We are devastated by the news that Gisela Sherman died suddenly on April 23, 2017. Gisela is a friend and colleague, and a wonderful writer.
All of us at Authors' Booking Service extend our sincere sympathy to her family.
Gisela's dear friend Sylvia McNicoll said it best:
Today my friend of some thirty years took her Sunday morning hike in glorious sunshine and at the end of the walk turned to her hiking partner to say something and instead suffered a heart attack and died. Gisela Sherman is a writer, an actor, a fiercely competitive Scrabble player, a hiker and cyclist, a great friend, but above all else she loved her family. She will miss you Frank, Becky, Jainna, and Charlie. Our hearts are broken.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Writers’ Union Member.Middle Grade, YA.Winner Heart of Hawick Award (UK). Adrienne Kress’s The Explorers has been optioned by Walt Disney Film Studios.
$300+HST for a single session; $500+HST for two sessions; $900+HST for a full day. Prices for larger groups, workshops, panels, etc., to be negotiated*. Outside the Toronto area, add kilometrage and accommodation as necessary.
Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and author with six novels to her credit, as well as essays, plays and short stories. She has spoken to children and adults in a large variety of circumstances, from school assemblies and classroom workshops to writers’ associations and conference panels. Her presentations have taken her across Canada, the United Kingdom and the US. Adrienne is a dynamic, skillful speaker, insightful, knowledgeable and fun to be with.
Readings based on middle grade books are geared towards children in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. They are 45 minutes to 11⁄2 hours in length depending on needs. The preferred group size is up to 60 children, and the preferred site is the library, but Adrienne can speak to larger groups in other venues. She has spoken to small groups in a cozy huddle on the floor in a library and to large groups of a couple of hundred in gyms and auditoriums.
As a passionate author, professional actor and teacher, Adrienne brings a large array of skills to her readings. She starts with a short talk about “how a book gets published” and “working with your editors is like working with your teacher,” continues with a dramatic reading from one of the books and ends with a question period and a book signing opportunity. When her session arises from one of her more swashbuckling books, Adrienne is happy to add a fencing lesson.
Presentations can be geared to any audience, for example, Writer’s Craft classes, writers’ groups, book clubs. The length of the presentation varies according to the needs of the group, but is most often 1 to 11⁄2 hours in length. The content can be individualized to suit the interests of the group, but usually covers topics like the trials and tribulations of getting published (including how to get a literary agent), the writing process, working with an editor, identifying your audience, trends in modern literature and the importance of studying past works and authors.
Workshops can be geared to any audience, for example, elementary school students, Writer’s Craft classes, writers’ groups, book clubs. The length of the presentation varies according to the needs of the group but is most often 11⁄2 hours to 3 hours in length, though it can be expanded. The content usually covers topics like honing your writing skills, creating your own voice, creating a “world” for your writing, the use of dialogue, humour – its types and where to use it– identifying your audience, etc.
Shortlisted for Red Cedar (BC), Audie (US audio book awards), Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, The Quill Awards. Winner of The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award (UK)
Middle Grade Novels:
The Explorers – The Door in the Alley (Delcourte Random House) (optioned by Disney)
Hatter Madigan – Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (Automatic Publishing, with Frank Beddor)
Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate(Scholastic)
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman(Scholastic)
Young Adult Novels:
Outcast (Diversion Books, Paranormal Romance)
The Friday Society (Dial Penguin, Steampunk)
Short Stories: In Wow! 366 (UK) and Corsets and Clockwork(USA/UK)
Essays: Collected in The Girl Who Was On Fire,The Secret Loves of GeekGirls, and CompleteGuide to Writing for Young Adults
Plays: Sleepy Hollow (Solar Stage Children’s Theatre) A Weekend in the Country (Adult – TorontoSummerworksFestival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
Shane Peacock -- No Travel Charges! Governor-General Award nominee and current Blue Spruce Award candidate, Shane Peacock, who can speak to all and any grades from 1 to 12, still has some dates available for school visits from late April through June. No travel charges, regardless of distance within southern Ontario.
Visit Shane's page today for more information and to access his contact form.
Ted Staunton is eager to share his two brand new books this spring:
Bounced (Scholastic) a rollicking mid-grade mystery novel, AND
Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation (Tundra). Ted has dates available in May and June. He’d love to visit your school. Subsidy eligible.
Simon Shapiro's Faster, Higher, Smarter has been shortlisted as one of five candidates for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Youth Book Award. Simon is still available for some dates in April and for dates in May / June. Subsidy eligible.
Janet Wilson, the acclaimed all-grades social issues author has openings on two days in May. Available: Two morning sessions in Stoney Creek May 3, and One afternoon session in Welland May 4. Special 10% discount plus no travel fees for these dates. For presentation details and to contact Janet, go here.
Schools booking Sylvia McNicoll's The Best Mistake Mystery Presentation (suitable for grades 3 through 6) for April, May or June will enjoy one complimentary 30-minute Mistake Writing workshop. Subsidy eligible.
April’s poetry month! And there are still subsidies left to book Robert Priest for school readings. Inspiring, fun age-appropriate poems and songs for any age. Start by emailing from his contact form here to set up a time. First come first served. “HIs poetry for children is almost miraculous.” Michelle Landsberg
Caroline Fernandez wants to bring Boredom Busters (Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book) and More Boredom Busters to your school.You'll be inspired to get creative, recycle, and enjoy screen-free entertainment!
Caroline is available for booking in East York, North York, and Scarborough schools in April and May (no travel fees)! To book Caroline, click on her name above and use the contact form at the bottom of her page. Subsidy eligible!
Nikki Tate’s non-fiction title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet has been nominated for a BC Book Prize and long-listed for a 2017 Green Earth Book Award. Nikki has added one more day to her trip to Toronto for the Forest of Reading Awards in May. If you’d like to snap up that last opening on May 18 by booking a regular author presentation, Nikki will also host a Young Authors Chat for up to 20 of your keenest student writers for no additional charge. A smaller group gathering like this allows young writers to ask questions and discuss their work in a more intimate and supportive setting than is possible during larger school presentations. Subsidy eligible!
Silver Birch fiction winning author, Robin Stevenson's Red Maple book PRIDE is now also up for the Hackmatack and the BC Book Prizes, bringing its list of
honours to seven! Robin will be visiting Ontario in May and still has
openings for May 17, 18 and 19. Subsidy eligible!
The countdown is on for the 2016-17 National Hockey League playoffs. Let’s celebrate together!
If you can name an NHLer from your hometown (or a nearby city), Silver Birch nominee Sue Irwin will do a Skype visit with your class for just $100. That’s for a 45-minute session! This offer applies to bookings during the month of April, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Here’s how you can save:
Choose a legend from the past OR a current hockey star.
Then, click on Sue’s name to access her page and scroll down to the email contact form. Include the name of the player and your hometown in your email.
Dave Atkinson's hilarious Cure for Wereduck has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards!
Cure is the follow-up to Dave's popular debut middle grade novel Wereduck, which tells the adventures of Kate—a 13-year-old girl who grew up in a family of werewolves. Kate's never felt much like a wolf. Cure for Wereduck continues the story of a girl who learned to quack at the moon.
Dave is coming from Prince Edward Island to tour schools in the Toronto area for Education Week, May 1-5. There's still time to book him, but don't delay! Subsidies are available.
Make that three honours for Ellen Schwartz’s middle-grade novel Heart of a Champion. First, the Silver Birch Fiction nomination. Second, being named a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy) Top Shelf book. And now a nomination for the Diamond Willow Award, presented by the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards.
Ellen will be visiting Ontario in May and still has openings for May 15 and 19. Book her now to avoid disappointment. Subsidy eligible!