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Melanie Fishbane



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MELANIE J. FISHBANE holds an M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. from Concordia University and teaches English in Toronto at Humber College. With over seventeen years’ experience in children's publishing, she also lectures internationally on children's literature. Her essay, "My Pen Shall Heal, Not Hurt": Writing as Therapy in L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside and The Blythes Are Quoted," is included in L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years 1911-1942. Her YA novel, Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery was published in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Vine Awards for the best in Canadian Jewish Literature. Melanie lives in Toronto with her partner and their furbabies, Merlin Cat and Angel Dog. You can follow Melanie on Twitter @MelanieFishbane on Instagram, melanie_fishbane and like her on Facebook.
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School presentations, readings, library talks and lectures.
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An experienced teacher, lecturer and presenter, I talk about writing, children’s literature, and historical fiction, as well as the life and work of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery to people of all ages. My presentations are adaptable to the skill and knowledge of the group and I incorporate my experience as an English college teacher to engage students in writing about what they are interested in. I bring props, which may or may not include my first writings. Geared to grades 5 and up, my presentations can be adapted to the grade level and/or size of group. All presentations discuss path to publication, writing life, with a focus on research best practices, and the writing process.
My first YA novel, MAUD, about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, will be published through Penguin Teen, imprint of Penguin Random House of Canada on April 25, 2017.
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Shortlisted for the Vine Award for the Best in Canadian Jewish Literature