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Marty Chan

Marty Chan

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Marty Chan writes books for kids and plays for adults. His hit comedy play Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl toured across Canada and finished with an Off Broadway production in 2004. His middle-grade novels have won over reluctant readers. The Mystery of the  Frozen Brains won the 2005 City of Edmonton Book Prize while The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul won the 2007 Diamond Willow Award. He lives and works in Edmonton as a kids author, playwright, and television commentator. 



The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Infinity Coil. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2014
The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013
Keepers of the Vault: Fire and Glass. Clockwise Press, 2015
Keepers of the Vault: Melody and Myth. Clockwise Press, 2016
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains. Thistledown Press, 2004
The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul. Thistledown Press, 2006
The Mystery of the Mad Science Teacher. Thistledown Press, 2008
The Mystery of the Cyber Bully. Thistledown Press, 2010
Barnabas Bigfoot: A Close Shave. Thistledown Press, 2011
Barnabas Bigfoot: A Hairy Tangle. Thistledown Press, 2012
Barnabas Bigfoot: The Bone Eater. Thistledown Press, 2013


Diamond Willow Award, 2007
City of Edmonton Book Prize, 2005
Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Work, 1998
Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Fringe Work, 2011
Shortlist: Arthur Ellis Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2007
Shortlist: Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, 2007
Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama, 2009
Shortlist: High Plains Book Award (Best YA Novel), 2013
Shortlist: Aurora Award for Best Steampunk Novel (YA), 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

A versatile presenter with a background in theatre, Marty can present to any age and any size audience. He tailors his presentations according to grade levels, creating a unique experience for each group he visits. His sessions incorporate storytelling, humour, games, stage magic, and improv that ignite a passion for literacy in audiences from age 5 to 55. Marty has presented keynote speeches for teachers and librarians, led writing workshops for kids and adults, performed at children’s festivals, and emceed large-scale cultural events.


Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Fiction, theatre, comedy
K - 12
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Writing workshops: Want to go behind the scenes? Marty shares tips on writing thrillers, creating conflict, and crafting plays. He presents workshops for grades 3 – 12. A former writer in residence, he can also offer writing seminars for adults. (Maximum audience: 30.)