Ajax Winterfest on Monday, February 15, 2016

Join me at the Audley Community Centre in Ajax for Winterfest on Monday, February 15 from 11:00 – 4:00. The Ajax public library will be launching their Story Book Walk program at the event. We'll walk along the trail and read Over at the Rink together. The trail will lead us back to the community centre where there will plenty of activities for everyone.

The Story Book Walk program is part of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge and aims to combine physical activity and literacy in an engaging way. I'm honoured that they selected Over at the Rink as their launching story.

Author signing at the OLA Super Conference on Friday, January 29th at 10:00am (Scholastic Booth #211)

Calling all librarians! I am looking forward to meeting you at the Scholastic Booth (#211) at 10:00 on Friday, January 29 when I'll be signing copies of Five Busy Beavers. Come by, grab a book, have a chat with me and try your hand at "pinning the tail on the beaver!"


Neighbourhood Fun Day, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Elvin Johnson Park, Halls Lake

Neighbourhood Fun Day is on Saturday, July 25th this year. Come by Elvin Johnson Park to celebrate the best of cottage life between 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

I will be reading from There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck and previewing Five Busy Beavers throughout the day and there are many other kids' crafts & activities.

There will be information sessions & booths for gardeners, anglers & boaters, arts & handicrafts sale – even musical performances from local talent! 

Authors for Indies Day - Blue Heron Books

May 2nd is Canada's first ever Authors for Indies Day. Over 600 authors will be visiting their favourite local book stores to talk about the books that inspire us. Come by Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge to meet some local authors. I'll be there from 11:00 - 2:00. Other authors include: 
Andrew Borkowski  
Katherine Govier 
Terry Fallis 
Ted Barris
Deborah Kerbel 
Gerry Fostaty 
Sheila Dalton
Jennifer Dance
Ted Staunton 
Stephen Leahy 



There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck Reviewed by Canadian Materials!

"The poem uses accurate hockey terms in a lively way, with no awkward rhymes. Stella Partheniou Grasso writes with humour and bounce, capturing a child’s sense of awe and delight as the old lady consumes her impossible medicine . . ."

Read the full review online by following the link.



Creemore Winter Classic Weekend, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Curiosity House Books has some great family fun events lined up for the inaugural Creemore Winter Classic Weekend. I'll be at the bookstore at 11:00 to read from Over at the Rink: A Hockey Counting Book. Carolyn J. Morris has some great crafts for everyone to make. Stephen Smith, author of Puckstruck, will also be in Creemore all weekend to talk about hockey culture. So put on your favourite hockey jersey and join us.

Paths to Publishing Panel Discussion

The Oakville Public Library is hosting a Paths to Publishing panel discussion on Thursday, November 13th from 6:30 - 8:30. Panelists include:

Stella Partheniou Grasso is a Publishing Coordinator with Scholastic Canada and a published author of juvenile fiction, There Was An Old Lady who Swallowed a Puck  and Over at the Rink.

Joyce Wayne, Sheridan College  faculty member in journalism, published author of The Cook’s Temptation, and formerly trade editor and staff writer for Quill & Quire.

David Bartolini, author of juvenile fiction, Insecta.

Rosanna Leo, Oakville Public Library staff member and author of several romance eBooks, including For the Love of a God.

Mark Lefebvre, Director, Kobo Writing Life & Author Relations, and published author, includingTomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries.

Please visit the Oakville Public Library site for tickets.

Word on the Street on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Queen's Park Circle

There's lots to see and do at this year's Word on the Street, which will be held on Sunday, September 21st. University Avenue will be closed off between Bloor and Queen's Park and the streets will be overrun with bibliophiles of all ages. 

I'll be reading There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck at the TD Children's Literature Tent from 12:50 - 1:10 and there will be a book signing afterwards. I can't wait to meet everyone. 



Neighbourhood Fun Day, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Elvin Johnson Park, Halls Lake

Come by Elvin Johnson Park between 11:00 am - 3:00 pm for a fun-filled day that celebrates cottage life in the Algonquin Highlands.

I will be reading from There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck throughout the day and there are many other kids' crafts & activities including a hands-on eco-tour of the waterfront.

There will be information sessions & booths for gardeners, anglers & boaters, arts & handicrafts sale – even musical performances from local talent! 

Community Author Visit, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at McLean Public Library

A big thank you to Raj Ameerally and the the teacher-librarians from St. Jude's C.S. and Applecroft P.S. for coordinating this author visit. I had a wonderful time meeting Grade 1 to 3 students from both schools. I was happy to share a sneak peak of my upcoming book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck.

Congratulations to the two students who won copies of Over at the Rink: A Hockey Counting Book