Archive for October 2014
Good news! The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden is one of ten books nominated for the 2015 Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award for fiction. This book was published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
And best wishes to fellow Nova Scotian writer Philip Roy for his nomination for Me and Mr. Bell.
Blog October 8 2014:
A big gap since my last blog. I took some downtime – what a concept! Read, relaxed, walked the beach, gardened, spent time with friends and family – and then was seized with the idea that I should write an historical novel set in medieval England.
Why, you ask? Not sure I know the answer. It’s a period that’s always interested me. Visiting Chartres Cathedral (near Paris) four years ago, for instance, was a real high point. And over the years I’ve seen several medieval illuminated manuscripts – so beautiful, with such rich colours. Done by hand. By candlelight. With brushes and quill pens. Think about it as you text your next message.
So now I’m reading, taking notes, listening for the voices of my characters – and hoping you’ll wish me luck! A lot of it. If writing Nix Minus One in free verse was a challenge, could this next project be seen as certifiable madness?
On a different note, Nix Minus One, so I just found out, has been selected for the 2014 White Ravens List. Never heard of it? Neither had I.
It’s a list of books selected annually by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Books from around the globe “that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and innovative artistic and literary style and design.”
According to my wonderful editor, Ann Featherstone, it’s a very prestigious list. Good for Nix!
And I’m permitted to use this logo
This book is the completion of the Newfoundland trilogy which started with The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, followed by The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy.
Pick up your copy today!
- What has Jill been up to? January 26, 2016
- 2015 Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Nomination October 21, 2014
- White Ravens Selection 2014 – Nix Minus One October 8, 2014
- Atlantic Book Awards – Ann Connor Brimer Award for Nix Minus One! May 26, 2014
- Festival of Trees May 26, 2014
ratings: 143 (avg rating 4.20)
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
ratings: 69 (avg rating 4.19)
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
ratings: 91 (avg rating 4.16)
Nix Minus One
ratings: 13 (avg rating 4.15)
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