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Kevin Sands on theoretical physics, smoke bombs, and the biggest compliment he’s received from a fan

Toronto author Kevin Sands had earned two degrees in theoretical physics and was toiling away as a researcher and teacher before writing his first middle-grade novel, The Blackthorn Key (Simon & Schuster Canada).

Innovative new services born from the bankruptcy of Douglas & McIntyre

When Douglas & McIntyre – once one of Canada’s largest independent book publishers – filed for bankruptcy in fall 2012, the news sent reverberations throughout the industry.

Q&A: Kidlit scholar Heba Elsherief on the problematic representation of Muslim girls in children’s literature

In her work as a PhD student at University of Toronto and children’s literature teacher at Seneca College, Heba Elsherief has turned her attention toward the representations of Muslim characters in children’s literature.