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YA Thriller Con July 10-11 2020

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 I'm so excited to be part of this YA Thriller conference next week with 24 other YA writers from all over the world.  All video events will be broadcast live to YouTube. From the newly launched site: "About YA Thriller ConYA Thriller Con Online is a two-day event, running from July 10th to July 11th 2020, to celebrate and talk ...
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REPOST: Can a pandemic ruin your publishing contract?

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by Jodé MillmanI try to keep up on publishing contract news even though I've reviewed eight contracts at length (no, I didn't sign them all and you probably shouldn't either). But all of my reviewing happened before Covid-19. It's important that writers focus on the business end of writing, not just on craft.Originally in this month's column, I had...
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Doikayt: A Jewish TTRPG Anthology (Preorder)

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I want to tell you about this new Jewish tabletop roleplaying  (TTRPG) anthology that I was recently honored to join. My essay is part of the forward and was written to expand the work to include more Sephardi (in my case, Yemenite) voices. I was able to draw on both my Ashkenazi and Yemenite experience and I'm delighted to integrate my w...
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Author interview: Lea Kirshenberg

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 Today on gilagreenwrites, I'm delighted to welcome children's author Dr. Lea Kirshenberg. It's always a pleasure to meet writers and I hope these interviews inspire you and expand your definition of genres, languages, and other possibilities. For this author expanding her possibilities doesn't only mean considering another age group or g...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for King of the Class

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Why do you think this book is set in the future? What was the author trying to achieve by doing so? Do you think there are good and bad characters in this book? If so, is Eve good or bad? What about her husband Manny? Do you think Eve has a good relationship with her sister? What was your opinion of their relationship once Eve's son is kidnapped? S...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for Passport Control

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Book Club Discussion Questions for Passport Control 1. Why do you think the title of this book is Passport Control? Would you have chosen a different title? One publisher suggested the title of No Way Home. Do you think that title is preferable?2. Would you say Passport Control is historical fiction? A coming of age story? An adventure story? ...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for White Zion

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Book Club Discussion Questions for White Zion1. Why do you think the author chose the title White Zion? What does it signify to you? Would you have chosen a different title?2. Who is the hero/heroine of this novel-in-stories? What makes a hero or heroine?3. Do you think the author chose the right format for this work? In other words, do you think t...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for No Entry

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Book Club Guide for No Entry1.What is the significance of the title No Entry? Would you have given the book a different title? If yes, what is your title?2.Yael Amar finds herself in extraordinary circumstances in No Entry once she realizes the identity of the poachers. Do you empathize with her? Are any of her circumstances familiar to you?3.How d...
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Please join me in celebration of 15 years of Cervena Barva Press

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 I'm honored to take part in a birthday! Happy 15th birthday to Cervena Barva Press.To celebrate I'll be reading from my novel-in-stories White Zion and I won't be alone. My friend and colleague, poet and playwright Atar Hadari will be joining me from the UK. He'll be reading from his translation of Hanoch Levin's work. A treat!When? July 5&nb...
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Repost from Quill & Quire: Indigo closes 20 Coles small-format stores amid “seismic” losses

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Authors will have to be very creative in future about book sales. By: Sue CarterJune 22nd, 2020 Just days before Indigo Books & Music releases its fourth-quarter financial results, CEO Heather Reisman told Bloomberg News in an interview that "the depths of the losses we are looking at are literally as seismic as this COVID event is to...
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Why I Write

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Thank you so much to Christi Craig who hosted me on her Sunday Series. From her site: In this Sunday Series, you'll meet writers new and seasoned as they share what inspires them to put #PenToPaper.I have never attended a Canadian creative writing program, so I cannot say with certainty that my distance from Ottawa, my hometown, allows me to m...
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WATCH: Authors Madeline Dyer and Gila Green in Conversation: the Importance of Global Issues in YA Lit

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Registration is open for my Prepare to Publish Zoom course

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Welcome to the June Jewish Book Carnival

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 I'm so pleased to host this month's Jewish Book Carnival. I find this graphic of Jewish book covers an ideal visual to accompany this must-review list of Jewish author interviews and news. Thank you Jewish Book World for putting it together! The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jew...
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Author Interview: Tommy Schnurmacher

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One of the nicest things about participating in the Vancouver Jewish Book Festival (February 2020) was meeting other authors. One of the  authors I enjoyed meeting was Tommy Schnurmacher, a fellow Canadian and multi-talented author. Please welcome Tommy to gilagreenwrites! Tommy, thanks so much for joining me. BIOTommy Schnurmacher is a M...
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Writing Lies and Other Truths: AutoFiction

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By Gila GreenWe live in a publishing world that not only craves categories; it demands them. These pigeonholes are like gasoline for the modern manuscript, which cannot even move through cyberspace to an agent's inbox without the fuel labeling supplies. For those who guide writers on query letters, one of our first lessons is to help authors define...
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REPOST: No pubs, no kissing, no flying: how Covid-19 is forcing authors to change their novels

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 Fascinating article by Alison Flood of the Guardian. I've been wondering about the future of literature in light of Covid-19. There's a number of answers and approaches here, everything from stick to 2018 to jump to the future, but should you write one with or without a vaccine? This article explores various answers we are all struggling with...
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Forget the Rules! Take a Flash Fiction Break

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 By Gila GreenWhen I tell people I teach a virtual flash fiction course, I often get strange responses bordering on laughter. Isn't flash fiction just really short fiction? What's the point of taking a specific Flash class?No, flash is its own genre deserving of its own class and in my opinion, it's still underrated as a way to break into publ...
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Registration is on! Prepare to Publish

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 Prepare to Publish: the business of publication, a hands-on workshop for writers with complete or near-complete manuscripts ready for publication. Monday & Wednesday options starts last week of JuneMany authors invest all of their energy into their works and are so pre-occupied with writing and editing that by the time it comes to pu...
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You're Invited: Two New Exciting New Zoom Classes

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AUTOFICTION WORKSHOP: Exploring Hybrid Writing by Gila GreenSTART DATE: Sunday, July 5, 2020END DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2020DURATION: 6 weeksLOCATION: Zoom and email for assignmentsFEEDBACK: Instructor feedback and critiqueCOURSE DESCRIPTION: What is autofiction? It's not memoir, fiction or personal essay, but might weave elements of two or&n...
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Snow: Ondine Sherman's sequel to Sky

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 From the back cover:"Sometimes you have to leave everything behind to find yourself.Sky is travelling to Alaska to meet her father for the first time.Far away from her friends back in Australia, she navigates the new relationship with her father and meets Jaxon, a local boy struggling with his own problems. In a cold, vast and beautiful place...
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Thanks Jewish Book World

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I'm thrilled my young adult environmental novel No Entry was included in the 68 books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in April 2020. 

More author interviews coming up

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I have some great authors on the way to visit gilagreenwrites.Check back for interviews with more talented creatives including: Rajani LaRocca, popular children's author of award-winning books, memoirist Alia Volz, poet Susie Berg, debut author Shana Riter, YA author Liza Wiemer, and many more.I try to bring you a variety of authors ...
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Publicity time: FREE Radio opportunity for authors

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Fellow Authors:I was interviewed last night on Chat and Spin Radio via Skype and it was fun. These are short audio interviews (the Skype is just for you to see them, the audience cannot see you, so sorry, no full pajamas, but you can do pajama bottoms.)Chat and Spin are a nonprofit and they tell me their station has lo...
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Write to be Heard

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by Gila GreenI have never attended a Canadian creative writing program, so I cannot say with certainty that my distance from Ottawa, my hometown, allows me to mentally glide over to the 1980s version of the city, pecking at bits and inserting them into my fiction, squirreling away savory pieces for later use, because I don't know any other writing ...
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Thank you Voiceless: the animal protection institute

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No Entry received a great recommendation and review from Australia's Voiceless: The animal protection Institute.It's an honor to be mentioned by such a relevant and crucial organization working tirelessly to save the planet. No Entry by Gila Green We adored the novel's setting as we're transported into a remote wildlife rescue centre in S...
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Listen & a Chance to Win

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 I'll be chatting about my novels in two hours (10 pm. Israel time) on www.chatandspinradio.com Like their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/chatandspin where you can win a £20 shopping voucher

Pushcarts, Whitewash, and Ballet Shoes: What Social Historians Can Learn from Children’s Literature

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by Melissa KlapperAs a university history professor, I am often asked by my students how I first became interested in the study of the past.My answer is simple:reading.I was a voracious reader from a very young age and grew up in a home overflowing with books.And my very favorites, first as a child and then as a teenager, were books that brought hi...
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WATCH: Book Chat and Reading with Hidden Timber

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I had a lovely chat with small press publisher Christi Craig of Hidden Timber Books yesterday.  We talked a lot about the devastation of elephant poaching for all of us and why it was so important to me to get that message out there, how ironic it is that perhaps in today's Covid-19 world we can really understand how connected w...
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Seven Read-Aloud Tips

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Thanks to Chrissey Harrison for mentioning my suggestion to film an author read-aloud in her excellent post. Here she offers ten ways to promote your book and I have to agree with her number one suggestion, which is to write another book. Another book is your best marketing tool and you're a content creator after all. Check out the rest o...
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Latest Books

No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction.

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White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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