Here is some spring book news direct from CWILL BC members:
I just signed a contract with Menasha Ridge Press to write a biography of professional athlete Tao Berman (adult market nonfiction).
My lastest YA novel, Seraphina’s Circle, is nominated for the 2007/2008 Stellar Book Award.
The deadline for submissions to the YA story collection about mothers and daughters and body image that I’m editing with Deb Loughead is June 15. We welcome the work of new, emerging and established writers. For details, please go to: www.sumachpress.com/submiss.htm
Tanya Lloyd Kyi:
my latest book has just been released by Annick. Burn: The Life Story of Fire explores the roles of flame in our daily existence. Readers will learn how Korean kings once communicated with smoke signals, examine the connections between songbirds and forest fires, and learn why smokers were once warned about the health risks of matches, not cigarettes.
I’ve just signed 2 book contracts. One with Raincoast for a chapter book titled Sign For a Friend. The other contract is with Ronsdale for a YA novel titled The Girl in the Backseat.
Raincoast has officially accepted my third book about a chicken who wants to be a free range aerialist. The title has not yet been determined. Perhaps Getz Goes for Gold or maybe Chicken on Skis. Time will tell. I am very excited though. The expected publication date is Fall, 2009.
Other news-I performed at the Vancouver International Children’s festival with the Tickle Trunk Players to a packed tent. We were a hit.
Joan Betty Stuchner:
I am launching my short novel Honey Cake, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent and published by Tradewind Books, which is suitable for grades 2 – 4.
Date: June 10th
Time: 4 pm
Location: Solly’s Bagels 368 W. 7th Ave. (Yukon @ 7th) Food – There’ll be honey cake on the house, and lots of delicious things to buy if the cake doesn’t fill you. (Check out Solly’s website)
Entertainment – music, songs, readings and a short dramatization – plus books for you to buy! See and hear Cynthia and I as we strut our stuff. Plus there’s a band!
The book, set during the occupation of Denmark in WW2, describes a world of suspense and danger, courage and friendship. A world in which two countries manage to do the impossible at a time when miracles were in short supply. An uplifting story. See you at Solly’s!
I have a new play coming out: a two act, large cast comedy called Shiver Me Timbers! This play is being published by Contemporary Drama Service in the United States. It is suitable for both elementary and secondary school levels.
During the week of June 4th to 8th, I am directing two productions of my latest play, Who’s Responsible? at Hazel Trembath Elementary in Port Coquitlam. Who’s Responsible? is a comedy that deals with several aspects of social responsibility. The play has 64 roles and includes every grade 5 student in the school. It also contains several plays within a play: The external sketch is called “And…Action!” The internal sketches are entitled: “Alien Encounter”, “Cod of Conduct”, “Bully Busters”, “Store Wars”, “Social Responsibility Olympics”, “School for Super Heroes” and “Driving Lessons”.
Finally, I am happy to report that this past year there were over 77 productions of my plays (Mystery at Shady Acres, Foibles and Folly and Christmas…Unwrapped) across Canada, the United States and in Germany.
Dundurn Group has released a new editon of “The Doctor’s Apprentice” with a great new cover. The sequel, “By The Skin of his Teeth” has also be reprinted and released under the Dundurn imprint. These two books are part of the 3 volume Barkerville Mystery series.
“Horse Power” the second in the Flower Power Series (Orca Currents) will be published this fall. It’s a wild ride. Funny, fast and an easy read.
I also will be participating in a launch in Williams Lake for Heritage House’s Heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Volume 2. My piece in that anthology deals with personal history of my life in the Cariboo, although many of the selections are by well known historians and non-fiction writers.
I am both reading at and organized the food for this launch at the museum. Double-duty.
And don’t forget the CWILL BC Spring Book Hatching on June 9th, an exciting spring launch of fresh new titles just in time for summer reading!