New Voices in Canadian Children's Literature
Come meet some of the new, exciting voices of Canadian kidlit - Urve Tamberg, Andrew Larsen, and Jennifer Lanthier. They’ll be speaking about their latest books, sharing success stories and tips, and talking about their big publishing break.
Please note that the start time for the meeting has changed to 7:00 p.m.
Jennifer Lanthier has been a staff reporter for the American news wire service UPI and the Financial Post, a magazine freelancer and a speechwriter for the Premier of Ontario; today she is Editor of the University of Toronto's news site: www.news.utoronto.ca. HarperCollins Canada published her first book, the middle grade novel The Mystery of the Martello Tower in 2007 and the sequel, The Legend of the Lost Jewels in 2008. In October, Fitzhenry & Whiteside published her first picture book, The Stamp Collector.
Andrew Larsen was rescued from a slush pile when his manuscript for Nona’s Sweaters was accidently read. This led to his first personalized rejection letter containing valuable feedback. Eventually, the story was published as Bella and the Bunny. Andrew is a stay-at-home dad whose children are getting older and, happily, this means he has more time to write. Kids Can Press will be releasing his next book, In the Tree House, in the spring.
Urve Tamberg grew up in Toronto as the daughter of Estonian immigrant parents. With a B.Sc. (Physical Therapy), and a M.B.A., her management career spanned both the private and public sectors of health care. She has always been inspired by little-known stories of stubbornness, ingenuity, and bravery, so a few years ago she began to write historical fiction for teens. Urve lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband, three children, and a little black dog named Shimmer.