2015 Festival – Young Adult Authors

Lesley Choyce

Lesley Choyce is a novelist and poet living at Lawrencetown Beach NS. He is the author of 86 books for adults, teens and children. He teaches in the English Department and Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University. He is a year-round surfer and founding member of the 1990s spoken word rock band, The SurfPoets. His books have been translated into Spanish, French, German and Danish. He has been awarded the Dartmouth Book Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Megan Crewewrites speculative fiction for teens, she lives in Toronto with her family and three cats, she’s always planning some new trip around the world, and she’s spent six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper–these days the stories are just a lot longer. She is the author of the science fiction Earth & Sky trilogy, the post- apocalyptic The Fallen Worldtrilogy, and the Sunburst Award nominated paranormal novel Give Up the Ghost.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Catherine Egangrew up in Vancouver, Canada, a glorious city that no one in their right mind would ever leave – but leave she did. Since then she has lived on a wee volcanic island in Japan (which erupted during her time there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now-husband), Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing, an oil rig in the middle of the Bohai Bay, New Jersey, and now Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens and defends the Eastern seaboard from invading dragon hordes alongside her intrepid warrior-children.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes chai lattes, tattoos and books.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Norah McClintock is the author of more than 69 young adult novels, including the Chloe and Levesque series, the Mike and Rielseries, the Robyn Hunter series, and the Ryan Dooleyseries. She is one of the authors of theSeven series and the Seven Sequels. She lives in Toronto.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Caroline Pignat is the Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of six highly acclaimed young adult novels and winner of the Red Maple Honour Award. Her work has been short-listed for CLA Book of the Year, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, among others. Caroline’s historical fiction is a Canadashistory.ca recommended resource enjoyed by readers of all ages. From famine Ireland and Algonquin hunt camps, to lives lost aboard the Empress of Ireland or locked in slave quarters on a Virginian plantation, the varied voices from such different times and places resonate with a common theme — hope. Teacher and Author, Caroline has the best of both worlds, teaching grade 12 Writer’s Craft in the morning and spending her afternoons immersed in her next work-in-progress.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Bill Swan has been a journalism professor, a college administrator and daily newspaper editor. As a writer, he is best known for his three non-fiction books in the REAL JUSTICE series by Lorimer & Co. Toronto, depicting the stories of people convicted and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. His book on the Truscott story,REAL JUSTICE: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death, was nominated for the 2013 Norma Fleck Award for Children’s Non-fiction. The book also won the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Red Maple Non-fiction award that same year. He lives in Courtice ON with his wife, Kathy.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Caitlin Sweet’s first YA book, The Door in the Mountain, was a re-imagining of the ancient Greek Minotaur myth. It came out in 2014; its sequel (as-yet unnamed) will be published in the fall of 2015. When not writing books, Caitlin is a writer/research analyst with the Ontario Government, and a genre writing workshop instructor at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a husband, two teenagers, four cats, a rabbit, a hamster, and a bunch of fish.PHOTO: SUBMITTED