Nadia’s Notables Newsletter
In this photo, I took a break from writing report cards so that I could visit Wakanda. In reality, I am dressed in my costume as a Dora Milaje warrior from the film, Black Panther. I wore this outfit at the first ever Canadian KidLit Masquerade Gala at Lula Lounge in Toronto. This was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the winners of the TD Canadian Children's Book awards and a year of children's literature with my colleagues. I must admit that it has been a very busy school year as I continue to balance full-time teaching with writing. It's quite the balancing act and it calls for my inner warrior. How do you find your inner strength?
In this issue…
- TD Children’s Book Week
- NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
- Soon Come: Miss Lou Book Title and Sneak Peek
- Words of Advice
- Important Dates
1. TD Children’s Book Week
Three times (or three years in a row of applying) a charm! I am excited to be able to finally share this news. I have been selected as one of the presenting authors in the TD Canadian Children's Book Week in May 2019 organized by The Canadian Children's Book Centre. The theme is Readers are Dreamers and coincidentally my first book, Malaika's Costume, starts with a dream. I am excited for this opportunity to travel to a different province in Canada to share my books and stories with students, teachers, and community members. Will I be in Nanaimo? Iqualit? Saskatoon? Tuktoyaktuk? Winnipeg? Labrador? Chicoutimi? Rimouski? Who knows... colourful Canadian town names aside, I'll find out soon enough. Thank you so much for my excellent reference writers. Congratulations to the other touring creators. You know who you are!!! Stay tuned!!!!
2. NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an international online writing community that focuses on a project during the month of November. The goal is to write a novel. The group is small but talented and creative, comprised of Grade 7 and 8 students and teachers. It has been a joy for us to work on our projects in a supportive environment. I am writing a teen urban romance novel for my NaNoWriMo project.
3. Soon Come: Miss Lou Book Title and Sneak Peak
Check out a sneak peek on the illustrations of A Likkle Miss Lou, my picture book about the late Jamaican poet/cultural ambassador/playwright/educator/folklorist/dramatist, Louise Bennett-Coverley, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. Coming Fall 2019 with Owlkids Publishing! Almost seven years in the works, A Likkle Miss Lou is well underway.
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5. Important Dates
- November 13, 2018 Facilitator, Get That Grant! Tips for Canadian Writers at the Toronto Reference Library as part of the Eh! Series
- November 16, 2018 School Visit, Peel District School Board (PDSB) in Brampton, ON
- December 1, 2018 Panellist at Diaspora Dialogue
- December 31, 2018 Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter book release
- September 2019 A Likkle Miss Lou: The Story of Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley release