Writer and educator Larry Verstraete lives in Winnipeg. An author of 15 books of non-fiction for youngsters and 1 middle grade novel, Larry began writing while still teaching. Many of his books draw upon three strong interests – science, history and adventure. These elements can be seen, often together, in the subjects he explores through his writing.
Larry’s books have been on recommended reading lists and many have been awarded honours that include the McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People Award, Ontario’s Silver Birch Award for Non-Fiction, and B.C.’s Red Cedar Award for Non-Fiction. His novel, Missing in Paradise, was shortlisted for the 2016 Manitoba Young People's Choice Award (MYRCA) and for the 2015 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Young People. Other honours range from nominations for the Norma Fleck Award for Non-Fiction (Accidental Discoveries) to designations such as Outstanding Science Trade Book of 2011 (S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet).
Larry has presented at conferences and festivals such as SAGE, Winnipeg
Literature Roundtable, Calgary’s Wordfest, Winnipeg’s International Children’s Festival, and Thin Air, The Winnipeg International Writers Festival. An active promoter of books and literacy, he is a frequent visitor to schools and libraries where he shares his enthusiasm for reading and writing with students, teachers and parents.
“My goal when visiting classrooms or libraries is to leave students as excited about writing and reading as I am. During my visit, I talk about the writing
process, show how books are created, and involve students in the fun of
developing ideas and searching for information. My sessions combine storytelling with drama, role play or other forms of audience interaction, and they allow plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. I bring along the tools of my trade - samples of drafts, artists' illustrations, galleys and, of course, my books. I'll also have other gear - gadgets, props, and showpieces. Towards the end of the session, I sum up with a Powerpoint presentation that shows students how books are written, illustrated and produced. All of this helps me connect with audiences and share in a very real way, the excitement of reading, writing and illustrating fiction and non-fiction.”
“I offer sessions for K-Grade 9. Sessions for K - 3 students last 30-40 minutes while sessions for older grades run 60 minutes. Prior to my visit, I will be in
contact to answer questions and discuss ideas you might have. Whether it's a regular author visit you need, an in-depth look at the writing process, or a
session built around dinosaurs, scientific discoveries, or other themes from my books, I can customize a presentation to suit your situation.”
Larry’s fees are $250 for one session, $400 for two, $550 for three, and $700 for four in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Travel outside of Winnipeg can be negotiated.