Touring In: Newfoundland

Craft: Author

Genre: Early Chapter Books, Junior Fiction, YA Fiction

Ideal Audience Size: 20-60

Maximum Audience Size: 90

Grades: Grades 2-4

Special Equipment: Laptop with projector set up for PowerPoint



2017 Ontario Library Association Best Bet
2017 TD Summer Reading Club selection

Presentation Information

Telling (True) Lies for a Living: How to be a Fiction Writer

In this one-hour presentation Anna talks about how fictional stories are the world’s most believable lies. That’s because even though they’re made up and sometimes pretty wild and crazy (featuring wizards, talking animals and secret worlds) stories always come from the writer’s “emotional truth.”

No matter who we are or where we come from, we’ve all felt nervous, overjoyed, embarrassed, guilty, homesick, excluded… and so much more. By using these common emotions, even if they’re writing about ghosts and fairies, the best writers help us to learn empathy by making us feel like their stories are somehow about us.

Anna will talk about how, as the shyest kid in the class, she found her voice through writing, how she came to be a professional liar (ummm… writer) and discuss her middle grade books and the “emotional truths” that inspired her to write them. She’ll also give a short reading from one of her books and answer questions.


Book List

Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle (OwlKids Books, Fall 2018)

Megabat (Tundra Books, Summer 2018)

Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz (OwlKids Books, Fall 2017)

Clara Humble and the Not-so-Super Powers (OwlKids Books, 2016)

Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014)

Mission (Un)Popular (Disney/Hyperion Books for Young Readers, 2011

Rhymes with Cupid (HarperTeen, 2010)



Anna Humphrey is the author of five books for young readers, including the Clara Humble series. She has dreamed of being a writer since the second grade when a teacher showed her how it was one of the best ways to make her (usually very quiet) voice heard. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband, two kids and two cats. When Anna isn’t writing or working as a freelance editor, you can often find her jumping on the trampoline in her backyard, dancing at Zumba classes or singing karaoke enthusiastically but not very well.



Clara Humble and the Not-so-Super Powers

  • 2017 Ontario Library Association Best Bet
  • 2017 TD Summer Reading Club selection



“Anna has a way of speaking to a young audience that is sincere, relatable, and inspiring.”

—Christy Giesler, Children’s and Teen Collections Librarian, Kitchener Public Library

“The students left the presentation inspired to follow their dreams.”

—Dawn McClay, Grade 4 Teacher, Forest Glen Public School, New Hamburg, Ontario