Archive for September 2011

The IBBY Honour List Award Ceremony

A PS to the news release about the IBBY Honour List. The award ceremony is at the IBBY Congress in London, England, late next summer.

Do you think I should go?

And “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” will be housed in permanent collections in libraries in Zurich, Munich, Bratislava, Evanston (Illinois) and Tokyo.

Hey, I’ve always wanted to go to Zurich.

Word on the Street Update

Word on the Street was really fun. The weather cooperated beautifully, and the wharves at the waterfront were crowded with people out having a good time. A lot of ice cream!

James Leck (“The Adventures of Jack Lime”) was the moderator of our panel, and had thought up some great questions for Sheree Fitch, Don Aker and me.

Afterward, Don and I signed books at Woozles, and I attended First Book Canada’s booth – they’re huge advocates of literacy, check them out.

Then I attended Vicki Grant’s reading, from her new YA novel, “Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret.” Be sure to check that out, too. Vicki’s a wonderful writer.

Don’t you love websites!

Exciting News! 2012 IBBY Honour List

I am delighted and excited to share this news!  The Nine Lives of Travis Keating has been selected for the IBBY Honour List.  Here is a bit of the press release that has more information on the IBBY Honour List. You can click the read more button to see read everything.


MARKHAM, ON — Fitzhenry & Whiteside is pleased to announce that Jill MacLean’s award-winning novel, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, has been selected for the 2012 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List. As an IBBY member country, Canada is entitled to submit one book per eligible category. For the English-text category (including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction), The Nine Lives of Travis Keating was selected out of all English books published in Canada since 2008.
“My initial reactions? Disbelief, amazement, and delight,” said MacLean. “I’m truly honoured that The Nine Lives of Travis Keating has been chosen to represent Canada internationally.”
As a selected title, the book will tour the world at exhibitions and book fairs…   read more

Come to Word on the Street on Sunday September 25th

Come to Word on the Street on Sunday September 25th, near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street – tents will be set up on the wharf.

Sheree Fitch (“Pluto’s Ghost”), Don Aker (“The Fifth Rule”) and myself (“Home Truths”) will be on a panel called BAD BOYS – how can you resist that? We’ve all written about angry young men (mine the youngest, at 14!).

The panel is hosted by James Leck, and takes place on the Children and Young Adult Stage inside the Children’s Exhibitor Tent on the South Wharf. It goes from 1 -2 pm.

I’ll be doing book signings afterwards for Woozles, our wonderful independent bookstore for children, and at the First Book Canada booth, who are the also wonderful distributors of “Home Truths”.  I’d love to talk to you at either place!

Last Minute Revisions

Back to some last minute revisions before the workshop begins next Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »
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