Invitation to Schmooze in Ottawa
If you're from (or visiting) the Ottawa area you're invited to meet for lunch
on Friday, March 1, for SCBWI Canada East's second-ever Ottawa Schmooze. We'll
meet at 1:00 pm upstairs at the Foolish Chicken, 79 Holland Ave.,
613-321-4715. We'll talk writing, illustrating, and publishing; form new
connections and refresh existing ones; eat; and have a good time.
To facilitate introductions and conversation, we'll also make time for a brief
show-and-tell. Each person will be given 2 minutes to talk about (and show off)
recent triumphs or ongoing projects.
Because we need to give the restaurant a headcount, RSVPs are required.
Please email Chris at email@example.com if you plan to attend. Note that each of us will be paying our own way. You can view the menu here: http://foolishchicken.ca/menus/lunch-menu/ .
We'd love to get the word out to the broader Ottawa writers' community, so please
feel free to invite non-SCBWI members. (Just make sure they notify us of their
plans to attend!)
Note that most of the parking on Holland is limited to one hour, but there is
two-hour metered parking on Spencer Street, a bit more than a block north of
the restaurant. There is also public paid parking in and around Holland Cross.
Ottawa Schmooze Coordinators:
Rachel Eugster, Web Editor, SCBWI Canada East
Michelle D. Jodoin, Webmaster, SCBWI Canada East
Christine Tripp, Illustrator and former Illustrator Coordinator, SCBWI Canada East
Canada East not hosting the Niagara Falls Retreat in 2013
As most of you know, for the past two years SCBWI Canada East has hosted a retreat style conference in the spring at Carmel Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ontario. We're writing to pass along the news that the conference to be held at Carmel Niagara this coming May 2013 will not
be an SCBWI-affiliated event.
When the tentative date for the 2013 Niagara event was chosen, the date was selected to ensure that it did not coincide with other large children's publishing events. Unfortunately, three years later, calendars have changed. Canadian Children's Book week, previously held in November, now falls in May, and in 2013 it runs from May 4 to 11 (http://www.bookweek.ca/
). This schedule change means that it overlaps with the proposed dates for the Niagara event.
Both Lizann Flatt and Alma Fullerton, your RA and ARA respectively, applied independently to tour with Canadian Children's Book Week, and both of us were chosen to participate in 2013. This week-long tour will see Lizann going to Saskatchewan and Alma to Alberta, unfortunately preventing both of us from attending a Niagara event on that first weekend of May. SCBWI policies will not allow our chapter to hold such a large event when two of the three chapter officials cannot be there. In circumstances such as these, SCBWI does not want its volunteers to put their personal writing or illustrating careers on hold to fulfill voluntary commitments to SCBWI.
We have discussed the situation with Jackie Garlick-Pynaert, the Niagara event coordinator for the past Niagara retreats. Jackie has decided to continue with the event on the May 3 to 5, 2013 weekend and must therefore proceed without SCBWI involvement. If you have any further questions about the Niagara event, please contact Jackie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still planning to hold a Canada East conference this year. Keep your eye out for details on an event tentatively scheduled for October 4-6, 2013 in Montreal. We'll also be planning smaller meet-ups in different places and other things throughout the year. All event details will be announced via the SCBWI Canada East yahoo listserv, SCBWI emails, and our own SCBWI Canada East website (http://www.scbwicanada.org/east/
) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/SCBWICanadaEast
) as details become available.
Thank you for your participation in SCBWI Canada East events, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Lizann and Alma and Peggy
respectively your RA, ARA, and IC
Celebrate Kids Books with the Book Creators
Come celebrate with the creators of the latest releases!
Mingle with the writers and illustrators who are creating the latest books for young adults, tweens, and children. Hear them read from their latest work, and have it autographed on the spot. Adults and kids are welcome.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 6-9 P.M.
Collected Works Bookstore
1242 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada East. This party, which is free and open to the public, kicks off SCBWI’s fall conference (Oct. 20-21, Albert at Bay Street Hotel).
Adults who want to attend the conference to learn more about publishing are encouraged to pre-register. For more information: http://www.scbwicanada.org/east/events.php
. Some of the authors reading include:
And many more books by members of both Canada East and Canada West will be on display and available for sale at the bookstore.
Good News for October, November, December 2011
Wrapping up the year with this good news from our members:
Congratulations to all!
Registration Opens for our Niagara Falls, ON Retreat & Conference
Want to attend this year's Writer's and Illustrator's Retreat & Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario?
The registration brochure, information on the speakers, and a page of FAQs is now up at the "Regional Conference" tab on this site. Or, here's the direct link:
And it will be up on our Canada East site as well:
Hope you can join us!
Good News for July, Aug, September
Our July August September newsletter is packed with great news. (We're switching to a 4 time a year format to present the news and information in more detail.)
Click here to download the PDF:
[CanE Good News Newsletter JulyAugSept11.pdf]
Fall Canada East Conference Registration Opens
Registration now open for our Fall "Courage to Create" Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.
Click this link to download the PDF schedule and registration form:
[SCBWICanEast Fall 2011.pdf]
Good News for May/June 2011
Good News for March/April 2011
Canada East Member Good News March/April 2011
’s new novel That Boy Red
is out from Harper Collins Canada. It’s P.E.I. during the Depression -– meet eleven-year-old Roderick "Red" MacRae, resourceful, pig-headed and impulsive, and his large and lively family, as they weather the challenges of farming through a particularly turbulent year.
’s new picture book My Cat Isis
is out from Kids Can Press. Striking collage illustrations by Virginie Egger bring to life a boy's comparisons of his beloved cat to Isis, goddess of Egyptian myth.
’s first two novels, Cinderella: Ninja Warrior
and Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer
have been officially released from Baker & Taylor Publishing Group, under their
Silver Dolphin imprint. These books are fairy tale adaptations where the heroines need to fight for their happy endings.
The 2011 SCBWI Golden Kite and Sid Fleishman awards have been announced. Find
the full list here:
and CONGRATULATIONS to our own Rukhsana Khan
for winning in the category of
Picture Book Text for Big Red Lollipop.
Yay to all the people on the CLA Book of the Year for Children finalist list
I see Alma Fullerton
, Erin Bow
, Marsha Skrypuch
(and Art Slade from Canada West)
And this CLA Young Adult Book Award shortlist
also has Art Slade and Kenneth Oppel
Congratulations to everyone! The next edition of Good News will be posted here around the end of June. Send your good news for the general period of May/June to email@example.com
or post to our chapter's yahoo listserve with the heading “Good News.”
Good News Jan/Feb 2011
Canada East Good News Gathered for January/February 2011
ALA's lists came out:
Best Books for Young Adults 2011 list
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2011 list
Congratulations to members Erin Bow
, Art Slade
, Cheryl Rainfield
, and Ken Oppel
for being on these lists! Cheryl Rainfield’s is also in the top 10 list of Quick Picks.
Member Caroline Pignat
got some nice press in the Ottawa Citizen:
reports that her agent, Michelle Humphrey at ICM, has sold Joanne’s middle grade book, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, to Bloomsbury Kids for publication in Summer 2012, Margaret Miller editing. Yay Joanne!
announced that in Victoria, a contemporary dance was performed by Lori Hamarinspired by stories from Marsha’s anthology, Kobzar's Children
. The dance will ultimately be 60 minutes long, but what Lori Hamar performed was the first 20 minutes. That section was inspired by one story in Kobzar's Children called Andriy's Break, by Danny Evanishen, and it is about the internment of Ukrainians in WWII.
If you've been following the NY SCBWI Conference blog, maybe you saw Canada East's own Debbie Ridpath Ohi and her video success story (read: she landed a contract!). If not, check it out: http://bit.ly/hh3YWl
Way to go, Debbie!
And more big news: "Big Red Lollipop
" by Rukhsana Khan
Wins 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Award
"Big Red Lollipop" by Rukhsana Khan is the fourteenth annual winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and will be formally presented on March 5, 2011 in Madison, WI. Author Rukhsana Khan’s first-person narrative tells the story of Rubina, who’s thrilled to receive her first invitation to a classmate’s birthday party. But when her mother, unfamiliar with this cultural tradition, insists that she take her younger sister along to the party, the whole event is ruined for Rubina. Khan realistically and humorously presents sibling conflict in an authentic child voice as she shows a young girl successfully negotiating two cultures. Big Red Lollipop was edited by Catherine Frank and published in the United States in 2010 by Viking, an imprint of the Penguin Group.? For more on the award, see
Congratulations to everyone!
The next edition of Good News will be posted here around the end of April. Send your good news for the general period of March/April to firstname.lastname@example.org
or post to our chapter's yahoo listserve with the heading “Good News.”