Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Welcome to the website of the Toronto Middle Grade/YA Author Group, also known as #torkidlit, which usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Get informed about upcoming tweetups by joining our Facebook group.

*NEW* We have a new Facebook page: Torkidlit News. Find out about upcoming author events, book and blog news.


Torkidlit website moving to Facebook!

The domain is going to be pointing to our spankin' new Facebook Page soon, so please adjust your bookmarks. We decided to make the switch to make it easier for Torkidlit members to post about upcoming author events, book news, blog updates, giveaways and other info.

Please do visit our new home on Facebook at:

Torkidlit News: Toronto Area Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors


Q&A With Helaine Becker, from Mahtab Narsimhan

Mahtab Narsimhan has posted a fun interview with Helaine Becker on her Moonlight Musings blog.


Torkidlit Tweetup Photos Posted


Many thanks to Claudia Osmond for hosting last night’s holiday tweetup! SO great to see people again. You can see more photos in my Flickr account.

Apologies to those who were unable to attend because of the conflict with the CANSCAIP meeting; Claudia had to schedule the party for the same night because of new house issues. From now on, however, Torkidlit tweetups will resume their schedule of the first Wednesday of each month. New location: Fin Izakaya. To be kept up-to-date about Torkidlit get-togethers, please join our Toronto MG/YA Writers’ Group on Facebook.


FRACTURED Blog Tour: Next Week!

Hi everyone, this is Joanna Karaplis posting (in case you mistook me for Debbie or Claudia!). I’m excited to announce that I’m going on a blog tour from Nov. 15-19 to promote my YA debut FRACTURED: Happily Never After?

There will be book reviews, interviews, guest blog posts, and giveaways–be sure to stop by and check it out! Here are the stops:

Nov. 15: Steph Su Reads and Word bookstore
Nov. 16: Word of Mouse Book Reviews and Bella’s Bookshelves
Nov. 17: The Reading Girl and Between the Pages
Nov. 18: Page Turners and Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files
Nov. 19: YA Addict and YA Book Shelf

And here's the gorgeous cover, which I never get sick of looking at (I'm a proud new book-mom, can you tell?):


Torkidlit maintenance today

Testing to see whether this appears in the Torkidlit Twitter feed within the next 30 minutes. Using the service.


JUST LAUNCHED: Words That Start With B, by Vikki Vansickle

Congrats to Torkidlit author Vikki Vansickle, whose first book, WORDS THAT START WITH B (Scholastic Canada), just debuted! I picked up my copy from The Flying Dragon Bookstore in Toronto today. The Flying Dragon will be hosting a book launch for Vikki's debut on Thursday, September 30th from 6:30-8:00 pm. For more info, please call 416-481-7721.

Congrats, Vikki!


Interview with Claudia Osmond (@claudiaosmond), author of SMUDGE'S MARK

Claudia's been interviewing so many kidlit/YA authors recently, but now it's her turn! Visit Inkygirl to read the interview I did with Claudia Osmond...our founder!


Toronto Tuesdays: Interview with Patricia Storms (via @claudiaosmond)

Claudia Osmond has a great interview with children's book illustrator and author, Patricia Storms:

Toronto Tuesdays: Interview with Patricia Storms



Cheryl Rainfield Book Launch!

Congrats to Torkidlit author Cheryl Rainfield on a fabulous SCARS book launch! You can see some of my photos in Flickr (selection) and SmugMug (full set).

- Debbie Ridpath Ohi


Toronto Tuesdays: Interview with Nelsa Roberto

Come for a visit and find out about Nelsa and her fabulous YA novel, ILLEGALLY BLONDE.

(from Claudia Osmond)