|5/10/2019||11:30||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Michelle Kadarusman (Silve Birch Express - Theory of Hummingbirds)||Michelle Kadarusman is an Australian-Indonesian-Canadian children’s author. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia and has lived in Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia. Toronto has been home since 2000.|
Michelle contributed several stories for Chirp and chickaDEE magazines before publishing a YA novel, OUT OF IT, for teen readers in 2014. Her first middle grade novel, THE THEORY OF HUMMINGBIRDS in 2017, was inspired in part by her experience of having a childhood disability. Her forthcoming middle grade novel, GIRL OF THE SOUTHERN SEA, is set in Indonesia and will be released by Pajama Press in May 2019.
Michelle is a member of CANSCAIP, CCBC and a longtime volunteer at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books at Lillian H. Smith Library.
Out of It – Sidestreets series, Lorimer (2014)
The Theory of Hummingbirds – Pajama Press (2017)
|5/10/2019||12:30||13:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Liam O'Donnell (Silver Birch Express - Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly)||Liam O’Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures, West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Liam lives in London, Ontario.|
|5/10/2019||13:00||14:00||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Kevin Sylvester (Silver Birch Fiction: The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem, Silver Birch Non -Fiction: Basketballogy: Super Cool Facts You Never Knew)|
Kevin Sylvester is a three-time Forest of Trees winner (and many-time nominee!!!!).
He will make you laugh – and by doing so, will trick you into learning stuff! Kevin has written and illustrated more than thirty books, including The Almost Epic Squad #1: Mucous Mayhem, the Neil Flambé Capers (now at six books), and the MINRs trilogy. His sci-fi series MINRs is already a bestseller and critical success. MINRS was a Red Maple and MYRCA Honour Book in 2017. MINRS3 – the final book in the series – will be out in 2018.
▪ MINRs was a Red Maple Award and 2017 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Honour Book in 2017, and was named a 2016 CLA Honour Book. MINRS was also nominated for two categories of the Tome Society Award in Georgia.
▪ 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.
Facebook: facebook.com/kevinsylvesterbooks Twitter: @kevinarts Instagram: @sylvesterartwork Blog: kevinarts.blogspot.com
|5/10/2019||11:30||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Eric Walters (Silver Birch Fiction: Elephant Secret, Red Maple: Fourth Dimension)||Eric is a teacher and began writing for his class to entice them to become more enthusiastic readers and writers. He has published 101 books which have been translated into fourteen languages and have won over 150 awards, including 4 Red Maple, 3 Silver Birch, a Golden Oak and children’s choice awards from across the country. Most recently, The Rule of Three won the Sakura Medal – voted the favourite book of international school students in Japan. In 2014 he received the Order of Canada. Eric presents each year to more than 100,000 students across Canada and around the globe. He is the co-founder of a children’s program in Kenya (www.creationofhope.com) that provides for over 300 orphans and impoverished children in Mbooni District.|
|5/10/2019||12:30||13:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Natalie Hyde (Silver Birch Fiction: Mine!)||Natalie Hyde has always wanted to head north, strike a claim, and mine for gold. But she’s not sure how well she would survive the cold, dark winters while not getting trampled by a moose. So instead she stays put and lets her characters have the adventures. Natalie lives with her husband and children in a home they share with a little leopard gecko and a cat that desperately wants to eat him.|
|5/10/2019||12:30||13:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Red Maple: Don't Tell the Enemy)||Marsha is dyslexic and did not learn to read until she taught herself at age nine with Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. She now considers dyslexia her secret weapon because it taught her patience and perseverance but also helps her see stories from different angles. Her specialty is writing about war and the refugee experience from a young person’s perspective.|
She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and considers herself a librarian-detective. She’s won lots of awards including the Silver Birch X2, the Golden Oak, MYRCA, the Red Cedar, and the Geoffrey Bilson Award.
And she is a princess! The President of Ukraine bestowed her with the Order of Princess Olha for her writings on the Holodomor, the genocide by hunger in Soviet Ukraine which took millions of lives. If you can’t pronounce Skrypuch (SKRIP-ick), she’ll answer to Princess Marsha.
Don’t Tell the Enemy was inspired by the true story of an Ukrainian girl and her mother who hid three Jewish friends under their kitchen floor during the Holocaust. Marsha has written more than 20 books. Her best known work is Making Bombs for Hitler, and her most recent one is a memoir co-written by Van Ho: Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with her Family. Marsha’s books are available in many countries around the world and have been translated into numerous languages.
|5/10/2019||13:00||14:00||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Jean Mills (Red Maple: Skating Over Thin Ice)||Jean Mills grew up in Willowdale, a leafy suburb of Toronto, where she cheered for the Leafs, read endless piles of books and started writing stories at a very young age. At age twelve, when the local North York Public Library included three of her poems in an anthology and introduced her as “a writer to watch”, Jean knew her career path was set: she was going to be an author.|
Jean earned a Masters degree from Queen’s University (specializing in Old Norse sagas), and during her university years, she was the Sports Director of the campus radio station, CFRC. There she was an announcer and sports reporter, experience she uses in her job with Curling Canada as a writer and editor for the Media & Communications team. Jean has been writing and editing professionally for over 20 years. Her essays, reviews, features and children’s stories have appeared in publications across Canada. She’s written material for the educational market and is a former college Communications teacher. And in her other creative life, Jean is a musician, singing the folksongs of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and playing tunes on her Appalachian dulcimer.
Skating Over Thin Ice is Jean’s first novel published outside the education market by a mainstream Canadian publisher – proof that you should never give up on your dream!
|5/10/2019||13:00||14:00||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Pam Withers (Red Maple: Tracker's Canyon)||Pam Withers has written eighteen bestselling young-adult adventure novels, several award winners or nominees. She’s also co-author of three nonfiction books including Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life. She’s a popular speaker who tours extensively around North America. Pam has done time as a whitewater raft guide, kayak racer and instructor, journalist, editor and associate publisher. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with her husband, a professor. They have one son who used to serve as her teen editor but is now busy pursuing adventures of his own in Toronto.|
|5/10/2019||11:30||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Wesley King (Red Maple: A World Below)||Wesley King is the award-winning author of eight children’s novels, with six more to follow in 2019. His novels have been optioned for film and television and translated for release worldwide. He currently lives in Nova Scotia, but will be embarking on a circumnavigation attempt next year. And most notably to many students, he is rather tall.|
|5/10/2019||11:30||12:30||London - Agriplex Pavillion||SIGNING - Kevin Sands (Red Maple: Assassin's Curse)||Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, and a teacher. He lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling Blackthorn Key series.|
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