Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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I have to salute an organization called CANSCAIP, and this is the perfect time. CANSCAIP is the Canadian Association of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers ( This national group for professionals in the field of children’s literature supports and promotes kid lit through monthly meetings, its website, newsletters, and an annual conference. In a profession that can too often become isolating and lonely, CANSCAIP provides an opportunity for those of us who write for young people to meet, share writing ideas and programs, and celebrate our accomplishments. I’ve been a member for ten years and encourage everyone I meet in this field to join.

In my very first meeting ten years ago, I remember walking into the room and seeing both Jean Little and the late Phoebe Gillman seated in the audience. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. My very first book, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, had just been published, and here I was, in the presence of two great and prolific authors whom I idolized. Though these days, I don’t get to meetings as often, when I do, I continue to see the likes of Claire McKay, Barbara Greenwood, Linda Granfield, and so many others, and I am grateful to be part of the wonderful organization.

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Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer is an award-winning children's author whose focus is historical fiction and true stories about the Holocaust. Her many books include The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, Clara's War, The Underground Reporters, Hiding Edith and The Diary of Laura's Twin.

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