Kenneth Oppel in Conversation with Kevin Sylvester


(price does not include service charge)


Wednesday, May 20
11am PDT
YouTube Live

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Beloved Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel speaks with long-time friend and acclaimed author, illustrator, and radio sports host Kevin Sylvester (The Neil Flambé Capers, Simon & Schuster Canada) about the introductory novel to his anticipated new trilogy, Bloom (HarperCollins Canada), books, writing and life in the time of a pandemic.

At Bloom’s core is a strange, deadly plant that throws off toxic pollen when it matures. Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens in British Columbia—Anaya, Petra, and Seth—seem immune. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? Whatever it is, they’d better figure it out fast: the invasion has already begun.

As the author of Airborn, Half Brother and the global phenomenon Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies, Oppel will talk to Sylvester about his process and his immersive world-building which has garnered him a loyal following among teachers, librarians, students, and enthusiastic fans alike.

Join them for a fun conversation on the Vancouver Writers Fest’s official YouTube channel, where we will begin streaming live on Wednesday, May 20 at 11:00 PDT.

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Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won the Governor General’s Literary Award and also won the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award. He is the author of Half Brother which won both the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award as well as the CLA Young Adult Book Award – the first time in the awards’ history the same title has won both honours, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, The Boundless, and The Nest which won the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award. A two-time nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. Visit him online at

Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and broadcaster. His books include the MiNRS trilogy and the Neil Flambé series. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit him at or on Twitter @KevinArts.