“By building mythology into an accessible, modern-day story, Livingston sets her book apart. Memorable characters and a plot replete with some staggering acts of loyalty and betrayal will have fans eagerly awaiting the next installment.”—Quill and Quire
From swords and sorcery to adventure and fantasy, you’ll find it all inside the novels our author panel has written. Whether you’re into Star Wars or Treasure Island, join us for a panel of award-winning fantasy authors—Lesley Livingston, EK Johnston, and R.J. Anderson—in this author reading and panel discussion! This panel discussion also augments the Stratford Festival production of “Treasure Island” at the Avon Theatre.
Lesley Livingston is the author of the “Wondrous Strange” trilogy, and the winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year award, a finalist for the Indigo Teen Reads award and the Monica Hughes award, and author of one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian.” Lesley has also performed in a Shakespeare theatre company aimed at young adult audiences. Her latest book, Valiant, is set in ancient Rome and stars a resilient female heroine who must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats, and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself.
Award-winning novelist R.J. Anderson writes contemporary fantasy and science fiction for a young adult audience. Her debut novel, Knife, won the Concorde Book Award, while her teen thriller Ultraviolet was shortlisted for both the Sunburst Award and the prestigious Andre Norton (Nebula) award. Her most recent series is a pair of middle grade mysteries: the CLA Top Ten pick A Pocket Full of Murder, and the recent A Little Taste of Poison.
E.K. Johnston writes everything from contemporary fantasy to fairytales to stories set in small-town Ontario. Her most recent novel, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, is based on Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, casting the queen as a cheerleader who is faced with the immense challenge of overcoming sexual assault. Her upcoming novel, That Inevitable Victorian Thing, is set in a near-futuristic British empire.
Join these three award-winning authors as they read from their latest fantasy novels, followed by a spirited Q&A period. This event is a must for fans of fantasy novels as well as Canadian literature!
“Johnston takes ideas of power and gender, belief and love, and upends them.”- Kirkus Reviews