We are excited to have a diverse and talented group of authors, cartoonists, poets and motivational speakers lined up to hold workshops at Book Camp London 2015! We invite you to read more about the presenters below.
Eve Silver, Author
National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy… action-packed” books, dark heroes and take-charge heroines. In 2015, she won the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award. Her work was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014), and was both an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013). She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Review, Reviewers' Choice Awards, Library Journal's Best Genre Fiction Award and nominated for the Romance Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier, an exuberant border collie/shepherd and a snake called Ragnar. Read more about Eve Silver.
Kevin Sands, Author
Kevin Sylvester, Writer & Cartoonist
Leah Bobet, Author
Leah Bobet's first novel, Above, was nominated for the 2012 Andre Norton Award and the 2013 Aurora Award, and her short fiction has appeared in several Year's Best anthologies. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she edits Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, picks urban apple trees and works as a bookseller at Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada's oldest science fiction bookstore. Leah's second novel, An Inheritance of Ashes—a dustbowl-style epic fantasy with a touch of the weird—will appear from Scholastic Canada in October 2015. Read more about Leah Bobet.
Hélène Boudreau, Author
Hélène Boudreau grew up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean but now writes fiction and non-fiction for kids from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of the popular Real Mermaids tween series, including Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, which is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist, and the picture book I Dare You Not to Yawn, which is a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner and a 2014 OLA Blue Spruce Award Honour Book. Read more about Hélène Boudreau.
Karen Krossing, Author
Karen Krossing is addicted to stories. She began to create her own stories when she was eight, and today she’s the author of seven successful novels for kids and teens, including Bog, which was a 2014 Ontario Library Association Best Bets selection, and Punch Like a Girl, which was published in April by Orca Books. Karen also encourages new writers through workshops for kids, teens and adults. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Read more about Karen Krossing.
Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters, Author & Poet
Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Sixteen of her picture or poetry books have been published or are in press. An experienced teacher of writing, she has worked with students across Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary and intermediate, high school, and university teacher education. Kari-Lynn is an assistant professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. Her research interests include drama in education, children’s literature, literacy, and multimodal forms of learning. Read more about Kari-Lynn Winters.
Diana Tamblyn, Cartoonist
Diana Tamblyn is a Joe Shuster and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist who has been actively writing and drawing comics for over 14 years. She’s exhibited her comics at small press fairs and comic book shows in both Canada and the US, and has had artwork displayed in various group and solo shows. In 2005, She was chosen by the Globe and Mail as a Canadian cartoonist to watch. Read more about Diana Tamblyn.
Wesley King, Author
As a kid, Wesley's favourite topics were space, fantasy realms, and superheroes. He used to make up his own worlds and then translate overly elaborate stories into epic action figure battles. He was probably the only kid playing with action figures that had convoluted family histories, tortuous romances, and long-standing grudges. He was a special boy. But as he grew, so did his writing. Actually, he’s still writing about space, fantasy realms and superheroes. And he couldn’t be happier that other people are now reading his stories. Read more about Wesley King.
Saidat Vandenberg, Motivational Speaker
Saidat is a motivational speaker, author, singer, songwriter and life coach. With a great idea of wanting to make people smile and build confidence in the younger generation, Saidat's program Music Movement and Motivation has now reached over 300,000 students across Canada. Saidat's message is now reaching world wide audience with over 3 millions views on Youtube and over 100,000 followers on social media. She leads a very strong message, from the heart, that "One person can make a difference, Together we can change the world!" Read more about Saidat.
About Book Camp London: Book Camp London offers fun and creative workshops over five days for children ages 10-15. The camp, inspired by similar ventures in other communities, connects children to professionals in the world of children’s literature. Authors, illustrators and other experts educate, motivate and mentor the campers. The students' writing and illustrating skills are developed, their knowledge of careers in literature increases and they continue to develop an interest in learning opportunities outside the formal classroom. Learn more here.