Daniel Anctil has a BA from UVic and has always wanted to make a children’s book. He is fascinated with the arts of storytelling and word smithing. Fly Fly is his first book. He lives in Vancouver.
Pierre Anctil is a full professor of history at the University of Ottawa and author or editor of over thirty books, including titles such as Saint-Laurent, Montreal’s Main (Septentrion) and Religion, Culture and the State: Canada and Quebec, Reflections of the Bouchard-Taylor Report (University of Toronto Press). He lives in Montreal with his wife and two dogs.
Marie-Laure Chevrier was born in the Magdalen Islands. After much experience as a French and English language teacher in Quebec, Montréal, Louisiana, and her native islands, she lands in Coquitlam, BC, in 1989, more precisely in Maillardville, the small French-Canadian lumber village that inspired this book. Always driven by her belief in integrating a cultural component in her pedagogy, she spent 23 years teaching in the Lower Mainland before returning to Quebec. This is her first book in English.
Natural science, medical, and botanical illustrator Vicky Earle delights in connecting people to nature through art. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in medical illustration and biocommunications, Vicky has called Vancouver home for over three decades. Vicky’s goal is to help foster curiosity and an affinity for the natural world by encouraging people to follow their own art practice. Her preferred medium is watercolour on paper, occasionally using metal point and mixed media.
Nancy Hundal splashed on to the scene in 1991 with a Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize for I Heard My Mother Call My Name. Since then she has published ten more books. Her writing is inspired by her three children, her many students and the beautiful West Coast she has been fortunate to call home her whole life.
Johnson, E. Pauline
E. Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake (1861–1913), born a Mohawk princess, was a Canadian poet, story-teller, and entertainer. This collection of stories as told to her by Squamish Chief Joe Capilano represents one of her lasting achievements of cultural preservation.
Michael Kluckner is a Canadian writer and artist. His books won numerous awards, including the Duthie Prize, the Vancouver Book Prize, the Toronto Book Prize (short list), the Hallmark Society (Victoria) Award of Merit, and the Heritage Canada Medal of Achievement. His work with the Heritage Vancouver Society and the Heritage Canada Foundation is well-known. He now volunteers for the Vancouver Heritage Commission and is incoming president of the Vancouver Historical Society.
Marcotte, Danielle S.
Danielle S. Marcotte left the Masters Program in History at University of Victoria to work for Radio-Canada in 1974. She was a radio host, journalist, and producer in Vancouver for more than 30 years. Now retired and still living in BC, she writes children’s stories and contributes to newspapers and magazines in both French and English.
David McNeil is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in the English Department. Apart from that he is your typical hockey fan.
Michel Noël was born of Algonquin parents. He spent his youth in poverty near, but not in, First Nations communities. He shared in their daily and seasonal struggles and their spirituality. His background permeates his imagery and aspirations.
Nördlinger McDonnell, Lillooet
Lillooet Nördlinger McDonnell, PhD, is a scholar of modern Jewish and Israeli history. Originally from British Columbia, she is currently a research fellow at the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies in Ottawa.
Edmond Rivère was born in Provence, France – just a few kilometres away from the birthplace of Charles Pandosy. For many years a resident of Kelowna, Rivère became fascinated with the history of his fellow countryman. Rivère is an associate professor at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.
Ed Whitcomb was raised in Oak Lake, Manitoba. He received a BA from the University of Manitoba in 1964, capturing the University silver medals in History and Economics, the Brandon College Faculty Prize and the Honour Society Award. In 1966, he completed an MA at the University of Manitoba in Canadian and European History. He received a Ph.D. from the University of London, England in 1970, published by Duke University Press under the title Napoleon’s Diplomatic Service. After teaching History at universities in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba, he joined the Canadian Foreign Service. He retired in 2009 to work full time on promoting Canadian history and music.
Beryl Young is the author of eight critically acclaimed books for children, including picture books, novels and biographies. Among many award nominations, her books have won the Silver Moonbeam Award (U.S.), the Chocolate Lily Award (B.C.) and the Reader’s Choice Award at the Rainforest of Reading. Beryl is an admirer of Tommy Douglas and is honoured to tell the story of the childhood experience that inspired him to work toward establishing Medicare in Canada. Beryl has three children and four grandchildren and lives in Vancouver, B.C.