For the last fourteen years, the West Vancouver Memorial Library has partnered with the West Vancouver School District to give over 1500 students the chance to see an internationally celebrated author or illustrator at the Kay Meek Centre. These events are by class registration only for West Vancouver Schools educators and their Grade 2, Grade 5 and secondary school classes.
Doors open half an hour before each presentation. Presenters will speak for 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for questions.
About Our Presenters
Hilary Leung is a Toronto-based author and illustrator. Several years ago, Hilary self-published his first picture book, The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. His Scholastic board books Will Bear Share? and Will Ladybug Hug? both earned Kirkus stars. Hilary also works on projects for Story Planet, a non-profit organization that encourages young people to create and tell their stories. When not creating, Hilary can be found at home playing with his two awesome children.
Jess Keating is an author and zoologist and has been bitten by sharks, sprayed by skunks and victim to the dreaded paper cut. Her books blend science, humor and curiosity, and include the acclaimed My Life is a Zoo middle grade trilogy, the award-winning World of Weird Animals series, and Shark Lady. Her newest series, Elements of Genius, will be released in July 2019, starting with Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray. You can find videos, free printables, book extras and more on , or chat with her on Twitter @JessKeating or Instagram @JessKeatingBooks.
Arushi Raina grew up in South Africa. So far, she's also lived in India, Egypt, Nigeria, the US, UK, and most recently, in Vancouver, Canada. Her debut novel, When Morning Comes, is set in apartheid South Africa and explores the lives of four very different teens on the brink of a youth uprising. She likes flawed characters, escapes, and sentences that make you stop and wonder.
Shannon Ozirny, Head of Youth Services | firstname.lastname@example.org | 604.925.7422