YA: WHAT’S THE DRAMA?
Panel / Hosted by Mary McCown
Three experienced writers discuss young adult literature and their audience – teens, adults and, well, people of all ages!
Sheree Fitch is a multi-award-winning writer, speaker, educator and the author of over 30 books in a variety of genres. Fitch has received the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children and three honorary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature and issues affecting women and children. She will be discussing the Gravesavers during this panel.
Monique Polak is the author of 24 books for young people. She is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. In addition to being a freelance journalist who contributes to the Montreal Gazette, Monique is a columnist for ICI-Radio Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! Monique has been teaching at Montreal’s Marianopolis College for more than 30 years. One of her courses is called Writing for Children. Monique’s spring 2019 titles are Princess Angelica, Part-Time Lion Trainer, and I Am A Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times (Orca). On this occasion, the discussion will focus on her novel Planet Grief.
Vikki VanSickle is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for children including Words That Start With B, Summer Days, Starry Nights, the picture book If I Had a Gryphon, and the award-winning The Winnowing which she will discuss on this occasion. Vikki started her career as a bookseller and she now balances her writing with her job as Marketing Director at Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers.