TCAF came to ESA…

With thanks to our friends from The Beguiling for making this opportunity available to us…

Two wonderful workshops with Jen Wang in the morning, and then a lunch get-together before she had to head off to the airport for her flight back to L.A.


Black History Month Spotlight

Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, edited by Adel DeRango Adem and Andrea Thompson.

  • Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out is an anthology of poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word texts, as well as black and white artwork and photography, explores the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the twenty-first century.
  • Contributions engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis. (from Inanna website)
  • the editors foster an unusual dialogue between their contributors that emphasizes the important links among ‘real life,’ art, politics, and the academy. A strength of the collection is that because it includes so many genres, it supplies various points of access to the complex subject of multiracialism within a single collection. (from Project Muse)

Learn more:


(And yes, this is the same Andrea Thompson who comes in to work with us here at ESA.  Andrea will be back again on April 12th, during Poetry Month.  Stay tuned for more details to follow.)

The Marrow Thieves: Pre-orders available for pick-up

Anyone who was unable to collect their pre-ordered copy of Cherie Dimaline’s novel The Marrow Thieves on Friday afternoon can drop by the Library anytime to pick up their signed copy.

Didn’t pre-order one but would like one?

  • We have a limited number of extra signed copies available for purchase for $15.
  • See Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • While supplies last.

Cherie Dimaline @ ESA

Today is the day!  Join us in the Library….

Cherie Dimaline will be at ESA for the afternoon on Friday February 23rd, 2018.

In addition to being nominated for White Pine, The Marrow Thieves is also:

All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us for this very special event.

  • Students in select classes will be joining us with their teachers during class time.
  • Session One: from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Session Two: from 2:10pm to 3:10pm
  • Students who are participating in our White Pine Club have been invited to join us for an in-school field trip.
  • Any other students who are reading – or have read – The Marrow Thieves have also been invited to attend as an in-school field trip.

Cherie will be signing books while she is at ESA.

Books are available for purchase by all members of the ESA Community.

  • Books that have been pre-ordered using School Cash Online will be available for pick-up starting at NOON on Friday.
  • Books will be available this afternoon… for $15 (including tax).  Cash only.

This event is co-sponsored by:

Can’t make it to ESA during the afternoon hours?

  • Connect with Cherie at A Novel Spot Bookshop later that afternoon at the bookstore (expect approx. 5pm – 6:30pm).

If you have any questions please feel free to send an e-mail to

Black History Month: Spotlight

 The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lessons, A Father’s Life by Jael Richardson






The Stone Thrower by Jael Richardson






One story.  Two books.  Tell the story of the author’s father, CFL Quarterback Chuck Ealey, from his early days growing up poor in a racially segregated neighbourhood – literally on the other side of the tracks – to becoming perhaps the greatest quarterback in the CFL, ever.

Jael will be returning to ESA this spring to workshop with the American History classes.  We look forward to having her back.


White Pine Spotlight

  Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

  • A lovely quiet little book.
  • Clearly the author is inspired by Flannery O’Connor… and that can’t be bad!
  • There is nothing easy about this book, and some will take exception to treating such subject matter with such light-heartedness. I just found it so refreshing.
  • Nielsen writes with natural ease, taking the art of imagery to the level of mastery.
  • The relationships in the book are genuine and supportive – including positive family dynamics – and help to move the characters past the various degrees of guilt they each feel about their individual situations.
  • The book is chock full of humour and touchstone cultural references (music, film, literature) and is quintessentially Canadian in it’s setting, amounting to a love letter to Vancouver.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.



  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

Library Access today

The Library will be closed first and second period while we host actress, author and screenwriter Barbara Radecki.

  • We’re delighted to have Ms. Radecki back to ESA… both of her daughters being ESA graduates.
  • Admission by invitation with specified ENG classes.

The Library will also be closed after school – special schedule for the day with shortened periods – for a special Joint Staff Student session on the TDSB Equity Report