Q&A with author Helaine Becker

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Helaine Becker’s new middle grade offering, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, will hit shelves this October. In the book, Darren Dirkowitz (aka Dirk Daring), has to navigate the usual middle school hurdles, as well as his keep his covert alternate life as a secret agent under wraps. We sat down with Helaine Becker to learn about her inspiration for the book, and to uncover some of the top-secret deets all wannabe spies should know. Helaine, what was your inspiration for Dirk Daring, Secret Agent? Did you do any spying or secret agent-ing as a kid? I […]






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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm: Part 2

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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm (Part 2): Planning and Promoting a Book Launch and Signing Guest Post by Karen Spafford-Fitz In part 1 of “In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm,” Karen Spafford-Fitz described the planning and promotion that contributed to the success of her launches for Vanish. In part 2, Karen reflects on which steps were most effective. In my previous post, I mentioned that several steps seemed highly effective while others did not appear to have a particular impact. But I am glad I undertook all of them. Each represents part of my […]






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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm

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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm (Part 1): Planning and Promoting a Book Launch and Signing Guest Post by Karen Spafford-Fitz I was thrilled when Orca released Vanish, my second middle-grade novel, in March 2013. As with my first book, I planned to hold a book launch and signing in Edmonton, where I have lived for 20 years. Upon realizing that many friends and family members living in eastern Ontario also wanted to help celebrate the release of my new book, we decided to launch Vanish in my hometown of Kingston as well. In both […]






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19 Questions with Richard Van Camp

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Richard Van Camp is the author of twelve books, including two board books with Orca: Welcome Song for Baby (2007) and Little You (2013). He recently sat down (online) with Curtis LeBlanc to answer nineteen questions about books, writing and his life as an author. Some highlights: who are Richard’s top three authors? Which bands does he listen to while writing? And what will he be working on next? Read the full 19 Questions interview here.






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