill and
serve.

* Acini De Pepe pasta can be found in Italian grocery stores.

 

Marsha Skrypuch’s Christmases with Gramma and Grampa

Christmas
dinner at my grandparents’ house was an unbreakable tradition all
through my childhood. Despite the fact that my grandmother had the care
of her invalid husband and mother-in-law, ran a beauty salon from her
front parlour, and had adopted a baby five years earlier, she insisted
on cooking Christmas dinner herself every year for our large extended
family. Here’s a photo of me at Gramma and Grampa’s, when I was six
years old, with my older sister Cheryl (left), and Auntie PJ (middle):

 

Marsha's Christmas 1960

 Marsha Skrypuch’s Christmas 1960

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12/09/13
Meet Kari Trogen
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 10:03 am

Coming Next Week!!

Be sure to watch your inbox next week for our
yearly Holiday Newsletter, with stories, poems, images and recipes from our
members. In the meantime, if you’d like to browse our holiday newsletters from
years gone by, you can do so on our blog!

Here’s a link to previous Holiday
Newsletters
.

This just in!

We are pleased to announce that Silver Birch Express Nominee Beth Goobie will be in Ontario and
available for school and library presentations from May 7 – 15. Contact us
today to arrange a visit.

Meet the Author: Kari Trogen

Q:
What did you do before you became a writer?

A:
After my master’s degree in English and creative writing, I worked as a writer
at a university and at a non-profit, with a yearlong stint in publishing school
and an internship/job at a publisher — my future publisher Kids Can Press, as
it turned out! Shortly before “Margaret and the Moth Tree” was
published, I became (and still am) a freelancer.

Q:
What is the strangest question you’ve ever been asked about your craft?

A:
I’ll never forget the little girl who raised her hand during my first school
visit, wanting to know “which way the wind was blowing” in the scene when
Margaret discovers the moth tree. I don’t know if you ever get used to readers
thinking so deeply about something you made up. It’s always surreal to me, as
if someone else invented these characters and I am hearing about them for the
first time.

Q:
What is the most difficult thing about your work as a writer?

A:
At first, it was the solitude that was most difficult. Contrary to what I
thought about myself before, being an introvert doesn’t mean you will
automatically thrive as a hermit! My writing partner Brit and I were working on
separate projects at that time, which compounded the challenge of “too
much alone time.” I’ve come to the point where I think the answer is
kittens. I think the answer to a lot of things is kittens.

Q:
How do you handle creative blocks?

A:
I’m lucky to have a wonderful writing partner in my sister Brit, so a Skype
call with her can be a great help. I will also do something non-creative that
is related to writing, such as correspondence, marketing, research or
world-building work, or I’ll read for a short time. Writing to me seems to be a
game of tricking your brain. You are the lion tamer, and your brain is the
disobedient lion!

Out of Province Authors and
Illustrators Availability

Sharon McKay will be in the Oakville,
Burlington, Hamilton area January 25th. One day only until April, 2014.

Red Maple Nominee Cynthia
D’Entremont
is available in the GTA January 27
& 28.

Karen Bass is available in the GTA
January 28 & 29.

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto
area the week of Feb 24.

Tololwa M Mollel is available in the GTA from March 31 – April 4, 2014.

Red
Maple Nominee Susin Nielsen
is
available for 2 sessions in
Toronto on the morning of May 13.

Silver
Birch Express Fiction Nominee Beth Goobie
is available in the GTA from May 7 – 15.

Red
Maple Nominee Valerie Sherrard
is available in the GTA
on May 6 and 13.

Red Maple Nominee Ria Voros is available in the London area May 8 &
9, and mornings only in Toronto May 13 and 14.

White Pine Nominee Don Aker’s May
is available for one afternoon session within half hour of Whitby on May 5.

White Pine Nominee David Poulsen is available in the GTA mid May.

 

Contact us today to
book these and other out-of-province Forest of Reading nominees around the time
of the awards. Most Ontario-based nominees are widely available. To see the
full list of nominees we can book for you, visit
http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

You Might be Surprised to Know…

Wondering who else we
represent?

A full list of our Ontario
members can be found here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/2043.html

And members from
other provinces are here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/131811.html

Our newsletters let
you know when they’re visiting Ontario.

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12/01/13
Kathy Kacer Launch
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Don’t Miss It!

Join Kathy
Kacer
for the launch of Shanghai
Escape
on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 (presentation), 7:30 (refreshments
and book signing), at the Kiever Synagogue, 25 Bellevue Ave., Toronto.

Shanghai Escape, tells the
true story of Lily Lash who escaped from Vienna with her family in 1938 and
made her way to Shanghai, China. Shanghai was one of the few places to admit
Jewish refugees escaping from Europe’s anti-Semitism during the Second World
War.

Lily will be at Thursday’s launch, along with
special guest Olivia Chow. All are welcome!

Book Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our recent quiz
contest.
  Marcelle Casciaro was the
winner of Marsha Skrypuch’s Making Bombs for Hitler, while Joanne
Ledlow snapped up a copy of Valerie
Sherrard’s
Counting Back from Nine.

Thanks to everyone who played! We had 17 qualifying
entries.

Who We Are

Authors’
Booking Service was formed in April of 2006 by two Canadian authors who had
been unable to find a booking service that met their needs. If you’d like to
know more about the gals behind ABS, you might enjoy checking out these
interviews:

CANSCAIP
Interview with Valerie
Sherrard

IBBY
Interview with Marsha
Skrypuch

Meet the Author: LM Falcone

What did you do
before you became a writer/illustrator?

I had quite a few
jobs before becoming a writer. First, I became an elementary school teacher
(specializing in Kindergarten). Oh, how I love the little ones! When I moved to
Los Angeles to become a famous screenwriter, I took a job with a catering
company at  MGM Studios. I catered for two series – The Golden Girls – and
Empty Nest. When I returned to Canada, I became a Private Investigator with the
Acadia Investigation Bureau.

What is the most
difficult thing about your work as a writer/illustrator?

By far, the most
difficult thing about being a writer is being asked to re-write what I think is
already absolutely fabulous! Surprisingly, the re-writes always end up
improving the project.

What is one of your
guilty pleasures?

This is an easy one –
Tim Horton’s Boston Cream donuts! When I see the shiny chocolate coating, I’m a
gonner. Nothing can stop me from buying and devouring one – sometimes two!

Out of Province Authors and
Illustrators Availability

Sharon McKay is available in the Oakville-Toronto
area the last two weeks of each month.

Red Maple Nominee Cynthia
D’Entremont
is available in the GTA January 27
& 28.

Karen Bass is available in the GTA
January 28 & 29.

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto
area the week of Feb 24.

Tololwa M Mollel is available in the GTA from March 31 – April 4, 2014.

Red
Maple Nominee Susin Nielsen
is
available for 2 sessions in
Toronto on the morning of May 13.

Red
Maple Nominee Valerie Sherrard
is available in the Ottawa
area: May 5 and 6, in Toronto mornings
only: May 8, 12 and 15 and in the GTA
on May 13.

White Pine Nominee Don Aker’s May
availability is now as follows: One afternoon session within half hour of Whitby on May 5, and 1-2 morning
sessions in Toronto on May 13.

White Pine Nominee David Poulsen is available in the GTA mid May.

Contact us today to
book these and other out-of-province Forest of Reading nominees around the time
of the awards. Most Ontario-based nominees are widely available. To see the
full list of nominees we can book for you, visit
http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

You Might be Surprised to Know…

Wondering who else we
represent?

A full list of our
Ontario members can be found here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/2043.html

And members from
other provinces are here:

http://www.authorsbooking.com/131811.html

Our newsletters let
you know when they’re visiting Ontario.

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11/26/13
Little Chicken Duck Launch
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 9:53 am

Mark
the Date!

All you lucky ducks are cordially
invited to attend the launch party for author Tim Beiser and illustrator Bill Slavin’s newest picture book, Little Chicken Duck. The launch will be
held from 1:00 to 3:00 on Sunday, December 1, at Type Books, 883 Queen St. W.,
Toronto. Come meet the creative team and get a first look at this vibrant,
beautifully produced book. 
Everyone — especially kids — are welcome to attend this fun family event.

Notes and News from our
Members

ABS
Members with Q&Q Books of the Year are Erin
Bow
for Sorrow’s Knot and Andrew
Larsen
for In The Tree House.
Congratulations to both!!

Arthur Slade’s award winning novel Dust was in the list of the Top Ten
Books to Read before Graduating High School by Canadian Living magazine.

Janet Wilson’s Shannen and the Dream for a School is going to be made into a
CBC Movie of the Week. The Cree screenwriter is Penny Gummerson, who writes for
Arctic Air. Janet recently spent two days in Vancouver sharing a mountain of
research.

New Releases

Tim Beiser’s third book has just hit
the bookstores. Little Chicken Duck,
illustrated by Bill Slavin, is the story of a duckling whose 
fear of water prevents her from learning how to swim. A
helpful frog takes the little duck to a forest clearing where a series of
woodland birds confess their deepest fears and reveal how they conquered them.
Armed with their stories of bravery, Little Chicken Duck is finally able to
overcome her fear of water and swim in the pond.

Kate Jaimet: Dunces
Rock
. When Principal Hale cancels the school’s Drama and Music program, it
ruins Wilmot’s hopes of playing electric guitar and Magnolia’s coveted lead
role in Nocturnia, Vampire Princess of Doom. Can the Dunces defeat the
powers of adulthood and save Drama and Music? Find out in this hilarious sequel
to Dunces Anonymous.

Out of Province Authors and
Illustrators Availability

Sharon McKay is available in the Oakville-Toronto
area the last two weeks of each month.

Cynthia D’Entremont is available
in the GTA January 27 & 28.

Karen Bass is available in the GTA
January 28 & 29.

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto
area the week of Feb 24.

Tololwa M Mollel is available in the GTA from March 31 – April 4, 2014.

Red
Maple Nominee Susin Nielsen
is
available for 2 sessions in
Toronto on the morning of May 13.

Red
Maple Nominee Valerie Sherrard
is available in the Ottawa
area: May 5 and 6, in Toronto mornings
only: May 8, 12 and 15 and in the GTA
on May 13.

White Pine Nominee Don Aker’s May
availability is now as follows: One afternoon session within half hour of Whitby on May 5, and mornings (2
sessions) in Toronto on May 13 and
15.

White Pine Nominee David Poulsen is available in the GTA mid May.

Contact us today to
book these and other out-of-province Forest of Reading nominees around the time
of the awards. Most Ontario-based nominees are widely available. To see the
full list of nominees we can book for you, visit http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html

Tales from The
Writer’s Life: Jacqueline Guest

While
touring Nunavut, I had an interesting lesson.

I
was waiting for my ride in the Arviat terminal and noticed one very strange
fellow wandering around.  He was tall and gaunt, with a wild, bushy beard
and one of those hats with the weird flaps that bob up and down as he walked.
 The terminal soon emptied until the only people left, were me and the
crazy-hat dude.

I
started praying, “Don’t be my ride, don’t be my ride, don’t be my ride…”, when
he moseyed over and said,… ‘I’m your ride.’

Great!

We
hauled all my stuff outside into the Arctic darkness, and I looked around at
the snow covered landscape and the empty parking lot.  

“Do
you have a car?” I asked curiously, to which he shrugged and replied…

“Don’t
have a car.”  

“How
about a truck?” I pressed.  

He
sucked air between his teeth. “Don’t have a truck.”

Then
he pointed to a beat up old quad with a small trailer hooked behind. “That’s
Ol’ Bessie.  We’ll be takin’ her.”

Great!

We
loaded my stuff into the little trailer, but I had one suitcase too many, and
that one, he strapped to the ATV like a dead deer across the hood of a Chevy
pickup.About then, something occurred to me as I watched the village lights
twinkle in the far, far distance. Where was I going to sit on the long
ride into Arviat? There’s not a lot of passenger room on a quad.

When
I politely asked the gentleman this question, he answered with a gap-toothed
smile. “It’s butt to crotch time, lady!”  

Great!

We
bombed across the tundra to the outskirts of Arviat and I started looking for
the hotel as we sped through town… then sped out of town. From my vantage
point literally stuck to the back of this guy, I saw the houses receding, and
the frozen shores of Hudson’s Bay looming in front of me. About then, I
wondered if my first visit to the far north was going to end well.  

We
pulled up in front of this little wooden shack and stopped.  “Do you have
to pick something up before taking me to my hotel?” I asked hopefully.

“Don’t
need a hotel.” He grinned. “You’re bunkin’ with me!”  

Great!

When
we walked into his tiny house, I stared. There were harpoons and nets,
traps and guns and the walls were covered with hides and heads of animals. This
wasn’t going as I’d expected, but… I’m Tough! I’m Brave! I’m Plucky! I’m
a KIDLIT Author and I would stay!

And
I am very glad I did… because over the next couple of days, this fellow’s home
was visited by a constant parade of elders, friends, children, fisherman and
hunters and I was treated to some of the best stories I have ever heard.
 Best time ever!

Which
just goes to show: you can never judge a book by its cover.

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11/19/13
True or False?
Filed under: General, newsletters
Posted by: @ 7:39 am

A True or False
Quiz – with a Prize!

Tell us your score and we’ll enter your name into a draw for one of
these signed copies:
 

-  Valerie’s Governor General and
Red Maple nominated title Counting Back
from Nine

-  Marsha’s Silver Birch winner, Geoffrey Bilson
and Kobzar nominee Making Bombs for
Hitler

 

1.)  ABS is a free service for
school and library staff.  T/F

 

2.)  Marsha and Valerie run ABS because
they’re swell. T/F

 

3.)  It doesn’t matter to the ABS girls
if I book through them.  T/F

 

4.)  If I book an author directly,
I will get a better deal. T/F

 

Answers:

 

1. True. There is no cost to you for using our service. Ever.

2. This was a trick one – it’s both true (we are swell) and false (it’s also a lot of hard work).

3. False. It takes time and money to operate ABS. We pay for our website
and our newsletter service. We build and update member pages and our blog,
prepare our newsletters, answer emails, and much, much more. For all of
this, our members pay a small fee for bookings we help arrange (but not for
bookings that come to them directly). Please don’t bypass us!

4. False. Presenters’ fees are the same booked through ABS or directly.

 

Keep reading! Don’t
miss our Deal of the Week below!

 

Notes and News from our Members

Cynthia d’Entremont is available for bookings on January 27 and 28 in Toronto. She welcomes
the opportunity to share her love of stories. Oak Island Revenge was
born from the thought, What if a tragedy was a certain kind of
justice? 
Setting her novel in the childhood community of her
parents, Cynthia encourages others to find stories in their everyday
lives. 

 

Philippa
Dowding
, author of the Lost
Gargoyle
series and a Silver Birch Express 2014 nominee, is available in
Toronto throughout January-June 2014. Spots are filling up fast, so

book now!

 

Allan Stratton in THUNDER BAY:  Available the
week of May 5 - 8. No travel fee.
  Also,
no hotel costs for days booked with four sessions (can be shared among schools).

 

Allan Stratton in his hometown of LONDON: Available
for three or four presentations on May 13.

 

News from Sharon E. McKay

Sharon has sold the
movie rights of Thunder Over Kandahar
to Mind’s Eye Production, director Anita Doron.

Enemy Territory has won the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award. It was
also short listed for the IODE Violet Downey Book Award.

Sharon now lives in
Prince Edward Island but continues on as Writer-in-Residence in Oakville,
Ontario. She returns to Burlington, Ontario, two weeks at the end of every
month, September to May. She is available for school bookings during those
periods.

  

Out of Province Authors and
Illustrators Availability

           

Cynthia D’Entremont is available
in the GTA January 27 & 28.

 

Karen Bass is available in the GTA January 28
& 29.

 

Margriet Ruurs is available in the Toronto area the week of Feb 24.

                       

Tololwa M Mollel is available the GTA from March 31 –
April 4, 2014
.

 

Red
Maple Nominee Susin Nielsen
is
available for 2 sessions in Toronto on the morning of
May 13 and 2 sessions in Oakville on the morning of May 15.

 

Red
Maple Nominee Valerie Sherrard
has one day only still available in May.

 

White Pine Nominee Don Aker will be in Ontario in May. Time slots going fast.

 

White Pine Nominee David Poulsen is available for Ontario bookings in May around the time of the awards. Time
slots will go quickly so don’t delay!

 

Important!! While we do not yet have specific availability details from all of the
out-of-province Forest of Reading nominees, those on our list do plan to be in
the area around the time of the awards.
 
Contact us today to be placed on any of their waiting lists.  View all of the nominees we represent here: http://authorsbooking.com/2064.html Most Ontario-based nominees are widely
available.

Deal of the Week

 

For
the first five schools that book Eric
Zweig
for a visit between now and the end of the Winter Olympics on
February 23, 2014, Eric will provide the teacher-librarian with a short hockey
quiz for the students to complete prior to his visit. Answers will be given
during Eric’s presentation. There will be a draw from among those who get all
the questions right, with the winner to receive a personally autographed copy
of Eric’s newest book, The Big Book of
Hockey for Kids
.

 

Meet the Author:
Joanne Levy

 

What
did you do before you became a writer/illustrator? I have worked in youth
employment and career services, but most recently, I was an executive assistant
to a vice-president at one of our big banks. I enjoy doing admin work and
always used to swoon over Staples office supply catalogues. Okay, I still do
that, just on a smaller scale, now that I’m only buying for myself. Though if
you saw my collection of Post-it notes, you’d think otherwise.

What
is the most difficult thing about your work as a writer/illustrator? There are
two things I really struggle with: Editing and Waiting. I love drafting new
novels, and for me, that’s where the joy of writing is; discovering a new story
and characters, especially when they take me to places I never expected. The
editing feels too much like work and I have trouble looking at my story
critically and picking it apart piece by piece to improve the whole. This is
the part of the process where I’m grateful for my first readers and editor. The
waiting part is more to do with the publishing business than the writing.
Everything happens very slowly in this business and for a proactive person who
likes to get things done NOW, waiting at every stage of the process can be very
difficult and a little bit crazy-making.

What
is one of your guilty pleasures? I read a lot of romance novels. It’s not that
I read them that makes me feel guilty as much as I should be reading other
things (friends’ manuscripts, popular books that are getting buzz, newspapers,
classics I never got around to) but romance novels are my mini vacations and I
think I need them to refill my well. And anyway, who doesn’t love a guaranteed
happy ending every once in a while?

How
old were you when you realized you wanted to become a writer/illustrator? My
earliest career aspirations, back when I was perhaps eight or nine, were to be
a heart surgeon, and I’m sure that was because it was what my older brother
wanted to do. In an effort to prepare for that career, I wrote and illustrated
a series of medical texts that I would show to anyone I could get to sit down
in front of me. My brother did go on to become a doctor, but it turned out I
was quite squeamish and not suited for medicine. But I think I was
subconsciously on the right track with the textbooks.

How
do you handle creative blocks? If I get stuck, it’s because I don’t know what
happens next. I have come to learn that my subconscious is my friend and
sometimes stepping away and letting it work in the background is the best way
to figure things out. So I will read my story in its entirety up to the stuck
point (I always write in order) and then leave it to do other things—walk the
dog, go shopping, have a nap. Sometimes I’ll work it out in an hour, sometimes
it takes a week, but it always works out. What’s frustrating is when I get
stuck at times when I was planning to get a lot done and have a good chunk of
time set aside. But the muse will not be rushed and I have learned I’m not
always at the helm.

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11/11/13
Dufferin Peel TLs and ABS join forces!
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Posted by: @ 12:40 pm

Check it out here:

http://authorsbooking.blogspot.ca/2013/11/dufferin-peel-tls-and-abs-join-forces.html

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