Pam Withers

Pam Withers

Vancouver, BC

Silver Nautilus Award (2012), Red Maple Award nominee (2013), Junior Library Guild Selection (2011) (Winner, 2015)

Junior Library Guild Selection (Commended, 2015)

Chocolate Lily Award (Runner-up, 2006)

Chocolate Lily Award (Short-listed, 2007)

CCBC "Our Choice" list (Commended, 2005)


Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 12 and up), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)


Pam Withers


Award-winning author Pam Withers has written 17 bestselling adventure books for teens, as well as Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life. Pam is a former outdoor guide, journalist and editor. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and tours North America extensively. She has one son who used to serve as her teen editor but is now too busy pursuing adventures of his own.

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Humorous stories of researching my books for authenticity

Pam speaks about her best-selling, award-winning extreme sports and adventure books, which are particularly popular with boys. They are riveting; so is their author as a speaker. What else would you expect of a journalist, editor and award-winning speaker who has also been an outdoor guide? Even boys are impressed that she has kayaked the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She speaks to more than 15,000 children per year across North America. Her lively one-hour presentation for grades 4-9 includes: short readings, tales of her own adventures, humorous anecdotes of how she researches her material, the patience and persistence it takes to achieve success, special encouragement to boys, the importance of rewriting and accepting criticism, tips on writing and getting published and extreme-sports video clips.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $325 per 1-hour presentation or workshop, no travel expenses if in your region; just email to ask when she's next in your area