Available for virtual visits in : Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario

Home Province: Manitoba

Craft: Author

Genre: Middle-grade Fiction/Teen Fiction

Target Audience: Ages 8+ / Grades 3 – 12

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00



Virtual Presentation Information


The Mythic Adventures of Samuel Templeton, Book One

Discussion, slides, film, book giveaway

Target Audience: Ages 8 to 12 // Grades 3 to 6

When twelve-year-old Sam is struck by a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky, he suddenly sees everything in pixels. His life is further upended by Flum, a non-binary being from a parallel world, a missing neighbour, and astonishing powers that may not last long. Science and magic collide as Sam races to solve a mystery and help Flum return home. But what happens when solving one mystery sparks another? 

  • Introduction and “about the book”
  • Discussion and slide presentation:
    • Inspiration, fact to fiction
    • Personal pronouns
    • “Magic or Science?” activity
    • Cool weather facts
    • Icelandic myths.
    • Multi-media (short film in pre-production as of Nov 2021)
  • Reading
  • Q & A
  • Book draw

“Anita Held the audience spellbound.” – Lögberg-Heimskringla (Forgetting How to Breathe presentation)


Finalist: 2021 White Pine award, 2021 Manitoba Book Award

Discussion, slides, film, book giveaway

Target Audience: Ages 12+ // Grades 8 to 12

Eugenia Grimm is a tough girl living in a tough town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She drinks and fights and pushes against expectations. She is also hurting: after her father died by suicide, her older brothers drifted away and her mother up and left. After a last-straw violent incident and faced with the possibility of incarceration, she is sentenced to time at an Intensive Support and Supervision Program located at a remote mountain ranch. There, she begins to make connections, explore difficult truths, and might even turn things around—until a series of events pull her into a dark spiral she may not have the strength to resist.

  • Introduction and “about the book”
  • Discussion and slide presentation:
    • Author process/inspiration
    • How to approach difficult subject matter
    • Multi-media: short film
    • Reading
    • Compare and contrast activity, novel vs film
  • Q & A
  • Book draw

“A provocative and compelling story that will leave you both emotionally raw, and satisfied.” — Eric Walters, author of Walking HomeThe Rule of Three, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, etc.

Book List

Peanut Butter and Chaos (The Mythic Adventures of Samuel Templeton Book One), Great Plains Publications, Winnipeg, 2022 

You Don’t Have to Die in the End, Great Plains Publications, Winnipeg, 2020

Forgetting How to Breathe, Great Plains Publications, Winnipeg, 2018

Wonder Horse, Rebelight Publishing, Winnipeg, 2015

The Hustle, (audio book) Stabenfeldt International, Norway, 2014

Billeh the Kid, Stabenfeldt International, Norway, 2014 

Itty Bitty Bits, Peanut Butter Press, Winnipeg, 2013

Wonder Horse, Stabenfeldt International, Norway, 2013

The Wilderness Cure, (audio book) Stabenfeldt International, Norway, 2012

On the Trail of the Bushman, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC, April 2009.

Poachers in the Pingos, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC, September, 2008

Two Foot Punch, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC, Nov. 2007

Spider’s Song, Penguin Canada, Toronto, ON, April 2007

Racing for Diamonds, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC, March 2007

Flight from Bear Canyon, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC, September 2004

Flight from Big Tangle, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC, September 2003



ANITA DAHER is an author and actor based in Winnipeg, MB. She has been entrenched in the book publishing industry since 1995 and has been published in print, audio and e-book format in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Peanut Butter and Chaos, book one from the Mythic Adventures of Samuel Templeton is her 16th book for young readers. Anita presents at conferences and schools across Canada and is past Chair of the Writers Union of Canada (TWUC). When not word-wrangling she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen.