The Weekly 411 (9/3/21)
|© Loris Lora|
Sept. 3, 2021 vol. 36
Author & Author-Illustrator Spotlights
We are excited to feature author Xiran Jay Zhao and their debut young adult novel, IRON WIDOW (Penguin Teen Canada), a sci-fi re-imagining of China's only female emperor, Wu Zetian, coming out on Sept. 21. Enter to win a copy!
|illustratorAshley Mackenzie/ designer Terri Nimmo|
Earlier this week, we featured illustrator Leila Nabih and her banner design for Kidlit411 for the month of September. Illustrators: our current banner design contest is open for submissions until October 15! Enter to win a copy of her book BEAR LOVES PEARS (2020), UK addresses only.
|© Leila Nabih|
We are pleased to host a giveaway of Spooked by a Suspicion, by Risa Nyman (Immortal Works), out on August 17. Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.
|cover © Ashley Literski|
About the Book: About to transition to high school, Rocky is shocked when his mother announces her intention to marry Ted, a devious man Rocky is convinced is evil. Determined to stop the marriage, Rocky plots with his girlfriend to expose Ted in an epic showdown. Rocky’s plans are thwarted when he’s accused of stealing from his chief rival in his summer program. He suspects Ted is framing him for the crime. Scared that no one will believe he didn’t do it, Rocky flees into the woods where he encounters a hermit with a tragic life story who urges Rocky to return to face the charges and prove his innocence.
Rocky must reclaim his own reputation, so he can continue to prosecute his case against Ted.
About the Author: Born in Boston with the accent to prove it, Risa lived within five miles of that city for decades until a recent move to the neighboring Ocean State. For many years, Risa worked in a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting active participation in our democracy, with a special focus on voting and elections. Risa’s creative writing journey started when she retired. When not writing, Risa reads, exercises, or does therapeutic ironing (yes, there is such a thing).
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Sept. 21 (enrollment opens Sept. 13-20) School of Visual Storytelling Children's Book Pro Illustration Course Join art instructors Will Terry, Jake Parker, and Lee White in a 10-week zoom class on illustrating children's books (also can be taken at your own pace).
Sept 18 & 19 Picture Book Palooza The Picture Book Palooza is a writing conference and fundraiser all in one! Six fabulous panels, over 20 wonderful speakers, giveaways, handouts, worksheets, parties and 8 submission opportunities! Your ticket goes to help fund diversity+ scholarships for writers and illustrators at the Children's Book Academy.
Sept. 17-19 Illustrator Day: Graphic Novels SCBWI SF/South presents a two-day conference on graphic novels with Raina Telgemeier and David Taylor as keynote speakers
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