Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Military kids

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This evening I'll be sending the final bunch of changes off to my editor for the fall book, Off To War - interviews with children of American and Canadian military parents who are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. It's been a long and interesting journey, this book. I'm a little frustrated because there are so many more stories out there, but the book has to be put to bed at some point. As it was, I did many more interviews than it was possible to include in the book. I whittled them down, then turned the whole mess over to Shelley Tanaka, my editor, to whittle them down further. Each time I'd re-read an interview, I'd remember the kid, and think about how important it is that their voice gets heard. Shelley can be more ruthless. I think we've ended up with a good variety of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. But, as I said, there are so many more out there.

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Deborah Ellis is the acclaimed author of over 18 books and the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Vicky Metcalfe Award for a body of work, the Governor General’s Award, the Africana Book Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Honour, and the Red Cedar Award. She has traveled the world to meet with and hear the stories of children marginalized by war, illness, and poverty, and has recorded their stories for others to read and learn from.

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