Today I received my copy of the Fall issue of Canadian Children’s booknews (Vol. 34, No. 4).
Some time ago, Kathleen Martin (who used to be the Atlantic provinces representative for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre) interviewed me; and the interview appears in this issue, entitled “The Always Surprising Jill MacLean.”
I’m so happy with everything she said. Actually, I’m basking in it! Again, thank you, Kathleen.
“The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a great organization. Membership brings many benefits, and their magazine will keep you up to date on the world of kidlit.” – Kathleen Martin
I went to a presentation at Dalhousie University two days ago, where Kathleen Martin read from and talked about her new non-fiction book,”Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone” (Red Deer Press, 2011).
World Hope, an international anti-poverty group, suggested that she might like to write a book based on her impressions of a village in Sierra Leone, and facilitated her journey there. The book is based on the time she spent in the village of Kamakwie, with some medical volunteers.
Her text is simple but evocative, and her photographs are truly stunning, reinforcing her message of how much we humans have in common. Some of the stories she tells are uplifting; others heart-breaking; all are of paramount importance.
The book will be sold on the website of the Child Soldiers Initiative (CSI) that was founded by Lt General Romeo Dallaire. Three dollars from the sale of each book will go to support CSI. Kathleen also will be donating part of the royalties to World Hope.
On Monday October 17th, I went to the launch of Vicki Grant’s new YA novel, “Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret”. What a wonderful gathering of friends, family, and fellow writers.
Vicki won the Red Maple Award last year for “Unsuitable for Family Viewing,” and at her launch mentioned Don Aker’s nomination for the White Pine Award 2012 for “The Fifth Rule,” and mine for the Red Maple, and welcomed writers Lisa Harrington and Jessica Scott-Kerrin. I was on a panel with Don Aker at Word on the Street last month, so it was a pleasure to see him again.
Great to see so many people out to celebrate a new novel for teens!