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Touring In: Ontario

Craft: Author

Genre: YA Fiction, Teen Fiction

Ideal Audience Size: 20-100; (10-15 for workshops)

Maximum Audience Size: up to 100

Grades: Grades 7-12

Special Equipment: Data projector, access to Wi-Fi, laptop

Website: www.darrengroth.com

 

Winner of the 2016 Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature (AUS)
Shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards (CAN)

Presentation Information

#AuthorLife
A fun flyover of the scribbler life! Darren answers questions such as ‘How did you get here?’, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ and ‘What’s your creative process?’. The session includes an interactive audience game called ‘Jackie Chan or Ogopogo’. It is suitable for grades 7-12, 60 minutes in length and can be performed with individual classes or larger groups.

Overcoming the Coyote
A powerful and engaging exploration of Darren’s 2017 YA novel Munro vs. the Coyote, the presentation delves into the First Nations folklore of coyote “trickster” medicine, young adult mental health and strategies to defeat inner voices of negativity. The session includes an interactive game called ‘Coyote Says’. It is suitable for grades 7-12, 60 minutes in length and can be performed with individual classes or larger groups.

Coming to Canada
‘Coming to Canada’ is a reflective and humourous look at cultural difference in Darren’s fiction, teaching career and life journey. The session includes an interactive game called ‘Aussie Interpretations’. It is suitable for grades 7-12, 60 minutes in length and can be performed with individual classes or larger groups.

Small Stories, Big Dreams – A Duck Dive into Flash Fiction
Darren’s world famous intro workshop to flash fiction, its craft, its creation and its publishing opportunities! The session includes two co-operative writing activities and possible publication on his website. It is suitable for grades 7-12, 60 minutes in length and is targeted to writing groups of 10-15 students.

Book List

Infinite Blue
(Orca Book Publishers, Fall 2018)

Munro vs. the Coyote
(Orca Book Publishers, 2017)

Are You Seeing Me?
(Orca Book Publishers, 2015)

Biography

Darren Groth is a Vancouver author and naturalized citizen of Canada, having moved from his native Australia in 2007. His novels include Kindling (Hachette, 2010) and his acclaimed YA work, Are You Seeing Me? (Random House Australia, 2014; Orca, 2015). His new YA novel, Munro vs. the Coyote, is out now through Penguin Random House (AUS/NZ) and Orca (CAN/US).

Darren was the recipient of the 2016 Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature and has been a finalist in numerous other prestigious prizes including the Governor General’s Literary Awards (Canada), the BC Book Prizes (Canada), the CBCA Book of the Year (Australia) and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia).

Darren is a former special-education teacher, a passionate disability advocate and the proud father of a son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For fun, he watches Game of Thrones with his beautiful Canadian wife and eats Fatburger with his wondrous sixteen-year-old twins.

Awards

Are You Seeing Me?

  • Winner of the 2016 Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature (AUS)
  • Selected for the 2014 Booktopia Books of the Year (AUS)
  • Outstanding Book Selection for the 2015 International Board on Books for Young Adults (IBBY)
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 CBCA Older Readers Book of the Year (AUS)
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Ethel Turner Prize for YA Literature (AUS)
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Griffith University YA Book Award (AUS)
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 PFP Children’s Peace Literature Award (AUS)
  • Selected for the 2015 Best Books for Young Readers, ABA (Children’s Group) (USA)
  • Selected for the 2015 White Ravens, Internationale Jugendbibliothek (GER)
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards (CAN)
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (AUS)
  • Selected for the 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA (USA)
  • Selected for the 2015 Best Books, YA Books Central (USA)
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (CAN)
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 WA Premier’s YA Book Award (AUS)
  • Selected for the 2016 Sakura Medal – English High School Books (JPN)

Praise

“Darren was a very engaging and gracious author to present to our students during Book Week. He presented to 3 different year groups and was entertaining and willing to answer any of the boys’ questions. I would have no hesitation in asking him to the school to present again. He was great fun.”

—St Joseph’s Nudgee College

“Darren was very friendly to staff and students. He was more than willing to give extra time to speak to the students in a one on one environment. He was very engaging and got lots of audience participation with a game. Would definitely use Dave again as a speaker at our college.”

—St Edmund’s College

“It was so great to have Darren come to visit our classes…Darren was engaging, inspiring and certainly knowledgeable about his craft. He read from his book, talked about the characters he created and shared bits from his personal life too. Darren was comedic, which always captivates kids, and summarized his presentation through a game. They loved it. We’d love to have him back.”

Laura Secord Elementary

“The Grade 9 students greatly enjoyed Darren’s book talk; they were engaged and really enjoyed that he was funny. They were spellbound. Also, his leaving a lot of time for questions about writing and inspiration was excellent.”
—Delta Secondary School

“Darren’s writing and presence resonated very well with teens…His talk was quick-moving, incorporated subject matter geared to the age group, and got them participating, laughing and having fun. I felt that he had a big impact on the students and I can’t recommend him highly enough.”

—North Vancouver City Library