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Anita Daher

Photo: Leif Norman 2018

Anita Daher is an author, screenwriter, producer, show host and actor based in Winnipeg, MB. She has been entrenched in the book publishing industry since 1995 and has books published in print, audio and e-book format in Canada, the United States, and Europe. When not word-wrangling she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen. Her most recent project is an author interview series she both produces and hosts called made in Manitoba: Stories from Home. The show will air on Shaw Winnipeg’s community access channel, as well as the YouTube Channel, Made in Manitoba Book TV.

Most of the time, she’s exhausted.

Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Anita spent her childhood and the first two decades of her adult years moving every few years from one part of the country to the next. This wandering may have influenced her writing style. She has become known for bringing a strong sense of place into her stories. She feels that what she really writes about is “connection.”

Anita currently sits as Chair of the Writers Union of Canada. 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


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
Forgetting How to Breathe. Yellow Dog, 2018
You Don't Have to Die in the End. Yellow Dog, 2020


John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, 2007
Finalist, CBC Short Story Prize for Mime, 2017
Finalist, IODE Violet Downey Book Award for Forgetting How to Breathe, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Grade 4 to 8

Forgetting How to Breathe
Duration 45 minutes

In an Icelandic community in the heart of Canada, 13-year-old Tia is angry. Her mother has disappeared and she and her eight-year-old brother, Tag, have been sent to yet another foster home, this one at the edge of Lake Winnipeg with a family and "fake mom" that feels smothering. Tia feels more isolated and farther away from her mother than ever. She desperately tries to convince her brother to return to the city where they will find Mama, and reunite their family. But when a freak spring snowstorm and a herd of runaway horses lead her to the Ice Pony Ranch and Animal Rescue Centre, Tia is offered a job that might just change everything.

Reading, plus discussion on author process, family, Icelandic settler history. Multi-media. Q & A

K to Grade 3

Itty Bitty Bits
Duration: 30 Minutes

Molly can't have her friend come for a sleepover until she cleans her messy room. She thinks it's impossible to do it herself, so she asks her sister, her brother, her father, even the family dog, Indiana Bones for help. But each is feeling overwhelmed by their own big projects. She goes to her "think-spot" under the "weepy" willow tree, where she spies a tiny ant and observes how he tackles a big task. Molly zooms home to clean and on the way she shares this confident message with her family. "You can do it! Yes, you can! Just make like an ant and get the job done, itty bitty bit by itty bitty bit."

Reading, puppetry, music and problem solving. Q & A.


Presentation Length:
45-60 min.
Children, Juvenile, Young Adult
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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:


Writing for Children and Teens


Northern OAC WITS:
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GST not applicable