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A Whirlwind of a Week

Long Live Robert Munsch!

What a week! I’ve been run off my feet doing this and that and have had very little reading time, let alone writing time. However, a few things have happened this week that I wanted to share.

On Robert Munsch…

The beloved storyteller and author went public recently about his struggles with manic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcoholism and drug addiction. I admire Munsch for being so candid about his struggles and  recovery process. Going public with such a personal struggle is never easy, but public scrutinty for those who work or create primarily for children is particularly harsh. Thankfully, it seems that the general public is being supportive. Sadly, there is also a small but vocal group of people who are chomping at the bit to vilify the man and his work. Does this information make Mortimer any less fun to read aloud? Or change the fact that The Paperbag Princess is probably the first empowering princess story many little girls will encounter? Does it make From Far Away any less powerful? Not to me. Personally, I think we should applaud Munsch for overcoming great personal obstacles and celebrate his impressive and canonical body of work.

On Kevin Sylvester…

If you have not had the pleasure of seeing Kevin present, then you don’t know what you’re missing. The CBC personality and children’s author stopped by our after school book club at the store and held a large group of fans, child and adult, captive with his reading, sports anecdotes, and drawing lessons. You can read a great description of what it’s like to attend one of his presentations here.  Kevin’s latest book, the middle grade mystery Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders, is selling like hotcakes, and rightfully so. It is delicious mix of humour, mystery, and fun. Review coming soon! 

On the IFOA…

The International Festival of Authors is a prestigious literary festival that takes place in October, brought to you by the good people at Authors at Harbourfront Centre. This is the 31st year of the festival, which has hosted many renowned authors, including such kid lit stars as Kenneth Oppel, Lemony Snicket, Meg Rosoff and some obscure English author named J.K. Rowling. I am thrilled to announce that I will be presenting at the IFOA on October 28th, 2010! It is an honour to be invited to such an internationally acclaimed literary festival, and I am beside myself with excitement.

Now that the long weekend is here, I hope to get my reading (and reviewing) back on track; although given that the Lost series finale is also this weekend, I’m not going to make any promises.

1 thought on “A Whirlwind of a Week”

  1. Hi there, and thanks for the link to my writeup of Kevin Sylvester’s presentation of his book. It’s a really fun book, and he’s great at introducing it, isn’t he?

    Meanwhile, I’m really surprised to hear that some people are now trying to vilify Munsch for his revelations. I could smack them; they’re idiots. And frankly — I’d rather see Munsch in charge of raising kids than people like that. Attitudes like they have only encourage people to lie. What kind of kids are they raising, I wonder??

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