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WATCH: Why I wrote No Entry for the Bad Mouth Reading Series

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I had a great time participating in the author Bad Mouth Reading Series. Thanks so much for inviting me to participate.  In this video I talk about why I wrote a South African-based novel, why I wrote No Entry, why it's important to write about elephant extinction for the young adult market and, of course, I read from the enviro...
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Guest Post: 4 Publishing Tips for Authors in the Time of COVID-19

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 Guest post from Desiree VillenaThe first half of 2020 has wrought havoc on all our lives, writers and non-writers alike — but for professional authors in particular, the chaos and uncertainty of the past few months have been incredibly daunting. Book launches have been delayed, releases that forged ahead have gone unnoticed, and for some auth...
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My Covid-19 interview in Quail Bell Magazine

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Thank you so much to Melissa Schack for interviewing me in the recent edition of Quail Bell Magazine.  MS: How have the Australian wildfires affected your work?GG: First, thanks so much for having me on your forum. I am delighted to have the opportunity and appreciate your time. The Australian fires burned my publisher to the ground....
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WATCH: YouTube Diversity in YA Fiction (all genres)

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I had a great time on Friday moderating a panel livestreamed from the UK's YA Thriller Conference. The topic was Diversity in YA Fiction. Shout-out to author Madeline Dyer for putting it all together and to my YA colleagues, authors: Fran Dorricott (UK), Nia Davenport (USA), and Isvari Mohan (USA). What did we discuss?-What is 'diversity'? Wha...
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Need a Book Review? Want to read free books?

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A common complaint of writers is a lack of reviews. But help is out there. If you're an author looking for a book review, I recommend a program created by author Sandra Lopez. On the flip-side, who ever has enough books to read? For book lovers, who cannot seem to get enough, read on to find out how you can read books at no cost and ...
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Elephants are also Covid-19 victims & three things I learned from writing my first sequel No Fly Zone

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 When I wrote my YA eco-fiction novel No Entry, I had one goal in mind: to highlight the dangers of elephant poaching and extinction for a young adult audience. I also wanted to connect the people who commit these heinous acts toward elephants with other international crimes: human trafficking, the illegal weapons trade and so on. I ...
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Check out my lineup of visiting authors on gilagreenwrites

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There are so many talented authors on the way including children's authors, poets, fiction and nonfiction creatives. Don't miss an author interview or blog post.Meryl Ain, author of the Takeaway Men, SheWrites Press.  Rajani LaRocca, author of the forthcoming novels Red, White, and Whole (Quill Tree/HarperCollins, 2021) and Much Ado ...
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Registration is open for my August AutoFiction Class

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AUTOFICTION WORKSHOP: Exploring Hybrid Writing START DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2020END DATE: Sunday,  September 13, 2020DURATION: 6 weeksLOCATION: Zoom and email for assignmentsFEEDBACK: Instructor feedback and critiqueCOURSE DESCRIPTION: What is autofiction? It's not memoir, fiction or personal essay, but might have elements of all t...
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YA Thriller Con July 10-11 2020

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 I'm so excited to be part of this YA Thriller conference next week with 24 other YA writers from all over the world.  All video events will be broadcast live to YouTube. From the newly launched site: "About YA Thriller ConYA Thriller Con Online is a two-day event, running from July 10th to July 11th 2020, to celebrate and talk ...
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REPOST: Can a pandemic ruin your publishing contract?

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by Jodé MillmanI try to keep up on publishing contract news even though I've reviewed eight contracts at length (no, I didn't sign them all and you probably shouldn't either). But all of my reviewing happened before Covid-19. It's important that writers focus on the business end of writing, not just on craft.Originally in this month's column, I had...
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Doikayt: A Jewish TTRPG Anthology (Preorder)

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I want to tell you about this new Jewish tabletop roleplaying  (TTRPG) anthology that I was recently honored to join. My essay is part of the forward and was written to expand the work to include more Sephardi (in my case, Yemenite) voices. I was able to draw on both my Ashkenazi and Yemenite experience and I'm delighted to integrate my w...
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Author interview: Lea Kirshenberg

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 Today on gilagreenwrites, I'm delighted to welcome children's author Dr. Lea Kirshenberg. It's always a pleasure to meet writers and I hope these interviews inspire you and expand your definition of genres, languages, and other possibilities. For this author expanding her possibilities doesn't only mean considering another age group or g...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for King of the Class

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Why do you think this book is set in the future? What was the author trying to achieve by doing so? Do you think there are good and bad characters in this book? If so, is Eve good or bad? What about her husband Manny? Do you think Eve has a good relationship with her sister? What was your opinion of their relationship once Eve's son is kidnapped? S...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for Passport Control

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Book Club Discussion Questions for Passport Control 1. Why do you think the title of this book is Passport Control? Would you have chosen a different title? One publisher suggested the title of No Way Home. Do you think that title is preferable?2. Would you say Passport Control is historical fiction? A coming of age story? An adventure story? ...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for White Zion

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Book Club Discussion Questions for White Zion1. Why do you think the author chose the title White Zion? What does it signify to you? Would you have chosen a different title?2. Who is the hero/heroine of this novel-in-stories? What makes a hero or heroine?3. Do you think the author chose the right format for this work? In other words, do you think t...
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Book Club Discussion Questions for No Entry

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Book Club Guide for No Entry1.What is the significance of the title No Entry? Would you have given the book a different title? If yes, what is your title?2.Yael Amar finds herself in extraordinary circumstances in No Entry once she realizes the identity of the poachers. Do you empathize with her? Are any of her circumstances familiar to you?3.How d...
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Please join me in celebration of 15 years of Cervena Barva Press

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 I'm honored to take part in a birthday! Happy 15th birthday to Cervena Barva Press.To celebrate I'll be reading from my novel-in-stories White Zion and I won't be alone. My friend and colleague, poet and playwright Atar Hadari will be joining me from the UK. He'll be reading from his translation of Hanoch Levin's work. A treat!When? July 5&nb...
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Repost from Quill & Quire: Indigo closes 20 Coles small-format stores amid “seismic” losses

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Authors will have to be very creative in future about book sales. By: Sue CarterJune 22nd, 2020 Just days before Indigo Books & Music releases its fourth-quarter financial results, CEO Heather Reisman told Bloomberg News in an interview that "the depths of the losses we are looking at are literally as seismic as this COVID event is to...
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Why I Write

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Thank you so much to Christi Craig who hosted me on her Sunday Series. From her site: In this Sunday Series, you'll meet writers new and seasoned as they share what inspires them to put #PenToPaper.I have never attended a Canadian creative writing program, so I cannot say with certainty that my distance from Ottawa, my hometown, allows me to m...
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WATCH: Authors Madeline Dyer and Gila Green in Conversation: the Importance of Global Issues in YA Lit

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Registration is open for my Prepare to Publish Zoom course

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 Email me for details!

Welcome to the June Jewish Book Carnival

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 I'm so pleased to host this month's Jewish Book Carnival. I find this graphic of Jewish book covers an ideal visual to accompany this must-review list of Jewish author interviews and news. Thank you Jewish Book World for putting it together! The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jew...
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Author Interview: Tommy Schnurmacher

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One of the nicest things about participating in the Vancouver Jewish Book Festival (February 2020) was meeting other authors. One of the  authors I enjoyed meeting was Tommy Schnurmacher, a fellow Canadian and multi-talented author. Please welcome Tommy to gilagreenwrites! Tommy, thanks so much for joining me. BIOTommy Schnurmacher is a M...
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Writing Lies and Other Truths: AutoFiction

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By Gila GreenWe live in a publishing world that not only craves categories; it demands them. These pigeonholes are like gasoline for the modern manuscript, which cannot even move through cyberspace to an agent's inbox without the fuel labeling supplies. For those who guide writers on query letters, one of our first lessons is to help authors define...
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REPOST: No pubs, no kissing, no flying: how Covid-19 is forcing authors to change their novels

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 Fascinating article by Alison Flood of the Guardian. I've been wondering about the future of literature in light of Covid-19. There's a number of answers and approaches here, everything from stick to 2018 to jump to the future, but should you write one with or without a vaccine? This article explores various answers we are all struggling with...
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Forget the Rules! Take a Flash Fiction Break

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 By Gila GreenWhen I tell people I teach a virtual flash fiction course, I often get strange responses bordering on laughter. Isn't flash fiction just really short fiction? What's the point of taking a specific Flash class?No, flash is its own genre deserving of its own class and in my opinion, it's still underrated as a way to break into publ...
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Registration is on! Prepare to Publish

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 Prepare to Publish: the business of publication, a hands-on workshop for writers with complete or near-complete manuscripts ready for publication. Monday & Wednesday options starts last week of JuneMany authors invest all of their energy into their works and are so pre-occupied with writing and editing that by the time it comes to pu...
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You're Invited: Two New Exciting New Zoom Classes

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AUTOFICTION WORKSHOP: Exploring Hybrid Writing by Gila GreenSTART DATE: Sunday, July 5, 2020END DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2020DURATION: 6 weeksLOCATION: Zoom and email for assignmentsFEEDBACK: Instructor feedback and critiqueCOURSE DESCRIPTION: What is autofiction? It's not memoir, fiction or personal essay, but might weave elements of two or&n...
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Snow: Ondine Sherman's sequel to Sky

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 From the back cover:"Sometimes you have to leave everything behind to find yourself.Sky is travelling to Alaska to meet her father for the first time.Far away from her friends back in Australia, she navigates the new relationship with her father and meets Jaxon, a local boy struggling with his own problems. In a cold, vast and beautiful place...
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Thanks Jewish Book World

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I'm thrilled my young adult environmental novel No Entry was included in the 68 books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in April 2020. 

Latest Books

No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction.

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White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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