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Caroline Adderson Caroline Adderson has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her family. For more information, visit www.carolineaddersonkids.com.
Lou Allin Lou Allin was the author of the award-nominated Belle Palmer mysteries set in Northern Ontario. Formerly an English teacher, Lou held a PhD. in English literature. Her Rapid Reads Contingency Plan won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novella in Canada and has been shortlisted for the Golden Oak Award from the Ontario Library Association.
Bret Amundson Bret Amundson is a broadcaster and voiceover artist from Minnesota. He has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Gail Anderson-Dargatz is a bestselling author. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail divides her time between the Shuswap region of British Columbia and Manitoulin Island in Ontario. For more information, visit gailanderson-dargatz.ca.

Marion Arbona Marion Arbona was born in France. After obtaining her diploma in animation at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she moved to Quebec. She devotes her life to illustration, painting and animation. In constant evolution, she explores new techniques such as scratchboard, pastel and transparency, which she combines with her favourite media: gouache, ink and image retouching. For more information, visit www.marionarbona.com.
Shane Arbuthnott Shane grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and now lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his family. His short fiction has previously appeared in On Spec and Open Spaces. For more information, visit www.shanearbuthnott.com.
Kelley Armstrong Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville Modern Gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Her past works include the Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy. She also co-writes the Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her family. For more information, visit www.kelleyarmstrong.com.
Mark Ashby Mark Ashby is a voiceover artist, audiobook narrator and producer. He has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
Martha Attema

martha attema was born on a dairy farm in Friesland, one of the northern provinces in the Netherlands. In 1981, martha immigrated with husband, Albert and three children to Canada. In 1995, she published her first novel, A Time to Choose. This war novel set in Friesland and deals with the Resistance and won the Blue Heron Book Award. Since this initial success martha has written numerous books for young people.

Catherine Austen Catherine Austen worked in the conservation movement before becoming a freelance writer. She lives in Quebec with her husband, Geoff, and their children.Her novels with Orca include Walking Backward and All Good Children. For more information, visit www.catherineausten.com.
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Nizar Ali Badr Nizar Ali Badr has always been inspired to paint, sculpt and draw. In his walks along the seashore near the ancient port city of Ugarit, Syria, he always admired the stones on the beach and in the clear blue water. Now he gathers these stones and brings them home to his rooftop studio, where they become the medium for his art. Nizar has never left his hometown of Latakia, though in his heart he accompanies the many Syrians who have been forced to flee their homeland because of ongoing violence.
Dan Bar-el

Dan Bar-el was born in Edmonton, grew up in Ontario, got lost briefly in Manitoba and now resides in Vancouver. Each year, Dan gives numerous presentations in schools and libraries across North America both as an author and as a storyteller. He takes great delight in opportunities to travel, see new places and visit with young readers. Visit his website at www.danbarel.com.

 

Steven Barwin Steven Barwin leads a double life as a writer and a teacher. He is the author of a number of sport-themed books, including Orca Sports titles Hardball and Hurricane Heat. He has also written for numerous television shows and contributed to the creation of the NASCAR and World Wrestling DVD board games. Steven lives in Toronto with his family. For more information, visit www.stevenbarwin.com.
Sonya Spreen Bates Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in Australia. Sonya obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from the University of Victoria and a Master's degree in Speech Pathology from Dalhousie University. She has spent many years working with children with communication disorders, both in Canada and Australia, and often writes her own stories to use in therapy. For more information, visit www.sonyaspreenbates.com.
Andrea Beck

Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com.

Andrea Beck

Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com.

Carolyn Beck Carolyn Beck first learned about letters when she was five. Right away she liked them. They make interesting sounds, like the s-s-s-sneaky S, the punchy P and the bouncy B. And best of all, in bunches they make WORDS! (Carolyn also discovered numbers and liked them too, but that is another story.) Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Helaine Becker Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than seventy books for children and young adults. For more information, visit www.helainebecker.com.
Nancy Belgue Nancy Belgue is the author of five books for children. Her writing has appeared in magazines in both Canada and the United States. In addition to speaking to children as a visiting author, Nancy has worked as a literary/drama artist with the Learning Through The Arts program and has acted in television commercials, training videos and documentaries.
Joanne Bell Born in Great Britain, Joanne Bell grew up in New Brunswick and Alberta. She visited Dawson City, Yukon, many years ago and fell in love with the nearby Ogilvie Mountains, where she spent years running dogs, hiking, canoeing and living in log cabins. Now married with two daughters, she works as a naturalist in the summers and is a substitute teacher in Dawson City whenever she is not in the mountains.
William Bell William Bell is a former teacher and the bestselling author of a number of teen novels. He lives in Orillia, Ontario.
Sally Bender Sally Bender is a teacher-librarian who writes a book review column for the Brandon Sun. She brought the children's book section to her local teachers' supply store, Total Teacher, where she worked for several years.
Holly Bennett Holly Bennett is the author of numerous young adult novels, all published by Orca. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, where she enjoys singing, being in nature, hanging out with her three grown sons, Scrabble and, of course, reading. For more information, visit www.hollybennett.ca.
Renne Benoit Renné Benoit is an award-winning illustrator of many books for children. In 2012, Big City Bees (Greystone) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award in the Children's Literature Illustration category. Renné currently works out of her home studio in St. Thomas, Ontario. For more information, visit www.rennebenoit.ca.
Laura Bifano Laura Bifano grew up in the rainy Pacific Northwest of Canada, where she spent her days running around in the forest and drawing pictures. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008, she divides her time between freelance work, fine art and animated shows and feature films. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.laurabifano.com. Follow her on Twitter @Bifanoland.
Josée Bisaillon Josée Bisaillon has illustrated more than twenty-five children's books, created numerous editorial illustrations for magazines and newspapers and been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award twice. She lives outside of Montréal, Québec. For more information, visit www.joseebisaillon.com.
Rick Blechta Rick Blechta has two passions in life: music and writing. A professional musician since age fourteen, he brings his extensive knowledge of that life to his crime fiction. He is now the author of eight novels, two of which, Cemetery of the Nameless and Roses for a Diva, were shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award. In 2017, his third Rapid Reads book, Rundown., won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella. Rick runs a blog called Type M for Murder. For more information about Rick, visit www.rickblechta.com.
Richard K. Blier The Vancouver Island Trails Information Society is a non-profit society dedicated to providing accurate information to the public about parks and trails on Vancouver Island.
Jill Bogart Jill Bogart is working on her doctorate in art history. She lives with her husband in Pittsburgh.
Jo Ellen Bogart Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in several Texas cities, but for the last 32 years, she has lived in Guelph, Ontario AKA Children's Author Central. She really enjoys running into writers and artists at the grocery store. Jo Ellen has a teaching degree from the University of Texas and has worked as a supply teacher. Though she no longer teaches, she really enjoys meeting her young readers and seeing what they have to say. Her own two kids are grown but she has a new baby grandson and is amassing stacks of books for the future reader.

Michele Martin Bossley

Michele Martin Bossley is the author of numerous novels for young people. A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

David Bouchard Métis author David Bouchard has written many bestselling and award-winning books for children. David grew up on the prairies, where he lived and breathed street hockey. David is a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he had a public school named after him in Oshawa, Ontario. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife, daughter and two dogs. For more information, visit davidbouchard.com
Luc Bouchard Luc Bouchard is an award–winning feature writer for the magazines Elle, Chatelaine, L'Actualité and Reader's Digest Canada. He lives in Montréal, Québec, with his partner and his two daughters. Visit www.bouchardluc.com for more information.
Patricia Bow

Patricia Bow has been reading ever since the local library opened its magic doors for her and writing since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She uses a computer now instead of a crayon, but the thrill of the story hasn't changed. She writes what she loves to read: fiction with a strong flavour of the strange and mysterious, anchored by down-to-earth heroes.

Gail Bowen

Gail Bowen is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Joanne Kilbourn. Winner of both the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award and the Derrick Murdoch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers of Canada, in 2008 Bowen was named “Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist” by Reader’s Digest. She was selected as one of "The 100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors" for an upcoming Library Unlimited reference book. For more information, visit www.gailbowen.com.

Lisa Bowes Lisa Bowes has been recognized across Canada for her work as a sports reporter, live host, anchor, play by play announcer and producer. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for best writing in an information program or series. At the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Lisa was CTV's host/reporter for women's hockey. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. For more information, visit www.bowesknowssports.com.
Adrian Bradbury Adrian Bradbury is the co-founder and director of GuluWalk, a foundation dedicated to supporting the abandoned children of northern Uganda. Bradbury's writing on northern Uganda has appeared in both the National Post and Uganda's Daily Monitor, and for the continuing efforts of GuluWalk he earned a 2005 Planet Africa award and was recognized as a 'Newsmaker of the Year' by Maclean's magazine. He lives in Toronto, Canada. For more information please visit www.guluwalk.com.
Karleen Bradford Karleen Bradford is the award-winning author of twenty-two works of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Her books include historical novels, fantasy and contemporary stories, as well as picture books and chapter books. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, but spent most of her childhood years in Argentina. For more information, visit www.karleenbradford.com.
Michael Bradford

Michael Bradford was born in 1975 in St. Albert, Alberta. He has worked as a grass cutter, waiter, pizza-delivery boy, literacy teacher, elementary-school vice-principal and published poet. Button Hill is his first novel. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his wife and two children. Visit www.michaelbradford.ca for more information.

Kristi Bridgeman Kristi Bridgeman has illustrated several books for children. Her fine-art pieces can be found at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Sooke Harbour House Gallery. Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, Kristi resides and paints in her home-based studio at the edge of the rainforest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.kristibridgeman.com.
Sigmund Brouwer Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In his popular presentations to young readers, Sigmund often plays the guitar (very badly). Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.rockandrollliteracy.com
William Roy Brownridge Author and illustrator William Roy Brownridge is a native of Saskatchewan. Like the hero of his Moccasin Goalie titles, Bill lived for hockey and played goal despite being unable to wear skates. In The Moccasin Goalie, he demonstrates the unique artistic style, the flair for storytelling and the feel for prairie life that have made all three of his volumes perennial favorites. After a successful career as a graphic designer, Bill now devotes himself full time to painting.

Leslie Buffam Leslie Buffam is a historian and a bookseller in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Maureen Bush Maureen Bush is the author of five books for children. Before becoming a writer, she pursued other passions: she has a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in environmental design, a certificate in mediation and negotiation, and a postgraduate certificate of creative writing. She has worked as a public involvement consultant and trained as a mediator. Born in Edmonton, Maureen now lives in Calgary with her husband and two daughters. Visit www.maureenbush.com for more information.
Kristin Butcher

Kristin Butcher taught a variety of different subjects from primary school to high school before becoming an author. She credits her experience in the classroom with both helping her understand children and teens better, as well as making her a whiz at Trivial Pursuit. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.kristinbutcher.com.

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Eva Campbell Eva Campbell was born in Ghana and spent her childhood in Barbados and Jamaica. She studied painting at the College of Art in Ghana (BA) and the University of Victoria (MFA). Eva has had numerous art exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Ghana, Barbados and Britain. Currently she is the visual arts teacher at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit evacampbell.ca.
Melodie Campbell Billed as the "Queen of Comedy" by the Toronto Sun in 2014, Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich. Melodie got her start writing stand-up and has since been a banker, marketing director, college instructor, comedy writer and possibly the worst runway model ever. Winner of ten awards, Melodie has been both a finalist for and a winner of the Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards for crime writing. She has over two hundred publications, including a hundred comedy credits, forty short stories and twelve novels. Her work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Star Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Canadian Living, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and many more. Melodie lives in Oakville, Ontario and can be found at www.melodiecampbell.com. Melodie Campbell has also written the Gina Gallo mystery series, books that are really capers more than mysteries. Titles in the series are The Goddaughter, The Goddaughter's Revenge, The Artful Goddaughter, The Goddaughter Caper and The Bootlegger's Goddaughter.
Anne Laurel Carter

Anne Laurel Carter is a multi-award-winning author of books for children, including Under the Prairie Sky (Orca 2004). When she's not writing, she's reading. Anne lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.

Brooke Carter Brooke Carter was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, where she earned an MFA in creative writing at UBC and where she currently makes her home with her family. Her stories, poems and articles have appeared in literary journals and national magazines. Another Miserable Love Song is her first novel. For more information, visit www.brookecarter.com.
Jaime Casap
Mike Casey Mike Casey is a voice actor who has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
Sara Cassidy Sara Cassidy's poetry, fiction and articles have been widely published, and she has won a Gold National Magazine Award. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her three children. For more information, visit www.saracassidywriter.com. Follow her on Twitter @SaraCassidyWrit.
Adrian Chamberlain Adrian Chamberlain has always wanted to be a rock star. While holding down a day job as an entertainment writer for the Victoria Times Colonist, he indulges his fantasies (albeit on a reduced scale) by playing organ and piano for The Soul Shakers, a Victoria rhythm-and-blues band.
Brenda Chapman Brenda Chapman is the author of the murder mystery In Winter's Grip (2010), along with the successful Jennifer Bannon mystery series for young adults. She is a former special education teacher and currently works as a senior communications advisor for the federal government in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, visit www.brendachapman.ca.
Kasia Charko Working in watercolor and colored pencil, Kasia Charko creates detailed, colorful paintings that bring period, place and character to life. Born and educated in England, Kasia lives in Alton, Ontario, with her family of animals. For more information, visit www.charko.com
Norma Charles

Norma Charles has written numerous books for kids, including The Accomplice, nominated for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. Norma has been a teacher and a teacher-librarian and has taught Creative Writing at UBC. For more information, visit www.normacharles.ca.

Kathleen Cherry Kathleen Cherry lives in northern British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She loves working with children and empowering them to develop their creativity through writing. For more information, visit www.kathleencherry.ca.
Lesley Choyce Lesley Choyce is the award-winning author of dozens of books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. For more information, visit www.lesleychoyce.com.
Becky Citra Becky Citra is the author of over twenty books, ranging from early chapter books to novels for young adults. She was an elementary schoolteacher for over twenty–five years and began writing for children in 1995. Becky's books have been shortlisted for and won many awards, including the Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow, the Silver Birch and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. For more information, visit www.beckycitra.com.
Sheldon Cohen Sheldon Cohen is an award-winning children's book illustrator and film animator. The prizes he's garnered over the past thirty years include the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Book Illustration, the British Academy Award for Best Animated Film, the AIGA Certificate of Excellence and the IBBY Honour List, representing the best in illustrations from Canada. He lives in Montréal, Québec. For more information, visit www.bysheldoncohen.blogspot.ca.
Reed Farrel Coleman Called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and "the noir poet laureate" in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman has published over fifteen novels. He is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and lives with his family on Long Island. For more information, visit www.reedcoleman.com.
PJ Sarah Collins Sam and Nate is PJ Sarah Collins' first published book. She is a creative writing student at the University of British Columbia and an elementary school teacher. For more information, visit www.pjsarahcollins.wordpress.com.
Bev Cooke Bev Cooke was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. When she's not writing or thinking about writing, she likes to talk with her two kids, read, daydream, think about gardening and pet her cats. Feral is her second book for children. Bev lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Allan Cormack Allan Cormack is a freelance illustrator who frequently collaborates with his wife, Deborah Drew-Brook. Visit his website at www.aarart.com.
Rose Cowles Rose Cowles is the illustrator of the award-winning Puppies on Board. She has a big black dog named Rosie. She loves animals and can paint eleven puppies and a dog over and over again so that you can recognize them on every page. "I love painting," she says. "It keeps me happy and that's the best gift I can give to my kids." She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Lorna Crozier Lorna Crozier has authored numerous books of poetry and received many awards. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna has read her poetry on every continent except Antarctica, and in 2005 she recited a poem for Queen Elizabeth II as part of Saskatchewan's centennial celebration. For more information, visit www.lornacrozier.ca.
Andrea Curtis
Marcus Cutler Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator from Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more. Visit his website at www.marcuscutler.com.
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Anita Daher Anita Daher holds memberships in The Writers' Union of Canada, The Canadian Children's Book Center, The Manitoba Writers' Guild, The Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and was a founding member of the Territorial Writers Association. When she's not writing, she likes to spend time baking, playing her guitar (badly), and turning her backyard garden into a haven for neighbourhood bunnies. Anita currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, two daughters, a basset hound, and a Westfalia camper van named Mae. For information on school presentations and workshops, visit www.anitadaher.com.
Diane Dakers Diane Dakers is a freelance writer and journalist. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For information, visit www.dianedakers.com.

Lisa Dalrymple Lisa Dalrymple is the author of the picture books A Moose Goes A-Mummering and Skink on the Brink, winner of the 2014 Crystal Kite Award. She lives in Fergus, Ontario, with her husband and their three children. For more information, visit www.lisadalrymple.com
Anne Marie Damman Anne Marie Damman is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
Alan & Lea Daniel Alan and Lea Daniel are the illustrators of many award-winning picturebooks. They based the boys in Under a Prairie Sky on their two grandsons.
Danielle Daniel Danielle Daniel is the author and illustrator of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, a finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Blue Spruce Award and a New York Public Library's Most Notable Books of 2015. She writes and paints in Sudbury, Ontario. For more information, visit www.danielledaniel.com.

Leslie A. Davidson Leslie A. Davidson has always been a writer, though it wasn't until retirement that she finally found time for the stories that tapped on her consciousness throughout years of teaching and parenting. Leslie's writing celebrates the things that matter most to her: family, friendship and the natural world. In the Red Canoe is her first picture book. Leslie and her husband live in Revelstoke, British Columbia, where three young grandchildren inspire her and fill her days with joy. For more information, visit www.leslieadavidson.com.
Aubrey Davis Aubrey Davis is an award-winning Canadian author and storyteller. Aubrey lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information go to www.aubreydavis.com.
Maggie De Vries Maggie de Vries is the author of seven books for children. She lives in Vancouver on the banks of the Fraser River, and in recent years has grown increasingly fascinated by the fish that swim in the river and the birds that fly above it. Maggie also teaches creative writing at UBC and UNBC, travels regularly to lead writing workshops with children and teachers, and occasionally edits children's books.
Mike Deas Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his wife, Nancy, currently live on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.deasillustration.com or follow him on Twitter @DeasIllos.
Nicolas Debon

Nicolas Debon is both an author and an illustrator. He was a finalist for a Governor General Literary Award in 2003 and 2004. Nicolas lived in Toronto for 10 years, but has since returned to his birth country, France. He lives in St. Denis but maintains close ties to the Canadian literary scene.

Natasha Deen Award-winning author Natasha Deen has written everything from creative nonfiction to YA and adult fiction. She was the inaugural 2013 Regional Writer in Residence for the Metro Edmonton Library Federation. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, visit www.natashadeen.com. Follow her on Twitter @natasha_deen.
James C. Dekker James C. Dekker is a first-time author and a fresh new voice in teen fiction. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, and, as far as he knows, is not known to police.

 

Vicki Delany Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers, and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: from clever cozies to Gothic thrillers, gritty police procedurals to historical fiction, and novellas for adult literacy. Under the name of Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series for Penguin Random House. Her latest novel is Elementary, She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane. Vicki is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. For more information, visit www.vickidelany.com.
Dominique Demers Dominique Demers has a PhD in children's literature and has written nearly thirty books for children. Many of her stories have become films. Dominique taught children's literature classes at the Université du Québec à Montréal for fifteen years and continues to give conferences across Canada on the joy of reading. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Stephane Denis Stephane Denis is an award-winning artist from Ottawa, Canada. His work has been published across North America and overseas. Visit his website at www.stephdenis.com.
K. L. Denman

K.L. Denman has written many novels for youth, including the Orca Currents titles Destination Human and Agent Angus. She lives in Delta, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.kldenman.com.

 

Kady MacDonald Denton Kady MacDonald Denton is an award-winning author and illustrator of books for children. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Visit her website at www.kadymacdonalddenton.ca.
Geneviève Després Geneviève Després completed a degree in industrial design at the Université de Montréal but decided instead to pursue her first passion: drawing. After spending a few years in Europe exploring different techniques, Geneviève returned to Quebec. Since then, she has illustrated many French books for children and is beginning to illustrate English books as well. Geneviève lives in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec, with her family. For more information, visit www.genevievedespres.ca.

Cleve Dheensaw Cleve Dheensaw has been a sportswriter with the Victoria Times Colonist for twenty-eight years. He has covered a total of six Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Cleve lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Ned Dickens Primarily a playwright, Ned Dickens lives a life filled with adventure. He has twice raised the money to buy a vehicle and drive it to Nicaragua to donate to development projects. He has been a special education teacher and has done theater with street kids. By a Thread is one of several stories about Beo (who takes her name from Beowulf). The collection Beo's Bedroom is about to become an animated series. By a Threadwill be one of the first episodes. For more information, visit www.neddickens.com/.
Penny Draper Penny Draper is the award-winning author of numerous books for kids and teens. Raised in Toronto, Ontario, she now lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.pennydraper.ca.
Deborah Drew-Brook Deborah Drew-Brook is a freelance illustrator who frequently collaborates with her husband, Allan Cormack. Visit her website at www.aarart.com.
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Wallace Edwards Wallace Edwards is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and an award-winning author and illustrator. His paintings and illustrations are found in public and private collections, books, magazines and on public display in Canada and the United States. Wallace lives in Yarker, Ontario. For more information, visit www.wallace-edwards-art.com.
Sheila Egoff

Sheila Egoff discovered the public library in her hometown of Galt, Ontario, at age eight, more than eighty years ago. Her love of books led to a life devoted to the promotion of children's literature and librarianship. Many of today's children's librarians credit Sheila with instilling in them a philosophy of librarianship that values literary quality and bringing books to each and every child.

Desmond Anthony Ellis Desmond Anthony Ellis was born in Ireland, but has lived in Toronto since 1972. In addition to writing, he has worked as an actor in Dublin, London and Paris. He lives with his wife in Toronto’s west end with an ever changing number of stray animals that wander in from the park behind their house.
Laurie Elmquist Laurie Elmquist holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Ontario and has been published in several magazines and anthologies. A teacher at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, and online instructor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Laurie has served as a judge for several competitions, including the Canadian Author’s Association Book Prize. For more information, visit www.laurieelmquist.com.
Scott Ely Scott Ely received his MFA from the University of Arkansas and taught writing at Winthrop University in South Carolina. He published five novels and four collections of short stories. The Elephant Mountains was his first novel for young adult readers.
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Rita Feutl Rita Feutl has a BA in political science from the University of Toronto, an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Alberta. Rita lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family. She is a writer and editor, and has given numerous school readings and writing workshops. For more information, please visit www.ritafeutl.com.

Sheree Fitch Sheree Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children's literature including the 1992 Mr. Christie Award for Best Canadian Children's Book for There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children in 2000. Sheree has published over 25 titles for children and adults, and has read her work to audiences worldwide. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. For more information, visit www.shereefitch.com.
Julie Flett Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor Genera's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L'alphabet di Michif). Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.
Helen Flook Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has a Degree in Graphic Design from the Norwich School of Art. Helen has illustrated numerous children’s books. She lives and works in Abergwyngregyn, a village in Wales.
Melanie Florence Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway. For more information, visit www.melanieflorence.com.
Barbara Fradkin Barbara Fradkin is a child psychologist with a fascination for how we turn bad. Her compelling short stories haunt numerous magazines and anthologies. Barbara's work as a school psychologist helping adolescents and younger children, many of whom struggled with reading, has also made her a strong advocate of programs that help to develop reading as a life-long passion. For more information, visit www.barbarafradkin.com.
Leanne Franson Leanne Franson is a children's illustrator from Martensville, Saskatchewan. Visit her website at www.leannefranson.com.
Colin Frizzell Colin Frizzell is an author, poet and screenwriter who was raised on a farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He is a Radio Broadcasting graduate of Loyalist College of Arts and Technology and has also studied television, film, acting, and improvisation as well as working on features in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Colin's books have received critical acclaim across North America, have been translated into Swedish and Norwegian, and have been adopted into the curriculum of several Ontario high schools. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.colinfrizzell.ca.
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Dayle Campbell Gaetz Dayle Campbell Gaetz has worked as a creative-writing instructor, book editor and columnist but now devotes her time to her own writing. Gaetz is the author of over twenty books for young people and adults. Gaetz grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and now lives in Campbell River. For more information, visit www.daylegaetz.com.

Darlene Gait Inspired by Nature and her First Nations Heritage, Darlene Gait's work brings to life the rich traditions and oral history of the First People of Canada. Her art is recognized internationally, and is exhibited and held in private and public collections. Darlene currently lives in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Darlene Gait Inspired by Nature and her First Nations Heritage, Darlene Gait's work brings to life the rich traditions and oral history of the First People of Canada. Her art is recognized internationally, and is exhibited and held in private and public collections. Darlene currently lives in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Bree Galbraith

Bree Galbraith is a graduate student of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She uses narrative in much of her work and was thrilled when a class project became her first published children’s book. Bree works as a graphic designer in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Elizabeth Gatt

Elizabeth Gatt was born in London, England, and has an MA in graphic design from the Central School of Art and Design. She worked for a number of years at the Natural History Museum in London and began illustrating children's books after her two children were born. Elizabeth now lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Maurice Gee Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand's finest writers, with nearly fifty books for adults and young adults and a number of prestigious awards to his credit. A former teacher, Maurice was first inspired to write after reading Charles Dickens as a teenager. However, it was not until he reached his mid-40s that he became a full-time writer. Gee, who was named an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artist as one of the ten greatest living artists in New Zealand, came out of retirement to write the Salt Trilogy. He lives in Nelson, on New Zealand's South Island.
Natale Ghent Natale Ghent was born in Brookfield, Illinois. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Guelph. Natale is a full-time writer.
Charles Ghigna Charles Ghigna, or Father Goose®, lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Orca, Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone and other publishers. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. For more information, visit www.charlesghigna.com.
Rachna Gilmore Rachna Gilmore is the Governor General’s Award-winning author of over twenty bestselling children’s books, which have won multiple honors and awards. Her books are sold internationally and have been translated into over a dozen languages. For more information, visit www.rachnagilmore.blogspot.com.
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Christy Goerzen

Christy Goerzen holds a Master of Arts in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a book reviewer, copywriter, marketing consultant, television writer, bookseller, university instructor and writing mentor. Born and raised on the West Coast, Christy lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family and two funny cats.

Beth Goobie Beth Goobie grew up in a family in which the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She moved away to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery, the CLA Award-winning Before Wings, and the adult novel The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth makes her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Vicki Grant

Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children. For more information, visit www.vickigrant.com.

Judith Graves Judith Graves writes YA fiction and is an award-winning writer and screenwriter. She lives in northern Alberta. For more information, visit www.judithgraves.com.
Monique Gray Smith Monique Gray Smith is a mixed–heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lkwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.moniquegraysmith.com.
Daphne Greer Daphne Greer is the author of Maxed Out, a 2013 YALSA Quick Picks nominee, and Jacob's Landing, which was a 2016 Hackmatack and 2016 Silver Birch finalist and was on the Best Books for Kids & Teens list from the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Daphne lives in Newport, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.daphnegreer.com.
Dean Griffiths Dean Griffiths is a popular picture-book artist with more than twenty-five titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter. For more information, visit www.deans-art.com.
Gabrielle Grimard Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was very young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She moved from Montreal to the Eastern Townships, where she now lives with her two children, several chickens and her husband, who builds wooden boats. They share an old barn as their artist's studio. For more information, visit www.gabriellegrimard.com.
Darren Groth Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Darren Groth now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his Canadian wife and twins. His books have been published on both sides of the Pacific and include his acclaimed YA novel Are You Seeing Me? Darren is a former special-education teacher and the proud father of a son with ASD. For more information, visit www.darrengroth.com.
Jacqueline Guest Jacqueline Guest has written over a dozen books for young readers, specializing in sports themes and historical fiction. Many of her main characters come from different ethnic backgrounds, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Her books have been finalists for the Willa award and the High Plains Book Awards. For more information, visit www.jacquelineguest.com.
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Jacqueline Halsey Jacqueline Halsey is the author of the award-winning book Peggy’s Letters, as well as Bluenose Adventure. She lives in Nova Scotia.
Marilyn Halvorson Blue Moon is Marilyn Halvorson's second book in the Orca Soundings series. Bull Rider was an ALA Quick Pick nominee. When she is not caring for cattle on her ranch, Marilyn spends her time writing. For more information, visit www.marilynhalvorson.ca.
Jo Hammond

Born a stone's throw from the English Channel in Bognor Regis,Jo Hammond emigrated to the Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada in 1967 on a 6,000 ton freighter, sailing with a cargo of Rolls Royces, Robertsons' Marmalade, and Cutty Sark Whisky. Jo lives in an orchard by the sea just outside Gibsons with three cats and a vast collection of music.

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Brian Harvey

Brian Harvey is a scientist and writer. He holds a PhD in marine biology and specializes in conservation of aquatic biodiversity. Brian’s first nonfiction book for a general audience, The End of the River, was published in 2008. He is currently finishing a second nonfiction book about sailing around Vancouver Island and is working on several fiction projects. Brian lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.brianharvey.org.

Sarah N. Harvey Sarah N. Harvey writes for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, French, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she works as a children's book editor. For more information, visit www.sarahnharvey.com.
Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had her poetry published in The Antigonish Review, Room of One's Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a belly dancer and jewelry-maker. She lives in an old farmhouse with her husband, hawk and 2 dogs. Her website is www.waking.ca.
Brenda Hasiuk

Brenda Hasiuk is an award-winning short-fiction writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first novel, Where the Rocks Say Your Name, was nominated for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the coldest major city on earth, with her husband, author Duncan Thornton. For more information, visit www.brendahasiuk.com.

Holly Hatam Holly Hatam is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been featured in greeting cards, prints, clothes and much more. Holly's other passions include snuggling with her hubby and son, spending time hugging trees, filling up her pantry with tea and sticking her nose in a book. For more information, visit www.hollyhatam.com. Follow her on Twitter @hollyhatam.
James Hearne James Hearne lives in Calgary, Alberta, and specializes in app, magazine and book illustration. For more information, visit www.jameshearnedesign.com.
Colleen Heffernan A Kind of Courage is Colleen Heffernan's first novel for young adult readers. She has previously published two early chapter books and several pieces of short fiction for young readers. Colleen lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Lisa Heggum Lisa Heggum is a teen services librarian who began her career in New York City and currently works as the Toronto Public Library's Youth Collections Librarian. Lisa has served on young adult book award committees for the Ontario and Canadian Library Associations. She is the first Canadian to be certified as a Young Adult Library Services Association "Serving the Underserved" trainer, and has presented at numerous library conferences. Lisa won the inaugural Ontario Public Library Association Leadership in Youth Services Award.
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Marilyn Helmer Marilyn Helmer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland. Marilyn's stories, poems and articles have appeared in children's magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. Her published books include picturebooks, chapter books, novels, riddle books and retold fairy tales. For more information, visit www.marilynhelmer.com.
James Heneghan A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.jamesheneghan.com.
Ben Hodson Ben Hodson illustrates mostly for children in books, magazines and textbooks. He is the 2004 recipient of the Glass Slipper Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Canadian Conference. He does presentations and workshops at local schools and libraries. Ben lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife May and his daughter Zoe. For more information, visit www.benhodson.ca.

Mark Hoffmann Mark Hoffmann is a freelance editorial illustrator, children's-book illustrator, fine artist and professor in the illustration department at Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts. He lives with his wife and son in the New England area. For more information, visit www.studiohoffmann.com.
Katherine Holubitsky

Katherine Holubitsky's first novel, Alone at Ninety Foot, (Orca Book Publishers), won the CLA Book of the Year for Young Adults and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. She has also written Last Summer in Agatha, The Hippie House and The Mountain that Walked, all published by Orca. Katherine lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Anita Horrocks Anita Horrocks has published several award-winning books for young readers. Anita lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, where she divides her time between working part-time at the library, traveling, hiking, cycling, walking, writing, reading, quilting, baking and doing other grandma things.
Eric Howling Eric Howling is the author of six other sports novels: Gang Tackle, Head Hunter, Red Zone Rivals, Hoop Magic, Kayak Combat and Drive. His books have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, included on Resource Links' Year's Best lists and picked as CCBC Best Books selections. Eric lives in Calgary, Alberta. For more information, visit www.erichowling.wordpress.com.
Shelley Hrdlitschka Shelley Hrdlitschka is the author of several novels for teens. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. When she's not writing, she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practicing yoga, Zumba dancing or volunteering at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.wordpress.com.
Alison Hughes Alison Hughes writes for children of all ages, and her books have been nominated for numerous awards. Alison also volunteers at the Centre for Family Literacy and does frequent presentations at schools, libraries and young-writer conferences. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.alisonhughesbooks.com.
Steven P. Hughes Steven Hughes grew up in Ontario, graduated from Sheridan College with a BAA in Illustration and currently lives in Montreal, Quebec. Besides illustration, he enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with his faithful companion, Bixby (the dog). For more information, visit www.stevenhugh.es.
Fran Hurcomb Fran Hurcomb arrived in the Northwest Territories in 1975 and immediately succumbed to the spell of the North. She lived on a trapline, ran sled dogs for almost twenty years, built and lived on a houseboat, and has worked at a variety of jobs. Her first children's book was published in 1999, followed by two northern pictorial histories. Fran lives in Yellowknife with her husband, hockey-playing daughter and several pets.
Hazel Hutchins From her home in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, Hazel has written over forty books for children of all ages. She gives lively presentations at schools and libraries across Canada. For more information, visit www.hazelhutchins.net.
Natalie Hyde Natalie Hyde was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and grew up in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, where she still lives. She spent most of her childhood collecting crickets, toads and tent caterpillars. Natalie lives with her husband and four children in a house with too many stairs, which they share with a little leopard gecko and a cat that desperately wants to eat him. I Owe You One is Natalie's first book for Orca. To learn more about Natalie, please visit www.natalaliehyde.com.
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Frances Itani

Frances Itani has published numerous books, including Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of 2012's top fiction titles of the year; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Award, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was published in 17 territories. Frances is a Member of the Order of Canada and is a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award.

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Melanie Jackson

Scottish-born and mystery-minded, Melanie Jackson is the author of numerous children's books including the Dinah Galloway Mystery Series. She is a business/advertising writer and editor, and a member of the Vancouver Sun's Book Club. Melanie likes hiking, piano, English/Scottish history—and learning from the kids she works with as a writing mentor with the Vancouver School Board. For more information, visit www.melaniejacksonblog.wordpress.com.

Kate Jaimet

Kate Jaimet is an author and journalist who recently began a freelance career after many years as a daily newspaper reporter for the Ottawa Citizen. Kate lives in Ottawa, Ontario. More information is available at www.katejaimet.com.

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Marthe Jocelyn Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
Marthe Jocelyn Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Marthe settled in Stratford after a thirty-year stretch in New York. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen has Master's Degrees in Medieval Studies and in English. She has held the Eileen Wallace Research Fellowship in Children's Literature and received the Frances E. Russell Award for research in children's literature in 2004. Johansen received the Canadian Authors' Association 2006 Lilla Stirling Award; she has had fiction titles nominated for the Silver Birch Award, the Diamond Willow Award, shortlisted for the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians Book of the Year for Children Award, and included on the Ontario Library Association's "Best Bets Top Ten List" and VOYA's "Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror" list. For more information, visit www.pippin.ca.

Susan R. Jolliffe Susan Rennick Jolliffe alighted into the world of children's books after many years as a visual artist. She is known for her humorous and beautiful transformations of what most people consider junk. Her books have been inspired by her standard poodle and even wilder Canadian animals. Susan lives in Ottawa, Ontario; she is available for school visits.
Carolyn Jones Carolyn Jones teaches high school English and Spanish in Port Coquitlam. She lives in the Strathcona neighbourhood of East Vancouver with her beloved teddy bear, Theodora. Theodora Bear was written to entertain Carolyn's goddaughters, Emma and Sarah. They always want to hear about Theodora's latest adventures, and particularly enjoy stories in which the bear outsmarts the girl she lives with. Carolyn Jones was born in Havana, Cuba, and has lived there, in New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver. Theodora Bear is her first book.
Kari Jones Kari Jones is the author of numerous books for young readers and teens, including At the Edge of the World, a young adult novel. She lives on the west coast of Canada, where she enjoys exploring the coast by kayak with her husband and son and their dog, Tintin. For more information, please visit www.karijones.ca.
Mere Joyce Mere Joyce writes short stories as well as novels and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. As both a writer and a librarian, she understands the importance of reading and the impact the right story can have on young minds. She lives in Cambridge, Ontario, with her family. For more information, visit www.merejoyce.com.
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Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her books about the holocaust for young readers, including Hiding Edith, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War and The Underground Reporters. A former psychologist, Kathy tours North America speaking to young people about the importance of remembering the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.kathykacer.com.

Nelly Kazenbroot Nelly Kazenbroot is a prize-winning painter and writer, and she has been published in literary magazines across Canada. Her projects include everything from picture books, to adult fiction, to large surreal paintings. She lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia with her family. For more information, visit www.nellykazenbroot.com.
Brooke Kerrigan Brooke Kerrigan grew up in Toronto. She studied interpretive illustration at Sheridan College and graduated with an Applied Arts degree. Brooke now lives in Chamonix, France, where she divides her time between illustrating, backcountry skiing, spending time with friends and eating chocolate with a cup of tea while reading a good book.
Anna Kerz Anna Kerz's first book, The Mealworm Diaries, was shortlisted for many awards, including a Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. In her spare time, she tells stories to audiences of all ages and teaches students how to tell stories of their own. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario, with her husband, Frank, and their dog, Bailey.
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Don Kilby Don Kilby's unique vision of rural life stems partly from the time he spent on the prairie and partly from the myriad jobs he has held including lumberjack, steelworker, paperboy and graphic artist. His paintings capture the detail and shifting moods of the landscape and its inhabitants. Don lives in Eden Mills, Ontario. For more information, visit www.donkilby.com.
Sheena Koops

Voice of the Valley is Sheena Koops' first novel. She is an author who has stuck to the old adage "write what you know" and that faith has served her tremendously well. Sheena Koops teaches high school and lives with her family in the historic Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan.

Maryann Kovalski In Queen Nadine, Maryann Kovalski blends the unique voice and warm-and-bouncy artwork that has made her a favorite across the country. She has illustrated over twenty titles, six of which she also wrote. Her touching Brenda and Edward has become a Canadian classic and her illustrations for The Big Storm by Rhea Tregebov earned her a Governer General's Award nomination.
Maryann Kovalski In Queen Nadine, Maryann Kovalski blends the unique voice and warm-and-bouncy artwork that has made her a favorite across the country. She has illustrated over twenty titles, six of which she also wrote. Her touching Brenda and Edward has become a Canadian classic and her illustrations for The Big Storm by Rhea Tregebov earned her a Governer General's Award nomination.
William Kowalski William Kowalski is the author of the international bestseller Eddie's Bastard, winner of South Africa's Ama-Boeke Award, and, more recently, The Hundred Hearts, winner of the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Four of the titles William wrote for the Rapids Reads series have been nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award. He lives with his family in Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.williamkowalski.com.
Zorica Krasulja Zorica Krasulja is a Canadian artist and illustrator from Burlington, Ontario. Visit her website at www.zorica.ca.
Karen Krossing Karen Krossing writes novels and short stories for kids and teens. Karen also encourages new writers through workshops for kids, teens and adults. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.karenkrossing.com.
Vladyana Krykorka Vladyana Krykorka has illustrated nine stories written by Michael Kusugak. Their books have received international acclaim and won numerous awards. Vladyana lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
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Michael Kusugak Michael Kusugak is Inuit and was riased in Nunavut. He writes books for children and travels, often telling the stories he heard from his grandmother when he was growing up. Michael's work has won the Ruth Schwartz Award for children's literature and has been short-listed for various other awards. In 2008, Michael was the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature for his body of work. Michael lives and works in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
Tanya Lloyd Kyi Tanya Lloyd Kyi is a freelance graphic designer and writer. She grew up in Creston, British Columbia, but now lives in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.tanyalloydkyi.com.
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Mary Labatt Mary Labatt breeds collies with her daughter, Elizabeth. She has written two series of books about dogs, Dog Detective Sam and Puppy Sam. Mary lives and writes in Port Rowan, Ontario.
Louise-Andrée Laliberté Louise-Andrée Laliberté is an author and illustrator from Quebec. For more information, visit www.louiseandreelaliberte.com.
Laura Langston Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.
Lisa J. Lawrence Lisa J. Lawrence graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Romance Languages, an MA in Italian Studies and a BED in Secondary Education. Since then she has taught preschool, post-secondary Italian, and Spanish as a second language. Lisa lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband and three children.
Julie Lawson

Julie Lawson is the award-winning author of many books including Arizona Charlie and the Klondike Kid and Destination Gold. She gathers story ideas wherever she goes, whether she is circling the globe on a freighter, living in Pierre Berton's childhood home in Dawson City, or sitting in her own living room. Julie lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit her website at www.julielawson.ca.

Sara Leach Sara Leach is a writer and teacher-librarian in Whistler, British Columbia. She loves hiking the nearby alpine trails with her husband and two children. Fortunately, they have never been stranded in any mountain huts, although they have endured many rainy days. For more information, visit www.saraleach.com.
Ingrid Lee

An avid reader of Grimm's fairy tales as a child, Ingrid Lee enters the world of the imagination with ease. She herself has made sandy shapes on many beaches over the years. And always, she says, she has trouble leaving them to fend for themselves at the end of the day. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where, in addition to writing, she teaches art and English.

Jen Sookfong Lee Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, The Better Mother, The End of East and Shelter, a novel for young adults. A popular CBC Radio One personality, Jen appears regularly as a contributor on “The Next Chapter” and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen teaches writing at The Writer's Studio Online with Simon Fraser University and with the Continuing Studies department of the University of British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sookfong.com.
Diane Carmel Léger

Diane Carmel Léger grew up in the Acadian village of Memramcook, New Brunswick. For 20 years, she lived in Victoria, British Columbia, where she taught French Immersion and wrote books in French and English. Diane has left the West but a little part of herself stayed behind in the virgin rainforests of Vancouver Island where her family was involved in saving some of the world's tallest trees. Diane has toured schools in Canada and the United States since 1991.

Michael Léger Michael Léger divides his time between his work in the film industry and his love of nature. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
John Lekich

John Lekich is a Vancouver-based author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Reader's Digest, the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. A former West Coast arts correspondent for The Globe and Mail, he is the recipient of ten regional and national magazine awards.

Anne Letain Anne Letain is a teacher-librarian, a consultant and the host of the website, The Reading Registry.
Wendy A. Lewis

Wendy A. Lewis is the author of several stories and books. Her collection Graveyard Girl received the Canadian Authors' Association Vicky Metcalf Award for excellence in young adult short fiction. Wendy loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the writing process and conduct creative writing workshops. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario with her family.

Leanne Lieberman Leanne Lieberman is the author of several books for young adults. Leanne lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches elementary school. For more information, visit www.leannelieberman.com.
Ron Lightburn Ron Lightburn’s career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. For more information, visit www.thelightburns.com.
Ashley Little Ashley Little completed a BFA in creative writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Ashley teaches yoga and writes fiction in Alberta's badlands. The New Normal is her first novel for teens. For more information, visit www.ashleylittle.com.
Jean Little

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. She grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Canada Council Literature Award (1977), the CLA Book of the Year (1985) and the Little, Brown Children's Book Award (1962). Many of her books focus on themes of dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in and adjusting to new situations and surroundings. Learn more about Jean at http://www.jeanlittle.com/.

Renata Liwska Renata Liwska is a children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book and The Loud Book. Visit her website at www.renataliwska.com.
Sheena Lott Sheena Lott has illustrated several children's books. She also exhibits her paintings across North America and her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world. Sheena works from her home studio in Sidney on Vancouver Island BC. For more information, visit www.sheenalott.com.
Deb Loughead Deb Loughead is the author of more than thirty-five books for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into seven languages. She has also written and directed children's plays and taught creative writing classes. Deb lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.debloughead.ca.
Annabel Lyon Annabel Lyon is the author of two books of adult fiction, Oxygen and The Best Thing for You. All-Season Edie is her first work for children. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
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Carrie Mac

Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos. For more information, visit www.carriemac.com.

Elly MacKay Elly MacKay creates tiny worlds from cut paper, ink and light, which she then photographs. Her work has been featured in international publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Chatelaine and Cosmopolitan. For more information, visit www.ellymackay.com.
Isabelle Malenfant

Isabelle Malenfant has a bachelor's degree in graphic design, but never worked in the field because she fell in love with illustration first. She likes to mix mediums such as watercolor, pastels and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. Isabelle has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, including Maggie's Chopsticks (Kids Can), which was awarded the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize. She was born in northern Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val-d'Or. Isabelle currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, with her little family.

Lynn Manuel Lynn Manuel published dozens of books for young people, including The Summer of the Marco Polo.
Martha Brack Martin Martha Brack Martin is an award–winning teacher–librarian in the southern Ontario town of LaSalle, near Windsor. After twenty–five years as a teacher (seventeen of them as a TL), she is still thrilled by getting kids excited about reading and finding just the right book for the right person. She was dared by a colleague a few years ago to put Book Babe on her business card, and she now revels in the title. The creator of a number of Book Babe teacher guides and author of four nonfiction books for children, she frequently facilitates workshops on children's literature, teaching with technology and librarianship.
Carol Matas

Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of over thirty-five novels for children and young adults. Her best-selling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Taiwanese, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, French, Indonesian and Russian. Her work has won numerous awards, and has been twice nominated for a Governor General's Award. More information is available at /www.carolmatas.com

Shirlee Smith Matheson Shirlee Smith Matheson is the author of several critically acclaimed books for young adults. Her stories are inspired by the universal struggle to fit in as an adolescent, especially those who have been uprooted from their homes and familiar surroundings. For more information, visit www.ssmatheson.ca.
Dianne Maycock

Dianne Maycock has always wanted to write books about animals. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UBC and a combined Master's degree in Adult Education and Counselling from the University of Toronto. She has visited every Canadian province except for P.E.I., as well as most of the countries in Europe. Dianne lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her family and is available for school presentations.

Ian McAllister Ian McAllister is the author of many books and his award-winning photographs have appeared in publications around the world. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a recipient of the North America Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero award. He is the founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. For more information, visit www.pacificwild.org.
Bruce McBay Bruce McBay collaborated with James Heneghan on Waiting for Sarah, his first book with Orca. He is the department head of Learning Support Staff at a Burnaby Secondary School and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
James McCann James McCann grew up on the icy plains of Manitoba, where he spent most of his teenage years reading comics and training in tae kwon do. In 2002 he came to the West Coast, where he's worked as a book-seller and a workshop leader, mentoring youth in creative writing. James lives in Coquitlam, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.jamesmccann.info
Norah McClintock Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.
Patricia McCowan Patricia McCowan has written several novels and short stories that have appeared in YA anthologies, as well as in print and online magazines. Patricia lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.patriciamccowan.com.
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Pamela McDowell Pamela McDowell's first career was in education, teaching junior high and high school. She began writing when she left teaching and has now written more than twenty nonfiction books for children. Pamela lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, two kids and an Australian shepherd. For more information, visit www.pamelamcdowell.ca
Sheryl McFarlane Sheryl McFarlane is the author of several award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sherylmcfarlane.ca.
M.J. McIsaac M.J. McIsaac was born in Oakville, Ontario, and completed a master’s degree in writing for children at the University of Winchester. M.J. currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where you can find her writing and taking care of one noisy beagle and a very hungry Lab. For more information, visit www.meaghanmcisaac.com.
Chris McMahen Chris McMahen is an elementary school teacher-librarian living near Armstrong, British Columbia. When he's not busy writing, teaching or spending time with his family, he can be found cycling the back roads of the Spallumcheen Valley or making peculiar pottery.
Melody DeFields McMillan Melody DeFields McMillan is a teacher who lives in Simcoe, Ontario, not far from where she grew up. When she's not writing, she's enjoying all that nature has to offer. Her first book about the irrepressible Addison, Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There, was nominated for a Silver Birch Award.
Amy Meissner Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on. Creating art for children's books is Amy's favorite job, but she also illustrates for posters and articles. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and has undergraduate degrees in both Art and Textiles.
Soizick Meister When Soizick Meister was a little girl in France, she loved both real-life and storybook adventures. Soizick graduated from graphic design school in Basel, Switzerland, and has had several exhibitions in Switzerland and France. She created the illustrations for Dragon Tide using a mixed technique involving acrylics, colored pencils and airbrush on paper. Soizick currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.soizimage.com.
Esperança Melo Esperança Melo is a graduate of Sheridan College's Animation Program and has completed an honors degree in graphic design from George Brown College. She has illustrated and designed several children's books. Esperança was born in the Azores and now lives in Millbrook, Ontario. For more information, visit www.esperancamelo.blogspot.ca
Pascal Milelli Pascal Milelli graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His first picturebook was the award-winning Rainbow Bay (Raincoast), followed by The Art Room (Groundwood), which was awarded the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration. Pascal lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Victoria Miles

Victoria Miles is the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including Old Mother Bear, which received a Henry Bergh award from the American Society for the Protection of Animals. Victoria lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two daughters.

Rachelle Anne Miller

Rachelle Anne Miller studied at NSCAD University, where she earned her Bachelor of Design in 2002. She worked as a graphic designer for several years before deciding to venture out as a freelance illustrator. Rachelle's art has been featured in various international magazines and websites. Her work can be seen in children's books, greeting cards, craft supplies, children's room decor, tech accessories and more. For more information, visit www.rachelleannemiller.com

Rob Mills Rob Mills has been an award-winning reporter, newspaper editor and writer in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Ontario. Charlie's Key is his first published novel. He lives in Pererborough, Ontario with his wife and two daughters.
Jessica Milne Jessica Milne is from the Comox Valley, British Columbia and grew up painting, drawing and taking photographs. She completed a double diploma in Fine Art and Graphic Design in the spring of 1998 from North Island College in Courtenay for which she received the Governor General's Award for outstanding achievement. She went on to the University of Victoria where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honours in the fall of 2001. Following her graduation from the University of Victoria, Jessica spent time teaching drawing and painting to adults and taking photographs for weddings. Along with that she discovered the magic of illustrating children's books. For more information, visit www.jessicamilne.com.
Irene Morck

Irene Morck is an accomplished author and trail-rider. Her first book with Orca, Tough Trails is based on many of her adventures riding in the Rocky Mountains. Irene lives on a farm with ten mules, one horse and her husband.

 

Cindy Morgan Cindy Morgan is an award-winning singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Sigmund Brouwer, and their two daughters. Cindy's latest album, Bows and Arrows, and her memoir, How Could I Ask for More, were both released in 2015. For more information, visit www.cindymorganmusic.com.
Kim Moritsugu Kim Moristugu's novel The Glenwood Treasure (2003) was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award. She leads a walking tour for Heritage Toronto, teaches creative writing at the Humber School for Writers, writes a food blog called The Hungry Novelist and sings in a community rock/pop choir. And Everything Nice is her fifth novel and first book in the Rapid Reads series. For more information, visit www.kimmoritsugu.com.
Michelle Mulder Michelle Mulder is the author of several books for children. These days, when she's not writing or going on adventures, she enjoys reading, swimming, baking, hiking, and pedaling her bicycle around Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and daughter. For more information about Michelle and her books, visit her website www.michellemulder.com.
Rachel Dunstan Muller Rachel Dunstan Muller has spent most of her life on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is the mother of five and the author of three other novels for children. For more information, visit www.racheldunstanmuller.com.
Patricia Murdoch A language arts teacher, Patricia Murdoch knows all too well the importance of learning to read and the power of a strong story. She lives in Bradford, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ssmatheson.ca.
Susan Musgrave Susan Musgrave has been nominated for and has received awards in five different categories of writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, children's writing—and for her work as an editor. She has published over twenty-seven books. Susan lives on Haida Gwaii and teaches poetry in the Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. For more information, visit www.susanmusgrave.com.
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Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Born in Calgary, Mary Elizabeth Nelson has been both a teacher-librarian and a language arts teacher. She wrote her first book at age four. She has four children and three grandchildren and presently lives and writes on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Karen Nesbitt

Karen Nesbitt works as a high school counselor near Montréal, Québec. The mother of two teenagers, Karen spends most of her days immersed in teen culture. She lives with her husband and children in Pierrefonds, Québec. Subject to Change is Karen's debut novel.

Cynthia Nugent

Cynthia Nugent is a nationally recognized and award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Her first book, Mister Got To Go, is now considered a Canadian classic. All of her books have been on the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice lists. Cynthia lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her Yorkshire terrier Emma. More information is available at www.cynthianugent.com.

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Heather M. O'Connor Heather M. O’Connor is a freelance writer, editor, author and mother of five (and grandmother of two). She lives in Whitby, Ontario, with her family and her yellow lab, Lady. For more information, visit heathermoconnor.com.
Liam O'Donnell Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the popular Max Finder Mysteries. For more information, visit www.liamodonnell.com or follow him on Twitter @liamodonnell.
Sylvia Olsen

Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sylviaolsen.ca.

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Erinne Paisley Erinne Paisley is an activist, public speaker, youth content developer, writer and student. She was awarded one of ten University of Toronto National Scholarships and is now studying International Relations at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Can Your Smartphone Change the World? is her first book. For more information, visit www.popactivism.com. Follow her on Twitter @popactivism and subscribe to her YouTube channel, Erinne Paisley.
David Parkins David Parkins has illustrated numerous children’s books. He also does editorial illustrations, political cartoons, and strip cartoons. David lives in Lansdowne, Ontario. For more information, visit www.davidparkins.com
Jacques Pasquet Passionate about memories, Jacques Pasquet is a writer and storyteller. Now that his busy career as a professor is behind him, he splits his time between writing and visiting schools. Jacques is the author of nearly twenty books for children in Québec and France. He lives in Montréal, Québec. For more information, visit www.jacquespasquet.com .
Mary Jennifer Payne Mary Jennifer Payne is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers' Summer Workshop in Creative Writing and a special-education teacher at Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Toronto, Ontario. Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies and magazines in Canada and abroad. Since You've Been Gone, her first full-length young-adult novel, was published in 2015. For more information, visit www.maryjenniferpayne.typepad.com.
Shane Peacock

Shane Peacock is an award-winning novelist, playwright, journalist and television screenwriter. His bestselling series for young adults, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, has been published in ten countries in twelve languages and has found its way onto more than forty shortlists. For more information, visit www.shanepeacock.ca.

Jacqueline Pearce Jacqueline Pearce grew up on Vancouver Island. She has always been fascinated with local history and her first three novels are stories about Vancouver Island's past. Her interest in other countries and cultures, nature and animals also makes its way into her novels and short stories. Jacqueline has degrees in English literature and environmental studies. She currently lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, on the edge of a ravine with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats. For more information, visit www.jacquelinepearce.ca.
Ninon Pelletier Montreal-born Ninon Pelletier has been an illustrator since 1996. She has illustrated numerous books for children in Canada and in France.
Lois Peterson Lois Peterson wrote short stories and articles for adults for twenty years before turning to writing for kids. She was born in England and has lived in Iraq, France and the United States. She now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she writes, reads and teaches creative writing to adults, teens and children. For more information, visit www.loispeterson.blog.com.
Elizabeth Phillips Elizabeth Phillips is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
Jeff Pinkney Jeff Pinkney holds an English degree from Trent University, is a former newspaper columnist, and currently works as a business advisor. Jeff is an emerging poet, writer and an amateur stone carver. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife Leslie and their three story-loving daughters. For more information, visit www.jeffpinkney.com.
Monique Polak Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Québec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. When not writing award-winning books, Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at in Montréal, Québec, and also works as a freelance journalist. For more information, visit www.moniquepolak.com.
Matthew Posner Matthew Posner is a voice actor who has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
Lucie Poulin-Mackey Lucie Poulin-Mackey has been a teacher for almost twenty years. Lucie is now a literacy specialist for her French school board.
Pierre Pratt Pierre Pratt studied graphic design at Ahuntsic College in Montreal. Since 1990, he has illustrated (and also written) close to fifty books for children. He has won several prizes, including the Governor General's Award of Canada three times, a Golden Apple and a Golden Plate in Bratislava, a Totem at the Montreuil Salon du Livre in France, a UNICEF Prize in Bologna, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Elizabeth Cleaver Prize, the Mr. Christie Book Award and the TD Children's Literature Award. In 2008, he represented Canada for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. For more information, visit www.pierrepratt.com.
Gabrielle Prendergast

Gabrielle Prendergast has written a number of books for young people, including Audacious, Capricious and Pandas on the Eastside. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, daughter and varying numbers of chickens. For more information, visit www.angelhorn.com.

Jules Price Jules Price is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
Kelly Pruner Kelly Pruner is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
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Falah Raheem Falah Raheem is a Canadian/Iraqi translator and writer. He has published the translation of about twenty books from English to Arabic. His first novel “The Parable of the Hedgehogs” was published in Arabic in 2012. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Bilaal Rajan Bilaal Rajan started fundraising at the age of four, when he sold clementines to raise money for the victims of an earthquake in India. Since then he has raised funds for children in Southeast Asia, Haiti and Africa. In March 2005, Bilaal became the UNICEF Canada Child Representative. He continues his fundraising efforts while attending school and traveling the world spreading his message of hope. Bilaal lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his parents.
Nicholas Read Nicholas Read is a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He collaborated with Ian McAllister on Wolf Island, The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea and wrote City Critters, about urban wildlife. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kass Reich Kass Reich is an educator and artist who was born in Montreal, Quebec. She earned a degree in art education from Concordia University in 2010. Kass is currently living in Melbourne, Australia, where she is spending time working on new projects. For more information please visit www.kassreich.com.
Cindy Revell Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards, wine bottles, magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. In 2001, Cindy was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, visit www.cindyrevell.com. Follow her on Twitter @cindyrev.
John Lawrence Reynolds John Lawrence Reynolds has had thirty works of fiction and nonfiction published. His work has earned two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Mystery Novel, a National Business Book Award, and a CBC Bookie Award. His bestselling book Shadow People, tracing the development and influence of secret societies through history, was published in fourteen countries and twelve languages. He lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Judy. For more information, visit www.wryter.ca.
Marilynn Reynolds Children's author Marilynn Reynolds was born in Sudbury, Ontario and grew up in Nipigon, Vancouver and Calgary. She worked as a reporter, book reviewer and editor before publishing her eight children's books with Orca Book Publishers.
Linda L. Richards

Linda L. Richards is a journalist and award-winning author. She is the founding editor of January Magazine, one of the Web’s most respected voices about books. Linda can be found at lindalrichards.com and @lindalrichards.

Nina Richmond Nina Richmond is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
Yolanda Ridge Yolanda Ridge lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, near an old-growth forest, where the trees are much too big for her to climb. Visit www.yolandaridge.com for more information.
Raquel Rivera The author of several books for children, Raquel Rivera has lived and worked in Washington, DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Barcelona and Toronto, Ontario (where she was born and raised). She now lives in Montréal, Québec, with her family. For more information, visit www.raquelriverawashere.com.

Karen Rivers

Karen Rivers is the author of fourteen novels, mostly for young adults. Her books have been nominated for a number of awards, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the Silver Birch Award. Karen lives, reads and writes in a yellow house near the beach in Victoria, British Columbia, and can almost always be found online at www.karenrivers.com..

Dr. Jillian Roberts Dr. Jillian Roberts is a Child and Adolescent psychologist who specializes in children's development and well-being. She is also a professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria. Her bestselling app Facts Of Life is designed to help children understand where babies come from in an interactive, wholesome and fun way. Jillian is a wife and mother of three children and lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.drjillianroberts.com. Follow her on Twitter @DrJillRoberts.
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Nora Rock Nora Rock is a college professor and freelance writer. The author of a dozen textbooks for high school, community college and university, Nora specializes in writing about the law for non-lawyers like police officers, social workers and health-care professionals. She lives in Ajax, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.
Sean Rodman

Sean Rodman is the child of two anthropologists, who gave him a keen eye for observation and a bad case of wanderlust. His interest in writing for teenagers came out of working at schools around the world. For more information, visit www.srodman.com.

Trudee Romanek Trudee Romanek is the award-winning author of a dozen nonfiction books for young readers. Raising the Stakes is her first novel. Trudee lives with her family in Barrie, Ontario. For more information, visit www.trudeeromanek.com.
Graham Ross A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Graham Ross began his freelance illustration and graphic design career in Ottawa. A career that has spawned illustrations for such publishers as Orca Book Publishers, Scholastic Canada, and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous Canadian government agencies and private design firms. He lives in Merrickville, Ontario with a circus star family: his juggling wife, a helldriver daughter, a canine cannonball, and a fire breathing cat. For more information, visit www.kidwithacrayon.com.
Jeff Ross Jeff Ross is an award-winning author of several novels for young adults. He currently teaches scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, where he lives with his wife and two sons. For more information, visit www.jeffrossbooks.com.
Karen Rowe Karen Rowe is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
Jeff Rud Jeff Rud was a print journalist in western Canada for twenty-eight years, twenty of them as a sports writer. He is currently executive director of communications and strategy in British Columbia's Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife, Lana, and likes to coach high-school basketball in his spare time.
Margriet Ruurs Margriet Ruurs is the author of many award-winning books for children. She enjoys speaking about reading and writing to students at schools around the world. Her adventures have taken her to such countries as Myanmar, Pakistan, Laos, Tanzania and many others. Margriet was born in The Netherlands but has been a Canadian for most of her life. She lives with her family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.margrietruurs.com.
Darlene Ryan

Darlene Ryan has been writing for as long as she can remember and was the 2006 poet recipient of the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award. As Sofie Kelly, she writes the best-selling Magical Cats mysteries. She lives with her family in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.darleneryan.com.

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He has been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award and the Hackmatack Award, and two of his novels were Junior Library Guild selections. He currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his husband and their dog, Wheeler. In the future, he would like to write more books, travel the world and direct a feature film. For more information, visit www.tomryanauthor.com.

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Danielle Saint-Onge Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge live together in Toronto, Ontario, and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff and Danielle have written several books together. Danielle has a master's degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Besides teaching, they spend their time writing stories and taking care of their twin babies.
Medora Sale Mystery writer Caroline Medora Sale Roe is the author of fourteen novels. As Medora Sale, she has written six police procedurals, including Murder on the Run, winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. Sale is a past president of both the international Sisters in Crime and the Crime Writers of Canada. She lives with her husband in Toronto.
René Schmidt Rene Schmidt always wanted to write books, but only got Cs in high school. He has traveled many countries and worked as a miner, taxi and truck driver, construction worker and ship's crew. He eventually entered university where he discovered the creative writing department. Now he is a father and teacher in Brighton, Ontario, encouraging boys to read and write. For more information about Rene, visit www.reneschmidt.ca .
Ellen Schwartz Ellen Schwartz is the author of over fifteen books. In addition to writing books, she has published dozens of magazine articles and adult short stories, and her stories for children have been published in children's magazines and teaching anthologies. Ellen, whose background is in education, currently works as a corporate and curriculum writer and editor, and teaches creative writing classes at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. Ellen has two daughters and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.ellenschwartz.net.
Alfred Scow Judge Alfred Scow, elder of the Kwakwa'wakw Nation, is a member of the Order of Canada. Now retired, Judge Scow and his wife live on Pender Island and in Vancouver.
Richard Scrimger

Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and adults, and has written for television and print media. His fiction has been translated into a dozen languages. The father of four children, Richard is used to being confused, misunderstood, and laughed at. For more information, visit www.scrimger.ca or follow him on Twitter @richardscrimger.

Loretta Seto Loretta Seto is a fiction writer, screenwriter and playwright. She has been published in Ricepaper magazine and the anthology Strike the Wok. Loretta completed her MFA in creative writing at UBC. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.lorettaseto.com.
Jocelyn Shipley Jocelyn Shipley has written many award-winning stories that have been published in newspapers and anthologies, and her work has been translated into many languages for Stabenfeldt's GIRL:IT book clubs. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Jocelyn now lives in Toronto, Ontario, and on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.jocelynshipley.com. Follow her on Twitter @sageshipley.
Joseph Simons Joseph Simons lives happily with his wife, Karen, and their little white dog in Little Italy, Edmonton. Joseph works as a teacher's assistant with special needs kids in a junior high school. He does many school visits with his book to read to and workshop with students.
Rina Singh Rina Singh was born in India and moved to Canada in 1980. She is an internationally published children's author with a deep interest in world cultures: their music, food, rituals and especially their stories. She lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario, where she continues to teach and write and dream of faraway lands. For more information, visit www.rinasingh.com
Pat Skene Pat Skene lives in Cobourg, Ontario where she writes a syndicated newspaper story page for children. She is also the author of award-winning picture book, The Whoosh of Gadoosh, Illumination Arts, Bellevue WA 2002. Pat is a member of CANSCAIP and The Writer's Union of Canada. For more information, visit www.boomerrantz.wordpress.com or email her at pat.skene@sympatico.ca.
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Heather Smith

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing. For more information, visit www.heathertsmith.com.

Linda Smith Linda Smith loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books when she was growing up on the prairies, and regularly pretended that she was a pioneer. Linda's published titles include Windshifter, Sea Change, The Turning Time, Sir Cassie to the Rescue, The Minstrel's Daughter, Talisa's Song, The Weathermage, Kelly's Cabin, and The Broken Thread.
Lori Joy Smith Lori Joy Smith is an artist and illustrator with many picture books to her credit. She's also illustrated for magazines, including Chirp, and for beloved children's entertainers Bobs & Lolo. She currently lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with her family. For more information, visit www.lorijoysmith.com.
Karen Spafford-Fitz Karen Spafford-Fitz grew up in an old limestone farmhouse near Kingston, Ontario where her early training as a writer involved reading thousands of books. Karen studied English Language and Literature at Queen's University. She followed that up with a degree in Education and went on to teach elementary and junior high students for eight years. Dog Walker is her first middle-grade novel. For more information, visit www.karenspafford-fitz.com.

Andrea Spalding Andrea Spalding immigrated to Canada in 1967 from Manchester, England. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea relocated to British Columbia and lived on Pender Island. Her first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. For more information, visist www.andreaspalding.squarespace.com.
Ashley Spires Ashley Spires is the creator of the award-winning Binky the Space Cat series and has authored and illustrated many picturebooks. Her dog, Gordon, is very pleased that she finally illustrated a book without a cat in it. She lives in Ladner, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.ashleyspires.com.
Mike Spring Mike Spring is a voice actor who has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
Barbara Spurll Barbara Spurll is a professional illustrator from Toronto, Ontario. Visit her website at www.barbaraspurll.com.
Trina St. Jean

Trina St. Jean grew up in northern Alberta but later moved to pursue degrees in psychology and education. She also has an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She now lives in Calgary where she teaches ESL and enjoys strategically evading grizzlies in the nearby Rockies with her husband and two daughters. Blank is Trina’s first novel.Visit www.trinastjean for more information.

Ted Staunton

Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. Ted lives in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit www.tedstauntonbooks.com.

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Robin Stevenson Robin Stevenson is the author of twenty books for kids and teens. Her novels include The World Without Us and The Summer We Saved the Bees, as well as the Silver Birch Award-winner Record Breaker, and the Governor General's Award finalist, A Thousand Shades of Blue. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.robinstevenson.com.
H.E. Stewart H.E. Stewart is an artist and the author and illustrator of many award-winning books for both children and adults. She is a passionate gardener with a lifelong interest in nature. H.E. lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.hestewart.com.
Sarah Stewart Sarah Stewart is a physiotherapist who lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Shannon Stewart Shannon Stewart is the author of Sea Crow (Orca, 2004), Alphabad: An Alphabet Book for Wicked Children! (Key Porter Books 2005) and Captain Jake (Orca, 2008). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Shannon lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children in a cottage by the sea where she sometimes spots young pirates digging for treasure.

 

Chris Struyk-Bonn Chris Struyk-Bonn is currently a high school English teacher in Portland, Oregon, and has at last found a job she thoroughly enjoys. Whisper is her first book. For more information, visit www.chrisstruykbonn.com.
Joan Betty Stuchner Joan Betty Stuchner loved stories. When she wasn’t writing, she worked in a library, taught part-time and acted in community theater. Sadly, Joan lost her battle with cancer on June 7, 2014, but her stories will continue to bring joy to readers for years to come.
Shelagh Lynne Supeene Shelagh Lynne Supeene began writing for children when her own children were learning to read. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
Wendy Sutton Wendy Sutton, professor emerita, taught both elementary and secondary school before joining the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. She is now retired and serves as a language arts/children's literature consultant.
Jeff Szpirglas Jeff Szpirglas has written several award-nominated nonfiction books. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children and two cats (the cats are not twins). In his spare time, he teaches second grade.
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Sylvia Taekema Sylvia Taekema works as a supply teacher and as a volunteer in programs for children at school, church and in the community. Her first novel, Seconds, was nominated for a Silver Birch Express Award. Sylvia lives in Chatham, Ontario, where she loves to read, bake cookies and go on camping adventures with her family. For more information, visit www.sylviataekema.wordpress.com.
Nikki Tate Nikki Tate is the author of more than thirty books, most of which are for children and teenagers. She splits her time between Canmore, Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.nikkitate.com.
Dani Tate-Stratton Dani Tate-Stratton lives with her husband in Victoria, British Columbia, but is always plotting her next trip. For more information, visit www.danitatestratton.com.
Erin Thomas Erin Thomas is the author of several books for children and teens. She lives in Whitby, Ontario, with her husband, their daughter, a small gray cat and a large black dog. For more information, visit www.erinthomas.ca.
Ronald Tierney Ronald Tierney has been nominated for the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and Booklist describes his series featuring semi-retired private investigator “Deets” Shanahan as “packed with new angles and delights.” Before writing mysteries, Tierney was founding editor of NUVO, an Indianapolis alternative newspaper, and the editor of several other periodicals. Ronald lives in San Francisco, where he continues to write. For more information, visit www.ronaldtierney.com.
Meg Tilly Meg Tilly is the author of two adult novels, Singing Songs (A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, 1994) and Gemma, both published with Syren Book Company. Her first YA novel, Porcupine, was released by Tundra in Sept 2007, and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize, The Canadian Libraries Association Best Children’s Book 2008, and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award 2008. It also was an Ontario Library Top Ten Best Bets 2008. First Time is her first book published with Orca. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her family. For more information, visit www.officialmegtilly.com.
Sue Todd Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, now OCADU. Sue has created images for a wide range of clients, from advertising and corporate to editorial and publishing. For more information, visit www.suetodd.com.
Teresa Toten Teresa Toten is the author of the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as The Game, The Onlyhouse and The Taming (with Eric Walters). Teresa won the Governor General’s Literary Award for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b, which also won the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the CBC Bookie Award, was the CLA Honour Book for 2013 and was nominated for the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. For more information, visit www.teresatoten.com.
Chris Tougas Chris Tougas is an award-winning author and illustrator of several picture books, including Dojo Daycare and Mechanimals. He has worked for studios such as Disney, Fox, The Jim Henson Company, Warner Brothers, Sesame Workshop and many others. Chris lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.christougas.com.
Don Trembath Don Trembath's first book, The Tuesday Cafe, was published in 1996. Don also teaches writing at MacEwan University in Edmonton, and regularly visit schools and libraries across the country. Don currently lives in the town of Morinville, Alberta with his wife, Lisa, their three kids, three laid back cats, and their neighbor's big dog.
Judy Trousdell
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of four children's books and a book of poetry. Sarah's work has been published and translated internationally and named to the OLA Best Bets for Children 2010, Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011 and 2012 and the Toronto Public Library's First and Best Book List (2012). She lives in Kingston, Ontario. For more information, visit www.sarahtsiang.wordpress.com.
Diane Tullson

Diane Tullson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a trained technical writer. She is a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia and the Writers Union of Canada. Diane has been nominated for many awards, including the Stellar Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. Diane lives near Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.dianetullson.com.

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Rebecca Upjohn Rebecca Upjohn has worked herding sheep, photographing buildings, selling books, releasing trees and producing a short film. Rebecca's first book, Lily and the Paper Man (Second Story Press), was published in 2007. Visit www.rebeccaupjohn.com for more information.
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Richard Van Camp Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. For more information, visit www.richardvancamp.com. Follow him on Twitter @Richardvancamp.
Vlasta Van Kampen
Dirk Van Stralen Dirk van Stralen has loved to draw since he was four years old. He is a cartoonist and a graphic artist, and he likes to act and write silly songs. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family.
Alex Van Tol Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit www.alexvantol.com.
Gabrielle Vaughn Gabrielle Vaughn is a voice actor who has narrated for Orca's Secrets series.
Kimberley Veness Kimberley Veness is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Adams Lake, British Columbia, with her partner and two children. Let's Eat is her first book. For more information, visit www.kimberleybveness.com.
Caitlyn Vernon Caitlyn Vernon grew up on British Columbia's Pacific Coast and now calls Victoria home. She will never be too big to wade in the ocean in her gumboots, poke around in tide pools, explore coastal forests or climb trees and mountains. Caitlyn has a background in biology and environmental studies and is currently a campaigner with Sierra Club BC, working to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Nowhere Else on Earth is her first book.
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Richard Wagamese Richard Wagamese was a Canadian author and journalist. An Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in Northwestern Ontario, he published over a dozen books, including his 2012 novel Indian Horse, which won the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature in 2013. For more information, visit www.richardwagameseauthor.com.
Johanna Wagstaffe Johanna Wagstaffe is the meteorologist and science host for CBC Vancouver and CBC News Network. With a background in seismology, geophysics and earth science, Johanna has covered a wide range of science stories, from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami to the Paris Climate Change Conference. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. You can find her on Twitter @jwagstaffe.
Daniel Wakeman Daniel Wakeman likes to paint, play his guitar and sing in his cowpunk band. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and some day he hopes to learn to surf.
Debby Waldman Debby Waldman's is the author of a number of children's books based on Jewish folktales, including A Sack Full of Feathers, which was named a 2007 Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and Clever Rachel, declared by Resource Links to be one of the year's best for 2009. She is also the co-author of two books for parents of children who are hard of hearing. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta. More information, visit www.debbywaldman.com.
Heather Waldorf Heather Waldorf was born in Ottawa and raised in small-town Eastern Ontario and now lives in Toronto. Heather is addicted to green tea, jigsaw puzzles, mystery novels and the tv show Bones. Also a lover of the great outdoors, she's never written a novel that doesn't, at some point, put the main character in a canoe. Heather has written several books for teen readers; Leftovers is her first book with Orca Book Publishers.
Kathleen Cook Waldron Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kathleen Cook Waldron's primary rural experiences in her childhood were family fishing trips and long evening walks with her dad and their dog on the golf course. After graduating from high school, she completed three years of university, including one year in Madrid, Spain. Kathleen immigrated to Canada in 1976. Her work experience includes being a swimming instructor, playground supervisor, lifeguard, waitress, chambermaid, tree planter, house painter, teacher (kindergarten-adult), and of course, writer. For more information, visit www.kathleencookwaldron.com.
Elizabeth J. M. Walker
Ann Walsh Ann Walsh is the author of seven novels for young readers, most of them set in Barkerville during the gold rush. Her first book, Your Time, My Time was published over twenty years ago and has been in print continuously since then. As well, Ann is the author of a book of poetry and the editor of three collections of short stories for young people. She also writes for adult readers, and her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies around the world. For more information, visit www.annwalsh.ca
Dermot Walshe Dermot Walshe is an illustrator from Oakville, Ontario. Visit his website at https://dermot_walshe.artstation.com.
Eric Walters Order of Canada member, Eric Walters has published almost a hundred novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.

Gregory Walters

Gregory Walters was born in Hamilton, Ontario. When he was thirteen, his family moved to Texas. He began his teaching career in Dallas and eventually settled in British Columbia. He currently resides in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast and enjoys his job as an elementary school principal. When not working, Gregory tries to find time to write, but his efforts are often dashed by his two attention-seeking miniature schnauzers, Lincoln and Hoover.

Michelle Wan Michelle Wan is the author of the Death in the Dordogne murder mystery series set in southwestern France, which has been published in the United States, Germany, Italy, Holland and Japan. She and her husband Tim live in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.michellewan.ca.
Sylvia Maultash Warsh Sylvia Maultash Warsh is the author of the Dr. Rebecca Temple mystery series set in 1979 Toronto. The first book, To Die in Spring, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award in 2001; the second, Find Me Again, won an Edgar Award in 2004; the third, Season of Iron, was shortlisted for a ReLit Award in 2007. Sylvia lives in Toronto with her family. For more information, visit www.sylviawarsh.com.
Cristy Watson Cristy Watson is a teacher who loves reading and writing poetry and YA novels. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, and has lived in San Francisco, Kamloops, Comox and North Vancouver. She now lives in Surrey, British Columbia. For more information, visit cristywatson.blog.com/
Laura Watson Laura Watson has been creating whimsical illustrations for children’s books, educational materials and magazines since graduating from Sheridan College’s Interpretive Illustration program in 1995. Laura also studied fine art at York University and graduated with an honors degree in visual arts. She lives in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter. For more information, visit www.w-illo.com.
Sophie B. Watson
David Weale David Weale is a folk historian and a popular storyteller and stage performer. He has written thirteen books, four of which are for children. David co-created and wrote The True Meaning of Crumbfest, an animated Christmas special for children, seen in more than twenty-five countries around the world, as well as Eckhart, an animated TV series for children. He is the father of five children and presently lives with his dog, Breaker, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Andrew Weaver Dr. Andrew J. Weaver is a MLA in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and a professor and Canada Research Chair in climate modeling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria. He was a lead author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009, and has authored or coauthored over 190 peer-reviewed papers in climate, meteorology, oceanography, earth science, policy, education and anthropology journals. In 2008 he was also appointed to the Order of British Columbia. Andrew is the author of Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World (2008).
Joe Weissmann Joe Weissmann was born in Austria and came to Canada at the age of eleven. He studied art at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and Concordia University. An award-winning illustrator, Joe works for both book and magazine publishers in Canada and the United States. His many books include The Bug Book and Bottle, The Bird Book and Feeder, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and Mummies, Monsters, Ghosts and Magic. He lives in rural Ontario with his wife, two dogs and three cats. For more information, visit www.joeweissmann.com.
Elizabeth Wennick Elizabeth Wennick grew up in Germany and Burlington, Ontario, and spent a number of years on Canada's east coast before moving back to Ontario. She has written two novels, a weekly newspaper humor column and many short plays, and she has co-written two musicals. Elizabeth currently lives in Brantford, Ontario, with her husband, two sons, two cats, a dog and varying degrees of chaos.
Dave Whamond Dave Whamond is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Visit his website at www.davewhamond.com.
Simon Whitfield Simon Says Gold includes Simon Whitfield's instructions on training—his advice is bound to surprise young athletes in any sport—and includes stories about family, friends, coaches, teachers and mentors—all those who have had a lasting impact on his life and helped make him a champion. Simon lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.simonwhitfield.com.
Zoe Whittall Zoe Whittall is the author of numerous novels and poetry collections, including the critically acclaimed and Bottle Rocket Hearts, a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2007. She has a master's degree from the University of Guelph. Originally from Quebec, she has lived in Toronto since 1997. For more information, visit www.zoewhittall.com.
Merrie-Ellen Wilcox Merrie-Ellen Wilcox is a writer and editor who has also played bass guitar in a rock-and-roll band, worked on documentary films and thought about becoming a midwife and a Zen monk. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and a lot of bees. For more information, visit www.merrieellenwilcox.com
Jerome Williams Jerome Williams is a retired professional basketball player. He played for the Toronto Raptors from 2001–2003. Williams teamed up with his brother, Johnnie Williams III, and Eric Walters to create a best-selling series of basketball-themed titles in the Orca Young Readers series.
Johnnie Williams III Johnnie Williams III is an encouragement presenter that has spoken to youth and adults in the United States, Canada, China, Africa and the Philippines. Williams teamed up with his brother, Jerome Williams, and Eric Walters for two titles in the Orca Young Readers series.
Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings. For more information, visit www.janetwilson.ca.

 

John Wilson

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, John Wilson grew up on the Isle of Skye and outside Glasgow without the slightest idea that he would ever write books. After a degree in Geology from St. Andrews University, he worked in Zimbabwe and Alberta before taking up writing full-time and moving out to Lantzville on Vancouver Island in 1991. John spends significant portions of his year travelling across the country telling stories from his books. For more information, visit johnwilsonauthor.com.

Troy Wilson

Troy Wilson was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, and currently lives in Victoria. Though he is best known as the author of the beloved and best-selling picturebook Perfect Man, he has also written numerous kids' stories for Chickadee, Chirp, and Highlights for Children. Troy has given well-received presentations at schools, libraries, bookstores, festivals and conferences across Canada. Visit his website at www.troystory.ca.

Kari-Lynn Winters Kari-Lynn Winters teaches education at Brock University in Ontario. She has written many books for young children. For more information, visit www.kariwinters.com.
Frieda Wishinsky

Frieda Wishinsky is the award-winning author of over sixty books for young people. She was raised and educated in New York City, where she earned a BA in International Relations and a Master of Science in Special Education. Frieda's books have been nominated for international awards, earned critical praise, and have been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The London Times, The Observer and The New York Times. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.friedawishinsky.com

Pam Withers Award-winning author Pam Withers has written numerous bestselling sports and adventure books for teens. Pam is a former outdoor guide, journalist, editor and associate publisher. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and tours North America extensively. For more information, visit www.pamwithers.com.
Colin Wright Colin Wright is a voice actor who has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
David Wright David Wright is a writer and teacher of writing. He played American football for the Flash of La Courneuve in suburban Paris before returning to Champaign, Illinois, a home base from where he sets out abroad, most recently to Bahia, Brazil, and Benin, West Africa. Visit www.davidwrightbooks.com for more information.
Lesley Wynne Pechter Lesley Wynne Pechter was born in England. She studied at Concordia University in Montreal, where she received her BFA in graphic design. Lesley lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where the sea and island weather are a constant source of inspiration. For more information, visit www.lesleypechter.com.
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Paul Yee Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto. For more information, visit www.paulyee.ca.
Diane Young Diane Young has edited many books for children and young adults. See No Evil is Diane's first book with Orca Book Publishers.
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Joseph Zieja Joseph Zieja is an author and voice actor who has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.
Mark Zuehlke Formerly a journalist, Mark Zuehlke has been called the nation's leading popular military historian. He is also an award-winning mystery writer, whose popular Elias McCann series has garnered much critical praise and won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. When not writing, Mark can often be found hiking, backpacking, cycling or tinkering around the Fernwood heritage house he shares with partner and fellow writer Frances Backhouse in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.zuehlke.ca.