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Ying and her latest book, Rivals in the City

March 10, 2015 was the publication date for Y.S. Lee’s latest book in The Agency series:  Rivals in the City.  In a treat for fans, the local launch date in Kingston was Saturday, March 5 at Novel Idea bookstore.

Readers lined up to get their copies signed by the author and to hear her read from the latest book.

Christine Fader was a speaker at the Queen’s Media and Journalism Conference (QMJC) on March 10, 2015, where she led a session for university students interested in pursuing careers in journalism, writing and media.

Ann-Maureen standing in front of the window at Novel Idea, decorated with flags and her books

Ann-Maureen in front of the Flag window at Novel Idea, Kingston Ontario

2015 is the 50th year of the Canadian Flag and Young Kingston author Ann-Maureen Owens is celebrating the updated edition and new release of her book, Our Flag, The Story of Canada’s Maple Leaf. In addition to being the featured book in the window of local bookstore, Novel Idea, she and co-author Jane Yealland have also been written up in several newspapers and will be attending the Frye Festival in Moncton, NB with both the English and French version of the book, later this Spring.

Our Rascal John book cover

Mary Alice Downie’s next book, Our Rascal John:  The Childhood Adventures of Sir John A. Macdonald, illustrated by James Cockburn, will appear early in 2014 in celebration of the Bicentennial.

ABC Acadie coverIn August, 2014, In August, Mary Alice Downie travelled to Grand Falls,NB and Grand Pre, NS to launch ABC Acadie, an Acadian Alphabet, illustrated by Anne LeBlanc.  

Jill Bryant signs a bookPhenomenal Female Entrepreneurs, by Jill Bryant, has earned a spot on the Bank Street Books “Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014″ list.  You can read more about the work of Bank Street Books at these links:

Bankstreet College of Education: About the Children’s Book Committee

The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2013

Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs is on the Resource Links Year’s Best 2013 List and there is a book review in CM:

Y.S. Lee is featured in a Canadian Children’s Book Centre interview.  Scroll down to the list of YA fiction:

Jill Bryant is excited and honoured to be joining 28 other Canadian authors who will be touring in Canada from Saturday May 3 to Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Jill will be visiting schools, libraries, and community centres in the province of Alberta.  For more information see TD Canadian Children’s Book Week at  The list of authors is available at

Young Kingston’s book signing at Chapters Kingston on November 9, 2013 was a great success!  Meet the authors.

Y.S. Lee signingY.S. Lee‘s book, A Spy in the House, was part of Amazon’s November 2013 deal.

Y.S. Lee also headed to Calgary in November 2013 for signings at select bookstores.

Jill Bryant accepted a position at McGill-Queen’s University Press As of November 18, 2013, she has been working as acquisitions editor at the press’s Queen’s University office.

Ann Maureen signingWatch for an updated edition of Ann-Maureen Owen’Canada’s Maple Leaf (The Story of our Flag) which will be released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag in 2014.

Jill Bryant’s latest book, Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs was launched at Novel Idea bookstore in September, 2013.  It is now available in stores and more information (and pics from the launch!) can be found on Jill’s website.

Y. S. Lee‘s third novel, The Agency:  The Traitor in the Tunnel, was shortlisted for a 2011 Arthur Ellis Award in the Juvenile/YA category. It is now available in paperback from Candlewick Press.

Jill Bryant’s next book, Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs, in The Women’s Hall of Fame Series, was published on September 16th, 2013. The “2013 Kids’ Preview” article in the June issue of Quill & Quire included a mention of this title in the Non-Fiction section.

Christine Fader signed “Career Cupid – Your Guide to Landing and Loving Your Dream Job” books at the 2013 Cannexus conference in Ottawa, January 28-30, 2013.

Jill Bryant appeared at the Eden Mills Writers Festival, Sept. 16, 2012:

Christine Fader was interviewed on Up Your Game radio, July 2012:

Young Kingston authors showcased their books at an event for Canadian Children’s Book Week in May 2012:

Young Kingston enjoyed our first media attention in this April 28th, 2011 article by Holly Pratt-Campbell in Kingston’s EMC newspaper. Find the full article here.

Pictured from left to right are Young Kingston founding members and authors Mary Alice Downie, Y.S. Lee, and Jill Bryant