YAing News: Week of Oct. 26

By the Young Adulting Editors

Happy (almost) Halloween! We’re back, so soon… because there are plenty of exciting events and new happenings and we couldn’t wait to share with you.

Have you been reading more horror novels lately? Goodreads thinks you are, especially those written by diverse authors. 

Kit Pearson Announces New Jean Little Prize

Kit Pearson, beloved Canadian author and founder of the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia Society (CWILL BC), has just announced an exciting new award for first-time writers of middle-grade novels: the Jean Little Prize. The annual award is in honour of late children’s author Jean Little and will be administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC). To support this brand-new award, go to the CCBC website, choose “general” for the fund, and type “Jean Little Prize” in the memo box. The CCBC will issue charitable donation receipts.

Young Adulting News!

Our Editor-in-Chief, Emily Pohl-Weary and Editor-at-Large, Elizabeth Leung will be doing a presentation on Young Adulting at the YA Studies Around the World (YASA) Conference on Thursday, November 5 at 11am PST. The conference runs Nov 2-6, 2020 and covers topics like “the coming out narrative in queer YA” and “YA and youth political engagement.” Also, it’s free (donations appreciated) and being held entirely online. Register now.

Upcoming Virtual Events:
  1. You can now register to attend the 2020 CCBC Book Awards virtual ceremony, broadcasted live from Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre on Friday, October 30 from 6-7:30 pm EST.
  2. Check out all the exciting virtual events at the Toronto International Festival of Authors, particularly TIFA Kids – including events by Sydney Smith, Jillian Tamaki, Qin Leng, Deborah Ellis, and so many more amazing authors and illustrators.
  3. Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s (VCLR) Annual Illustrator’s Breakfast will be held virtually on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 9 am PST. There will be a presentation by illustrator Sydney Smith, winner of the inaugural Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picture Book of the Year Award for Small in the City.

As always, please send us your news related to children’s and young adult literature. We’d love to feature it in future newsletters.

Happy reading.


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