We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Karen Bass, author of Graffiti Knight. This YA novel, set in Leipzig, East Germany, two years after World War II, has won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
Karen Bass accepted this prestigious award Thursday night at the 10th annual TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards celebration. Hosted at The Carlu in Toronto, this gala is a highlight of the publishing year in the Canadian children’s book industry. The Geoffrey Bilson Award, named for a Canadian author and history professor, is one of six major prizes awarded at the gala each year. This is the fourth award win for Graffiti Knight, which has already taken home the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the R. Ross Annett Children’s Literature Award, and the CAA Exporting Alberta Award. Other accolades include a nomination for the 2014–2015 B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Awards and designations as an OLA Best Bet, a Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection, and a Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection.
Pajama Press is excited announce a new Young Adult novel by Karen Bass to be published in the spring of 2015. Uncertain Soldier also explores World War II themes, this time with connections to the author’s home province of Alberta.
Pajama Press would also like to congratulate Meghan Marentette, whose middle-grade novel The Stowaways was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Shelagh Rogers for the CBC was a wonderful host
Graffiti Knight’s text desiger Martin Gould, author Karen Bass, and editor Linda Pruessen
Karen Bass gives her thanks to all librarians
Pajama Press designer Martin Gould
Nominated authors Meghan Marentette and Karen Bass
Richard Jones and Karen Bass
Meghan Marentette and publisher Gail Winskill
“Editor Goddess” Linda Pruessen and award-winning author Karen Bass
Rebecca Buchanan, Richard Jones, Erin Woods, Patricia Jones, Gail Winskill, and John Spray
Karen Bass with reviewer and juror Helen Kubiw
Nominated author Meghan Marentette and publicist Erin Woods