Chad Solomon

Dragonfly Stage
11:45 a.m.
For all ages

Come on an adventure with Rabbit and Bear Paws. Learn about First Nations history, cultures and traditions from author/artist Chad Solomon, a member of the Henvey Inlet First Nation. His grandfather Art Solomon was a traditional healer and justice activist. He taught Chad that no matter how old you become, you should always be young-at-heart and that laughter is the greatest medicine. This is the spirit behind the comical Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws series. Here’s a personal invitation from Chad and Rabbit to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Kevin Sylvester

11:00 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Lockhart Stage
12:30 p.m.
For ages 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. His books include the MiNRS series, Neil Flambé series, Gold Medal for Weird, and Sports Hall of Weird. This year Kevin will be launching his latest books MiNRS3 and The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem.

Telling Tales Press Club Journalism Workshop

Mountsberg Church
12:00 p.m.
For ages 6 and up

Learn how to be a reporter! One fun thing reporters get to do is interview people. That can be one of the most interesting parts of the job. At this lively workshop, you’ll find out how to conduct a great interview, how to ask questions that get interesting answers, and how to use that information in a news article. We may even have a very special guest drop by to be interviewed! Kids can use their interviewing techniques after the workshop to find out more about the literary characters roaming around the festival. Then submit their interview to the Telling Tales Press Club. Joyce Grant is a freelance journalist and co-creator of the kid-friendly news website She is also a children’s author, with three picture books and two middle-grade baseball novels.

Vikki VanSickle

Teen Zone (Summer Stage)
2:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up

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

Vikki VanSickle is the author of a number of books for children. The Winnowing is her first foray into science fiction, inspired by her love of the TV show The X-Files. Originally from Woodstock, Ontario, she now lives in Toronto where she splits her time between writing and her duties in children's book marketing at Penguin Random House Canada. Vikki is also moderating a children’s author panel. Here’s a personal invitation from Vikki to attend the Telling Tales Festival!

Eric Walters

Jerseyville Stage
10:45 a.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Teen Zone
12:30 p.m.
For ages 8 to 12

Eric Walters has written over 100 novels and pictures books that have been translated into 13 languages and are available around the world. He first began writing stories when faced with a grade five class that didn’t like to read; he was determined to engage his students through books and has continued to write ever since. Eric’s books focus on the importance of belonging, overcoming adversity, and the potential within an individual to make a change in their own lives. Eric will be celebrating the launch of his 100th book Elephant Secret.