Coke bottle eerily relevant–again

My son and I went on a baseball trip to middle-of-nowhere West Virginia a couple of weeks ago.

A lovely–but remote–little American town with nothing (much) but a baseball diamond and a general store. I’m sure the residents would argue that there isn’t “nothing” there but I’m also sure they would agree with me that in this context, there is “nothing” there. One of them even jokingly referred to it as “Hicksville.”

Anyway, the mom of a boy on my son’s team said, “Did you notice that your son’s name is on a Coke bottle in the general store?”

Now, my son doesn’t have a common name. In fact, I’ve only heard of a couple of other kids with his name. And yet there, in the middle of a very small town in WV, in a general store, in a back refrigerator, on a Coke bottle … there it was.

Oh, and I gave it to Bennett in the dugout (he was finished playing for that game) and predictably, he drank it and threw away the bottle. Luckily, anticipating this, I had taken a photo of the bottle before giving it to him.

Deja Vu All Over Again
You may recall that I’ve had a similarly eerie Coke bottle experience with my novel, Sliding Home. You can read the whole post here, but essentially, I put a some money in a vending machine on Centre Island (!) and out popped a Diet Coke with my novel’s exact title on it. I didn’t even notice until I was about half-way through drinking it.

So, thanks, Coke, for narrating my life in a really weird way.

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Join me at Yorkdale Indigo, April 29, 1-4

Come and talk to me about The Blues or baseball or Christie Pits or writing or … whatever you want!

I’ll be signing copies of Sliding Home, along with fellow author Nancy Miller, who is debuting her first YA novel Gang Girls.

We’ll be upstairs, near the children’s books.

Hope to see you there!

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Continuing your writing education

I am doing an MA, Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

The program is in conjunction with a program by the Humber School for Writers.

They asked me about my MA journey, and posted this Q&A. If you’re interested in furthering your writing education, I highly recommend the Humber/UoG MA program.

Click the link below for the Q&A.

https://creativearts.humber.ca/programs/school-writers/news/qa-with-joyce-grant-about-u-gloucestershire-ma.html

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Reading for the Love of It Feb. 22/23: “Teaching About Fake News”

I’ll be at the awesome Reading for the Love of It conference in Toronto, talking to educators about “How to teach kids about fake news–and how to avoid it.”

If you’re interested in media literacy, this is a not-to-be-missed presentation (in my humble opinion) because … well, check out what you’ll get:

  • How to spark critical thinking in kids
  • How to know if an article is real or not
  • How to investigate an article
  • The entire “fake news” spectrum
  • Awesome in-class lessons
  • Resources
  • And so much more (and that’s not just click-bait, baby! Okay, that’s actually a little click-baity. But my presentation isn’t!)

I’m presenting on Thursday Feb. 22 (12:45, Cedar Room) and on Friday Feb. 23 (12:45, Maple East & West) at The Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto,

Here’s more information about Reading for the Love of It.

See you there!
#RFTLOI

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OLA Superconference

Are you going to the OLA Superconference in Toronto?

And might I just add–if you’re not, you should! But I digress.

I’ll be signing copies of my latest middle-grade novel, SLIDING HOME, on Fri., Feb. 2 at 1:00 at the Lorimer Booth.

More details here: http://www.olasuperconference.ca/event/joyce-grant-book-signing/

Drop by, say hi and pick up a copy of Sliding Home!

See you there!

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