YAing News: Week of May 30

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YAing Updates

We’ve published three reviews since our last update — all of them by debut reviewers! Make sure you check out these fantastic reviews if you haven’t had a chance already:

  • “Tackling so many issues all at the same time is a difficult task, but Yee manages to do so in such a way that it’s not overwhelming for readers.” Avery Lau reviews Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee.
  • “Dee Hahn’s debut novel The Grave Thief subtly subverts the expectation that overcoming our hardships is as simple as slaying an enemy.” Kaitlyn Chan reviews The Grave Thief by Dee Hahn.
  • “For all of Rosa’s trials, a theme of hope remains centre stage.” Makenna Vanegas reviews The Turning Pointe by Vanessa L. Torres.

Industry News

Today is the last day to submit to the CANSCAIP Writing for Children competition! The contest is open to unpublished and/or self-published writers. Each winner will receive $500, and all winners and finalists will have their manuscripts sent to Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada for consideration.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is hosting their Annual General Meeting virtually on June 7. The meeting will include a talk and Q&A with accessibility expert Laura Brady. You can register for the AGM here.

The Festival of Literary Diversity is looking for an Illustrator-in-Residence to support the 2022 Festival. Illustrators will be paid $3,500 for the residency, along with $500 for materials. You can view the complete listing for the residency here.

More than 1,300 authors of books for children and young adults signed a letter, introduced into the U.S. Congressional record, standing against the current climate of book banning and censorship. You can read the text of the letter here.

As always, please do send us your news related to children’s and young adult literature at young.adulting@ubc.ca so we can feature them in future newsletters. Our newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. And remember to keep up with us on Twitter and Instagram!

Take care, and happy reading, 

The Young Adulting Editors

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