Jean E. Pendziwol

Jean E. Pendziwol is the author of more than ten critically-acclaimed books for children, including Once Upon a Northern Night—finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award—and I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree—a 2020 Globe & Mail recommended book. Her bestselling picture book No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons), was selected by McDonald’s Restaurants for their Happy Meal literacy program and continues to be used to teach fire safety in a number of countries including the US and UK. Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, was a Globe & Mail bestseller, shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection, and winner of the Northern Lit Award. Her books for both adults and children have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available around the world. Her newest picture book, Skating Wild on an Inland Sea, is illustrated by Todd Stewart. Jean lives in northwestern Ontario where she has been a sessional lecturer of creative writing at Lakehead University.

Photograph by Ryan Wilkie of Dark Forest Photographic.