Eden Mills Writers' Festival
4:00 PM16:00

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
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
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!


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
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
to Feb 1

2019 Ontario Library Association Super Conference

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre (map)
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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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7:00 PM19:00

Challenging the Centres of Power

  • Toronto Reference Library - Beeton Hall (map)
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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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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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to Nov 16

Events with Lorraine Greaves, Personal and Political: Stories from the Women's Health Mvt. 1960-2010

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Guelph, ON

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

7:00 PM

Women's Health Evening

A Café Philosophique Event

The Bookshelf

41 Quebec St, Guelph ON


CONSPIRACY OF HOPE: THE TRUTH ABOUT BREAST CANCER SCREENING - An explosive book that exposes the truth about breast cancer screening. Café Philosophique presents author Renée Pellerin in conversation with Joanna Henry and moderated by Lorraine Greaves.

Victoria, BC

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

4:00-6:00 PM

University of Victoria campus 

Health and Social Development Building

Room 300

Hosted by The School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

6:00-8:00 PM

Vancouver Public Library — Central Branch

Alma VanDusen Room

350 West Georgia St.

Hosted by the Vancouver Public Library

Book Sales by Massy Books

Toronto, ON

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

5:00-7:00 PM

Women's College Hospital

Pink Cube

76 Grenville St.

Hosted by Women's College Hospital

and The Feminist History Society

Toronto, ON

Friday, November 16th, 2018

12:00-1:00 PM

York University Campus

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room 1005

88 The Pond Road, North York, ON M3J 2S5

Hosted by York University's School of Nursing

with Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health Office, York University

Centre for Feminist Research, York University

The Feminist History Society

Health and Society, LAPS

Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health

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7:00 PM19:00

Empowering Women at Work

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 Empowering Women at Work. 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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2:00 PM14:00

Black Women Who Dared Book Launch

Join Naomi M. Moyer for the book launch of Black Women Who Dared!


Naomi will do a reading, and sign copies of her book. Light refreshments will be provided. Children and adults are both welcome and encouraged to come. Naomi will also be showcasing some of her original artwork from the book.

Artist Naomi M. Moyer presents powerful biographical portraits of ten Black women and women’s collectives from Canadian and American history, ranging from 1793 to the present. Included are leaders and groundbreakers who were anti-slavery activists, business women, organizers who promoted healthcare, and educators who taught literacy and scholarship in Black neighborhoods.

The stories and beautiful portraits in this book will engage a wide range of readers. Celebrate these remarkable women—some of whom you may be hearing about for the first time—and the profound impacts they’ve made.

Profiled are: The Coloured Women's Club, Jackie Shane, Sylvia Estes Stark, The Hour a Day Study Club, Rosa Pryor, Sherona Hall, The Black Cross Nurses Mary Miles Bibb, Chloe Cooley, and Blockorama.


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7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch Tilly and the Crazy Eights (Saskatoon)

Join Monique Gray Smith for the Saskatoon launch of her new book Tilly and the Crazy Eights

When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket-list road trip, she impulsively says yes. The adventure will transform her in ways she could not predict, just as it will for the elders who dub themselves “the Crazy Eights.” Heading to the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, the trip proves to be powerful medicine. By the time their bus rolls to a stop in New Mexico they feel ready for anything. But are they?

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4:00 PM16:00

The Story of My Face Book Launch

Join Leanne Baugh for the book launch of her debut YA novel
The Story of My Face.

Leanne will do a reading, and sign copies of her book. Light refreshments will be provided. Youth and adults are both welcome and encouraged to come. 

After being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, seventeen-year-old Abby Hughes' facial scars are all she can think about, and all that she thinks anyone else can see when they look at her. It’s now March, and Abby’s months of hiding out at home are over. Returning to finish her last term of high school feels as daunting as enduring seven plastic surgeries. She knew it would be hard to show her new face to the world, but she didn’t expect to be rejected by her so-called friends. Or ignored by Liam, who had said he loved her. Or tormented by Mason, who may be capable of much worse than she suspected. If she wants others to move past the surface, Abby has to learn to do that herself. Her love of acting and her return to drama class may be the key to going on with her new life, or it may be the disaster that drives her from high school (and society) altogether.

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