For the last fourteen years, the West Vancouver Memorial Library has partnered with the West Vancouver School District to give over 1500 students the chance to see an internationally celebrated author or illustrator at the Kay Meek Centre. These events are by class registration only for West Vancouver Schools educators and their Grade 2, Grade 5 and secondary school classes.
Doors open half an hour before each presentation. Presenters will speak for 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for questions.
About Our Presenters
Ashlyn Anstee grew up in a rainy city in Canada and then settled in a sunny city in the United States. She works as a story artist at JibJab/StoryBots, and in her spare time, makes tiny things out of paper. She writes, draws, illustrates, animates and is the creator of the books No, No, Gnome! and Are We There, Yeti? Her new book, Hedgehog, tells the story of a territorial hedghog who refuses to share his beloved hedge. Ashlyn has never hogged a hedge, but she does live by herself in Los Angeles, California.
Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. My Heart Fills With Happiness, illustrated by Julie Flett, won the 2017 BC Book Prize for Illustrated Children’s Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.
Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007, and her novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her book A Gentle Habit was published in August 2016. The Marrow Thieves has won the Governor General's Literary Award and the Kirkus Literary Prize; it is a finalist for the White Pine Award, was named to the Globe and Mail Top 100 and was selected for CBC's Canada Reads.
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