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Festivals Music Reading

June 24 – Issue #142

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen

Hello all and welcome to another month. Summer has arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere. Join me as I share 5 points of interest: things to do, things to see and something to read too.

The featured photo is of my garden in the Grey Highlands, the peonies are in full bloom.

1. The summer solstice happened this week on June 22nd, 5:13 AM, to be exact. I missed the sunrise, I was up a couple of hours later and working out before setting out on a trail adventure. Hiking on one small part of the Bruce Trail.

International Day of Yoga is on the same day, I always mix in some yoga in my training. This year’s theme is Yoga for Humanity.

2. My friends at Settle Stories celebrated Summer Solstice  Storytelling with some great stories for the children from Internationally-renowned storyteller Dominic Kelly.

I watched it live, however, a recording will be available to watch until 12pm on the 5th of July. To access the recording you will need to register for the event. Enjoy!

3. Events for summer are happening, live and in-person, a first in over two years. This week I visited Toronto and spent time at the Italian Food Festival. My family and I also ate dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, Bella Vista Trattoria.

I have signed up for accreditation to the Toronto Jazz Festival. I’ll be writing for the LatinJazzNet. Most of the events are free, I’ll be looking to catch up with some great Canadian talent.

I received my tickets to Kuné, performing at the Collingwood Music Festival. This will be my first time attending the Collingwood Festival.

This weekend my daughter is performing at Blue Mountain as part of the annual Salsa at Blue Mountain. Guess who will be at the Blue Mountain Village this weekend cheering her on.

4. My summer reading looks like this: Spirit Dance by Douglas Smith, a novelette that I just completed reading. Smith is a master of short story fiction. This story is just perfect for National Indigenous History Month.

A story of indigenous lore meeting modern ways. Nature versus mankind in a war of shapeshifters, the animal kingdom and the righteous government of the day. A great story.

Speaking of books, my next book will be the third in The Samba Dog series, Samba in Switzerland. My illustrator Joshua Miller and I will be meeting later this week to discuss the layout for the illustrations.

5. My musical tastes have run the gamut from classical to the blues. One new release that has received plenty of spins, is, El Tinajon from saxophonist Luis Deniz.

As you may have surmised the album is Latin Jazz with heavy influences of Afro Cuban Jazz. I dislike labels though, the primary element is simply good toe-tapping music.

Deniz plays soprano and alto sax’s on the album, his playing is magnificent on every track. He is joined by a group of stellar musicians who provide beautiful accompaniment and wonderful musical interludes.

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Children's Books Free E-Book Reading

May 27 . Issue #141

‘At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless, Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is.’

T.S. Eliot, from ‘Burnt Norton’

Hello all and a warm welcome to my monthly journal by PaulYanuziello. My month has been good and I would like to share with you all some significant updates. I’m still only going to share 5 points of interest, things that I think you may find helpful or interesting.

1.  My new children’s e-book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends is part of a group promotion, Fun Adventure Books for Kids, for a limited time get it free.

Stock up for the summer, and get some fun kids’ books.

You will be asked to sign up for my newsletter again, that’s just the way it is, don’t feel you have to unsubscribe and then re-subscribe, that’s not required.

2. This is the season of artisan markets, farmer’s markets and book fairs and I have joined a couple of them, the 1st one is happening close to me, at the New Earth Village Artisan Market.

I am excited to meet and greet everyone, sell some books, read my new book to the children and just be at one with nature.

3. I have reviewed some children’s books and these are some of my reviews and the authors that I follow: There are some amazing ones out there.

4. 2022 Hot Docs Film Festival, well, it came and it went, these were the films I watched: Rewind and Play (Winner – Best Mid-Length Documentary Award) a fascinating glimpse into the man and the music of T.S Monk.

Nothing Compares follows the career of singer Sinéad O’Connor.

We Feed People, is about the work of award-winning Spanish chef José Andrés. He’s also the founder of the nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen.

The Thief Collector is about the 1985 theft of Willem de Kooning’s famous painting, “Woman Ochre.”

Canadian Artistic Journeys – Shorts and World Showcase Shorts: Tales From the Wilds.

A few of my thoughts on these films.

5. Celebrating Africa Day with a storytelling performance by Mara Menzies, a gift from my friends at Settle Stories.

The storytelling is for primary schools, homeschooled children or anyone who loves a good story. This special presentation is available for free up to June 8th.

Mara is one of the best storytellers and children are sure to enjoy her magical ways.

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would be interested in my newsletter please pass it along.

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Children's Books Documentaries Reading

April 15 . Issue #139

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. In this week’s newsletter, music, books, documentaries and more …

1.  The music of bassist Charnett Moffett was on my turntable this week. Charnett Moffett, June 10, 1967 – April 11, 2022, he made his first appearance on record with Branford Marsalis, Scenes in the City, at the age of 16, his playing turned some heads.

I was excited to see Charnett Moffett in a performance with the great pianist McCoy Tyner and some very special guests. A 2006 Toronto Jazz Festival concert that I will remember as one of the best I ever witnessed. And you can read my take on it ‘Enlightenment’ at The Live Music Report (writing as Paul J. Youngman).

2. My recent ARC, Advanced Reader Copy of Scratchy the Squirrel is now complete and my ARC manager has sent me a message: “Hopefully the experience was positive and we see you come back in the future for another ARC, or for any of our other popular author services!

As you may or may not know, one of the things we ask from our readers is if they want to leave any optional comments for the author about their book.  Here are the comments left for your book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Thanks again!

  • Brilliant
  • Thank you!!!!!
  • I absolutely love everything about this book!
  • I enjoyed your story very much. I wish I had had your book when my own kids were early chapter book readers. They would have loved it!

I am very happy with the end result for Scratchy the Squirrel. If any readers would like to become an ARC reader for my next book you can sign up at Hidden Gems or simply drop me a line.

3. I have signed up for the Hot Docs Festival and I am looking forward to watching some of the amazing documentaries running from April 28 to May 8, 2022. This week I watched the award-winning animated documentary Flee.

4. My reading this week has been all about humour and the continuing adventures of the charming Isabel Dalhousie. The 5th book in the series by Alexander McCall Smith, The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday.

5. Should you be in the Collingwood area be sure to check the book store, Read it Again, on the main street and ask for my book, Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. 

So far, my new children’s early reader chapter book is selling on Amazon, Indigo and a few other high-end book stores.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read my newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

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