The Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2009

Tundra’s Director of Foreign and Special Markets, Catherine Mitchell, shares her photos from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair:

Here are two photos of our booth at this year’s Bologna Book Fair. The space is small but a representative selection of our picture books (back wall), fiction and non-fiction (side wall) are taken to show publishers in our meetings. Time is limited so the display has to tell as much as possible and act as backdrop to the discussion. We include quotes, honours, rights sales, and award stickers where possible to maximize attention to the list, all of which is helped by great looking covers to catch passers-by as well.

Tundra's Bologna Booth

Tundra's Bologna Booth

Booklist’s Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth: 2009

Booklist's Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth 2009

Eva Wiseman’s Puppet is listed in Booklist’s Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth!  Click here to view the full list. Puppet tells a heartbreaking episode in history, explained through the story of a young servant girl in the late 1800s. Although Puppet is a work of fiction, it is based upon a real court case that took place in Hungary in 1883. In Hungary today, the name Morris Scharf has become synonymous with “traitor.”

“The tension builds to the trial scenes, and the climax is electrifying with its public drama on the witness stand and the heartbreak between Morris and his dad. Adults will want this, too.”

– Starred Review from Booklist

“…a tale of shocking prejudice and a kind of petty corruption that chills one to the bone… Wiseman’s unflinching descriptions of the conducts of officials, the trial itself, and subtext of Julie’s life mixed with her reactions to and participation in the events around her are compelling and believable. The relatively positive ending to this harrowing tale serves to mitigate the shocking events it so admirably relates.”

– Excellent from Resource Links

Award-winning author, Eva Wiseman, is the mother of two and she lives in Winnipeg with her husband. Eva recently celebrated the launch of Puppet at McNally Robinson.

OMNI VIP: Win Books!

OMNI VIPWould you like a chance to win some of our books? If you are an OMNI VIP member, now you can! The concept is very simple: watch OMNI TV, collect points, and trade them in for prizes! And what great prizes they are!

Currently, I Love Chocolate by Davide Cali and illustrated by Evelyn Daviddi is in their Prize Vault! Keep checking, as there will be a great rotation of our Spring 2009 books available.

Visit the OMNI VIP website for more details and to sign up.

It’s Illustrators Night

Everyone is welcome to this very popular event… everyone!

Here is your chance to hear about the work of three of our talented members. Come and enjoy Marthe Jocelyn, Ruth Ohi and Alice Priestley as they discuss their recent work. Tables will be set up around the room so that illustrators and aspiring illustrators both can share their portfolios during the coffee hour. This meeting is open to the public so bring a friend!

April 8, 2009 at 7:30pm
CANSCAIP meetings are held at:
The Northern District Library—Second Floor
40 Orchard View Blvd. Toronto, Ontario

Keep Toronto Reading

Keep Toronto Reading 2009

“This April, join Toronto Public Library for Keep Toronto Reading, a month-long showcase of books and culture. Enjoy an exciting line-up of free events, performances and discussions at library branches and partner locations throughout the city.”

Tundra authors participating:

Shyam Selvadurai, author of Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, will be featured in Lit City: Celebrity Picks at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 7:00pm.

Richard Scrimger, author of From Charlie’s Point of View, will be featured in Counting Yourself In at the Bendale Branch on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 1:30pm.

Ken Setterington, author of The Snow Queen and Clever Katarina, will be featured in Heroes Of My Youth: The Women Of Scarborough at the Bendale Branch on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:00pm.

Keep reading Toronto!