Kirkus starred review, debut novel, Weird Rules to Follow (Orca Book Publishing). Under contract with Orca Book Publishing for a second book. Essay, I’ll Have What He’s Having (Filling Station magazine) was a finalist for the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.
In-Person fee: $250 for 1 session. $450 for 2. $675 for 3. $850 for full day/keynote/large groups. Plus a travel fee of $0.56.5/km if driving outside of Vancouver. Virtual visit fee is$150.
Weird Rules to Follow debuted on the BC Bestsellers list and received a Kirkus-starred review.
- IODE Violet Downey Book Award 2023 Winner
- USBBY Outstanding International Books List | 2023 Commended
- Bank Street College of Education Children’s Book Committee Best Children’s
- Books of the Year| 2023 | Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens | 2023 | Commended
Kim Spencer completed The Writers Studio program at Simon Fraser University in 2020, where she focused on creative non-fiction. She is an experienced public speaker who is animated and enthusiastic and cares deeply about positive representation for BIPOC students. She is from the Ts’msyen Nation in northern British Columbia and resides in Vancouver.
Kim is an experienced public speaker, personable, and easily able to connect with and engage young audiences. Kim is flexible and can modify presentations to suit the audience’s needs.
Explore and learn from an inside look at Kim Spencer’s novel Weird Rules To Follow. Discuss challenging themes of identity, systems of inequality, microaggressions, and prejudice from the standpoint of an often-overlooked racialized Indigenous child. And how we can be more comfortable approaching weightier topics with empathy and care.
Works best for Grade 5+
Interactive conversation. Why we must engage in dialogue around bullying. And read two stories from Kim’s debut novel, Weird Rules to Follow, that speak directly to bullying experiences and the impacts of those lived experiences.
Orange Shirt Day
Works best for Grade 5+, but also suitable for an assembly
A brief overview of the history and impacts of the Indian Residential School system in Canada. Followed by a reading and audience discussion of three of Kim’s stories from her debut novel, Weird Rules to Follow, which speak directly to Indian Residential Schools.
Writing Process Workshop
Kim shares her personal writing experience of becoming a writer. Students will learn tips on finding their writing voice through fun and engaging exercises and using images and music as a memory aid. And how creating/finding a safe space to express oneself is key.