Presenters

Jean Assamoa

Early Settlement Area
11:45 a.m.
For ages 4 to 12



“Akwaba” or “welcome” to an introduction to African culture. French storyteller Jean Assamoa is the founder, CEO and artistic director of Akwaba Cultural Exchange. Jean is Canadian but was originally born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He has been teaching, performing and presenting for over 20 years in Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada. His presentation will be in French, and he will focus on imaginary discovery within a platform of storytelling.

David Bouchard

Jerseyville Stage
12:15 p.m.
For all ages

Bandstand
1:30 p.m.
For all ages

Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than 50 books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators. A former teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations on topics of reading, literacy and Aboriginal well-being. David will entertain with enchanting flute playing and illuminating stories. Here’s a personal invitation from David to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Lana Button

Cathcart School House
10:45 a.m.
For ages 3 to 7



Growing up in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Lana Button often performed into her skipping rope to large crowds of imaginary people. She was a TV, film and stage actress, but her desire to inspire young children led her to creating picture book stories. She’s honored that the Willow series won awards but is mostly proud that Willow has quietly inspired many children to find their own voice. Her new book is My Teacher’s Not Here! Here’s a personal invitation from Lana to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Heather Camlot

Lockhart Stage
1:15 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Heather Camlot is the author of Clutch, a middle-grade historical novel inspired by her father's childhood in Montreal and Jackie Robinson’s season with the Montreal Royals. Join Heather as she talks about why Montreal was chosen as the city to break the colour barrier in baseball, what she learned while doing research for Clutch, and how a simple moment or memory can kickstart the writing process. Here’s a personal invitation from Heather to attend the Telling Tales Festival!
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Children’s Author Talk

Mountsberg Church
3:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up



Are you an aspiring children’s author? Attend this panel discussion for industry insights. Some children’s authors have agents, some are self-published, some even find themselves working in children’s publishing. Come and hear stories and advice from four children’s authors: Vicki Grant, Hilary Leung, Evan Munday and Steve Newberry. Moderated by author and publishing professional Vikki VanSickle.

Paul Covello

Music Stage
11:30 a.m.
For ages birth to 4

Cathcart School House
1:00 p.m.
For ages birth to 4

Paul Covello is an illustrator, designer, and motion graphics artist from Toronto. He is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books Canada 123, Canada ABC, and Toronto ABC. Join Paul as he presents his latest picture book, Canada Animals, and learn about some of the country's best-loved and most iconic creatures!

Creative Theatre Company

Lockhart Stage
11:00 a.m.
For all ages

Lockhart Stage
2:45 p.m.
For all ages

The Creative Theatre Company directors Claudette Brundage and Jennifer Walton have been teaching talented young people since 1990. They offer extracurricular acting classes to students in Grades 2-12, summer acting camp, workshops for schools and the community, and skill-building corporate workshops. Meet some of their students and alumni throughout the festival, playing characters from beloved children's literature. Join Jen and Claudette for interactive theatre game sessions where everyone gets to play! Here’s a personal invitation from the Creative Theatre Company to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Melanie Florence

Early Settlement Area
2:00 p.m.
For ages 6 to 9

Teen Tales, 4th Floor
3:20 p.m.
For ages 12 to 18

Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage. Her close relationship with her grandfather sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimâmâ, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Join Melanie as she tells traditional folktales about the origin of the dreamcatcher and the creation of Turtle Island. She will read from her picture book Stolen Words. Here’s a personal invitation from Melanie to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Sara General

Early Settlement Area
12:30 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8



Odadrihonyanisoh (Sara General) belongs to the Turtle Clan and the Mohawk Nation. She lives in the community of Six Nations by the Grand River on Turtle Island with her husband and daughters. Sara’s writing is inspired by themes and events in Haudenosaunee history. She is a writer, an artist, a language learner and a researcher.

Vicki Grant

Teen Zone
1:15 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

Mountsberg Church
3:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

Former scriptwriter and advertising copywriter Vicki Grant has been called “a superb storyteller” and “one of the funniest writers working today”. Her books have won The Red Maple, The Arthur Ellis and Young Canada Reads as well as been shortlisted for the Edgar, the CLA Book of the Year and many Forest of Reading awards. She will be presenting her latest YA novel, 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You. Vicki will also be participating in the children’s author talk.

Hamilton Children’s Choir

Bandstand
2:15 p.m.
For all ages



The Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC) is an internationally-renowned and award-winning children and youth choir, sharing the joys and benefits of singing, and believing that “If you can speak, you can sing.” Boasting 190 choristers ages 5 to 18, the HCC offers vocal training and music instruction.

Hamilton Public Library – 10th Anniversary Telling Tales Trivia

Lockhart Stage
10:15 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12



Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of Telling Tales with some trivia fun! How well do you know the Telling Tales books? Test your knowledge and celebrate Telling Tales with the Hamilton Public Library. All materials provided.

Hamilton Public Library – Comic Superheroes

Dragonfly Stage
10:15 a.m.
For ages 4 to 12



Celebrate superheroes at Telling Tales! Test your knowledge with fun trivia, create your own comic superhero and write a superhero adventure story.  All materials provided.

Hamilton Public Library Puppeteers

Tim Hortons Puppet Stage featuring the Hamilton Public Library
10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
For all ages



The Hamilton Public Library Puppeteers are a talented group of youth services staff who perform classic puppet shows as well as some new ones. Don’t miss the fun – a perfect option for the entire family.

Hamilton Youth Poets

Early Settlement Area
1:15 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

Bandstand
3 p.m.
For ages 9 and up

The Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) have created a youth-focused spoken word community and a growing platform for youth to speak and be heard. Year-round, HYP-lead, friendly poetry competitions emphasize community and self-expression through hip-hop poetry, oral storytelling, and spoken word. It’s the art of telling authentic stories with the voices of young witnesses, celebrating their identity and finding a common ground through their narratives.

Jude Johnson

Bandstand
10:15 a.m.
For all ages



Jude Johnson has been performing for children and adults for over 40 years. She has 10 recordings released, is the founder/director of the MAD Creative Arts School for 33 years and is also an artist working in collage and acrylic. Let’s all have some fun clapping and dancing to her upbeat performance.

Jess Keating

Cathcart School House
11:30 a.m.
For ages 4 to 8



As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Mississauga where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. She will talk about her latest book Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist. Here’s a personal invitation from Jess to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Fartumo Kusow

Early Settlement Area
11:00 a.m.
For ages 4 to 12



Fartumo Kusow was born in Somalia and immigrated to Canada at the start of the civil war in Somalia. Since her arrival to Canada in 1991 she earned a B. Arts Honours English Language and Literature and B. Education from the University of Windsor. She teaches English literature for the Greater Essex County District School Board. Join Fartumo for an interactive storytelling experience where children can help build the story. Kids can help to choose a story element — character, setting, conflict/plot — and hear Fartumo bring the story to life! Here’s a personal invitation from Fartumo to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Andrew Larsen

Cathcart Schoolhouse
12:15 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Music Stage
1:30 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Andrew Larsen is a big fan of Telling Tales and of sharing stories. He likes to encourage young writers to share their own stories in their own ways. Andrew is presenting The Bagel King, which is a tasty tale inspired by his own family.
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Dennis Lee

Bandstand
11:45 a.m.
For all ages



Dennis Lee is Toronto’s first Poet Laureate, an Officer of the Order of Canada and the author of timeless children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious, and The Ice Cream Store. He also wrote the song lyrics for Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock. His poetry is anthologized and read around the world. Dennis will present his best-loved bedtime stories in his latest book, Good Night, Good Night.

Qin Leng

Bandstand
Bandstand 11:45 a.m.
For all ages

Dragonfly Stage
2:15 p.m.
For ages birth to 8

Qin Leng is a designer and illustrator. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. From very early on, she has loved to portray the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award. Qin will present her latest book Good Night, Good Night which was written by Dennis Lee. Here’s a personal invitation from Qin to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Hilary Leung

Dragonfly Stage
11:00 a.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Mountsberg Church
3:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

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. He will be releasing five new books in 2018, including Stego-cumulus. When not creating, Hilary can be found at home playing with his two awesome children. He will be participating in a children’s author talk. Here’s a personal invitation from Hilary to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

LONE Rhubarbarian and Friends

Music Stage
10:45 a.m.
For all ages



LONE Rhubarbarian Paul Fralick is joined by Amber Mills, Michael Rode and Caitlin Fralick from the Hamilton Choir Project, and Steve McKay. Together they will sing fun tunes for young children and their families - with an ear to harmony and a wish for everyone to sing along! Enjoy tunes from all over, with great instrumentation that will get everyone dancing.

Sarah Mlynowski

Bandstand
12:30 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Lockhart Stage
2:00 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, Gimme a Call, and numerous other books for neonates and teens, including the New York Times bestselling Upside-Down Magic series, which she is cowriting with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters. She will be launching Upside-Down Magic: Weather or Not at Telling Tales.

Jennifer Mook-Sang

Cathcart Schoolhouse
2:00 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8



Jennifer grew up in Guyana and moved to Canada when she was 14. Her first novel Speechless was widely acclaimed. Picture book Captain Monty Takes the Plunge is about a stinky pirate who’s afraid of the water. Join Jennifer for a spirited reading of Captain Monty, followed by a discussion of swimming lessons, the need for a lifeguard certificate before you jump in to save anyone, and the meaning of bravery.

Evan Munday

Jerseyville Stage
1:15 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Mountsberg Church
3:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of the Silver Birch shortlisted Dead Kid Detective Agency Series, which includes The Dead Kid Detective Agency, Dial M for Morna, and Loyalist to a Fault. Evan works as publicity manager for children’s books at Penguin Random House Canada. During Telling Tales he will be launching his latest in the series Connect the Scotts with an interactive presentation that involves a reading, some drawing, and a little bit of history trivia. Evan will also be participating in a children’s author talk.

Mr. Ben

Music Stage
3:00 p.m.
For ages birth to 8



Mr. Ben has been working with children for over 20 years, and since 2011 has been sharing music and songs with little ones of preschool age as both an early childhood music educator and an engaging children’s entertainer. With his guitar in hand and a childlike enthusiasm and energy, his mix of folk and original kids’ songs grabs audiences’ attention, draws them in, and has them singing and moving along regardless of age. Here’s a personal invitation from Mr. Ben to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles

Music Stage
12:15 p.m.
For all ages

Music Stage
2:15 p.m.
For all ages

Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles are a rock and roll family band based out of Cambridge. The Bubbles have been travelling the province with their musical vibrations for nearly 13 years. Along with their puppet friends, they deliver a super fun, interactive musical show that will have the whole family bopping along together. Here’s a personal invitation from Mr. Chris and the Gassy Bubbles to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Steve Newberry

Dragonfly Stage
12:30 p.m.
For ages 4 to 8

Mountsberg Church
3:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

Steve Newberry is an artist, animator, and now a children’s book author. He founded the website and popular YouTube channel Scratch Garden as a home for fun, educational videos for kids (and people who used to be kids). He will read from his first book Semicolons, Cupcakes & Cucumbers and make you LAUGH and LEARN at the SAME TIME! There may be drawing activities. There could even be cupcakes! Steve will also be participating in a children’s author talk. Here’s a personal invitation from Steve to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Kenneth Oppel

Teen Zone
11:45 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Jerseyville Stage
1:45 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and a stage play. His recent books include The Boundless, The Nest, and Every Hidden Thing. He presents his latest middle-grade novel, Inkling. Here’s a personal invitation from Kenneth to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

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Itah Sadu

Music Stage
1 p.m.
For all ages



Enjoy listening to traditional African and Caribbean stories from award-winning storyteller and children's author Itah Sadu. Her love for storytelling has taken her to schools around the world where she has developed stories that have a special appeal for children. She is the co-owner of the independent bookstore A Different Booklist in Toronto. Her latest book is Greetings, Leroy.

Kevin Sands

Jerseyville Stage
11:30 a.m.
For ages 8 and up



Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, and a teacher. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling Blackthorn Key series and will be launching Call of the Wraith, the fourth book in this series. Here’s a personal invitation from Kevin to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Richard Scrimger

Jerseyville Stage
2:15 p.m.
For ages 10 and up

Teen Tales, Hamilton Room
3:20 p.m.
For ages 12 to 18

Richard Scrimger has written more than 20 books for children and adults, been translated into a dozen languages, and won more awards than he deserves. He teaches at the Humber College School for Writers and has led workshops on five continents, which means he talks a lot about writing. Well, he talks a lot anyway. His recent novels feature a magic camera, an upside-down world and the back of Laura Secord’s cow. Fortunately, confusion is Richard’s natural state.  Just ask his children. He has four of them – no, wait, they have him.

Heather Smith

Lockhart Stage
11:45 a.m.
For ages 9 to 12

Teen Tales, 4th Floor
2:40 p.m.
For ages 12 to 18

Heather Smith spent much of her early life wrestling with words. Not only was she a reluctant reader, she struggled with speech as well. Join Heather as she shares her journey from word-hater to word-lover and talks about beginnings, both in literature and in life. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather lives in Waterloo with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Here’s a personal invitation from Heather to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Sydney Smith

Teen Zone
11:45 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Dragonfly Stage
1:30 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing since an early age. He has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the picture books Sidewalk Flowers, The White Cat and the Monk and Town is by the Sea. He has received multiple awards for his illustrations including the Governor Generals Award and has been listed on the New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books three years in a row. He will present his latest book Inkling with Kenneth Oppel and will do a special visual storytelling presentation on drawing, with a focus on Sidewalk Flowers, Town is by the Sea, and Inkling.