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Sue Townsend, Farley Mowat, Page 56! and a few Public Service Announcements

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emembering two authors today, who've recently passed away, Farley Mowat and Sue Townsend.

I've done "why doesn't my newspaper report on the important stuff" features before, on the passing of favourite authors: Peg Bracken, Madeleine l'Engle, Norma Fox Mazer, and so on.

This time, of course, I don't even know if the local Montreal paper reported on Sue Townsend, though I'm sure they did write about Farley Mowat since he's Canadian. I heard about both of these through Twitter.

It's been many years since I read any Farley Mowat. It's possible that I only ever read one - Owls in the Family, about his childhood. Now, of course, I feel guilty about this. I'd especially like to read his autobiographical works about World War II, though the ones about Canada's North are intriguing too. Here's a list of his first 15 works:

People of the Deer (1952; revised 1975)
The Regiment (1955)
Lost in the Barrens (1956)
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (19…

New Story Snip! ROW80 and Nature Photos

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atching up!

Slowly, but surely. I'm still working my way through A to Z Challenge posters and commenters, but I did catch up on all the blogs I was due to visit as part of my minion duties!

Here are a few of the new bloggers I met:
A Taste of Travel
Reflections En Route
Joyful Antidotes
Anseo A Mhuinteoir
My Sweet Peanut
Trigger's Horse
Moon, Light and Shadow
Word Stories
I've also moved a little further on one of my ROW80 goals, which is to participate in the May exercise on the writers' forum.

Here's a brief description of the exercise:
"The Power of Place.

How does a writer go from a generic "dark and stormy night" to creating a world that is so real, so tangible and vibrant that readers and characters alike live in it?

This power of place goes beyond simple world-building such as sketching maps of towns or creating blueprints of buildings. It goes beyond a mention of the weather, or the mountains, or the sunset reflected in a lover's eyes. Those are a…

Book Reviews and Boat Tours!

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eviews! I've been reading lots of great books lately.

First up is Medeia Sharif's Snip, Snip Revenge, a fun and moving tale of a few months in the life of young Tabby Karim (a Turkish protagonist, yay!):



The best part of this book, for me, was how well Medeia captures the teen voice. A lot of times I felt and remembered feeling exactly the way Tabby felt about certain situations. And of course I loved the romance as well!

Also in new books, there's Talli Roland's The No-Kids Club, coming on 3 June:



I can't recommend this book enough. Of course, I say that about all of Talli's books, but the characters in this story really resonated with me. I also found it exciting to see how each character's personal dilemma was resolved by the end of the novel. There are no easy answers in any of their situations, and Talli does a great job exploring the nuances of each relationship.

Can't wait to get this one for all my friends!

And the third book -- I've actuall…

A to Z Reflections, IWSG, ROW80, and Irvine Welsh!

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is for... I mean, and now back to our regularly scheduled programme.

It's hard to get out of A to Z mode! The challenge was really fun this year. I'm still busy making my rounds, so don't be surprised if I come by and comment on older posts!

This was my third A to Z Challenge and third year having a theme. In 2012 I covered Favourite Books and 2013 was the year I showcased all sorts of favourite posts and links from Twitter. That was a fun theme, actually; maybe I'll do it again next year. I favourite a lot of stuff on Twitter and don't always have a chance to go back and read or watch them all.

This year it was nice to have a built in theme based on my life! I'm still collecting random items I'd like to share with all of you, from the world's steepest mountain-side cable car to this fact I just discovered yesterday: author Graham Greene lived his last years in Switzerland and is buried here.

I'd definitely recommend a theme for anyone who might ha…