“Vicki Grant is funny and endearing.”

Vicki Grant, Christmas, snowAnd I’ve got that on good authority. Amy Mathers said so. (Click her name if you don’t believe me.)

Amy has begun a journey “across the Canadian landscape of teen fiction” through her Marathon of Books. Her quest is to open “readers up to new perspectives and inspire book lovers to fund a teen book award.” She’s reading a book a day on a literary cross-country tour. She began in Nova Scotia with some of my oeuvre and that of my dear buddy, Don Aker. She hopes to get $100,000 in pledges to go towards the award.

It’s a wonderful project (and I’d say that even if she didn’t call me “funny and endearing”. Did I already mention that?) Click here to find out how you can support Amy’s Marathon of Books.

Amy Mathers, reader extraordinaire
Amy Mathers, reader extraordinaire

Everything you ever wanted to know about Vicki Grant (and no doubt more…)

Me looking thoughtfulVivian Howard of Dalhousie University is the driving force behind SeaStacks, a website devoted to children’s and young adult authors of Atlantic Canada. When she asked to interview me for the project, I’m sure she had no idea how much I could talk.

Man, do I go on.

In any event, here are a series of youtube videos that cover my background, my writing process, my approach to research and a lot of other things that just happened to pop into my head at the time.

Click here to watch. Enjoy!

Check me out at The Human Library.

photo credit: Meghan Tansey-Whitton
photo credit: Meghan Tansey-Whitton

If I were a book, what would I be?

A thriller? In my dreams.

A romance?  Not bloody likely.

A comic book? Closer, perhaps – that is if the cover were a little wrinkled, some of the jokes kind of lame and a few crucial pages were missing in the middle.

Sound like something you’d like to ‘read’? Then check me out this Saturday, January 26 from 10 to 2 at the Keshen-Goodman Library in Clayton Park.

I’m just one of the many books at The Human Library.

And what might that be?

“Human Libraries provide an opportunity to connect one-on-one with individuals who have diverse life experiences, stories and knowledge. Just like borrowing a book from a local library, the user can, “check out” a human book for a 20-minute conversation in the library.”

Other books this year include a forensic anthropologist, a transgender activist, a chef, a judge and a member of the Provincial Legislature. Check out their fascinating stories here.

 

 

Bacon and Eggs and Wonderful Kids.

Vicki Grant, School Visits, Author Visits, Chatham, London, Ontario

I just arrived back from three very busy days of school visits in Chatham-Kent and London, Ontario. I loved the delicious breakfast (and fabulous retro decor) of the St. Clair Restaurant in downtown Chatham.

But most of all, I loved the enthusiastic welcome I got from the kids and teachers I met there. A really inspiring visit

(I hope that some of those schools might have some nice photos for me to post instead of this blurry i-phone snap…)

Awake and Smiling

Vicki Grant Agnes McPhail School OLA superconferenceI’m posting this photo for two reasons:

1) To say thanks to the young ladies from Agnes McPhail Public School for interviewing me about Not Suitable for Family Viewing.

2) And to prove that I was alert throughout the Ontario Library SuperConference even if every other photo taken of me there makes it look like I’d just nodded off.

Can I drop by for a visit?

Toronto at the end of January. Is there a lovelier place to be?

No. Not if you get to enjoy the warmth of the Ontario Library Association’s SuperConference. (What a corny line. Clearly, I’ll do anything for a segue.)

I’ve been invited with other winners of 2011 Forest of Reading Awards to make a little presentation. I’ll also be signing copies of Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret so please come and join me at the HarperCollins booth. (I’ll post exact times when I know them…)

If you can’t make it to the conference at the Convention Centre, perhaps I could make it to your school. I have some openings for author visits on Monday, January 30 and  Wednesday, February 1. Anywhere in the GTA is fine.

E-mail me at v.grant@ns.sympatico.ca for details.

Betsy Wickwire Cracked the Top 17!




I don’t know why that number was chosen but I’m delighted, nonetheless, that Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret has made Canadian Parents “17 Books to Give this Holiday Season.

BTW, if you’d like a copy of Betsy Wickwire (or Not Suitable for Family Viewing) signed personally by their grateful author, please meet me at Chapters Bayers Lake, Sunday November 26 from noon to 1:30. The company will be much appreciated.

Gotta love HarperCollins

Not Suitable for Family Viewing, Vicki GrantA full-page colour ad featuring…me. It must have come as a terrible shock to most people just sitting down to read their Saturday morning paper – but I certainly appreciated it.

Thanks Leo, Liza, Melissa and everyone else at HarperCollins who made it happen. (And thanks, too, to my nephew George Grant for taking the photo.)

Heading off to Lakefield Literary Festival


I’ll be doing something a little different on my holiday in the Kawarthas this year. I’m going to take a break from Scrabble, swimming and, of course, endless painting in order to return to civilization long enough to give a reading at the Lakefield Literary Festival (11:30 on Saturday, July 16).

Not Suitable for Family Viewing will be my ‘headliner’ but I’ll also be introducing a new YA novel, Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret. (Hopefully, I might even have some actual copies of it in my hands by then…)

I’m paired up with the amazing Kevin Sylvester, author of The Neil Flambe Capers so it should be fun.

Hope to see you there.

 

Stellar News!

I just got word that Not Suitable for Family Viewing has been nominated for the 2012 Stellar Award, British Columbia teen readers’ choice award. Once again, it’s in very good company. Here’s the full list of nominees:

Shadow Boxing by Sherie Posesorski
thinandbeautiful.com by Liane Shaw
Dreamfire by Nicole Luiken
Living Outside the Lines by Lesley Choyce
My Parents are Sex Maniacs by Robyn Harding
Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Pop by Gordon Korman
The Gryphon Project by Carrie Mac
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Swim the Fly by Don Calame
The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones