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Shelley Leedahl--Book Launch

Wednesday Apr 03 2019 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove

Saskatoon launch of The Moon Watched It All.

Multi-genre writer Shelley A. Leedahl returns to her home province with her latest book, The Moon Watched It All (Red Deer Press). Like her award-winning book The Bone Talker, Leedahl's new title is both poetic and timeless. The story celebrates a surprising friendship between an outcast boy and an old woman who talks to the moon. Beautifully illustrated by Aino Anto, this enchanting tale's an ode to the extraordinary power of human connection.   

Leedahl grew up in several small SK towns and raised her family in Saskatoon. Aside from her own literary endeavours, she writes dozens of book reviews each year, works as an editor, and freelances for a variety of commercial markets. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have frequently been anthologized. Previous titles include I Wasn't Always Like This (essays), Listen, Honey (short stories), and Wretched Beast (poetry). She now lives and writes in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island.    

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The Moon Watched It All

- by Shelley A Leedahl, Aino Anto

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In a time before this time, when the world moved at a pony's pace, a woman rocked by her window and turned, every evening, to the moon. . .
The woman was neither young nor old, neither happy nor particularly sad. She was known as Mirada, for she was always gazing. Like the moon, she was what she was.
So begins the poignant story of pensive Mirada, a solitary woman who lives in a bygone village far far away. One day she sees a shy orphan boy who has been cast out of his village. She opens her door to him and as time passes the two unlikely solitudes become a necessary part of each other's lives -- as the moon watched it all. Stirring detailed illustrations by Toronto-based Aino Anto provide the moody and moving visuals for this part fairy tale, part modern allegory, expertly told by Shelley Leedahl, from Ladysmith, BC, and author of The Bone Talker.

The Bone Talker

- by Shelley Leedahl, Bill Slavin

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ForeWord Magazine Children's Picture Book of the Year Award

Alberta Book Illustration Award winner,

Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award Finalist,

Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year Award Finalist,

Canadian Booksellers Association Illustrator of the Year Award

Grandmother Bones has wound down like a clock. Gone are the tick and tock of her youth. Gone are the days when she laughed with family and friends. Now she creaks when she hobbles, and she spends her time talking to her tired old bones as if they were her children. Not even her husband can wind her up again.

The people in Grandmother Bones's village stop by often to check on her. They bring her rich berry pies to tickle her tongue. They make merry music to wake her sleeping feet. They carry stones like jewels to set in her windows and catch the afternoon sun. But always she is the same - no tick or tock. Grandmother Bones seems lost to everyone. What more can her husband and the villagers do?

The Bone Talker is the captivating story of how small gestures carry the greatest meaning. It is the irresistible tale of how a cloud of melancholy is lifted by the hand of a child.

The Bone Talker now in Braille:

The CNIB Library has announced its 2006 Catalogue of PrintBraille Books for Children, and The Bone Talker is among the selections. This library chooses "high quality children's picture books and transcribes the text into braille . . . the library selects books that allow the reader to understand the story without having to see the illustrations."