April 30, 2019
Forgetting How to Breathe has been named one of five finalists for the 2019 IODE Violet Downey Book Award. From the news release:
Through the generosity of IODE member, the late Mrs. Violet Downey, IODE established The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award in 1984. The first award was presented in 1985. This award is offered annually for the best English language book containing at least 500 words of text (preferably with Canadian content) in a category suitable for children aged 13 and under. A ten-member panel of judges, including IODE members and specialists in the field of children’s literature, annually select the award-winning book.
The short list for The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, valued at $5,000 has been selected from among submitted books published in Canada in 2018.
The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s 119th National Annual Meeting, being held at the Delta Brunswick Hotel in Saint John, NB, on Friday, 31 May 2019.
(2019 finalists are)
A World Below
Written by Wesley King
Published by Simon and Schuster Canada
Ebb and Flow
Written by Heather Smith
Published by Kids Can Press
Forgetting How to Breathe
Written by Anita Daher
Published by Great Plains Publications
No Fixed Address
Written by Susin Nielsen
Published by Penguin Random House
The Ghost Road
Written by Charis Cotter
Published by Penguin Random House
(Photo courtesy the IODE Canada Facebook Page)
April 17, 2019
“Sometimes hurt kids find good places where they are safe and loved.”
A review by author W.D. Valgardson of Forgetting How to Breathe in the April 15 edition of Canadian Icelandic newspaper, Lögberg-Heimskringla.
April 14, 2019
I Value Canadian Stories
As a child, I moved often, sometimes to remote communities. This was well before access to the internet, and so at a vital age I looked to my family, my community, and books, often read cross-legged in my school library, to better understand who I was, and what my place in the world would be. Stories set in Canada, my home, were especially relevant to me. These were the ones I felt more deeply connected to. These were the stories that taught me the most about regions outside of my immediate community. They helped me understand Canadian geography, political structure, and the values of our society, including tolerance and celebration of other cultural backgrounds. In reading books set in other countries, I was then able to find my place and values within a larger context, but without those books set in Canada, written by Canadian authors, I would have been lost. Without foundation.
I’ve shared my story with members of the Standing Committees on Industry, Science & Technology, and Canadian Heritage. Please add your support and share your story here.
April 7, 2019
This week! Hope to see you there.
March 3, 2019
So very pleased The Cottager magazine included my chat about writing Forgetting How to Breathe in this month’s edition (though the editor called the novel “Learning How to Breathe”…maybe a sequel?).
February 4, 2019
This beautiful review of Forgetting How to Breathe appears in the Feb 1st edition of New Iceland’s Lögberg-Heimskringla newspaper. This reviewer understood so well what I wanted to communicate in this novel, I was moved to tears.
February 1, 2019
Thank you to the Manitoba Arts Council (finder), Great Plains Publications (publisher) and (my host) Publishers Group Canada for arranging and making possible my signing session at this year’s Ontario Library Association Super Conference. I met so many wonderful teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians and library techs–including my former CBC North colleague now library tech Megan Venner! A super special and heart-warming surprise. I was so busy signing I didn’t get a photo. Instead, this is where my stack of books sat before I signed (gone in a blink!), and these are my lovely PGC hosts Erin and Bronte.
December 2, 2018
September 11, 2018
From an ongoing work in progress: a monologue I wrote, performed by beautiful human being, talented actor and filmmaker (and cousin!) Trevor Kristjanson at the launch for Forgetting How to Breathe.
The monologue is not from the novel, but imagines one Icelandic immigrant’s experience during a true moment in history, the wreck of the SS Copeland.
July 24, 2018
Join me in Gimli August 2nd at the Aspire Theatre! Honoured to present along side two exceptional fellow authors, W.D Valgardson and Michael Kaan. Valgardson will launch his new novel, In Valhalla’s Shadows.
May 12, 2018
I have thoroughly enjoyed my FORGETTING HOW TO BREATH BOOK TOUR PART 2 this wee in BC’s gorgeous Okanagan Valley. Next up, a stop in Carmen Manitoba, and then Jodi Carmichael (Family of Spies) will join me for BOOK TOUR PART THREE in southwest Manitoba on May 23 and 24th.
It will be a busy two days with stops in Brandon, Shilo and Rapid City:
- Kirkcaldy Heights School
- École O’Kelly School
- King George School
- Book Club
- Rapid City Public Library
The book club will be hosting a pot luck for our visit. We are thrilled, and can’t wait!
p.s. If you are interested in hearing about my misadventure with a toad/bat in the North Okanagan Valley, visit my goodreads blog 🙂
May 8, 2018
After a busy week of school visits in Saskatchewan last week where she visited schools in Moose Jaw, Chaplin, Gravelbourg and Avonlea, Anita is in BC’s Okanagan Valley this week for visits in Vernon and Oyama.
April 7, 2018
Anita and Jodi to Tour Southwest Manitoba!
For information or to book email Nancy Chappell at Prairie Bookings.