Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mariatu & Me: Article by Susan McClelland in More Magazine

Photo credit: More magazine Canada website

Check out Mariatu & Me: The Story of a Child Victim of Sierra Leone's Civil War, A Curious Toronto Journalist, and the Metamorphosis in the Septmember 2008 issue of More magazine (Canada's Magazine Celebrating Women Over 40). Journalist Susan McClelland tells the story of how she and Mariatu Kamara came together to write about Mariatu's journey from a victim of war to UNICEF Special Representative in The Bite of the Mango.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dirty Dog Boogie Podcast Review on Just One More Book

Listen to a podcast review of Dirty Dog Boogie by Loris Lesynski. Just One More Book!! thinks it's"flipping, flopping, bouncing, buzzing, twitching, itching, hissing, humming, fizzing, popping, whizzing, waltzing, shaking, leaping, rug-cutting rhyme"! What do you think??

Friday, August 22, 2008

Mortimer on Oprah's Kids Reading List

Great news! Mortimer has been included in Oprah's Kids Reading List: 6-9 Years!

This all-time favorite by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko has been making children and parents laugh out loud since it was first published 25 years ago. The rollicking story of a little boy who can't fall asleep is definitely a super star among children's books. Thanks Oprah - now a whole new generation of kids can go to sleep with a big smile on their face.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Math for Mom and Me

A little rambling on my roots: I rarely think about the fact that my ancestry is Chinese, but recently there’s been some excitement surrounding that culture. The Olympics? Maybe for some. But for me, it was the arrival of the Complex Chinese version of The Great Number Rumble in my mailbox, and on its heels, the news of an impending deal for Simplified Chinese rights.

Finally, I can show my mother what I spent almost all of my spare time doing the last 3 years! Her English is bare bones, and my Chinese is … well, let’s call it immature (to give me some credit, I found the character for my last name easily enough)…so our conversations are rather limited in their scope and depth. I showed her the North American and Korean editions, but this one’s different – she’ll actually be able to read it! So that takes care of one mystery for her. Now to explain what I do with the rest of my life: how does one say “regulatory documentation for the biopharmaceutical industry” in Chinese?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Podcasts on Open Book Toronto

Over the next few months Open Book Toronto will be featuring the Annick podcast series.

Listen to interviews with key authors as they discuss their latest books. And if you want to find out more about our authors and their books, visit our website.

Catch the first story about Melanie Little, author of The Apprentice's Masterpiece, here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Writing by the Sea

Hello from the Rock! I’m sitting at my writing desk overlooking a spectacular view of the ocean. A winding road lined with wildflowers leads to the lighthouse, my daily walk.

Last year I bought a little cottage beside the sea in my beloved Newfoundland, so I could work here for part of the year. Now I’m halfway through my second summer and I have to pinch myself every day to make sure I’m not dreaming. Yes, it’s that much fun! I’ve been fixing up my house, painting it yellow and blue, baking bread and hobnobbing with my friendly neighbours.

In fact, it’s so much fun that I have to give myself a stern lecture every day, right after I pinch myself: Charis, get to work! I open up my e-mail and look at the art for A World Full of Ghosts, coming out next winter. Yikes! Marc Mongeau has created a series of spooky but hilarious illustrations. I’d like to pore over the details for an hour or two but I have to get on with my writing.

Today I want to finish the chapter about Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) for my book about children’s authors. It’s tough going: I always find the first chapter the hardest to write, as I find my way into the book.

Every so often, searching for just the right word or phrase, I look up from my computer. The ocean is still there, stretching away to the horizon. I take a deep breath, pinch myself again, and then turn my thoughts back to Madeleine L’Engle, tesseracts and time travel.

Author of Kids Who Rule, Wonder Kids, and forthcoming A World Full of Ghosts