Our Team

Tradewind Books is dependent upon the contributions of its editors, interns and designers.


R. David Stephens, MA

R. David Stephens is the Senior Editor for Tradewind Books and an Associate Editor for Granville Island Publishing. He currently teaches courses in fiction editing at Simon Fraser University and ‘Second Draft’ at the University of British Columbia. He has also instructed at Tufts University, the University of San Francisco and Shoreline Community College. His children’s book, My Animal Friends was chosen by the BC Ministry of Education to be given to 40,000 pre-school children as part of their Ready, Set, Learn Program. He has won the Irving Prize for American Wit & Humor from the University of California at Berkeley for his short story You Can Forget Hemingway. His screenplay adaptation of The Bone Collector’s Son has been optioned for production.

Mary Ann Thompson

Mary Ann Thompson still remembers the thrill of reading stories by Lloyd Alexander, Leon Garfield, Ursula Le Guin and Rosemary Sutcliff when she was a child. She has a degree in Canadian Studies from Simon Fraser University and studied acting at Studio 58. In 2005 and 2006, she told stories as a TaleSpinner at the Vancouver Children’s Festival. She has worked with authors in a variety of genres, is an avid reader, likes to splash about with paint, muck about in the garden and is a fan of libraries, bookstores and the CBC.

Cynthia Nugent

Cynthia Nugent is a children’s book author/illustrator whose awards include the BC Achievement Award for Early Literacy, the Saskatchewan Shining Willow and the Alberta Book Industry Title of the Year. Her novel Francesca and the Magic Bike was shortlisted for numerous awards including the BC Book Prizes. She is listed in the Canadian Who’s Who and all of her books have been included in the CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens.

Cynthia has a B.A. (cum laude) in English. She has been profiled in print and on radio and television, and is a much-requested visitor to schools and libraries for her lively presentations on the making of a children’s book. She has acted as judge for literary prizes, and taught continuing studies courses in Writing Children’s Fiction and Writing Picture Books at Langara College. She belongs to the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Association of BC, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable. She is currently writing a novel about an ten-year-year old newspaper fanatic while working on her master’s in children’s literature at UBC.