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Propaganda???

Propaganda is the dissemination of information that is politically charged to promote a certain viewpoint. It’s usually state-sponsored. I have long felt that a lot of children’s literature consists of different, albeit at times benign, forms of propaganda. One thing I’m still processing from the international storytelling festival in Iran is an offhand comment someone […]

A Librarian speaks out…

It’s so weird to be tangentially part of a little controversy. Recently first lady Melania Trump sent out packages of books to libraries around America and she picked, of all books to send, a bunch of Dr. Seuss books. As if all libraries don’t already carry them! Well Liz Phipps Soeiro wrote a public post […]

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Direction???

It happened again. The freeze! I was giving the keynote at the SCBWI Canada east conference in Montreal and the audience was completely motionless, completely silent, and it was unnerving a bit. It’s ideal, don’t get me wrong. It means they’re intently listening, but it’s kind of weird. Again I had that feeling that I […]

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I think the most charming situation I’ve ever encountered has to do with people trying to outdo each other in politeness! I mean talk about rivalry! That’s something to strive for! I went to a school recently, they were having a multicultural festival and I guess I was part of it. At the beginning, when […]

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Just got back from three days presenting in Kingston, Ontario, and I’m feeling a good kind of tired. It’s the kind of tired when you know you’ve given it your all, and you have high hopes that you changed a few minds and did some good. I visited six schools, in three days, did eight […]

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Sensitive times…

I recently had an experience that really gave me quite a jolt. With it being Black History month I came across an image of a woman who was lynched (hanged) and what had happened to her. This was less than a hundred years ago, and it got me thinking about my own growing up in […]

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Trump’s World…

I heard that Trump won the election the night I was at a sleep study. The technician woke me up and told me and I had this terrible sinking feeling right through my body. For days I was upset, walking around in a daze. And then I told myself, “Look, you’re Canadian, alhamdu lillah. This […]

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I was invited to be a panelist on TVO’s flagship current affairs program called The Agenda with Steve Paikin. I was on a panel with Sadaf Ahsan a web editor with The National Post, Shaine Jackson, a native artist from B.C. and Andrew Cohen a professor of journalism at Carleton University and a fellow author […]

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Yesterday was Eid ul Adha, and I kept thinking to myself, I can’t wait to get back to work. And I started asking myself if I’m a workaholic, and then I thought, nah! A workaholic would get more done. I’m only partly kidding. I’m at that stuck stage of a project. I began working on […]

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