Member Profile

Anita Daher

Photo: Antosia Fiedur 2015

Anita Daher has been entrenched in the book publishing industry since 1995, writing middle grade and teen novels, including Spider's SongTwo Foot Punch and Racing for Diamonds. Living in an ADHD dominated household has influenced the stories she writes, and her presentations, which are geared toward captivating those who are "attention different." In 2007 she received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Author. Aside from short stints as grave-plot seller, tour guide, and children's party clown, she's worked in aviation, publishing, and broadcasting. When not word wrangling she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen, and most recently completed a role in the DreamWorks film, A Dog's Purpose. Anita is also a member of the Crosseyed Rascals clean improvised comedy troupe.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Flight from Big Tangle. Victoria, BC: Orca, 2002.
Flight from Bear Canyon. Victoria, BC: Orca, 2004.
Racing for Diamonds. Orca, 2007
Spider's Song. Penguin, 2007
Two Foot Punch. Orca, 2007
Poachers in the Pingos. Orca, 2008
On the Trail of the Bushman. Orca, 2009
The Wilderness Cure. Stabenfeldt International, 2012
Wager the Wonder Horse. Stabenfeldt International, 2013
The Hustle. Stabenfeldt International, 2013
Itty Bitty Bits. Peanut Butter Press, 2013
Wonder Horse. Rebelight Publishing, 2015

Awards

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, 2007
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

For K to 2:

• 45 Minutes: Presentation of Itty Bitty Bits featuring reading, puppetry and problem solving. Q & A.

For Middle Grades

• 45 minutes: While striving to best a "mean girl" in a reining competition with her beloved horse, Wager, Sera learns important truths about friendship and belonging. Themes: friendship, competition, belonging and bullying. Presentation includes reading, photos, discussion and Q & A.

• 60 minutes: Combination presentation Racing for Diamonds, Poachers in the Pingos and On the Trail of the Bushman, three thrilling Arctic and sub-Arctic adventures for ages 7 to 12. This interactive presentation includes readings, props, photos, as well as information about the real life Junior Canadian Rangers, dog mushing, the historic Canol Trail, pingos, environmental concerns affecting Canada's North, and Aboriginal mythology and culture. 

Teens

• 45 minutes: Two Foot Punch, teen sports thriller set in Winnipeg, MB's historic Exchange District. Published by Orca for teen readers junior high through high school who enjoy fast paced stories, also good for reluctant readers. This interactive presentation includes reading, visual images, parkour demonstration and discussion, writing process, Q & A

• 45 minutes: Spider's Song, a young adult psychological thriller set in Yellowknife, NT, published by Penguin Canada. This presentation includes readings, anecdotes, photos, and discussion about using real life experiences and bending them into fiction, writing process, Q & A.

Presentation Length:
45-60 min.
Genre:
Children, Juvenile, Young Adult
Grades:
K-12
Audience size:
10-120
Workshop Description:

45-60 minute school workshops on elements of creative writing tailored to time and need: character, setting, plot, dialogue.

For teens and adults:

Half day: Editing

2 day: Writing for Teens

2 day: Writing for Children

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$500
Three sessions:
$700
Four sessions:
$900
GST:
GST applicable