Alis the Aviator now available through Storytime Trail

I’m really excited that One World Schoolhouse Foundation selected Alis the Aviator as one of its STEM titles to feature in its new batch of Storytime Trails. Take your literacy lesson and students for a walk! Our interactive outdoor book walk program features 24 English and 3 French diverse stories by Canadian authors on essential issues. Support your CRRPContinue reading “Alis the Aviator now available through Storytime Trail”

Happy 100th Birthday, Warren Smith!

It was an absolute honour to work with Warren and his family in 2015-16 on what would become The Inventive Life of Warren Smith. We spent many beautiful afternoons pouring over photo albums, and eating the muffins I would bring for us to snack on. We recorded his experiences growing up in Edmonton, his strugglesContinue reading “Happy 100th Birthday, Warren Smith!”

My first picture book launches in 2019!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Alis the Aviator: An ABC Aviation Adventure is coming out with Tundra Books in July 2019 (and is now available for pre-order)! I first drafted the main text in the summer of 2014 after a friend gave me an ABC airplane book for my (then) two-year-old son. ItContinue reading “My first picture book launches in 2019!”

Review: Mamaskatch

Mamaskatch was an utterly mesmerizing book told in a series of linked vignettes, like the stories the author grew up hearing from his mother. McLeod is honest about the incredibly complex life experiences he had growing up Cree in Alberta in small towns and big cities. He does not shy away from the difficulties heContinue reading “Review: Mamaskatch”

Review: Thou Shalt Do No Murder

Thou Shalt Do No Murder Inuit, Injustice, and the Canadian Arctic Reviewed by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail Thou Shalt Do No Murder: Inuit, Injustice, and the Canadian Arctic by Kenn Harper Nunavut Arctic College Media, 452 pages, $38.95 In 1923, three Inuit men were put on trial at Pond Inlet, on Baffin island, for the killing ofContinue reading “Review: Thou Shalt Do No Murder”

Speaking on Panel about Reconciliation and Public History in Vegas This Month!

I am very pleased to be joining a distinguished panel of public historians, community activators and scholars next month at the annual meeting of the National Council of Public Historians. Our topic, Sharing Power: Reconciling Indigenous-Settler Narratives is near and dear to my heart, as is long-time collaborator and friend Miranda Jimmy, who will beContinue reading “Speaking on Panel about Reconciliation and Public History in Vegas This Month!”

SKY GIRL takes third place at RWA’s Emily Awards!

Really honoured to have my first (unpublished) young adult book, Sky Girl, place in this contest. I know it’s a tough competition with entries from talented emerging voices from around the world. Thanks to the West Houston chapter of the Romance Writers of America for coordinating all the submissions and judges, and to the first-Continue reading “SKY GIRL takes third place at RWA’s Emily Awards!”

Demons and Better Angels: Writing Talk in Houston on April 2

Demons and Better Angels: Finding the Path to Our Truest Stories (and a Little Bit of Peace of Mind) In this session, I will share my breakdowns and breakthroughs, and offer some of the best wisdom and tools I’ve discovered for getting past blocks and continuing to tell the stories that matter most to me.Continue reading “Demons and Better Angels: Writing Talk in Houston on April 2”

Want to Be a Writer? Come Learn More on March 24 in Fort Bend!

I’m very pleased to be part of this event at the Sienna Plantation Public Library in Missouri City, Texas. It’s FREE and open to the public. While it’s especially geared toward students in grades 9 through 12, there will also be lots of great information for adults who are considering new education or career possibilities.Continue reading “Want to Be a Writer? Come Learn More on March 24 in Fort Bend!”