Rolli is a writer and cartoonist from Regina. He’s the author of numerous titles for children and adults, including Kabungo (Groundwood), winner of the Joan Betty Stuchner Award, and the illustrated story collection Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat. His cartoons appear regularly in The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and other top outlets.

Visit Rolli’s website ( and follow him on Twitter @rolliwrites.


Saturday, 1:00 pmIllustrator Panel (with Miriam Körner and Judy Swallow, moderated by Sharon Plumb Hamilton): Come and discover the process of illustration and how each of us can think about stories with visual language. Illustrators will also share how illustrations interact with text. (Throughout the weekend, the work of these illustrators will be showcased on the walls of the conference room to inspire and invite conversation and ideas.)

Saturday, 2:45 pm – Rolli – author of the acclaimed middle grade novel Kabungo (Groundwood Books) and frequent contributor to Highlights, Ladybug and Spider – will take you on a whirlwind tour of the world of children’s literary magazines. In addition to surveying the top markets in Canada, the US and Europe, Rolli will provide a variety of tips, tricks, and insights to help put you on the path to magazine success. Three random attendees will receive beautiful mystery gifts! 

Sunday, 9:30 amCoffee and Discovery Panel (with Shelley Tanaka, Tanya Trafford, and Judy Swallow, moderated by Kristine Scarrow): A chat about books and the working relationships between authors, editors and illustrators. Come with questions!