Ted Staunton has written more than 40 books for young children, middle grade readers and young adults and has received prizes for many of them. He was born in Toronto and studied at the University of Toronto. When he went back there to teachers’ college in 1981, he wrote a story called Puddleman for one of his courses and rather to his surprise it was published. Puddleman was a picture book but he has since written many stories for older children and young adults. Some of the most recent are Who I’m Not which won him the John Spray Mystery Award, Jump Cut, and Power Chord.Ted speaks and performs at schools and libraries across Canada and frequently takes his banjo with him. He also teaches courses on Writing for Children at George Brown College and the Haliburton School of the Arts.
Heather Chisvin was born in Winnipeg to Jewish parents, whose own parents emigrated from Russia to escape the pogroms there. She studied at the University of Manitoba and worked as a print journalist in Winnipeg and then with CBC as producer. She moved to Toronto to become a researcher with W5, then moved back to CBC and produced radio documentaries. Later she went into advertising as an Associate Creative director and taught advertising copywriting at OCAD before going freelance. Ten years ago she moved to Port Hope with her partner, novelist Kurt Palka. Heather has just published her first novel.
This week meet Reva Nelson, the author of Risk It!, Bounce Back! And, her latest book, ‘Hippie Chick Abroad’ which is her successful memoir of the last year of the Sixties. She has been an actress, a teacher-librarian and ESL teacher and was the owner of “Words Worth: Keynotes & Seminars”for over 20 years. Reva’s clients included several Government Ministries, the Human Resources Secretariat, IBM, CIBC and CIBC Mellon. She has delivered workshops and keynote speeches internationally. A couple of years ago Reva moved to Cobourg to enjoy the lake and small town life. She now facilitates groups and provides personal coaching on life changes and challenges. As wel as writing for local media.
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific crime writers. Under the name of Eva Gates, she has published 3 Lighthouse Library mysteries with Berkley Prime Crime, and her fourth book in that series, The Spook in the Stacks, was released this June. Her newest cozy series, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries, began with Elementary She Read, the third in the successful series Cat of the Baskervilles was released in February 2018. She writes in several different subgenres: cozies, standalone novels of suspense; traditional village/police procedurals and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series. Vicki began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. But in the end the three daughters flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She now lives in Prince Edward County and writes whenever she feels like it. And, this year, is one of the chief organisers of the second Women Killing It conference taking place in Picton on Labour Day Weekend.