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 battle for justice. This highly effective middle-grade story written in verse with full-page illustrations is instructed 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 arise and converse out towards prejudice for themselves — and for others. Contains an writer’s notice and additional historic context.

Q&A With Creator Heather Camlot

I’ve lengthy admired the shared story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus and Emile Zola. I first discovered in regards to the Dreyfus Affair, when French Military Captain Dreyfus was despatched to Satan’s Island for treason with no single piece of proof, after I was a young person. 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 info, 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 in regards to the Affair to editor/writer Karen Li and we labored on varied drafts. Then she invited Sophie Casson to do the illustrations, that are unbelievable. I’m thrilled with how The Prisoner and the Author got here collectively.

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

The Dreyfus Affair, sadly, nonetheless resonates right this moment: it’s a real story about antisemitism, discrimination, hate, intolerance, media bias and faux information. So first I’d love younger readers to face up and converse out once they see injustice – in the direction of themselves or in the direction of others. Our world is so filled with hate proper now, so ready to tear the “different” down, to arrest with out trigger, however why? We must be lifting one another up and studying about what we’ve got in frequent somewhat 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 in regards to the information by way of 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 an incredible solution to compel your creativeness to work. Right here’s one to strive: Decide 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 examine along with your dad and mom or guardians as to what the mysterious object truly is and the place it got here from after you’re completed!

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 needed to strive one thing new. So when the chance to grow 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 periods 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 periods 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 occasions difficult, however at all times enjoyable. I’ve met so many fantastic creators and publishing individuals by means of this volunteer function.

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

I’m unsure! Curiously the timing labored out in order that I wasn’t writing greater than separately.  I Can’t Do What? Unusual Legal guidelines and Guidelines from Across the World (Crimson 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 Dedication to Study (Owlkids Books). After I wrote Changing into Bionic and Different Methods Science is Making Us Tremendous (Owlkids Books), which might be printed within the spring, the others have been being copyedited and/or illustrated. That stated, the Covid years have been positively busy between the 4 books.

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

“All of a sudden All The Tales In My Head Made Sense”: Heather Camlot On The Books That Information Her Life And Her Writing – on Open-E-book.ca

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

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