Shane Peacock



Shane Peacock giving presentation in Kelowna, BC

To book Shane, email:


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. He makes both in-person and virtual appearances. Here’s a brief account of his presentation, how to book him, and what it costs.

School Presentation (In person and virtual)

Shane Peacock with students at Upper Canada College

Shane in discussion with students at Upper Canada College.


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 grades 1 to 2/3 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 1 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.

Audience Size:

For in-person appearances, 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. Audience sizes for virtual appearances can vary widely.


For in-person appearances, all he needs is a projector (with sound) that can be hooked up to his laptop, and a table to display his books. For virtual sessions, he will arrange to appear via whatever virtual platform is preferred by the school or organization.


Please contact the author for information about fees. They are slightly cheaper for virtual sessions.

Selected Appearances

  • American Library Association convention (Seattle) 2019 (Boston) 2016
  • Book Expo America (New York) 2007, 2018
  • Toronto International Authors Festival (Toronto) 2007, 2013
  • Ontario Library Association convention (Toronto) 2019
  • 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)
  • 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), 2021 (Quebec, Manitoba, Yukon)
  • Documentaries and TV shows in Canada and the United States