The inspiration behind the books PLUS a unique writers’ event: blog tour day 15

Piano Piano by Davide Cali and Eric Heliot

DAY FIFTEEN, and our fabulous blog tour comes to an end with two new posts. Jackie Hosking, Editor of children’s book e-news Pass It On, reveals the inspiration behind Davide Cali’s books. Here’s an extract from what he says about Piano Piano, his collaboration with Eric Heliot:

Marcolino, the protagonist of this book, exists for real. He was the neighbour’s son. I had been listening to his piano exercises for ten years, before I wrote this story. My book tells the true story—just until the middle. Then, it’s a little more romantic than reality. In the real world, Marcolino was refused by a music school and then forgot the piano and any other ideas about playing music.

Pass It On is a weekly, on-line, interactive, networking newsletter for those involved with or interested in the children’s writing & illustration industry. It was voted ‘Best Non-Fiction Magazine’ in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008 and placed 2nd in 2009 and 2010 in the ‘Writers’ Resource’ category. It is emailed to subscribers every Monday.

Meanwhile, the South Australian Writers Centre announces a one-off workshop for writers with Davide Cali, which will take place in Adelaide on 20 May. It is the only workshop Cali will be giving in Australia, so don’t miss out.

And that’s it! Our blog tour has come to an end and Davide Cali’s real tour has begun. He’s arrived in Adelaide.

The Davide Cali blog tour has taken place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers have posted interviews with him, reviewed his books, offered giveaways and maybe given a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading