It’s the last few days of 2007 and here are a few news items from our members with which to close the year:
I will be teaching and touring this spring. On February 23, I’ll be teaching Magazine Writing for Kids as part of SFU’s Creative and Professional Writing program. The week of February 18th, I’ll be touring schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows and from April 28 – May 1 will be visiting libraries in the Okanagan. On May 31, I will take part in Nanaimo’s Bookfest. I’ll be available for school and library visits the weeks before and after May 31.
My first young adult novel, Out of Order, was released by Orca this fall and is in stores now. Out of Order recently received a great review in Canadian Materials: “Compelling, deftly crafted… This novel is impossible to put down.” Resource Links calls it “a book that will please both teenage readers and those of us that want them to read.”
I am thrilled to have three more books coming out with Orca in the spring of 2008: a juvenile novel called Impossible Things, a YA novel (in the Soundings series) called Big Guy, and a sports adventure novel called Dead in the Water. For more information about me and my books, please visit my website at www.robinstevenson.com
Horse Power the second in my Flower Power Series (Orca Currents) has just been released. In this adventure, the Flower Power Gang protest the closure of a small rural school. My creative nonfiction piece, Cariboo Gold appeared in Heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin, More Stories Worth Reading (Heritage House.) A launch at the Williams Lake Museum was well attended. I was featured in the Winter edition of B.C. Bookworld which includes an interview and my short essay about writing from the ‘boonies.’ My creative non-fiction piece about growing rhubarb (or trying to persuade it NOT to grow so plentifully) will be included in Heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Volume 3 to be released by Heritage House in Spring 2008.)
I survived a flat tire and a parking ticket in Toronto and a hotel fire and blizzard in New Brunswick to complete a three week book tour, the last week of which was for Book Week. Twenty-one schools, six libraries and fifty-one presentations, and all the while waiting to see if The Alchemist’s Dream had won the GGs—it didn’t, but it did win the Silver Medal in the Moonbeam Awards. I also heard that Where Soldier’s Lie is up for the the Red Maple Award in May. Meanwhile work continues on a history of the First World War for young readers, Desperate Glory, scheduled for release from Napoleon Publishing in spring 2008, and a YA novel set in 13th century France, The Heretic’s Secret (Key Porter, fall, 2008).