“It’s been 20 years and it’s time to hand the reins over to someone else,” says O’Reilly in an email. “I have a number of book plans, including one book that I have to get written this year.”
A fixture of the Canadian kidlit scene, O’Reilly is the author of two books published by Annick Press: Slangalicious: Where We Got That Crazy Lingo (2004) and The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places (with Cora Lee, 2007). O’Reilly is currently working on a new edition of the latter title, again with Lee, which is scheduled for release in October.
“[Gillian] has been a great editor of Canadian Children’s Book News and has, over the years, greatly contributed to the content and focus of the magazine, ensuring its place as an important literary magazine and one that is held in high regard by the publishing, literary, education, and library communities as well as by the general public,” says CCBC executive director Charlotte Teeple in a note. “Although it is disappointing for all of us at the Book Centre that Gillian is leaving, we can only support her in wanting to devote more time to her writing. We wish her much success to add to the success she has already had with earlier books.”
O’Reilly’s last issue of the CCBN will be the spring 2016 edition, which is now in production. The CCBC has not announced her replacement, or other plans for the magazine going forward.