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Starkie Mak is an artist and writer deeply in love with expressive drawing and painting. Her paintings have been exhibited across Europe and Asia. She illustrated for children’s magazine Cotton Tree and is an art teacher educating children. The classic novel The Secret Garden sparked her interest in literature. Literature and illustration are indispensable parts of her life. She studied creative writing at the University of Oxford. She moved to Toronto from Hong Kong in 2018.

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Tiffanie Ing is the creator of Mostly YA Lit, a Canadian book blog that blends strong literary analysis with fangirling to create fun, honest and thoughtful content. A communications specialist in the public sector, Tiff holds an M.A. in English from Queen’s University, where she studied the history of Canadian children’s publishing and language in young adult novels. While Mostly YA Lit has (mostly) moved to Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads, Tiff still loves to talk about and promote the board and children’s books she reads with her toddler, and new and exciting YA and romance books.

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Andrea Woo is an award-winning journalist with the Globe and Mail. Her work focuses primarily on substance use, mental health, drug policy, Canada’s overdose crisis and COVID-19. 

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Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and received the APALA Award for best picture book. Her recent books include Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, which were both selected for USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List.

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