Frances Susan Itani

Frances Susan Itani (born 25 August 1942) (née Hill) is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and essayist. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Itani was born in Belleville, Ontario and grew up in Quebec. She studied nursing in Montreal and North Carolina, a profession which she taught and practised for eight years. However, after enrolling in a writing class taught by W. O. Mitchell, she decided to change careers.
Itani has published thirteen books, ranging from fiction and poetry to a children's book. Her 2003 novel Deafening was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Caribbean and Canada region, and has been published in 16 countries.


Ismet Bertan

Ismet Bertan was born in 1959 in Turkey. He lives in the town of Izmir and works for radio and television. He writes mainly for children and young adults. Recently he has written mainly documentary historical novels for younger readers.

June Considine

June Considine

June Considine was born in Dublin. For over 20 years, she has written extensively for children and young adults. Her short stories have been included in a number of British and American anthologies, and she was short-listed for the 2001 Hennessy Award. She has also worked extensively as a freelance journalist and editor.

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Bernice Rubens

Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff 18 1928q the second daughter of Eli Rubens, a Lithuanian Jew, and Dorothy Cohen whose family emigrated from Poland. She grew up in a large musical family. Music remained a passion throughout her life and sometimes she liked to describe herself as a failed musician. She was one of the most successful British novelists of the second half of the twentieth century and won the Booker prize for "The Elected Member". She achieved early critical success which allowed her to maintain a long career, encompassing 24 published novels. Human relationships, especially within a family, were the core material of her books. She died in London in 2004.

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Kevin Rafter

Kevin Rafter is an Irish journalist great part of whose publications are dedicated to the political history of Ireland.

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Julie Lawson

Julie Lawson is the award-winning author of many books for young people. Her novels include White Jade Tiger (winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Book Literature Prize and nominated for both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and the Silver Birch Award), Destination Gold and The Ghost of Avalanche Mountain. Among her acclaimed picture books are The Dragon’s Pearl, Emma and the Silk Train, Bear on the Train and Whatever You Do, Don’t Go Near That Canoe!

Some of the events written about in A Ribbon of Shining Steel were based on the real-life experiences of Julie’s own grandfather, John Anderson, who was among the many immigrants needed to keep the CPR running smoothly.

Julie lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

 Barbara Haworth Attard

Barbara Haworth-Attard

Barbara Haworth-Attard has written several books for young people. She writes historical, fantasy and contemporary novels. In 2003 she was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Theories of Relativity. She was also shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Mr. Christie’s Book Award for Home Child, a story of thirteen-year-old boy who was a “home child,” sent from poverty in England to the Canadian prairies as a labourer.

The idea to write about the Overlanders came by accident as she was doing research for another book. What drew her to the story was how ordinary people were thrust into such a difficult situation and how they survived and rose to the challenges that confronted them.

Barbara lives in London, Ontario.

 Jean Little

Jean Little

Jean Little is the author of more than thirty books. Among them are some of Canada’s best-loved works for children, such as Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird, Listen for the Singing, Mine for Keeps and From Anna. Jean began writing as a child and has never stopped, despite the challenge of her blindness. She has received numerous national and international awards and has been made a member of the Order of Canada for her outstanding contribution to Canadian children’s literature.

Jean’s books for the Dear Canada series, Orphan at My Door and Brothers Far from Home, have both won the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, as well as other honours.

Jean lives in Guelph, Ontario.

 Carol Matas

Carol Matas

Carol Matas is one of Canada's leading writers of historical fiction. She is particularly noted for her books about World War II and the Holocaust, such as Lisa (winner of The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers), Jesper (a Mr. Christie Honour Book), Daniel's Story (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and winner of the Silver Birch Award), and After the War (winner of the Jewish Book Award). She has also written books on other historical periods, as well as fantasy and contemporary thrillers such as Cloning Miranda, The Second Clone and The Dark Clone. Carol grew up in Manitoba. Of her research for Footsteps in the Snow she says, "I couldn't help but marvel at the strength and tenacity of the first settlers."
She lives with her family in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 Maxine Trottier

Maxine Trottier

Maxine Trottier is the award-winning writer of numerous books for young people, including Claire’s Gift (winner of the Mr. Christie’s Book Award), Laura: A Childhood Tale of Laura Secord, the Circle of Silver Chronicles, and The Tiny Kite of Eddy Wing (winner of the CLA Book of the Year Award).
A former teacher and an avid sailor, Maxine has long been fascinated by history. She is now an associate member of La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, whose purpose is “to honour the memory of these courageous people.” While researching Alone in an Untamed Land, Maxine discovered that she herself is directly descended from a fille du roi.
Maxine lives in a small fishing village on the shores of Lake Erie with her husband William and their two Yorkies.

 Hugo Hamilton

Hugo Hamilton

Hugo Hamilton is the best-selling author of THE SPECKLED PEOPLE (4th Estate), a German-Irish memoir of growing up in Dublin during the 50s/60s with a fervent Irish nationalist father and German mother who came to Ireland in the aftermath of World War.
His equally ‘rich and compelling’ second memoir The Sailor in the Wardrobe which continues this complex dual upbringing in a ‘language war` where he was prohibited from speaking English, has also been praised an ‘enchanting piece of work’ (Terry Eagleton). He is the acclaimed author of two memoirs, seven novels and one collection of short stories, all of which reflect on the increasingly compelling issues of cultural divisions, belonging and identity. His latest novel HAND IN THE FIRE (4th Estate) is published April 2010.
Hugo Hamilton lives in Dublin.

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Mari Strachan

Mari Strachan has been immersed in books all her life. She has worked as a librarian in academic, school, public, private and prison libraries. She has also been a book reviewer, researcher, translator, copy writer and web editor. She and her husband live part-time on a tiny smallholding in the hills of Ceredigion, West Wales, and part-time on a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal in London.

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Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers was born in London in 1979. She studied at Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. In 2003, she moved to Saskatoon, Canada, where she now lives. Life on the Refrigerator Door is her first novel.

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Helen Adams Keller

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama.She was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind. In 1887 Anne Sullivan, a former student of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, herelf visually impaired and only 20 years old, became Keller's instructor. It was the beginning of a 49-year-long relationship, Sullivan evolving into governess and then eventual companion.
Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind., the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, and Horace Mann School for the Deaf. In 1896 entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College, In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Keller wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles.

 Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey was a weedy child who always seemed to have a sore throat, so her parents didn't send her to school until she was nearly seven. The Honeys lived on a farm in the bush near Wonthaggi, Victoria. There were four kids and Elizabeth was number three. With her younger sister Mary, Elizabeth puzzled over jigsaws, played with the dogs, climbed trees and one way or another did a lot of pretending, on horses or tractors, in dress-ups or with glove puppets, round old trucks, cubbies, dams and hay sheds.
Elizabeth’s first picture book, Princess Beatrice and the Rotten Robber was published in 1988. She now lives in an old house in Richmond, Melbourne, with her graphic designer husband, and their two grown-up children who move home from time to time.

 Melike Gunyuz

Melike GunyuzReza Hemmatirad

Sheis a famous Turkish publisher and writer of books for young children.


Reza Hemmatirad

Talented Turkish artist and illustrator.

 Baris Mustecaplioglu

Baris Mustecaplioglu

Baris Mustecaplioglu was born in 1977. After completing his university education at the Civil Engineering Department of the Bosphorus University, he began working as a Human Resources Specialist.
His short stories for youth as well as his book reviews were published in literary magazines such as E Edebiyat, Varlık, Altyazı, and Kitap-lık. In 1995, he received the İstek Foundation Alumni Association's İffet Esen Short Story Award. The first book of his four-book series with the title Legends of Perg was Korkak ve Canavar (The Coward and the Beast) published in 2002. The story took place in the fantastic land of Perg, which was created by the author through a successful synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures. Its sequel called Merderan'ın Sırrı (Merderan's Secret) was published in the same year and the third book, Bataklık Ülke (Boggy Land) came out in 2004. The Perg series, published by Metis Edebiyat, also the publisher of The Lord of the Rings and the Earthsea series in Turkey, came to an end after the fourth book. The last book of the series, Tanrıların Alfabesi (The Alphabet of the Gods) was published in February 2005.
In 2010, the first book of Legends of Perg was released in Bulgaria. Other books of the series will reach to Bulgarian readers in coming years and publishing rights of them have been also sold to Albania. After Legends of Perg, the author has written three novels in different genres. His novel Şakird (The Disciple) which is about young missionaries of Islam was published in 2005. Kardeş Kanı (Brothers Blood), a thriller about street children and the crime organizations was released at the end of 2006 in Turkey and in 2008 in Poland. In 2009, he has published his last book, Bir Hayaldi Gerçekten Güzel (Beautiful Dreams) which based on drawings of a shamanist painter named Mohammed of the Black Pen who lived in 14th century.
Baris Mustecaplioglu has lately been working in cooperation with the illustrator Engin Deniz Erbaş from the Bilgi University in order to visualize the Land of Perg. The author also writes reviews and essays for various magazines. He is currently working on a new fantasy novel which he plans to get published in the first months of 2011.

"Не искам книгите ми да се четат само защото са вдъхновени от различни култури, а защото са добри фентъзи романи, които разказват интересни истории със силни характери..."

Баръш Мюстеджаплъоглу