Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured Children's Book: Beowulf by Welwyn Wilton Katz

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Featured Children's Book: Beowulf by Welwyn Wilton Katz

Groundwood Books, 2007

About the book:
A brilliant retelling of the seminal Viking classic by one of Canada's preeminent children's fantasy writers. The hero Beowulf vanquishes the monster Grendel, a group of terrible sea serpents and Grendel's evil mother, before being slain himself in a final battle against a dragon.

Katz's text is brilliantly complemented by Laszlo Gal's magnificent paintings based on the art of the Vikings.

About the author:
Welwyn Wilton Katz is one of Canada's leading novelists for children. False Face, winner of the International Fiction Contest and the 1987 Max and Greta Ebel Memorial Award, was selected as an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. In 1987 Welwyn won the Governor General's Award for The Third Magic and in 1994 she was awarded the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. Out of the Dark was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and won the 1995 Ruth Schwartz Award.

Besides writing novels for children and young adults, Welwyn has written for magazines and newspapers; in 1992 she won the Short Grain Contest for her adult postcard story, "You Can Take Them Back." Welwyn lives in Toronto.

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Laszlo Gal was one of Canada's foremost illustrators, with books such as Pome and Peel, The Willow Maiden, Islands and The Parrot to his credit. He won many awards during his career, including the 1980 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for The Twelve Dancing Princesses.