Nadia’s Notables Newsletter (abridged)
In this issue…
- Book Tour
- Malaika #3 in the works
- Malaika… the Play and OAC Recommenders Theatre Creators from YPT
- Words of Advice
- Presentation Dates
Happy New Year! 2017 was an eventful year full of challenges and triumphs. I now enter a new year with the anticipation of wonderful things to come. I have chosen ACTIVATION as my word for this year but I also wish to add FINISH, LOVE, and REPAY as well. I am in the midst of FINISHing projects that I have begun in the last two years. What are you planning to do this year? I also wish to include balance. I look forward to sharing some exciting developments with you my readers as well. Hopefully the winter will not freeze out motivation and initiative.
1. Book Tour
I am currently in the process of gearing up for a very busy next few months. I will be doing author visits, book signings, and story times in the following cities this January and February: Brampton, Kingston, Montreal, Mississauga (Malton), Toronto, Manhattan, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Brooklyn. Plans are also in the works to visit Bolton. Please stay tuned for details. You can find tour dates here or listed below.
2. Malaika #3 in the works
I am excited to share that I am working on a Malaika… sequel. I first began writing Malaika’s Costume first as a course project and than as a stand alone book that was published in 2016. However, the story of this Caribbean little girl developed into what would become Malaika’s Winter Carnival and eventually there will be a third. Please stay tuned for details.
3. Malaika… the Play and OAC Recommenders Theatre Creators from YPT
My goal for 2017 and 2018 was and is to finish a full draft of Malaika: A Carnival Play. I began it in 2015. Although I haven't finished my complete first draft yet, I'm almost there. This week, I reached two milestones. 1) I received a letter from Young People's Theatre (YPT) announcing that I'll be a recipient of a Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators. This will help me with my goals with the manuscript. My second time receiving this grant from YPT (2016). Thank you. 2) Yesterday, I had my first workshopping of this almost completed full first draft of this manuscript on the last day of my Playwriting class at the Tarragon Theatre. It's my second time taking this class with Paula Wing. I laughed, trembled, and even shed a few tears. My very talented classmates, most of whom are actors or theatre professionals, did an amazing read and I received wonderful and helpful feedback. Thank you. Thank you. Dreams do come true. Stay tuned!
Take care of your health. To be a successful writer, I feel that this is your number one priority. When you are healthy, you have more energy to do things like writing. Get health insurance. If you are fully self-employed, find a cost effective plan. If you are a member of the Writers Union of Canada or CANSCAIP, you can access a health plan for writers. You want to be writing for a long time and many books at that so take care.
5. Presentation dates in January to May 2018 (Book me! firstname.lastname@example.org)
See event link here for details, times, and addresses
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Literacy Week school presentation, Thornhill, ON
Friday, January 26, 2018 Literacy Week school presentation, Kingston, ON
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal, QU
Sunday, January 28, 2018 Babar Books, Montreal, QU
Friday, February 2, 2018 Malton Library, Mississauga, ON
Saturday, February 3, 2018 11am-12pm Richmond Hill Library, Richmond Hill, ON
Saturday, February 3, 2018 Totsapalooza in Toronto, ON
Sunday, February 4, 2018 Chapters Brampton in Brampton, ON
Friday, February 9 Bank Street Book Store, New York, NY
Saturday, February 10 Books of Wonder (location, time TBA)
Saturday, Febraury 10 Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Books of Wonder (location, time TBA)
Friday, February 16 School presentation, Markham, ON
Saturday, February 17 2-5pm Yonge & Eglinton Indigo bookstore
Tuesday, Febraury 20, 2018 1-2pm Parkdale Public Library in Toronto, ON
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1-2pm Barbara Frum Public Library in Toronto, ON
Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 School Presentation, Brampton, ON
Saturday, February 24 High Park Public Library in Toronto, ON
Sunday, March 18 Vaughan Chapter’s Bookstore in Vaughan, ON
May (date, time TBA) Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA