To Book Shane:
After Shane spoke at her school, Librarian Pam Adair of Oshawa, Ontario said:
“I’m sure Shane hears this all the time after his visits but our students could hardly wait to get their hands on our copies of his books! Wow! It is wonderful to see them so enthused. Both students and teachers have had many favorable comments about his visit.”
Shane has appeared at many schools, events, conferences, and festivals in Canada and the United States, as well as on various radio and TV shows. Here’s a brief account of his presentation, how to book him, and what it costs.
The presentation lasts about one hour, tailored to school needs. Shane discusses why he thinks reading and writing are so exciting, how he learned that as a kid, how and why he became a writer, and the wild and crazy things he has written about. He describes how he came to write his award-nominated series “The Dylan Maples Adventures,” the groundbreaking “Boy Sherlock Holmes” books, “The Dark Mission of Edgar Brim” and reveals a few secrets of his trade. He also gives a short, dramatic reading, and fields questions from students. Sometimes he even shows kids how to walk high-wires and sumo wrestle, and screens a short segment from a documentary he wrote, in which the world’s greatest high wire walker crosses above a river, with no net, filming the walk as he goes.
Age Groups for schools:
The four books of “The Dylan Maples Adventures” are for ages 9-13, “The Boy Sherlock Holmes” (and the Seven Series books) for a slightly older group, and “The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim,” a teen horror trilogy, for the Sherlock grades and older, including high school. Shane also speaks to K to 3 grades about his picture book, “The Artist and Me,” discussing art, Vincent Van Gogh, and bullying in a slightly shorter session (45 minutes). He can present to any grade from K to 12.
Much of his work is for adults, including all his plays, journalism, and his first book The Great Farini, so he can include discussions of those books with high-school students and adult gatherings.
Perhaps the best audience size is somewhere in the 50 to 100 range, though under the right circumstance he can speak to much larger gatherings. His audiences can usually be accommodated in cozy settings in libraries. For bigger audiences, an auditorium and a microphone is recommended.
All he needs is a table, some water, and (optional) a TV with VCR and DVD capabilities to show the clip from the aforementioned documentary.
Please contact the author for information about fees.
Book Expo America (New York) 2007, 2018
Toronto International Authors Festival (Toronto) 2007, 2013
Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg International Writers Festivals 2007, 2010, 2012
Packaging Your Imagination Conference (Toronto) 2004, 2015
Reading for Life Festival (Mississauga/Brampton/Caledon, ON) 2004
Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival 2003 (Nanaimo, BC)
Canadian Children’s Book Camp 2003 (Toronto)
American Library Association & Canadian Library Association Convention 2003
Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers Anniversary Celebration (Mississauga, ON) 2003
Ontario Reading Association Convention 2002
Word on the Street (Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge) 2002, 2009, 2012, 2016
Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour 2001 (Labrador), 2009 (Saskatchewan), 2015 New Brunswick
Documentaries and TV shows in Canada and the United States