Amanda West Lewis is the author of eight books for young readers, ranging from craft books to historical novels, including September 17, which was nominated for the Silver Birch Award, the Red Cedar Award and the Violet Downey IODE Award. She attended Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children and Youth. In addition to being a writer, she is also a theater director, calligrapher, and a teaching artist. Amanda has focused her theatre career on young people, and she is the founder of the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, where she offers a range of drama education programs from children and teens.

Her latest young adult novel, These Are Not the Words, uses 1960s New York City as the backdrop for a poignant, gritty story about a young girl who begins to see her parents as flawed human beings and finds the courage to make a fresh start.

Born in New York City, she now lives in Lanark County, Ontario, with her husband, writer Tim Wynne-Jones. She has three grown children who are a constant source of joy and inspiration.

Amanda is sponsored by Author Patrons, Ann-Maureen and Peter Owens.