Posts Tagged ‘Gus Gordon’

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It’s that time of year again. The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced its Notable and Shortlisted books in their 2013 Book of the Year Awards.

If, like me, you’re always on the lookout for quality books for kids, click on the following links for this year’s  CBCA Notable Books and Shortlisted books.

It was a big thrill to see Trust Me Too make the Notable list for younger readers. The Ford St Publishing anthology included my Killer Stories as one of more than fifty contributions from some of Australia’s top writers and illustrators for kids.

It caps a great year for Trust Me Too which  has also been chosen for The White Ravens 2013, an annual selection of the top 250 books for young people from around the world prepared by the International Youth Library in Germany.

Congratulations to all Notable and Shortlisted authors and illustrators, and especially to the ever-affable Gus Gordon, whose short-listed picture book Herman and Rosie  I was privileged to launch in Brisbane last year. Always nice to see the good guys get a guernsey!

Man, oh man, I am so looking forward to putting my feet up this weekend.

(I even have it scheduled in: 7.30 pm this Saturday, 25 August, to help celebrate The Reading Hour as part of the National Year of Reading.)

Book Week is a huge month for authors – it’s our time to shine.

We drag ourselves away from the keyboard and out of the dacks of track, and into our silver writing sneakers to sashay our way through talks and workshops all over town.

The best bits are always the kids and their shiny bright ideas. Though I do have a soft spot for the lunch treats all those lovely librarians and teachers roll out for visiting authors (yes, Warrigal Road State School, I am talking about you. Homemade gyoza. Nom nom. Thank you, Mary and Maureen!)

My Book Week kicked off a couple of weeks ago, but it really hotted up this week and is showing no signs of easing till the end of the month.

Last Sunday, I had a fun day with my made-of-awesome Year-of-the-YA-novel students in at the Qld Writers Centre, followed by many fun days with the lovely girls at Moreton Bay College and the champion little writers in at Warrigal Road State School.

Next week, I’m looking forward to spending my days at All Hallows School, Calvary College’s Literature Day, and Mount Alvernia College. And of course, there’s also the wonderful Gus Gordon’s book launch to look forward to (Tuesday 28 August at 5pm at Riverbend Books for those little and big people who love picture books).

If you need me before 31 August, I’ll be hard to track down during the day. But at night, you need look no further than my couch. I’ll be assuming the position. Feet up. Reading a book.

Nawww, who could resist this?

Gus Gordon’s gorgeous new picture book Herman and Rosie has already taken New York by storm, with Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan winning the North American rights at auction.

‘It took an extremely talented Australian to remind me why I moved to New York 40 years ago.‘  Neal Porter, the book’s North American publisher.

‘Quirky, soulful and alive…a book to treasure, like a favourite song.’ Markus Zusak, author of the Book Thief.

This gorgeous picture book is as endearing as its author/illustrator, multi-talented, all-round nice-guy, Gus Gordon.

Come meet Gus in Brisbane for the launch of Herman and Rosie at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Tuesday 28 August at 5pm.

We’d love to see you there. And yes, there will be wine. 😉

Many thanks to the lovely Lynn Priestley of Zenquill for passing on The Versatile Blogger Award to me. And thanks to all who find the time to drop by. I’m being good for once and trying to follow…

The Rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award:

2. Share seven things about yourself:

3. Pass this award along to bloggers you have discovered who you think are fantastic for whatever reason:

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award:

Seven Things About Me:

1. I am disgusting: I let the dog sleep on my husband’s side of the bed when he’s not there.

2. I am secretive: I try to keep this lapse in standards from my husband.

3. I am competitive: my step-daughter says I am the most embarrassing mother in the world, even more embarrassing than her mum, and this has become a source of some pride for me.

4. I am grateful: I have had two novels published and hope to leverage this into a career that will see me into my dotage.

5. I scare easily: My kids boo me for fun.

6. I have regrets: I once threw a bucket of coke over the lady in front of me during a scary scene at the movies.

7. I am shameless: When she turned round to complain, I shushed her and pointed to the screen, just to let her know that some people were trying to watch a movie you know…

Favourite blogs (in no particular order)

The lovely Lynn has already nominated some of my favourites, so I’ll just add a few more of my own that are well worth a visit.

Kate Constable’s Blog

Julia Lawrinson’s Writing in the Margins

Karen Brooks’s Blog

Anthony Eaton’s Musings from an Outer-Spiral-Arm

My Missing Life

Hexebart’s Well

Angela Slatter’s blog

thesimplestgame

Have Chicken, Will Fly.

and of course, Lynn Priestley’s Zenquill.

“Thank you, Somerset Celebration of Literature, for four of the most joyous days of my writing life.” John Danalis, author of Riding the Black Cockatoo

“Missing you all. Sob.” Belinda Jeffrey, author of Brown Skin Blue

“Fabulous four days…Why can’t life be like that all the time??” Kate Constable, author of the Chanters of Tremaris trilogy

“Now that the music has stopped it seems a little embarrassing.” Gus Gordon, author and illustrator of 67 children’s books and newly crowned Dancing King of Somerset

“Sometimes the planets just align, don’t they. Nothing but magic…Couldn’t have hoped for a more meaningful, inspiring and wonderful four days.” Dave Hackett, author of ‘Unavoidable Family Outing’ series, and proud winner of the kids dinner performances.

“My little car kept forgetting to change gears in the hope that we might be able to go back for just a little longer.” Nette Hilton, author of Pyro Watson and the Hidden Treasure

“I touched Markus Zusak.” Chris Bongers, author of Dust

“Oh, it’s even better than I’d hoped.” Anthony Eaton, author of Daywards, the latest in his Darklands trilogy

“Best Somerset Festival ever. Thanks to all the organisers and the other presenters for a fantastic time.” James Roy, author of Anonymity Jones