|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Branch||11:15||Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised, and now Toronto-based children’s book author with a background in broadcasting and theatre. Before becoming an author, Mireille worked as a television and radio host, a director, a researcher, a book reviewer, and a voice actress. Sometimes, she still does those things too. One of her first “literary” jobs was writing jokes for the bottom of pudding lids.|
Since the launch of her firs book in 2003, Mireille has published over 20 books. When she’s not at her computer, writing, she thinks up new stories while she walks, drives, or sails her old boat.
Morel lives in Toronto with her husband, two wonderful teenage daughters, and three extremely fluffy cats.
|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Darkest Dark||12:45||Brothers Terry Fan and Eric Fan received their formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Their work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. Terry spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints; Eric has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. They are represented by Kirsten Hall, at Catbird Agency.|
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|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Even Superheroes Have Bad Days||11:15||Shelly Becker was born in Virginia, but spent most of her childhood in Toronto. When she was young, her library card was her most treasured possession. She borrowed oodles of books each week and read everything she could find. Even dictionaries and encyclopedias!|
Shelly has also always enjoyed words and language, and writing and revising. Some of her teachers told her she could be a writer, but she didn’t think she would be brave enough to share her writing with the world.
One day, when Shelly was already a mother of four children, somebody challenged her to write a children’s picture book. Shelly got so excited about the idea, she decided to try it, and discovered that she LOVED writing for children!
Shelly’s newest picture book, Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, has been so well-received, Shelly is busy working on more fun books about Superheroes.
Although Shelly does not have a cape or laser-vision, she knows how it feels to have a bad day, and tries to use her inner super-powers to react in a positive way.
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Even Superheroes Have Bad Days||11:15||Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey with a great passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars. She has traveled the globe wearing a backpack slightly larger than herself. Her travels brought her to the States where she studied illustration.|
Her work can be seen in a variety of publications. She has worked with clients such as Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, Macmillan, Perseus, Lufthansa Airlines, Mattel, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and The Village Voice among others. Her illustrations have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration and 3X3. She is represented by Shannon Associates and she continues to search for stories through love, laughter, and observations of the people around her.
When she is not drawing, you can find her climbing some rocks, or biking the hills of the Bay Area. She currently resides in Oakland happily with her husband and their two Siamese cats, where they continually water their plants too much.
|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||French Toast||12:45||Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is a performer, poet, playwright, scholar, and award-winning author of 26 children’s books, including French Toast, Best Pirate, On My Bike, and Buzz About Bees. She is also an Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where she instructs teacher candidates on how to teach drama, dance, and literacy education in their kindergarten-grade eight classrooms. Kari Lynn earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, a teaching degree from the University of Toronto (UofT), and a certificate in Technical Theatre from the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS). Kari-Lynn lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada with her two children, Liam and McKenna and her three cats, Lynx, Bear, and Minnie..|
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||French Toast||11:15||François Thisdale’s work blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery using collage, acrylic, watercolour, and computer manipulation. He is the illustrator of The Stamp Collector, which is on the International Board on Books for Young People’s Honor List. He has also won a Notable Books for a Global Society Award, the TD Children’s Book Award, and the Crystal Kite Award. François’ books have been finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, and the Willow Awards. François lives in Montreal, Quebec.|
|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Great||12:45||Lauri Holomis has worked with the Gretzky Family and the Wayne Gretzky Foundation for many years. She continues to work in the sports world and is passionate about teaching kids confidence. “Great” was co-written with actor and producer Glen Gretzky, brother of Wayne Gretzky. “Great” is both Lauri and Glen’s debut children’s book and was inspired by Walter Gretzky, dubbed Canada’s most famous hockey dad. Lauri lives in Toronto with her husband, Ryan, and son, Wyatt.|
|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Great||12:45||Kevin Sylvester is an award winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster. He writes and illustrates everything from murder mysteries and sci-fi to sports and financial literacy.|
His Neil Flambé Capers is now at six books. Throw Julia Child, James Bond, Gordon Ramsay and a young Sherlock Holmes into a blender, Hit “mix” and out comes Neil Flambé. He’s cocky, obnoxious, but incredibly talented, both in the kitchen and on the hunt for criminals. Neil Flambé also won the 2011 Silver Birch Award.
His sci-fi series MINRs is already a bestseller and critical success. MINRS3 – the final book in the series – will be out in 2018. MINRS was a Red Maple Award and 2017 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Honour Book in 2017, and was named a 2016 CLA Honour Book. MINRS was also nominated for two categories of the Tome Society Award in Georgia.
He has two picture books of his own- Super-Duper Monster Viewer and Splinters. Kevin’s non-fiction titles include Follow Your Money, Basketballogy, Baseballogy, Sports Hall of Weird and Gold Medal for Weird.
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain||11:15||Carolyn Huizinga Mills is an elementary teacher who lives in Breslau, Ontario with her husband and two children. She loves curling up in a cozy chair with a cup of tea and a blanket when she reads. She also loves travelling, camping, and eating dark chocolate. The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain is her first picture book and she is very excited to be able to share her story with so many different people.|
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain||11:15||Brooke Kerrigan has loved to draw ever since she was a little girl. If there was a pencil nearby she couldn’t resist the urge to pick it up and begin to doodle, so it seemed only natural that she grow up to become an artist. Of all her creative endeavors, illustrating children’s books is her favourite. Born in Toronto, she currently lives in a little town in the French Alps that inspires her every day. Brooke has illustrated seven previous picture books, among them Kiss Me: I’m a Prince! (2010), Dog Breath (2011) and Fishermen Through and Through (2014) – nominated for a Blue Spruce Award.|
Dog Breath (2011), Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Illustrations for Fully Alive 6 (2011), Pearson Canada
2012 Sunday Missal for Young Catholics, Novalis
2013 Sunday Missal for Young Catholics, Novalis Fishermen
Through & Through (2014), Red Deer Press
Maggie McGilliCuddies Eye for Trouble,(Spring 2016), Kids Can Press
Jammie Day, (Spring 2017), Owl Kids
The Christmas Wind, (Fall 2017), Red Deer Press
|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Milo and Georgie||12:45||Bree Galbraith is the author of Milo and Georgie and Once Upon a Balloon. She lives in the heart of Vancouver, B.C., with her two boys and the family dog — within walking distance of at least 7 gelatorias and 5 ice-cream parlours! Bree is a masters student in UBC’s Creative Writing program, where she is learning how to get her ideas out of her head and onto paper so that she can share them with kids across Canada. She loves reading her books to elementary students because they always have the most fantastic questions and imaginations, and she learns a lot from them. When she’s not writing or reading (or studying), she is busy exploring the many forests and beaches around the coast of B.C. with her kids, even in the rain (which Vancouver is famous for).|
|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Milo and Georgie||12:45||Josée Bisaillon|
As a young girl, Josée loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell (and, of course, to draw!). She liked being in the classroom so much that she pursued her education all the way to university, where she studied graphic design. It was there that she fell in love with the occupation of illustrator.
Since that time, with scissors and brushes in hand, Josée has been illustrating children’s books, as well as magazines and newspapers for adults.
Josée lives just outside of Montreal with her spouse, three small chickens, one hairless cat and many characters she has created.
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Owl and the Lemming||11:15||Roselynn Akulukjuk was born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic. In 2012, Roselynn moved to Toronto to attend the Toronto Film School. After finishing her studies, Roselynn returned home to Nunavut, where she began working with Taqqut Productions, an Inuit-owned production company located in Iqaluit. In 2015, Roselynn wrote and directed the live action and puppetry short film The Owl and the Lemming. Her children’s book of the same name was published in 2016.|
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Owl and the Lemming||11:15||Amanda Sandland is an illustrator living in the Toronto area. She studied illustration at Seneca College, eventually specializing in comic arts and character design. When not drawing, she can be found studying, designing characters, creating costumes and replica props, or burying her nose in a comic.|
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist||11:15||As a zoologist turned middle grade and picture book author, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She is the author of the acclaimed ‘My Life is a Zoo’ series, as well as the award-winning and quirky ‘World of Weird Animals’ series, which kicked off with Pink is for Blobfish, with three companion books to follow. Her first picture book biography, Shark Lady, was published this year.|
Jess has a Masters of Science, a love of nerdy documentaries, and a pile of books threatening to take over her house. For free printables, activities, science, podcasts, and book extras, you can visit her online at http://www.jesskeating.com. She is also the creator of several videos for children about writing, science, and nature. You can find these at http://www.youtube.com/c/jesskeatingbooks. Jess also writes a monthly ezine for kids called “The Curious Creative”, which combines science and creativity to spark wonder in young readers. You can subscribe to this free resource by emailing her at [email protected]
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|2018-05-15||11:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||A Squiggly Story||12:45||Andrew Larsen lives in a neighborhood in Toronto that has tall trees, old houses and lots of stories. He lives with his wife and two children. Sometimes Andrew goes looking for stories and sometimes stories come looking for him.|
Andrew was born in Montreal and lived there until he was 12. He has also lived in Halifax, Ottawa and London, England.
As a young boy, Andrew dreamed of being a hockey player.
His family moved to Toronto when he was twelve. That’s when he started to grow up.
He has loved reading and writing his whole life but didn’t start writing books until he became a father.
Andrew doesn’t have a car. He loves to walk and daydream…
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||And Then the Sky Exploded||11:15||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.
|2018-05-15||12:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Bent Not Broken: Madeline and Justin||13:45||Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published over thirty books. Her novel, Bent Not Broken: Madeline and Justin, (Clockwise Press, March 2016) is the third book in her One-2-One series and is a YA novel about a teen who has a brain injury. Lorna has a good friend who, like Madeline, fell off her bike and now has a brain injury. She inspired Lorna to write about Madeline. Lorna is excited for the Red Maple nomination because it encourages students to think. By the way, reading is one of Lorna’s favourite things to do. Fragile Bones: Harrison and Anna was nominated in 2016 and Born With: Erika and Gianni in 2017. Lorna is looking forward to hearing from the students about their views on the two new characters featured in Bent Not Broken: Madeline and Justin. Lorna’s books are about diversity and friendships and family and emotions and feelings and… the ups and downs in life. We all have those ups and downs, and we’re all different. Lorna lives in Edmonton with her hubbie and two dogs, a whiny bichon shih tzu, and a naughty puppy she rescued from Mexico. Over the years she has been a television co-host and reporter, radio host and reporter, theatre and murder mystery actor, fitness coordinator and rowing coach. Whew! Thankfully, now she is full-time writer!|
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|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Hawk||11:15||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.
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Laura Monster Crusher||11:15||Wesley King is an award-winning Canadian author and speaker. He has published seven novels so far, including the Red Maple Award Winner The Vindico, which has been optioned for film and television, and OCDaniel, which won the Edgar Award, Silver Birch Award, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. OCDaniel has also been translated for release around the globe.|
In Spring 2018 he will be releasing A World Below as well as some to-be-announced projects. He loves hearing from readers and speaks actively in schools across North America.
Wesley lives in a century-old saltbox home on the ocean in Ostrea Lake, Nova Scotia.
|2018-05-15||12:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Run||13:45||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.
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Secret Path||11:15||Jeff Lemire is the award winning, New York Times Bestselling author of such graphic novels as Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Underwater Welder and Roughneck as well as co-creator of Descender with Dustin Nguyen, Black Hammer with Dean Ormston and Plutona with Emi Lenox and AD: After Death with Scott Snyder.|
He also collaborated with celebrated musician Gord Downie on the graphic novel and album The Secret Path, which was made into an animated film in 2016. Jeff has won numorous awards including an Eisner Award and Juno Award in 2017. Jeff has also written extensively for both Marvel and DC Comics.
Many of his books are currently in development for film and television, including both Descender and A.D. After Death at Sony Pictures, Essex County at the CBC and Plutona at Waypoint Entertainment, for which Lemire is writing the screenplay.
He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and son and their troublesome pug, Lola.
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Short for Chameleon||11:15||Vicki Grant has been called “a superb storyteller” (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre) and “one of the funniest writers working today” (The Vancouver Sun). She began her career creating ads for Chiat/Day and McCann-Erickson then moved on to writing television scripts for Theodore Tugboat, Big Comfy Couch and her own Gemini Award-winning preschool series Scoop & Doozie. Her first middle grade novel, THE PUPPET WRANGLER, was based on her experience in the TV industry. Since then, her novels have won The Red Maple, The Arthur Ellis Award and CBC’s Young Canada Reads as well as been shortlisted for Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year and numerous Forest of Reading awards. SHORT FOR CHAMELEON, Vicki’s Red Maple-nominated comic mystery, has been named a CCBC Best Book for Kids and will soon be published in France. Her latest YA novel, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU, has been sold to over 20 territories internationally. Acquiring UK publisher – and editor of six Harry Potter novels – Emma Matthewson said of the book, “It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything so sharp, funny and brave.” Vicki lives in Halifax where she is at work on her 18th novel.|
|2018-05-15||12:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Summer’s End||13:45||JOEL A. SUTHERLAND is a mild-mannered children and youth services librarian by day, and a speculative fiction writer and editor by night. His greatest professional satisfaction is getting the right books into the right little hands. He has written four collections in the Haunted Canada series, for which he has won the Hackmatack and OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Awards, and Summer’s End, a thrilling novel, which is currently nominated for the OLA Red Maple Award. In fall 2017, Scholastic Canada launched his new fiction series called Haunted, which R.L. Stine reviewed as “…CHILLING. Loved it!” He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and children, a golden-doodle and a mountain of books.|
|2018-05-15||10:15||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Way Back Home||11:15||Allan was raised by a single mom and grew up in Bruce County, Sarnia and London, Ontario. Since then, he’s lived in New York, Montreal, Vancouver and Switzerland – but mostly Toronto.|
After starting as an actor, Allan became a playwright, then an arts school drama head, and since 2000, a novelist. His books have won many awards (including the Red Maple Award for The Dogs) and have been published in over twenty countries. You can read about them at his website.
Aside from his three cats, Allan loves to travel and have been to forty countries around the world. Here are the top ten things I’ll never forget:
1) Swimming with sharks in Cuba.
2) Wandering alone in a pyramid in Egypt
3) White-water rafting in the Rockies
4) Taking a balloon ride with his eighty-year-old mom in Cappadocia, Turkey
5) Waking up to find an elephant beside his tent in Botswana
6) Skiing opposite the Matterhorn
7) Hiking along the Great Wall of China
8) Crawling through Viet Cong tunnels in Vietnam
9) Seeing Buddhist temples in Thailand and Cambodia
10) Eating a mopani worm in Zimbabwe
|2018-05-15||12:45||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Winnowing||13:45||Vikki grew up in Woodstock, Ontario. As a child, Vikki enjoyed reading, singing, figure skating, and hunting for treasures at flea markets. In fact, she still enjoys all of these things! Vikki once added an “e” to her middle name (Lynn) to be more like Anne Shirley and in grade seven she wanted to be Dana Scully (from The X-Files). She has worked at a golf course, movie theatre, library, bookstore, bakery and at a number of summer camps. Vikki currently lives in Toronto with too many books and her cat, Barb. When not writing, she can be found at Penguin Random House Canada as the marketing director for the young readers’ program. She is the author of the best-selling Benji and Clarissa books (WORDS THAT START WITH B, LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD, DAYS THAT END IN Y), the Red Maple-nominated SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS, and the picture book IF I HAD A GRYPHON, which was a finalist for a number of awards, including The Blue Spruce.|
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|2018-05-15||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined||14:00||Danielle Younge-Ullman is the author of Everything Beautiful is not Ruined, which was published by Penguin Random House, US & Canada, 2017. Everything Beautiful is not Ruined has also been published in France, the UK, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Holland, and is shortlisted for the ALA’s Best Fiction Young Adult of 2017, and the Prix Jeunesse des Libraires du Quebec, 2017. Danielle’s other work includes the YA novel, Lola Carlyle’s 12 Step Romance (Entangled Teen/Macmillan, 2015), the adult novel, Falling Under, (Penguin 2008), and her short story, “Reconciliation” was published in Modern Morsels, a McGraw-Hill Anthology for young adults in 2012.|
Danielle studied English and Theatre at McGill University in Montreal, then worked as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs—everything from working on the stage and in independent films, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates. She now lives with her husband and two daughters in Toronto in a house that seems to need constant renovation.
|2018-05-15||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||EXO||14:00||Fonda Lee is the award-winning author of the young adult science fiction novels Exo, its forthcoming sequel Cross Fire, and her acclaimed debut, Zeroboxer. Her books have been named Junior Library Guild Selection, ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, Andre Norton Award finalist, and been included on a number of state award lists. She is also the author of the the Green Bone Saga, an epic gangster fantasy series for adults, beginning with Jade City. Fonda has spoken and taught at conventions and conferences around the country. She is a recovering corporate strategist, a black belt martial artist, and an action movie aficionado. Born in Calgary, she is a former Torontonian who now lives in Portland, Oregon. She loves a good Eggs Benedict.|
|2018-05-15||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Fashion Committee||12:30||Susan Juby’s most recent novel is The Fashion Committee. She is the author of eleven books, including Republic of Dirt, winner of the 2016 Leacock Medal for Humour, The Truth Commission, winner of the BC Book Award and the Amy Mathers Award for best teen book in Canada, and The Woefield Poultry Collective, nominated for the Leacock Medal. Her novels have been published all over the world and been nominated for many awards, including the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Alice, I Think, named one of the essential 40 Young Adult novels by Rolling Stone Magazine and adapted into a CTV/Comedy Network television series.|
Susan holds a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University and teaches at Vancouver Island University. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
|2018-05-15||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Girl Mans Up||14:00||M-E Girard lives just outside Toronto, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender. Her debut novel Girl Mans Up (September 2016, HarperTeen | HarperCollins Canada), was a William C . Morris YA Debut Award finalist and a Lambda Literary Award winner. You can find her online at http://www.megirard.com and all over social media.|
|2018-05-15||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Marrow Thieves||12:30||Cherie Dimaline is the author of the novels Red Rooms, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy, and the collection of short stories titled A Gentle Habit.|
In addition to writing, Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH, and Muskrat magazines. She was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year – Ontario Premier’s Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence – Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. Cherie also held the position of Writer in Residence for First Nations House at the University of Toronto. She sits on numerous literary and arts boards and
councils and continues to advocate for Indigenous literature and writers globally, work which has taken her from the Banff, Alberta to Gujurat, India.
Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering and is building a national Indigenous literary organization. Her latest work, a dystopian YA novel The Marrow Thieves was released by Cormorant Books in the spring of 2016 and has been shortlisted for both the 2017 Kirkus Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
|2018-05-15||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Optimists Die First||12:30||Susin Nielsen is the award-winning author of five young adult novels. She got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom. Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. We Are All Made of Molecules, published in 2015, was longlisted for UK’s Carnegie Medal and nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Nielsen’s latest novel, Optimists Die First, came out in February 2017. It has received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The School Library Journal and Quill & Quire. Her books have been translated into many languages. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.|
|2018-05-15||13:10||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Speed of Life||14:00||J. M. Kelly is the pen name for the writer, actress, and playwright Joelle Anthony. Born in Portland, Oregon, she now lives in British Columbia. She spent her childhood with her nose in a book, often in the backseat of whatever old car her dad had at the time. She’s worked as an actress, a Minor League Baseball souvenir hawker, the Easter Bunny, and various other not-so-odd jobs. Now she mostly writes novels, but she still dabbles in sketch comedy, nonfiction, and teaching writing to both kids and adults. Speed of Life is Joelle’s third novel, a White Pine nominee, hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as: a believable portrait of blue-collar teens struggling to make it work against tough odds. She’s also the author of the 2017 Middle Grade novel, A Month of Mondays, which is an OLA Forest Kid Committee Summer Reading List pick. Her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, was long listed for the ALA’s Best New Young Adult Fiction 2010, and chosen as the Feature Title for Cincinnati’s Teen on the Same Page Festival 2012. The Right & the Real, also an ALA’s Best YA Fiction list nominee was named a Bank Street’s 2013 Best Books of the Year. Joelle thinks one of the best parts of being a writer is meeting and chatting with readers, and she’d love to hear from you.|
Book Trailer: SpeedofLife.vimeo.com
|2018-05-15||13:10||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Subject to Change||14:00||Karen Nesbitt is a guidance counsellor with the Lester B. Pearson School Board near Montréal, Québec. In addition to working with teenagers and young adults for over 20 years, she’s the mother of two of her own. Karen spends most of her days immersed in youth culture, and enjoys her clebrity status as the guidance counsellor who is also a published YA author. Karen teaches writing courses for adults in creative nonfiction, short fiction and memoir at the Thomas More Institute in Montreal and is available for school and library visits and classroom writing workshops for “kids” of all ages. She lives with her husband and children in Pierrefonds, Québec, but her first home was Saskatchewan, and Karen believes that her writer’s soul was born on the Canadian prairies, in big sky country. Subject to Change is Karen’s debut novel.|
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