The place of LGBTQ stories in YA

Young adult literature, a genre previously scoffed at for its supposed naivete,  has recently started to benefit from a much-deserved sense of legitimacy among critics and readers alike.

Within a relatively short span of time, YA literature has established a strong fan base among teens and adults, and is starting to introduce a more mixed bag of narratives. Throw in the recent rise of popular YA film adaptations, and you have a market that demands a second look.

But common misconceptions continue to cling to the genre, both in terms of what many assume is in YA’s limited scope of creativity, and the topics some believe YA should just leave alone. But how can one judge what topics define teen experience? Continue reading

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Carolyn Pogue’s latest workshop is titled “Raising the Dead: Harvest your family tree…”

Alexandra Writers Centre - CalgaryAnd what a title it is! Though some might think it’s got zombie overtones, Carolyn Pogue’s multi-Saturday workshops at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary will bring up family history as a great source of inspiration for plotting and character development in story writing. Carolyn bases these workshops in part from the Gwen novels, a young adult historical series loosely based on the life of her grandmother, a British Home Child.

The workshops run for three Saturdays, April 6th, 13th and 27th, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Find out more at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre site.

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A couple of poems from the archive for International Women’s Day – part 2

From Lnu and Indians We’re Called by Rita Joe


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A couple of poems from the archive for International Women’s Day – part 1

d’bi young from art on black

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Leora Freedman’s Parachuting: A cross-cultural young adult novel

Parachuting by Leora FreedmanAward winning author, Leora Freedman, is well-known among literary journals for her crossover young adult novels and short fiction. A citizen of the US, Canada, and Israel, Freedman has traveled extensively in pursuit of her multidisciplinary interests. With a wide spectrum of experience under her belt, she weaves resonant stories of young characters searching for a sense of belonging, while staying true to their cross-cultural roots.

Currently available through Three O’Clock Press is Freedman’s Parachuting, a young adult novel about a Jewish teen coming of age in Connecticut during the early 1970s. 16 year-old Zoe goes through a whirlwind of change Continue reading

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Yan Li Public Talk and Reading on March 8th: From Daughters of the Red Land to Lily in the Snow

Yan LiHaving spent most of her life immersed in the cultures of Beijing, and later Canada in pursuit of graduate studies, Professor Yan Li has acquired multiple layers of perspective in her work. Li’s writing has appeared in both Chinese and English, and her latest novel, Lily in the Snow, is an insightful exploration of intergenerational conflict. The protagonist, Lily, is a single Chinese immigrant mother living in Mapleton, Ontario, who faces unique challenges when her mother comes to visit. Continue reading

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Carolyn Pogue leads student writing workshops at The Bennett Centre, Edmonton, this week

The Bennett Centre - Young Writers' Camp 2013

The Bennett Centre – Young Writers’ Camp 2013

The Bennett Centre, part of the Edmonton Public School Board, will hold two student writers’ workshops this week, and Gwen author Carolyn Pogue will be teaching. On February 28 and March 1, Carolyn will conduct the workshop for students in grades four to six. She will be joined by authors Joseph Simons and Mark Haroun as well as illustrator Stephanie Chan.

Find out more, including how to register, at the Bennett Centre Website.

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