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It’s that time of the year again! The registrations are now open for Early Bird Discounts for the May 4th Ontario Writers’ Conference! Yes…the conference is on May the Fourth Be With You Day. You will probably not see any references to Star Wars there, though. (-:


Click on the banner above to open a new window at The Ontario Writers’ Conference.

We recently unveiled a brand new website, too…just in time for the registration kick-off! Visit the website now to check out our 2013 lineup!

If you register by Midnight December 24th, you will be eligible for our Early Bird Discount.

Our facilitators include 2012 Toronto Book Award winner Andrew Borkowski, Ray Robertson and Alissa York! Our Friday evening Festival of Authors readers include Ted Barris and Miranda Hill! We’re really excited about the eclectic mix of presenters and speakers assembled. Also, we have agents and mentors on-hand, available for pitches and manuscript mentoring.




The conference is held at the Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility. You can click the link in the last sentence for venue info and directions. It’s in Ajax, Ontario…which is JUST east of Toronto. If you’re in Toronto, you can be at the conference in 10-20 minutes. (-:

Do yourself a favour, and come to the conference this year. It’s our 5th anniversary conference, and we’re trying really hard to make it a special and memorable year—for you!


Gift for the readers in your life!

I thought I would make a few suggestions from the great books I reviewed this past year. I’ve linked up my reviews from my Book Review site, Try This Book on for Size.

For the Literary Reader on your list, you CANNOT go wrong with LIVING UNDERGROUND by Ruth E. Walker. This novel is destined to become a Canadian classic, with a worldly scope. It brought out every emotion in me. I absolutely loved it, and I’m positive it would make an excellent gift.

For the Young Adult Reader on your list, why not try Canadian writer Deborah Kerbel. Her newest offering, UNDER THE MOON is a great read…your young reader will love the feisty and quirky narrator…15yo Lily MacArthur.

For the Crossover Reader on your list…the one who enjoys literary, contemporary, romance, young adult, mystery…you NEED to pick up a copy of Book One of the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. THE NAME OF THE STAR is an amazing thrill-ride through the life of Louisiana teen Rory Deveaux, as she begins the school year in a London, England school and quickly finds herself embroiled in a modern-day Jack the Ripper tale. You will probably want to pick up 2 copies of this one. One for you, and one for your reader!

For the Teen Boy Reader on your list, how about MATTHEW QUICK’s BOY21? A trauma causes a boy to live in a make-believe world where he patiently awaits word from the cosmos…and his eventual escape from Earth. It’s a book about basketball, boys, pain and recovery…and first love. It’s an excellent read that any teen boy would find compelling.

That’s just a few…you can check out all of my reviews at TRY THIS BOOK. I only review books I would recommend. If you’re really stuck for the young adult reader on your list (young or old in age!), go with anything from JOHN GREEN or HANNAH MOSKOWITZ. Both of these authors have nothing but excellent books on the market. I loved ALL their work.

I’ll leave you with Christmas in Africa by Straight No Chaser! Enjoy!