Perry has been writing children’s books for about 10 years. As well as his own Young Adult fiction, he has collaborated with award-winning writer, Carol Matas, on a science fiction series. This is in addition to his position as Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has been a former president of the Children’s Literature Association and editor of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada with his wife and three children.
Sylvia Chiang is a Toronto teacher of students just like the diverse kids she writes about in her middle grade novels. She is a director on the Board of the Ontario Writers’ Conference and a member of The Writer’s Community of Durham Region. Her short story, was published in the WCDR Phoenix Anthology. Her middle grade novel, CROSS UPS, will be published by Annick Press in 2018.
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Elaine Kalman Naves was born in Hungary, grew up in Budapest, London, and Montreal, and is the author of eight books, among them two award-winning memoirs about her family: Journey to Vaja, and Shoshanna’s Story. A long-time columnist for the Montreal Gazette and frequent contributor to CBC Ideas, Elaine has also written more than 500 articles and stories published in a variety of Canadian and international publications. Elaine’s honours include a Canadian Literary Award for Personal Essay, two Quebec Writers’ Federation prizes for non-fiction, and two Jewish Book Awards for Holocaust Literature. Her most recent book, The Book of Faith, was longlisted for the 2016 Leacock Prize for Humour.
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Marjorie DeLuca spent her childhood in the beautiful and ancient cathedral city of Durham in North-Eastern England. Later, she graduated from the University of London, then immigrated to Canada where she lives with her husband and two children. She spent much of her professional life as a teacher, specializing in English Literature and Creative Writing. She studied Advanced Creative Writing at the University of Manitoba with her mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Carol Shields, and subsequently received several major Manitoba Arts Council grants for the development of her novels. After leaving teaching to write full time, she worked as a script consultant, collaborating on several TV pilots and a musical. She also successfully self-published three novels, two of which, The Pitman’s Daughter (historical literary fiction) and The Forever Ones (YA Sci-Fi) have already hit Amazon bestseller lists. Her most recent novel, Unnatural, is set in Victorian England and merges fact with fiction in the story of a childless woman on the edge of insanity and her fascination with the case of a notorious female serial poisoner.
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Jennifer Irwin’s first novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, HOCKEY AND BALLROOM DANCING, will be published by Simon & Schuster Canada in 2018. She was a finalist in the CANSCAIP Writing for Children Competition in 2016. She holds an Honour’s Bachelor and Master’s Degree in English Literature, as well as a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and teaches middle and senior
school English at Lower Canada College. Born in Ontario, she now lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband and two sons.