Fireproof Garage – Oil Change #1

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Fireproof Garage

The Brothers Groth Fireproof Garage now offers an Oil Change — short videos featuring various Top 3 lists that grab our fancy.

The first one? The Top 3 books about the Beatles.


Participation Ribbons (Part 2)

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Good Job

Back in April, I posted about how 2015 had already achieved ‘house on fire’ status in the Are You Seeing Me? chase for literati glory. Given we’re now in November, I figured I should update you on the six months that have passed.

What a caper.

While still coming down from the CBCA shortlist clouds (it rightfully took several months), I discovered that AYSM was a finalist for the Griffith University YA Book Award in the QLA’s. To receive this nod from my state of origin was very gratifying and took me back to my very first brush with literary acknowledgement: a shortlisting in the 2004 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards’ young adult category for Most Valuable Potential.

Next came two very cool pats on the back. First up was a shortlisting in the 2015 Children’s Peace Literature Award which, to quote the Psychologists for Peace blurb, is a “biennial award to Australian authors of books for children that encourage the peaceful resolution of conflict or promote peace at the global, local or interpersonal level”. Following that, AYSM was selected as a ‘White Raven‘ by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. This prestigious list profiles 200 books from more than 50 countries in over 30 languages, and will be introduced at the 2016 Book Fair in Bologna.

These wonderful achievements set the scene for a real shocker. In the early morning of October 7, while idly googling myself (not a euphemism) for new reviews, I came across a piece of news that beggared belief: AYSM had been nominated as a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award here in Canada! The book had only been out in the North American market for seven weeks at that point, so I entertained the idea this was some form of cruel delayed hazing at the hands of my adopted country. Not so — my little novel about Perry and Justine’s trip of a lifetime to the Pacific Northwest was in the bright lights of one of Canada’s premier literary trophies.  A month and a half later, I’m still happier than Pharrell on an endless loop.

So, there you have it: in all, since first being published in August 2014, AYSM has now garnered six major recognitions on three continents. Are there more ribbons to come?


Watch this space.

Fireproof Garage – The Brothers Groth Vodcast #7

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Release The Publicity Hounds

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On Air

Are You Seeing Me? is out and about in North America this week and, in accordance with the promotional deities, there is plenty of upcoming opportunity to catch me in a live or online AYSM experience.

Here’s a rundown of confirmed happenings:

August 18-25: Goodreads Giveaway (for CAN/US only)
August 24: Staff Meet n Greet, Kidsbooks on Broadway, 11.00am
September 9: Vancouver Book Launch, Book Warehouse on Main, 7.00pm
September 12: Delta Book Launch, Albany Books, 2.00pm
September 15: Vancouver Writers Fest Soft Launch, Indigo Broadway & Granville, 7.00pm
September 19-20: Word on the Street Lethbridge (see festival program for full details)
September 27: Word Vancouver (see festival program for full details)
October 2: PNBA Tradeshow in Portland, Nightcapper Author Event, 8.30-10.00pm
October 20-25: Vancouver Writers Fest (see festival program for full details)
November 4: Orca Group Launch in Victoria, Munro’s Books (time TBD)

Other events may be added to the docket, so stay tuned.

I look forward to seeing you somewhere on this fun ride!

Fireproof Garage – The Brothers Groth Podcast #6 (Now With Vodcast!)

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Words Gone, Words Returned

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11.00am, July 21st 2001. In the too-familiar confines of Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital, my daughter is born. Three minutes later, my son follows.

How to properly mark the arrival of my children into the world? What can I do to let them know they are loved from the first second forward?

I will write them a journal. One each. Until their fifth birthdays. It makes sense; I have so few skills, but seeing lives, conjuring thoughts, assembling words – these are my staples.

I write. Moments of hilarity, of poignancy. I fill small pages with tiny details and big imagination. Flickers of a technicolour film in its formative months. I write fast for ten months.

Then I am slow.


The Google Map Of The AYSM Road Trip

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Are You Seeing Me? has conquered Australia and will soon be starting its journey to find readers in Canada and the US of A. Prior to the August 18 release with Orca Book Publishers, it’s worth noting that the stars of AYSM – Justine and Perry – had to travel a few hard yards of their own.

Want proof?

Below is the Google map of the twins’ two week road trip in the story (click to enlarge), taking in a good chunk of the mighty Pacific Northwest including Vancouver, Seattle, Whistler and Ogopogo’s home, Okanagan Lake.

In all, Justine and Perry covered almost 1,500 kilometres and occupied their rented Chevy Cobalt for just over seventeen hours!

And for those wondering about their Aussie driving tendencies, they did so entirely on the right (and right) side of the road.

AYSM - Trip Google Map 4

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