Muffin the Rescue Puppy — Guest Post by Dasha Tolstikova

When I first saw a picture of Muffin, her name was Mimi and she did not look like a kind of dog that I would get along with very well. She seemed too tiny and too high strung and her name was MIMI, for chrissakes. So, I applied to meet an entirely different dog named Gary.

The animal shelter emailed back to set up an appointment for me to meet Mimi because they thought she might be perfect for me, and I wanted to seem game so I said I would meet her (with the hopes of meeting Gary the following weekend).

And then she was familiar. She was scraggly and feisty and feigned disinterest in a way that I knew. I thought we could live side by side. I crossed my fingers. I said that I would take her. I decided to name her Muffin.

Every day I wake up at 7:00 a.m. and take Muffin for a walk. And every day I cannot believe how lucky I got. Muffin is the most perfect dog for me. And Gary? Who is Gary?


Muffin, the day Dasha adopted her

Muffin, 3 months after living with Dasha

Dasha Tolstikova’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her graphic-novel memoir, A Year Without Mom, has received three starred reviews and has been translated into Korean and Swedish. She has also illustrated The Jacket, written by Kirsten Hall, a New York Times Notable Book.

Enter to Win a Lisa Moore & Dasha Tolstikova Prize Pack!


Lisa Moore and Dasha Tostikova are in Toronto this week, and we’re so excited! If you’re not able to make it out to any of the events, it’s you’re lucky day. We’re giving away a prize pack that includes:

  1. Flannery by Lisa Moore
  2. A Year Without mom by Dasha Tolstikova

The contest runs from May 16th to May 29th. A winner will be randomly chosen. Fill out the form below to enter!

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.

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