Out at Home


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The title of my baseball book may be “Out at Home.”

It still has to pass muster with Lorimer’s marketing and publishing experts, but Out at Home seems to be the leading contender. I like it–it not only harkens to the book’s gay theme but it is also (slight spoiler alert) descriptive of one of the major chapters.

Out at Home.

I love it.

Gabby: Drama Queen is now available in stores!

Gabby’s second quirky adventure is now on store shelves.

We haven’t officially launched the book yet, and we’ll let you know when that party will be. (Hint: you’re invited.)

In the meantime, I signed some copies of Gabby and Gabby: Drama Queen at the wonderful Playful Minds toy store on St. Clair Ave. to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Joyce Grant at Playful Minds Nov 2013

Gabby Book Launch A Success

Gabby launch, ITA Cafe

There was a terrific crowd at the launch for Gabby on Jan. 27

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the launch party for Gabby on Jan. 27.

It was held at the ITA Cafe on Bloor St., a perfect venue because the cafe funds free literacy activities for kids.

Jan Dolby and I did a reading (with the help of my son, who posted the fabric letters). The kids who attended made plasticine and crayon Gabbies, which were fantastic. We’ll post pictures in our Kids’ Art Gallery soon.

The piece de resistance was a cake made by my editor, Christie Harkin, with gorgeous

Cake for the launch of Gabby - topper by Suzanne del Rizzo
Cake for the launch of Gabby – topper by Suzanne del Rizzo

Gabby cake toppers by dimensional media artist Suzanne del Rizzo. And the cake was delicious, too!

Thanks to everyone who attended the launch!

PS: Here’s a terrific article about the launch and ITA, written by book reviewer Kerry Clare.

Word on the Street – had a great time!

Joyce Grant at WOTS; Image by Sue ChisholmThanks 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?!

Stuffed letters–great for literacy

Letters for Gabby

These fabric letters will be used during my book readings. Tactile letters of any kind are great for young readers to help them connect with words.

Just finished sewing some stuffed fabric letters that I’ll use as props when I do book readings for Gabby.

A local wedding dress designer donated some fabric (including some raw silk – check out the J!) and my friend Jane is helping me stuff the letters; I still need a few more.

They’ll be fun for kids to throw around and put together into words, just like Gabby does.

Playing with letters–whether they’re Scrabble tiles, letter dice like the ones in Jr. Boggle or these stuffed letters–gets kids interacting with words and is a great first step in the literacy process.