(It’s also Family Literacy Day!)
Join us for the launch of Gabby!
Bring your kids – there will be a book reading, colouring and plasticine. Make your own “Gabby” so we can include it in our Kids’ Gallery.
Illustrator Jan Dolby and I will be available to talk to you about the book and personally sign your copy of Gabby.
The party is on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1:00, at the Intergalactic Travel Authority Cafe (and Story Planet), 1165 Bloor St. W., in Toronto. One block west of Dufferin, on the south side of the street. (Beside Bloor Collegiate.) Hope to see you there!
Map to the ITA cafe.
Jan Dolby has done it again. Here’s Gabby perched on an “O” that I photographed in a little antique shop near Apsley, Ont. Fun!
Joyce Grant, (Gabby), Jan Dolby with one of the first copies of the book – at our publisher’s, Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
Just got back from the publisher’s, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, to pick up the first copies of “Gabby.” Very exciting!
Illustrator Jan Dolby and I could not stop grinning. Heck, we’re still grinning. The book looks beautiful and we want to thank all of the wonderful, talented people at Fitz & Whits.
Our publicist, Cheryl, said the official launch date – and the date when it will be in stores – is Jan. 15.
Here is Gabby’s other option for Hallowe’en — she’s dressed as her friend, Little Frog. (It’s from the book, which you’ll see in January.) There’s a little picture of Little Frog on every page doing something special. That Jan Dolby – so fun!
Illustration by Jan Dolby.
Super-illustrator Jan Dolby drew this image of Gabby in one of her two Hallowe’en costumes (she hasn’t decided which one she’s wearing yet). Stay tuned for the other one, which we’ll reveal later.
By illustrator Jan Dolby.
Thanks to everyone who supported me at my reading at Word on the Street.
Thanks to my high school friends, my neighbours, my family, writer’s group buddies, publisher and everyone else who came.
Just knowing you were there (either in person or in spirit) helped me get over my first-reading jitters.
Now… see you all next year?!
Illustrator Jan Dolby perched Gabby on top of this “e” she photographed in New York.
Excellent, ecstatic, earnest and exactingly emazing. Er… amazing.
(But that’s a letter for another time.)
I am reading GABBY at Word on the Street this Sunday. It’s my first public book reading… ever. So naturally, I’m a bit nervous. And, naturally, I wanted to try the book out with some kids first in a smaller setting to see what I might need to tweak.
Hillcrest school was kind enough to lend me a lovely JK/SK class for 20 minutes or so. (Thank you to the teachers and the principal for setting that up!)
Here’s what I learned:
- When you offer some kids a fabric letter to hold, you’d better have something for the other kids to hold, too. Preferably, the first letter of their name. (Or they may throw a letter at you. At your head. And have to apologize later.)
- At the beginning of the school year, some JK kids are very young. Not everyone will know all the letters, or the sounds they make.
- Once you’ve finished reading the book, you’d better have used up all your time… or have something else up your sleeve. The kids all turn their eyes on you and… crickets. I had to think fast! (We talked about the first letters of the children’s names.)
- It’s great to have a “crisis” in your book. The principal suggested that I ask the kids “What will Gabby do?” And it really worked! The kids came up with some great ideas. (Where the heck were they when I was writing the book!?)
- If your protagonist conjures up a fish for the cat to eat… it’s probably best not to dwell too much on the cute little fish.
- Teachers are fantastic in terms of giving you feedback and ideas for next time. Thank you, Laura, Nancy and Jon!
- If your book ends with a word like PILLOW, you’d better make two fabric Ls. (And fast, before Sunday!)
Wish me luck!
I’m going to be doing my first public reading from Gabby, this Sunday, Sept. 23 from 4:50 to 5:10.
Join me in the Children’s Reading Tent at Toronto’s Word on the Street (WOTS). WOTS is a huge festival of books that overtakes nearly all of Toronto’s Queen’s Park Circle for one day each year. It’s fantastic.
I’m nervous + excited about doing my first big reading. Exnercited.
For more information about WOTS, how to get there, who else is reading, etc. click here or go to my Events page in this website.