Category: On Fiction

Mayne Island writers’ retreat

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Mayne Island to join CWILLBC‘s writers’ retreat, lead by renowned Canadian author Caroline Adderson (who writes for both adults and children). In addition to me, the “retreaters” included the following Canadian kidlit authors (from the left to right in the photo): Vivien Bowers, whose book Wow Canada! has sold over… Read more →

Jane Austen: The Literary Child of Richardson and Fielding

Jane Austen was a fan of two important 18th century novelists, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding. Richardson was famous for writing epistolary novels—that is, novels told through journals, letters, and other documents—like Pamela (1740) and Clarissa (1748). Fielding, best known for the novel Tom Jones (1749), satirized Richardson in novels like Shamela (1741) and Joseph Andrews (1742). Austen liked the… Read more →