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James A. Conan

Photo: Tinara Herpel 2019

James A. Conan is the author of Our Big Little Place (Fall 2019).The oldest of two brothers, he was raised in Toronto, where he still lives today. As a child, his favorite books were The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin, and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. At the age of 10, he was given a stack of juvenile science fiction paperbacks by an uncle and found himself hooked for life. Along with a good book, he loves spending time with animals, days at the beach, barbecuing, and playing tennis.

James has worked in retail, landscaping, and local politics. He was briefly an auctioneer, dabbles in freelance content writing, and is now a cook. He studied Politics and International Development at Trent University, and graduated from Centennial College's Book, Magazine, and Electronic Publishing Program. Through his studies there, he was introduced to some of the wonderful people at Annick Press who made Our Big Little Place possible.

In addition to Our Big Little Place, James is the author of several published short stories, mostly works of science fiction. He has been writing since high school and had his first story accepted for publication at the age of 24. His own big little place is in Toronto’s East End. He is excited to have the chance to depict family life and imaginative play in a fun setting that reflects life in the city he loves.


E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
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Our Big Little Place. Annick Press, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

A reading of Our Big Little Place, followed by a Q&A period with students. I will pass around other picture books, ask the students which they like better and why, and discuss effective visual and non-visual storytelling at an age-appropriate level. What are their favourite books? What makes a picture book fun, or interesting? Do they like funny stories, scary stories, or animal stories the best?

Presentation Length:
Picture Books
Audience size:
Workshop Description:

Group Activity. Get the kids together, writing their own stories in pairs or groups at the teacher's preference.

Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
GST not applicable