GG short-lists announced

The GG short-lists have been announced.  Here’s the lists I’m most excited about…

And for those of you who don’t know about the GG’s, They are Canada’s Top awards in the Arts.  You can read more about the full list at Canada Council for the Arts.

Children’s Literature — Text

Jan L. Coates, Wolfville (Nova Scotia), A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk
(Red Deer Press; distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
(ISBN 978-0-88995-451-9)

Deborah Ellis, Simcoe (Ontario), No Ordinary Day
(Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-55498-134-2)

Christopher Moore, Toronto, From Then to Now: A Short History of the World
(Tundra Books; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-88776-540-7)

Kenneth Oppel, Toronto, This Dark Endeavour
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-55468-339-0)

Tim Wynne-Jones, Perth (Ontario), Blink & Caution
(Candlewick Press; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-7636-3983-9)

Children’s Literature — Illustration

Isabelle Arsenault, Montreal, Migrant, text by Maxine Trottier
(Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-88899-975-7)

Kim La Fave, Roberts Creek (British Columbia), Fishing with Gubby, text by Gary Kent
(Harbour Publishing; distributed by the publisher)
(ISBN 978-1-55017-497-7)

Renata Liwska, Calgary (Alberta), Red Wagon, text by Renata Liwska
(Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group; distributed by Penguin Group Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-399-25237-2)

Frank Viva, Toronto, Along a Long Road, text by Frank Viva
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-44340-620-8)

Cybèle Young, Toronto, Ten Birds, text by Cybèle Young
(Kids Can Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
(ISBN 978-1-55453-568-2)

Congratulations to the creators of these wonderful books.  Now that rainy days are upon us, I hope you’ll have plenty of time to read them all!

Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable with John Nedwidek

***If you are interested in children’s literature and you want to meet some friendly faces, The Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable is a good place to start***

John Nedwidek

Monday Sept. 19th, 7:30 pm

at the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable

 John Nedwidek is a designer, illustrator and first-time author from Victoria. John will read his children’s book “Ducks Don’t Wear Socks” and other tales, including “Cheese Louise” and “I Thought I Was 10,” and talk about how he creates his stories. He will also show sketches and illustrations, talk about how the Duck book came to be and his efforts to get a second book on the shelves.

The VCLR is open to the public. Members free, drop-ins $5, students $4. Meetings are held at the Nellie McClung Branch Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Road. Come early and browse Tall Tales Books’ table, and bring a friend! Doors open at 7 pm.

For more information about the Roundtable, call 250-598-3694 or visit:

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