March 8, 2014 RoundTable Meeting – U25 Panel – Panelists


Deborah Kerbel

Deborah KerbelDeborah Kerbel is a Canadian author. Her list of YA novels includes Under the Moon (2012), Lure (2010), Girl on the Other Side (2009), and Mackenzie, Lost and Found (2008). Her debut middle-grade novel, Bye-Bye, Evil Eye will be published in April, 2014 and her personal essay, The Curtain, is included in the YA anthology, Dear Bully (HarperCollins, 2011). Deborah’s novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s YA Book of the Year Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. She’s also the recipient of the City of Vaughan’s 2011 R.A.V.E. Award for her work with youth as a Literary Arts Educator and Mentor. She has been a guest speaker at both national and international literary festivals across Canada such as Wordfest, Word on the Street, and Luminato. In 1993, she graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English literature. Born in London, England, Deborah currently lives and writes in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children.

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Joanne Levy

Joanne Levy’s love of books began at a very early age. Being the youngest and the only female among four children, she was often left to her own devices and could frequently be found sitting in a quiet corner with her nose in a book. Now that she’s a grown up, Joanne is most often at her computer, channeling her younger self into the books she writes for kids who enjoy reading in quiet corners. Joanne still lives in Ontario with her husband and kids of the furred and feathered variety.

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Lesley Livingston

LESLEY LIVINGSTON is a writer and actress living in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of WONDROUS STRANGE, winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year 2010, a White Pine Honour Book, and shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Speculative Fiction. DARKLIGHT, the second book in this series was shortlisted for the Indigo Teen Read Awards. The concluding volume in the trilogy, TEMPESTUOUS, was released in January of 2011, and was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award. Once Every Never, Book 1 in the Once Every Never series, was chosen as the Young Adult Science Fiction Book of the Year by Quill & Quire and was shortlisted for the 2012-2013 Stellar Book Award and the 2012 CLA Young Adult Book Award. Captivated at a young age by stories of mythology and folk lore, past civilizations, and legendary heroes, Lesley developed into a full-fledged Celtic Mythology Geek, steeped in stories of the Otherworld, Faeries and King Arthur. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature. Lesley is an unrepentant egghead – a character-trait that somehow doesn’t interfere with a love of shoes and shiny things.

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Norah McClintock

Norah McClintock writes mystery and crime fiction for young adult readers. She is the author of the Chloe & Levesque, Mike & Riel, Robyn Hunter, and Ryan Dooley series, as well as many stand-alone novels. Norah grew up in Montreal, Quebec, is a graduate of McG8ill University (in history, of all things) and lives in Toronto, Ontario. She is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages. Visit www.norahmcclintock.com for more information.

 


K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. Since that time she has gone on to self-publish a YA series entitled THE CAUSAL ENCHANTMENT SERIES (2012). Kathleen is a true hybrid author, her New Adult novel TEN TINY BREATHS began as an indie author publication through amazon and has since sold in a four book series to Simon and Schuster- Atria books (2013), followed by ONE TINY LIE (2013), FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE (2013 )and, FIVE WAYS TO FALL (due out 2014). Fans are eagerly anticipating her next New Adult Series, which was recently acquired by SS-Atria Books, BURYING WATER (series 2014-15) She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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