On Standing Up and Talking Out About Injustice: Interview with Heather Camlot about THE PRISONER AND THE WRITER

When a Jewish military captain is falsely accused of treason and despatched to jail, a author makes use of his pen to combat for justice. This highly effective middle-grade story written in verse with full-page illustrations is informed from the views of each Alfred Dreyfus and Emile Zola, two males whose braveness modified the world. The true story of the Dreyfus Affair acts as a reminder that an individual dedicated to reality, justice and equality should get up and communicate out in opposition to prejudice for themselves — and for others. Consists of an writer’s observe and additional historic context.

Q&A With Writer Heather Camlot

I’ve lengthy admired the shared story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus and Emile Zola. I first discovered concerning the Dreyfus Affair, when French Military Captain Dreyfus was despatched to Satan’s Island for treason and not using a single piece of proof, after I was an adolescent. As a Jewish child rising up in Montreal, I used to be shocked that Captain Dreyfus was blamed for and convicted of sharing secret paperwork with the Germans just because he was Jewish. There was a media circus across the Affair each native and international, with antisemitic press publishing tales with unnamed sources and unconfirmed information, and writer Emile Zola standing up and talking out on behalf of Captain Dreyfus. He penned the well-known letter “J’Accuse…!” in a French newspaper, which  divided the nation but in addition introduced the actual story to the world. 

I introduced a manuscript concerning the Affair to editor/writer Karen Li and we labored on varied drafts. Then she invited Sophie Casson to do the illustrations, that are unimaginable. I’m thrilled with how The Prisoner and the Author got here collectively.

Right here’s a terrific video from Groundwood giving insights into how Sophie Casson illustrated The Prisoner And The Author:

The Dreyfus Affair, sadly, nonetheless resonates immediately: it’s a real story about antisemitism, discrimination, hate, intolerance, media bias and pretend information. So first I might love younger readers to face up and communicate out once they see injustice – in the direction of themselves or in the direction of others. Our world is so stuffed with hate proper now, so ready to tear the “different” down, to arrest with out trigger, however why? We needs to be lifting one another up and studying about what now we have in frequent reasonably than what divides us. Second, I hope younger readers take away how simply the media can sway our opinions, whether or not they’re studying concerning the information through social media, the web, tv, newspapers, radio, and so on. There are methods to guage whether or not what they’re listening to is goal, biased or fully false, which I focus on within the e-book. 

Writing prompts are a tremendous solution to compel your creativeness to work. Right here’s one to attempt: Choose a mysterious object in your house and describe it with all of your senses. Give it a starting, center and finish – guess what it’s, what it’s for, why it’s in your house. As much as you if you wish to verify along with your mother and father or guardians as to what the mysterious object really is and the place it got here from after you’re finished!

In 2015 I answered a name for volunteers at CANSCAIP. At first it was prompt I tackle communications due to my journalism background, however I wished to attempt one thing new. So when the chance to turn out to be the Speaker Coordinator arose, I jumped at it and I’m so glad I did. The PYI Planning Committee meets early every year to find out the classes and audio system and to map out the general convention day. I’m answerable for direct communications with the audio system, which incorporates quite a lot of duties, from being a sounding board for session write-ups to overseeing know-how rehearsals to coordinating the shadows, who introduce the classes and lead the Q&A portion. I’m available all through the convention to help or step in as wanted. It’s extremely fulfilling, at instances difficult, however at all times enjoyable. I’ve met so many fantastic creators and publishing individuals by this volunteer function.

That’s a tricky query. I’ve been attempting my hand at picture-book writing. I don’t know whether or not it can go wherever, however I’m having fun with it. I began my first verse novel final spring. It  wasn’t actually an intentional type alternative, it’s simply the best way the phrases got here out – very similar to The Prisoner and the Author.

I’m unsure! Curiously the timing labored out in order that I wasn’t writing greater than one by one.  I Can’t Do What? Unusual Legal guidelines and Guidelines from Across the World (Purple Deer Press) was the primary to be accepted. It was written and off to illustrator Mike Deas by the point I began Secret Faculties: True Tales of the Willpower to Be taught (Owlkids Books). Once I wrote Changing into Bionic and Different Methods Science is Making Us Tremendous (Owlkids Books), which can be printed within the spring, the others have been being copyedited and/or illustrated. That mentioned, the Covid years have been positively busy between the 4 books.

Interview with Heather Camlot, Writer Of The Prisoner and The Author – by Erika Harlitz-Kern on ForewordReviews.com

“Instantly All The Tales In My Head Made Sense”: Heather Camlot On The Books That Information Her Life And Her Writing – on Open-Guide.ca

What Precisely Is A Secret College? – On BookFlap.ca

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