Eric Zweig signing at OLA Superconference 3x!

Eric Zweig will be signing books at three different publisher’s booths at the OLA Super Conference on Thursday February 1. He’ll be signing copies of his new book “The Toronto Maple Leafs: The Complete Oral History” at the Dundurn booth at 9:30 am, as well as copies of his “Original Six” hockey series for children with Crabtree at 11 am, and the Second Edition of “The Book Book of Hockey for Kids” with Scholastic Canada at 2 pm.

Still time to book for Literacy Month!

The last two weeks of January are the most popular for Family Literacy events, day or evening, so we surveyed our presenters to see which ones were still available. We’ve included their geographic range, any special pricing, plus the dates they have free on weekends, evenings and daytime in January:

Bernice Hune / Toronto and GTA
Evenings: Jan 14 -26  & Jan. 8 to Feb 1
Weekend dates: Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21, 28 & Feb 3 & 4
your Family Literacy Event fee $300 + travel


Andrew Larsen/Toronto
Evenings: January 15, 16, 18, 24, 29 30
Weekends: January 20, 27.
$300 + HST
Daytime school visit availability:
January 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 26, 30, 31
Available in GTA for inspiring visits that will get your students wanting to share their own stories in their own ways.

Karen Bass/ Hamilton,
75km radius, including Toronto
Daytime dates available:
Jan 15-19, Jan 22-26, Jan 29-31


Rene Schmidt/GTA
Available weekday daytime Jan 15 to 26.
Specially for Literacy Week, History researcher and Canadian Disaster brings remarkable and memorable stories, facts, graphics and information to your classroom or library. Interacting with your audience he can adapt his wealth of stories to augment your curriculum needs. Suitable for age 10 to adult.

Shelly Becker/Toronto
Daytime: Jan 15-19, Jan 22-24, Jan 29-31, Feb 1 (morning only)
Evenings: Jan 15-18, Jan 22-24, Jan 29-Feb 1
Weekend: Jan 14, Jan 20 (evening only), Jan 21


Aubrey Davis/Toronto, 100km range
Family Literacy Visits
Dates Available: Jan 14-Feb1 (but not Jan 24)
Weekend dates available
Family Literacy Event fee  $450 plus HST
Regular school and library visits,
Daytime dates: Jan 14-Feb 1 (but not Jan 24)

Sylvia McNicoll/Burlington 100km range
Jan 14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 23,24,25,29,30,
Feb 1 are available, day and evening, plus evening of Jan 26



Rona Arato/Toronto and 1hr radius
For family literacy events I’m available any evening the week of Jan 15 and Jan 22 except Jan 24. On weekends I’m available on Sunday Jan. 14 and Saturday Jan. 20. I live in North York and I’m willing to drive within an hour of Toronto. My fee for a one hour presentation is $250. For School and library visits I’m available any day the weeks of Jan. 15 and Jan. 22. My fee is $250 for one presentation; $450 for a half day and $750 for a full day.

Robert Priest/Toronto and 200km radius
is widely available for the family literacy events between Jan 14 and Feb 1.
I am well equipped with poems and songs that comfortably span and entertain
all age groups.
$500 and the 1st $100 goes to Shannen’s Dream for Safe and
Comfy Schools. Travel expenses apply for non-Toronto venues.

Nadia L. Hohn/ Toronto and 50km radius
Evenings: Mon Jan 15, 22, 29; Wed. Jan 17, 24, 31; Thurs. Jan 18, 25, Feb. 1; Fri. Jan. 26, Feb. 2
Weekend: Sun Jan. 14, 21, 28; Sat Jan. 20, 21;
Family Literacy Event fee $250, plus travel


Kari-Lynn Winters/ St Catherines and 100km radius + Toronto
Evenings available:  In Vancouver—January 17, 18.  In Ontario — January 15, 22, 23, 29, 30
Weekend: January 27, 28
Family Literacy Event fee: $375 for one session (plus mileage)


Mireille Messier/ Toronto and 50 km radius from East York
Evening availability: Jan 15-18 & Jan 22-25
Weekend availability: Jan 27 & 28
Fee 350$/1 hour (In French, in English or both)
Daytime availability: Jan 15-18 & Jan 22-26


Heather Camlot/ Toronto and 50km range
Evening dates: 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30
Weekend dates: 14, 20-21, 27-28
Family Literacy Event: $250 + HST for 1 hour presentation
Regular school and library visits:  January 15-31, 150 range from Toronto


Joëlle Anthony/J. M. Kelly/ Vancouver Island, BC and Greater Vancouver area, BC
Weekends and Evenings between Jan 14 and Feb 1
Family Literacy Event fee: $250 plus travel



Patricia Storms/ Toronto and GTA
Evening dates: Jan 12, 19, 26
Weekend dates:  Jan 20, 21, 27, 28
Regular School Visits: Jan 9-11, Jan 15-18, Jan 24-25, Jan 29-31
Fee: $300 + HST for one hour presentation


R.J. Anderson/ Stratford and 100km radius
Daytime dates available: Jan 17, 18, 19;  24, 25, 26, and 31

Shelly Becker /Toronto and area
Evenings available Jan 15-18, Jan 22-24, Jan 29-Feb 1
Weekend dates available: Jan 14, Jan 20 (evening only), Jan 21
Family Literacy fee, depends what they want me to do and how long they want me

Caroline Fernandez/ Toronto
Daytime dates: Jan 14- Feb 1
Weekend dates: Jan 14-Feb 1
Family Literacy Event fee: $225 + HST + supplies for boredom busters crafts
Experience with broad age-range audience by hosting boredom busters arts n’ crafts workshops with grandparents, parents, and kids.
Workshop example: make a journal (step-by-step reading + hands on activity)

Lorna Schultz Nicholson/Toronto, GTA, Niagara, Barrie
Dates – January 29, 30, 31, February 1
Weekend – January 28th
Literacy Event fee – $250.00 for an hour


Sigmund Brouwer/Barrie, Hamilton, Toronto
Daytime: Jan 18, 75 k radius of Barrie, Jan 19, 50 k radius of Hamilton, Jan 31, 100 k radius of Toronto
Evenings: Jan 16, 100 k radius of Toronto, Jan 18, Barrie area, Jan 30, 100 k radius of Toronto
Jan 31, 100 k radius of Toronto
Fee: $500
The Rock and Roll Literacy format makes this ideal for a wide audience range. It also includes 20 books to be used as door prizes for incentives for participation at the event.

Helaine Becker/Toronto
Weekend dates available 20-21, 27-28
Family Literacy Event fee $500



Ted Staunton/ Toronto, GTA, Port Hope, south central Ontario
Evenings: Jan 15, 16, 17, 24, 31
Weekends: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Literacy event Fee: 375 + HST
School Day availability: Jan 15, 26, 31,
I have material and presentations for all age/grade groups and mixes and have done lots of family literacy events

Narsimhan, Mahtab (BC)

Writers’ Union Member. Silver Birch winning author available for school, library and conference visits. Mahtab’s rate is $250 plus HST for one session, $475 for two, $700 for three and $925 for four sessions, plus travel per Canada Council mileage rates. Continue reading “Narsimhan, Mahtab (BC)”

Deas, Mike (BC)

Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. Writers’ Union member. Available May 15-19, 2017. His rate is $275 for one session, $525 for two, $750 for three, and $950 for four plus travel from downtown Toronto. Continue reading “Deas, Mike (BC)”

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk (Brantford ON)

Writers Union Member. fiction & NF, 2X Silver Birch winner. Multi awards. All ages. $400 plus HST for 1 session, $600 for 2, $850 for 3 and $1000 for 4, + travel. Continue reading “Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk (Brantford ON)”

Lee, Fonda (USA)

Born and raised in Calgary, Fonda Lee is now a US resident residing in Portland, OR. For this reason, Fonda cannot provide a Canadian VSS clearance. She will, however, obtain an Oregon background check if that is required by a booking host. Fonda Writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Multiple awards including Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton finalist, ALA Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, White Pine Award nominee. Grades 8-12. $325 plus local travel expenses for one session, $500 for a half day, $1000 for a full day (max 4 sessions). 30-minute Skype visits for $100. Booking visits during the week May 14 – 18. Continue reading “Lee, Fonda (USA)”

Lowery, Mike (USA)

Membership pending. In the meantime, you may use the contact form below to reach Illustrator Mike Lowery about a potential booking.
Contact Mike Lowery: