Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen

Biography

Susin Nielsen is coming to Calgary through Wordfest on April 10 and 11. Her new book, for grades 9 to 12, is Optimists Die First. Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High, working her way up to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom. Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, was published in August 2012. She also published the YA acclaimed We Are All Made of Molecules, which she presented at Wordfest a few years ago. It went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his “First Annual Wally Awards,” and recently Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.”

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