NEWS: Karen Bass and Lorna Nicholson are coming to Ontario!

Fall Special!  Alberta author Lorna Schultz Nicholson will be available in the Toronto and Niagara area from November 14-18, 2016.   She has books for all grades!  Oh and by the way, she often leaves copies of her Puckster picture books with the school librarian. No travel costs.

Karen Bass, whose novel, Uncertain Soldier is a nominee for the Geoffrey Bilson Award will be in Toronto, November 14-18, and is available for school and library visits accessible by public transit in the GTA. No travel costs.

 

 

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John Spray (Toronto and Tweed ON)

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$250 for one session plus HST. $400 with Arthur the boxer. Travel fee waived for Toronto and Tweed. Continue reading John Spray (Toronto and Tweed ON)

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NEWS: David Carroll WINS 100-mile race!

dave-at-mile-57David Carroll, author of the award-winning novels ULTRA and SIGHT UNSEEN, recently won a different kind of award. He placed first in the gruelling 100-mile Haliburton Forest ultra-marathon. His winning time was 20 hours 34 minutes. Yes, he ran for 20 hours straight!

 

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NEWS: A Squiggly Story: Andrew Larsen’s newest!

squiggly-story-coverAndrew Larsen is available to present his newest picture book, A Squiggly Story. It’s a fun story about writing stories. It’s an exploration of self-expression, self-discovery and imagination. Andrew’s engaging presentations remind us that we all have stories to tell and our own ways of telling them.

“… a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories.” New York Times

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NEWS: Gisela’s harvest booking deal

gisela2Gisela Sherman‘s novel, The Farmerettes, placed second in The Hamilton Public Library’s Top Teen Novel Contest this summer and has also been shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. To celebrate the harvest, Gisela will give a free copy of her book to any class who books her until Thanksgiving.

 

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NEWS: Newfoundland ghosts to Windsor schools

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Spooky Charis Cotter is bringing her Newfoundland ghosts to Windsor schools November 2 and 3. She has a ghost story writing workshop and a storytelling session of traditional Newfoundland ghost stories.  Charis’s book, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, won the 2016 Silver Birch Honour Award, and she will talking about writing for children at  Bookfest Windsor November 4 to 6. Ask about subsidies!

$275 + HST per presentation. Charis requests transportation to and from schools.

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NEWS: Eric Zweig’s new book and a deal: Hockey Hall of Fame Heroes

ericzweig-news-dealsEric Zweig’s newest book for children – Hockey Hall of Fame Heroes – is due out in October. Book Eric for a visit any time in 2016 and someone in your classroom can win an autographed copy of The Coolest Book on the Best Players in Hockey History!

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NEWS: Author/Illustrator/Graphic Novelist Willow Dawson is on an award ROLL!

willowWillow‘s picture book, The Wolf-Birds (Owlkids Books, Ages 5+) has just received two new award nominations, bringing the total number to date to three:

2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Finalist
2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist
2016 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award Finalist

Avis Dolphin (Groundwood Books), her novel/graphic novel hybrid with author Frieda Wishinsky has been nominated for two awards:

2016 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Finalist
2016 IODE Violet Downey Book Award Finalist

Willow has lots of experience giving presentations and workshops to kids and adults of all ages. In fact, she often presents to several different grades at the same school or library in a single day. She loves speaking about her books and more generally about comics and graphic novels, writing techniques and the illustration process. Each presentation is tailored to the needs of the group and is lively and educational with questions encouraged throughout!

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NEWS: Speed — Ted Staunton’s SEVEN prequel

speed-coverThe SEVEN prequels launch this fall! Ted’s contribution is Speed:
How do you make a boring camping trip with your brother and grandpa exciting? By losing the cell phone you weren’t supposed to bring along. Add a War of 1812 re-enactment, a student film crew and a dangerously wacky history buff for a weekend that gives Spencer a glimpse of his future by way of the past.
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Janet Wilson: a travel deal and a video

abs-janet-wilson-photo-2The Truth and Reconciliation Report recommends education in the schools as very important. Janet Wilson’s

‘Shannen and the Dream for a School’ presentation raises awareness of contemporary and historic First Nations issues. She’s offering a special flat $25 fee on mileage and is willing to travel.

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Who Broke the Teapot?

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Bill Slavin is available this fall to present his brand new picture book “Who Broke the Teapot??!” This rambunctious tale about anger management, broken china and the blame game is also a bit of a mystery that leaves the audience sorting it all out.

“This is going to be the kind of book that children remember for decades.” – The School Library Journal

 

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Don Cummer’s summer of 1812

bayonetDon Cummer spent the summer learning more about life as a soldier in the War of 1812.  He even joined the Canadian Volunteers!  Invite him to your school to hear about Jake and Eli – two boys growing up in a town torn apart by war.

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Leah Bobet wins Aurora!

LeahBobetwp3Leah Bobet‘s AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES won the 2016 Prix Aurora Award for Best English YA Novel on August 13th.  The Auroras are handed out annually by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association for the best in Canadian genre work that year.

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TDSB approved YA authors, Don Aker and Karen Bass are coming to Ontario!

Karen Bass, whose novel, Uncertain Soldier is a nominee for the Geoffrey Bilson Award will be in Toronto, November 14-18, and is available for school and library visits accessible by public transit in the GTA. No travel costs.

Don Aker’s Delusion Road has just garnered a fourth nomination, this time for the John Spray Mystery Award. Teachers/librarians interested in having Don speak to their young people should note that he will be in Toronto during the week of November 14-18. And for this week only, Don’s fee will not include travel expenses, which represents a significant saving.

Half day = 575 + HST including travel (which is a saving of $110)
Full day = 1100 + HST including travel (which is a saving of $200)

 

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Lisa Dalrymple available in Thunder Bay and White River

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Lisa Dalrymple will be presenting in the Thunder Bay and White River areas during the week of October 24-28th. Teachers say that Lisa’s presentations on the environment and the writing process are “exciting, educational and inspiring.”Travel to the area has been paid for by the Northern WITS program.

Lisa’s rate is $200 for one session, $375 for two, $525 for three and $650 for four.

Your cost would be Lisa’s presentation fee, plus local travel and accommodation (shared between schools.) Contact us soon before flight details are confirmed.

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ABS authors shortlisted for TD Literature Awards!

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Huge congratulations to all of the TD Literature Award nominees!

Authors’ Booking Service is particularly pleased to see these hugely talented ABS members recognized for their work, including three nominations for Willow Dawson!

Want to book a school visit? ALL would love to see your students this fall!

 

 

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TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)

Missing Nimâmâ
Written by Melanie Florence
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Clockwise Press

The Wolf-Birds
Written and illustrated by Willow Dawson
Owlkids Books

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)

In a Cloud of Dust
Written by Alma Fullerton
Illustrated by Brian Deines
Pajama Press

The Wolf-Birds
Written and illustrated by Willow Dawson
Owlkids Books

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)

Avis Dolphin
Written by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Willow Dawson
Groundwood Books

The Farmerettes
Written by Gisela Tobien Sherman
Second Story Press

Uncertain Soldier
Written by Karen Bass
Pajama Press

John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)

Delusion Road
Written by Don Aker
HarperTrophy Canada

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