I few weeks ago I received an email that I almost deleted without reading. I assumed it was from one of the many self-publishing book companies that send me several emails a week promoting their products. Admittedly, I have subscribed for these emails and from time to time I do actually read them and get a lot of value out of them. But, mostly I just feel overwhelmed by the information and delete without reading. Luckily I took a second look at this email.
It was from East End Arts, an awesome organization dedicated to promoting arts and artist in the East End of Toronto. It is one of six local arts service organizations funded by the city. Having grown up in the East End of Toronto and still working in an arts organization in this area (Pegasus Dance Studios), I was really excited once I realized where this email came from. The arts and east Toronto are my homes. So, of course it didn’t take much thought to answer YES to the invitation to participate in a panel discussion on self-publishing, another area I feel pretty passionate about.
This is a chance to share not only my past experiences but how I intend to change those experiences with the publishing of Emmy Nation 2. It is a chance to discuss producing art without gate keepers judging whether it is worthy or not. It is a chance to discuss the value of creating work whether it sells or not. It is the chance to discuss the need to share our creativity in the way we feel is best, not the way “experts” say is correct.
So, I invite you to join us on September 16 from 4-5:30 pm to discuss these issues with myself and the other amazing panelists. I will be joining Sharon Smith, Nathalie Prézeau, and moderator Valentina Ciric of The Asquith Press.
But, don’t just come for this one panel, check out the rest of the Weekend of Words as well!
Happy Tuesday! I am really excited to be featuring the debut novel of Maya Nessouli Abboushi on the blog today. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Read on for more details about the book, an interview with the author and a giveaway!
So excited to be doing another book review and author interview! I was drawn to this book for several reasons. First, look at that amazing cover – LOVE! But, I was mostly intrigued by the combination of genres. As we know, historical fiction is kind of my thing, but I also love fantasy and when the two blend together the results can be amazing!! This book does not disappoint.
Back in May I reviewed a charming YA novel about three young and incredibly intelligent students who use their genius to help their teacher find her mother. They called themselves the F.I.G.s (Females of Intellectual Genius) and they are back with a second novel! You can read my review of The Cadence of Gypsies here and below you will find everything you need to know about The Wish Rider, plus an interview with the author and an awesome giveaway at the end!
I am so excited about today’s book review! Not only because this was a really fun and amazing book but because I am doing this review with my 12 year old nephew, Riley! Aaron Safronoff’s book is a middle grade fantasy novel and it was so much fun to read it with Riley and share our thoughts and opinions about it with each other. Read on for details about the book, a great interview with Aaron and a Giveaway!!
I was drawn to this book because it is set in my home of Toronto, Canada. I love reading books set in the city I live in because I have such a clear understanding of the setting and locations. The CleanSweep Conspiracy, by Chuck Waldron, is a very fast moving book that takes my home and turns it upside down, creating havoc and a dystopian version of Toronto. Read on for my review, an interview with Mr. Waldron and a giveaway!
“History is littered with countless stories of how easy it is to create chaos.” – The CleanSweep Conspiracy
The description of this book sounded too mysterious and decadent to ignore! As far as YA novels goes, it is delightful to come across something that isn’t fantasy, sci-fi, apocalyptic or really morbid, these days! I enjoyed this book immensely. Read on for my review, a guest post from the author about her writing experience and a giveaway!!
“The stone in her chest had gotten large again, and the cadence was dissonant and loud — fortissimo — even clashing, suggesting a child’s terror. She didn’t need to write down the notes; she knew them be heart now — each note, each phrase, and each movement.” – The Cadence of Gypsies
I was attracted to this YA novel because of the concept of words holding magical power. I think it is such a lovely metaphor and one that has an important message for young readers. Amy Neftzger writes a fast paced book with interesting characters and a great sense of hopefulness! Read on for my review of the book, an interview with the author AND a giveaway!!!
“Words are a magic all of their own.” Amy Neftzger
I have recently connected with Italy Book Tours and I when they asked for bloggers interested in featuring The Winemakers I added my name to the list ASAP! This book was on my 2016 reading list already, so of course I wanted to feature it on my blog. Adding to my excitement was the chance to interview author Jan Moran!! If you are looking for your next great read I think this could be the one, it certainly is mine.