We're ever so pleased to announce that Lena Coakley and Marina Cohen have been shortlisted for the 2017 Sunburst Award in the YA category.
Both of these fabulous authors are now booking visits for the coming school year, and subsidies are available. Click on their names above for more information about their work, and to access their contact forms.
Robin Stevenson's book Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community was awarded a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. It is also a finalist for this year's Rocky Mountain, Red Cedar and Hackmatack Awards! Robin will be in Toronto and Hamilton from Jan 31- Feb 4 2018, offering presentations about Pride, diversity, and social justice. This presentation is appropriate for grades 4+, and is a great fit for Pink Shirt Day and schools actively working against bullying and towards LGBTQ inclusion.
Click on the the link above for more information and to access Robin's contact form.
DK Publishing celebrates this month’s publication of Our Great Prime Ministers with a school book tour by award-winning Canadian author Helaine Becker.
Helaine is now accepting bookings for October and November. Our Great Prime Ministers is suitable for children ages 10 and up and explains Canada's system of government and the people who have led it using profiles of 12 of Canada's best-known Prime Ministers.
Click on the link above for more information about Helaine, and to access her contact form for bookings.
Mireille Messier is pleased to announce the release of Fatima and the Clementine Thieves, the story of a young girl's struggle to help save her family's clementine orchard from mysterious thieves. Based in Morocco, this fable of collaboration and non-violence was inspired by an African proverb and is now available both in French and in English.
For details about Mireille’s presentation of this and other stories, and to book her, click her name above. Subsidies for fall and spring bookings are now available!
Thanks to TL Colleen McCarthy for sending us feedback on a two school event with Hélène Boudreau!
Selecting a Friday in June to have children sit and listen to an author talk was not very insightful on my part. I was also a little worried that an author presenting about a single book might not be entertaining. What happened with two negatives?? A positive charge!!
Hélène was excellent!! She pumped them up when they were too quiet, and reeled them in when they got a little too loud. Hélène brought along appropriate props and used them to include the children in the story and entertain them with her demonstrations.
I had many teachers at both schools comment to me afterwards about how excellent her presentation was... on a Friday afternoon in June.
To book Hélène for your school, click on her name above and use the contact form. And remember, you can now apply for a subsidy for the Sept. 2017 - March 2018 period. Just ask us for details.
Subsidies from The Writers’ Union of Canada are now available for Writers in the Schools bookings beginning this September. Poet, songwriter and novelist Robert Priest will donate $50.00 from his fee to the “Shannen's Dream Campaign” for the first 2 schools to book him through this program. Help support equal education for all.
Click on Robert's name above to access his contact form.
Award winning Alberta author, David A. Poulsen, will be in the GTA during the second week of October and still has openings for Tuesday, October 10th, morning and afternoon. David has books for all ages/grades and the high energy, often hilarious presentation that follows his journey to becoming a writer is suitable for all--although his most recent books target junior and senior high readers.
This author's schedule fills FAST, so don't delay. Click on the name above to access David's full page and contact form.
Karen Bass' latest novel - and first MG - is showing up in bookstores. Two Times a Traitor tells the story of Laz who visits the Halifax Citadel and accidentally slides through time to land in 1745. Now he's been captured by angry British colonists (New Englanders) who think he's a traitor and a spy. The only hope he has of returning home is to really become a spy for the colonists - in the French fortress of Louisbourg.
Perhaps inspired by her characters' adventurous spirits, Karen is embarking on an adventure of her own. She and her retired husband are moving to Hamilton. She can hardly wait to begin exploring a new province! Invite her to your school or library, and she will donate two of her adventures (your choice).
Bernice Hune. Toronto. Storytellers of Canada. 金山Gold Mountain Stories. Traditional Asian folklore & Canada’s immigrant history (FDK - 12). Per session, 80-100 students. Three Sessions $625 + travel from Toronto.
A seasoned performer, Bernice has presented at 1001 school and festival events, from Vancouver Island for the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour to Halifax for the Canadian Museum of Immigration - Pier 21, as well as at the Singapore International Storytelling Festival.
Bernice shapes each presentation to the listeners. What languages are students hearing at home? In Bernice’s childhood Toronto home, voices talked in Cantonese. Elders told enchanted fables as well as personal stories about the railway, the head tax and the struggle for the rights of full citizenship. Her performances delight and inform audiences of all ages.
“Excellent stories - younger students appreciated the humour, enjoyed opportunities to join in on story chants and movement. Great multicultural emphasis!!” - Tamara Clark, Literacy Coordinator, Warren Park
Bernice displays an iron spike, silk cocoons, moon calendar animals, sumie brushes & other items for interactive programming. K to gr 8 guide:
The Magic Paint Brush & other enchanting tales for celebration Leung! -- chant in Chinese to wake up a wondrous creature 12 Animal Calendar -– folklore for the lunar new year Li-Shi & the Mulberry Tree -- discovery & invention along the ancient silk trade route Ghost Train -- Canadian classic by Paul Yee, tells of building the railway with Chinese workers BaBa’s Blue Shirt – social justice & hidden head tax papers Three Generations under one Roof - heartfelt collisions
For youth and adults, Bernice tells historical stories with fictional characters that she has created, including:
Mr. Yip’s Laundry -- enfranchisement, a right that came with a fight for World War II veterans named Wong, Chu & Yip Shoes for Suyin in the Chinese Exclusion era, an opera performer with luck & pluck enters Canada
"Outstanding and thought provoking -our history of Canada includes such diversity and should be embraced. Students were completely engaged and very excited to hear the stories. "Ghost Train" gave a captivating backdrop of Canadian Chinese history during the CPR creation. Thank you for sharing your own personal stories also!"- Jennifer Mohamed, Teacher-Librarian, Donview Middle School, Toronto
Each Session tailored to the participants. Three Session Fee $625.
JK/SK 45 min. (about 75 students)
grade 1-3 55 min. (4 classes, max. 80 )
grade 4-8 60 min. (3 classes, max. 100)
grade 9-12 varies with venue
Solo concert, family literacy evening, workshop and guest speaking engagements available, the fee for these specialty events varies with venue.
Bernice is a storyteller, actor, radio broadcaster and arts educator. Her presentations highlight the Autumn Moon Festival, Lunar New Year & Asian Heritage month in May.
Prefers a Library setting, but adapts to any space.
Needs a table, chart board with a ledge (marker & masking tape), world map and microphone for some settings.
We had Lisa Darymple come to the school today. She was FANTASTIC!!! So upbeat and vibrant. Many of the teachers have already come up to me commenting on what a great presenter she was and the students are so excited to purchase her books and continue on reading her latest novel. Thank you for your help!!
An addendum: this was a last minute booking! We facilitated Aleksandra's booking with Lisa the day before! Our authors ROCK! Thank you, Lisa for coming through in such a big way! Thank you, Aleksandra for the compliments!
The 3rd installment of Robert Priest's Spell Crossed trilogy, Missing Piece, has been chosen by the CCBC for this Spring’s Best Books For Kids And Teens. Free copy of the book if you invite Robert to your school in May or June. “A complex world with fascinating magic." — Canadian Materials
Marty Chan (Alberta). Writers Union Member. A professional liar since 1988, Marty writes books for kids and plays for adults. He’s also a keynote speaker, television screenwriter, radio dramatist, and raconteur.
Marty charges $400 plus HST for one hour-long session, $600 for two presentations, and $825 for three. He charges $1,000 for a full day visit, which allows you to schedule as many sessions as you like into the regular school day. Marty’s fees cover his travel and accommodation from Alberta, and he will offset travel costs through The Writers Union of Canada’s reading program.
If you book a full-day visit and want a family literacy event on the same day, Marty will waive the costs for the evening presentation.
The son of immigrants, Marty grew up in a French-Canadian town where he was the only Chinese kid at school. Bullied and friendless, he found sanctuary in the school library where a teacher-librarian inspired this reluctant reader to fall in love with books. Using his sense of humour, Marty turned bullies into buddies and transformed his passion for literacy into a lifelong career as a writer.
A versatile presenter with a background in theatre, Marty can present to any age and any size audience. He tailors his presentations according to grade levels, creating a unique experience for each group he visits. His sessions incorporate storytelling, humour, games, stage magic, and improv that ignite a passion for literacy in audiences from age 5 to 55. Marty has presented keynote speeches for teachers and librarians, led writing workshops for adults, performed at children’s festivals, and emceed large-scale cultural events.
Venues: Marty is able to present in any venue, but he prefers the library.
Some of his sessions include:
JK to 1: For the price of one full session ($400 plus HST), Marty will deliver two 30-minute storytelling sessions featuring Chinese folktales and stage magic. He’ll also reveal the real-life cats behind his hilarious picture book, True Story. (Maximum audience: 50.)
Grades 2 – 3: With a dose of humour, Marty recounts the real-life childhood experiences that inspired The Mystery of the Frozen Brains and improvises a scene with a few students as the stars of the story. (Maximum audience: 100+)
Grades 4 – 6: Keep the lights on for this thrilling talk about Marty’s scary series, Keepers of the Vault, which was inspired by his haunted elementary school. This session is sure to make a few kids jump out of their seats. (Maximum audience: 100+)
Grades 7 and up: Marty reveals the research he did to write The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, a steampunk fantasy series featuring magician and escape artist Harry Houdini as the protagonist. Marty will show kids all types of shackles as well as a regulation straitjacket, from which he will attempt to escape. (Maximum audience: 100+)
Keynote sessions: Marty can present a keynote session for mixed grade levels or a family literacy night. His keynotes incorporate elements of humour, storytelling, stage magic, and inspiring stories of overcoming discrimination. (Maximum audience: 400).
Writing workshops: Want to go behind the scenes? Marty shares tips on writing thrillers, creating conflict, and crafting plays. He presents workshops for grades 3 – 12 as well as writing seminars for adults. (Maximum audience: 30.)
Virtual visits: $100 plus HST for a half-hour Skype session.
Teachers and librarians have this to say about Marty’s sessions:
“Wow! What a performance! It is hard to say who enjoyed it more, the students or the staff. We were all captivated with Marty Chan and his engaging, entertaining, and informative presentation. The students were asking for him to come visit us again minutes after the presentation ended. From the moment he began to speak, he enthralled us with details of his journey to become an author. His interactive presentation style and use of humour made his writing process come alive for the students, and murmurs of “I want to become a writer” could be heard rippling through the audience…pure gold to a teacher’s ears!” - Nikki Haight, Prince Philip Public School
“Marty engaged a very difficult group of junior high students the ENTIRE presentation. We have never had a presenter come in who was able to capture and hold their attention. This was awesome. Students were even commenting on their way out the room how amazing he was. It was so great to hear them excited about something related to learning. Students were talking about his presentation for days after. The students say he was the best author they have ever seen.” – Janet Kraft, Ralston School
Marty Chan was able to mesmerize children from kindergarten to grade three with his combination of magic, sketching, story-telling and total body language. His inclusion of Chinese folk tales was a good fit for our grade threes, as they were studying different cultures and traditions as part of the Social Studies curriculum. In choosing children from the audience to act out his tales, the performance aspect of the Language Arts curriculum was enhanced. All the students were willingly engaged in listening, another component of the language arts curriculum. Our staff were delighted by his revision demonstration, using his “magic book”. The next day when a student was asked to add details to his story draft, he smiled and said,” Just like Marty Chan, right?” – Susan Schneider, I.F. Cox School
Marty needs a table to set his props and a glass of water. In a larger venue like the gym, Marty will need a microphone and stand as well as a projector and screen.
Oscar is penning the ultimate break—up letter to his former Partner in Adventure and now Sworn Mortal Enemy. No more Time Travel Tower of Ultimate Power. Or Precarious Portal for Intrepid Explorers. Is their friendship doomed to destruction along with the world of imagination that the two have built together?
Set in an inner—city apartment complex and filled with humour, By the Time You Read This is a story that acknowledges the emotional rollercoaster that defines some childhood friendships and the importance of empathy and forgiveness in keeping those friendships strong.
"The Explorersis a rollicking and clever adventure!" - Arthur Slade, author of The Hunchback Assignments
This story begins with a pig in a teeny hat. After that a risk-averse boy stumbles upon a very mysterious Explorers Society which sets in motion a tale of danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, famous explorers, and a girl on a rescue mission. The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a series that is sure to hit young readers, especially reluctant ones, right in the funny bone.
"In this wildly funny adventure...animals in teeny hats, Wonderland-style logic, and loads of wordplay and sarcasm will keep readers giggling all the way through." — Kirkus Reviews
To book Adrienne for a visit, follow the link on her name.
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.