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Anna Lazowski wrote her first picture book for a class assignment in the sixth grade and has been creating stories ever since.
Now an award-winning radio producer, Anna has an MA (Journalism) from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba.
Anna’s debut picture book, T. REXES CAN’T TIE THEIR SHOES (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), was illustrated by Steph Laberis and published in 2021.
Her second book, DARK CLOUD, (Kids Can Press), will be illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee and published in spring of 2023.
Her journalistic work has been published in various newspapers and magazines, and she has been a nationally syndicated radio columnist on CBC Radio.
She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Getting to Know You
This wasn’t something that came up in my house, I was encouraged to read anything and everything. My mom was an English teacher and my dad was a journalist so I grew up immersed in stories. There were no limitations and that’s exactly how I’ve raised my kids. If they’re interested in something, they can read it.
So many of my favourite lines come from Winnie The Pooh. Each character has such an authentic voice you can hear them so clearly when you read. But if I have to choose one today, it’s this little gem from Pooh: "People say that nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."
I would love to be a clean desk person, and I am for short periods of time. But slowly, clutter builds up on my desk and I just block it out for as long as I can. Then I clean it all off, dust, and start the cycle again. I love when my desk is clean but I just don’t have the drive to keep it that way. I do keep one section clear enough for a small cat bed so my four pound dog, Rocky, can nap beside me while I’m working.
I think at this point, the most pressing worry is the pandemic. Being a parent right now is extremely stressful andI actually worry that at some point, I’ll grow numb to it. For me, writing provides an escape from all that, it allows me to immerse myself in different worlds and let my imagination take over. I think any form of creativity can be hugely helpful to counteract stressful situations.
I think it would be incredible to see something I’ve written be adapted for television or film. It must be remarkable to see your work interpreted by other creative people. I especially love when those adaptations retain the sensibilities of the original, like the Winnie the Pooh animations, or the Stella and Sam series basedon Marie-Louise Gay’s books. When characters can seamlessly translate from the written word to the screen, you know the writer has done an excellent job bringing them to life.
Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. THIN AIR, the annual celebration produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, strives to honour the First People’s rich tradition of sharing stories as the ground for building genuine community and restoring right relations.