Authors in Schools Tour 2017

Reading Town PEI is excited to be touring the following authors in 2017.

Author: Harmony WagnerHarmony Wagner, Creative Producer, Periscope Pictures

Grades: 7 to 12

Available: May 1, 2, 3, 4

Info: Harmony Wagner is a writer, director and award winning filmmaker based in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She wrote several episodes of The Big Comfy Couch. Her short film Queen of the Crows broadcast on CBC and screened at numerous festivals including Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program at the Cannes Film Festival. Kooperman, her feature film comedy is available at Queen of the Crows is her first novel.


Author: Sharon MacKaysharonpic

Grades: 3 to 12

Available: May 1, 2, 3, 4

Info: Sharon, a resident of PEI, is a young adult writer and Canadian War Artist (CFA-vet, Afghanistan, ’09 & ’13), well known for her novels Charlie Wilcox, and Thunder Over Kandahar. More recently she published End of the Line and Prison Boy, both of which won the Atlantic Canada Book Awards.

In the past Sharon has been a television host and newspaper and national magazine columnist. Movie-rights have been sold for three of her novels and all are in different stages of development.

Awards include: Governor General’s Award nomination (2); Eisner, USA, nom; USBBY’s Honor List of Outstanding International Books (4); Hans Christian Andersen Award, Honourable Mention; Eric Hoffer Award, Honourable Mention. A complete list is available.

Sharon is published in Canada, Germany, USA, England, Denmark, France, Romania, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan.

“I am a social justice writer who regularly talks to students in grade 3 to 12.” A discussion with the teacher/librarian before a school visit is recommend.


Author: Deirdre Kessler (pronounced DARE-dree)Kessler

Grades: Kindergarten to 12

Available: May 1, 2, 3

Info: Deirdre Kessler is the current Prince Edward Island poet laureate and is author of over two dozen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Mother Country, a memoir; Afternoon Horses, poetry; and 17 books for young people, including Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award-winning Brupp Rides Again and Lobster in My Pocket.  She teaches creative writing, children’s literature, and the course  on L.M. Montgomery with UPEI’s Department of English. She is a recipient of a UPEI Award for Teaching Excellence. She has written music for her children’s book for very young children, Dreamtime, and other of her children’s books and travels with a guitar and song sheets for singalongs.


Author: Patti Larsenpatti larsen

Grades: 7 to 12

Available: May 1, 2, 3, 4

Info: About me, huh? Well, my official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports, even though they don’t love me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls me home.


Author: Lori Joy SmithLori Joy Smith DSC_5567

Grades: Daycare, Kindergarten and Grade 1

Available: May 1, 2, 3, 4

Info: As a young girl, my weekly trips to the children’s library with my father sparked my love for reading and children’s books. As a teenager I lived in Italy and visited some of the most beautiful museums in Europe, which left me wanting nothing more than to make art. Now I get to put these two loves together everyday, working as an artist and illustrator.

I live in Charlottetown with my husband, 2 girls, 2 cats and 1 dog. I love making art, walking in the forest, watching the stars, drinking coffee, growing flowers and most of all reading to my own girls every night before they go to sleep.

She has written and illustrated many books including The Goodnight Book, and Me Too.


Author: Jaime Lee MannJamie Lee 1

Grades: 3-6

Available: May 1, 2, 3, 4

Info: When Jaime Lee Mann was nine years old, she decided that she would be an author when she grew up.

Many years later, Jaime Lee’s children would beg her to tell them stories at bedtime. Sometimes her stories were silly and sometimes they were magical.

The girls loved one of her magical stories so much that Jaime Lee decided to write it down. That story would eventually become Elora of Stone, the first novel in the Legend of Rhyme series.

JL (as her family calls her) lives in a pretty house in Prince Edward Island with her husband and two daughters (who are still little girls for now).

She writes every day and plans to do so for as long as people love to read her words.