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Philippa Dowding is an award-winning children's author, poet, musician, and copywriter from Toronto.

Philippa's books have been nominated and commended for literary awards across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including the Diamond Willow, Hackmatack, Silver Birch and Silver Birch Express, Red Cedar and Red Maple awards. Her third book, The Gargoyle at the Gates, was named a White Raven Book, by the International Youth Library in Munich.

In 2019, her award-winning series of middle-grade horror stories, Weird Stories Gone Wrong was completed with book 6, Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, a resistance story about rampant consumerism and environmental renewal.

In 2020, her middle-grade dystopia, OCULUM was a Forest of Reading Silver Birch and SYRCA Diam
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Philippa Dowding Hi Brayden! Thanks for asking that great question, no one has ever asked that before so I'll have to think about my answer. I guess in terms of nomina…moreHi Brayden! Thanks for asking that great question, no one has ever asked that before so I'll have to think about my answer. I guess in terms of nominations and awards, The Gargoyle at the Gates (my third book), was probably the most popular. But my fourth book, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, has the most reviews and want-to-read or currently-reading interest on Goodreads, so it seems to be pretty popular too. So they are pretty closely tied, I think. Hope this answers your question! Philippa(less)
Philippa Dowding Hi Bobbi! Thanks for asking my first question on here. I love gargoyles, too, but the idea for the stories came from a visit to an antique store here …moreHi Bobbi! Thanks for asking my first question on here. I love gargoyles, too, but the idea for the stories came from a visit to an antique store here in Toronto. One night I was visiting a relative on Queen St east, and my children and I walked into an antique store. The back stairs were glowing, and when I walked over to look, I saw a gargoyle with a candle on each step. I looked away, when I looked back it really looked like each gargoyle had moved, just a little. That night I told my children a bedtime story about a gargoyle that had followed us home. After several weeks of telling more and more bedtime stories about the gargoyle, my daughter (who was 9 at the time), said, "that's good Mum, you should write that down." I realized, hey, she's right! It's a good character. So that's how I started writing about gargoyles, and I love them more every time I write a new book about them. Thanks for asking! Philippa(less)
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Thank you to everyone who came to the zoom book launch for FIREFLY! Is this the way we're going to do book launches from now on?

My newest middle-grade book, FIREFLY, is now fully launched into the world! We had a wonderful book launch on March 2nd, 2021. Kidlit blogger extraordinaire, Helen Kubiw, asked me questions, the attendees asked questions (there were 55 zoom attendees, which blew me aw Read more of this blog post »
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"A heartwrenching read! truly one of my favorite books. I developed true connections with the characters and the writing was great!"
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Firefly, seems like an odd title for a book, but as the reader becomes immersed with each turning page, it soon becomes evident that the character form" Read more of this review »
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“If I had my life to live over again, I would focus on the getting and eating of ice cream.”
Bob Odenkirk, A Load of Hooey

“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“I've been all over the world and I've never seen a statue of a critic.”
Leonard Bernstein

“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”
E.B. White

“You -have- to love your monster.”
Philippa Dowding, Everton Miles Is Stranger Than Me: The Night Flyer's Handbook




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Kristin Butcher Hi Philippa,
Hope all is well in your world. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth; just left the social network. (It's been a year and a half already.) It wasn't a a healthy fit for me. New book coming out next spring. In the meantime, I'm honing my painting skills. Who knows? Perhaps I can become an illustrator. To catch up on my activity or to get in touch, please visit me at my website: www.kristinbutcher.com


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