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David Boyd (also, D.K.R. Boyd; also, David Collins) is an award-winning Canadian author residing in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, who has published more than 25 books for children, young adults, and adults. Educated and raised in St. Stephen, he attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, becoming the editor of the Argosy student newspaper, as well as student representative to the Board of Regents. He graduated with B.A. (Hons) in 1974 and was the class valedictorian. He took a teaching position (English, History, Media) at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, where he remained for 34 years, retiring in 2007 to return to his home town in N.B. to write full time. While at Appleby, he was deeply involved in the transition to digital technologies, for which he was awarded a Prime Minister of Canada’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 for the development of creative writing e-courses. From 1996-1999, he was the chairman of the board of The READ-IN!™, the world’s largest online telecommunications project for children at that time, involving dozens of international children’s authors connecting via live texting with students in schools around the globe. In 1996, the second book in his critically-acclaimed trilogy for YA readers, Bottom Drawer, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Text. His YA trilogy (Looking For A Hero, Bottom Drawer, Closer To Hamlet) was recently re-published for iPad and Kindle e-books. David was also a regular contributor to The Master Teacher, and to Apple Computer Inc.’s educational resource sites. In 2002, he led a U.S.-Canadian IT team to Singapore for a five day ministry-sponsored conference to teach educators how to bring digital technologies into their classrooms. As a playwright, Boyd adapted Shakespeare's Macbeth to create "Macbeth: A Multimedia Event" (1995) and Julius Caesar to create "Caesar: A Multimedia Event" (2005) staging both events in Mississauga, Ont.’s Hammerson Hall. David’s four volume Adventures of Wordsy & Jess series (The Face in the Flames, Spellbound!, The Danger Beneath and Earthwatch), for middle schoolers has been reprinted several times, and his six volume The Adventures of Milo the Wonderdog historical-humour-mysteries (Leonardo's Wings, Little Sure Shot, Khan of Khans, Suleyman's Library, Good Queen Bess, and Heart Of A Lion) were recently re-published as e-books for iPad and Kindle. With Kathy Douglas, a Massachusetts educator and artist, the first book in a new series of sports poetry for children and adults, My Mom Always Yells Too Loud in the Arena and Other Poems about Hockey is now available exclusively for iPad readers. Writing as “David Collins,” his dystopian thriller for adults, The Grief Team, is now available as an ebook on Amazon. After retiring from Appleby College in 2007, David returned to St. Stephen to write a major work of historical fiction for adults. In July 2013, Volume One of his two volume WWII novel The Reflecting Man was published in e-book and trade paperback formats. The novel is widely and deeply researched, employing hundreds of non-fiction accounts, journals, and diaries of actual participants and observers of the darkening clouds over Europe and the descent into war. The second volume has a planned release date of 2015.
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