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.
Anne Marie Sisti recently wrote: Thank you once again for a great recommendation! Lana Button was great with our primary students! Engaging, entertaining and delivers such positive messages. We loved having her but I knew she would be great because Willow is such an amazing character!
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!