Bill Richardson believes storytelling is “what drives people. It’s what keeps them going and sustains them.” It certainly sustains him.

Bill’s mind is eclectic with a wide knowledge of abstruse subjects, giving him the ability talk to anyone in any situation, and he peppers his conversation with fascinating nuggets of information.

His oeuvre is similarly varied: he has more than fifteen titles to his name on works ranging from children’s picture books to opera libretti. His book, Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. In 2013 he collaborated with composer and singer Veda Hille to create Do You Want What I Have Got? — A Craigslist Cantata, which was staged in Toronto and Vancouver.

His latest title, The Alphabet Thief, is a captivating children’s book full of zany rhymes, accented with playful illustrations by Roxanna Bikadoroff. A delight for all ages, a Quill & Quire starred review, calls it “a fun romp that lends itself to both quiet amused solo reading and boisterous read-aloud sessions.”

Bill was a broadcaster on CBC for several decades. He hosted numerous shows including Richardson’s RoundupSunday Afternoon in Concert, and moderated several season of CBC’s Canada Reads. He lives in Vancouver.

Appearing in: 35. Saturday Night SpeakEasy, Authors@School

Book: www.houseofanansi.com/products/the-alphabet-thief