Life, the Universe and Everything


How to Become an Accidental Activist by Frieda Wishinsky and Elizabeth MacLeod

Frieda Wishinsky: How to Become an Accidental Activist

How to Become an Accidental Activist (Orca Books) is the sixth book I’ve written with Elizabeth MacLeod. It’s geared for kids and adults age 8 and up and focuses on a diverse group of women and men of all ... Read More  

Shadow Grave by Marina Cohen

Marina Cohen – The Seeds That Became Shadow Grave

I began writing the first draft of this novel so long ago, its working title was Frozen. Well, we all know what happened to that title, thank you very much Disney! I’d go through several more titles before settling ... Read More  

Sun Wishes by Patricia Storms

Patricia Storms: The Power of Short and Gentle

Every now and then, as a picture book author/illustrator, I do the one thing that I know I should not do. I’m in a good mood, I’m feeling upbeat about my career, and the world is a cheerful, friendly ... Read More  

What the Dog Knows by Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll: What the Author, Now, Knows

For all the dogs I’ve known in my life, I wrote What the Dog Knows. Such a slow and pleasureful project; it took nearly ten years of revising the story and evolving the characters. No one rushed me, I ... Read More  

Dolls posed with a copy of The Dollhouse by Charis Cotter

Charis Cotter – Scary Dolls and Haunted Dollhouses

I was devoted to my dolls from an early age, and my love of dolls has never left me. I think I have about 26 or 27 now … I’ve lost count. Most of them are tucked away in ... Read More  

Science Rendezvous Is Almost Here!

If the last two years have taught us anything, it's that science matters. It helps us solve problems, find solutions (or mix them!), and make life better. Read More  

Unboxing Who's Looking? by Carol Matas

Carol Matas – Who’s Looking? How Animals See the World

A conversation with my grandson was the catalyst that sent me off into the wonderful, surprising world of how animals see. One summer day we were strolling home from the park. I was pointing things out to him: flowers, ... Read More  

Sneaks by Catherine Egan

Catherine Egan – No Writing Is Wasted

Years ago, when my first child was an infant, I swore to myself that I could and would keep writing. I was still working part-time in a restaurant and doing bits of freelance work, but I was determined to ... Read More  

reflections of tree branches

When Was the Last Time You Played?

If you've got young kids, probably pretty recently. If you don't? Was it pre-COVID? Longer? For me, definitely longer. I am a responsible, disciplined, goal-oriented adult. It has been so long since I played that when people ask me what I ... Read More  

Isabelle Groc: Lessons from Conservation Canines

I have shared my life with cats for the last 30 years, and I could not imagine not having a feline companion at home. I adopted my first rescue cat in Harlem, when I was a student at Columbia ... Read More  

Organizational Structures for Clear, Effective Writing

If your January is anything like mine, it's all about getting organized (again). So today, we're talking about organizational structures in writing. Figuring out the best structure for your material is one of the primary benefits of outlining. This ... Read More  

cover of The Boreal Forest by L. E. Carmichael

Welcome to 2022

Two weeks into 2020-too - how is everyone doing? It's been a mixed bag for me so far. In the YAAAAAAY column, I got my COVID booster (woo vaccines! woo science!) and The Boreal Forest won the 2021 Information Book ... Read More  

Author Bev Katz Rosenbaum

Bev Katz Rosenbaum: Playing the Long Game

Like many authors, I have many author friends. I also have all too many friends who gave writing-to-publish a shot and gave up after a short while. Some of them went on to self-publish their books. I think self-publishing ... Read More  

candy cane cookies

Merry COVID Christmas: On the Value of Traditions in the Worst of Times

Last week was tough, you guys. Last week I told a friend I haven't seen in over two years not to fly out for the holidays, because omicron is blowing up in Ontario and it wasn't safe for her ... Read More  

The Legend by Jean Mills

Jean Mills: When “Research” Means Mining Your Own Experience

“Write what you know.” Who said that? I’m not sure, but it’s a phrase – an instruction, really – thrown around as a guideline for writers. It suggests you should draw on what you know, mine your own life experience, ... Read More  

bath and body works collection

Why Can’t All Product Bottles Dispense From the Bottom?

It seems to be Friday again (already), which means I'll spend tomorrow morning doing what a lot of us do - tidying up the house. Part of my tidying process involves restocking: bringing pantry items from basement storage into ... Read More  

Making Seaker by Karen Autio

Karen Autio: A New Story Woven from the Threads of a Classic

All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old. —ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, Braiding Sweetgrass I used the epigraph above in Making Seaker, my latest book—a contemporary Middle Grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) novel. Making Seaker was ... Read More  

The Boreal Forest, illustration by Josée Bisaillon

The Sleep Article For People Who Hate Sleep Articles

You know those articles about how we should all be getting more sleep? The ones where the first half is dedicated to telling you all the terrifying things that happen to the sleep deprived, and the second half contains ... Read More