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Teen Author Fest

We are so excited about the line-up for the 10th annual Teen Author Fest and we hope you are too!

Whatever your taste, Teen Author Fest lets you connect with the authors you love and other likeminded readers. We can’t wait for the fun to begin! 

All programs are free and open to everyone. Join us for author talks and writing workshops!  

A big thanks to Octopus Books and Coin du Livre. They will be on hand to sell the authors' books at our events.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs in October.

Teen Author Fest is proud to welcome:

 

S.K. Ali

   

Writing Workshop with YA author S.K. Ali

Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00pm at Beaverbrook branch

S.K. will talk about her YA novels, Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z, and discuss creative writing, the writing process and author life.

 

S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris award. Her debut novel won critical acclaim for its portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life. Saints and Misfits was featured on several Best Teen Novels of 2017 lists including from Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and the New York Public Library. It was also a CBC Canada Reads 2018 longlist title.

 

She holds a degree in Creative Writing from York University and has written about Muslim life for various outlets, including the Toronto Star and NBC News. Her second novel, Love From A to Z, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia.  She also has a picture book, The Proudest Blue, co-authored with Ibtihaj Muhammad.

 

S. K. Ali lives in Toronto with her family and a very vocal cat named Yeti.

 

Gloria Chao

  

Writing Workshop with YA Author Gloria Chao – Finding Your Voice 

 Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00pm at Cumberland branch

 Learn about Gloria’s journey to discovering her passion for writing, how she found her voice, and what the publication process looks like.

 

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American PandaOur Wayward Fate (releasing October 15, 2019), and Rent a Boyfriend (fall 2020).

American Panda received four starred trade reviews, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie’s Next Pick, and is a Seventeen MagazineBustlePopSugar, Chicago Public Library, and Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2018.

 Her wayward journey to fiction included studying business at MIT, then becoming a dentist. Gloria was once a black belt in kung-fu and an avid dancer, but nowadays you can find her teaming up with her husband on the curling ice.

 

Dominique Demers

 Au bonheur d'écrire avec Dominique Demers

Thursday, October 24th, 7:00pm at Orleans branch

 Au fil d'anecdotes, de lectures, de jeux, d'exemples et de confidences, Dominique raconte son parcours professionnel du journalisme à l'écriture pour enfants, adolescents et adultes. Comment est né Valentine Picotée ? D'où vient Marie-Lune ? Quelle est la part de recherche dans Maïna ? Comment s'est construite La grande quête de Jacob Jobin ? Pourquoi rallumer les étoiles ?

 

 

 

Écrivaine, conférencière et formatrice, Dominique a signé plus de 50 œuvres de fiction pour enfants, adolescents et adultes. Elle a également été journaliste à L'actualité, enseignante à l'Université du Québec à Montréal, critique littéraire au journal Le Devoir, scénariste de long métrage et conteuse à la télé de Radio-Canada. C'est plus de métiers que sa célèbre Mlle C. !

 

Elle prend plaisir à rencontrer son public de tout âge dans les bibliothèques, les écoles et les cercles de lecture.

 

Dominique partage son temps entre Montréal et son petit repaire d'écriture dans les Laurentides. Elle consacre ses moments libres à ses enfants, ses petits-enfants et ses amis en continuant de pratiquer des sports de plein air et d'aventures qui lui permettent de vivre son amour de la nature et son goût du dépassement.

 

Kendare Blake

 

Talk and Q&A with YA Author Kendare Blake

Wednesday, October 30th, 7:00pm at Nepean Centrepointe branch

 

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake for a talk about her dark, violent YA fantasy books and her writing process, with plenty of time for questions from the audience.

 

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, including the Three Dark Crown Series, Anna Series and Goddess War Series.

 

Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages.

 

She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.

 

 

Age Group: 
Teen