Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book and Writer Round-ups

This is, of course, the time of lists. Maria over at Brain Pickings (you must subscribe; really), is a master of these, so here are a few of her year-end round ups. Her website is the most interesting and worthwhile time sucker on the web IMHO. (If you've never been to the site, get yourself a cup of coffee and prepare to dive into the rabbit hole.)

Paper Typewriter by Jennifer Collier

The year's best books on writing and creativity. Lots of gems there, including Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art. "Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever."

And here's Maria's list for best children's books (illustrated and picture books), which includes the fabulous You Are Stardust by Canadian writer, Elin Kelsey. (The book also has an app version.)

The prolific (and very witty; you should also follow her), Elizabeth Bird over at Fuse #8 Productions, has compiled a list of 100 Magnificent Books for 2013.

Closer to home, the Canadian Chidlren's Book Centre has put together a list of great holiday reads by Canadian authors, illustrators and publishers.

Finally, British Columbia author Laura Langston, wrote a two part, Gifts of the Season, in which authors share the best gifts they've received. It's a must read for many reasons, but most of all if you have an aspiring writer in the house. Here is part one and part two.

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