From I Value Canadian Stories:
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO FULFILL ITS 2022 BUDGET PROMISE TO FIX THE COPYRIGHT ACT.
Everyone can agree that workers should get paid for the work they do. Nobody should be asked to live without a paycheque. Not teachers or professors, nor the writers, illustrators, playwrights and all other artists and publishers they rely on. Copyright is an indispensable revenue source for creators and how many get paid.
Yet for ten years and counting, Canadian creators and publishers have not been paid when educational institutions outside of Quebec copy their work.
I’ll be hanging with the CPL for a grades 4-6 workshop, MIND YOUR PEAS AND Qs. For full information and to register, please head here.
Much thanks to Audreys for their collaboration, and to Nadia L. Hohn and Marty Chan for the organizing! Join us online with this Zoom link.
I love my job as an author, but it’s a tough go because writing can be a grind. So, I doubly, triply, infinitely appreciate it when readers take time to let me know they enjoy the books. Their effort in contacting me makes the tough moments of writing a little better.
So, imagine my delight at finding out that Artist R, for a Halloween event, decided to carve a Lark pumpkin! I can only guess at the time the artist took in creating Pumpkin Lark—the hair, the expression–all of it! Lark would be thrilled to see this! (In fact, I think Halmoni would say that Lark was over the moon about it).
Getting these photos absolutely made my week! Thank you, Artist R, for choosing Lark as your creation and thank you for permission to share your amazing work.
I hope you keep working on your art (I wish I had your skill!) and I hope you keep reading and enjoying Lark. 🥳😁
Much thanks to Kate & the WGA’s Youth Hub for the chance to dive into some writerly questions.
If you’re an Alberta writer looking for workshops and a chance to connect with your fellow writers, head to the WGA’s website for more information, https://writersguild.ca
Had an absolute blast at the VWF this week, alongside Joel A. Sutherland and our extraordinary moderator, Shannon O. All my thanks and gratitude to the amazing team of staff and volunteers that made the week so seamless and awesome!
Alison Hughes – Life Expectancy
Sophie St. John’s grandmother, a world-renowned writer, may be as talented as she is rude, but Sophie is just Sophie: clumsy, emotional, and prone to outbursts.
When she stars in a class play based on her grandmother’s famous novel and then comes across an old legal case while doing research for homework, Sophie uncovers a profound, devastating, life-changing secret — a secret her parents have kept from her since birth.
Faced with a revelation that changes her entire future, Sophie must confront her dysfunctional family, ponder her life goals, and summon the courage to finally start living on her own terms.
Kate Boorman – The Heathens and the Dragon
Elodie works hard to keep a clean house for her master, take care of her little brother, and guard the secret pagan beliefs she was taught by the mother they recently lost. But the world around her is growing suspicious of paganism and violent toward non-Christians. When Crusaders arrive to arrest her kindly master, a Cathar, for heresy, he flees, and the orphans Elodie and Bertran try to follow his trail.
Armed only with meagre supplies and a few good stories, and accompanied—to Elodie’s dismay—by Bertran’s pet chicken, they head into the forest, where they soon become lost. Luckily, they stumble upon a penniless female troubadour, Joie, who has mysteriously left court life and appears eager to help them. To earn money and food, the trio improvises a spectacle involving storytelling, music, and a chicken-assisted magic trick. The crowd’s applause almost allows Elodie to forget that her dragon tale dishonours an origin story sacred to her mother.
When Joie’s own secrets emerge, Elodie is faced with a new dilemma. With Crusaders hovering and a voracious audience clamouring, Elodie realizes that, to save herself and Bertran, she’ll need to decide who to trust—and who to betray.