Jean E. Pendziwol

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Jean E. Pendziwol is an award winning Canadian author of books for adults and children. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013). Her children’s books include the critically acclaimed No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) (Kids Can Press), which continues to be used as a valuable resource for teaching fire safety. Her debut adult novel, The Light Keeper’s Daughters was published by HarperCollins in 2017 and is available in 17 other countries and 14 languages around the world. Jean's latest children's book, Me and You and the Red Canoe, (Groundwood Books) was also be released in 2017. She lives in the shad ...more

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Jean E. Pendziwol Hi Jan - I'm such a Goodreads neophyte I just found this question now!! So glad we connected at WOTS. And then again with your book club in Toronto!…moreHi Jan - I'm such a Goodreads neophyte I just found this question now!! So glad we connected at WOTS. And then again with your book club in Toronto! All the best.(less)
Jean E. Pendziwol I have two books coming out in the next few months, my debut adult novel THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS (HarperCollins - July 4 2017) and ME AND YOU AND…moreI have two books coming out in the next few months, my debut adult novel THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS (HarperCollins - July 4 2017) and ME AND YOU AND THE RED CANOE (Groundwood Books - August 1, 2017). And while one is upmarket fiction and one a children's picture book, they both share a similar source of inspiration.

I grew up on the shore of Lake Superior, and as a child spent many summer days sailing this vast inland sea with my parents and two sisters. For those of you who haven't (yet) experienced the most inland of the Great Lakes, Superior is indeed more than what can be defined with the simple word, "lake". It is cold and deep and wide, prone to sudden storms, moody, isolated and beautiful. It is a body of water that commands respect. When I began writing my novel, I wanted the Lake to evolve as a character, shaping the lives that were forming on the pages. And so I chose to set my story on a remote island, at a lighthouse. And then I let the Lake free to play in the lives of Elizabeth, daughter of the light keeper, and Morgan, a rebellious teen looking for her place in the world. My research into Porphyry Island led me to the personal journals of one of the light's first keepers. They were found in the attic of an old miner's home in Silver Islet, now a summer cottage, and gave a fascinating perspective on the life of isolation on an island. And they made me think; what secrets can breathe to life on pages from the past?

Similarly, ME AND YOU AND THE RED CANOE taps into my experiences paddling the inland lakes of northwestern Ontario. Combined with the fabulous vintage paintings of phil (the art guy), this book captures a quiet early morning similar to ones I experienced with my children during our canoe trips into the Boundary Waters, White Otter Lake or Quetico Park. Both of these books share inspiration with the place I call home.(less)
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Picture  I could see one of my sons out of the corner of my eye. He was ascending much more quickly than I was; he had the strength and agility that comes from hours spent at the climbing gym and multiple summer days exploring rocky cliffs throughout northwestern Ontario. It mattered little that this was his first time climbing a ridge of ice. 
 
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