Friday, December 13, 2019

Authors announced for Book Bash Event

Chatham-Kent Public Library is hosting the 2019 Book Bash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm! Book Bash is a fun-filled, free children’s festival featuring a variety of activities and programs with Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and entertainers. Book Bash will take place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, 565 Richmond St., Chatham.

The 2019 Book Bash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival boasts an extraordinary line-up of Canadian authors:

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent. She is an award-winning, best-selling author, international speaker and sought after consultant. Her career has focused on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of First Peoples in Canada. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

Kathy Kacer is the author of more than 20 books that focus on the Second World War and the Holocaust. Kathy has written unforgettable stories inspired by real events. She writes stories of hope, courage, and humanity in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Deborah Ellis is an award-winning author, feminist and peace activist. Deborah penned the international bestseller “The Breadwinner,” which debuted as a feature animated film in 2017, as well as many challenging and beautiful works of fiction and non-fiction about children all over the world. She is a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised.

Sylvia Taekema is the author of four novels for middle grade readers. Sylvia works as a supply teacher and enjoys visiting libraries and classrooms in her home community of Chatham-Kent and beyond.

Funding for the Book Bash Festival is made possible through the Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund for Canadian Children’s Literature at the Toronto Public Library Foundation. The Fund was established by Larry Muller, retired president of Scholastic Canada, to create an annual children’s literature festival promoting reading and recognizing the value of Canadian children’s literature to Canadian families.

To find out more about Book Bash and see the schedule of events, visit

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