The nominees for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced and three members of my writing group The Anitas have made the short lists. Suzanne Costigan is nominated in the fiction for older children category for her book Empty Cup. Suzanne’s novel has also been selected as a featured book in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.
Deborah Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.
Melanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.
Some other good news for The Anitas recently was the announcement that Jodi Carmichael’s novel Forever Julia was featured in an article in Quill and Quire. Jodi launches her book April 16th at McNally Robinson.
Highlights for our writing group this past year have been the publication and launch of Melinda Friesen’s book Enslavement and Pat Trottier’s The Other R in Education and the great news that Gabriele Goldstone had signed a contract for the publication of three historical novels for young people.
I realize how very fortunate I am to be taking my baby steps in the world of children’s writing and publishing with people as accomplished and successful as this! I can’t thank The Anitas enough for taking me in and allowing me to become a part of their group almost two years ago. Talk about being in good company!
Note: Before I joined The Anitas I was part of a children’s writing group called Vast Imaginations which eventually came to an end and that’s when The Anitas took me in. Larry Verstraete was a member of Vast Imaginations and gave me lots of advice and encouragement on my very first manuscripts. Larry is also nominated for a Manitoba Book Award this year for his novel Missing in Paradise.