Category Archives: Author Spotlight

Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: Faye Brownlie on What’s New in the 2nd Edition

All kids should have the opportunity to fall in love with reading. Faye Brownlie’s acclaimed guide, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses, has offered teachers a powerful set of tools for engaging young readers since its release in 2005. Now, the second edition is almost here, and it’s filled with new strategies and updated tools for today’s […]

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Richard Van Camp on Honouring Frank T’Seleie

Richard Van Camp is the author of “Like a Razor Slash,” a story in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. The story features illustrations by Scott B. Henderson and colour art by Scott A. Ford. In his author statement below, Richard explores how the events of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline served as inspiration for the […]

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Jen Storm on Windigos and a Way of Life that Changed Forever 

Jen Storm is the author of “Red Clouds,” a story in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. The story features illustrations and colour art by Natasha Donovan. In her author statement below,  Jen delves into the inspiration behind “Red Clouds” and shares what was important in writing from a woman’s perspective. * * * * […]

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An Interview with Peter Diamond, Cover Artist for the Reckoner Trilogy

Peter Diamond is a Canadian illustrator who studied Fine Arts at the University of Halifax. He is now based in Vienna, Austria. Besides working freelance with clients around the world in publishing, editorial, and advertising, Peter also teaches drawing at Illuskills and works with the international illustration community through Illustria and the European Illustrators Forum. He […]

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Find Us at Congress 2019!

This year, we’re honoured to be exhibiting at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver, BC from May 31-June 4, 2019. We’ll be joined by some of the inspiring educators and authors we’ve worked with over the past year. If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s an annual gathering of over 70 […]

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Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm on“Nimkii,” and the History of Indigenous Children in Foster Care

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is the author of “Nimkii,” a story in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. The story features illustrations by Ryan Howe and Jen Storm, and colour art by Donovan Yaciuk. In her author statement below, Kateri shares the stories that inspired “Nimkii,” and the personal connection that runs throughout.  * * * * “Nimkii” […]

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Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley on Inuit Shamanism in “Rosie”

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley are the authors of “Rosie,” a story in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. The story features illustrations and colour art by GMB Chomichuck. In their author statement below, Rachel & Sean delve into how colonization affected the Inuit, as well as some of the principles of Inuit shamanism. * […]

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Potlatch as Pedagogy, an interview and introduction of Sara Davidson and Robert Davidson

Inspired by Haida ceremonial practice, Potlatch as Pedagogy is a resource for teachers written by educator Sara Davidson and her father, renowned artist Robert Davidson.  Sara began writing the book when she realized the traditions of the Haida practiced by her father—holistic, built on relationships, practical, and continuous—could be integrated into contemporary educational practices. We […]

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An Interview with Writer and Illustrator Kyle Charles

Kyle Charles is a writer/illustrator living in Edmonton, Alberta. He has drawn for several series including Roche Limit: Clandestiny and Her Infernal Descent. He has also written and illustrated short stories for publishers like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine. When not busy at the drawing table, Kyle spends much of his time teaching comics to local […]

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Chelsea Vowel on the Post-Apocalypse in This Place:150 Years Retold

Chelsea Vowel is the author of “kitaskînaw 2050,” a story in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. The story features illustrations by Tara Audibert and colour by Donovan Yaciuk. In her author statement below, Chelsea examines the tie between This Place: 150 Years Retold and the dystopian genre, and shares the basis of “kitaskînaw 2050” […]

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