Stars of the Page

Christopher Paul Curtis, Rachelle Delaney, Susin Nielsen

Stars of the Page

Moderator: Shannon Ozirny

Event Number: 31
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups

Stars of the Page

Christopher Paul Curtis, Rachelle Delaney, Susin Nielsen

Thursday, October 18
10:15am - 11:45am
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St, Vancouver

What do these three panelists have in common except for a great eye for riveting children’s stories? They’re all major award-winners. Newbery Medal–winner Christopher Paul Curtis’s new novel, The Journey of Little Charlie, follows the perilous adventures of a young boy in the American South and offers an important lesson on the roots of racism. CLA Book of the Year Honour Book winner Rachelle Delaney shares a charming middle-grade story of wannabe journalist and reluctant astrologer, Clara Voyant. Susin Nielsen, Governor General’s Award–winner and much-loved regular of the Festival, brings us back to the modern world with No Fixed Address, a tale of homelessness. Discover the personalities behind these decorated names.

Shannon Ozirny is the Head of Youth Services at the West Vancouver Memorial Library and reviews young adult literature for Globe Books.

Grades 4–7.

Event Participants:

Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

United States

Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan and is the oldest son of a couple of voracious readers.  Immediately after high school he began working on the assembly line of Flint Plant Number One. His job was hanging doors. He soon developed an aversion to getting into automobiles. Especially Buicks. The factory also saved his life because it is where he began writing. His first book was The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963. His latest children’s book is The Journey of Little Charlie. 

Rachelle Delaney


Rachelle Delaney is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honor Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award. The Bonaventure Adventures is nominated for the 2019 Chocolate Lily Award. Clara Voyant is her most recent novel.


Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen

British Columbia

Susin Nielsen got her start writing for the hit television series, Degrassi Junior High. She is the award-winning author of six novels, including Word NerdThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. LarsenWe Are All Made of Molecules and most recently, No Fixed Address. She’s been called the John Green of Canada, and had a dream once that John Green was called the Susin Nielsen of the USA. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats., @susinnielsen