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Cantastic Authorpalooza: Ishta Mercurio

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by great Canadian children’s writers! Today’s guest: Ishta Mercurio. Take it away, Ishta! A Noisy Kind of Quiet I wrote the first draft of SMALL WORLD in 2011. When I tell people that, they always pause. I can see the gears working in their minds: am I THAT BAD at this writing thing? Is publishing THAT SLOW? Does it always take THAT LONG? And how can they ask me these questions in a way that’s not insulting? (After all, this is Canada. Being “not insulting” is our brand.) Well… The answer to those...

Fuzzy Forensics Wins the Lane Anderson Award!

If you’ve been anywhere near me on social media this week, of course, you already know this. By the time I made it back to my hotel room after the dinner where the announcement was made, author friends had already posted the news on Facebook and Twitter. Which was both heartwarming and very helpful, because I was too excited to focus long enough to write even 140 characters. I flew into Toronto the day of the dinner and met two of these author friends, Ishta Mercurio and Helaine Becker, both of whom are witty, intelligent, and fantastic, not to mention wonderful...