Author picks for the holidays: Ian Wallace recommends A SALMON FOR SIMON

The book:

A Salmon for Simon, by Betty Waterton and illustrated by Ann Blades
ISBN: 978-0-88899-276-5 * $6.95

The recommender:

Ian Wallace, illustrator of Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Ian says:

Published in 1978, A Salmon for Simon is a timeless classic, simply and respectively told by Betty Waterton with thoughtful illustrations by Ann Blades that capture the tenderness inherent within.

IAN WALLACE is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books — one of Canada’s best known and loved. Over a long and distinguished career he has published many picture-book classics, including Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Name of the Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge, The Huron Carol and The Sleeping Porch. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. Ian currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

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Anansi and Groundwood news update

The latest from Anansi:

  • Alison Pick’s Far to Go has been presented with the 2010 Words Worthy Award! This award is chosen by the staff of Words Worth Books to honour a book that has been overlooked by Canada’s major literary prizes. From the press release: “We are pleased to announce that in our estimation, Alison Pick’s second novel Far to Go is the finest work of Canadian fiction published in 2010.”
  • The 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist has been announced — and we are proud to have two Anansi books among the 15 excellent Canadian books longlisted for the award. Congratulations to Lisa Moore (February) and Marie-Claire Blais (Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom)!

On the Groundwood side:

  • Kirkus Reviews has released its 2010 Best Children’s Books list, and we are thrilled to be strongly represented with two Groundwood titles: Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! (Marie-Louise Gay) and Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding (written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Fernando Vilela)! Congratulations to the authors and illustrators.
  • Playhouse Disney and Astral made a special announcement today: the Stella and Sam TV show, based on Marie-Lousie Gay‘s beloved books, will premiere on Sunday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m. EST! Read the full press release for more.
  • Last, but most certainly not least: today is Gordon Lightfoot’s 72nd birthday! We’re celebrating by reading Gordon’s new book, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, a picture book/gift book that is lavishly illustrated by the brilliant and award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace. Happy Birthday, Gord!

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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:

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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

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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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