Author picks for the holidays: Marie-Louise Gay recommends HARVEY

The book:

Harvey by Hervé Bouchard and illustrated by Janice Nadeau.
ISBN: 978-1-55498-075-8 * $19.95

The recommender:

Marie-Louise Gay, author and illustrator of Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

Marie-Louise Gay says:

A lovely, poignant, marvelously illustrated novel about a young boy named Harvey whose father suddenly dies. A simple story about death and the impact it has on a child’s imagination. Harvey tells the story with a sense of wonder and terrible sadness. He fantasizes about The Incredible Shrinking Man and feels himself disappearing when he finally sees his father in his coffin. The delicate drawings of Janice Nadeau create an emotional rhythm throughout. Breathtaking.

MARIE-LOUISE GAY is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. Marie-Louise lives with her family in Montreal. Visit www.marielouisegay.com for more.

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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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