Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants

Speakers Bios for PYI 2013

Linda Bailey (Keynote Speaker)

Linda Bailey is the author of 24 books and an inveterate "genre-hopper." From her Stevie Diamond mysteries, to her Good Times Travel Agency non-fiction graphic novels, to her Stanley-the-dog picture books, she travels the far reaches of children's literature. Currently she wanders the Land of Early Readers. Her many awards include the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Arthur Ellis and the California Young Readers Medal.

1. Evan Munday

Evan Munday is the publicist for Toronto-based literary press, Coach House Books, as well as an illustrator and the author of the Silver Birch-nominated book for young readers, The Dead Kid Detective Agency (ECW Press).

2. Jennifer Maruno

Jennifer Maruno began as a writer of award-winning educational materials. Her debut novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, received nominations for the 2011 Hackmatack Award and the 2012 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award. Former school principal, faculty member for Brock University, Jennifer is at home with students of all ages.

3. Kady MacDonald Denton

Kady MacDonald Denton has illustrated many books for children and written/illustrated several, totaling about 50 books. Her books have been honoured with awards, translated into many languages, and enjoyed around the world. Her latest is, A Library Visit For Bear, the fifth book in the popular Bear and Mouse series.

4. Lizann Flatt

Lizann Flatt is the author of many nonfiction books including Sizing Up Winter, Sorting Through Spring, Counting on Fall, and Let's Go!, the 2009 TD Grade One Giveaway title. Her work has appeared in Ladybug, Babybug and Highlights for Children magazines. Lizann was formerly the editor of Chickadee magazine. Visit

5. Aubrey Davis

Aubrey Davis is an award winning Toronto author and storyteller. His frisky tales with hidden depths delight both young and old. A Hen for Izzy Pippik and Kishka for Koppel are his most recent titles. Visit and

6. Barbara Greenwood

Barbara Greenwood has taught creative writing for over 25 years at Ryerson University as well as at many writers’ workshop across Canada. She is the award-winning author of ten books including A Pioneer Story, A Question of Loyalty and Factory Girl. Visit

7. Ty Templeton

Ty Templeton has created comics for over twenty-five years, working on Batman, Superman and more. He illustrated Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-creator of Batman, and created stories for Marvel Comics' Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures. He teaches writing and illustration classes at Comic Book Bootcamp, a school in Toronto. Visit Ty Templeton's ART LAND.

8. Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll has written for teens since 1988. She’s also a former magazine editor, a creative writing instructor, and arts educator extraordinaire. Her 30th novel Dying to Go Viral has already gone viral in Scandinavia. Crush. Candy. Corpse is an OLA Best Bet and Red Maple and Saskatchewan Snowy Willow nominee.

9. Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Lorna Schultz Nicholson has written over 20 books, including picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction and non-fiction. As a child, she loved reading series and often dreamed about being Trixie Belden. Her latest novel, Forward Pass, is the fourth book in her Podium Sports Academy Series.

10. R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson

R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson is a UK-bestselling, Nebula Award-nominated author for children and teens. Her sixth book Quicksilver, a contemporary science-fiction thriller, was published in spring 2013. Visit

11. Karen Reczuch

Karen Reczuch is the illustrator of fifteen children's books. Her latest title, Loon, (with Susan VandeGriek) won the Norma Fleck Award for Non-fiction and the Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award.  Her work covers a wide range of topics and is noted for careful research, realistic detail and sensitive character portrayals. 

12. Panel Members

Hadley Dyer is the Executive Editor of children’s books at HarperCollins Canada and an award-winning author for children and young adults. She has written for such publications as OWL, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Life and taught in the publishing program at Ryerson University.

Yvette Ghione has been with Kids Can Press for 14 years, starting in Rights and Licensing but quickly moving on to the editorial side of things, where she has been at home ever since. In her role as Editorial Director, Yvette oversees acquisitions and project development and edits select titles. 

Wendy Mason, BA, M.Ed., is a passionate lover of books for young people. She has been a jury member for Canada's TD Award and the Norma Fleck Award, and designed curriculum based on children’s literature. She is now the Children's and YA specialist for Indigo/Chapters where she sees firsthand what books customers want.  

Monica Pacheco is a literary agent with Anne McDermid & Associates Ltd. She represents a growing list of writers, focusing on middle grade, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include actor/writer/director Sarah Polley, Yves Meynard, Madeline Ashby and Marty Chan.

Evan Munday, moderator (see 1 above)

Speakers Bios for Pitch Perfect Industry Experts

Hadley Dyer, Yvette Ghione, Monica Pacheco (see 12 above)

Barb Kelly

Barb Kelly has been with Owlkids since 1999. As Creative Director she works on children’s books and magazines. She has worked as a designer for over 25 years in both advertising and publishing, and is a graduate of Central Tech's art program in Toronto, specializing in Illustration and Design. 

Speakers Bios for PYI 2013 Get Published Bootcamp

Cynthia Good

Workshop leader Cynthia Good is a former president and publisher of Penguin Canada and the current director of Humber's Creative Book Publishing Program. Cynthia was instrumental in launching the careers of Canadian children's literature stars Shane Peacock, Kathy Kacer, Kit Pearson, Jean Little, Sharon McKay and Joan Clark, among many others.

Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle is the acclaimed author of four middle grade novels all published by Scholastic Canada. After obtaining a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia, Vikki managed the Flying Dragon Bookshop in Toronto for four years, earning the CBA Young Bookseller of the Year Award in 2011. Currently she works at Penguin Canada in marketing and publicity, which she balances with her own writing career.


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