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Meet the Wiz: Lee Edward Fodi

Come meet “the Wiz,” award-winning author and illustrator Lee Edward Födi, and be inspired by his Kendra Kandlestar stories and creative process. He will lead you in an interactive drawing workshop, helping you to create your very own character.

10:30 a.m. #526908
12:15 p.m. #526909
2:30 p.m. #526910


About the Artist: Lee Edward Fodi

Known as the “Wizard of Words” or simply as “Mr. Wiz,” Lee Edward Födi has been writing and illustrating stories about magic, monsters, and mystery for as long as he can remember.

Growing up on a farm, he was subjected to various horrible chores such as cleaning up after chickens, pigs, geese, and younger siblings. He was often in trouble for his constant daydreaming. There was a time when his father harbored hopes that his son would take over the family business—but these aspirations came to an abrupt end when the young author accidentally ran the tractor over his dad’s outhouse (thankfully, his dad was not inside at the time).

As a result, Födi went on to pursue his love of art, mythology, and storytelling, all of which (luckily) do not require any skill in operating heavy machinery.

Födi is the author and illustrator of The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar, which include The Box of Whispers, The Door to Unger, The Shard from Greeve, The Crack in Kazah, and the forthcoming The Search for Arazeen. He has also illustrated several picture books for other authors, including The Chocolatier’s Apprentice (a national bestseller) and I’ll Follow the Moon.

Födi is an engaging public speaker, specializing in presentations and workshops for elementary-aged children. He has taught programs in Canada, the United States, England, South Korea, and Thailand. In addition, he is a co-founder of The Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC), a Vancouver-based not-for-profit program in which children’s authors, illustrators, and performers help kids publish their own books. As the lead mentor for CWC, Födi finds continual inspiration in the enthusiasm, ingenuity, and talent of his students.

Födi studied at the University of British Columbia and has a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fine Arts. He is a member of several organizations dedicated to children’s literature, including the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia (CWILL) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC).

Födi works full-time as an author, illustrator, and speaker and lives in Vancouver, the beautiful Canadian city nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.


Wonderland Circus (2yrs and up)

Wonderland Circus chronicles Alice’s journey as the Mad Hatter draws her through the looking glass and into a wacky circus Wonderland where up is down and back is front. Presented by Circus West.

11:00 a.m. #526958
1:30 p.m. #527008