Tag Archives: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Behind the Bill: Una LaMarche

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What was your favourite book growing up?

That’s such a tough question! The first book I can remember really loving was Kay Thompson’s Eloise, because I, too, am a city child—although I did not have a swanky upbringing at the Plaza Hotel, much to my chagrin. As a teenager, though, I really began to have an emotional reaction to books, and the ones that affected me most deeply were Little Women and Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends. Those two just killed me. I was so invested in the romantic relationships, I literally wrote passionate graffiti on the spines.

Tell us about the first piece of writing you ever finished.

When I was about three years old I wrote a book titled “FOOD BOOK,” in which I drew pictures of different kinds of foods. But that was really more illustration-heavy. My first truly finished work was “When Cathy Learned Sign Language,” a short story about accepting deaf people that I wrote in the first grade. My teacher laminated it and everything.

If you could have lunch with one author, alive or dead, who would it be & why?

 Fran Lebowitz, because she’s so quick and funny and brilliant, both on paper and in person.

If you could hang out with one of the characters from your book, who would you choose & why?

Jaxon (the male protagonist of Like No Other), because I just love him. I wrote him as a kind of John Hughes male lead, in the tradition of John Cusack in Say Anything, that sort of nerdy guy with a whip-smart wit and a heart of gold that you can’t help but fall in love with even though he’s your best friend.

like no other

Una is doing a Canadian blog tour this week to celebrate her book birthday! Follow along with us:
July 25 Library of Clean Reads review

July 27 More Than Just Magic review + Q&A

July 28 Sam Couture Reviews

July 29 Words of Mystery

July 30 Pop Goes the Reader review + guest post

July 31 A Lot of Loves

Aug 1 Leonicka.com

Aug 2 Emilie’s Book World

Check out Una LaMarche’s fantastic LIKE NO OTHER, available now!

Friday Reads: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Edition

Inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks conversations happening on twitter this week, we gathered some of our favourite YA reads featuring diverse characters and experiences.

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NOT YOUR ORDINARY WOLF GIRL by Emily Pohl-Weary

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BLUES FOR ZOEY by Robert Paul Weston

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KARMA by Cathy Ostlere

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POINTE by Brandy Colbert

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UNDER MY SKIN by Charles de Lint

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A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman

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YOU SET ME ON FIRE by Mariko Tamaki

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LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche

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THE SECRET SKY by Atia Abawi