Non-fiction (Children)

L. E. Carmichael

Lindsey Carmichael never outgrew that stage of childhood when nothing’s more fun than amazing your friends (and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and wonderful facts.  Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General’s Medal for her PhD thesis, Ecological Genetics of Northern Wolves and Arctic Foxes.  Lindsey finds talking about science more fun than doing it, however, and now writes for kids, teens, and occasionally adults (a sense of wonder is essential for this, too).

Lindsey publishes under the name L. E. Carmichael, and her work has appeared in DigHighlights for Children, and National Geographic Extreme Explorer. Her 21 published science books cover everything from scoliosis to hybrid cars. Fox Talk was a Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medalist, and Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild holds the 2014 Lane Anderson Award for exceptional children’s science writing. When not digging up obscure or wacky details for her next nonfiction project, Lindsey’s probably working on her young adult fantasy novel.

Maritza Miari

Maritza Miari

BIOGRAPHY Maritza, artist and designer with over 17 years of international experience. University Graduated ISDI (Superior Institute of Design) 1993. Bachelor in drawing and sculpture (Fine Art Academy San Alejandro) 1988. Junior in Fine Arts (23yC) 1984. All in Havana, Cuba. Also she has several post-graduated courses.

An award winning children’s book illustrator, works directly with clients, manages projects from initial conception to final publication. Her work includes illustrations and designs for books, calendars, magazines, flyers, posters, logos, global image and others. At the same time she draws and paints on canvas, paper, wood, everywhere… she loves portraits, eyes, expressions, human bodies, mystic ambiences, fairies, and new characters with historical costumes…

Maritza is one of the founders of “Proyecto Artistico Mundo Vivo” (Art Project World Alive) 1995 and “Nueva Gente” (New People) since 2009. She received “La Rosa Blanca” National award from UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artist in Cuba), Category: “Best illustrations for children books”, 2007.She has been recognized for having great versatility in her illustration style.

She has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain and Canada.

Once settled in Nova Scotia in 2010, Maritza started new projects and goals. She joined VANS and WFNS to follow the NS community and exhibiting at The Hub Gallery her work “Living”, 2011 and in June 2012 at View Point Gallery present with a local photographer the project “Playgrounds of the Fairies”. She is enjoying mixing in her works, her Latin background with the amazing Nova Scotian atmosphere than she and her family live in now.





Olga Marta.  El Halcón Marqués. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2004. 


Emilió Ariosa.  El Delator. Editorial Capitán San Luis, 2001.


Otro elefante en la cuerda floja. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2008


Enrique Pérez.  Aventuras de los Pelusos. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2008. 


Esther Suárez. El viaje de mico. Colección DienteLeche, 2005.


Nelson Simón, Sueño en una noche de verano. Colección Dienteleche, 2005.


José M. Espino. El ultimo diente de leche. Colección DienteLeche, 2006. 


Nersys Felipe.  Corazón de Libélula. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2006.


Olga Marta & Alina Torres.  Traviesos de la noche. Editorial Gente Nueva, 2009. 


Ada Elba Pérez, Liuba María Hevia & Olga Marta Pérez. Como granos de canela.  Ediciones UNIÓN, 2007


Ana María. Pequeño sol en Barrio Gris.  Habana: Edicion

Wendy Kitts

Wendy is a Moncton-area writer, artist and graphic designer who believes everyone has a story and her favourite part of her job is unearthing that story ― whether by pen, by brush or by mouse.

Wendy has been a freelance writer since 2000, and has written over 200 articles for local, national, and international publications such Reader’s Digest, More and the Globe & Mail.

A former long-term member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Wendy was a regular contributor of children’s book reviews to the Globe & Mail, Canadian Children’s Book News, Atlantic Books Today and the New Brunswick Reader (Telegraph Journal) where she wrote a weekly column for five years.

Wendy sat on the judging committee for two consecutive years choosing the best in Canadian kid’s lit for Our Choice (now Best Books for Kids & Teens), an annual publication of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Wendy is the author of Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus, 2011), a non-fiction children’s book for 7-12 year-olds; and co-author of Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read (Goose Lane, 2009), an anthology on literacy. Wendy is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and in addition to writing non-fiction, Wendy writes picture books and middle grade fiction.

Wendy has extensive corporate writing experience from her communications work with the Canadian government, writing everything from web articles, to investment brochures promoting Atlantic Canada to the world, to speeches for federal politicians. Wendy also has a diploma in digital publishing and designs creative marketing materials such as logos, business cards and brochures.

Wendy has worked (both paid and volunteer) with various literacy organizations and for three years, ran an after-school literacy program for at-risk children, K-6, for the Greater Moncton YMCA.

Wendy has been a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia since 1996, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick since 1999, and New Brunswick’s Writers-in-the-School Program, (WISP), since 2002. She’s done hundreds of writing and art workshops for children of all ages through WISP as well as her fine arts after-school program, Art & Soul, that she ran for three years in Moncton-area schools. Wendy also facilitates writing and art workshops for adults.

Wendy’s favourite place to write is by the ocean and she divides her time between Caissie Cape, New Brunswick, and San Diego, California. Please visit her website for more information about her workshops, or to see samples of her writing and design.


Melanie Mosher

In grade two, Melanie received a silver dollar for winning an essay contest and she has been fascianted with writing ever since. She now lives on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia in a tiny green house with a bright orange door. She has many freelance articles to her credit and her first picture book was published by Fifth House Publishers in May 2014. Her YA novel, Goth Girl, was published in April 2017 by Nimbus Publishing and A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye, a middle-grade novel, was published in June 2020, again with Nimbus Publishing.

Mark Finnan

Mark is the author of a series of books dealing with mysteries of early Canadian(east coast) history (Oak Island Secrets, The Sinclair Saga, The First Nova Scotian). His book about the world famous Oak Island mystery explores the possible involvement of seventeenth century Freemasonry or Rosicrucianism. He is also one of the authors chosen for a collection of essays (The View Beyond) on the life, thought and times of the renowned Elizabethan visionary Sir Francis Bacon.

His documentary scripts for television (The Curse of Oak Island, The Prince and the Grail) have been presented on the History Channel and on Vision TV.

Born in Irelend, he became interested in theatre while still a student. After a stint studying at the Stanislavsky Studio in London, England he returned to Dublin to pursue an acting career and later performed in plays in a number of Dublin area theatres. His first play, Once Upon Eternity, a political satire, was presented by the Dublin Theatre Festival. He came to Nova Scotia in 1991 following a ten year stretch as a broadcaster and performing arts presenter in southern Ontario (Cobourg. Port Hope, Trenton). 

In Nova Scotia he also resumed playwriting and acting and has since written and performed in a series of historically based works that combine story with traditional music and song (The Blind Shantyman, The Ballad of D’Arcy McGee, The Corktown Man, Without the Shedding of Blood). He has also written and performed a series of one-man sacred dramas (The Messiah Mystery, The Master and the Essenes, John at Ephesus), which have been performed in the U.S., Ireland as well as in Canada. In addition he developed a dramatic narrative for actors to accompany Bach’s St. Mathew’s Passion, performed with full orchestra and chorus.

The Boy who sailed to the Stars. his recently completed story for children ageed 9-12 is soon be published.

He has conducted writing workshops in a number of high-schools and for adult educational/recreational programmes, including ElderHostel. Over the years his work has been supported by a number of provincial and federal government grants.

Fred Ted Hollett

Fred Ted Hollett worked as an artist, journalist, writer, newspaper editor, screenwriter, producer and radio reporter.

As an artist, Fred started his career drawing cartoon ads for the windows of his mother’s corner grocery store in North End Halifax. At school, he preferred to do his history lessons in the form of a super hero comic book and later started cartooning for a QEH paper.

Starting a school newspaper in Grade 7 led him to writing and cartooning for Dal Gazette and Pharos year book, and later to a reporter’s job at The Chronicle Herald. After moving to Ontario, Fred worked for Sentinel-Review and Hamilton Daily News, and for ten years he was a reporter, photographer and cartoonist for Toronto Telegram and The Daily Star.

Fred also worked as a writer and creative director with several top advertisement agencies with such clients as Shell Oil, Volkswagen, Amex, and General Foods. He is best known as a creator of TV ad for Coffee Crisp that became the longest running commercial on Canadian TV. His “best fun job” was as a reporter on Freddie’s Ballgame, a daily hour radio show on WIPC, Winter Haven, Florida.

Fred Ted Hollett lives in Halifax.

Susan Tooke

Born in the farmlands of New Jersey, Susan was interested in art from an early age. She spent her time drawing the natural world around her, playing in the woods, and helping her mother and grandmother with farm chores, feeding the chickens, milking cows and collecting the eggs. She was fascinated with animals, and had a ring-necked pheasant for a pet.

She knew from about the age of 5 that she wanted to be an artist “when she grew up”, and after high school she studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation, she taught art in Newark, New Jersey, while continuing her studies at the New School in New York City, in photography, and animation.

Susan moved to Canada in 1980. Her father’s family is Canadian, so she has dual citizenship, Canadian and American. This means she gets to vote A LOT.

Susan illustrated her first book in 2000. It was A Seaside Alphabet by Donna Grassby, published by Tundra. To create the illustrations, she traveled all over the East Coast, from Boston, Massachusetts to Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, finding the right setting and models for her paintings. Icebergs, puffins, all sorts of whales, bustling cities, quiet villages and dramatic landscapes – she was in heaven.

Her books have taken her to Sable Island through the photographs of Zoe Lucas, where she illustrated Jamie Bastedo’s story Free as the Wind: Saving the Horses of Sable Island. She has also toured the neighbouring province of New Brunswick, where she discovered more wonderful people and places (F is for Fiddlehead: A New Brunswick Alphabet, text by Marilyn Lohness).

Up Home, a poem by Shauntay Grant, was released in May 2008. Through Shauntay’s wonderful poem about growing up in the African-Nova Scotian community of North Preston, Susan got to know a generous people and had a great time painting a portrait of a childhood in a very special place. Up Home won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration and the Best Published Book Award at the 2009 Atlantic Book Awards.

B is for Bluenose: A Nova Scotia Alphabet, which Susan both wrote and illustrated. B is for Bluenose celebrates Nova Scotia through the alphabet, and takes the reader on a tour of the province including the Carboniferous Period of the Joggins fossils, the coal mines of Cape Breton, Pier 21 and the history of immigration.

At the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards, Susan won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Awards for Excellence in Illustration for Lasso The Wind, Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems.  She also won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Full Moon Rising (2003), Up Home (2009) and The City Speaks in Drums (2011).

Susan lives in Halifax with her husband and fellow artist Richard Rudnicki where she works creating paintings, illustrations and multi-media collaborations.


Magi Nams

Magi Nams

Magi Nams is an award-winning nature writer, aspiring novelist, and author and indie publisher of the travel memoir trilogy Cry of the Kiwi: A Family’s New Zealand Adventure. She holds a B.Sc. in zoology and an M.Sc. in plant ecology and has published scientific papers, written wildlife-related material for government agencies and conservation organizations, and published dozens of magazine articles in the children’s nature magazine Ranger Rick. She has also published poetry and has broadcast personal essays on CBC Radio.

Magi is a keen gardener, birder, hiker, traveller, and piano student. Check out her books and latest travel and outdoor adventures at Magi lives in a 177-year-old farmhouse near Tatamagouche with her wildlife biologist husband.

Books: Cry of the Kiwi trilogy: Once a Land of Birds, This Dark Sheltering Forest, Tang of the Tasman Sea  

Daniel N. Paul

Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S., is an author, journalist, lecturer, reviewer, consultant, Justice of the Peace for the province of Nova Scotia, Commissioner of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, a member of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board, Chair of the Council on Mi’kmaq Education, and sits on several non-profit boards.

The following are some of the honours he has been awarded by various entities for devoting much of his labours towards helping to make our society a place where all of its diverse citizens can live out their lives in peace and equality.

“Daniel N. Paul’s We Were Not the Savages is a brilliant and painful account of how the Mi’kmaqs were treated by the Europeans […] The inescapable conclusion from his book is that if Ottawa and Washington are so concerned about human rights, they might take a long hard look at what we did to the Mi’kmaqs and other Tribes. We forced Germany to pay reparations after World War I. More recently, the Swiss were intimidated into paying Holocaust victims for deposits once held in Swiss banks. Likewise German companies accused of slave labour in World War II have been pressured into compensating their victims. When will Canada and the United States begin paying reparations to the Mi’kmaqs and other Tribes for what we did to them over the centuries? Daniel Paul makes a convincing case that the time is now! We Were Not the Savages is a fact-filled read that will make Americans of European descent very uncomfortable. I highly recommend it”. – Thomas H. Naylor, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Duke University.

Although he appreciates the before mentioned honours Paul states that high among the most appreciated honours that he has received during his career are the dozens of small items, letters, mugs, Eagle Feathers, etc., given to him by students as thanks for helping them to better understand the importance of according all Peoples human dignity and respect.
In addition to four books, Paul has been published numerous times in journals, human rights booklets and readers, school readers, newspapers, and magazines. His second book, We Were Not the Savages, was the first-prize co-winner for non-fiction at the 6th Annual City of Dartmouth Book and Writing Awards in 1994, was on the Nova Scotia bestseller list for seventeen weeks, and inspired a play entitled Strange Humours. A revised edition of We Were Not the Savages, Twenty-First Century Edition, was published October 2000. A third edition entitled First Nations History – We Were Not the Savages – Third Edition, was published in September 2006. His books have been cited as a reference in many books and articles. The new version is now being used as course material in several universities and high schools.

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