Nominated News!

News! Here it is:yay

Well, after I got back from the IFOA in Toronto things were quiet for a while. Then a few days before Christmas, Cinnamon Toast got an enthusiastic mention on Liveline with Joe Duffy on Ireland's national radio station, RTE 1. Peter Sheridan reviewed and called it one of his favourite books of the year, and this actually got me more attention in Ireland than almost anything else I'd done here in the way of publicity. Here's a link to the broadcast if you're interested. Peter's review comes approximately five minutes in, but the rest of the egshow is pretty great too.

Then I found out that the online magazine Cityline had chosen Cinnamon Toast as one of its top books of 2013. Critic Suzanne Gardner, who also wrote this great review in Quill & Quire, picked it as one of her five favourites. I was over the moon.

And there was more good news. At the end of January I got the news that Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World had been chosen as part of the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading program. Woo-hoo! The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest reading program, with over 250,000 participants. There are eight categories aimed at different ages. Cinnamon Toast, along with nine other great books, was placed on the short list for the Evergreen Award, which is the category for adult readers. (Have a look.) The winners will be chosen in a vote by readers in October. You can participate through your local library.aba

And finally: more nomination joy followed as I learned that Cinnamon Toast had been nominated for an Atlantic Book Award - the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, to be exact. This is an award given to a first fiction or non-fiction book by an author from Atlantic Canada and there are two other books nominated, Stephen Law's Tailings of Warren Peace and Charlotte R. Mendel's Turn Us Again, both of which look really good, dammit. Here's the full list of Atlantic Book Award nominees. I'll be participating in several events for the Atlantic Book Festival in May. Hope to see you there.

I'll know if I get lucky in the third week of May at a swanky gala held in Charlottetown, PEI. I may be bringing my mom, so things will probably get pretty rowdy. I'll keep you updated.

Now, enough good news. How's that second book coming along? Still not much progress. This is partly why I've decided to take a semester off and set up in glamorous Bridgetown, Nova Scotia (population 949). I'll be in Nova Scotia from May to August, the longest I've been in the country since I left for Tokyo back in the early days of 2001. Very exciting.

More on that later. In the meantime, enjoy this cute trailer of the nominees for the OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen Award. Although I think the animator might have...um...missed something about my main character...

 

 

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