This was a very great honour. I took my year-old mother to Edmonton to accept the award and she was thrilled.
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TD was a sponsor for that award too. You write both picture books and chapter books for children. How does the writing process for each type of book compare to the other? I love picture books. A good picture book feels like a song that can be sung over and over again.
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Every word counts. You have to have a beginning, middle and end in under words. The text has to by rhythmic and evoke 18 visual images. In a novel, you have much more time for story telling and character development. Watching Jimmy deals with serious issues of abuse and brain damage. How did you approach the challenge of dealing with difficult subject matter in a children's book?
She needed to be a tough little kid to deal with this. I was a very big reader. I read Jane Eyre as a kid, as did Carolyn. Anne of Green Gables, Kidnapped and all the boys' adventure classics.
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Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Unfortunately there were very few Canadian books and I read mostly British and American authors. With so many demands on children's attention these days, do you think children are as likely to become readers as they might have been in the past? Kids can watch TV or play video games, and they are so over-programmed in sports and activities.
You need a different kind of reading to search the web. I try to meet and write with a group of writers once a week. For Watching Jimmy , I took advantage of daylight saving time in the fall and got up an hour earlier and wrote day over day until I was done. Some odd things are going on with the bear population and the girls are caught up in the action. My characters seem to be getting older and older! Nancy finds inspiration for her stories in the antics of her children and her larger family, as well as strangers who have no idea that their quirks and foibles will find their way into books.
When Nancy is not writing stories, she works as a lawyer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information about Watching Jimmy please visit the Tundra Books website. Floating Bodies is a collection of poems that explore the intersection of the macabre and the ecstatic -- the paradox by which they both transcend and trap us in our bodily senses, the way they both demand surrender.
Sign In. Items 1 to 30 of 89 total Show 10 30 50 per page. Run Time: 80 min. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men as they decide the fate of a year-old man who has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience you'll be proud to present.
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Only at the end will the murderer and the ingenious method used to silence the radio cast be discovered. Run Time: 60 min. In this adaptation of the s classic noir film, Frank Bigelow walks into a police station to report a murder: his own. After a wild night of drinking at jazz clubs with sexy women, he wakes feeling ill and learns he has been poisoned.
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With only hours left to live, Bigelow frantically searches for his killer and the reason he was targeted. Will the killer be brought to justice? Shades of Valor By Karen Lewis. Blending elements of mystery, comedy and tragedy, this play tells the story of two young soldiers in Vietnam and their mothers 10 years later, as the women attempt to come to terms with the incident that blew their lives apart. Inspired by real events, the story provides an intimate, personal exploration of military, race and class warfare.
This title is part of a collection View Collection. Run Time: 75 min. A detective and his partner search for Supernova the villain , who hates The Fantastic Phenomenon the hero so much that he is killing superhero super-fans. The detective's world quickly begins to unravel as he questions his own belief in law and justice and starts to peel back the good-versus-evil veneer, exposing the realities of life and death and the ultimate consequences of trusting those who tell us to "keep the faith.
Gus "Hitch" Bigwood has been faking his limp for the past decade to avoid paying back the insurance company for a fraudulent claim. Trying to gather enough money to disappear, Hitch and the town's sheriff hatch a scheme to fake-steal Hitch's antique automobile and collect the insurance payoff, but when Ethan and Tiny find out Hitch is faking his limp, he is forced to let them in on the plans. Nancy's life is turned upside down when she learns her year-old son didn't fail out of college, but was kicked out for writing a graphic play about an on-campus killing spree, carried out by a young man who sounds eerily like her son.
As the evidence mounts against Jacob, Nancy is forced to confront her darkest fear: Is her son capable of the unthinkable? And can she stop him before it's too late? Voodoo Macbeth By Tonya Hays. Shakespeare's classic tragedy comes to life in a unique way. The setting is in New Orleans where Marie Laveau invites everyone to come and watch this tragic tale.
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The use of puppetry, voodoo dolls and gris-gris add to the surreal setting. Dead characters appearing as zombies from the voodoo tradition lend an eerie, evil ambience to the entire macabre tale. Waste Mismanagement By Dan Doyle. Hornsby, a marginally successful defense attorney, takes on a new client who is arrested for the murder of her husband, whose body was found in a local landfill by Beulah, a wildly eccentric psychic.
Hornsby tries to pin the crime on a ruthless mob loan shark, but is shocked when the belligerent judge suddenly drops all charges against his client. In a startling twist, Beulah employs her mystical powers to bring about an astonishing conclusion! An exploration of human rights as women relate experiences of sexual trafficking, rape, female circumcision and domestic violence through fictional stories based in truth.
This adaptation is a story of a great man who pays the ultimate price for trying to outsmart the gods. As Greek mythology shows, however, no human can rise to the power of the gods who rule over us. The unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game, as they must discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on, and the only people who hold all the clues are one Westing heir and you. Artifice By Anne Flanagan.