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    December 7th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Creative Child Magazine has awarded Little Librarian with a Seal of Excellence Award for 2011. This library toy is featured in the Winter 2011-2012 edition of Creative Child Magazine.

    Little Librarian is a play kit which provides book lovers with everything they need to transform their book collection into a library. This kit provides wanna- be librarians with old fashioned book pockets and book cards as well as paper library cards, overdue slips, reading awards, and bookmarks, and a reading journal. Parents can reminisce with their children about how libraries worked in the days before electronics.

    Little Librarian was created after a grade school librarian shared supplies with an enthusiastic library patron. Her home library convinced the mother-daughter team that other children would enjoy playing library too. The kit is made in the USA, and assembled by individuals with disabilities.

    The Little Librarian play kit, which came out in 2010 was selected as a finalist for Disney Family Fun Magazine Toy of the Year Award last year. It is sold at The Library of Congress, The Library Store of Los Angeles, and many library friend shops around the country.

    The website is, where there are photos, ideas for play, and a list of where to purchase.

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    December 7th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    For Immediate Release

    (Calgary, Alberta) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is delighted to announce that the Canadian speculative fiction anthology "Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound", is now open for submissions.


    The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 264 authors/editors/translators and guests have written 443 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada's best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes - including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Spider Robinson (to name a few). Tesseracts Sixteen is the seventeenth volume in the series. The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Sixteen, and Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada's top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy.


    Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller who has worked for Indigo/Chapters Books and the McMaster University bookstore. He currently works at Kobo as Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations. Apart from being published in numerous publications, he occasionally writes reviews and conducts interviews. He was the series editor for the North of Infinity sci-fi anthology series. Mark sits on the board of directors for BookNet Canada and is president of Canadian Booksellers Association. As an active member of the book industry (both as a bookseller and writer), Mark regularly speaks at conferences, conventions and workshops about books, writing, and publishing. You can find a full biography and detailed listing of his written works on his website.


    The theme for Tesseracts Sixteen is "Parnassus Unbound."

    Submissions should focus on art, music, literature and cultural elements which are integral to the story. This anthology will reflect as broad a spectrum of stories as possible; highlighting unique styles and manners.

    The Tesseracts anthology series is only open to submissions from Canadians, landed immigrants living in Canada, long time residents of Canada, and Canadian expatriates living abroad.

    Canadian authors who write in languages other than English are welcome to submit an English translation of their work, provided it otherwise falls within the parameters of this anthology. Translation into English is the sole responsibility of the author. Please supply details of original publication for any submission that originally appeared in a language other than English.

    Submissions must be speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, supernatural horror, weird tales, alternate history, space opera, planetary adventure, surrealism, superheroes, mythic fantasy, etc.

    Tesseracts Sixteen is open to both short fiction and poetry.

    The maximum length for stories is 5,000 words, with shorter works preferred.

    Submission Deadline: February 29, 2012 (midnight).

    For complete submission details please visit:

    For more information please contact:
    Janice Shoults
    EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing