A GG for Greener Grass

Last night Caroline Pignat received a Governor General’s award for her young adult novel, Greener Grass. Not surprising when you look at the reviews. And needless to say, she’s delighted. The book is set in Ireland, and she’s going to take her parents there with some of her prize money.

What makes Caroline’s win sweet for me and for my partner Peter Carver is knowing we both had a hand in helping this talented writer develop her story. Caroline brought her (very promising) manuscript to our first Nova Scotia Writing Workshop. I offered her feedback there, and she revised it. Peter, as editor at Red Deer Press, took it on, and the rest, as they say, is history. (A cliche, you might say, but an apt one, perhaps, given that Greener Grass is historical fiction.)

Peter and I will be setting dates for this year’s Nova Scotia workshop very soon. In the meantime, congratulations to Caroline Pignat!

(By the way, The Bite of the Mango which I wrote about in a previous blog post, won the Norma Fleck Award for Non-Fiction this week – another prestigious honour in the field of Canadian children’s literature. Congratulations to Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland.)

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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