Also, see 7 great gifts for the writer in your life here.
Note: Along with Kids Can Press senior editor Patricia Ocampo, Tanaz will be one of the guest speakers for the online Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop on Saturday, January 15. See here.
She also has a picture book with OwlKids: Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School).
Note: Jennifer will be one of the two guest speakers for the online Writing Kid Lit class starting in January on Monday afternoons. See here.
Erin also published a timely nonfiction book for ages 6+, What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of Covid-19, from Second Story Press.
Kira Vermond is the author of six nonfiction books that make kids think. Four of them with OwlKids: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular; Half-Truths and Brazen Lies; Why We Live Where We Live; Growing Up: Inside and Out; and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart.
Note: Kira will be one of the two guest speakers for the online Writing Kid Lit class starting in January on Monday afternoons. See here.
Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt has published Peacekeeper’s Daughter with Thistledown Press. This memoir of Tanya's time in Israel abd ger seven months in Beirut at the height of the Lebanese Civil War when she was just a girl of twelve is receiving well-deserved critical acclaim.
Lost Boy from a Line of Heroes, Gord’s
It's available from GoodMinds.com, distributor of Fist Nations, Metis, and Innuit Books – here.
It’s been a rich year for Roger Moore. He’s brought out two outstanding books: Stars at Elbow and Foot: Selected Poems 1979 – 2009, and a collection of prose, On Being Welsh in a Land Ruled by the English. Check out both of them and Roger’s other books here.
This year Roger also self-published Vision and Revision: the art of writing and rewriting (available to his friends), and his The Nature of Art and the Art of Nature is at the printers in India and will be available in 2022
Suzanne Hillier launched her novel, My Best Friend was Angela Bennett, with Inanna Publications in 2021. Harrowing, funny, tender and unforgettable, this is a WW11 novel of love, loyalty and survival. Available from Chapters here, from your local independent bookstore here, or directly from the publisher here.
Connie Cook has self-published her very funny detective novel Follow the Money, starring Diana Darling who learned her craft from a correspondence course – the kind of advanced education formerly advertised on matchbook covers. Available in paperback, hardcover or Kindle from Amazon here or as a Kobo e-book at Chapters here.
Mark Baker, writing as G.E. Baker, has a serialized novel coming out: The Wistful and the Good. Starting Saturday, November 27, you can read it in weekly installments here.
Angela Misri has a funny middle grade adventure novel: Pickles vs. the Zombies, that answers the question, what will the pets do during a zombie apocalypse? And a sequel, Trip of the Dead, featuring Trip the racoon, (both from Cormorant Books’ DCB imprint).
Angela also has a series of Victorian mystery novels, featuring her female sleuth, Portia Adams. The most recent came out this fall: The Detective and the Spy (from Cormorant) or you can start with the first in the series, Jewel of the Thames.
Kelley Armstrong has 50+ books, for adults, young adults and middle grade readers. If you’re not yet familiar with Kelly’s books, the best place to start is by browsing the shelves at your local bookstore, or if it’s on lockdown, check out her website here.
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than a dozen middle grade and young adult novels, most recently Body Swap, a young adult novel published by Dundurn Press and the four books in the Mistake Mystery series for middle grade kids, also from Dundurn.
Dave Moores has two books out: Windward Legs, a novel for adults, featuring fast and frisky action both on and off the water (see here) and Attitude, a young adult novel, both from Middle Road Publishers.
“Attitude is a fast-paced novel pitting resourceful teens, Lyle and Laura, against a cast of quirky, dysfunctional characters and real bad asses who mostly get what’s coming to them.” ~Mike Joll
Two great sailing adventures:
Karma Brown's newest book, The 4% Fix is a self-help book (see here). This is a new departure for Karma, as her previous books have all been novels, most recently, Recipe for a Perfect Wife with Penguin Random House. Her four earlier novels were all with MIRA Books a Harlequin/HarperCollins imprint. Check them out here.
Hannah Mary McKinnon is the author of one five domestic thrillers, most recently, You Will Remember Me, published with MIRA Books (a HarperCollins imprint. Check out all five here.
Plus, on May 24, 2022, Hannah has a new novel coming out: Never Coming Home. Check it out and pre-order your copy here.
and gifts to make the world a better place here. See the best Jewish Canadian books for kids and teens here and here.
Plus, don't forget, try to shop local. Buy your books straight from the publisher or from a book store.
See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.