Another YA novel I finished recently is The Gospel Truth, by Caroline Pignat from Red Deer Press. A marvellous read. A marvellous write. Set in Virginia in 1858 five people recount this story of slavery on a tobacco plantation: two slaves, a slave master, his daughter and a Canadian doctor who works to free slaves. It is a simple story beautifully and compellingly told. I could not put it down. Absolutely five stars. Kudos to Red Deer Press and to Caroline Pignat.
I have finished at last the first draft of my YA earthquake novel. Going away soon, I have thrown myself into editing other manuscripts and sending them away. A good time of the year to invite rejection?
All this to say I have been in editing mode for some time. Then I realize I am always in editing mode. For example, I am reading a fascinating book called K is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Her choice of words is always evocative. Yet still I edit. For example on page 171 is a wonderful paragraph.
“There is a time in life when you expect the world to be always full of new things. And then comes a day when you realise that is not how it will be at all. You see that life will become a thing made of holes, Absences. Losses. Things that were there and are no longer. And you realise, too, that you have to grow around and between the gaps, though you can put your hand out to where things were and feel that tense shining dullness of the space where the memories are.”
I paused and awed over these sentences, then wanted to change them. Just the last one. Using the same words, I made…
“And, though you can put your hand out to where things were and feel that tense shining dullness of the space where the memories are, you realise, too, that you have to grow around and between the gaps.”
Maybe it’s because I need the growth to be more important.
Regardless I guess I am a writer, after all, for writers must edit.
I have had the amazing experience of presenting my books in schools in the southern Okanagan. I have met a gezillion kids who asked great questions, gave fascinating answers to my questions and have had an all round wonderful time. Here are some of the pictures.
At Tuc-el-Nuit school I was in a grade 6 class:
The same day we went to Oliver Elementary… me to a grade 6/7 class.
That was May 12, 2015. Then on May 19 we went to Similkameen school in Keremeos.
It was great to see one boy already reading!! The power of words.
Then we were at Osoyoos Elementary…
And I in the grade 6 classroom:
What a marvelous bunch of days. What marvelous young people and marvelous teachers. Thank you all.
On Sunday Mary 31 Marilyn Dyer and I will be having a launch for Tattoo The Painted Horse at Ella’s in Langley BC between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. Come celebrate with us. Enjoy wine, stories, and maybe even purchase a new outfit (as well as a book or two).
Ella’s is on 20th Street just north of 40th in Langley.
It’s Raise-A-Reader time of the year here again and, as usual, this wonderful organization in our area buys books for kids and sends the authors into schools to talk and excite them.
This spring we are in the southern Okanagan and Similkameen area.
I was at Tuc-el-Nuit school last Tuesday in the morning and in the afternoon we were at Oliver Elementary. And in between the authors got to know each other over lunch.
Thank you Raise-a-Reader from the kids and from the authors.
(Richmond, BC) The Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society (CWILL BC) is proud to participate in Richmond Public Library’s first World Read Aloud Day celebrations, which will be taking place on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.
Worldwide statistics reveal that at least 793 million people remain illiterate, two thirds of them women. All over the world, children are hungry for learning and the power it brings, yet in many communities it is rare to find spaces where children have access to books and a safe space to tell and write their own stories. LitWorld, which began as a grass roots organization in New York is changing all of that by creating awareness, developing momentum, and by taking creative action. Last year, WRAD reached over 65 countries and had over a million participants.
Every year, for the past seven years, on the first Wednesday of March, LitWorld’s advocacy campaign for the human right of literacy calls worldwide attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories by working with partners across the globe to create read aloud events with authors, communities, and classrooms. This year, several BC Children’s authors are joining the movement and will be visiting international schools, via Skype, to share their love of reading and inspire listeners.
The City of Richmond is participating in WRAD for the first time this year by hosting interactive readings between 10:30 and 11:30am by Sheri Radford and Lori Sherritt-Fleming at the Minoru Branch of the public library, 7700 Minoru Gate # 100, Richmond BC (604-231-6413) with more readings and literacy activities by Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Sheri Radford, Rie Charles and Silvana Goldemberg between 4 and 5pm.
“By raising our voices and reading together on this day, we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world, that their stories and voices are important. We are celebrating and perpetuating the art of reading aloud, something that is often lost in a modern age filled with television programs and video games,” says Lori Sherritt-Fleming, President of CWILL BC. “Our authors and illustrators are pleased to represent Canada on this international stage this year and in years to come. We look forward to the movement growing across Canada”
Find out more about World Read Aloud Day at: http://litworld.org/worldreadaloudday
Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia