Guest Post: Deborah Kerbel, Author of Feathered

Book Birthdays are the perfect way to celebrate spring. And today is Deborah Kerbel’s special book birthday, as we celebrate her sixth (SIXTH!) novel, Feathered. When Deborah told me about her new novel, I was intrigued. First , it is historical fiction, set in 1980. (And, yes, it is weird to think that something during my lifetime is historical fiction, but there it is.)  Second, her main character Finch, is obsessed with Little House on the Prairie.  I’m thrilled that she agreed to come on the blog to chat about writing this novel, all things Read More

An Interview with Nicole Winters, Author of The Jock and the Fat Chick

I met Nicole Winters through a local Toronto writers group that supports Canadian authors and illustrators, Torkidlit. We get together once a month, talk shop, and celebrate our successes. Nicole was one of the first people I connected with. Genuine, kind and driven, she is a writer who is interested in telling stories for kids and teens who may not be the best readers, perhaps even called “reluctant,” as she was. She will bravely write in different genres for different age groups. As you’ll see from her bio below, her first YA novel, TT Full Read More

Reflections on a Fabulous Night

Last night, Laura Robinson, Benjamin Lefebvre and I gave a talk at the North York Central Library in Toronto, Ontario, The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections of War. I hadn’t been back to that branch in quite sometime and it was fun to speak at a library I had used so often when I was in High School.           The turn out was fabulous. We had over 75 people in attendance, which also means that they had to add two more rows of chairs! Sharon Andic, Senior Department Head for Children’s Books, Read More

An Interview with Marsha Skrypuch

  Marsha Skrypuch and I have a history. It makes sense because we both write and care about history–particularly stories where there has been injustice. I believe that we are humanitarians, who hope that our stories of the past will resonate with the present, bringing awareness about people who have for–one reason or another–been silenced. Her latest–and 19th book!!!–is The Dance of the Banished, a novel based on the true story of two Anatolian teenagers during WWI.  Circumstances have conspired to separate Ali and Zeynep from their home, Eyolmez, Anatolia. Sensitive and strong, Ali, immigrates to Canada Read More

An Interview with Sarah Ellis, Author of Outside In

A couple of years ago, I was asked to give a talk at a CANSCAIP meeting to speak about the MFA program I was taking at VCFA. At this point I had only met Sarah Ellis briefly during residency, so it was a little nervous-making to have her in the audience. When someone asked me why I had chosen VCFA, I took a deep breath, smiled, pointed directly into the audience and said, “that author” and then probably blushed and giggled. It was really a dream realized when I got to work with Sarah during my final semester Read More

An Interview with Benjamin Lefebvre

Benjamin Lefebvre’s resume is deeply impressive (see his bio below) and his passion for bringing all of L.M. Montgomery’s work and publications about her to the public has led to this outstanding first of three volumes, The L.M. Montgomery Reader. Volume One: A Life in Print. (Volume Two: A Critical Heritage is to be released this Spring.) This collection is not only exciting for those of us who are obsessed   interested in L.M. Montgomery and her work, but it is also a fascinating look at the construction of an author, how the media could shape someone and Read More

A Review: My Re-reading of The Long Winter

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Long Winter just keeps getting better every time I read it. I have no idea how many times I’ve read it. We aren’t just lulled by the howling winds of the blizzard, but feel the dreary dullness of the monotony tied up in the weather’s grip. The blizzard is a character in itself, blasting and teasing, howling and laughing, sometimes even playing. Laura is like the town and community on the verge of growing up. She’s both Ma’s and Pa’s right-hand, Read More