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Great things happen when you write (and read!) short stories

We’re great fans of the short story at the HSW Literary Agency and proudly represent three of its much-buzzed-about practitioners–Darcie Friesen Hossack, Julia Lin, and Anna Leventhal–who’ve recently received special attention from the literary community and media. Continue reading

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The hardest working YA author in Saskatoon

Alison Lohans, YA/children’s author and one of the HSW Literary Agency’s most active clients, puts her seemingly boundless energy to the test this month at the When Words Collide conference. This literary marathon runs Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, with Alison appearing at each day’s festivities.

  • On Friday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m., Alison joins Bundoran Press in suite 537 of Calgary’s Best Western Village Park Inn to launch Crossings, the second book in her Passage Through Time series.
  • The next morning–Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m.–Alison is back in suite 537 to read from Crossings.
  • At 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, the Village Park’s Brentwood room hosts Alison for a panel discussion on the author-agent relationship.
  • Later that day, at 3:00 p.m., Alison is in the Charleswood room for a panel exploring the recent trend toward more explicit content in young adult books.
  • And finally, at 4:00 p.m., Alison heads to the hotel’s Collingwood room with fellow writer Carrie Mumford and editors Adrienne Kerr and Nancy Bell to assess first pages of attendees’ manuscripts.

After a couple weeks of well-deserved rest, Alison brings Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn Press 2011) to Saskatoon for a reading at Word on the Street.

Alison looks forward to seeing you there!

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In celebration of subversion: two events launch new poetry collection

Pam poetry collection TSARTSAR Publications sends Pamela Mordecai‘s latest poetry collection off in style with not one, but two parties this fall.

Let the first of these events for Subversive Sonnets serve as your unofficial kick-off to Toronto’s Word on the Street weekend and join us at Beit Zatoun in the Mirvish Village on Thursday, September 20, 2012. 

  • What: Launch of Pamela Mordecai’s Subversive Sonnets.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2012. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street (near Bloor), Toronto, ON

We’ll reconvene at the Gladstone Hotel in November as Pam joins TSAR in celebration of all the fantastic titles on their fall list.

  • What: TSAR Publications launches its fall 2012 list, including Pamela Mordecai’s Subversive Sonnets.
  • When: Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West,  Toronto, ON.

Called “sweet, acerbic, scintillating, and sassy” by Governor General’s Award-winning poet George Elliott Clarke, Pam’s Subversive Sonnets offer a fresh take on a classic poetic form. The collection, available in September, is now available for pre-order.

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IN THE BODY and on the road

ECW Press short stories CanadianWhen the weather cools each fall, the literary social calendar heats up as authors and book lovers alike flit from one reading to the next. Girl in Shades-author Allison Baggio will be especially busy this year, kicking off a series of events celebrating In the Body (ECW Press, October 2012) with an appearance at Toronto’s Word on the Street on Sunday, September 23. Appearing under the Great Books Marquee at 3:45 p.m., Allison will discuss the writer and the body with author Tamara Faith Berger (Maidenhead, Coach House Books) and poet Erin Knight (Chaser, House of Anansi). 

A collection of twelve short stories and a novella, In the Body builds on themes introduced in Girl in Shades to explore the uncommon variety of experiences and attitudes inspired by the human form. It will be published October 1, 2012, but is available for pre-order now.

  • What: Allison Baggio, Tamara Faith Berger and Erin Knight in discuss the body in literature as part of Toronto’s Word on the Street programming.
  • When: Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.
  • Where: Great Books Marquee, Queen’s Park Circle, Toronto, ON

Details of Allison’s additional Toronto readings, as well as appearances in Guelph, Burlington and Waterloo, to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

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Get a move on: Leventhal’s MOVING DAY ships for free during July

Moving Day sale!Moving may be a chore, but at least it’s not mandated. Yet.

Celebrate your right to choose your address by ordering a copy of Anna Leventhal‘s Moving Day & Other Stories during the month of July, and Paper Pusher will do the heavy lifting when it comes to shipping. That’s right: free shipping in honour of your new (or old) address!

Taking Quebec’s Moving Day as inspiration, the wry title story of Anna’s chapbook envisions a city where changing address is law and refusing to pack is a form of civil disobedience.

Read more about Anna’s inspiration, then get your own copy of Moving Day. The elegant, black risograph-printed booklet travels light–perfectly portable for whenever your next moving day rolls around.

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Wrapping and recapping Canadian Children’s Book Week

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week has wrapped for another year, and Alison Lohans is safely back home in Saskatchewan.
Alison’s trip to Labrador was a hectic one, but she met many avid young readers and left with fond memories of her school visits, like this one in Makkovik:
Lohans, 2012 Labrador - Makkovik
Alison also had the pleasure of speaking to journalists. The product of one such interview–with Labrador City’s The Aurora–is this lovely profile in which Alison reveals sources of inspiration and memorable fan encounters.

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Martin Mordecai celebrates 50 years of Jamaican independence

Mordecai children's author young adult middle grade Jamaica Caribbean CanadianCritically acclaimed Jamaican-Canadian children’s author Martin Mordecai honours the country of his birth with a reading on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Part of the Toronto festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, the reading features excerpts from Martin’s Blue Mountain Trouble, as well as a work in progress. 

  • What: An evening with Martin Mordecai in honour of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary.
  • When: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Bloor/Gladstone Library,  1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
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Leventhal live!

For many book lovers, nothing compares to hearing a favourite author read in person. But if you didn’t make it to last week’s Maissoneuve party in Montreal, here’s the next best thing to being there: Anna Leventhal live, through the magic of YouTube.

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TD Canadian Children’s Book Week links Lohans with Labrador

Fresh off her Woman of Distinction Award-win, prolific children’s author Alison Lohans reaffirms her commitment to youth literacy by touring Labrador during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Alison began with a public reading in Labrador City, where she spoke about the week’s festivities with CBC Radio’s Mike Power:

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Alison Lohans: woman of distinction

Lohans Saskatchewan award-winning writerCongratulations to Alison Lohans, HSW Literary Agency’s own Jacqui Shumiatcher Woman of Distinction Award-winner! Presented by the Regina, Saskatchewan YWCA, this latest accolade recognizes Alison’s contributions to the arts and to writing in particular.

Alison is the author of twenty-four books for children and young adults, the most recent of which is the Saskatchewan Book Award-nominated Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn 2011).

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