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).
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
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!