Upcoming Events May 2016

There is so much going on this month with Groundwood Books. And we would absolutely love it if you could join us at one of our many events. We’ve rounded them up here, and hopefully we see you soon!

TCAF 2016

May 14 & 15
Toronto Comic Arts Festival

We have three wonderful illustrators making appearances at TCAF this weekend.

Book Signings

Saturday @ 10:30am to 11:00am – Matt James, illustrator of The Stone Thrower
Saturday @ 11:30am to 12:30pm – Dasha Tolstikova, creator of A Year Without Mom
Sunday @ 11:15am to 11:45am – Sydney Smith, illustrator of The White Cat and the Monk
Sunday @ 1:30pm to 2:30pm – Dasha Tolstikova, creator of A Year Without Mom


Saturday @ 10:00am – Matt James draw-along
locationDraw-Along Kids Room, Toronto Reference Library Appel Salon

Sunday @ 12:00 – Sydney Smith draw-along
  locationDraw-Along Kids Room, Toronto Reference Library Appel Salon

Sunday @ 12:15 – Dasha Tolstikova “Memoir for Kids” Panel
locationMarriott: Forest Hill Ballroom

Moore_Lisa_portrait_webMay 16 & 17
Lisa Moore @ Eh List Author Series

The eh List Author Series is hosting award-winning author, Lisa Moore at the Toronto Public Library. Lisa will be at the Lillian H. Smith branch Monday May 16th from 7:00pm-8:00pm, and Runnymede branch Tuesday May 17th from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Lisa Moore and Dasha Tolstikova @ Koffler

May 18
Mother Daughter Book Club

On Wednesday @ 6:00pm, please join us as acclaimed creators Lisa Moore and Dasha Tolstikova read from their latest books and chat about mothers, daughters, growing up, and everything in between. The event is at the Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St.

Come See Us at TCAF!



If you’re lucky enough to be among the throng at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, make sure to swing by booth #140. We’ll have all sorts of books, posters and buttons for your collections, and authors and illustrators will be signing at our booth all weekend long.

Saturday May 9th

12pm – SIGNING: Willow Dawson, illustrator of Avis Dolphin

12:15pm – READING: Patti LaBoucane-Benson & Kelly Mellings, author & illustrator of The Outside Circle
The Marriott 50, 90 Bloor Street East

2pm -SIGNING: Patti LaBoucane-Benson & Kelly Mellings, author & illustrator of The Outside Circle

3pm -SIGNING: Guno Park, illustrator of Subway Stations of the Cross

4:00pm – CONVERSATION: Patti LaBoucane-Benson & Kelly Mellings, author & illustrator of The Outside Circle
The Learning Centre: Toronto Reference Library

Sunday May 10th

12pm – SIGNING: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki, author & illustrator of This One Summer

4:00pm – PANEL: Art and the Urban Experience, featuring Guno Park, illustrator of Subway Stations of the Cross
Marriott 200, 90 Bloor Street East

See you there!

Groundwood Authors for Indies round-up

This Saturday (May 2nd), something very special is happening. All across Canada, 600 authors will gather at their favourite independent book stores in the first annual Authors for Indies Day. The day will be celebrated in all sorts of ways. Authors will be playing bookseller, recommending their personal favourites, giving readings – some bookstores will even have cake!

Here we’ve rounded up a list of appearances by Groundwood authors. Or check out the entire list authorsforindies.com and see who will be at your local.

Caroline Adderson
10:30 – 11:30 AM PDT – Kids Books, 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver BC
2:00 – 3:00 PM PDT Hager Books 2176 West 41 st Ave. Vancouver BC

Sarah Ellis
10:00 – 12:00 PM PDT
Book Warehouse, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Tim Wynne Jones
2:00 – 4:00 PM EST – Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books, 1018 Bank Street, Ottawa ON

Thomas King
1:00 – 1:30 PM EST – The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph ON

Linda Little
4:00 – 5:00 PM AST – Woozles, 1533 Birmingham Street, Halifax NS

Elise Moser
10:00 – 2:00 PM EST – Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue, Montreal QC

Cybèle Young
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST – Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto ON
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST – Mable’s Fables, 662 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto ON

Groundwood Books at Word on the Street

Join us on Sunday, September 21 at the Groundwood and House of Anansi booth at the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto! We have visiting authors, fun giveaways, and great books at special low prices!


Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Queen’s Park Circle, booths 153 & 154
Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

We also have creators who will be giving presentations and readings:

Cary Fagan
I Wish I Could Draw
The Children’s Activity Tent
12:15 – 1:00 PM

Jean E. Pendziwol
CBC Presents the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Once Upon a Northern Night
TD Children’s Literature Tent
1:40 – 2:40 PM

Laurel Croza and Matt James
From There to Here
TD Children’s Literature Tent
5:00 – 5:20 PM

We hope to see you there!


Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, the new picture book written by Jody Nyasha Warner and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki, launched last night at 918 Bathurst in Toronto. Here are a few photos from the lively event:



Thanks to everyone who made it out!

Viola DesmondIn Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. After all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were up in the balcony. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules. She refused to accept that being black meant she couldn’t sit where she wanted.

Viola’s determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely known.

The African Canadian community in Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s oldest and most established black communities. Despite their history and contributions to the province the people in this community have a long experience of racially based injustice.

Like Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, who many years later, in 1955, refused to give up their bus seats in Alabama, Desmond’s act of refusal awakened people to the unacceptable nature of racism and began and process of bringing an end to racial segregation in Canada.

An afterword provides a glimpse of African Canadian history.

Visit the Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged Facebook page!


Gordon Lightfoot admires the art in CANADIAN RAILROAD TRILOGY

Ian Wallace’s amazing original artwork from Canadian Railroad Trilogy is on display now through to October 6, 2010, at the CBC Toronto Atrium (250 Front Street West). Check out these incredible photos of Gordon Lightfoot visiting the exhibit yesterday for the first time:


Please join us for the opening reception at the Atrium on September 30th at 5:00 pm, hosted by CBC Radio 2′s Bob Mackowycz and featuring a special performance by Jory Nash.

Photo credit: RYAN COULDREY


Get a sneak peek of the CANADIAN RAILROAD TRILOGY exhibit!

Don’t miss the display of Ian Wallace’s original artwork from Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot!

The exhibit runs from September 22 to October 6, 2010, in the CBC Toronto Atrium (250 Front St W, Toronto). Please join us for the opening reception at the Atrium on September 30th at 5:00 pm, hosted by CBC Radio 2’s Bob Mackowycz and featuring a special performance by Jory Nash.

See you there!



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