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Andre Marois

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 11 h 30 - 12 h 30 - Tente C/D

Aux toilettes

Né à Créteil, en France, en 1959, André Marois émigre à Montréal avec ses deux enfants en 1992. Depuis 1999, il publie des romans noirs pour les adultes, des romans policiers et de science-fiction pour les enfants et les adolescents, ainsi que des albums pour les plus jeunes. En 2013, son roman Les Voleurs de mémoire a remporté le Prix jeunesse des Libraires du Québec. En 2015, son roman graphique Le voleur de sandwichs, illustré par Patrick Doyon, a gagné le prestigieux Prix du gouverneur général.
 

Andree Poulin

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Manchots au chaud

Andrée Poulin a publié près d’une quarantaine de livres, qui lui ont valu plusieurs distinctions et prix littéraires, notamment le prestigieux prix TD de littérature jeunesse pour l’enfance et la jeunesse pour “”La plus grosse poutine du monde””. Elle a écrit pour tous les âges, de l’album aux romans pour ados. D’abord journaliste, elle a eu un vif plaisir à raconter des histoires vraies. Maintenant auteure, elle a un vif plaisir à raconter des histoires inventées. Depuis une dizaine d’années, elle fait des animations d’auteure dans les écoles et bibliothèques. À chaque matin quand elle se lève, Andrée Poulin se demande comment elle peut donner aux jeunes la passion de lire.
 

Andree Poulin and Boum

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Une cachette pour les bobettes

Andrée Poulin a publié près d’une quarantaine de livres, qui lui ont valu plusieurs distinctions et prix littéraires, notamment le prestigieux prix TD de littérature jeunesse pour l’enfance et la jeunesse pour “La plus grosse poutine du monde”. Elle a écrit pour tous les âges, de l’album aux romans pour ados. D’abord journaliste, elle a eu un vif plaisir à raconter des histoires vraies. Maintenant auteure, elle a un vif plaisir à raconter des histoires inventées. Depuis une dizaine d’années, elle fait des animations d’auteure dans les écoles et bibliothèques. À chaque matin quand elle se lève, Andrée Poulin se demande comment elle peut donner aux jeunes la passion de lire. Boum est une bédéiste, illustratrice et animatrice vivant à Montréal, Canada. Elle a étudié sept ans en dessin animé, d’abord au cégep du Vieux-Montréal, puis à l’université Concordia. Ses films d’animation ont été présentés partout dans le monde et ont remporté plusieurs prix, mais dernièrement, elle se consacre entièrement à la bande dessinée. Non, c’est pas vrai, elle se consacre entièrement à sa nouvelle job de maman et fait de la bande dessinée pendant les heures de sieste.
 

Andrée Poulin

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 11:30am-12:30pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Biggest Poutine in the World

If she could, Andrée Poulin would read from morning to night. Her love of reading is what brought her to writing. After working as a journalist for many years, she worked in international development. She has written over 30 books for children of all ages. Many have won awards, most notably the TD Children’s Literature Award (French language) for La plus grosse poutine du monde, now translated into English and published by Annick Press as The Biggest Poutine in the World (Spring 2016). Her stories deal with friendship, empathy, tolerance, poverty, and solidarity. Andrée Poulin believes books can change the world. By setting her stories in Canada, Africa, and Asia, she takes her readers on adventures in discovering other cultures. Her latest book with Annick Press, Pablo Finds a Treasure (Fall 2016), gently introduces young readers to the plight of children their age who live in poverty. The author loves to share with children her passion for reading and her pleasure for writing. She writes a blog, reviews books for the National Reading Campaign, and gives workshops for youth in schools and libraries. Andrée was born and raised in Orléans, Ontario. She now lives in Gatineau, Quebec.
 

Angele Delaunois

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Je suis heureux!

Avec plus de 90 publications pour la jeunesse à son actif, Angèle Delaunois est une auteure phare dan le monde la littérature. Son style fluide et précis sait capturer l’émotion et la faire partager. Habituée par une intense curiosité, Angèle écrit des documentaires, des albums, des contes, des nouvelles, des romans, des récits, de la poésie. Elle rejoint un lectorat très vaste, des enfants du préscolaire aux jeunes adultes. Plusieurs de ses livres sont devenus des classiques et sont traduits en douze langues. La plupart de ses oeuvres ont obtenu des distinctions importantes, dont le Prix du Gouverneur Général, le prix des Univers Parallèles et le prix de l’Association des professeurs de français du Québec.
 

Annie Bacon

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5/18/2017 - 11 h 15 - 12 h 15 - Tente C/D

Le gardien des soirs de bridge 01: Sous le divan

Née à Montréal 1974, Annie Bacon passe sa jeunesse en banlieue à rêver de lieux plus exotiques. Ayant compris, comme Jaques Brel, qu’elle ne pourrait être Vasco de Gama, elle décide plutôt d’amener les autres en voyages au fil de son imagination. Si c’est en jeux vidéo qu’elle a fait ses premières armes, ce n’est que pour mieux plonger ses lecteurs au plein cœur de l’action et de l’aventure. On plonge dans les livres d’Annie Bacon comme Alice dans le terrier du lapin blanc. Les univers qu’elle crée se démarquent par leur originalité et un sens du merveilleux qui brouille les limites entre imaginaire et réel. Son roman Victor Cordi Cycle 1, Livre 1: L’anomalie maléfique avait été listé pour le prix Tamarac en 2015 Le gardien des soirs de bridge T1: Sous le divan est son 12e roman
 

Arianne Gagnon-Roy

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5/18/2017 - 11 h 15 - 12 h 15 - Tente C/D

Un voyage inattendu

Née à Montréal en 1991, Arianne Gagnon-Roy a passé la majeure partie de sa vie à Edmundston. Passionnée par la lecture, elle complète un baccalauréat en Études françaises de l’Université St-Thomas et se spécialise avec une maîtrise en sciences de l’information à l’Université d’Ottawa. À partir de 19 ans, elle écrit ses premiers romans, une trilogie intitulée Les mystères de Blandy (Éditions de la Francophonie, 2011-2013). Nominée dans le volet jeunesse Antonine Maillet pour sa pièce de théâtre, De l’autre côté du miroir (2011), elle a aussi remporté le prix Hackmatack, le choix des jeunes pour son premier roman.
 

Arthur Slade

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Flickers

Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of eighteen novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada.

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Caroline Merola

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Comme ci, comme ça!

Caroline Merola vit à Montréal. Elle est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en beaux-arts de l’Université Concordia. Elle a travaillé réalisé des illustrations pour des livres scolaires, des affiches et des magazines tant au Canada qu’aux Etats-Unis. Elle a aussi publié des bandes dessinées, qui ont connu beaucoup de succès. Aujourd’hui, Caroline Merola se consacre entièrement aux livres jeunesse. Elle a plus de 40 titres à son actif pour lesquels elle est à la fois l’auteure et l’illustratrice. Elle rencontre régulièrement des enfants dans les écoles et les bibliothèques pour leur parler de son travail. Ses livres ont été traduits en anglais, en tchèque, en espagnol, en coréen et en arabe ! Elle est également directrice de collection aux éditions Bayard. En 2011, elle est lauréate du prix du Gouverneur Général, dans la catégorie illustration jeunesse, après avoir été finaliste en 2007 et en 2008.
 

Caroline Pignat

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Shooter

This Irish born Canadian writer is best known for her historical fiction and free verse novels. Back in high school, Caroline wrote a short story for her Writer’s Craft class that many years later became her novel Greener Grass, winner the 2009 Governor General’s Award. The Gospel Truth won her a second Governor General’s Award in 2015 and was a 2016 Red Maple Honour Book. With over 20 years experience as a teacher and author, Caroline continues to teach and explore the craft through her classes, workshops, and current work-in-progress. Caroline believes that every person has a story to tell — and she loves helping us discover it.
 

Casey Lyall

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Howard Wallace, P.I.

Casey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Southwestern Ontario. She works at her local library where she waits for Management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. When she’s not writing, Casey loves to bake, play with her cats, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.
 

Casey Lyall

Essar Centre- Ice level
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19-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

Howard Wallace, P.I.

Casey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Southwestern Ontario. She works at her local library where she waits for Management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. When she’s not writing, Casey loves to bake, play with her cats, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.

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Danielle Daniel

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:45am-12:45pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox

Danielle Daniel is the author and illustrator of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (Groundwood Books), a finalist for the First Nation Community Reads Award and one of NY Public Library’s most notable books for 2015. Her second children’s book, Once in a Blue Moon (Groundwood Books), is forthcoming fall 2017. Danielle is currently working on a novel and completing an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. She writes and paints in Sudbury, Ontario.
 

Danielle Loranger

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5/18/2017 - 11 h 15 - 12 h 15 - Tente C/D

Une étoile sur la dune

Danielle Loranger est une artiste peintre née à Trois-Rivières, Québec. Elle a toujours eu cette passion pour raconter des histoires à travers le dessin et la peinture. Après dix ans d’enseignement au Québec, elle s’installe à Terre-Neuve en 1989 et se consacre à temps plein à la peinture. Là-bas, elle développe un attachement profond aux gens et à la culture. Elle participe à de nombreuses expositions et inaugure son propre studio d’art, LES ATELIERS LORANGER. Elle y demeure avec son mari et ses deux enfants jusqu’en 1999. Puis la famille déménage au Nouveau-Brunswick. Elle vit maintenant à Boudreau-Ouest, près de la mer, et continue de découvrir, avec bonheur, la riche culture du peuple Acadien. Avec la publication de son premier livre, ”Une étoile sur la dune”, Danielle Loranger joint ses mots à ses pinceaux pour raconter une merveilleuse et exigeante histoire d’amour.
 

Deborah Hodge and Karen Reczuch

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 11:30am-12:30pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet

Deborah Hodge is the author of more than twenty-five books for young readers. Many of her books are nonfiction, with a focus on nature and wildlife, or stories of the past. She also writes picture books. Some of her titles have won awards and been published in other countries. She loves to imagine kids in faraway places turning the pages of one of her books. Before Deborah was an author, she was a teacher. She always remembers her students and tries to write books that they would enjoy. Deborah lives in Vancouver with her family. She feels lucky to visit the west coast of Vancouver Island every summer, where she is inspired by the giant trees of an ancient rainforest and the endless stretch of ocean and sky. In her travels, she often sees the eagles, bears, whales and other wild creatures she writes about in West Coast Wild. Karen Reczuch has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Loon by Susan Vande Griek won the TD Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Picture Book Award and the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Information Book Award. It was also named a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Karen’s other publications include The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize. Karen’s work includes scientific, historical and archeological illustration, and it has been exhibited internationally.
 

Don Calame

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Dan vs. Nature

Don Calame is an accomplished screenwriter and the award-winning author of four novels, Swim the Fly (Candlewick Press, 2009), Beat the Band (Candlewick Press, 2011), Call the Shots (Candlewick Press, 2013) and Dan Versus Nature (Candlewick Press, 2016). Don has written screenplays for Universal Studios, Marvel Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures and the Disney Channel. He was the screenwriter for Employee of the Month (Lions Gate Films, 2006) and Hounded (Gaylord Films/Disney Channel, 2001). In 2009 the film rights for Swim the Fly were optioned by Paramount Pictures and Don was hired to write the screenplay based on his novel. Don’s writing awards and nominations include the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, the Nevada Young Reader’s Award, the Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award, IndieBound Kids Next List, and the YALSA Popular Paperbacks Top Ten. Don lives with his wife and two dogs in the Pacific Northwest.

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E.K. Johnston

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Exit, Pursued by a Bear & A Thousand Nights

E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes. Her books range from contemporary fantasy (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from small town Ontario (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), to a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka). She has no plans to rein anything in. E.K. Johnston is represented by Adams Literary.
 

Elizabeth MacLeod

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Vanished: True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances

I’m really nosy so I love writing non-fiction. I like sharing with kids the amazing facts and secrets I uncover. As a kid in Thornhill, Ontario, being a writer never crossed my mind — I was interested in science. But writing was already part of my life. After dinner on school nights, my two brothers and I would trudge up to our rooms, close our doors and start our homework — or so our parents thought. A few minutes later, a piece of paper would slide under my door. One of my brothers had drawn a picture, usually of some weird creature. I couldn’t draw, so I’d respond by writing a story, often about a mad scientist or space alien. I’d slip the story under my brother’s door and — well, not much homework got done. I loved writing Vanished because I could dig into mysteries that I’d wondered about for years. I visited Alcatraz prison a few years ago (you can read about the convicts who escaped — or did they?? — from the famous penitentiary), as well as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It’s sad to look at the walls there with their empty frames. Someday I hope to visit Russia and see the incredible Amber Room. I live in Toronto, Ontario, with my husband, Paul and our cat Cosimo. While I write, Cosimo is usually sprawled across my desk — often on the book I need for research!
 

Ella Burakowski

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Hidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust

Ella Burakowski was born to Holocaust survivors, Shoshana Gold and Fishl Burakowski, who met after the war in Foehrenwald, a displaced person’s camp in Germany. Together they smuggled on an Aliyah Bet ship to make a new life for themselves in Israel. Ella and her older sister Sarah, were born in Israel. In 1959, when Ella was two years old, her family moved to Toronto where Ella grew up. Ella’s mother died when she was 14 years old, long before she ever had the opportunity of knowing her mother’s harrowing story of survival. Ella felt compelled to write Hidden Gold while her uncle David Gold, was still able to describe their family’s terrifying struggle during the Holocaust. As a second-generation survivor, Ella is aware that she is a unique link to the past and the future. She speaks to audiences about her family’s story in the hopes of teaching and influencing for the better, the next generations. Today Ella lives with her husband of 33 years, Marshall Cohen, in a North Toronto home. She works full-time as the Operations Manager at The Canadian Jewish News (The CJN) and has been writing an advice column in The CJN since 1995.
 

Ellen Schwartz

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Heart of a Champion

Eight Facts about Ellen Schwartz I was born in Washington, DC, grew up in New Jersey, and moved to British Columbia in the 1970s as a hippie back-to-the-lander. My husband and I built our own cabin and grew a huge vegetable garden and raised chickens and honeybees. I have published 16 books for children and one book for adults. I love to write because it’s so much fun. I hate to write because it’s so hard. I avoid writing until a story forces me to write it. I have published about 150 magazine articles. I teach adults how to write stories for children at Douglas College. I love to dance, bake bread and hike. I love dancing even more than I love writing. I have two grown daughters and one granddaughter. I live with my husband and my very old dog, Maggie, in Burnaby, BC. I walk every day in Deer Lake Park, a large park near my house, and often get story ideas while walking. I say my story ideas out loud and people sometimes look at me strangely.
 

Elliott Seah

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 11:30am-12:30pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Elliott's Guide to Dinosaurs

Elliott was born in Quebec City in 2006 but he now calls Montreal home. He lives with his parents, big brother Ben, budgie Olli and four frogs. He and his family speak French and English. Despite the fact that he is only 10 years old, he currently attends Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Secondary 1 (grade VII). He has chosen to enter a Latin program to prepare for his future studies in science, particularly paleontology.Elliott began to read at the age of 3 and developed his passion for dinosaurs shortly thereafter. In 2014, through the gifted program at his school board, he received private lessons on the subject. He then decided to write an intermediate level book about dinosaurs that would fill a gap and hoped it would appeal to young readers. At the age of 8, he took a series of workshops at McGill University to further his knowledge of paleontology.Elliott is interested in many things besides dinosaurs. He started to play the cello at the age of 4, competes at a national level and is now principal cellist in a youth orchestra. He loves to travel and visit museums, his favourite being the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta. In his spare time, Elliott plays board games, trains his budgie, listens to classical music and reads on a variety of subjects. Elliott is also part of the elite fencing team at his school.When he grows up, Elliott hopes to work as a paleontologist and to spend his spare time teaching cello.Elliott’s Guide to Dinosaurs is his first book which was first published in French as Petit guide des dinosaures. He is currently working on a second book about the human body.Website: www.paleodinos.jimdo.com
 

Emmanuelle Bergeron

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Cinq sportives de talent

Lorsque j’étais jeune, j’ai fait de l’athlétisme. Ma discipline favorite était le 800 mètres. Courir vite, être capable de repousser ses limites et battre son propre record est une sensation merveilleuse. J’ai voulu tracer le portrait de ces sportives talentueuses pour qui l’activité physique faisait partie de leur vie. Si elles ont réussi, c’est qu’elles y trouvaient un réel plaisir, malgré des années de discipline et des choix parfois difficiles. Ces filles ont connu des parcours exceptionnels et elles sont devenues des modèles pour des milliers de femmes partout dans le monde.J’ai écrit deux autres livres qui tracent le portrait d’hommes et de femmes scientifiques inspirants qui ont marqué notre histoire. Tout comme ces personnages, je suis moi aussi une curieuse et une amoureuse de la nature. C’est pour cette raison que j’ai étudié en biologie. Cela m’a ouvert des portes pour comprendre le monde qui nous entoure.J’ai grandi à Montréal et j’habite aujourd’hui à Chicoutimi. Je suis journaliste scientifique. J’écris sur toutes sortes de sujets scientifiques pour des musées, des magazines et des sites internet. J’aime partager toutes les fabuleuses découvertes qui se font en science et les expliquer simplement.
 

Eric Fan and Terry Fan

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:00am-12:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Night Gardener

Brothers Eric and Terry Fan both 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. The Night Gardener is their first picture book, which they wrote and illustrated in collaboration. They also created the interior art for The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens by Henry Clark (Little, Brown) the cover art for The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (Little, Brown) and the illustrations for Chris Hadfield’s The Darkest Dark (Tundra, Penguin Random House, Little, Brown, and Macmillan Books). Upcoming books include The Antlered Ship, Dashka Slater (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, Fall 2017) Ocean Meets Sky, by the Fan Brothers (Simon & Schuster, Summer 2018) and Scarecrow, by Beth Ferry (HarperCollins, 2019)
 

Erin Bow

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Scorpion Rules

Erin Bow is the author of two books of poetry and four novels for young readers. Two are stand-alone fantasies – Plain Kate and Sorrow’s Knot – and two are a science fiction duology – The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders. Though a lifelong reader, Erin chose to study physics at university, and as a student worked at the CERN supercollider near Geneva Switzerland. After leaving scientific research behind, she combined a love of physics with a love of words to become a science writer. She also spent more time on her poetry, winning the CBC Literary Award in English Language poetry when she was still in her 20s. She turned began to write novels as well, and her first three books won three major awards. (The fourth still faces an award season.) Born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in the American Midwest, Erin emigrated to Canada twenty years ago, to marry her husband James Bow, who is also a YA writer. When she’s not reading and writing, Erin likes amateur astronomy, cooking, gardening, and geeky media like Marvel and Doctor Who. She lives in Kitchener/Waterloo, where she writes out of her garden shed. She and James have two young daughters.
 

Etta Kaner and David Anderson

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth about Animals That People Love to Hate

Etta Kaner writes for both children and educators. The majority of her children’s books are non-fiction and have been translated into many languages. A number of her books have won awards, namely, the Silver Birch award, the Henry Bergh award, the Animal Behaviour Society award, Scientific American Young Readers Book award and the Science in Society Book award. While her earlier books were inspired by her two daughters, many of her later books have been inspired by the elementary school students that she teaches. Etta lives in Toronto, Ontario. I grew up on a ranch in South African, where I came in contact with all sorts of wonderful animals from vervet monkeys to black and white rhinos. I was sent to boarding school when I was five years old as there were no schools close by. I missed being at home and in the bush while I was away and spent a lot of my time drawing all sorts of things, but mostly animals and people. After leaving university, I joined a newspaper as their political cartoonist and illustrator. I worked for quite a few newspapers and then decided along with my wife and three boys to move to Canada. We were all delighted to be accepted into this wonderful country and arrived in Toronto in 1990. I have worked here as an illustrator and cartoonist ever since. I also write for young people, mostly stories about nature and animals. I have had two books of short stories published, “Whispers from The Bushveld” [Bushveld is what they call the African savanna in that part of the world] and “More Tales from The Bushveld” that are recommended reading in the South African Schools. I have also had several stories and a one act play accepted into the school curriculum there. I enjoy illustrating other people’s books and my latest project has been illustrating Friend or Foe by Etta Kaner. Drawing such things as scary leeches and friendly leeches, or nice vultures and disgusting vultures has been an exciting challenge. I love teaching art/drawing and have run several workshops in schools and libraries. I have also taught cartooning classes for children and adults.

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Frank Viva

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Sea Change

Frank came to illustration through fine art, design through illustration and writing through design. He is a frequent cover artist for The New Yorker magazine and his first book, published by Little, Brown (New York), was a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection. His fourth book, Young Frank, Architect, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department. Translated from the original English into ten languages, it has gone on to win recognition from American Illustration, AIGA, Communication Arts and has been cited on many ‘Best of 2014’ lists. His first full-length novel, Sea Change,came out in 2016. The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life magazine included it on their most anticipated spring books lists and Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review. Recent lectures and presentations include The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Apple Store (Grand Central Station) and Oakland University.

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Guillaume Perreault

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Le bedon de Madame Loubidou

Guillaume débute sa carrière en tant que graphiste, mais se tourne rapidement vers l’illustration à la pige. Ses oeuvres servent au domaine de l’édition dans plusieurs romans illustrés et albums jeunesse, mais il travaille aussi avec divers clients du milieu culturel et publicitaire. Avec deux livres à titre d’auteur, Guillaume explore aussi le monde de l’écriture et de la bande dessinée et ne compte pas s’arrêter là. Son travail est souvent décrit comme étant calculé et réfléchit, mais vivant et grouillant de personnage aux formes personnalité. Selon lui, chaque projet et sujet dicte une intention ou une émotion différente, il est donc important pour Guillaume d’écouter ceux-ci et d’ajuster son travail en conséquence. C’est pourquoi il alterne ses techniques de création en passant du crayon de bois, à l’encre et souvent par le numérique. Natif de Rimouski, il habite présentement à Gatineau.
 

Guillaume Perreault

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Le facteur de l'espace

Guillaume débute sa carrière en tant que graphiste, mais se tourne rapidement vers l’illustration à la pige. Ses oeuvres servent au domaine de l’édition dans plusieurs romans illustrés et albums jeunesse, mais il travaille aussi avec divers clients du milieu culturel et publicitaire. Avec deux livres à titre d’auteur, Guillaume explore aussi le monde de l’écriture et de la bande dessinée et ne compte pas s’arrêter là. Son travail est souvent décrit comme étant calculé et réfléchit, mais vivant et grouillant de personnage aux formes personnalité. Selon lui, chaque projet et sujet dicte une intention ou une émotion différente, il est donc important pour Guillaume d’écouter ceux-ci et d’ajuster son travail en conséquence. C’est pourquoi il alterne ses techniques de création en passant du crayon de bois, à l’encre et souvent par le numérique. Natif de Rimouski, il habite présentement à Gatineau.

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Hazel Hutchins

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:00am-12:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Snap!

Hazel has always loved stories and writing. In Grade Three she wrote a story about an ant and she still often starts with something small..like a broken crayon…and uses it as a jumping off place to a larger idea. This especially happens when she is writing picture books. She also writes chapter books, many of which have appeared on Forest of Reading lists, and stories for magazines such as ChickaDee/Owl. Hazel grew up on farms in southern Alberta and later moved to the mountain town of Canmore where she still lives and still loves to write. She also loves her new grandson and looks forward to colouring with him as soon as he is old enough not to eat the crayons. Inspiration for the Story There really is a boy named Evan who was totally outraged when his crayon broke. It was a wonderful moment when he suddenly realized amazing new possibilities to be discovered. Hurrah for Evan! And hurrah for the Blue Spruce program. Have a wonderful time reading and voting—everyone.
 

Helaine Becker

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19-May-2017 - 1:00-2:00 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

National Geographic Kids Everything Space & Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 70 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 alsowrites 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.
 

Helaine Becker

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

National Geographic Kids Everything Space & Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 70 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 alsowrites 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.
 

Helaine Becker

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

National Geographic Kids Everything Space & Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 70 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.

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Isabelle Larouche

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 11 h 15 - 12 h 15 - Tente C/D

Le Grand sault iroquois

Native de Chicoutimi, Isabelle Larouche écrit des histoires depuis qu’elle est toute petite. Au chalet familial, alors que ses parents étaient occupés, elle déroulait de longues feuilles d’un rouleau de papeterie pour s’en faire de petits cahiers. Il ne suffisait que d’un crayon, d’un long après-midi de pluie et de beaucoup d’imagination pour qu’elle s’envole ainsi. Puis, quand la visite arrivait, elle livrait «ses journaux» pour qu’on lise ses entrevues avec des grenouilles ou ses histoires de monstres cachés sous l’escalier. Grande voyageuse, puis enseignante pendant plus de quinze ans, Isabelle Larouche poursuit toujours ses rêves de petite fille. Ses amis imaginaires ne l’ont jamais quittée et les longues soirées d’été lui permettent encore de s’envoler comme avant. Maintenant établie à Saint-Eustache, elle écrit pour les jeunes et les moins jeunes des histoires qui sauront les faire rire, frémir ou rêver.

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j wallace skelton

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Transphobia: Deal with it and be a gender transcender

j has never been very good at binaries, and given two choices, generally will say “both!”. j’s committed to creating more choices for more people, and in supporting other people’s choices even when j does not agree with them. j works for the Toronto District School Board’s Gender Based Violence Prevention office, supporting school communities in creating schools without homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny and sexualized violence. There is a great deal of work to do on this! j is also a student, pursuing a PhD in Education, looking for ways to create schools that welcome all gender identities and gender expressions. j’s a parent to three, a bicycle rider, a gardener, and a Pokemon trainer.
 

Jacques Goldstyn

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 11 h 15 - 12 h 15 - Tente C/D

Le Dragon vert: L'enfance de Van

Né au Québec en 1958 Études : Sciences pures Baccalauréat en géologie (Université de Montréal) Collabore au magazine Les Débrouillards depuis 1981, date de parution du premier livre d’expériences : Le Petit Débrouillard (Éditions Québec Science). Ce livre a été suivi d’une vingtaine d’autres livres d’expériences, cahiers d’activités et albums de BD. Création du magazine Je-me-petit-débrouille (1982) qui deviendra par la suite Les Débrouillards – Bandes dessinées mettant en vedette les Débrouillards (une bande de huit jeunes ainsi que la mascotte Beppo, une sympathique grenouille à salopette) • Pomme d’Api : jeux double page « Cherche et trouve », 1999 à 2004 Prix Michael Smith pour la promotion des sciences (2000) Finaliste au prix Bédélys Jeunesse – Ville de Montréal, pour Mille milliards de Débrouillards (2004) Finaliste au prix Bédélys Jeunesse – Ville de Montréal, pour Van l’inventeur (2005) Prix du journalisme indépendant (AJIQ) en illustration éditoriale 2009 et 2011. Finaliste au prix du livre jeunesse des bibliothèques de Montréal (2014) Prix des libraires du Québec (2015) Prix littéraire des enseignants de français 2015 pour l’Arbragan Prix Sorcières 2016 pour l’Arbragan
 

Jess Keating

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19-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals

Jess Keating is an author, zoologist, and certified nerd. She wrote the acclaimed middle grade trilogy ‘My Life is a Zoo’, which earned two starred reviews and a Red Maple nomination. Her playful nonfiction picture book PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH has three companion books to follow, and her first picture book biography SHARK LADY is out in 2017. Jess lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, where she loves hiking, cooking, and writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Jess is also the host of Youtube’s ‘Animals for Smart People’ where she uses her trademark wit and humor to educate viewers about the latest discoveries in science and zoology. You can find her channel here: http://www.youtube.com/c/animalsforsmartpeoplewithjesskeating
 

Jess Keating

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals

Jess Keating is an author, zoologist, and certified nerd. She wrote the acclaimed middle grade trilogy ‘My Life is a Zoo’, which earned two starred reviews and a Red Maple nomination. Her playful nonfiction picture book PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH has three companion books to follow, and her first picture book biography SHARK LADY is out in 2017. Jess lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, where she loves hiking, cooking, and writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Jess is also the host of Youtube’s ‘Animals for Smart People’ where she uses her trademark wit and humor to educate viewers about the latest discoveries in science and zoology. You can find her channel here: http://www.youtube.com/c/animalsforsmartpeoplewithjesskeating
 

Jessica Dee Humphreys and Claudia Dávila

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War

Jessica Dee Humphreys is a writer of non-fiction books for children and adults. Her credits include co-authorship of Child Soldier: How Boys and Girls Are Used in War (Kids Can Press, 2015), They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children (Random House, 2010), and most recently, Waiting for First Light (Random House, 2016). Her work (as author as well as ghostwriter) has appeared in such publications as New York Times and the Globe and Mail. Jessica has a Masters Degree in English Literature from Queen’s University.______Claudia is the former art director of Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, and is the author-illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series The Future According To Luz and the picture book Super Red Riding Hood. Claudia was born in Santiago, Chile, and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband and their two kids.
 

Joel A Sutherland

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Haunted Canada 6: More Terrifying True Stories

Joel A. Sutherland is the author of Be a Writing Superstar and Haunted Canada volumes 4 to 6 (all from Scholastic Canada). In 2017, Scholastic Canada will publish his young adult novel Summer’s End, the first two books in a middle grade series called Screamers, and Haunted Canada 7. His short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Blood Lite II & III (Pocket Books) and Cemetery Dance Magazine, alongside the likes of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. He has served as a juror for the YA category of the Bram Stoker Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, and the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. His Haunted Canada books have won the Silver Birch Award and the Hackmatack Award. Joel is the Children’s & Youth Services Librarian for the Georgina Public Library, and appeared as “The Barbarian Librarian” on the Canadian edition of the hit television show Wipeout. He has a Masters of Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales.
 

Joel A Sutherland

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19-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

Haunted Canada 6: More Terrifying True Stories

Joel A. Sutherland is the author of Be a Writing Superstar and Haunted Canada volumes 4 to 6 (all from Scholastic Canada). In 2017, Scholastic Canada will publish his young adult novel Summer’s End, the first two books in a middle grade series called Screamers, and Haunted Canada 7. His short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Blood Lite II & III (Pocket Books) and Cemetery Dance Magazine, alongside the likes of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. He has served as a juror for the YA category of the Bram Stoker Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, and the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. His Haunted Canada books have won the Silver Birch Award and the Hackmatack Award. Joel is the Children’s & Youth Services Librarian for the Georgina Public Library, and appeared as “The Barbarian Librarian” on the Canadian edition of the hit television show Wipeout. He has a Masters of Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales.
 

Johanne Dion

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5/18/2017 - 13 h - 14 h - Tente C/D

Jeux cruels

Née au Québec, Johanne Dion a grandi dans le quartier de Montréal-Nord. Elle a d’abord travaillé en informatique pendant quinze ans. Passionnée depuis son enfance par les histoires sous toutes leurs formes, Johanne Dion s’est ensuite lancée dans l’écriture pour la jeunesse. Son premier roman paraît en 2008. Sa première série,””Treize””, sort en 2011. Mère de trois grands garçons, l’auteure vit à Laval depuis vingt-cinq ans. Elle s’inspire de la jeunesse d’aujourd’hui pour créer des romans à la fois captivants, intrigants, proches des jeunes et de leurs préoccupations, mais également une source de réflexion. Dans son roman “”Seul dans la tourmente””, elle explore les thèmes de l’intimidation et de la cyberintimidation à travers un suspense palpitant mettant en scène des personnages adolescents crédibles et attachants. Dans “”Jeux cruels””, elle signe une étonnante aventure prenant place dans une résidence de personnes âgées où trois jeunes tentent de démasquer l’individu qui s’acharne à terroriser les résidents. Dans ce dernier roman, Johanne Dion aborde avec tact et réalisme le sujet de la santé mentale. Suspense, policier, mystère sont les genres de prédilection de l’auteure qui accorde beaucoup d’importance à l’élaboration de ses personnages parce qu’ils sont l’âme de ses romans.

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Karen Bass

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

The Hill

Karen Bass has travelled the world, been to other dimensions, and even other planets – in books, at least. After years of only reading books, and then looking after them in a library, she started writing them. And she loves it, especially when she’s writing her favourite kind of action and adventure story. The Hill is her sixth novel. Karen really does travel sometimes, but most days are spent in her office in northwest Alberta, where her cats check on her occasionally, and her husband brings her meals when she’s writing. Her children have all grown up and left home, but they return once in a while to make sure she gets out of the office.
 

Karen Bass

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Hill

Karen Bass has travelled the world, been to other dimensions, and even other planets – in books, at least. After years of only reading books, and then looking after them in a library, she started writing them. And she loves it, especially when she’s writing her favourite kind of action and adventure story. The Hill is her sixth novel. Karen really does travel sometimes, but most days are spent in her office in northwest Alberta, where her cats check on her occasionally, and her husband brings her meals when she’s writing. Her children have all grown up and left home, but they return once in a while to make sure she gets out of the office.
 

Kari-Lynn Winters and Ishta Mercurio

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Bite into Bloodsuckers

Kari-Lynn Winters is an award winning children’s author, playwright, poet and performer. Since 2007, she has over 17 books published with 9 in pre-press production, many have won reader’s choice and literary awards. She is an Associate Professor at Brock University, where she teaches drama-in-education and language arts instruction to teacher candidates. Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, but having spent several years working across Canada and the United States, Kari-Lynn now calls St. Catharines, Ontario home. She lives there with her two children and her three cats. Ishta Mercurio was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She then went to college in the Berkshires, spent a rustic summer on a Maine island, grew up and got married in England, found her home in Scotland, and made a home in Canada. She has been an environmental activist, a barista, a behavior therapist, an actor, and a children’s author. For Ishta, it all boils down to being a storyteller. Bite Into Bloodsuckers is her first book.
 

Kathleen Cherry

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Everyday Hero

Kathleen Cherry lives in Kitimat, B.C, and works as a school psychologist. She has also worked as a school counselor, special education teacher, social studies teacher, English teacher and newspaper reporter. Everyday Hero is Kathleen’s second book. Kathleen’s first children’s book was a picture book entitled Blowing Bubbles. Kathleen’s writing has been featured in Northword, Highlights for Children, Woman, Island Parent, and Teacher. Her post-secondary education was completed through the University of Victoria and she has a B.A. in Creative Writing and history and a Masters of Education in counselling. She took her teaching certification through Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. As well as writing, Kathleen loves to run, hike, travel and read. Kitimat is about a 15 hour drive from Vancouver and is known for snow, bears and aluminum. Kathleen works in School District #82 (Coast Mountain School District) and would be happy to facilitate some form of written exchange between students, if any teachers had interest. This would be possible for English or French Immersion classes. Teachers should contact Kathleen directly through the Author Booking Service if interested.
 

Kathleen Cherry

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19-May-2017 - 1:00-2:00 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

Everyday Hero

Kathleen Cherry lives in Kitimat, B.C, and works as a school psychologist. She has also worked as a school counselor, special education teacher, social studies teacher, English teacher and newspaper reporter. Everyday Hero is Kathleen’s second book. Kathleen’s first children’s book was a picture book entitled Blowing Bubbles. Kathleen’s writing has been featured in Northword, Highlights for Children, Woman, Island Parent, and Teacher. Her post-secondary education was completed through the University of Victoria and she has a B.A. in Creative Writing and history and a Masters of Education in counselling. She took her teaching certification through Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. As well as writing, Kathleen loves to run, hike, travel and read. Kitimat is about a 15 hour drive from Vancouver and is known for snow, bears and aluminum. Kathleen works in School District #82 (Coast Mountain School District) and would be happy to facilitate some form of written exchange between students, if any teachers had interest. This would be possible for English or French Immersion classes. Teachers should contact Kathleen directly through the Author Booking Service if interested.
 

Kathy Stinson

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:00am-12:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Harry and Walter

Kathy Stinson’s love affair with books began when she was a child growing up in Toronto. Her parents fed this love with regular visits to the public library. As an elementary school teacher, reading to her classes after lunch every day was the favourite part of her teaching day. As a parent, she surrounded her own two kids with books, and she began to write. Kathy’s first published books was Red is Best in 1982. Her book, The Man with the Violin, received the 2014 TD Children’s Literature Award, and others. Kathy has enjoyed meeting readers in every province and territory in Canada as well as in the States and Britain. She has worked with many writers across Canada and in Liberia. She also works as an editor and as a volunteer reader and technician at the CNIB recording studio in Toronto. Mother of two, stepmother of two, and grandmother of six, Kathy lives with her partner, Peter Carver, and their dog, Georgia, in Rockwood, Ontario.
 

Katia Canciani

Tente C/D
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5/18/2017 - 13 h - 14 h - Tente C/D

Pique la lune

Quand elle était petite, Katia lisait tout le temps. Or, à force de lire des romans d’aventures, elle a voulu vivre la sienne et elle est donc devenue pilote d’avion. Elle a travaillé dans ce domaine pendant quelques années, puis elle a trouvé une aventure encore plus amusante : devenir maman! Au fil des ans, elle a beaucoup voyagé. C’est d’ailleurs après une escapade en Espagne qu’elle a commencé à écrire. Tout à coup sa tête est devenue un aéroport très achalandé… Les idées y décollaient les unes après les autres! Comme son ciel commençait à se remplir et que c’était dangereux pour la sécurité aérienne, elle a décidé de faire atterrir ces drôles d’avions… sur du papier ! Katia a ainsi publié trente-six de livres pour la jeunesse. Elle occupe son temps à écrire, à piloter des avions et à rencontrer les jeunes dans les écoles.
 

Kelley Armstrong

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Unquiet Past

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She’s the author of The Masked Truth and The Unquiet Past YA thrillers, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Age of Legends YA fantasy series and the Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy adventure trilogy, as well as many books for adults. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
 

Kenneth Oppel

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Nest

Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Airborn which won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature, and was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. Half Brother won both the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children as well as Book of the Year for Young Adults. Oppel’s Silverwing trilogy, told entirely from the point of view of bats, has sold over a million copies worldwide, and was adapted as an animated television series, and a stage play. His latest books are The Nest and Every Hidden Thing.
 

Kevin Sands

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Blackthorn Key

Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, a teacher, and a professional poker player. He lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of the bestselling The Blackthorn Key series.
 

Kevin Sands

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

The Blackthorn Key

Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, a teacher, and a professional poker player. He lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of the bestselling The Blackthorn Key series.
 

Kevin Sylvester

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

MiNRS

Kevin Sylvester is an award winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster. He writes and illustrates everything from murder mysteries and science fiction to books on sports and financial literacy. His sci-fi series MINRs is already a bestseller and critical success. MINRs2 is out October 11, 2016. His Neil Flambé Capers is now at six books. Neil Flambé and the Duel in the Desert is the latest. Super-Duper Monster Viewer is his second picture book. Splinters was released in 2010. Kevin’s non-fiction titles include Follow Your Money, Baseballogy, Sports Hall of Weird and Gold Medal for Weird. AWARDS: MINRs is up for the Red Maple Award and was named a 2016 CLA Honour Book. It’s also up for two categories of the Tome Society Award in Georgia and is nominated for the 2016 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders won the 2011 Silver Birch Award for Fiction. Books 2-4 were also nominated in subsequent years. Splinters was named a Blue Spruce Honour Book in 2013. Kevin has won two other Silver Birch Awards. He won for Non-fiction in 2009 for Gold Medal for Weird, and as the illustrator in 2012 for Don’t Touch That Toad.Toad also won the 2012 Hackmatack.
 

Kevin Sylvester

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

MiNRS

Kevin Sylvester is an award winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster. He writes and illustrates everything from murder mysteries and science fiction to books on sports and financial literacy. His sci-fi series MINRs is already a bestseller and critical success. MINRs2 is out October 11, 2016. His Neil Flambé Capers is now at six books. Neil Flambé and the Duel in the Desert is the latest. Super-Duper Monster Viewer is his second picture book. Splinters was released in 2010. Kevin’s non-fiction titles include Follow Your Money, Baseballogy, Sports Hall of Weird and Gold Medal for Weird. AWARDS: MINRs is up for the Red Maple Award and was named a 2016 CLA Honour Book. It’s also up for two categories of the Tome Society Award in Georgia and is nominated for the 2016 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders won the 2011 Silver Birch Award for Fiction. Books 2-4 were also nominated in subsequent years. Splinters was named a Blue Spruce Honour Book in 2013. Kevin has won two other Silver Birch Awards. He won for Non-fiction in 2009 for Gold Medal for Weird, and as the illustrator in 2012 for Don’t Touch That Toad.Toad also won the 2012 Hackmatack.
 

Kira Vermond

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 11:30 AM -12:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Half-Truths & Brazen Lies: an Honest Look at Lying

Kira received her first (friendly) rejection letter from a kids’ magazine when she was 11, but that didn’t stop her from wanting to be a writer. Today, she’s a busy author and journalist for adults, teens and kids with over 1,500 articles and five books published, including the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction winning Why We Live Where We Live, and Red Maple nominated The Secret Life of Money: A kid’s guide to cash, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, and Growing Up, Inside and Out. She also wrote a money book for grownups that some readers say changed their lives. So, that’s cool. Now Kira and Clayton Hanmer have joined forces again with Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying, a non-fiction book about lies, liars and how to catch them in the act. When she’s not writing, she’s whistling while she works, singing with the windows wide open and cooking tasty stuff. Oh. And drinking coffee. She likes to do that too. Kira lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband, a couple of fabulous kids and a huge dog named Marbles who is both hypoallergenic and hyper-energetic.
 

Kira Vermond and Clayton Hamner

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 11:30am-12:30pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Half-Truths & Brazen Lies: an Honest Look at Lying

Kira received her first (friendly) rejection letter from a kids’ magazine when she was 11, but that didn’t stop her from wanting to be a writer. Today, she’s a busy author and journalist for adults, teens and kids with over 1,500 articles and five books published, including the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction winning Why We Live Where We Live, and Red Maple nominated The Secret Life of Money: A kid’s guide to cash, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, and Growing Up, Inside and Out. She also wrote a money book for grownups that some readers say changed their lives. So, that’s cool. Now Kira and Clayton Hanmer have joined forces again with Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying, a non-fiction book about lies, liars and how to catch them in the act. When she’s not writing, she’s whistling while she works, singing with the windows wide open and cooking tasty stuff. Oh. And drinking coffee. She likes to do that too. Kira lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband, a couple of fabulous kids and a huge dog named Marbles who is both hypoallergenic and hyper-energetic.
 

Kyo Maclear

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:00am-12:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Good Little Book

Kyo Maclear is a beloved children’s author whose books have been published in multiple languages around the world. She was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of four. Kyo now lives in Toronto, Canada, where she shares a home with two children, two cats, a musician and a lot of books. In addition to writing, she likes to listen to music, watch old movies, do yoga, make art and play around in her bright, open kitchen. As well as writing for children, Kyo is a novelist and essayist.

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Leanne Franson

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5/18/2017 - 11 h 30 - 12 h 30 - Tente C/D

Valentin ni trop petit ni trop grand
 

Lena Coakley

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Lena Coakley is the Toronto Star and Globe & Mail bestselling author of Worlds of Ink and Shadow (Harper Collins Canada, 2016), a YA portal fantasy about the young Brontë siblings and the imaginary countries they wrote about in childhood. Her previous YA novel, Witchlanders (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011), won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award, was a finalist for the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, and was a White Pine Award honouree. Lena’s short stories include the widely anthologized YA science-fiction story, “Mirror Image,” and have appeared in the educational anthologies Imprints (Gage Educational Publishers) and Short Stories from Canada (Cornelson), among others. She has twice won second prize twice in the Toronto Star’s Sunday Star Short Story Contest. Her flash fiction story “Cold Spots” was a winner in the latest Pseudopod Flash Fiction Contest and was podcasted on January 1st of this year. Lena lives and writes in Toronto, where she is a frequent volunteer for CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.
 

Liam O'Donnell

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots

Liam O’Donnell is the award-winning creator of 40 books for young readers, including Tank & Fizz, West Meadows Detectives, Max Finder Mystery and Graphic Guide Adventures. He is also an elementary school teacher. When he’s not writing or teaching, Liam loves camping, growing tomatoes, and wishing he owned a cottage. You can visit him anytime at liamodonnell.com and follow @liamodonnell on Twitter where he tweets about reading, writing, games and other geeky stuff.
 

Liam O'Donnell & Mike Deas

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots

Liam O’Donnell is the award-winning creator of 40 books for young readers, including Tank & Fizz, West Meadows Detectives, Max Finder Mystery and Graphic Guide Adventures.He is also an elementary school teacher. When he’s not writing or teaching, Liam loves camping, growing tomatoes and wishing he owned a cottage.You can visit him anytime at liamodonnell.com and follow @liamodonnell on Twitter where he tweets about reading, writing, games and other geeky stuff.Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventure series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College’s Commercial Animation program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family currently live on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.deasillustration.com or follow him on Twitter @DeasIllos.
 

Linda Bailey

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Seven Dead Pirates

Linda Bailey has written 29 much-loved books for kids. As someone who enjoys new challenges, she has tried many different genres: adventure, humour, history, mystery, dog stories, graphic novels, hockey stories and most recently . . . ghost stories! (Writing Seven Dead Pirates was more fun than she’d ever imagined.) Linda’s books have won awards across North America including the California Young Readers Medal, the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards, and the Georgia Picture Book Award. She has traveled around the world — and so have her books! She has two grown daughters, Lia and Tess. She lives in Vancouver, just a short walk from the sea.
 

Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:45am-12:45pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Stanley at School

Linda Bailey has written almost 30 books for kids from three to twelve. The best-loved is probably Stanley’s Party — about a goofy dog named Stanley. It led to five more Stanley books, the latest of which is Stanley at School. Linda’s books have received awards across North America including the California Young Readers Medal, the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards, and the Georgia Picture Book Award. Most recently, her book If Kids Rule the World won the 2016 Blue Spruce. Linda has traveled around the world — and so have her books. She has two grown daughters, Lia and Tess. She lives in Vancouver, just a short walk from the sea. Bill Slavin has been illustrating books ever since Grade 3, when he created his first illustrated story, Zok the Caveman. Since then he has illustrated over 100 books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, including the award-winning Stanley series written by Linda Bailey and Transformed: How Every Day Things are Made, which he co-wrote with his brother Jim Slavin in 2005. More recently Bill has returned to an earlier passion for comics, writing and illustrating a graphic novel trilogy for children called Elephants Never Forget. And this summer his own picture book, Who Broke the Teapot?!, the first picture book he has both written and illustrated since The Stone Lion in 1996, was released by Tundra Books. Two of Bill’s previous books, Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey and Drumheller Dinosaur Dance by Robert Heidbreder, won the Blue Spruce Award in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
 

Lisa J. Lawrence

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Rodent

isa grew up in small towns in British Columbia and Alberta. She could often be found in the library during summer vacations or hammering away at an old typewriter. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Romance Languages, an MA in Italian Studies, and a B.Ed in Secondary Education. Since then, she has taught preschool, post-secondary Italian, and Spanish as a second language. She enjoys the visual and performing arts, the Rocky Mountains and haunting the local library. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband and three children. Rodent is her first novel.
 

Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Born With: Erika and Gianni

Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published over thirty books. She has also 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 who loves to sit at her computer and write stories. She writes for children and has published picture books, middle-grade fiction, YA fiction and also hockey non-fiction. Her books are about kids: and their friendships and school and family life and emotions and feelings and… well, the ups and downs of life. We all have those ups and downs, don’t we? Lorna lives in Edmonton with her hubbie and two dogs, a whiny bichon shih tzu, and a sort-of-naughty puppy she rescued from Mexico.

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Manon Gauthier

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5/18/2017 - 11 h 15 - 12 h 15 - Tente C/D

Poésies pour la vie

Manon Gauthier, illustratrice et collagiste autodidacte, a étudié en arts graphiques, domaine dans lequel elle a œuvré pendant plusieurs années. Depuis 2007 elle a illustré une dizaine d’albums qui lui ont mérité plusieurs prix et nominations au Québec, au Canada, en Europe et en Asie. Parmi ces nominations citons le prestigieux prix littéraire du Gouverneur Général catégorie Illustration Jeunesse pour lequel elle a été finaliste à quatre reprises. En plus de sa production artistique, elle participe à des tournées littéraires dans les écoles du Québec et anime des ateliers de création en art pour les jeunes du primaire et du secondaire.
 

Maria Birmingham

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars

I have always loved to read and write. When I was a kid, I couldn’t get my hands on enough books – everything from non-fiction books about animals or world records to novels by authors like Judy Blume and Gordon Korman. And, in school, my favourite classes were English and Creative Writing. I got my start writing for kids at my first job as the managing editor of Owl Magazine. But I spent a lot of my time editing other people’s work. It wasn’t until more than ten years later that I got the chance to write a book. That was six years ago. I can tell you that when I held that published book in my hands for the first time, I was incredibly excited. Since that first book, I’ve published two more and have another coming out in the Fall of 2017. I also have several more books on the go right now. My mind is always turning – wondering what other stories I might have to tell and who might be interested in reading them. When I’m not busy writing, you’ll find me hanging out with my family. We like to ride our bikes, head to the cottage, and catch up on our favourite TV shows together.
 

Marianne Dumas

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Le pêcheur et le renard

Il était une fois une petite fille avec des longs cheveux bruns tressés, des taches de rousseur et les yeux d’un bleu perçant remplis d’espoir et d’imagination. Elle rêvait d’écrire des livres, d’enseigner les arts et d’être « dompteuse de cirque ». Aujourd’hui, elle est enseignante, elle se crée tout un cirque et… elle écrit son premier livre !
 

Martine Leavitt

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:30am-12:30pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Calvin

Martine Leavitt has published ten novels for young adults, most recently Calvin. My Book of Life by Angel was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Horn Book Fanfare book, a Booklist best book of the year, and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year. Other titles by Leavitt include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Currently she teaches creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a short-residency MFA program. She lives in High River, Alberta.
 

Mary Beth Leatherdale

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City

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.
 

Maureen Fergus & Dušan Petričić

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16-May-2017 - 11:45am-12:45pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Invisibill

Maureen is the author of eight picture books including Invisibill and The Buddy and Earl series, and six novels including The Gypsy King trilogy. Her books, which have been translated into half a dozen languages, have been nominated or shortlisted for awards including The Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and The Diamond Willow Reader’s Choice award. Her picture book The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten won the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Blue Spruce award and her middle-grade novel Ortega won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award. Maureen has a bunch of picture books being published over the next couple of years and is hard at work finishing up her latest novel. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, their three kids and Buddy the wonder dog._________Dušan Petričić was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but loved to pretend that he grew up in Zemun, an old city located just across the river (and now a part of Belgrade). As a boy he did all the forbidden things that children do, but what Dušan loved most was to draw.He started drawing at age four and, encouraged by his parents, he never stopped. He found inspiration in everything, and drawing became a way to communicate with the people around him. Two books that were very important to his childhood were an old encyclopedia with lots of pictures and The Boys from Pavel’s Street by Ferenc Molnár. Early on, he was moved by the drawings found within the encyclopedia. As he grew older, he adored many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, and Picasso.Dušan has been illustrating children’s books for many years. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, in North America and internationally, including an IBBY Certificate of Honour and an Alberta Book Award for On Tumbledown Hill (Red Deer Press). The Longitude Prize (FSG) was selected as a Robert F. Siebert Honor Book for a Distinguished Informative Book for Children in the US. His beautiful, evocative illustrations for Mattland (2009) by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert garnered Dušan the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award from the Canadian Library Association as well as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. His illustrations for Better Together (2011) by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro were described as “sublime” by Kirkus Reviews.When it came time to reissue Robert Munsch’s Mud Puddle (2012), Dušan was Annick’s first choice to reillustrate the classic. The results are a fresh and energetic look that will delight a whole new generation of young Munsch fans.Dušan’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and Quill & Quire. Written by Kathy Stinson, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station.Luckily for Dušan, his profession is his favorite hobby and he is happy when at work. To young artists he would give this advice: “Think, think, think, think, draw!” Dušan lives in Toronto where he is a regular contributor as an editorial cartoonist in the Toronto Star.
 

Maxim Cyr

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Victor et Igor 02: Que le meilleur gagne!

Illustrateur montréalais, Maxim Cyr a étudié à l’Université du Québec à Montréal en design graphique. En 2010, il signe avec Karine Gottot la série Les dragouilles, mélange de bandes dessinées et de chroniques sur les grandes villes du monde. Avec cette série, le duo remporte plusieurs prix littéraires canadiens dont le Tamarack Express et le Hackmatack. En 2015, Maxim lance Victor et Igor, une nouvelle série de bandes dessinées humoristiques mettant en vedette deux robots excentriques. Au fil du temps, Maxim a su développer un style bien à lui. Les lignes courbes, épurées et le soin particulier qu’il met à choisir ses couleurs caractérisent son travail. Maxim accorde beaucoup de temps à la création des personnages qui prennent vie sous sa plume et réussit à les rendre particulièrement attachants.
 

Mireille Messier

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Une bestiole à l'école

Mireille Messier est une auteure jeunesse basée à Toronto. Depuis la parution de son premier livre en 1999, Mireille a publié une vingtaine de titres dont plusieurs ont été finaliste pour les prix de la Forêt de la lecture et la sélection Communication-Jeunesse. En plus d’être auteure, Mireille est aussi scénariste, rédactrice, réalisatrice, artiste de voix hors-champs et maman. Quand Mireille n’est pas en train d’écrire, elle lit. Beaucoup. Trop!
 

Mireille Villeneuve

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5/18/2017 - 13 h - 14 h - Tente C/D

Les fantômes de Mingan

Mireille Villeneuve est une auteure et une lectrice passionnée qui vit dans les Laurentides, entourée de chats, de livres et de montagnes. Pour elle, écrire c’est tout une aventure! Son métier d’auteure animatrice l’amène souvent à voyager et à faire un vrai travail de journaliste afin de bien se documenter pour ses projets d’écriture. C’est en faisant des crêpes pour son fils de cinq ans qu’elle a imaginé sa première histoire. Un an plus tard, elle lui offrait en cadeau un mini roman illustré par sa marraine, l’illustratrice Anne Villeneuve. Depuis, Mireille n’a jamais cessé d’écrire. Ses premières histoires dédiées aux jeunes lecteurs sont fantaisistes et se dégustent comme des friandises. Elle espère ainsi leur donner le goût de lire… Même si elle écrit encore des contes illustrés et légèrement sucrés, elle préfère écrire des romans à saveur plus pimentée, pour les plus de 10 ans. Lors de ses voyages et de ses promenades, elle collectionne les légendes et les histoires vraies afin de faire vivre des aventures mystérieuses à ses lecteurs. Elle les invite à voyager dans ses livres et à découvrir les trésors cachés au cœur de ses histoires.

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Nikki Tate

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet

Nikki Tate was born in Birmingham, England, but spent her childhood roaming the globe. She is the author of more than thirty books ranging from picture books to teen fiction. Her non-fiction titles for young readers cover subjects from trees to birthdays, farming, Christmas, housing and biography. Nikki has always enjoyed both writing and telling stories, as well as camping, sailing, kayaking, climbing, and horseback riding. She has worked as a regular book reviewer on CBC Radio’s All Points West, as a professional storyteller, a farmer, a publicist, and for many years was a bookseller at the wonderful independent bookstore, Bolen Books in Victoria, BC. Nikki splits her time between Vancouver Island and Canmore in the Rocky Mountains, but she loves to travel, particularly if she can find some rock or ice to climb or an ocean to sail.
 

Nikki Tate

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet

Nikki Tate was born in Birmingham, England, but spent her childhood roaming the globe. She is the author of more than thirty books ranging from picture books to teen fiction. Her non-fiction titles for young readers cover subjects from trees to birthdays, farming, Christmas, housing and biography. Nikki has always enjoyed both writing and telling stories, as well as camping, sailing, kayaking, climbing and horseback riding. She has worked as a regular book reviewer on CBC Radio’s All Points West, as a professional storyteller, a farmer, a publicist, and for many years was a bookseller at the wonderful independent bookstore, Bolen Books in Victoria, BC. Nikki splits her time between Vancouver Island and Canmore in the Rocky Mountains, but she loves to travel, particularly if she can find some rock or ice to climb or an ocean to sail.

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Paul Roux

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5/18/2017 - 11 h 30 - 12 h 30 - Tente C/D

Le Colosse des neiges de Campbellton

Auteur des séries Ariane et Nicolas, Ernest et de Émilie et illustrateur de la série Les 3 Mousquetaires, Paul Roux a écrit et illustré, à ce jour, plus de 170 livres, romans et albums pour des éditeurs québécois, canadiens et français. Très actif et passionné, il a largement contribué à l’éclosion de la bande dessinée, tant en Outaouais qu’au Québec. Depuis la mise sur pied du seul bac en BD au Canada qu’il a contribué à créer, il enseigne à l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. Il a également fondé et dirigé le Rendez-vous international de la BD de Gatineau pendant 10 ans. Chroniqueur BD pendant de nombreuses années pour le quotidien Le Droit et la radio de Radio-Canada, Paul Roux collabore régulièrement avec les maisons d’éditions Bayard, Bouton d’or Acadie, Vents d’Ouest, Soulières, CFORP, Boomerang, Les 400 coups, Québec Amérique, et plusieurs revues et magazines québécois et ontariens. En septembre 2012, il recevait le prestigieux Dragon Award pour l’album Les toiles mystérieuses. Remis par l’organisation des Joe Shuster Awards, ce prix couronnait la meilleure bande dessinée jeunesse de l’année réalisée au Canada. Récipiendaire de nombreux prix et bourses, Paul Roux a également reçu le prix IParenting Media Award, décerné aux États-Unis en 2006, pour l’album Petit Paul, et ses créations se retrouvent régulièrement dans les palmarès et sélections annuelles des meilleures créations jeunesses québécoises. D’Iqaluit à Yaoundé, en passant par Bruxelles, Paris, Vancouver et Yellowknife, Paul Roux partage son amour des images et des mots avec les lecteurs de tous âges depuis 1981.
 

Philippa Dowding

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Myles and the Monster Outside

Philippa Dowding is a children’s author, a poet, and an award-winning copywriter. Her children’s books have been nominated for literary awards across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She lives in Toronto with her family, where she writes, plays guitar, sails, and walks her dog.
 

Philippa Dowding

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19-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

Myles and the Monster Ouside

Philippa Dowding is a children’s author, a poet, and an award-winning copywriter. Her children’s books have been nominated for literary awards across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She lives in Toronto with her family, where she writes, plays guitar, sails and walks her dog.
 

Philippa Dowding and Shawna Daigle

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Myles and the Monster Outside

Philippa Dowding is a children’s author, a poet, and an award-winning copywriter. Her children’s books have been nominated for literary awards across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She lives in Toronto with her family, where she writes, plays guitar, sails and walks her dog. Shawna Jade Daigle is an illustrator and designer based out of the Toronto area. She studied for 5 years at Sheridan College and has been working in the design and illustration field consistently since graduating in 2011. Her Illustrations have been published in numerous media outlets and she currently has three published children’s books available for purchase. Aside from Illustrating, Shawna has also had her design work published in many different magazines, webpages and can be seen on billboards and signage throughout the GTA. Shawna has also participated in workshops for children, teaching them to explore their creativity, write, and create their own illustrated book covers.
 

Pierrette Dube

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Le ballon d'Émilio

Pierrette Dubé est née à Valleyfield et habite Saint-Lambert depuis une trentaine d’années. Après des études en lettres et en traduction, elle travaille quelque temps pour un magazine, puis comme traductrice pour le gouvernement canadien. Parallèlement, elle écrit d’abord des nouvelles, avant de bifurquer vers les livres pour enfants. Il faut dire qu’entre-temps trois enfants avaient fait irruption dans sa vie et, avec eux, les livres pour enfants, souvent si drôles et si poétiques qu’elle a bientôt eu envie de s’essayer à en écrire. Un premier album paraît en 1988, et les autres (plus d’une vingtaine) suivront. Des albums où, bien souvent, la fantaisie et l’humour font irruption dans la vie de tous les jours, au moment où l’on s’y attend le moins. Le texte est parfois rimé, toujours rythmé, parce que les albums pour enfants sont destinés à être lus à voix haute. La musicalité est importante. Quelques prix (Prix du livre M. Christie en 1996, Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles de littérature de jeunesse 2007) l’encouragent à continuer dans cette voie. Maintenant qu’elle a délaissé la traduction, que les enfants ont grandi et que des petits-enfants ont pris leur place à l’heure des histoires, elle consacre davantage de temps à l’écriture. Il y a encore beaucoup d’histoires qui attendent qu’on les écrive… Chez Dominique et compagnie, Pierrette Dubé vient d’amorcer une série de petits livres mettant en scène de «Drôles de familles». Ces familles loufoques nous réservent bien des surprises! Maintenant qu’elle a délaissé la traduction, que les enfants ont grandi et que des petits-enfants ont pris leur place à l’heure des histoires, elle consacre davantage de temps à l’écriture et aux rencontres avec des enfants.

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R.J. Anderson

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 11:30 AM -12:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

A Pocket Full of Murder

R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson was writing stories at eight, started her first novel at twelve, spent most of her teen years writing fan fiction, and is now the author of nine fantasy novels for children and teens including Knife, the tale of a fierce young faery who fights to save her dying people while concealing her forbidden friendship with a human, and its sequels Rebel and Arrow. Her Silver Birch nominated title A Pocket Full of Murder is a magical mystery set in an alternate version of 1930’s Toronto, where 12-year-old Isaveth sets out to solve the murder of one of the town’s leading citizens and prove her beloved papa’s innocence — with the help of some homemade spell-tablets and a friendly street boy who may be more than he seems. Rebecca lives with her husband, three sons and a calico cat named Snickers in the beautiful town of Stratford, Ontario.
 

R.J. Anderson

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

A Pocket Full of Murder

R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson was writing stories at eight, started her first novel at twelve, spent most of her teen years writing fanfic, and is now the author of nine fantasy novels for children and teens including KNIFE, the tale of a fierce young faery who fights to save her dying people while concealing her forbidden friendship with a human, and its sequels REBEL and ARROW. Her Silver Birch nominated title A POCKET FULL OF MURDER is a magical mystery set in an alternate version of 1930’s Toronto, where 12-year-old Isaveth sets out to solve the murder of one of the town’s leading citizens and prove her beloved papa’s innocence — with the help of some homemade spell-tablets and a friendly street boy who may be more than he seems. Rebecca lives with her husband, three sons and a calico cat named Snickers in the beautiful town of Stratford, Ontario.
 

Rhea Dufresne

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Sauve-qui-peut l'été

Rhéa Dufresne est une touche-à-tout. Elle exerce, dans un joyeux désordre, les métiers d’animatrice, de lectrice et de critique, de directrice éditoriale, de formatrice et d’auteure. Plusieurs de ses livres sont nés d’une question qui, à un moment donné, a traversé son esprit. Pour les autres, ils sont issus d’un personnage qui s’est invité dans sa tête ou d’un titre qui est passé en coup de vent dans son cerveau en ébullition. Ses albums sont empreints d’un humour et d’une fantaisie qui plaît aux petits. Même pour eux, elle aime utiliser des mots originaux et un peu compliqués. Lorsque ses histoires s’adressent aux plus grands, elle prend plaisir à multiplier les personnages et à inventer des univers particuliers. Rhéa a vu le jour dans un petit village où la mer était elle-même un personnage. Maintenant, elle habite Laval avec son amoureux, ses deux adolescents, leurs deux chats et une grosse réserve de chocolat.
 

Richard Scrimger

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Lucky Jonah

Richard Scrimger has written more than 20 books for children and adults, and been awarded and translated more than he deserves. His recent novels feature a magic camera, a world where everything is upside down, and the back end of Laura Secord’s cow. Fortunately, confusion is Richard’s natural state. Just ask his children. He has four of them – no, wait, they have him. Canadian Recognition: Mr Christie Book Award, CLA, Forest of Reading, City Of Toronto Book Award, Quill & Quire Best Books, Globe & Mail Best Books. American Recognition: YALSA, Pick Of The Lists, Pacific Northwest Book Award, Chicago Library Best of the Best.
 

Richard Scrimger

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Lucky Jonah

Richard Scrimger has written more than 20 books for children and adults, and been awarded and translated more than he deserves. His recent novels feature a magic camera, a world where everything is upside down, and the back end of Laura Secord’s cow. Fortunately, confusion is Richard’s natural state. Just ask his children. He has four of them – no, wait, they have him. Canadian Recognition: Mr Christie Book Award, CLA, Forest of Reading, City Of Toronto Book Award, Quill & Quire Best Books, Globe & Mail Best Books American Recognition: YALSA, Pick Of The Lists, Pacific Northwest Book Award, Chicago Library Best of the Best
 

Rob Laidlaw

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19-May-2017 - 1:00-2:00 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

Elephant Journey: the True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity

Ever since he can remember Rob has loved animals, so when he was a kid he decided to spend his life trying to help them. It wasn’t until he left school however that he really got started. Since that time Rob has started several animal protection organizations, including the wildlife group Zoocheck. He’s helped get better animal protection laws passed, conducted public campaigns against animal abuse and suffering, and rescued animals, like monkeys, big cats and elephants. Because his work has taken him around the world, from Canada’s north to tropical Asia, Rob has been able to meet many astounding animals and the amazing people who work to protect them. He is a Chartered Biologist and in 2014 was awarded the Frederic A. McGrand Award for substantial contributions to animal welfare in Canada.
 

Rob Laidlaw

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 11:30am-12:30pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Elephant Journey: the True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity

Ever since he can remember Rob has loved animals, so when he was a kid he decided to spend his life trying to help them. It wasn’t until he left school however that he really got started. Since that time Rob has started several animal protection organizations, including the wildlife group Zoocheck. He’s helped get better animal protection laws passed, conducted public campaigns against animal abuse and suffering, and rescued animals, like monkeys, big cats and elephants. Because his work has taken him around the world, from Canada’s north to tropical Asia, Rob has been able to meet many astounding animals and the amazing people who work to protect them. He is a Chartered Biologist and in 2014 was awarded the Frederic A. McGrand Award for substantial contributions to animal welfare in Canada.
 

Robin Stevenson

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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Robin Stevenson is the author of twenty-one books for kids and teens. Pride is her first work of non-fiction. Her novel The Summer We Saved the Bees is currently a finalist for the Red Cedar Award in BC. Her novel Record Breaker won the Silver Birch Award in 2014, and her other books have been finalists for numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards and three BC Book Prizes. Robin’s newest book is a mystery novel, co-written with Sarah N. Harvey, called Blood on the Beach. It comes out in early 2017. Robin was born in England, grew up mostly in Southern Ontario, and now lives in Victoria, BC with her partner Cheryl, their twelve year old son, and various animals. Before becoming a writer, Robin spent ten years working as a social worker. She began writing while on maternity leave in 2005, and enjoyed it so much that she never went back to her old job. Robin loves to travel: she has been to orangutan sanctuaries and bat caves in Borneo’s rainforest, climbed Mount Kinabalu, camped in the Australian outback, explored the Greek Islands, and worked on her books in Parisian apartments and Thai beach huts. She loves sailing, and once spent a year sailing from Lake Ontario to the Bahamas and back again. Robin also enjoys gaming and she loves reading.

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S.J. Laidlaw

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Fifteen Lanes

S.J. Laidlaw is an award-winning author of three books for young adults. She grew up in Toronto but has spent most of her adult life working overseas as a teacher and adolescent counselor in schools and community settings. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Carleton University, Ottawa. Laidlaw spent close to three years in Mumbai, India where she volunteered with several NGOs dedicated to ending second generation sex trafficking. Her time spent with the daughters of sex workers was often harrowing but inspired her to write her third book, FIFTEEN LANES, which she hopes captures the bravery and resilience of the girls growing up in the brothels of Mumbai’s red-light district. Laidlaw currently teaches in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, while working on her next book. She is available for Skype visits to classrooms and Book Clubs and always enjoys the opportunity to connect with her readers back home in Canada. She is greatly looking forward to meeting other book enthusiasts at the Festival of Trees in May.
 

Shane Peacock

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19-May-2017 - 1:00-2:00 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

The Artist and Me

Shane Peacock is a novelist, playwright, journalist, and television screenwriter for audiences of all ages. His first book was a biography of the spectacular Canadian personality, “The Great Farini,”; his plays have been produced by the acclaimed 4th Line Theatre; his documentaries have included “Team Spirit,” aired on the CTV national network, and among his novels are Last Message, a contribution to the groundbreaking Seven Series for young readers and Double You, its sequel. His best-selling series for Young Adults, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, has been published in ten countries in twelve languages and has found its way onto more than sixty shortlists. It won the prestigious Violet Downey Award, The Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award, The Libris Award; has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, three times nominated for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and each novel in the series was named a Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selection. His first picture book, The Artist and Me, and the first novel in his YA horror trilogy, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, as well as Separated, the prequel to his Seven Series novel, appear in 2016.
 

Shane Peacock

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:00am-12:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Artist and Me

Shane Peacock is a novelist, playwright, journalist, and television screenwriter for audiences of all ages. His first book was a biography of the spectacular Canadian personality, “The Great Farini,”; his plays have been produced by the acclaimed 4th Line Theatre; his documentaries have included “Team Spirit,” aired on the CTV national network, and among his novels are Last Message, a contribution to the groundbreaking Seven Series for young readers and Double You, its sequel. His best-selling series for Young Adults, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, has been published in ten countries in twelve languages and has found its way onto more than sixty shortlists. It won the prestigious Violet Downey Award, The Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award, The Libris Award; has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, three times nominated for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and each novel in the series was named a Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selection. His first picture book, The Artist and Me, and the first novel in his YA horror trilogy, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, as well as Separated, the prequel to his Seven Series novel, appear in 2016.
 

Simon Shapiro

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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Faster Higher Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports

Simon Shapiro was born and raised in South Africa where the climate is perfect and in South Africa, kids play sports outdoors all year round. When Simon wasn’t reading, he was playing sports. He loved lots of different sports, though he was never very good at any of them. Early in his career Simon moved to Canada, where he’s lived for the last four decades. He loves Canada, even though the climate is not so perfect and sports mostly move indoors for half the year. Simon found that learning to skate and ski provided some compensation for the Canadian climate. His latest book, Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports (Spring 2016), combines sports and science. It tells the stories of amazing people who totally transformed different sports through their bright ideas. And it explains the science that makes these ideas work. Simon is married to Sheryl Shapiro, a graphic designer. They have teamed up to write five books of poems for kids, all published by Annick Press. Although those books are all for a younger audience than Faster, Higher, Smarter, several of them have an element of science or math. Simon’s hobbies include photography, folk-dancing, and making ice-cream. He loves travelling, reading, and theatre. He lives in Toronto.
 

Stephanie Tromly

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16-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Stephanie Tromly was born in Manila, grew up in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. She is the author of Trouble Is a Friend of Mine and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and son.
 

Stephanie Tromly

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Stephanie Tromly was born in Manila, grew up in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. She is the author of Trouble Is a Friend of Mine and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and son.
 

Sue Irwin

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17-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Safety Stars: Players Who Fought to Make the Hard-Hitting Game of Professional Hockey Safer

Sue Irwin has taught almost every subject to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Now, she teaches deaf and hard of hearing students. Every day, these kids demonstrate a great attitude and courage as they face their challenges, and Sue loves working with them! They’ve taught her so much. It was in Grade One that Sue discovered the love of reading. That was when her mother took her to the local public library for the first time. (She remembers being amazed by the fact that “house” and “horse” were spelled exactly the same way, except for one letter). Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” were her favourites, and after completing one book, she couldn’t wait to return it so she could borrow another – for free! Later, she read every Nancy Drew mystery that she could find. Today, she still enjoys reading mysteries and she likes nonfiction more than ever. Sue is curious, and for her, research is just plain fun. A proud Canadian, she’s especially interested in the lives of her fellow-citizens, both famous and not-yet-famous. And she enjoys sharing newly discovered facts with kids. Her work has appeared in AppleSeeds and Highlights for Children magazines, under the pen name Cynthia Young. She has also written for Reading A-Z. Her first book, Safety Stars – Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer, won the 2015 Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario “Curriculum Development Award” and was a 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books for Kids and Teens” selection. Now, the book has been nominated for the 2017 Silver Birch Award for Non Fiction. Sue likes to stay fit by cycling, playing ball hockey, and working out at the gym. In the summer, she also enjoys gardening. She’s not a big fan of winter, but a few activities make that season a little more bearable for her. These include cuddling up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate on a snow day (oh yeah!), and of course, watching her favourite hockey stars play Canada’s Number One winter sport. For as long as she can remember, Sue has been a hockey fan, but she does enjoy other sports, too. For about 10 years, her husband Jonathan was a baseball umpire and the two of them had fun travelling across Canada to his national tournaments. Jonathan is also a “classic car enthusiast,” and Sue enjoys riding with him in his old car in the summer, especially when he agrees to take her out for ice cream! She welcomes classes to follow her on Twitter (@sueirwin88) or to email her at sue.irwin88@gmail.com, and she promises to write back! You can also find her at Goodreads.com.
 

Suzie Napayok-Short

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00 AM-11:00AM - Toronto - Tent C/D

Wild Eggs: A Tale of Arctic Egg Hunting

Suzie Napayok-Short was born in Frobisher Bay and grew up in Apex, Nunavut, and the DEW Line sites on Baffin Island. She attended residential school before moving to Coral Harbour, Nunavut, and later to Iqaluit, Nunavut. Suzie built a career as an Inuktitut translator and interpreter working for government departments and organizations across Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and throughout Canada. Suzie currently lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, with her husband, their two children, and one grandchild. She continues her work as a freelance translator and interpreter for businesses across the North. She also works with residential school survivors as an interpreter and guide, helping survivors through the legal process. Wild Eggs is Suzie’s first book for children. It is inspired by egg-hunting trips she shared with her father.
 

Svetlana Chmakova

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

Awkward

Svetlana Chmakova is an internationally published, award-winning graphic novelist, with over 10 published books and her work translated into over 13 languages. Born and raised in Russia, she moved to Canada, Ontario, at 16 years old to finish high school and then study Classical Animation at Sheridan College for 3 years. Becoming a full-time artist and writer after that, Svetlana has drawn and written for animation, how-to-draw books, toy designs, and most of all, comics and manga. Her full-length manga series include the fan-favorite romantic comedy “Dramacon”, the award-winning urban fantasy “Nightschool: The Weirn Books”, as well as the manga adaptation of the NYT bestselling “Witch & Wizard” by James Patterson. Svetlana’s current work is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning middle grade graphic novel “Awkward”, as well as its follow-up “Brave”, published by Yen Press.
 

Sylvie Lussier

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5/18/2017 - 10 h - 11 h - Tente C/D

Le centre équestre du Vieux Chêne 01: Lune

Sylvie Lussier se rappelle encore la joie de recevoir une série de leçons d’équitation pour son dixième anniversaire. Depuis, sa passion n’a jamais cessé: elle devient propriétaire de plusieurs chevaux, enseignante et coordonnatrice d’un centre équestre. Également amoureuse des arts et de la création, elle obtient un baccalauréat en littérature de l’université de Sherbrooke et, par la suite, exerce le métier de libraire. Son premier roman est inspiré de ses deux passions, les chevaux et l’écriture, l’histoire du centre équestre du Vieux Chêne met en vedette la jument Lune et son amie Jade.

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Teresa Toten

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

Shattered Glass

Teresa Toten is a Canadian children’s author and speaker. She has worked for the federal government and freelanced for Radio Canada International. She has also been an Artist/Teacher with the Learning through the Arts Programme, a Creative Artist for the Evergreen Youth at the Yonge Street Mission and she has taught ESL at Frontier College. Teresa has spoken at conferences and conducted workshops in classrooms and libraries throughout North America.
 

Teresa Toten

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

Shattered Glass

Teresa Toten is a Canadian children’s author and speaker. She has worked for the federal government and freelanced for Radio Canada International. She has also been an Artist/Teacher with the Learning through the Arts Programme, a Creative Artist for the Evergreen Youth at the Yonge Street Mission and she has taught ESL at Frontier College. Teresa has spoken at conferences and conducted workshops in classrooms and libraries throughout North America.
 

Tim Wynne-Jones

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16-May-2017 - 11:15am-12:15pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Emperor of Any Place

I live near Perth Ontario, Canada. We moved to Eastern Ontario from Toronto in 1988; we being my wife, Amanda Lewis, and our three children: Alexander (Xan), Magdalene (Maddy), and Lewis. The kids have grown up and moved away to Toronto, London, England, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Amanda’s still around, although she’s in Ottawa a lot, where she is Artistic Director at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. We live on 76 acres of rough and tumble land. It’s a landscape that has figured prominently in my writing over the last twenty years. I designed the house we live in, finally putting to use three years of architectural training received at the University of Waterloo back in the late sixties and early seventies. That was before the school decided that maybe it would be better if I didn’t design anything that people were actually going to enter… I left Waterloo and joined a rock band in Toronto. To find out more about my days with Boogie Dick, check out the autobiographical sketch for some of the painful details. I decided to return to Waterloo to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. I joined another band, there, Alabaster. We were primarily a cover band, doing songs by the Beatles, Cream, Neil Young, The Band, Credence Clearwater, Elton John, James Taylor, to name a few. We also did some original tunes, which got me writing, though it was still only a pastime. I met Amanda the summer I graduated from Waterloo. It was 1974 and my art school mentor, Virgil Burnett, asked if I would look after his beautiful old, house in Stratford for the summer. There was a beautiful, young woman he had asked to look after his horse. I fell in love with her. (Not the horse, the girl). Amanda was working at her grandmother’s bookstore by day and at the Avon Theatre by night. At the end of the summer we couldn’t imagine being apart, so we moved to Toronto, where she was entering her second year at York University in the theatre program. I found a job as a book designer with PMA Books. It was my first brush with publishing but on the other side of the table, you might say. Carol Martin and the folks at PMA Books were great. I liked living in a world of books and book talk. Canadian literature was on fire. It was an exciting time. It was also my first full-time job. And my last. I worked there a whole year and a half. Pretty good, eh? Amanda and I took off for Europe in 1976 and when we returned I started up my own graphic design firm with Michael Solomon. In 1978, I decided to go back to school to do an MFA at York. The summer that I graduated from York I was so bored with school that I wrote my first novel, Odd’s End. It was just something to do – like going on a summer holiday when you don’t have any money. Odd’s End won the Seal First Novel Award. There was a $50,000 prize. I decided that this writing thing might be fun.

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Vikki VanSickle

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19-May-2017 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Essar Centre- Ice level

If I Had a Gryphon

Vikki VanSickle is the author of both picture books and novels for children. Growing up in Woodstock, Ontario, Vikki loved to read, write, sing songs and figure skate. Currently she lives in Toronto with her cat, Barb. She still loves to read (especially mysteries) and sing (especially musicals).
 

Vikki VanSickle

Toronto - Tent C/D
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16-May-2017 - 11:00am-12:00pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

If I Had a Gryphon

Vikki VanSickle is the author of both picture books and novels for children. Growing up in Woodstock, Ontario, Vikki loved to read, write, sing songs and figure skate. Currently she lives in Toronto with her cat, Barb. She still loves to read (especially mysteries) and sing (especially musicals).

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Wesley King

Progress Building - Outside East Annex
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12-May-2017 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Progress Building - Outside East Annex

OCDaniel

Wesley King is the author of OCDaniel, which Booklist praised, “This perceptive first-person narrative is sometimes painful, sometimes amusing, and always rewarding,” in a starred review. It has been published in four countries. His first middle-grade novel, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! (2015), was called “a well-crafted coming-of-age story” by Publishers Weekly, and was nominated for a Silver Birch Award. Wesley won the Red Maple Award for his young adult novel The Vindico. He lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia.
 

Wesley King

Toronto - Tent C/D
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17-May-2017 - 10:00am-11:00am - Toronto - Tent C/D

OCDaniel

Wesley King is the author of OCDANIEL, which Booklist praised, “This perceptive first-person narrative is sometimes painful, sometimes amusing, and always rewarding,” in a starred review. It has been published in four countries. His first middle-grade novel, THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE! (2015), was called “a well-crafted coming-of-age story” by Publishers Weekly, and was nominated for a Silver Birch Award. Wesley won the Red Maple Award for his young adult novel THE VINDICO. He lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia.
 

Willow Dawson

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16-May-2017 - 11:45am-12:45pm - Toronto - Tent C/D

The Wolf-Birds

Willow Dawson is an award-winning author and illustrator originally from Vancouver, B.C. Her last name means “son of the daw,” which is short for jackdaw, a type of blackbird. Willow’s books include The Wolf-Birds, Avis Dolphin, Hyena in Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, Lila and Ecco’s DIY Comics Club, and No Girls Allowed. Dawson also visits schools and libraries regularly and teaches “Creating Comics and Graphic Novels” at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto, ON with her partner and their two children.