Jo Storm

Jerseyville Railway Station
11:45 a.m.
Teen



Jo Storm is a writer, dog trainer and dogsledder who currently lives in Sudbury, Ontario. She grew up in Muskoka and makes frequent pilgrimages there to lean her back up against the Canadian Shield. Snowhook is Jo’s first young adult fiction novel. In her other life, Jo is the owner of two boisterous Dalmatians, two crazy Tollers, and a loveable Lab. In her recent novel Snowhook, Jo tells the story of Hannah who must rely on her survival instincts to endure a brutal ice storm and save her family. Jo will share this inspiring story of resilience and determination. Jo Storm’s personal invitation to meet her at Telling Tales Main Event 2019!

Ted Staunton

Music Stage
11:30 a.m.
For all ages

Bandstand
1:30 p.m.
8 to 12

Ted Staunton is the author of The Almost Epic Squad: What Blows Up. He is excited to join the other Almost Epic authors on one stage to launch the fourth book in this hilarious series. When not being bookish, he’s often playing music with the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band. Hopefully he will bring his banjo and guitar along for some added musical fun! A few of his bestselling books include Bounced, Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation, and Speed.

Joel A. Sutherland

Jerseyville Railway Station
10:45 a.m.
9 to 12



Be afraid—be very afraid! Join author Joel A. Sutherland for some scary ghost stories from his Haunted Canada series. Joel is a mild-mannered librarian by day and a speculative fiction writer and editor by night. He even appeared on the Canadian TV edition of Wipeout. Joel lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife, his children, and a mountain of books. He is back with the ninth installment of Haunted Canada: Scary True Stories.

Kevin Sylvester

Forest of Reading
11:15 a.m.
8 to 12

Bandstand
1:30 p.m.
8 to 12

Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator and broadcaster. He writes and illustrates everything from murder mysteries and science fiction to books on sports and financial literacy. Kevin’s books include the MiNRS series, Neil Flambé series, Gold Medal for Weird, and Sports Hall of Weird. Kevin has become a wonderful ambassador for Telling Tales. This year Kevin is joining the three other Almost Epic Squad authors to celebrate the latest hilarious book. Last year we launched this series with Kevin’s book, The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem. At the Forest of Reading stage, Kevin will talk about the Neil Flambé series and his other recent works such as  Gargantua Jr., the story of a baby monster who wants to be just like mom and protect the earth.

Sunshine Tenasco

Nature Tales - Aquagraphie Stage
1:45 p.m.
4 to 8



Sunshine Tenasco is Anishinabeg, from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec. Seeing a drawing of an Indigenous child on a book cover prompted Sunshine to write her own children's story highlighting the lack of clean and safe drinking water facing many First Nations communities. Nibi’s Water Song is Sunshine’s first book, and she is coming from Quebec to co-present this important story with Chief Lady Bird at Nature Tales. The hopeful tone and lyrical read-aloud quality of this gentle allegorical tale open the door to conversations aimed at young children, whether they are living with access to clean water or not.

Nathalie Vachon

Early Settlement Area
10:45 a.m.
For all ages - French

Early Settlement Area
11:30 a.m.
For all ages - English

Follow Nathalie as she spins original tales that will engage, inspire and tickle the funny bone. Nathalie’s mesmerizing storytelling performance takes the audience on an interactive ride through modern day fairy tales (with a twist), adventures all in rhyme, folktales from around the world, and so much more. With audience participation, songs and wordplay, Nathalie will make you fall in love with storytelling and see that stories are, in fact, everywhere!   Nathalie will present twice, once in English and once in French.

Eric Walters

Cathcart School House
10:45 a.m.
5 to 8

Forest of Reading Stage
1:15 p.m.
10 to 14

Eric Walters has written over 100 novels and picture books that have been translated into 13 languages and are available around the world. Eric first began writing in 1993 as a way to get his Grade 5 students interested in reading and writing. This year he will co-present Light a Candle with Godfrey Nkongolo. Eric will speak of his personal experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and the inspiration for a book designed to light the way for other students to help change the world. At the Forest of Reading stage he will talk about his recent novel, The Fourth Dimension, and more.  

Janet Wilson

Dragonfly Stage
10:45 a.m.
8 to 12



Janet Wilson is an author, illustrator, and artist. Join Janet as she launches her latest book, Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing The World. This powerful book shows that kids have the power to make social change, sharing real-life stories from around the world of kids who are making a difference. Her other picture book in this series, Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving The Planet, was the winner of the Science in Society Book Award, a finalist for the Silver Birch Express, and named a Smithsonian Notable Book for 2010. Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario, a small village with a strong interest in the literary and visual arts, and environmental protection. Janet wants to see you at Telling Tales so she can share stories of kids that have changed the world.  

Britt Wilson

Celebrate Graphic Novels, HPL Central Branch, Hamilton Room
2:00 p.m.
Tween



Britt Wilson is an Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated letterer, cartoonist and illustrator. She works on various comics and series, including the Adventure Time series, Ghost Queen and Cat Dad: King of the Goblins. Britt is also the illustrator of the hilarious Almost Epic Squad series. At Celebrating Graphic Novels, Britt will share tricks of the trade and help young artists discover that immense feeling of satisfaction you get from illustrating graphic novels.
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Nicola Winstanley

Mountsberg Church
12:00 p.m.
Writing session for kids

Cathcart School House
2:00 p.m.
4 to 8

Nicola Winstanley has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. She is the author of The Pirate's Bed, A Bedtime Yarn, and Cinnamon Baby, which won an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Nichola will co-present her latest book, How To Give Your Cat A Bath In Five Easy Steps, with illustrator John Martz. Nicola lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family and one dog. No cats. Nicola has a special message for anyone who wants to find out how to give a cat a bath!

Tory Woollcott

Celebrate Graphic Novels, HPL Central Branch, Hamilton Room
1:15 p.m.
Tween



Tory Woollcott is a cartoonist, writer, literacy educator and advocate who lives in Toronto. Her first graphic novel, Mirror Mind, was an autobiographical memoir about growing up with dyslexia. Tory has since written and drawn other autobiographical comics, fairy tales for kids, and a sci-fi audio drama. Tory runs comic-making and dyslexia awareness workshops, and has done so with the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics, to name a few. At Celebrating Graphic Novels Tory will present her latest work, Science Comics: The Brain. Tory will use mind mapping to help you create and lay out your own stories. Tory will demonstrate ways to create compelling characters and generate awesome stories in a five act structure. She will create a story with the group, showing you how to use these techniques to write your own comics, prose stories, or even video games! Here’s a personal invitation from Tory to attend the Telling Tales Festival!