Friday, March 27, 2009

Win a copy of My Parents Are Sex Maniacs!

Book Giveaway and Author Q&A!

Book Giveaway:
In Robyn Harding's new book, My Parents Are Sex Maniacs, sixteen-year-old Louise has to deal with some pretty embarrassing parental antics: like her dad having an affair with Louise's best friend's mom, and her mom hooking up with Louise's math teacher. What's worse than thinking about your parents' sex lives? Try your entire high school gossiping about your parents' sex lives!

But if you think you've got an embarrassing-parents story that beats that -- like the time your new crush came over and your mom gleefully hauled out those photos of you as an awkward preteen -- you could win a copy of My Parents Are Sex Maniacs!

Just e-mail your tale of parental humiliation to The top five stories will each win a copy of the book... and we promise to keep all entries confidential! You can also enter through the Annick Press group on Facebook, or send a direct message to @AnnickPress on Twitter (if you can keep your story to 140 characters!). Deadline is Friday, April 10!

Author Q&A:
I'll also be doing a Q&A with Robyn Harding soon, so if you have any questions you'd like to ask her, please post them in the comments and I'll select the best ones! Again, you can also send questions through the Annick Press group on Facebook or @AnnickPress on Twitter. Deadline is Sunday, April 5!

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Award Nominations Blooming in Spring!

Today is officially the first day of spring, though it doesn't quite feel like it yet here in Toronto... I regret leaving my gloves at home! I can't really complain though: at least we have sunny blue skies. Something else is also putting me in a fresh spring mood: more award nominations for our authors!

Shadow-Town, by Duncan Thornton, has been shortlisted for the Manitoba Book Awards' McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category.

The Canadian Library Association has also shortlisted two of our picture books for its illustration award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon award. Congratulations to illustrator Dusan Petricic for Mattland and Deirdre Betteridge for A Pocket Can Have a Treasure In It!

Finally, we also received a nice review in Quill & Quire for The Bears We Know, written by Brenda Silsbe and illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen.

Happy spring!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mariatu Kamara Honoured with New Pioneers Award

Mariatu Kamara, author of The Bite of the Mango, was recently honoured with the New Pioneers Award (Youth category). This award is given out by the Skills for Change organization to immigrants and refugees who have overcome amazing obstacles and made Canada their new home. Mariatu was hailed as "an inspirational young woman who exemplifies the best of humanity." We agree--Canada is lucky to have you, Mariatu! (To see more event pictures and read about the other award winners, visit the Skills for Change website.)

Meanwhile, The Bite of the Mango continues to be well-received:

The White Ravens 2009 collection will be displayed at the Bologna Book Fair in Italy from March 23-26, 2009, and will be permanently housed at the International Youth Library in Munich. A description of the books is available on the International Youth Library's website.

More about Mariatu!
YouTube video for The Bite of the Mango
More info on The Bite of the Mano, including a podcast with Mariatu, sample chapter, lesson plans
The Mariatu Foundation

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Apprentice's Masterpiece Makes CLA Shortlist

Melanie Little's The Apprentice's Masterpiece has been shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's 2009 Young Adult Book Award! Congratulations, Melanie!

This gripping verse novel, set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, has already received the following distinctions:

  • White Raven Collection 2008, International Youth Library, Munich
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2008 finalist
  • YALSA 2009 Best Books for Young Adults nomination
Visit The Apprentice's Masterpiece page on our website for more info, including a podcast with the author, and check out Melanie Little's page for an interview about why and how she wrote this novel! (I always love hearing the story behind the story!)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shari Graydon at Beauty (Mis)Represented event, Thursday March 5

Our own Shari Graydon, author of Made You Look and In Your Face, will be participating in an event on a hot topic: airbrushing photos in advertising. This event, Beauty (Mis)Represented, will debate the question: Is photo-manipulation in advertising benign and irrelevant, or damaging and indefensible?

This is a topic I'm particularly interested in... and yet I will confess that I sometimes untag photos of myself on Facebook if I don't like how I look in them! (I can't be the only one who does this, right? Right?)

Event details:
Date: Thursday, March 5 2009
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Room 5-280, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (252 Bloor St W, map)
Cost: Free!

More great stuff about Shari and her books:
Visit her website: