DAVID BOOTH spent most of his career working with — and inspiring — teachers to establish best practices in helping children learn to read and write. As a classroom teacher, consultant, speaker, and writer, he delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. He was a champion of literacy for all people — especially children — and worked with thousands of teachers and students across Canada and around the world to share his passion for reading, writing, and communication.
HOLLY CARR is a visual artist, creator, designer, and director who has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in many group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally. In recent years, Holly has branched out into performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. Holly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections.
DIANA HAYES was born in 1955 in Toronto and has lived on both coasts of Canada. She studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, receiving a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has six published books, her most recent being This is the Moon’s Work: New and Selected Poems. Her narrative photography has been featured in galleries in coastal BC and commissioned for book covers. Her practice of year-round ocean swimming inspired the formation of the Salt Spring Seals in 2002. She lives on Salt Spring Island, home since 1981, with her husband Peter, ginger cat, and myriad water birds and raptors on five forested acres near Little Stevens Lake. Click here to view her website.
GEORGIA HEARD is the author of 18 books, including The Woman in this Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry, and her poems have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and journals. She received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and travels the world giving workshops and keynotes on writing and poetry. Georgia has been a poet since childhood, and believes in the power of poetry to help restore our sense of well-being and find balance in our lives. She lives in South Florida with her husband and family. To learn more about Georgia, check out her website.
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
REBECCA KAI DOTLICH is a word collector, poet, and picture book author, who grew up exploring abandoned farmhouses, trails by the creek, and the inside of the neighborhood bookmobile. She attended Indiana University, where she dove headfirst into any class that involved words and creativity. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, periodicals, and magazines, and she has authored dozens of children’s books, including the inspirational The Knowing Book, which encourages young readers to embrace adventure and curiosity. Rebecca teaches poetry workshops to writers, teachers, and students across the country. She lives in the Midwest with her husband.
Twelve in a Race
SAE KIMURA is an artist originally from Odawara, Japan, now working and exhibiting her art in Toronto and elsewhere. Her artwork can be found in many galleries and private collections.
Twelve in a Race
CATHERINE LITTLE is an educator, consultant, and writer with a love of children’s books. She wrote Twelve in a Race as a way to introduce her son to another zodiac story in his Chinese heritage.
BETSY McGREGOR is a passionate champion of women in politics. Betsy ran for nomination three times and Parliament twice, learning lessons on timing, strategy, and skills, which she shares in running campaign schools, nomination races, and leadership workshops. She spent 16 years crafting public policy on science, ethics, and gender, including fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School. A member of three women’s leadership boards, Betsy wrote Women on the Ballot to equip, empower, and inspire women by telling her story and the stories of over 90 women trailblazers. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada’s only woman prime minister, has called Betsy “a truly strong role model and an inspiring mentor for future young women leaders.” In 2021, Betsy was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her promotion of women in science and for her commitment to nurturing Canada’s next generation of leaders.”
Betsy lives on Clear Lake in the Kawarthas.
LINDSAY TAYLOR loves food, and promotes real-food nutrition for health and wellness. She believes strongly that eating healthy can be fun, easy, enjoyable, and rewarding for everyone. As a mom, certified culinary nutrition expert, and doula with a background in public health and academic research, Lindsay understands the impact of pregnancy and motherhood on women’s lives. She knows the importance of eating wholesome, nourishing food to optimize the well-being of both moms and their babies — hence this book. Lindsay delights in sharing what she knows about how to cope with the ups and downs of pregnancy and new-mom life, and the benefits of real-food choices. She creates easy-to-follow recipes for cooking up nutritious meals, and includes practical tips and tricks to enhance the prepping and cooking experience. For Lindsay, writing The Food Doula Cookbook has been a commitment — and a labour of love.