Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

TINARS for Tots Presents Tim Beisner, Rachel Berman, David Bruins, and Hilary Leung

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TINARS for Tots Presents Tim Beisner, Rachel Berman, David Bruins, and Hilary Leung

Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 10:00am


Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON


“READ ME A GAME,” hosted by EMILY HOLTON, featuring books by:

TIM BEISNER – Bradley McGogg The Very Fine Frog
DAVID BRUINS & HILARY LEUNG – The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear

Ever wish you could read a book and play a game at the same time? Acclaimed artist and author Emily Holton hosts a celebration of three titles that turn reading into a fun game. What better way to learn your ABCs than with a set of stunning flash cards created by celebrated Vancouver artist Julie Morstad? Finding out what animals like to eat becomes a sport in Bradley McGogg The Very Fine Frog, written by Tim Beisner and illustrated by Rachel Berman. And do you like “rock, paper, scissors’? If so, you’re going to adore The Legend Of Ninja, Cowboy, Bear, a delightful variation on the classic game by David Bruins and Hilary Leung . A TINARS For Tots event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, Bunch, Gladstone Hotel and The Little Paper. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Adults $5 / Tots free.

EMILY HOLTON Originally from Hamilton, Holton graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Toronto in 2005. Her drawings and writing have been published in Brick, Matrix, Geist, Broken Pencil, and most recently, Miranda July’s new book, Learning to Love You More. Holton’s first book, Little Lessons in Safety, was one of Zoë Whittall’s 2007 book of the year selections for The Globe & Mail. Her most recent book is Dear Canada Council / Our Starland.

JULIE MORSTAD ABC With so many distractions always near at hand, convincing little ones to learn their ABCs can be a challenge. This gorgeous set of flash cards makes the process easier, and fun for both parent and child. These big, brightly colored, sturdy cards, featuring funny animals, intriguing characters, and objects both familiar and new, are perfect for grasping in small hands. Julie Morstad ABC makes this first, fundamental step in the reading process an enjoyable one, and proves a unique addition to a diverse collection of art.

JULIE MORSTAD graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA. She has done illustrations for The Globe & Mail, Warner Brothers Records, Bust, and The Walrus. Her artwork is featured on the cover of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case. Morstad lives and works in Vancouver and divides her time between drawing, illustration, animation and design.

BRADLEY McGOGG THE VERY FINE FROG Bradley makes his home in the bog where there are plenty of yummy bugs for a frog to feed on. Upon finding his pantry bare one day, Bradley decides to meet his neighbors, in the hopes that they will share some of their favorite meals with him. But this “bog frog” soon finds that not all animals eat alike...

TIM BEISER is a playwright, writer and freelance journalist. He was Writer In Residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and he founded the creative writing studio The Writer’s Workout in Manhattan. For his work in such publications as National Post Business, Toronto Life, Elm Street, Reader’s Digest, and Saturday Night, Tim has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog is his first book for children. Tim Beiser is the proud dad of twins, Rowan and Daniel. He and his family split their time between Toronto, Canada and Grignan, France.

RACHEL BERMAN is a self-educated painter who has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, and Ireland. Born in New Orleans, Rachel has worked as a professional artist for over thirty years. Her paintings have been likened to the poems of Leonard Cohen. The mysterious figures and hidden stories glimpsed in her paintings are a reflection of the mysteries Berman has unraveled in her own life.

THE LEGEND OF NINJA COWBOY BEAR Why does Ninja beat Cowboy, Cowboy beat Bear, and Bear beat Ninja? The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear is a children's book that answers these questions. It's also a story about three friends who discover an important truth about equality and how to appreciate one another.

Ninja Cowboy Bear is a game similar to one you probably already know--rock, papers, scissors. The big difference is how you play it. Like swimming, eating a sandwich or stretching, some things are better with your whole body. This game is no different. Instead of simple hand gestures, you use your whole body to mimic your chosen character.

DAVID BRUINS spends most of his days as a computer programmer. He'd much rather spend his time riding his bicycle, playing guitar, or coming up with stories and telling them to anyone who will listen.

HILARY LEUNG is a designer by day, illustrator by night and Ultimate Player on weekends. Having spent the last five years pursuing other dreams, he is happy to return to his first true love--drawing.


Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

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