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Richard Scrimger

Photo: Peg McCarthy 2005

Before he was thirty, Richard Scrimger had learned to walk, ride a bike, do crossword puzzles, make scrambled eggs and play the trumpet.* Next thing he knew he had four children to look after, so he decided he’d better learn how to write fiction. His best-known books, which feature a wisecracking alien living in the narrator's nose, have won awards in Canada and the United States, and been translated into a dozen languages. His latest offering is called From Charlie's Point Of View, and is told partly by a blind teenager. Now Richard is working on Into The Ravine, a book in which three boys go downriver on a raft and end up in jail. He'd better finish it soon, because his two oldest kids are almost ready for university. Some people write for a living. Richard writes for his life.

*Wait. Now that I think of it, it wasn't the trumpet. It was the saxophone.

Phone number:
905-373-1279

Publications

The Nose from Jupiter. Toronto: Tundra, 1998.
Still Life with Children. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1997.
Crosstown. Toronto: Riverbank Press, 1996.
A Nose For Adventure. Tundra Books, 2000
The Way To Schenectady. Tundra Books, 1998
Mystical Rose. Doubleday, 2001
Noses Are Red. Tundra, 2001
Bun Bun's Birthday. Tundra, 2001
Of Mice And Nutcrackers. Tundra, 2002
Princess Bun Bun. Tundra, 2002
Eugene's Story. Tundra, 2003
The Boy From Earth. Tundra, 2004
From Charlie's Point Of View. Tundra, 2005

Awards

Shortlisted, City of Toronto Book Award.
Mr Christie Book Award for The Nose From Jupiter, 1999
shortlisted, CLA Book Of The Year for From Charlie's Point Of View, 2005
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Length:
60 min. +
Genre:
Fiction
Grades:
k-8
Audience size:
flexible
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$400
Two sessions:
$600
Three sessions:
$850
Four sessions:
$1000
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$500
Three sessions:
$700
Four sessions:
$850
GST:
GST not applicable