IBBY’s partner CODE is hiring a Literary Awards Officer

The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) is looking for a Literary Awards Officer. This is a full-time position located in Ottawa. The successful candidate will lead all aspects of CODE’s Burt Award for African Literature and its expansion. Since this is a fairly unique position, the job description is at best a guideline, describing a wide range of hoped-for experiences from publishing, literary awards, marketing and communications, to strategic planning and international development. Anyone with experience in one and interest in the rest is encouraged to apply. Good luck!

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2010 Aubry Award to Andrea Deakin and Chantal Vaillancourt

IBBY Canada is thrilled to announce that Andrea Deakin and Chantal Vaillancourt are the recipients of the 2010 Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature. Andrea Deakin has promoted Canadian children’s literature extensively throughout her career as a teacher, syndicated book reviewer, and correspondent for the UK review journal ACHUKA. Chantal Vaillancourt has worked for over 20 years in publishing and reading promotion.

Andrea Deakin will be presented with her Aubry Award in Edmonton on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (Lower Level, Rutherford Library, University of Alberta). Chantal Vaillancourt will receive her Aubry Award at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the gala presentation of the French language TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

For more information on the Aubry Award and the 2010 recipients, visit our Aubry award page or read the press release here.

Call for Papers on “Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography”

In October 2012, the Department of English at the University of Ottawa will host a symposium on “Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography: Past, Present, and Future.”

For Tolkien, the Realm of Faerie defined an imaginative place. That sense of place not only defined fairy tales for him; it made the magic of fairy tales possible. It was at the beginning, at the root of fairy tales. Story begins in a place. An imaginative place is also the backdrop of a children’s novel, poem, or play; it IS the world of Story. Whether realistic, fantastic, historical, gothic, or nonsensical, a work of fiction has its own geography. The giant sequoia on a prehistoric island opens Kenneth Oppel’s Darkwing, and defines the soon to be destroyed safety of its colony of chiropters, Oppel’s imagined prehistoric bats. The North shapes the adventures and redemption of protagonist Burl Crow in Tim Wynne-Jones’s The Maestro. P.E.I. inspires and nurtures Anne of Green Gables; her own imagination grows out of her love of the Island. Fantastic geographies, whether in the past or present, can be small or epic in scope: Lilliput or Middle-earth, the Hundred Acre Wood or Narnia, the house of the Other Mother in Coraline or the dark multitudinous worlds of the Inkheart trilogy to name a few.

Cyberspace cannot be mapped like a place on Earth, but it plays a role in present day imaginative geography. It is a place of websites, blogs, e-mails, and tweets, and enables the downloading of books, as well as the creation of interactive fictional worlds. Computers, cell phones, e-readers, and tablets connect us to imaginary places. Cyberspace has also helped make our world into a global village, where it is not so strange to read children’s literature from around the world, whether about the Australian Outback, Nazi Germany, India, or the thick woods of early Canada. The imaginative geography of children’s literature is the focus of this conference. Where has it been? Where is it now? Where is it going?

Among the keynote speakers are Kenneth Oppel, Alan Cumyn, and Margot Hillel.

Please send electronic or paper proposals by November 15, 2011 to Aïda Hudson at ahudson@uottawa.ca or Amy Einarsson at aeina018@uottawa.ca

Volunteer Editors Needed for CODE’s Reading Liberia Program

IBBY Canada’s partner organization, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE), needs volunteer editors for their Reading Liberia program. The aim of the Reading Liberia program is to help guide Liberian writers and artists in creating quality children’s books. The larger aim is for Liberians to have a self-sustaining children’s publishing community that creates books in which Liberian children can recognize themselves. These stories will be their stories.

Editors will mentor Liberian writers and illustrators by e-mail and phone. Manuscripts will be available for review starting September 1, and editors will be able to work on their own schedules, though the time commitment is anticipated to stretch to May 2012. This is an opportunity to help others who are passionate about connecting children with books. IBBY Canada member Kathy Stinson has shared her Reading Liberia experience here: http://www.kathystinson.com/2011/06/29/reading-liberia-june-2011.

Please contact Meddie Mayanja, Liberia Program Manager at CODE at mmayanja@codecan.org or call toll free 1.800.661.2633.

2010 Cleaver Award to Julie Flett

We were thrilled to announce in May that Vancouver artist Julie Flett is the 2010 winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for her book, Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L’Alfabet di Michif / Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet, published by Simply Read Books. But we want to remind fans of Canadian picture-book illustration that the award ceremony will be held on October 15 at the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s Illustrator’s Breakfast.

The Cleaver Award jury praised Flett for breathing “new life into some of the most archetypal Canadian images.”

The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award was established in 1985. In her will, book illustrator Cleaver designated funds for an award to be given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. The recipient wins a cheque for $1,000 and a certificate.

Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011)

IBBY Canada is sad to report that Governor General’s Award-winning artist, Joanne Fitzgerald, passed away on August 14, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Montreal, Joanne knew from a very young age that she loved to draw. She attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Joanne illustrated many beloved Canadian children’s books including Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus, and This Is Me and Where I Am. She won the Governor General’s Award for her work in Teddy Jame’s Doctor Kiss Says Yes.

Her family is asking that in lieu of flowers, friends of Joanne make a donation in her name to IBBY Canada by clicking here. Please be sure to note “In Memory of Joanne Fitzgerald” in the section marked Additional Comments.