Tuesday, March 26, 2013

4 Fabulous Teen Books by Local Authors (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

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Once upon a time I researched all the local authors in my area and discovered some books I haven't heard of. I put them on my general book blog, but still felt like not enough people know about them. So today I bring you...local authors!

Some of these books I have read, some I have sitting on my shelves, and some I just haven't gotten around to yet.

But wait...before I get into the books I want to tell you why local authors matter to me. In my community we have a pretty big cultural sector. It's one of the reasons I love it so much. But there are also the bookish. And we love all sorts of things like Word on the Street, Lattitudes Storytelling Festival, and so much more. While many cities across North America have cut back on their library budgets and programs, ours is ever expanding.

And without the support of local authors I don't know if this would be the case. They give their time to the library teaching programs (like how to write, etc) and growing book love across the city by participating in events like Word on the Street and Lattitudes Storytelling Festival. Some of them write for the community newspaper while others are teachers or professors. There is so much that authors do and just are that help build community and culture within the city.

Here are some books by young adult authors in my area.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

I have this book sitting on my shelf. It is a fantasy about "Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic." It has also won several Canadian awards for young adult literature. Erin has been part of the libary program here on how to write for young adults. She is also married to James Bow (below).

MONAD 12.21.12 by T. Anderson

I have this book and read it last year. T. Anderson is such an amazing person, she even invited me to her book club! I wasn't able to go, but still...so personable and friendly and thoughtful. This book is about the Mayan calendar myth but also lots of conspiracies and a little bit sci-fi-ish. I had fun reading it and hopefully she will come out with another book in the series sometime soon.

The Unwritten Books by James Bow

This is an older series but still sounds like a great read. James Bow has a regular column in our community newspaper, and is always a favourite of mine to read. I need to read his books sometime to see how his writing translates into fiction. The series is about books and faerie shapeshifters.

The Jewels of Sofia Tate by Doris Etienne

I can't imagine there are very many YA books out there set in my city but this is one of them. I haven't read the book yet but I'm sure it will be fun to read about characters going to all sorts of places I know. This one is about the search for some noble jewels that might be hiding in this main character's house and the friends she makes along the way. Also, you can find an interview and excerpt here.

Question: What do local authors mean to you?

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  1. I think that it's awesome that your such a fan of local authors! I have some really cool ones around me and I think that's it's totally important to support them! This post made me smile!

    1. Yay! Glad it made you smile and that you have some cool authors who live near you too :)

  2. I have one of James Bow's books, so I should definitely give that a read sometime. I know there are a couple of authors from here as well... maybe more that I don't know about, actually. It seems like Stratford has quite a rich literary community as well, which is awesome. I'd love if there were more bookish events here. It's so cool how KPL is really moving forward! The reader's advisory librarian from there was one of my teachers and I know that she has a really great spirit about spreading the word on books and literacy; she's one of the people who helps run WOTS from the library side, and I know there's a lot of awesome-ness going on there.

    1. Your comment made me want to make a whole other post just for the KPL librarians. You are right, they are SO amazing and such a huge part of the community. Especially the branch librarians. They are on a first name basis with my daughter and are always so helpful and just fun to be around. And they run a lot of small programs too.

      I do know one author that I *think* lives in Stratford, at least my mail from her came from there. And there are a lot of children's authors from around there too. Have you ever been to any of the plays though? They are arguably bookish. AND amazing.

      Yes, James Bow! I love his commentaries in the paper. They are very well written. I'd be interested to know what you think of his book.

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  6. I have one of James Bow's books, so I should definitely give that a read sometime. I know there are a couple of authors from here as well.
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