A quick note to mention that a course I'm teaching at the University of Toronto Continuing Studies, "Writing for Children: Picture Books II," will be starting on Monday Oct. 5. I'm very excited by the two guests who will be coming. The first is Ruth Ohi, illustrator of over 40 books and author of several as well. The second is Tara Walker, picture-book editor at Kids Can Press.
So if you're interested call the Continuing Studies department at 416 978-5653 or go to learn.utoronto.ca.
Monday, September 21, 2009
While I was working on 'Valentine's Fall' I sometimes imagined a book launch where my favourite bluegrass band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, would perform. And it is actually happening.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, This is Not a Reading Series hosts the launch of my new novel at the Gladstone Hotel. There will be an interview on stage with my old buddy Gary Clement, editorial cartoonist for the 'National Post,' illustrator of picture books, artist and amateur vaudevillian. Then the Foggies will cut loose.
So come on out, folks. It's going to be one good time.
This Sunday, Sept. 27, is the 20th annual Word on the Street book festival. It's being held at Queen's Park (the Toronto version) and I'm going to be making two appearances for 'Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas.' The first is at 12 noon at the Children's Reading Tent and the second is an interview on the CBC stage at 2:30.
No doubt I'll also be skulking around the Cormorant Books booth where I assume copies of the new novel, 'Valentine's Fall,' will be on sale.
Enjoy the fair.
Monday, September 14, 2009
If you see a frantic author zipping by you on the highway it will be me, moving between two southern Ontario festivals this Sunday. One is the new Telling Tales Festival, devoted to children's books, the other is the much-praised Eden Mills Festival. I'm looking forward to them both and if you're in the neighbourhood, come by.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Cormorant Books has produced a smart little video to promote my new novel, 'Valentine's Fall.' It was created by Bryan Ibeas. The soundtrack is by the Foggy Hogtown Boys. And that mandolin player? That happens to be me, with my 12-year-old daughter Sophie as videographer. Break out the popcorn and enjoy.
Here's a link to an article in the 'Montreal Gazette' about 'Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas.'