Young Authors’ Conference, Sault Ste. Marie 2018

I had a fantastic time in Ontario’s northern cities near Sault Ste. Marie including at the Young Authors’ Conference last week. It was hosted by the Algoma District School Board.

The conference was inspirational and exciting, with hundreds of grade 7 & 8 students attending on behalf of their schools. They will take the information back to their schools to share with the other students there.

I was proud to present the keynote speech, “How to Avoid Fake News” and two journalism workshops. There were additional workshops on technology, music and storytelling–all designed to expand students’ expertise and literacy.

Well organized, enthusiastic students and engaged teachers made for a top-notch conference.

I also visited four schools in the north, including Mountain View–which really did have a spectacular view.

Thank you to the organizers, the school board, the teachers and of course, the wonderful students, who made the conference such a success.

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Telling Tales Literary Festival this Sunday

One of the country’s best book festivals takes place this Sunday in Rockton, Ontario, just outside of Hamilton. The Telling Tales Literary Festival is a celebration of words — written, spoken, sung — and great books.

I’ll be working with budding young journalists to teach some cool interviewing techniques. And we might even have some “special guests” drop by to be interviewed!

See you there

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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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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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Touring Alberta schools on #TDBookWeek Author Tour

This week (May 6-13, 2017), I’m visiting schools in Alberta: Edmonton, Red Deer, Camrose, Penhold, St. Albert, Calmar and Thorsby.

I’ll be talking to kids about writing, and picture books, and “critical thinking” about the media. My main goal, for all my presentations, is to inspire kids to write (or draw) and to read.

I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people, and seeing things I haven’t seen before. I took a two-day train ride here, so I could see the country and boy, did I! If you’ve never taken the train for a long trip, you definitely should. It’s much, much more than “transportation.” There was live music, and really interesting fellow passengers and even a stop-over to see Winnipeg. So good! Hey, I even saw my first, live-in-the-wild moose! Incredible!

If you’d like to follow my journey across Canada and around Alberta, please follow me on Twitter @JGCanada (even if you don’t have a Twitter account). Or, check out the hashtag #TDBookWeek.

There are 30 authors touring this week during TD Book Week. Check out who’s where: http://bookweek.ca/book-week-2017/whos-on-tour/

Thank you, to the sponsors including TD and the CCA  and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, as well as my awesome and super-supportive publishers, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and Lorimer.

And, to my fellow touring authors — I hope you have an amazing trip!

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