Authors & Illustrators of Current List
Ainslie Manson is the Author of 13 books for children, all from Canadian and US publishing houses. She has written children’s educational pages for newspapers, articles for children’s periodicals, and currently writes in the picture book genre, with the occasional foray into young readers. Her forte is transforming Canadian history into stories for children. She also draws ideas from her own childhood, her empathy for children with disabilities, and her love of animals.
Mary Baker is a recognized, widely exhibited artist educated in art history and creative writing. She has sold her work in commercial galleries and in solo, group and private exhibitions in galleries such Ferry Building Gallery, Government of Canada Gallery at West Vancouver Public Library and Kay Meek Theater Gallery in West Vancouver over the past three decades. In 2010, Mary created illustrations for a book by Grace Chen, a young woman afflicted with Down’s syndrome.
Mary Jane Gerber
Mary Jane Gerber has illustrated several books for children, including Wings to Fly by Celia Barker Lottridge and A Gift for Ampato by Susan Vande Griek. Her illustrations for House Calls are based on detailed research and a visit to the real Hutchison House, which has been restored as a museum in Peterborough, Ontario. Mary Jane Lives with her family in Orangeville, Ontario.
Gordon Dean Griffiths grew up in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island with his parents, one brother and two sisters. During his elementary school years Dean was more interested in drama than drawing until he read his first comic book. It was then he knew that he wanted to be a comic book artist and thereafter he spent every spare minute drawing and creating his own characters. In 1995, following time as a computer graphic artist, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, BC invited him to illustrate his first children’s book and he has happily illustrated 25 children’s book since.
Janet Stethem studied Fine Art at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Case Western University, USA). After graduating from the School of Architecture at U.B.C., she practiced architecture and design in Vancouver for 30 years. Now retired, she still loves sketching and more recently portrait drawing. Pen and pencil remain favourite art mediums.