Cynthia Nugent

Cynthia Nugent is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose first book, Mister Got to Go, is now considered a Canadian classic. Stephen Hume wrote in the Vancouver Sun that she is "one of the best illustrators in North America." Her 2004 novel Francesca and the Magic Bike received rave reviews and numerous award nominations. Quill and Quire called the book a "marvellously comic, wise, and tender novel" and praised Nugent's "wry, warm sense of humour and keen-eyed affection for human nature, foibles and all." As well, the reviewer calls the book a "delicate alchemy of tragedy, comedy, fantasy, and adventure" that Nugent pulls off "wonderfully and artfully." It was shortlisted for the B.C. Book Prizes, the Chocolate Lily, and the Young Readers’ Choice Awards in B.C., Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Cynthia has a B.A. (cum laude) in English literature with graduate studies in Comparative Literature. She has been profiled in print and on radio and television, and is a much-requested visitor to schools and libraries for her lively presentations on the making of a children's book. She has acted as judge for literary prizes and teaches Writing Children’s Fiction and Writing Picture Books at Vancouver’s Langara College. She belongs to the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Association of BC, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable. 
Cynthia lives in Vancouver with Emma the Yorkshire terrier who was the model for Arnie in Mister Got to Go and Arnie. She enjoys plunking on her ukulele at the Vancouver Ukulele Circle.  Upcoming titles include Mister Got to Go, Where are you? by Lois Simmie (Orca 2010), and chapter book Kiddo(Tradewind Books, 2010). Simply Read will be publishing The Ducks of Nitobe Garden and I Want to Go to the Moon by Tom Saunders.
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