The Boy Who Owned the Forest

The Boy Who Owned the Forest will be officially released into the wilds on April 9th, 2019! If you’re in Windsor, I’ll have copies available at the Windsor Small Press Book Fair on Saturday, April 13th from 11-4. The book fair takes place at the University Community Church (2320 Wyandotte Street West, Windsor, ON). I will also have copies at Juniper Books soon (1990 Ottawa Street, Windsor, ON).

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If you want to buy on-line, it’s always best to support small presses by buying direct from their web page: handersenpublishing.com But the book will also be available on-line at places like Amazon.

The book contains seven short stories, which read like fairy tales for kids, but can be enjoyed by adults. I usually try to avoid clichés by saying it’s a book for everyone, but I do think it’s the kind of children’s book that adults who still have a sense of imagination can enjoy. Most of the stories were originally written and published in my zine 398. The main audience for the zine was not children, but fellow zinesters who were teenagers and adults.

The book has an amazingly cool cover by Nicholas Beckett and is full of  black and white illustrations. He might be doing some events and stuff in Australia, so if you live in Australia you should go say hi.

Here’s what some other folks have said about the book:

“Author Elizabeth J. M. Walker has a sublime understanding of stories that truly need to be shared with the world, while illustrator Nicholas Beckett’s black and white drawings are expressive, and hauntingly beautiful. A must-have for anyone who loves to escape from the real world and delve into the unpredictable realms of fantasy.”

Sharon Ledwith, author of The Last Timekeepers, and The Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls

“It’s been a while since I’ve read a children’s book, but I’m glad this is the one I read. The Boy Who Owned The Forest is actually a collection of children stories. There are seven different stories: The Boy Who Owned The Forest, The Piano That Swam, Cornelia & Timothy & The Wonderful World Of Zines, The Maze, The Sea Rider, The Winter Of The River and The Tree. 

Each story has a unique plot and interesting characters to hook the reader. I also like the lessons that were embedded in each story: don’t try to be like others or you’ll lose yourself, letting things go even when you don’t want to.

Even though this is a children’s book I feel adults would benefit from reading this it too.

The illustrations were also stunning. They looked like hand-drawn pencil images and they really added to the stories.

This is a book for one and all, young and old.”

Ryan Jones, author of The Defective and bookstagrammer Biblio.Virgo

 

See? Look at that, they both said the thing about the book being for kids and adults. So, whether you are an adult looking for something fun and magical to read or an adult looking to buy something for a cool kid you know, then check out The Boy Who Owned the Forest!

Thanks!

P.S. I mostly use Instagram these days and try to remember to also post on my Facebook page.

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Let’s Talk About 2018

It’s time to sum up a whole year on the blog that is often lost and forgotten. For more frequent updates I recommend following me on Instagram (@elizabeth.j.m.walker) or my author page on Facebook, where I actually remember to post stuff. (Sidenote: I didn’t unfriend you on Facebook. I deleted my entire account.)

SlipJigSummerCOVERIn March of this year my newest book, Slip Jig Summer, was published in Orca Book Publisher’s Limelights collection: “Orca Limelights stories are aimed at middle schoolers and teens with an interest in the performing arts. Topics include music, dance, theater, circus and magic. Reading levels from grade 3.5 to 6.5. Interest level ages 9–12.”

Slip Jig Summer was included in The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s list of “Best Books for Kids and Teens – 2018”. Neat! Thanks!

I had a book launch for Slip Jig Summer at Juniper Books and later in the year I did signings at the Coles in Tecumseh Mall and the Chapters in Devonshire Mall. I also had a table at the Windsor Feis, where I got to meet some enthusiastic Irish dancers who were happy to find a book about their style of dance. Thanks to everyone who came out to events and purchased books, read books, and posted reviews! But, I could really use your help in the reviews department. Even if you just log into Amazon/Goodreads and give it a rating and don’t even write anything. Or you can just write the word “good”. Or “bad”, if you want. Or the word “banana”. I don’t care. Just make it look like people are actually reading the  book.

In the fall I was interviewed on the local cable TV show Scribes & Songsters. I wore a cardigan and a blouse with cats on it, because that’s what cool people do. I was super awkward because I’m not very good at talking and I am very good at being nervous about things and stuff. But thanks for having me!

I’ve also been working on my collection of short stories The Boy Who Owned the Forest that will be published by Handersen Publishing in 2019. We’ve had a few editing rounds and Nicholas Beckett has been working away at the beautiful illustrations. The title story was actually written in 2003, so it’ll be pretty exciting to see this whole project come together –  16 years in the making! Wow! The boy who owns that forest is now old enough to drive a car in his forest.

I wrote a dance show script, The Valkyrie. The talented group of people that make up Windsor Dance eXperience put it all together and performed the show on the Capitol Theatre stage in June 2018. Here are some cool photos of dance-Vikings by John Chan.

Or watch this video, also by John Chan, with choreography by Dalton Hickson:

 

On the very last day of 2018, Alex’s new collection of short stories, Blacker Against the Deep Dark, was released. You should totally check it out. Unless you’re my mom. My mom isn’t allowed to read it.

Ahlissa Eichhorn of FANGORIA said this about it: “These stories play out like an R-rated Twilight Zone; grittily thrusting life’s toughest questions at readers with unabashed confrontation, and in the strangest of places.”

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And my yearly pet update: Early this year our elderly cat Lucy passed away. We felt our cat Callie needed a new cat companion. She loves our dog Daisy, but she’s never been the only cat in her whole life. We adopted a boy cat and named him Dune. He ended up being a bundle of energetic terror whose mission in life is to kill Callie. Needless to say, Callie does not like her new friend. Through creative housing and activities, we’re trying to keep all the animals happy and safe and hoping Dune’s kitten-ish-crazies will eventually simmer down – even though the Humane Society told us he was two (and therefore not a kitten?). But they also told us he had zero interest in toys and he actually LOVES toys. The first thing he did upon entering our house was find the basket of pet toys, knock it over, and have a crazy play session where he showed us that he can jump six feet in the air. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting things to make him to keep him happy and occupied. He loves a box full of toilet paper rolls that he can knock apart to get to food at the bottom and he goes crazy for balls that have bells in them.

So, let’s hear it for 2019! A year that will be filled with stories, more writing, and balls with bells in them.

Here are the trio, pretending to peacefully get along:

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Upcoming Fall Events!

I have some upcoming Fall events! If you’re looking to pick up a signed copy of Slip Jig Summer, This Night Sucks, or She Dreamed of Dragons – stop on by!

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It’s Mid-August! Still looking for a fun book to read this summer?

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Summer Reading!

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Paperbacks available at Juniper Books!

Pick up some summer reading! JuniperBooks1

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Windsor Author: Jenn Sadai

Jenn Sadai is a Windsor author who chooses to use her own life experiences to help inspire others to overcome challenges. Her first book, Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman, is her own tale of survival, from being a drug addicted thief to becoming successful and healthy. Her book Cottage Cheese Thighs tackles the subject of learning to love yourself and becoming confident with who you are. Sadai’s newest book, No Kids Required, covers the subject of modern day women who choose to live a childfree life.

“My goal as an author is to tackle different topics that affect women’s self-esteem. I know several childfree women who have experienced varying levels of criticism and judgment based on their decision,” said Sadai. “Some even felt like they were viewed as being less of a woman, simply because they weren’t a mother.”

Sadai herself is a stepmother of four, so has experienced both the blessings and burdens of being a mother and also being childfree. The subject of being a childfree woman was both important and personal to Sadai, but she felt she could not do it justice on her own and went in search of other’s women’s stories.

“When you explain that you have four stepchildren, most people understand why you don’t have one of your own,” said Sadai.

She began to talk with friends and family who were childfree, which often led her to meet with more childfree women who were eager to learn more about the project and become involved. She eventually found 20 women to be included in the book, and carefully documented their individual stories.

Sadai has also branched out into fiction writing with her series of stories about women overcoming horrific challenges and discovering their inner strength along the way. The first book, Her Own Hero, tells the story of a struggling showgirl who learns from her bad decisions and creates a better life for herself. Sadai is currently working on her second novel, Her Beauty Burns, which will be a part of the same series.

Although it can be difficult for any new writer or artist to get noticed, Sadai has found joining local groups helpful, such as Windsor Women in Business.

“Windsor has a thriving arts community and there are established writing and business groups that can help you succeed, if you’re willing to put yourself out there,” said Sadai.

She is thankful she made the decision to start writing and will be celebrating the release of No Kids Required on April 27 at the City Grill.

“If you believe in what you’re doing, don’t stop,” said Sadai. “It’s not easy to make a living as a writer, but the rewards will be worth it if you stay the course.”

If you’d like to learn more about Jenn Sadai, you can visit her webpage, Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.

[originally posted on Windsor Arts & Crafts]

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Slip Jig Summer Signing

We had a good day at Juniper Books. Thanks to all who came out!

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It’s Almost Slip Jig Summer Day!

This Tuesday, March 27 is the release day for Slip Jig Summer! Yay!

If you’re in Windsor, I will be having a meet and greet at Juniper Books on Sunday, April 8th from 1pm-4pm. I will have copies of Slip Jig Summer, She Dreamed of Dragons, and This Night Sucks for sale.

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Windsor Author: Brittni Brinn

Image result for the patch project brittniBrittni Brinn has been involved in many creative endeavours in Windsor. She has co-hosted the radio show Hardcover: A Literary Podcast and has wrote plays for Paper-Knife Theatre. Her newest project is her debut novel, The Patch Project.

The Patch Project is a post-apocalyptic story following a small group of survivors as they navigate their new world and discover their and mysterious powers. The book started off as a short story during Brinn’s undergraduate studies.

“I was getting into post-apocalyptic stories at the time, and wanted to write a piece in a domestic setting that would juxtapose something homey and comfortable, like Christmas, with the stark emptiness of a wasteland environment,” said Brinn. “I really enjoy writing in the speculative vein – exploring a concept or a character that isn’t quite of the everyday world.”

Brinn is thankful for her post-secondary experience, which pushed her to share her writing after years of keeping her poems and stories private. She also developed an interest for playwriting.

“The theatre fascinates me,” said Brinn, who has written four one act plays and a full length play, Runaways, that have been produced in the Windsor and Edmonton areas.

Brinn will be taking on a new role as an actor in the upcoming Paper-Knife Theatre production of A Lichen by Stephanie Yee. She will also be directing Yellow Vines, an original thriller by Linda Collard, in June.

“Having lived in Edmonton, I appreciate the space there is in Windsor for artists to try things,” said Brinn. “For the most part, artists have to make their own opportunities here, and I think it brings people together in a unique way.”

Brinn’s advice for writers is to make sure you actually enjoy what you’re writing and to tackle the projects you’re passionate about the most.

“I meet a lot of artists who have a story or a project they’ve been sitting on for years – they care very much about those projects and don’t want to “ruin” them,” said Brinn. “But if you have the idea, write it out!”

Brittni Brinn will be reading from The Patch Project at the Green Bean Café (2320 Wyandotte Street West) on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30pm-9:00pm. For more information you can visit the Facebook event page.

You can find Brittni Brinn on Facebook (@brittniinink), Twitter (@brittni_in_ink) and Instagram (@brittni_in_ink).

[originally posted on Windsor Arts & Crafts]

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