SCBWI Canada East Blog

March 10, 2015

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Hey SCBWIers and Guests

I had the pleasure this weekend of participating in the Spring Break into Science Book Party hosted by LE Carmichael, Ishta Mercurio, Joan Marie Galat and Helaine Becker.  It was fun and informative.  

After a quick visit to the virtual bar and coffee shop (some of us were driving home), the lively discussion started quickly.   The ladies were both informative and entertaining.  

LE Carmichael started the festivities with a CSI experience.  Her books Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting gets Wild, and Forensic Science: In the Pursuit of Justice were featured.  We also had the opportunity to share our own favourite crime fighters, including Sherlock, Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds, and the dynamic on the series Elementary.   Great job cluing us in Lindsey. 

Helaine Becker electrified us with the wonder of the fusion between animals and robots in her book Zoobots.  We had examples of various animal machine hybrids including a bar tending teddy bear.  That was my favourite.  The discussion helped me dispel that cyborg fear learned from too many sci-fi movies.  Thank you the data Helaine. 

Ishta Mercurio brought us to the creepy world of haemovores in her new book with Kari-Lynn Winters: Bite into Bloodsuckers.  Things got a little gruesome but to my knowledge no one lost their lunch.  We poked at the risks of the West Nile virus from mosquitoes.  We were reminded of the beneficial use of maggots and leeches in medicine as stimulators of  blood flow and removers of dead tissue.  Way to exsanguinate the info Ishta.

Not to leave out the trees, Joan Marie Galat taught us about our woody friends in her book: Branching Out: How Trees are a Part of Our Lives. Trees have tall tales to tell and they have been keeping us alive, helping us communicate and making the world a beautiful place.  What a historical landmark they are.  Thanks for the growth Joan.

The next time an event comes around I really think you should join in or host one yourself.  It is not only an opportunity to learn about the books on the market, but also meet and greet more authors that are walking the same road you are.  It is a source of information and inspiration.

I had a great time and highly recommend participation and hosting as a means of marketing your new publications.  

Please check out the link below for all the discussion and links to the website of the hosting authors.


  1. Thanks so much for coming, Stephanie! It was a blast.

  2. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for sharing your experience on the science book party. It was fun to spend time with readers and authors across the time zones.

    Joan Marie Galat
    Author of books that include the Dot to Dot in the Sky series and Branching Out, How Trees are part of Our World​.