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

The value of cultural diversity — guest post by Sarah Ellis

Sarah EllisI like a good festival. In Vancouver you can pretty much move right from the Vaisakhi parade through Italian Day on the Drive to Carnaval del Sol through to Chinese New Year if you’ve got the endurance and you love food trucks. (Apparently there is even a St. David’s Day celebration for my people but I haven’t attended because I don’t think there’s a Welsh food truck. Welsh food: now there’s an unrealized business opportunity. “Hey honey, wanna grab some Welsh takeout tonight?” But I digress.)

These cultural festivals make us feel good. They make us feel Canadian and mosaic-ey and hyphenated. Who doesn’t enjoy closing the streets to cars, drinking a beer outside in public, (it doesn’t take much to make a Canadian feel naughty), and watching those Ukrainian dancers, their ribbons flying? But festivals aren’t enough. At festivals nobody wants to bring up cultural divisions, political rifts, racism, alienation, appropriation or awkward historical truths. Festivals don’t give us the inside story. For the real inside story, fiction is an excellent source.

I review books for the American reviewing journal the Horn Book. Because I’m a Canadian I guess I count as international because they tend to assign me books in translation. I’m delighted by these assignments. What I learn from imported books is not so much that daily life in Finland or Tanzania is different from ours, it is that basic assumptions are different. Take the relationship between parents and children, for example, a subject of enduring fascination for the child reader. Everything we hold dear about the roles and responsibilities of parents? Guess what. That’s just us. There are other ideas about this relationship and we live with those ideas when we read a book that grew in that other place. That new immigrant kid in the class? He might hold those other ideas.

People talk about walking a mile in someone else’s moccasins. That’s true, of course, and books are great places to try on other people’s shoes. But after the book is over, if it has truly connected with the reader, that reader’s own shoes should feel slightly uncomfortable for a while. That’s a good thing. Let’s be slightly uncomfortable with our own assumptions. That’s the value of diversity.


Outside in by Sarah EllisOutside In

by Sarah Ellis

Lynn’s life is full — choir practice, school, shopping for the perfect jeans, and dealing with her free-spirited mother. Then one day her life is saved by a mysterious girl named Blossom, who introduces Lynn to her own world and family — both more bizarre, yet somehow more sane, than Lynn’s own.

 

 

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