New Series to Sink Your Teeth Into (The Vancouver Writers Fest)
Oct
23
10:15 AM10:15

New Series to Sink Your Teeth Into (The Vancouver Writers Fest)

Meet author Michael Hutchinson!

What’s better than a great book? A whole series of page-turning adventures. An empowering mystery series described as “Hardy Boys meets the rez,” Michael Hutchinson’s The Case of Windy Lake introduces The Mighty Muskrats: four intrepid cousins working to solve a suspicious disappearance. Those Who Dwell Below draws from the Inuit mythology of author Aviaq Johnston’s childhood to create a rich, other-worldly journey, as young Pitu continues on his quest as a shaman. Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem author Kevin Sylvester shares his hilarious, unconventional superhero: Jessica Flem, a girl who can turn her snot-filled tissues into magical helpers to fight evil. Engaging and charming, young readers will be drawn into new worlds they won’t ever want to leave.

For more information visit: https://writersfest.bc.ca/festival-events-2019/new-series-to-sink-your-teeth-into/

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Empowered Kids (The Vancouver Writers Fest)
Oct
24
10:15 AM10:15

Empowered Kids (The Vancouver Writers Fest)

Meet author Michael Hutchinson!

As recent news proves (including the worldwide Youth for Climate strikes), kids are at the forefront of our changing world. Sara Cassidy (Nevers), Michael Hutchinson (The Case of Windy Lake), and Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Mya’s Strategy to Save the World) are each devoted to amplifying children’s voices in their work. In a special morning of bold presentations, they’ll speak to their uplifting stories of youth taking charge of their own lives and improving their communities. Whether solving mysteries on a reserve, navigating an eccentric 18th century village or trying to win a Nobel Peace Prize, these are books that cultivate the ambition, passion and curiosity of the next generation, and affirm that they can take on anything the future throws their way.

For more information visit: https://writersfest.bc.ca/festival-events-2019/empowered-kids/

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Melissa Hardy Launches The Oracle of Cumae in Port Stanley, Ontario
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Melissa Hardy Launches The Oracle of Cumae in Port Stanley, Ontario

Melissa Hardy will be launching her new novel The Oracle of Cumae in Port Stanley

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A Tribute to Stephen King (The Vancouver Writers Fest)
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

A Tribute to Stephen King (The Vancouver Writers Fest)

Authors, including Michael Hutchinson, pay tribute to Stephen King!

The Stand, The Shining, The Dark Tower Series, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and hundreds of other works: Stephen King is as influential as he is prolific. What better way to celebrate him than with storytelling from other celebrated authors from across the globe? We may not be hosting King himself, but this evening offers readers and aspiring writers a perfect opportunity to revel and reflect on his singular storytelling. This is our third event from Guest Curator Tanya Talaga.

For more information visit: https://writersfest.bc.ca/festival-events-2019/a-tribute-to-stephen-king/

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Monique Gray Smith at Surrey International Writers' Conference
Oct
25
to Oct 27

Monique Gray Smith at Surrey International Writers' Conference

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Monique Gray Smith, author of Tilly and the Crazy Eights will be presenting at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference!

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Melissa Hardy Launches The Oracle of Cumae in London, Ontario
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Melissa Hardy Launches The Oracle of Cumae in London, Ontario

Melissa Hardy will be launching The Oracle of Cumae at a group launch in London, Ontario with three other women authors!

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Inside Broadside Book Launch at Glad Day in Toronto
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Inside Broadside Book Launch at Glad Day in Toronto

Inside Broadside: A Decade of Feminist Journalism launches in Toronto at Glad Day Bookshop!

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Michael Hutchinson at Wordstock Sudbury
Nov
2
2:15 PM14:15

Michael Hutchinson at Wordstock Sudbury

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Children’s Author Michael Hutchinson in Sudbury!

The Case of Windy Lake author brings his Might Muskrats Mystery series to readers at two events during the Wordstock Literary Festival in Sudbury.

For more information visit: https://www.wordstocksudbury.ca/

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Kathy Kacer Presents The Brave Princess and Me in Toronto
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Kathy Kacer Presents The Brave Princess and Me in Toronto

Book Talk with Kathy Kacer as part of Holocaust Education Week in Toronto.

Kathy will be presenting her new children’s picture book The Brave Princess and Me, for ages 7 and up.

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Word on the Street 2019
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Word on the Street 2019

https://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/

Come see Melanie Florence! Author of Stolen Words , discuss her new book Just lucky on the Indigenous Voices stage from 11:00-11:30am.

And come visit the SSP Booth # KS11 on KidStreet, we’ll be there all day!

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Eden Mills Writers' Festival
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00
Jun
18
to Jun 21

Joanne Robertson at the Indigenous Arts Festival in Toronto

Meet author & illustrator of The Water Walker, Joanne Robertson, and learn about Nokomis and her love of Nibi 💧💙💦

At the Indigenous Arts Festival in Toronto

in the Blue Barracks Hall at Fort York:
June 18, 12:00 – 12:45 PM
June 19, 12:00 – 12:45 PM
June 20, 11:45 – 12:30 PM
June 21, 11:30 – 12:15 PM

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Teachers Talking Together
May
1
9:00 AM09:00

Teachers Talking Together

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Teachers are invited to join a group of amazing authors and educators at a workshop organized by educational publisher Pembroke Press

Wednesday, May 1 at the Novotel North York hotel. This FREE workshop explores community, equity, creating a welcoming classroom space, and much more.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve teaching and learning for your students — register now, by phone at 1-800-997-9807, or by email to alison@pembrokepublishers.com. Check out the full schedule for this fantastic day:

Making Sense of Teaching: How Do We Inspire & Reach Our Students?

9:00 am

Welcome, from moderator Larry Swartz

9:10 am Larry Swartz: Word by Word Larry awakens the magic of words—the puzzle they present; the joy and delight that waits in their exploration. He shares effective ways to engage students in this exploration of language and literacy.

9:30 am Amanda Yuill: Reaching and Teaching Them All Amanda brings insights into reaching students and making connections with proven strategies for dealing with specific needs of students in integrated classrooms, including students with ADHD and Autism.

9:50 am Brenda Stein Dzaldov: Inspiring Meaningful Learning Brenda shares the 6 key steps of lesson design that makes every lesson engaging, impactful—and even fun! Welcoming students, sharing goals, success criteria, guided practice, and more.

10:10 am Coffee Break & Book Display

11:00 am Ryan Tackaberry: Making Sense of Number Ryan shows us how reflecting on their learning—what they know, their challenges, and finding solutions—can help students change their way of thinking about math and number.

11:20 am Shelley Murphy: Fostering Mindfulness Students—and teachers!—are coming into school with rising levels of stress and distraction. Shelley shows us how mindfulness practices can help to cultivate resilience, self-regulation, and overall well-being.

11:40 am Kathy Lundy: Stand Up and Teach Do you dream of a well-run classroom full of engaged students? Kathy gives us concrete steps to making it a reality with strategies and tips for a safe, inclusive, and thriving classroom.

12:00 pm Lunch & Book Display

Authors Talk Social Justice Books in the Classroom: From the Holocaust to Indigenous Rights

1:00 pm Menno Metselaar: Anne Frank at 90 

Menno Metselaar will discuss the work Anne Frank House is doing with students who visit the Museum and the programs they have which make connections between the lessons of the past and issues confronting young people today.

1:20 pm Author Panel: "Using Great Stories to Teach More than History—Inspiring empathy, compassion, and caring." 

Kathy Kacer: Award-winning author of numerous books on the Holocaust for children, including The Secret of Gabi’s DresserThe Magician of Auschwitz, and the forthcoming The Brave Princess and Me

Menno Metselaar: Project Manager for Publications and Exhibits at Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and primary author of the nonfiction book All About Anne

Margie Wolfe: Co-author of the The Promise and publisher of Second Story Press, which focuses on social justice, feminist, and human rights books for young people and adults.

2:10 pm Author Panel: "Communicating Indigenous History and Stories: Two authors share their experiences on writing and presenting their books." 

Melanie Florence: Author of Stolen Words, the story of a Cree grandfather and granddaughter that explores the legacy of the Residential School System and the importance of regaining Indigenous languages, and author of the upcoming YA novel Just Lucky

Joanne Robertson: Author and illustrator of the First Nation Communities Reads winning book, The Walter Walker, the true story of Nokomis Josephine Mandamin and her work to raise awareness for water protection. The book is coming this Fall in an Anishinaabemowin-English edition.

2:40 pm Book Signing with Second Story Authors


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An Evening With Christene Browne
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening With Christene Browne

Author and Toronto filmmaker Christene A Browne will be reading from her new novel Philomena (Unloved) at the Toronto Public Library Cedarbrae Branch next month! Christene’s reading will be part of a month long series of events by the Toronto Public Library for Black History Month. Don’t miss out on a chance to hear Christene speak and grab a copy of her book!

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Registration is free but required to attend. Please call 416-396-8850 to register. For more information go to: torontopubliclibrary.ca

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Vancouver Jewish Book Festival
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Vancouver Jewish Book Festival

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The annual Vancouver Jewish Book Festival is back this year at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver ! On Feb 10th don’t miss author Janet Wees reading from her new novel When We Were Shadows as part of the Literary Quickie event. Award winning author Anne Dublin will also be discussing her new novel A Cage Without Bars as part of the children’s portion of the day. For further information please go to: jccgv.com. No ticket purchase necessary.

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2019 Ontario Library Association Super Conference
Jan
31
to Feb 1

2019 Ontario Library Association Super Conference

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Second Story is excited to exhibit again at the Ontario Library Association's annual Super Conference in Toronto! 

Find us in Exhibit Hall C at Booth #423.

Exhibit Hours:
Thursday, January 31st: 9:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, February 1: 9:30AM-3:00PM


Author Signing Schedule - Booth #423:

Friday, February 1st:

  • 9:30AM: Ann Lambert, The Birds That Stay (Signing at the OBPO Pavilion)

  • 10:00AM: Joanne Robertson, The Water Walker (Signing at Goodminds Booth #729)

  • 10:30AM: Margie Wolfe, The Promise

  • 11:00AM: Anne Dublin, A Cage Without Bars

  • 11:45AM: Ann Lambert, The Birds That Stay

  • 12:00PM: Christene A. Browne, Philomena (Unloved) (Signing at the OBPO Pavilion)

  • 12:30pm: Kathy Kacer, To Look a Nazi in the Eye

  • 1:00PM: Jennifer Gold, On the Spectrum

Thursday, January 31st:

  • 9:45AM: Anne Dublin, A Cage Without Bars (Signing at the OBPO Pavilion)

  • 10:40AM: Margie Wolfe, The Promise (Signing at the OBPO Pavilion)

  • 11:00AM: Deb Loughead, Bright Shining Moment

  • 11:40AM: Naomi M Moyer, Black Women Who Dared (Signing at the OBPO Pavilion)

  • 12:15PM: David Gutnick, Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me

  • 1:00PM: Beth Atcheson and Lorna Marsden, White Gloves Off

  • 1:30PM: Beth Atcheson, Personal and Political

  • 3:30PM: Joanne Robertson, The Water Walker

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Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Challenging the Centres of Power

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Join lawyer, activist and former Chatelaine legal columnist, Linda Silver Dranoff, for the first of a three-part lecture series being held in Beeton Hall at the Toronto Reference Library.

These three lectures will be part of the Toronto Reference Library’s On Civil Society series.

The first lecture is entitled Violence Against Women as a Tool of Control. Come prepared for a lively and thought-provoking discussion!

Fairly Equal by Linda Silver Dranoff will also be sold at the event for $25. Cash and credit will be accepted.

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Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Bright Shining Moment Book Launch

Join Deb Loughead for the launch of her book Bright Shining Moment

Deb will do a reading from her book, as well as a signing. The event is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Children and adults are both welcome to attend.

In everyone’s life there are bright and shining moments.

It is 1942, and Aline is twelve years old. Aline loves her family, but she is also ashamed of them. She hides her face when her father drives her to school in his horse-drawn wagon instead of a motorcar. She won’t tell the girls in her class that her mother raises chickens in their yard, or that they’ve taken in borders to make money. Angry that her mother can’t spare ten cents for a charity drive at school, Aline steals from her purse. As she seeks to make amends, she comes to reevaluate everything she held to be true, including her relationship with her sworn enemy, Jeanine, whose situation, she learns, is much worse than her own. Aline comes to understand that it’s not material wealth that brings happiness, but life’s bright and shining moments, which can happen under any circumstances. And that what makes those moments glow even brighter are the difficult moments that we all must face along the way.

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