|2019-05-08||12:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Michelle Kadarusman (Silver Birch Express - Theory or Hummingbirds)||13:30||Bio to come!|
|2019-05-08||12:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Kevin Sylvester (SBFiction: The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem, SBNon -Fiction: Basketballogy: Super Cool Facts You Never Knew)||13:30||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
|2019-05-08||13:00||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Eric Walters (SBFiction: Elephant Secret, RM: Fourth Dimension)||14:00||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.|
Email: [email protected]
|2019-05-08||12:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Natalie Hyde (Silver Birch Fiction - Mine!)||13:30||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.|
|2019-05-08||13:00||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Rob Laidlaw (Silver Birch Non-Fiction - Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night)||14:00||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.|
|2019-05-08||11:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Catherine Rondina (Silver Birch Non-Fiction - Carey Price: How a First Nations kid became a Superstar Goaltender)||12:30||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.|
Email: [email protected]
|2019-05-08||11:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Red Maple - Don't Tell the Enemy)||12:30||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.
|2019-05-08||11:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Red Maple - A Time To Run: Stuart & Sam)||12:30||Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published picture books (Puckster series), middle grade fiction and non-fiction, YA fiction and hockey non-fiction. Her novel, A Time to Run: Stuart and Sam, (Clockwise Press, March 2018) is the fourth book in her One-2-One series and is a YA novel about Stuart who has FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and Sam who is Sir Winston Churchill’s top basketball player. Lorna loves anything to do with sports. She is so excited for the Red Maple nomination as she loves Forest of Reading because it encourages students to think about different issues. By the way, reading is one of Lorna’s favourite things to do. Lorna is looking forward to hearing from the students about their views on the two new characters featured in A Time to Run: Stuart and Sam. Lorna’s books are about diversity and friendships and family and emotions and feelings and… the ups and downs in life. We all have those ups and downs, and we’re all different. Lorna lives in Edmonton with her hubbie and two dogs, a whiny bichon shih tzu, and a naughty puppy she rescued from Mexico. Over the years she has been a television co-host and reporter, radio host and reporter, theatre and murder mystery actor, fitness coordinator and rowing coach. Whew! Thankfully, now she is full-time writer!|
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|2019-05-08||13:00||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Pam Withers (Red Maple - Tracker's Canyon)||14:00||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.|
|2019-05-08||11:30||Waterloo Region Festival - Dom Cardillo Arena||SIGNING - Wesley King (Red Maple - A World Below)||12:30||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.|
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