|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli (Silver Birch Express)||Kyo Maclear is a celebrated 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.|
When Kyo Maclear was a little girl, she wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours drawing crazy dresses, including a very special giant cloud dress. Her style muses include: her mother, Patti Smith, the residents of Moomin Valley, and anyone with a sense of casual and androgynous flair.
Though she loved writing about Schiaparelli’s signature color: shocking pink, Kyo’s own favorite color is blue.
Kyo now lives in Toronto, Canada, where she shares a home with two children, two cats, and a musician. As well as writing for children, Kyo is a novelist and essayist.
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Elephant Keeper: Caring For Orphaned Elephants in Zambia (Silver Birch Express)||Margriet Ruurs is the author of 40 books for children. She loves playing with language to write fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She also loves to travel and The Elephant Keeper is the result of that. Visiting the real elephant orphanage, meeting the baby elephants and interviewing the real Aaron was a highlight for Margriet. She is thrilled that many schools and children are now ‘adopting’ baby elephants in Zambia.|
Margriet lives on Salt Spring Island where she reads many books with her two grandchildren.
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Hollow Under the Tree (Silver Birch Express)||Cary Fagan likes to write books, play music, make things with his hands (even when they don’t come out well). His children’s books have won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the IODE Jean Throop Book Award. His adult books have been nominated for the Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He is the author of many popular novels and picture books for kids, including ‘Mr. Zinger’s Hat,’ ‘Danny Who Fell in a Hole,’ ‘Mort Ziff is not Dead,’ and the Kaspar Snit series.|
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Meet Viola Desmond (Silver Birch Express)||I love finding out about amazing Canadians, then sharing their stories with readers. I’m really nosy so I like to discover how people had the courage to fight for justice or had the persistence to overcome problems.|
When I was writing Meet Viola Desmond, I learned that Viola hadn’t planned to change Canadian history back on that rainy night in 1946 – she just wanted a quiet night at the movies. Wouldn’t you like to know what she was thinking about during that long night she spent sitting wide awake in her jail cell?
As well as writing about Viola in this series of books, I’ve also written about astronaut Chris Hadfield, runner Tom Longboat and engineer Elsie MacGill. I always think about the fact that they were all just normal kids. When they were young, no one knew they’d grow up to be famous and change the world. I love writing about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.
The other thing I enjoy about Viola’s story is that it was her little sister Wanda who made sure people didn’t forget about Viola and what had happened to her. I’m the youngest in my family, so I like stories that involve a little sister doing something great! I really love the way Wanda stood up for Viola and made sure people heard her story.
Let me know if Viola’s story inspires you to do something amazing!
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly (Silver Birch Express)||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.|
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Theory of Hummingbirds (Silver Birch Express)||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.
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||What Makes a Monster: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures (Silver Birch Express)||Jess Keating is an author, zoologist, illustrator, and lifelong reader. Her books combine science, humor, and creativity, and include the award-winning nonfiction picture book, SHARK LADY, the hilarious and informative WORLD OF WEIRD ANIMALS nonfiction series, the middle grade MY LIFE IS A ZOO trilogy, as well as the upcoming GENIUS ACADEMY middle grade series (Scholastic, 2019), and OCEAN SPEAKS (Tundra, 2020), about oceanographic cartographer, Marie Tharp.|
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Where's Burgess? (Silver Birch Express)||Laurie Elmquist holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She enjoys writing for kids, and is the author of Beach Baby, Forest Baby, and Where’s Burgess?, which was inspired by a Lost Frog poster she saw on a camping trip. Laurie teaches at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, and is an online instructor at the University of Calgary in Alberta.|
|2019-05-15||13:15||14:15||At Workshop in Lakeside Terrace||The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem (Silver Birch Fiction)||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.
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Chase (Silver Birch Fiction)||Linwood Barclay is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of sixteen critically acclaimed novels, including The Twenty-Three, Far From True and Broken Promise. His novel Never Saw It Coming has been made into a film, and The Accident has been turned into a TV series in France. Fear the Worst was shortlisted for the OLA White Pine Award. Chase is his first middle-grade novel, followed up by Escape (2018)|
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Ebb and Flow (Silver Birch Fiction)||Heather Smith spent much of her early life wrestling with words. Not only was she a reluctant reader, she struggled with speech as well. Unable to pronounce certain words she became a walking thesaurus, anxiously swapping out words she wanted to say with words she could say. Today, Heather wrestles with words in a different way – she’s a writer! Instead of dodging them, she grabs them tight and finds them a home on the page. Heather’s books include The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, Ebb & Flow, and Angus All Aglow. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing.|
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Elephant Secret (Silver Birch Fiction)||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.|
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Falcon Wild (Silver Birch Fiction)||Terry Lynn Johnson writes adventures based on her experiences living in northern Ontario, Canada. She might have fallen through ice a time or two, been dragged by a dog team, blown up a wood stove, been attacked by a sloth (slowly), nearly drowned on a portage, and chased a bear with a chainsaw. She owned eighteen sled dogs but now thinks one border collie is more than enough. Terry works as a Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.|
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy (Silver Birch Fiction)||Gareth Wronski was born and raised in Toronto. After watching Star Wars as a child on his grandparents’ VCR, he decided he wanted to tell science fiction and fantasy stories of his own. Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy is his first book. In addition to novels he also writes screenplays, and when he isn’t doing either of those he can be found trying (and failing) to make video games. He currently resides in an old house by the Avon River in Stratford, Ontario, where he lives in constant terror of roaming swans.|
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Mine! (Silver Birch Fiction)||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.|
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Missing Mike (Silver Birch Fiction)||Shari Green is an award-winning author of middle grade verse novels. Her books have been nominated for multiple provincial readers’-choice programs and included on international “best of” lists.|
Shari spent most of her childhood reading stacks of library books. Things haven’t changed much since then, but when she’s not reading stories or writing stories, she can often be found wandering on the beach or along the forest trails near her home in Campbell River, BC. In addition to being a writer, Shari also works as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She’s married and has four grown children.
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Sit (Silver Birch Fiction)||Deborah Ellis is the author of over 20 books for young people, generally dealing with the themes of war, oppression and liberation.|
|2019-05-15||10:00||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Train of Lost Things (Silver Birch Fiction)||Ammi-Joan Paquette is the author of over a dozen novels, picture books, and non-fiction titles for young readers, including The Train of Lost Things, Ghost in the House, the Princess Juniper series, and Two Truths and a Lie. When she is not making up words and worlds, you might find her baking, experimenting with unusual crafts, or switching to her “day job” hat as a literary agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She lives with her family outside of Boston, Massachusetts.|
|2019-05-15||13:15||14:15||At Workshop in Lakeside Terrace||Basketballogy: Super Cool Facts You Never Knew (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||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.
Super-Duper Monster Viewer is his second picture book. Splinters was released in 2010.
He also illustrated GREAT (with Glen Gretzky and Lauri Holomis).
Kevin non-fiction titles include Follow Your Money, Basketballogy, Baseballogy, Sports Hall of Weird and Gold Medal for Weird.
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals and empowering others to do the same. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations, including Zoocheck, and an author of many children’s books about animal welfare and activism. No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award; its companion book, Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, was shortlisted for the same awards. Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity was nominated for the OLA Silver Birch Express Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Book Award, and the Red Cedar Book Award. Rob lives in Toronto, Ontario.|
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Biometrics: Your Body and the Science of Security (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||I’ve 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. (Fun fact: I saw Gordon Korman at a book event a couple of years ago, but I was too starstruck to introduce myself!)|
I started writing for kids at my first job as an editor for Owl Magazine. But I spent a lot of time editing other people’s work. It wasn’t until more than ten years later that I got the chance to write a book. I can tell you that when I held that book in my hands for the first time, I was very excited. Then it got even better. I met kids who had read and liked my book. I love to create something that kids can enjoy and learn from!
Since that first book, I’ve published four more and have another coming out next fall. My mind is always turning – wondering what other stories I might have to tell. And ideas can come from anywhere. My latest book came to me when I heard about a bird that dances on tree branches. I’ve learned to keep my eyes open because you never know what might spark your curiosity and turn into a book.
When I’m not busy writing, you’ll find me reading – especially autobiographies and picture books – or hanging out with my family.
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Broken Pieces: An Orphan of the Halifax Explosion (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||Allison Lawlor has written six non-fiction books. Broken Pieces is her first book for elementary school children. Her books focus on interesting events that happened a long time ago in Nova Scotia, where she lives. When she’s not researching and writing books, she writes for newspapers. Her favourite part of her job is interviewing people and telling their stories.|
Since 2003, she has worked from her home in Prospect, a small, former fishing village on the Atlantic Ocean. She lives with her husband, her two daughters, two cats, a black Labrador dog, and a small flock of chickens, who give her eggs most mornings.
While studying journalism at Ryerson University, she spent a summer working as a reporter for The Rural Voice, an agricultural magazine based in the community of Blyth, Ontario. She loved travelling the countryside talking to farmers.
From Blyth, she moved on to work as a reporter at several daily newspapers in Ontario, including The Brantford Expositor and The Standard in St. Catharines. After landing a summer writing internship at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, she stayed for another two years writing and editing for the paper’s website.
In 2003, she returned to Nova Scotia, the place she had fallen in love with as an English and Russian student at the University of King’s College a decade earlier.
When she’s not writing she loves to run and hike outdoors and help refugees come to Canada to start new lives that are safe and filled with hope.
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Carey Price: How a First Nations kid became a superstar goaltender (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||Catherine Rondina is a writer, educator and library assistant. She is also a columnist and reporter for publications such as City Parent, Good Times, Post City Magazines and Canadian Living. Her books for children have received numerous honours including, the Silver Birch Award, the Hackmatack Award and the Teacher’s Choice Award. She lives in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, with her husband and three children.|
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||CANCELLED: A Fair Deal: Shopping For Social Justice (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||Please Note: Kari Jones will NOT be attending the Festival.|
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being an Amazon. Not the mythical kind; I wanted to be like Peggy and Nancy from Swallows and Amazons and spend long summer days heading out in a boat and exploring the shoreline. I wanted to set up camp and have cool adventures. I also wanted to address the injustices of the world. Growing up, I lived in many countries, and often encountered people who didn’t have access to clean water or adequate housing or good food or free schools. The fire of injustice burned within me.
Then I grew up. And the fires within me grew stronger. For many years, I looked for ways to have adventures and create change in the world. I went hiking in the arctic, kayaked among whales, worked for an environmental organization, travelled to far flung places, and became a teacher.
When I began writing, the topics I wanted to write about were right there in front of me: nature and adventure, bringing justice to the world, having fun with family and friends. These have been my passions all my life. And one day I realized I’m one of the lucky ones: I get to live my childhood dreams.
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||New Hands, New Life: Robots, Prostheses and Innovation (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||Alex Mihailidis is a Professor at the University of Toronto and the Scientific Director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, which focuses on the development of new technologies and services for older adults. He has been conducting research in the field of intelligent systems in health for the past 15 years, having published over 150 journal papers, conference papers, and books in this field. He has specifically focused on the development of intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications. Dr. Mihailidis is also very active in the rehabilitation engineering profession, currently as the Immediate Past-President for RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America). He was also named a Fellow of RESNA in 2014, which is one of the highest honours within this field of research and practice.|
|2019-05-15||11:30||12:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||Here is my autobiography in a nutshell—the letters of my name:|
K is for a kooky sense of humour. I love to laugh and the odd thing about it is that most jokes and the “world’s funniest videos” leave me stone-faced silent and completely unmoved. But when I do bust a gut at the movies, often I’m the only person laughing in the theatre.
E is for explorer. Writing books makes me feel like a modern-day explorer. I dive head-first into fascinating topics, sink neck-deep into research, meet interesting people, probe burning questions, and uncover incredible facts and stories.
L is for love. I have loved books ever since I first learned to read. When I was a kid, I loved to curl up in a chair with a good book and a really good story can still keep me up all night.
T is for totally curious. I want to know what makes the world turn and what makes people tick. I want to know why we are here…if the universe really exploded out of a big bang …if aliens are alive and kicking in another universe…and if so, do they have any human DNA?
I am…a Canadian…a writer…a reader…a yogini not Houdini……a friend…a listener…a movie junkie…a country road cyclist…a voter…a dreamer…a thinker…a doer…a survivor…a traveler…a seeker.
E is for effervescence and naming “the elephant in the room”—a huge problem that no one can ignore but everyone is trying to avoid—two qualities I admire in people.
|2019-05-15||13:00||14:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)||I was born in 1955 in Sudbury. As a child, I developed a life-long passion for both art and the natural world (my mum is an artist and my dad was a scientist). I spent a lot of time exploring the fields, woods, ponds, and streams near where I lived, and was an avid collector of things I found. I brought home all kinds of treasures – skulls and fossils, bird feathers and empty nests, insects, snake skins, fallen leaves. Eventually I labeled everything and made a museum in the basement. I thought I’d get rich by charging a 5¢ entry fee – but my mum was the only one who paid!|
After graduating from art school, I did illustrations for magazines and newspapers for about ten years. Finally, in the late 1980s, I switched to making kids’ books – mostly about science, nature and animals. My books have won lots of awards and have been published all over the world. It’s incredibly cool to see them with new covers and printed in other languages!
I now live in southeastern Ontario in a house in the woods that my husband and I built. I wander around in the woods every day looking for wild mushrooms, slime molds, and, of course, animal skulls – always with my dog, Ruby. I’m an obsessive observer of the world around me, so much so that I consider a day I haven‚’t learned something, or seen something I’ve never seen before, to be a day wasted.
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