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Lena Coakley: One in a thousand

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian surprises here at Canada Writes.

Here, the author of Mrs. Goodhearth and the Gargoyle on the link between pottery and great picture books. 


LenaCoakley.jpg "Don’t give up! Picture books are deceptively simple. I had a ceramics teacher who often recited this quote about throwing pots on a potter’s wheel: 'First you throw a thousand pots, then you fire one.' It’s the same with picture books. First you write a thousand, then you get one right.  But all those failed attempts aren’t for nothing. It’s hard for us 'obsolete children' (as Seuss called adults) to crack open the door of childhood once it’s closed for us, but trying to write a picture book is a great way to get back in touch with the kid we used to be."


Lena Coakley’s first novel, Witchlanders, was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews and won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award for the Americas. It is a 2013 MYRCA nominee and a 2013 OLA White Pine nominee. Lena is also the author of the children’s picture books On the Night of the Comet and Mrs. Goodhearth and the Gargoyle.


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