Monday, May 31, 2010

Scow 2010 crew introductions: Judith Williams

Alberta author Judith Williams joins the crew for two weeks of the voyage. With several international book awards in children's non-fiction, Judith's role is to document the adventure for an upcoming book for young people.

Judith's previous work includes books on such topics as forensic science, severe weather, endangered animals, the rainforest and palaeontology. Her particular fascination with dinosaurs resulted in two books:

Discovering Dinosaurs with a Fossil Hunter is a primer for early readers describing the work methods of palaeontologist Dr. Phil Currie.

Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane recounts the startling find and recovery of an unidentified tyrannosaur fossil. This title won the Silver Award for Juvenile Non-Fiction from the book review magazine ForeWord, and was selected as an Outstanding Trade Science Book for 2008 by the National Science Teacher's Association and Children's Book Council (USA).

Besides writing, Judith mentors and teaches creative writing to youth in Southern Alberta. Prospecting for fossils is one of her favourite pursuits, so she looks forward to participating in this unique palaeo adventure - dinosaur hunting - just as it was done a century ago.

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