|5/11/2018||11:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Smiley: A Journey of Love||12:30||Joanne George is a dog trainer and former veterinary technician who lives with her family, including Smiley, in Stouffville, Ontario. She and Smiley visit nursing homes, libraries, children’s programs and schools as part of a therapy dog program with St. John Ambulance. Smiley: A Journey of Love is her first book.|
|5/11/2018||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage||13:30||Liam O’Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures and West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.|
|5/11/2018||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace||13:30||Linda Granfield is the author of over thirty non-fiction titles for adults and young readers and has received more than fifty awards for her history books. She is best known for her books about war and remembrance.Linda Granfield is the author of over thirty non-fiction titles for adults and young readers and has received more than fifty awards for her history books. She is best known for her books about war and remembrance. Linda has spoken to over a million Canadian children and presented to audiences on First Nations reserves, in one-room libraries, and in the shadow of a Spitfire at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Her book about the Vimy oak trees in Canada and France commemorates the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge.|
|5/11/2018||11:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Clutch||12:30||Heather grew up in Montreal and was raised on Expos baseball and Canadiens hockey. Oddly, she was never a sporty child. She preferred reading, drawing and dreaming, and spent endless hours in her bedroom doing just that.|
After interviewing her favourite band for her university radio station, she decided there could be no cooler job, so she went to journalism school. She has written, edited and translated for a whole bunch of magazines and newspapers, including Quill & Quire, Owl, Canadian Children’s Book News, Canadian Living and Style at Home.
A few years ago, Heather submitted the first two chapters of a work-in-progress to the 17th annual Writing for Children Competition as a short story called The Boys of Summer – and it won. That gave her the encouragement to keep writing and that work-in-progress is now her debut novel, Clutch.
Heather lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids, but she still calls Montreal home. (And she continues to root for her home teams -even though she’s still not sporty.)
|5/11/2018||11:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||From Ant to Eagle||12:30||Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario – the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.|
|5/11/2018||13:00||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World||14:00||Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 80 books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic,” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and the giggle-inducing Ode to Underwear. She’s also a multi-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children. Helaine also writes for children’s television, and is in high demand as a performer at schools and festivals across North America. |
Helaine volunteers for several literacy organizations and charities including First Book, ABC Literacy, CODE and Librarians without Borders. She is also a certified pyrotechnician, so expect fireworks at any time.
|5/11/2018||13:00||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees||14:00||Mary Beth Leatherdale is the writer and editor of many award-winning books and magazines for children and youth including Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees and the critically-acclaimed anthology Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. She consults on publishing and editorial projects and is the former editorial director at Owlkids.|
|5/11/2018||13:00||London - Agriplex Pavillion||And Then the Sky Exploded||14:00||David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, rodeo cowboy, stage and film actor and—most of all—writer. His writing career began in earnest when his story The Welcomin’ won the 1984 Alberta Culture Short Story Competition. Now the author of more than 25 books, many for middle readers and young adults, David holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at UBC. He spends 60 to 80 days a year in classrooms across Canada (and beyond) as a visiting author/presenter and will soon make his 2000th school appearance. “I never tire of sharing my love for reading and writing with kids (and adults) of all ages. I look forward to the next school and the one after that as much as I did my very first one.”|
David was the recipient of an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for “service to Alberta and Albertans”.
In 2011 David’s young adult novel Numbers was selected for the Sakura Medal (awarded by English speaking high school students in Japan to their favourite novel of the year). As a result David toured International Schools in Japan and Korea in the fall of 2011. Numbers has since been added to the new English curriculum for Grade 10 in Saskatchewan. His most recent book for young readers—And Then the Sky Exploded was released in October of 2016.
|5/11/2018||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Hawk||13:30||Born in 1949, Jennifer spent her early years playing in the woods and streams of rural England, collecting stray and injured creatures, from caterpillars and frogs to bunnies, puppies and even a pony! This was the beginning of her passion for the natural world and for all animals. In 1966 she moved to Trinidad with her family and attended the University of the West Indies. Her eyes were opened to the negative effects of colonialism and its long-lasting legacy on people and cultures around the world. She became passionate about fighting racism in all forms.|
Jennifer moved to Canada in 1979, looking for a safe place to raise her own mixed-race children. She was shocked to learn about residential schools, and started writing Red Wolf, but it took twenty years to get published. She now averages a book a year, hoping to share her passion with young readers and inspire them to become activist or advocates.
She is the grateful recipient of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award 2016, and was honoured to be a named as a Woman of Excellence in the J.S. Woodsworth Awards for Human Rights and Equity 2016. Jennifer lives on a small farm in Stouffville, Ontario where she indulges her life-long love affair with horses.
|5/11/2018||11:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||Run||12:30||David Skuy is a writer of young adult and middle-grade fiction. He has been nominated for numerous awards, most notably winning the Silver Birch and the Rocky Mountain Book Award. His earlier works were focused on sports, including the 5-book Game Time hockey series and two trilogies, the Rocket Blues Hockey Books and the Striker Soccer Series. Some of his other works include a novel about street kids, Undergrounders, a Don Quixote-inspired school drama, Memoirs of a Sidekick, and RUN, this year’s Red Maple nomination.|
When Skuy isn’t writing, he’s wasting his time working as a partner at a digital media agency in Toronto. He also manages to drag himself off to the hockey rink once a week and to spend time with this wife and two kids.
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