From Gros Morne to Ghana with Kevin Major!

Kevin Major’s much-praised novel Hold Fast (voted by Quill & Quire magazine as second only to Anne of Green Gables in its list of top Canadian novels for young people) is coming to the big screen. Filming was completed in early July and stars Molly Parker and a host of Newfoundland actors, among them Andy Jones, and, in the role of the 14-year boy at the centre of story, exciting newcomer Avery Ash. The movie was shot in various locations across the island, including a perennial stop for Adventure Canada – Gros Morne National Park. Watch for the release of the feature film in 2013.The author’s other big adventure this month has been to Ghana in West Africa. As a volunteer with CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) and the Ghana Book Trust, Kevin led two workshops for writers and editors, with the goal of encouraging the publication of more culturally-revelant, local literature for young people. Canadian philanthropist William Burt had made a ten-year commitment to Ghana and three other African countries for awards to honour the best such books each year. While in the capital city of Accra, Kevin met with other jury members to consider this year’s submissions.Kevin joins the Greenland and Wild Labrador Expedition in September, followed by his l tour of the Newfoundland arts scene, Art on the Rock, in October. Email Judy to reserve your space today!

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