Sylvia McNicoll

Canadian Author for Young People

The Near-perfect Launch

Over two hundred readers crowd the room, some already lined up for an autograph. Phones flash, click, snap or whatever camera apps do. Books quickly disappear from a pile on the table, and your hand cramps up from signing. Obviously you're Lawrence Hill. But if you're...

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The Comic Book War

The Comic Book War by Jacqueline Guest My rating: 5 of 5 stars First of all a big congratulations to the author Jacqueline Guest who has just been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour. She is a lively writer who strives to...

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Pong and Ping Pins–New Book Present

Authors need to acknowledge their own creations and buy themselves gifts. This is to help fortify us for the tough world out there that perhaps doesn't celebrate our work enough. I decided to reward myself for The Great Mistake Series with a specially designed and...

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The Perfect Skype Visit

Lana Button, author of Willow's Whispers, Willow Finds a Way and Willow's Smile, challenged me to write about the perfect Skype class visit. The biggest problem, I find, is that I don't know how the visit goes. Because of the location of the webcam at the top of my...

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Things I got right today, this year, in my life.

When I walk my dog, I often pick up dog do bags others leave behind--they drive me nuts. Why would you go to the trouble of bagging excrement and then just leave it mid path or park or even in the trees. But when I deposited the bags in the recycling bin by error, not...

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Do More of What You Love

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Sciatica--a word I'd heard mentioned along with pain and back--suddenly became the only topic on my mind. Started just before the Canadian Writers' Summit when I had to walk all over Harbourfront. It felt like my...

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