Wednesday, February 12, 2014
It's that time of year again!
If you are interested in writing or illustrating books for children, and are in the Vancouver area, you might like to attend the annual "Getting Started in Children's Books" panel. It will be held at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library on March 10. Panel members are published authors and illustrators who tell their story of how they got published and then answer audience questions about the publishing process. It is always an inspiring and informative night. I highly recommend it!
Check out this link for more details, or see the poster above.
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 8:22 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2014
If you are in the Vancouver area, and interested in the future of children's book publishing, you might want to mark March 8 on your calendar. This date is the annual conference, Serendipity, hosted by the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable. It is always an inspiring event. In fact, it was at this conference many years ago where I first decided I might try my hand at writing a book for children. That's how inspiring it is!
This year's conference, held at UBC, is titled "Children's Literature in a Digital Age" and has a program of speakers who will talk about their own books and also what they see on the horizon in terms of social media, apps for children and electronic publishing. Lots for us to learn!
One of the best books for kids I read last year was called Better Nate Than Ever, and guess what? The book's author, Tim Federle, will be speaking at Serendipity. Very exciting!
So get your registration in and get ready to be inspired. See you there!
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 9:02 AM
Monday, January 6, 2014
It's good to think of the promise and fresh start this annual occasion brings.
Some people are keen to make resolutions and I am often one of them. But in recent times, my goals have been simple: to read more and write more. And that is what I hope to do again this year. (Maybe travel a bit too.)
To those of you (hello teachers and students!) who have returned to school after the holidays, good luck! I remember from my teaching days how much vital learning takes place between January and June.
As we embark on this shiny New Year, I wish you health, happiness and many good books to read!
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 3:42 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2013
The days are short, the air is chilly, and school is closed for the winter break. Now is the time of year when many of us gather with family and friends to eat, drink and be merry.
I send you best wishes for the holiday season. May you have a warm and wonderful time, and many good books to read!
(The lovely image above is from a Unicef card.)
See you in 2014. Cheers!
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 3:27 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013
Earlier this fall, Karen (the illustrator) and I went on a lovely research trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island. She is from the Toronto area and hadn't seen the amazing landscapes we have out here in the wild west. I wanted to show it all to her, so we spent the better part of a week hiking through the rainforest, taking long beach walks and doing what kids really love to do — search every nook and cranny of the beach to find interesting sea creatures.
Here are a few photos of our trip: Karen in front of a gigantic 800 year old tree; Karen on the beach photographing the sky; and a few other pictures you might enjoy.
Now I am working really hard trying to think of a good writing excuse to go back! Hmm... there must be some facts I need to check.
If you ever get a chance, come out to visit the Pacific Rim region of Vancouver Island. I promise — you won't be disappointed. And who knows? You may even write your own book!
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 4:30 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The seasons have changed since I last posted, and in my neighbourhood, it is obvious that fall has arrived. This photo was taken on my street, an area of Vancouver that is full of beautiful old trees.
I had a small accident a couple of weeks ago and have been recuperating from a concussion. I haven't been able to read or write much (not easy for a writer!) but I have been able to take a short walk each day. And what a lovely time of year for a stroll!
In other news, there have been a lot of interesting literary events taking place, and I will be back soon to post more about them.
Until then, I wish you a happy and productive fall — a great time of year to read all the new books being introduced to the world.
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 8:51 AM
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Congratulations to her! And to us! It is a memorable day for Canada.
Read more about Alice Munro's accomplishments here.
Posted by Deborah Hodge at 8:57 AM