Sal Sawler

BIOGRAPHY
Sal Sawler is the award-winning author of four books: 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia; 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids; Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything; and When the Ocean Came to Town (forthcoming in Fall 2023). Be Prepared was nominated for both Hackmatack and Forest of Reading Awards. 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids was also nominated for a Hackmatack Award.

When they’re not writing books, Sal is working as a publicist for graphic novel publisher Conundrum Press, reviewing children’s literature, and writing web content for tech companies. They live in Nova Scotia with their partner, two kids, two dogs, and two cats.

PUBLICATIONS

100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia 

100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids

Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything

When the Ocean Came to Town (forthcoming picture book – Fall 2023)

AWARDS

Silver Atlantic Journalism Award–2016  Category: Best Profile Article

”Level Up,” Halifax Magazine

Silver Atlantic Journalism Award–2018  Category: Atlantic Magazine Article

Choose your own Halifax disaster,” Halifax Magazine

Moonbeam Spirit Award–2018   Category: Exploration

Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything  

Hackmatack Award (nominated)–2018  

Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything  

Hackmatack Award (nominated)–2018  

100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada – For Kids

Yellow Cedar Award (nominated)—2018

Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything  


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