Bio

Darren Groth 3

I am a Vancouver author and citizen of Canada, having moved from my native Australia in 2007. My novels include ‘Kindling’ and the acclaimed YA works, ‘Are You Seeing Me?’ and ‘Munro vs. the Coyote’ (titled ‘Exchange of Heart’ in AUS/NZ). My new novella is ‘Infinite Blue’, written with younger brother, Simon.

I have appeared at numerous literary events on both sides of the Pacific, including the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Whistler Writers’ Festival. I have been a guest speaker, guest lecturer, workshop/masterclass facilitator and writer-in-residence for literary organizations, writing groups, schools and libraries. I have penned feature articles for numerous print and online publications and was formerly a registered Mentor with the Australian Society of Authors.

For fun, I watch ‘American Ninja Warrior’ with my beautiful Canadian wife and eat at Fatburger with my wondrous young adult twins.

Recognition

WINNER of the Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, January 2016

WINNER of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Top Novel (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, August 2018

Shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award (Australia) for Most Valuable Potential, August 2004

Official Selection in the ‘Books From Our Backyard: 100 Must-Read Books From Queensland’ Collection (Australia) for Most Valuable Potential, September 2006

Shortlisted (with brother Simon) in The Text Prize (Australia) for Concentrate, August 2009

Book of the Month, Booktopia (Australia) for Kindling, July 2010

Book of the Month, Notebook Magazine (Australia) for Kindling, August 2010

Selection in the ‘Best Reads of 2012′, Reading Rewards (Australia) for Kindling, December 2012

Selection in the ‘2014 Books of the Year’, Booktopia (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2014

Outstanding Selection in the ‘2015 Book Collection’, International Board on Books for Young Adults (IBBY) for Are You Seeing Me?, January 2015

Shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers Book of the Year for Are You Seeing Me?, April 2015

Shortlisted in the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult’s Literature (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, April 2015

Selection in the ‘Best Books for Young Readers’, ABA (Children’s Group) (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, September 2015

Shortlisted in the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, September 2015

Shortlisted in the PFP Children’s Peace Literature Award (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2015

Selection in the ‘White Raven’ Collection, International Youth Library (Germany) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2015

Shortlisted in the Governor General’s Literary Awards (Canada) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2015

Shortlisted in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, November 2015

Selection in the ‘Best of 2015 YA’, Cleaver Magazine (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, November 2015

Selection in the ‘Best Fiction for Young Adults’ Collection, YALSA (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2015

Selection in the ‘Best of 2015’, YA Books Central (USA) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2015

Shortlisted in the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (Canada) for Are You Seeing Me?, March 2016

Shortlisted in the Western Australia Premier’s Book Awards (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, July 2016

Nominated for the Sakura Medal – English High School Books (Japan) for Are You Seeing Me?, October 2016

Starred Selection in ‘Best Books for Teens’, Canadian Children’s Book Centre (Canada) for Are You Seeing Me?, January 2017.

Selection in ‘Read Up List’, The Stella Prize (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, December 2017.

Selection in ‘Best YA Books for Summer’, Readings (Australia) for Exchange of Heart, December 2017.

Selection in ‘Favourite Australian YA Titles’, Booktopia (Australia) for Exchange of Heart, December 2017.

Selection in ‘Favourite Australian YA’, Better Read Kids (Australia) for Exchange of Heart, December 2017.

Selection in ‘Top Picks of 2017’, Novel Ideas Show (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, February 2018.

Selection in ‘Highly Recommended – Winter 2017-2018’, CanLit Books for Kids and Teens (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, March 2018.

Selection in ‘Recommended Books’, Canadian Children’s Book Centre (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, April 2018.

Selection in ‘Best Books’, Canadian Children’s Book Centre (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, May 2018

Shortlisted in the Young Australian Best Books Award (Australia) for Are You Seeing Me?, May 2018.

Selection in the ‘Teen Committee Summer List’, Forest of Reading (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, May 2018.

Finalist in the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, September 2018.

Nominee in the White Pine Award (Canada) for Munro vs. the Coyote, October 2018.

 

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