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A Princess Story Giveaway / Celebration

Okay, the title may be somewhat misleading.  What I mean is I want to celebrate The Path of Names‘ recent nomination for two awards, and the way I want to celebrate it is by giving away a silly retelling of Snow White I did a few years ago, back when I thought it was in my power to keep my eldest daughter from hearing the traditional version of princess stories.

First the awards.  I’m super excited to announce that in the past few weeks The Path of Names  has been nominated for both the Diamond Willow Award and the Sheila A Egoff Prize in Children’s Literature.  The Diamond Willow award is an award where lots of Saskatchewan school children read The Path of Names and (hopefully) vote on it to receive the Diamond Willow.  The Sheila A. Egoff Prize  is the BC book prize for children’s literature (and so, as far as I know, involves not even one Saskatchewan schoolchild.)

Now for the princess story giveaway.

I have two daughters, and over the last few years I’ve occasionally been called upon to tell the odd princess story.  However, as some of you may remember, the traditional princess story is sometimes a little… well … sexist.  Lookist.  Not too mention just gross.  (As in the scene in Snow White where the prince begs the dwarves to let him take home Snow White’s (apparently) dead body.  Just because she’s so beautiful.)

When my eldest daughter was younger and at the height of her princess preoccupation, I used to deal with this by simply changing the words of the stories.  Then, one day, a few hours before my mother was scheduled to babysit her, I realized my mother would read her the words to the Snow White story.  The real words.  Where Snow White is appreciated only for her beauty (rather than her juggling skill, as in my version.)  Where trees are frightening apparitions (rather than sad creatures who wish Snow White would teach them how to juggle.)  Where Snow White cooks and cleans for the dwarves (rather than juggling their cooking implements).

In short, I had to do something.  So I jotted down my version of “Snow White The Juggler,” printed it out and pasted it over the words in her story book.  From my current vantage point as the overemployed father of three, my main thought looking back, is ‘God, I used to have so much free time.’

In that spirit, I thought other harried parents may find the attached file useful.  Feel free to modify it as you wish.

The Story of Snow White the Juggler

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Events, Readings and Appearances (real life and online)


I read at the Vancouver launch of The Path of Names. (photo by John Goldsmith)

May 3 (online):  Elisabeth Dahl, author of Genie Wishes, interviews me for the Lucky 13 Blog.

May 8,  7 p.m.:  Vancouver Book Launch.  Hosted by KidsBooks in Vancouver at 3083 West Broadway.  (The above picture was taken at this event by John Goldsmith. You can find more pictures on John’s website, here.

May 15 (online):  I’m featured on the Society for Young Inklings blog.  There’s an interview with me, and a writing challenge I contributed.  (I adopted  the writing challenge from an exercise the author, Octavia Butler, gave to a workshop that I participated in when I was a young(er) inkling myself.

May 17 (online):  I’m featured on the Haunting of Orchid Forsythia website.  I answer questions like:  what’s the best part of writing?  what’s the scariest thing that ever happened to you at summer camp?

May 19 (online):  My editor, Cheryl Klein posts an interview with me on her blog here.

May 20 (online):  Tamera Wissinger, author of Gone Fishing, interviews me for the Smack Dab in the Middle Blog.

May 24 (online):  A guest post on the ‘I Like Books’ website.  Ari Goelman interviews Ari Goelman in the no-holds-barred interview event of the century.  Or at least of the midweek.  Find it here.

May 28, 7 p.m.:  A ‘Chat Up the Author’ event at Cafe V in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   This one is cosponsored by Camp Galil (my old summer camp).  Thanks to Galil’s Ilana Goldfus and my friend, Ross Berkowitz, for helping to pull this together.  More information here.

May 29, 7 p.m.:  An event at the Upper Merion Township Library in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – this was my library growing up.  I’m really looking forward to returning there with my own book.

June 3:  Two minutes to sell my book at an event sponsored by the Jewish Book Council in New York City.  The event has been described as speed dating for books.  I think the idea is like the guy is a book and the girl is a Jewish book festival.  Or maybe they’re both girls, but one isn’t sure about leaping into another relationship and hey, isn’t there more to life than romantic relationships?  While the other one is super keen but trying not to push too fast.  Or maybe they’re both guys, but one has mixed feelings about the whole institution of marriage, while the other — okay, okay.  You get the point.

June 4, 6-8 p.m.:   New York City book launch, sponsored by my publisher, Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic.)  This will be at Books of Wonder at 18 w. 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).   I am super excited to finally meet my editor, Cheryl Klein, in person.  Not to mention to see my New York people.

June 5, 2013, Early morning:  I do a reading at the New York City public school PS / IS 276.  Very excited for this — they’ve invited me to address their assembly of something like 150 kids.  (Thanks to my sister for arranging this!)

I’ll add details and new events as they become clear.  (There are a few events / interviews that are taking shape even now.  (I mean, depending on when you read this.  If you’ve discovered this file on a computer two hundred years in the future, as civilization lies in tatters around you, chances are there aren’t any additional interviews in the pipeline.))

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