P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony

P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony

Friday, April 7, 2017




Spring 2017

As always it's been too long since I wrote so here goes. 
   I've got two new books coming out. First, 'Federica', a story inspired by the daughter of a wonderful friend. I was lucky enough to work with Groundwood Books, winner of Best Children's Publisher of the Year, North America 2016. https://houseofanansi.com/products/federica
   Also coming in September is 'See What We Eat' the fourth book in the 'Five Friends' series by Kids Can Press (who just won Best Children's Publisher of the Year, North America 2017.) Guess I'm in pretty good company. 
 http://preview.tinyurl.com/lpmpwb7 
   I'm happily back home for awhile but already scouting around for a place in Berlin. Hoping I can be there for Berlin Art Week in September. It's an amazing 'all over the city' exhibition of brilliant (and sometimes not so brilliant) modern art. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time flies when you're on the move. 
I've settled in Berlin now for a couple of months but last month was an action packed visit to Madrid. In April I rented an amazing flat right in the middle of town. It had a beautiful rooftop deck and I could watch the sunset from my work desk as well.  As usual I'm working on my travels but I have to say this was one of the nicest settings. The weather in Madrid was wet and cold, not that I'm complaining - I was in Spain after all - but it didn't quite fit my expectation of what Spain is meant to be like.
On the plus side I could focus on my work and visited lots of galleries. Although (not being a fan of religion) I've seen my full share of Virgin Mary's and Christ on the cross. I wasn't really ready for how religious Spain is. Although the cathedrals are beautiful, especially in Toledo.
After Madrid it was off to Berlin to settle in for a couple of days then up to Frankfurt to see some dear friends. That was a wonderful visit but I'm quite happy to be settling into my flat here in Berlin. I've also started art on a book I began writing here 2 years ago so it's feeling very 'full circle'.
The image I'm posting is from a job I did with a wonderful dance school in North Vancouver called Perform Art Studios. They asked me to do a giant window covering. It was quite a departure for me but I have to say I loved doing it because I could show parts of the north shore and Lonsdale Quay.  Hope it's still up when I get back to Vancouver. If you see it, take a picture and send it!
Ok, time to go collect my bicycle and go for a ride - one of my all time favourite pastimes here in Berlin.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

It's out! Just dropped into KidsBooks to see if my new book 'My House is Alive!' (OwlKids) was on the shelves and there it was. I signed a dozen copies so hopefully somebody will get down there and buy them!  Check out their new store, they moved a few blocks away but the space is huge and they offer a lot more - I think it looks great. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

P'esk'a is out and I was very happy to visit with the great people at Kids Books in Vancouver to see it on display.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I'm very excited to report that 'P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony' is out! This book has been a labour of love.  The story follows a little boy through the village of Hiqelem. He races to get a tray to the chief in time for the first salmon ceremony. On the way we learn what life was like 1000 years ago in a First Nations village.

I'm happy to report two more books are in the works - still waiting on contracts so I won't spill the beans just yet. Don't want to jinx anything!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

My House is Alive!

Looks like we have a new title for my book with OwlKids - 'My House is Alive!' I'm pretty excited to see this coming together as it's been a couple of years in the making. But working with OwlKids has been the best - big thanks to the talented Jessica Burgess and Claudia Davila. I'll put up half a page here... since we're still working I should probably wait but, what can I say, I get excited.
Other news about P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony (with Groundwood) - it's not out until September but getting some really nice reaction from early releases. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23846170-p-esk-a-and-the-first-salmon-ceremony

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We've been getting some great reviews for Look Where We Live and the clever people at Kids Can Press have come out with a nice video. It's quite simple but really very effective I think. Have a look:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzpMVIYQCJ4