|13:00||14:00||The Silver Birch® Express Award Ceremony||Toronto - Concert Stage||This year's list of nominated titles brought readers into a world of informative and thought provoking literature. ESL students, reluctant readers, special needs students and other readers have found this year's mixed fiction and non-fiction titles exactly to their liking. Join us in awarding the talented Canadian author you chose to win the Silver Birch® Express Award! |
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|10:00||11:00||The Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award Ceremony||Toronto - Concert Stage||This year, Silver Birch® Non-Fiction readers learned about real life stories and facts ranging from the environment to sports and books that started conversations across Canada! Join us today in awarding the Silver Birch Non-Fiction award to your favourite Canadian author! |
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|11:30||12:30||The Silver Birch® Fiction Award Ceremony||Toronto - Concert Stage||The Silver Birch® Fiction Award has been thrilling readers for years! This years nominated titles provide a wide range of titles from serious tales to the fantastical, each one showcasing talented Canadian literature. Come out and see your favourite author win the much deserved Silver Birch® Fiction Award! |
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|10:15||10:45||WORKSHOP: Cary Fagan (Hollow Under the Tree)||Toronto - Lakeside Terrace||Make the unbelievable believable!|
In Cary Fagan’s novel, The Hollow under the Tree, a girl discovers a lion living in Toronto’s High Park. Many people—kids and adults—have written to Cary to ask if the story is true.
Cary actually made up the story. In this workshop he will reveal how he managed to make his tale so convincing. He will show you how you can write your own incredible stories so that people will gobble them up right to the end.
|10:30||11:00||WORKSHOP: Shari Green (Missing Mike)||Toronto - Brigantine Room||Where do ideas come from? How do ideas turn into stories? In this workshop, Shari Green will tell you where she got the idea for MISSING MIKE and will share tips on finding and growing your own ideas.|
|10:30||11:00||WORKSHOP: Laurie Elmquist (Where's Burgess?)||Toronto - Main Loft||Laurie Elmquist: Messy First Draft (author of Where’s Burgess?)|
Do you think a professional author always gets it right? Wrong! Laurie Elmquist shares trade secrets on how a subplot can be added to a story to make it better, with writing tips you can try at home.
|12:30||13:00||WORKSHOP: Ammi-Joan Paquette (The Train of Lost Things)||Toronto - Main Loft||Ammi-Joan Paquette: Where Do Stories Come From? (author of The Train of Lost Things)|
Where do ideas come from? How do you know when a life event will make a good story? And how does one turn into the other? Author Ammi-Joan Paquette will share the idea-sparks behind several of her books, showing how different and unique that moment can be—and sharing ideas for how to bring your own ideas to the page. Come ready for Q&A!
|10:15||10:45||WORKSHOP: Jess Keating (What Makes a Monster: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures)||Toronto - Studio Theatre||Curious About Monsters with Jess Keating|
What do aye-ayes, goblin sharks, and zombie ants have in common? They’re all real life monsters! In this fascinating and offbeat look at the animal kingdom, author and zoologist Jess Keating explores the science behind the world’s scariest creatures and even creates a monster with you!
|10:15||10:45||WORKSHOP: Eric Walters (Elephant Secret)||Toronto - Harbourfront Centre Theatre||Hanging with the Herd|
What would it be like to hang out with a herd of elephants? Or have a tiger on your front lawn? Or spend time with a baby beaver, swim with sharks, have a 2 meter long boa constrictor trying to squeeze the life out of you? Join Eric Walters as he talks about his encounters with animals in his researching of his stories.
|11:15||11:45||WORKSHOP: Kari Jones (A Fair Deal: Shopping For Social Justice)||Toronto - Lakeside Terrace||What is Fair Trade Anyway?|
Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about bringing justice to people around the world. Learn about fair trade and how we can use it to help make the world a better place for everyone.
|11:30||12:00||WORKSHOP: Catherine Rondina (Carey Price: How a First Nations kid became a superstar goaltender)||Toronto - Brigantine Room||Info to come!|
|11:15||11:45||WORKSHOP: Michelle Kadarusman (Theory of Hummingbirds)||Toronto - Studio Theatre||Love hummingbirds? Just like Alba and Levi in The Theory of Hummingbirds, author Michelle Kadarusman is crazy about these feisty little birds. Join her for a fun-facts birdie quiz and learn how to fold your very own origami hummingbird.|
|11:30||12:00||WORKSHOP: Ian Turner (Biometrics: Your Body and the Science of Security)||Toronto - Main Loft||Info to come!|
|11:15||11:45||WORKSHOP: Elizabeth MacLeod (Meet Viola Desmond)||Toronto - Harbourfront Centre Theatre||Info to come!|
|12:15||12:45||WORKSHOP: Liam O'Donnell (Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly)||Toronto - Lakeside Terrace||Meet the Monster Maker|
Join Tank & Fizz creator Liam O’Donnell for this informal Q&A session where he’ll answer all your monstrous questions about, goblins, trolls, giant sea monsters and more. Bring your questions and be ready for a fun chat with the writer behind Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror.
|12:30||13:00||WORKSHOP: Rob Laidlaw (Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night)||Toronto - Brigantine Room||Rob Laidlaw: Improving the future through writing non-fiction (author of Bat Citizens, Defending the Ninjas of the Night)|
Can non-fiction writing help make the world a better place? You bet it can! Rob will talk about why he writes books about animals and the process he uses. He’ll also answer any questions you have about non-fiction writing or his previous books and the wildlife protection work he features in his writing. You’ll definitely pick up some useful tips that will help you research and write your own non-fiction, so you too can make a contribution to improving the world.
|12:15||12:45||WORKSHOP: Margriet Ruurs (The Elephant Keeper: Caring For Orphaned Elephants in Zambia)||Toronto - Studio Theatre||Writers are curious and ask lots of questions. Finding answers, is doing research! Research can be exciting. I visited Zambia and met Aaron, who grew up in an African village where poaching was common. Now he is caretaker at an Elephant Orphanage. How did that happen? How did he save a baby elephant’s life?|
|13:30||13:45||WORKSHOP: Allison Lawlor (Broken Pieces: An Orphan of the Halifax Explosion)||Toronto - Main Loft||Q & A (Broken Pieces)|
Join Allison Lawlor to learn about the largest man-made explosion before the nuclear bomb. On December 6, 1917, Halifax, Nova Scotia was devastated by what is known today as the Halifax Explosion. Come ready to ask questions like: How did it happen and who were the heroes of the tragedy?
|13:15||13:45||WORKSHOP: Kevin Sylvester (The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem)||Toronto - Lakeside Terrace||Design your own super-hero outfit!|
Using a template from the book Mucus Mayhem, kids will draw and design their own super-hero logo, cape and outfit.
It all starts with Kevin's patented 5-second cartooning class, and his own demonstration of how to draw a logo and come up with a super-power.
This will involves lots of interplay with the audience as they yell ideas at Kevin that he has to incorporate into HIS design.
Then the kids get some time to do their own work.
|13:15||13:45||WORKSHOP: Natalie Hyde (Mine!)||Toronto - Studio Theatre||There are strange things done in the midnight sun…and just like the|
characters in her story, Mine!, Natalie has been to Dawson City, Yukon to
see them for herself. Join her to hear the tales of this cool and quirky
place that have inspired her writing. Ask her about her writing process,
what it’s like to be an author, and if she dared to join the Sourtoe
|12:15||12:45||WORKSHOP: Heather Smith (Ebb and Flow)||Toronto - Brigantine Room||Great Beginnings: How to Hook a Reader (author of Ebb & Flow and The Agony of the Bun O’Keefe)|
Start your story with a bang! Join Heather as she explores great opening lines in literature and shares tips on writing strong beginnings. Heather’s presentation ends with a Q & A.
|13:30||14:00||WORKSHOP: Regan McDonell (Black Chuck||Toronto - Main Loft||Building Compelling Characters|
A good story is nothing without characters that draw the reader in, and writing authentic characters always starts with your own experience. In this workshop, Regan McDonell will share some of her secrets to building characters that jump off the page, including deep backstory, character questionnaires, mood boards, nervous ticks and more.
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