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Sue Farrell Holler

Sue Farrell Holler

Mailing her homework to her great-grandfather was a Grade 4 assignment gone bad. But as with many mistakes, it had a good ending: the failed project set Sue on a path of writing every day as she accumulated more than 100 penpals throughout North America. That habit led her to a career in journalism where she learned to ask questions, listen attentively, and write the type of articles people keep in scrapbooks.

Her latest work is a popular picture book, Raven, Rabbit, Deer that tells the story of a boy and his grandfather exploring nature. The two embark on another wilderness adventure (available April 2022) in "Finding Moose."

Originally from Cape Breton Island and now living in northern Alberta, Sue writes for children of all ages – from preschool to young adult. Her YA novel, Cold White Sun, was a 2019 finalist for a Governor General’s Award for literature for young people – text. It’s the story of a child refugee who flees Ethiopia and arrives in Calgary confused, frightened and very alone. Kirkus Reviews called it an “emotionally gripping work of fiction…A profound, heartbreaking narrative filled with loss, confusion, displacement, and longing.”

Additionally, her titles include the middle grade novel Lacey and the African Grandmothers that’s set on a First Nation’s reserve, and two picture books set in rural towns. Sue's books acknowledge our critical need for human connection. Sue believes fervently in the power of stories to connect us, one to the other. She believes we must tell our stories and listen to the stories of others. Sue also writes for adults. Her work as a feature writer and newspaper columnist has appeared in local, regional and national publications. For more information: www.suefarrellholler.com 

City:
Grande Prairie
Province:
Alberta
Genre:
Children's/Young Adult
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Finding Moose. Spring 2022, Pajama Press
Raven, Rabbit, Deer. 2020, Pajama Press
Cold White Sun. 2019, Groundwood Books
Lacey and the African Grandmothers. 2009, Second Story Press
To the Pool with Mama. 2000, Annick Press
To the Post Office with Mama. 1994, Annick Press

Awards

Governor General's Literary Award - Young People's Literature - Text - Nominee for Cold White Sun, 2019
High Plains Book Award for Cold White Sun, 2020
R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature for Cold White Sun, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

K-3 - Picture Books - Raven, Rabbit, Deer and Finding Moose OR To the Post Office with Mama and To the Pool with Mama

Gr 4-6 - Middle Grade Novel - Lacey and the African Grandmothers

Gr 7-12 - YA Novel - Cold White Sun

She loves audience Q&As, always includes a reading and typically gives "sneak peaks behind the scenes" of a writer's life and her books.

Virtual sessions available. More info at www.suefarrellholler.com

Presentation Length:
30 minutes or 60 minutes
Genre:
Children's/Young Adult
Grades:
Typically in groupings of K-Gr 3, Gr 4-5, Gr 7-9, Gr 10-12, adult. Sue is an experienced presenter who enjoys working in mixed groupings of any ages at festivals, conferences and events.
Audience Size:
Negotiable
Presenation:
$300 + GST
Workshop Description:

Overcome Inertia: How to write quickly and without fear

Empty the Bottom Drawer: How to write the easiest and best query

Approaching Publishers: Where do I start?

What is a Slush Pile? How do I get out?

 

Workshop Length:
60 minutes
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adult
Workshop Audience Size:
20
Workshop Fee:
$300 + GST
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

K-3 - Picture Books - Raven, Rabbit, Deer and Finding Moose OR To the Post Office with Mama and To the Pool with Mama

Gr 4-6 - Middle Grade Novel - Lacey and the African Grandmothers

Gr 7-12 - YA Novel - Cold White Sun

She loves audience Q&As, always includes a reading and typically gives "sneak peaks behind the scenes" of a writer's life and her books.

Virtual sessions available. More info at www.suefarrellholler.com

School Presentation Length:
30 minutes or 60 minutes
School Intended Audience:
K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12
School Audience Size:
100
School Presentation Fee:
$300 + GST
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes