Margaret Atwood is known internationally for her award-winning novels, poetry, and short stories. She was born in Ottawa in 1939, and spent much of her childhood in northern Ontario and Quebec. She has lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Alliston, and Boston, as well as England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, and Germany.
ANN BLADES, internationally-known Canadian children\s author and illustrator won the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians Book of the Year Award in 1972 for Mary of Mile 18. In 1978 she was the winner of the Canada Council Award for Children''s Literature for A Salmon for Simon.
JOYCE BARKHOUSE is the author of many short stories and books for children, including Anna's Pet (written with Margaret Atwood), which was made into a puppet play and toured internationally, and The Witch of Port Lajoie, which has been translated in four languages. She received the Order of Nova Scotia and was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her children's books and work in literacy.