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2018 Literacy for Life Presenters
Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of twenty novels including Flickers, The Hunchback Assignments and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada.
Alice Kuipers has published seven books for teens and children, with three more upcoming. She has had stories and essays published and produced on the radio and as plays, and she blogged for Today’s Parent, and The Huffington Post. Alice’s work is published in 34 countries. She has four children.
Brenda Baker is a writer, performer and creativity coach with a BFA in visual art. For adults, as a songwriter she’s toured coast-to-coast, releasing two original CDs and collecting a Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction for her short stories. For children, she starred in a national TV series, released a DVD and three CDs, seeing one shortlisted for a Canadian Indie. Her young adult novel Camp Outlook won a John V. Hicks Award, the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature, and the High Plains YA Book Award (USA). In 2005 Brenda founded Kids of Note, a choir for children with and without disabilities.
Mary Harelkin Bishop has lived in Saskatoon since she was 12 years old and considers herself a Prairie person. Writing has always been a very important aspect in her life. Mary began writing when she was nine years old. She cannot imagine life without writing. She is the author of the best-selling Tunnels of Time Adventure Series, as well as Seeds of Hope: A Prairie Story and Moving Forward: The Journey of Paralympian Colette Bourgonje. and Mistasinîy: Buffalo Rubbing Stone. Her newest book—Skye Bird and the Eagle Feather—has just been released!
Elaine M. Will
Elaine M. Will
Elaine M Will is the Xeric Award-winning Canadian author and cartoonist behind the critically acclaimed mental health drama graphic novel, Look Straight Ahead and the graphic novel adaptation of Dustship Glory, a Saskatchewan historical novel. Elaine’s comic and illustration work has appeared in Verb, Broken Pencil, The Feathertale Review, Blunderbuss, and This Magazine. Her current project is a love letter to retro gaming in comic book form called Årkade, in collaboration with writer Mark Allard-Will.
Miriam Körner, originally from Germany, is a writer, photographer, illustrator and wilderness guide. She lives in a small cabin surrounded by her sled dogs near La Ronge, Sask. When she is not exploring the vast wilderness of Canada’s Far North by dog team or canoe Miriam writes about her adventures—the real ones and imagined ones. She is currently the Artist/Writer-in-Residence at the Alex Roberston Public Library in La Ronge.
Marion Mutala has a master’s degree in educational administration and taught for 30 years. With a passion for the arts, she loves to write, sing, and play guitar, travel and read. Marion is the author of the bestselling and award-winning children’s book trilogy, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Easter, and Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding. Kohkum’s Babushka: A Magical Metis/ Ukrainian Tale is her ninth book released 2017. She has two books forthcoming More Delightful Didos! and My Dearest Dido—a book about the Ukrainian genocide—the Holodomor.
Kristine Scarrow is the author of the young adult books Throwaway Girl, If This Is Home, and The 11th Hour. She teaches writing and journalling as a healing art in the community, as well as through her work as the writer-in-residence at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon. Her fourth young adult book The Gamer's Guide to Getting the Girl will be released in the fall of 2019. Born and raised in the prairies, Kristine is proud to be from Saskatchewan, a province boasting an incredible writing community and a wealth of talented writers.
Karen Bass is a multi-award-winning young adult author, including a two-time winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction (Uncertain Soldier and Graffiti Knight). Her supernatural tale, The Hill, is a Snow Willow finalist. Two Times a Traitor, her newest book, is also her first middle grade. She loves writing action and adventure, and slides in some history when she can to make the past come alive for young readers.
Bill Slavin has illustrated over 100 children’s books, fiction and nonfiction. Titles include Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey, winner of the 2004 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, and Transformed, winner of the 2006 Norma Fleck Award. He has also written and illustrated a graphic novel trilogy entitled Elephants Never Forget. The summer of 2016 launched the release of his picture book, Who Broke the Teapot?!, a lively whodunnit that he both wrote and illustrated.
Katherine Lawrence is the 2017-18 writer in residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. Her most recent book, Stay, a young adult novel-in-verse published by Coteau Books, won the Gold Moonbeam Award for Children’s Poetry. The book is also shortlisted in the 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Children’s Literature and also for Poetry. Her other titles include three collections of adult poetry: Never Mind (Turnstone Press: 2016), Lying to Our Mothers (Coteau Books: 2006), and Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau Books: 2001). Katherine is also a playwright with new work on the stage at the 2018 Saskatoon Fringe Festival. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and has lived in Saskatoon for 32 years.
Chiara was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She spent the next six years struggling with medication and side effects as her doctors tried to control her seizures. Through her journey, Chiara has become an advocate for epilepsy education and youth living with chronic illness. She also realized the through the writing process she was able to begin the healing process.
Jennifer Berthelot published her first book on mindset in 2010. This book changed the trajectory of her writing career. Her first book became an Amazon Bestseller in the categories of Happiness and Motivation several times over and made the 2014 McNally Robinson Booksellers Saskatchewan Bestseller’s List. Without missing a beat, she published additional books on happiness, gratitude, and productivity and she has several books in various stages of completion right now.
Timothy Eashappie Sr.
Timothy Eashappie Sr.
Traditional Knowledge Keeper
Timothy Eashappie Sr. is from Carry The Kettle. He is Nakota/Dakota and the Traditional Knowledge Keeper for Saskatoon Public School Division. After years of working with many tribes in Canada and the United States, he decided to go back to school and get his Bachelor of Education degree. He continues to work with many of our First Nations, Inuit, Métis and non-First Nations children. He looks to create a better understanding of peoples culture in Saskatchewan and Canada, and to share his First Nations world view.
Cultural Resource Liaison
Don Speidel began his career with the Saskatoon Public School Division as an Indigenous Knowledge Facilitator for the Brightwater Science and Environmental Program in 2003. This role then evolved into the Waokiye (Traditional Helper) with the Okiciyapi Education Partnership. Don’s current role with SPS as a Cultural Resource Liaison was created to support the respectful inclusion of First Nations and Métis histories, languages, cultures, traditions, protocols, leadership on current issues and helping our school system to become culturally responsive. Don also currently serves as the Artistic Director for SPS Indigenous Ensemble.
Angie Caron is a Métis woman from Saskatoon and a proud descendant of the historic Métis community of Round Prairie. Angie is currently the principal at Westmount Community School in Saskatoon. She has co-authored a book with her father called Manny’s Memories that highlights some of her father’s memories of growing up in the Round Prairie Métis community. Angie is also the co-author with Wilfred Burton of the Taanishi Books, a set of emergent books containing Métis content and perspectives.
Jenn Baetz moved to Saskatoon in the fall of 2013 to begin her new career as a librarian. She started at Saskatoon Public Library as Fine Arts Librarian at the Frances Morrison Central Library, then moved onto her current position as a Children’s Services Librarian. She draws on her extensive background as a musician and educator to create unique opportunities for children in her storytimes and other library programs. Jenn loves working with young people as her interactions with them help her be a better librarian and push her to learn more about all aspects of life.
Jim Drake works at the Saskatoon Public Library where he tells stories in various ways to young people. He’s been doing this for quite a while.
Clare Middleton has a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has worked in theatre as and actor, director, producer and playwright for over 15 years. She has served as artist in residence for the Meadow Lake School Division, the Town of Gravelbourg and as artist in the community for the City of Saskatoon. She loves that she gets to tell stories and meet so many of interesting young people for a living.
Joel has worked in various jobs at the Saskatoon Public Library since he was in high school. So, for a long time. When he discovered that he was pretty good at making kids laugh, he settled into doing that at the library.
La Troupe du Jour
La Troupe du Jour
Founded in 1985, La Troupe du Jour is the only professional French-language theatre company in Saskatchewan and for that reason plays an essential role in the Fransaskois cultural landscape. The company maintains an artistic presence in Francophone communities across the province by touring shows, supporting playwriting and presenting programs in the schools.