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Reva Stern
Reva Stern
In 1977, Reva Stern became Artistic Director of the Leah Posluns Theatre in Toronto, where she maintained her position until 1994. Director, writer and dramaturge for almost thirty years, Reva retained the position of Regional Casting Director for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in both New York City and Los Angeles from 1975 to 1993, while still at the helm of the Leah Posluns Theatre and Theatre School. Ms. Stern has been bestowed with several awards of merit in theatre and has been a guest speaker at esteemed venues such as The University of Miami, the Actor’s Workshop, the New Play Festival in New York City, and the ‘Playwright’s Conference’ at the University Of Pittsburgh.

In recent years, Reva Stern has brought her love of writing to the forefront as her primary career. Writing and editing professionally for the past decade, she has been encouraged by three writing award nominations. Her first published novel “The Water Buffalo That Shed Her Girdle.”

Additionally, her manuscript “The Prescott Journals” was optioned for the screen prior to publication, and is now slated to become her second published novel.
Reva has also compiled a collection of short stories and a series of Children’s books titled “Tales from Grandma’s Cupboard”. Her additional publishing credits include extensive freelance writing for periodicals, magazines and newspapers including the National Post, and several years as an editor for Wellness Way Publications.


Memories of a Water Buffalo
Memories of a Water Buffalo
After living through a monumentally acrimonious divorce, Rachel Morgenstein was pretty certain that the very worst thing that could ever happen to her had already happened. She was wrong.

She soon ascertained that the sudden, fierce, and absolute estrangement by her youngest child was the singular most excruciating event of her life.

It was an elusive mystery, without an obvious villain or even a foreshadowing conflict.

It is just a matter of days until her son will be married and she is not welcome to attend. And so the story begins with Rachel contemplating a virtual shopping list of alternative suicide options. After exhausting each deadly proposition as unworthy or just plain messy, Rachel resorts to investigating this injustice by searching the cold files of her memory. That is, she reaches as far back into her past as is humanly possible in the hope of finding some cryptically hidden answers to this anomaly.

Her history unravels as we travel with her into the lost innocence of the fifties and the zeal of the sixties. We wince over the garishness of the seventies and are numbed by the sudden changes in our heroine as she braves her way through the next couple of decades only to end up facing the deadly “list”. Does she find alternatives?

Although “Water Buffalo” is a painful journey for Rachel, it is a funny, thoughtful and often wry story of love gone mad.


Ten year old Etienne Chouart yearns for a life of adventure. While delivering chickens to the Jesuit Mission in Sillery, he meets an orphan destined to apprentice at Fort Sainte Marie, the furthest settlement north in New France. Making the most impulsive decision of his life, Etienne takes the boy back to his home. At the crack of dawn Etienne, not the orphan, paddles out into the St. Lawrence with the famous voyageur, Médard des Groseilliers right into heart of the land of the Huron.

At Sainte Marie, Etienne meets a Huron youth named both Tsiko and Thomas. From him, Etienne learns true wilderness life and how to respect nature.

From Father Francesco Bressani, Father Antoine Daniel, and Father Jean de Brébeuf, he learns the life of piety, although other priests engage in shocking practices of conversion.

After escaping the Iroquois, witnessing the destruction of the village of Teanaustaye and death of Father Daniel, those at the mission waited for a second attack. Etienne decides he must take his fate into his own hands before the shadow of the cross falls across him as well. He breaks his vows of dedication and leaves the mission with his Huron friend, Tsiko. But first, the boys must get past the raiding Iroquois.

At the trading post, Etienne and Tsiko part ways. Unsure of what waits for him at home, Etienne returns to Quebec.

WAR BIRD, a historical fiction for readers 8-12 years of age, is about life at Sainte- Marie. It is also about the relationship between Etienne and a Christian Huron youth named Thomas. From him, Etienne learns true wilderness life and how to respect nature. From the Jesuits, Etienne learns to lead a life of piety. When the Iroquois attack a nearby village and kill Father Daniel, Etienne learns about war.

Today, one is able to stand in the midst of Sainte-Marie’s replicated buildings and get a true sense of the age.

Cherry Blossom Winter

Michiko Minagawa wants to be proud of her Japanese heritage but can’t. After the bombing of Pearl Harbour, the Canadian government brands all Japanese-Canadians as alien enemies. They must abandon their house, car and most of their possessions and move into the interior of British Columbia.
Kiko, Michiko’s new friend in camp, helps her realize life above a drugstore is far better than living in the tiny wooden shacks in the orchard. When Kaz Katsumoto becomes her teacher at the Hardware Store School, life gets even better. The former Asahi star has her class playing every day. When Michiko’s class challenges the teachers to a game, the whole town turns out.

But the game brings the biggest loss of all to the Minigawa family. Her grandfather’s weak heart gives out in the excitement. He passes away just before the government announces all Japanese in British Columbia must leave the camps and live elsewhere.

Kiko’s family leaves for Toronto. Michiko’s mother can’t think of moving with a new baby on the way even though her father plans to take the government’s offer of free passage to Japan. Pretending to be her mother, writing on behalf of her father, Michiko applies for a job in Ontario. The Minigawa family once again packs their meager belongings and head for yet another new life on a flower farm.

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell

cherrycovThis is the story of nine-year-old Michiko Minagawa. She wants to be proud of her Japanese heritage but can’t. Canada is at war. The Government has taken unprecedented actions against her community and treating all Japanese-Canadians as enemy aliens.

The night before her birthday celebration, the police arrest her father. Within days he must leave for labor camp in the mountains.
Michiko’s mother, with the help of a stranger, moves her family to a farmhouse in the country. Michiko, her Grandfather, Aunt Sadie, and baby brother Hiro all endure hunger, hardship, racial taunts and the worst Canadian winter in forty years.

Throughout it all, Michiko is uncertain of her origin. Should she be proud or hide it?

Jennifer Maruno

Jennifer Maruno
Jennifer Maruno
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jennifer came from a book loving family. She worked as a library helper in the old red brick library on Victoria Avenue in the summers while at Valley Way public school. Her childhood ambition was to have a book with her name on the spine.

Writing as Jennifer Travis, she made her mark with award winning educational materials for The Peel District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is one of the authors of Explorations a mathematics program for Addison-Wesley of Canada. For TVO’s Mathica’s Mathshop, Jennifer received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award. For the Kindergarten Curriculum materials, Stepping Into Kindergarten. Jennifer won the National School Public Relations Association Award along with The Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Communications in Education.

After retiring as school principal for the Peel District School Board, Jennifer became a student herself. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Humber School of Writers summer program. She began publishing short stories for children in Aquila, LadyBug, Zamooph and Wee Ones magazines. In May 2009, Napoleon Publishing released her debut novel for children, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell.

Jennifer is also member of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).