Member Profile

Heather T. Smith

Photo: Declan Flynn 2015

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Heather is the author of The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, which was named one of the Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017. Her debut novel, Baygirl, was a 2015 White Pine Honour Book.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Baygirl. Orca Book Publishers, 2013
The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. Penguin Teen, 2017
Ebb & Flow. Kids Can Press, 2018
Angus All Aglow. Orca Book Publishers, 2018
Chicken Girl. Penguin Teen, Forthcoming 2019
A Plan for Pops. Orca Book Publishers, Forthcoming 2019


White Pine Honour Book for Baygirl, 2015
USBBY Outstanding International Book Selection for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2018
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books Selection for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2017
Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books Selection for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2017
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2018
Governor General’s Literary Award -- finalist for Ebb & Flow, 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

In my presentation I share my journey as a reluctant reader turned author and talk about beginnings, both in literature and in life. I use my personal story to demonstrate to students the importance of character growth, not only within the characters on the page, but within themselves. My presentation ends with a reading and a Q&A.

If there is a particular theme that a teacher/librarian would like addressed, I am happy to tailor my presentation accordingly.

I am also available for writing workshops with small groups or writers' craft classes.

Presentation Length:
45 mins - 1 hour
Children's, Young Adult
JK- grade 12
Audience size:
150 for presentations, 30 for workshops
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GST not applicable