Empowered Kids

Moderator: France Perras

Event Number: 34
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

Empowered Kids

Thursday, Oct 24
10:15am - 11:45am
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

As recent news proves (including the worldwide Youth for Climate strikes), kids are at the forefront of our changing world. Sara Cassidy (Nevers), Michael Hutchinson (The Case of Windy Lake), and Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Mya’s Strategy to Save the World) are each devoted to amplifying children’s voices in their work. In a special morning of bold presentations, they’ll speak to their uplifting stories of youth taking charge of their own lives and improving their communities. Whether solving mysteries on a reserve, navigating an eccentric 18th century village or trying to win a Nobel Peace Prize, these are books that cultivate the ambition, passion and curiosity of the next generation, and affirm that they can take on anything the future throws their way.

About the moderator:
France Perras is a creative gatherer by nature. An actor, first and foremost, she has been seen on screen, stage and behind the microphone. She is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in the Outstanding Performance category, with Théâtre la Seizième. A lover of books/avid reader, her favourite time of year is The Vancouver Writers Fest, where she has had the pleasure of moderating for the past 10 years or so… www.franceperras.com

Event Participants:

Sara Cassidy

British Columbia

Sara Cassidy’s books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Michael Hutchinson


Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. Hutchinson ‘s career has taken him from Director of Communications for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to host of APTN’s National News television show. He currently works in communications for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa. Spring 2020 will see the publication of his new Mighty Muskrats mystery, The Case of the Missing Auntie. His greatest accomplishments are his two lovely daughters.



Tanya Lloyd Kyi

British Columbia

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than 25 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults. When not writing, she likes to bake, read, and play tennis. Her favorite meal is breakfast, her favorite color is blue, and her favorite children’s book is A Wrinkle in Time. Kyi grew up in the small town of Creston, B.C., but now lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children.