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Maggie de Vries

Maggie de Vries

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Maggie de Vries is a writer for children and adults and a Lecturer in UBC's Creative Writing Program. She travels extensively, speaking at conferences and doing workshops and author readings for children and adults. Maggie was children's book editor at Orca Book Publishers from 2000 to 2007. She was Vancouver Public Library's first Writer in Residence in 2005, and the University of Northern British Columbia's first Writer in Residence in 2012. She gave a TEDxSFU talk on sex work on November 1, 2014, and is now speaking widely on that subject. Her sister Sarah is one of Vancouver's missing women, and the subject of her memoir Missing Sarah and her most recent novel, Rabbit Ears.



Tale of a Great White Fish: a Sturgeon Story. Greystone, 2006
Missing Sarah: a Memoir of Loss. Penguin, 2003
How Sleep Found Tabitha. Orca Book Publishers, 2002
Chance and the Butterfly. Orca Book Publishers, 2001
Once Upon a Golden Apple. Penguin, 1991
Hunger Journeys. HarperCollins, 2010
Somebody's Girl. Orca Book Publishers, 2011
Big City Bee. Greystone, 2012
Rabbit Ears. HarperCollins, 2014


Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for Tale of a Great White Fish, 2007
ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Tale of a Great White Fish, 2006
George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Literature for Missing Sarah, 2004
VanCity Book Prize for Missing Sarah, 2004
Governor General’s Award Nomination for Non-Fiction for Missing Sarah, 2003
Sheila Egoff Children's Literature Prize for Hunger Journeys, 2011
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

I give a variety of presentations depending on the audience. I speak regularly to all ages, from Kindergarten to adult. For children, the focus is my own books, the writing process, where ideas come from, and the editing process, since I am an editor as well as a writer. Recently, I have been giving a lot of presentations on sturgeon, supported by a PowerPoint presentation with photographs.
For adults, I speak about my work with women on Vancouver's downtown eastside, and share my sister's story. She is one of Vancouver's missing women and the subject of my book, Missing Sarah.