• White Pine Awards & Toronto’s Reading Festivities

    White Pine Awards & Toronto’s Reading Festivities0

    • May 24, 2016

    On May 17th, I got up early and made my way down to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for the first day of the Festival of Trees. It’s a two day literary festival, with a third day in French, and has expanded to satellite events in Sault Ste. Marie and London, Ontario. It’s put together by the

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  • YA? Y Not?! In Defense of the Love Triangle

    YA? Y Not?! In Defense of the Love Triangle4

    • May 3, 2016

    Ah, the love triangle—one of YA’s most divisive tropes! Love it or hate it, the YA love triangle is here to stay. In “The Curse of the Love Triangle in YA Fiction” at Acculturated, Abby W. Schachter said, “Romance in YA fiction is fine; but love triangles are boring. Authors who have conjured entirely new

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  • Picture This: Gyo Fujikawa

    Picture This: Gyo Fujikawa0

    • March 3, 2016

    I picked up my first Gyo Fujikawa book as a teenager in a used bookstore, because the cute, gentle artwork caught my eye. Titled simply Mother Goose, it was a hefty book containing many traditional folk and nursery rhymes and an equally impressive number of illustrations. The pages alternated between delicate pen-and-ink spots and cheerful

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  • Eleven Year Old Sasha Matthews Could Teach You A Thing Or Two About Making Comics

    Eleven Year Old Sasha Matthews Could Teach You A Thing Or Two About Making Comics0

    Want to make and publish your own comic? Eleven year old Sasha Matthews has all the answers. Well, maybe not all the answers, but this young lady certainly has a plan and, with the support of her parents, has already published two comics of her own and has her own publishing company, Rumble Comics. Her

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  • YA? Why Not?! What Does “YA” Mean Anyway?

    YA? Why Not?! What Does “YA” Mean Anyway?2

    • February 9, 2016

    If somehow you’ve emerged from a Cold War-esque bunker or have otherwise been under a rock for the last ten to fifteen, you may be wondering, “What is all of this ‘YA’ hullabaloo anyway and why would I care?” If you are, that’s okay! YA as a category has seen an “explosion of books” in

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  • Augmented Reality and the Reader

    Augmented Reality and the Reader0

    • January 19, 2016

    Recently, I attended a conference session about the use of Augmented Reality (AR) to engage younger patrons. Interesting and enlightening, I left the session with an itch to know more about the technology, its possible applications, and drawbacks. AR is a layering of virtual objects over tangible, real world triggers. A smartphone or tablet reads

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