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Where Was I This Summer?

September 7, 2022

Name the location of one of the photos: town, city, or body of water, and I’ll email you a sneak peek at the cover of my next book—weeks ahead of when I reveal it in a blog post!

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Kathy Stinson, author's workspace

Another Peek at Where I Write

June 22, 2022

Last month I told you about my desk and the wall beside it. The wall behind my desk tells more stories about my life as a writer. The Painting For my first young adult novel, set in Nova Scotia, Thistledown Press hired Iris Hauser, a Saskatchewan artist to create a cover. They knew the setting was…

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The desk where Kathy Stinson writes

A Peek at Where I Write

May 25, 2022

All around me in the room where I write are things that act as symbols for much that keeps me going when the writing gets tough: who owned my desk before me; writer-friends; illustrators whose art has perfectly extended the stories I’ve written; the determined minds and open hearts of writers and artists who’ve participated…

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Canadian Independent Booksellers Day

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day

April 27, 2022

Saturday, April 30 is your chance to celebrate heroes of the Canadian book business, Canada’s independent sellers. Read my take on why they deserve celebrating, and I’ll then tell you what they’re doing to celebrate you, their customers. My friend says, “Books are cheaper somewhere else.” But when people buy cheaper, author royalties are correspondingly…

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Kathy Stinson at age 70

“How terribly strange to be seventy”

April 6, 2022

… as Paul Simon wrote in the lyrics of “Old Friends” while still in his twenties. My birthday is this month. Friends older than I am smile or even laugh when I say how strange it feels to be on the brink of seventy. “You’re so young,” one said to me recently. I suppose in…

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Books by Women: Pluck: A Memoir of a Newfoundland Childhood and the Raucous, Amazing Journey to Becoming a Novelist by Donna Morrissey; Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi; “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power by Jodi Wilson-Raybould; Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan; and Dedications: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver

More Books About Women

March 8, 2022

This International Women’s Day post picks up from last month’s post left off, and offers my reaction to a few books by women—fiction and non-fiction—that I’ve rated highly on goodreads so far this year. Pluck: A Memoir of a Newfoundland Childhood and the Raucous, Amazing Journey to Becoming a Novelist  by Donna Morrissey As a longtime…

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Books About Women: The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson, Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, The Girl Who Loved Giraffes by Kathy Stinson, Love Every Leaf by Kathy Stinson, and The Lady with the Books by Kathy Stinson

Books About Women

February 2, 2022

When I delivered the 33rd Helen Stubbs Memorial Lecture in the fall of 2021, one of my themes was women. I started it with a reading from Saturday Walk, a book I’d read as a child, back in the 1950s. It’s about a young boy walking with his dad observing all the men at work…

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How 7 nudges led me to my new project for the new year

December 29, 2021

A number of things late this year have been nudging me in a new direction for my writing. It started in November when I decided to go through a file called “Scribblings” to see just what I’d stuffed in there over the years. “Scribblings” contained notebooks and loose pages; writing exercises I’d done with various…

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Are You an Echo? by David Jacobson and What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

Pandemic Connections

November 24, 2021

What do these books have in common? 1. Both were signed to me personally and mailed to me from the US by their authors. 2. I value both books highly, and even moreso the connections I’ve made with their authors, whom I have never met. This would not be the case, were it not for…

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Young Kathy Stinson

“The Reader I Was, The Writer I Am”

October 27, 2021

How could I say no? It was an honour to be asked, back in February 2019, if I would “consider speaking at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books in Toronto” as the 33rd annual Helen E. Stubbs memorial lecturer in the fall of 2020. “This lecture series,” Martha Scott wrote, “is held in the…

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