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Three new e-books

Quite some time ago I started Big Wheel Books to publish e-books of some of my earlier titles. (You can read more about it on my site, cary...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poor Bird, Poor Cage

My latest picture book, 'A Cage Went in Search of a Bird,' was inspired by an aphorism of Franz Kafka's. I'd encountered Kafka's words (which make up the title of the book) twice--once in a book of his aphorisms, and the second time in a poem by Robert Hass. The brilliant pictures are a wonderful match for the story. Here are quotes from some first reviews.* (Starred) "Original and thought-provoking." Kirkus Reviews * "Highly Recommended." CM Magaine * "Has the feel of one of Aesop's Fables. The lavishness of Banafsheh Erfanian’s illustrations embodies the importance of Cary Fagan's words." Canlit for Little Canadians. * Kirkus Reviews has also published an interview with me about the book. You can find it at: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/cary-fagan/#continue_reading_post

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A new story

I've got a new story in the latest issue of The New Quarterly, just out. It's called "Bear Stories." The last story I had in the journal was in spring 1999. That's - wait for it - eighteen years ago.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

When in Rome

My brother Lawrence sent me this photograph of himself in his favourite bookstore in Rome, holding copies of "The Big Swim" and "Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas" in Italian. That's "Mr. Karp's Last Glass" under his arm. My brother, who speaks Italian, can actually read them.

Monday, March 27, 2017

'The Old World'

My new story collection, "The Old World," has just been published by House of Anansi. Here are 35 short stories, each inspired by an old black-and-white photograph. I nervously enjoyed
being the subject of interviews in the "Toronto Star" and on CBC Radio's "The Next Chapter." Here are some comments from the first reviews: "Charming, Funny, and sad." National Post "[A] magnificent new collection. This is Fagan at the top of his game. Simply put, he's a master storyteller." Canadian Jewish news

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CCBN interview

Here's a little interview in the 'Canadian Children's Book News Newsletter' about my two new kids' books. * http://bookcentre.ca/publications/newsletter/march-2017/

Friday, February 24, 2017

Busted Pencil

Here's a nice review of 'What I learned in Florida' in 'Broken Pencil.' Did someone ask whether copies were still available? Why, yes they are. **http://www.brokenpencil.com/news/chapbook-review-what-i-learned-in-florida

Monday, January 23, 2017

Two days in Atlanta

Here I am at the Tundra Books booth, American Library Association Conference, signing books for an impressive line-up of dedicated children's librarians. I met people who work in libraries all over the U.S. and as far away as India. I'm signing 'Little Blue Chair,' the new picture book. I was very happy to find out that Madeline Kloepper, the wonderful young illustrator, has won the inaugural May Cutler Emerging Artist of the Year Award for the book. The late May Cutler, who I interviewed back in about 1985, founded Tundra Books fifty years ago.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First reviews for 'Wolfie and Fly'

Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review): "A promising first outing for this memorable odd couple." * City Parent: [A] classic story of imagination, friendship and adventure told by a master." * Reviews in Chalk: "Splendid beginning for a series! Renata is so lovable in her own way...I am already looking forward to more Wolfie and Fly's adventures."

Monday, January 9, 2017

New course: Writing Picture Books

On January 30 I start my course on writing picture books for University of Toronto Continuing Education. The location is at College and St. George. I love teaching this course and the participants are always passionate and interesting. So if you need some help kickstarting the creative impulse of yours, or finishing a manuscript, please join us. * http://learn.utoronto.ca/interactive-course-search#/profile/1718