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2015 Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Nomination


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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.

Both The Nine Lives of Travis Keating and The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy were nominated for the same award.

And best wishes to fellow Nova Scotian writer Philip Roy for his nomination for Me and Mr. Bell.



Jill is on TV!!

Watch for me on the Morning Show on Global TV on Monday morning February 17th at 6:45 a.m. (yes, that’s a.m.) with Crystal Garrett, the Anchor and Co-Host of the Morning News.

We’ll be talking about all five of my books.


Summer Trip to the Netherlands

I won’t go on about my time in the Netherlands. A fantastic 50th birthday party of a dear friend in Den Haag. Two concerts at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Art galleries wherever I went, from traditional to way out there.
Informal concerts in Rotterdam and Den Haag.
A trip across Rotterdam Harbour in a water taxi.
A walk through the fields in the country near Haarlem.
Oh yes, and a thatched Dutch windmill.
Not a pace I could keep up in my ordinary life!

International Board on Books for Young People Event

I stayed at Imperial College in Kensington, where the IBBY events were to be held (International Board on Books for Young People). It was a thrill to meet writers, translators, illustrators, librarians from Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, Finland, Greenland, Ireland…and Toronto.

On the 25th of August, I went to the morning sessions of the IBBY Congress. Three Japanese people talked about the children of Fukushima, who were exposed both to the tsunami and to nuclear radiation. Huge efforts are being made to rebuild libraries, read to the children (who had to stay indoors, due to the radiation levels), and involve them in art projects to help them deal with this double trauma.

Then I heard Shaun Tan speak. So interesting, funny and original. I’ve since read several of his books. His imagination is way out there, and yet there’s such depth to his books – and no easy answers. I feel privileged to have heard him.

There was a display of all the Honour List books in Sherfield Hall. Very exciting to see The Nine Lives of Travis Keating sitting on the shelf!

The Honour List nominees from all over the world had lunch together, then we all went to the presentation ceremony. Large screen descriptions of our books, very classy diplomas, and a full house. Great fun.

I had dinner in a Russian restaurant with Maria Turtschaninoff, a Swedish-speaking YA fantasy writer from Finland – I have since read excerpts of an English translation of her book Arra and enjoyed it very much. Her English, fortunately, was excellent.

Then off to a hotel near Heathrow so I could get to Terminal 5 at 5:30 the next morning. The less said about that, the better.

Journey to Amsterdam

Very very early in the morning I fly to Amsterdam from Heathrow.

Plans for the Netherlands?

The fiftieth birthday party of a dear friend in Den Haag.
Two concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

And the rest is speculation:

  • A day trip to Antwerp in nearby Belgium?
  • A day trip to Brussels? Best chocolate in the world (plus art and architecture and glorious gardens, of

  • course).
  • A day trip – train, bus and bicycle – to a museum in the middle of a national park in the Netherlands with a large collection of van Gogh?
  • A day trip to see working windmills?

I’ll let you know when I get home!

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The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden
Jill MacLean's latest book The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden , published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside and is available in bookstores and on-line!

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.

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Nix Minus One

Jill MacLean's book Nix Minus One , published by Pajama Press and now available in bookstores!

Nix Minus One is geared for readers in Grade 7-8 and up.
Published February 15, 2013


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