My name is Kevin Sylvester and I am an illustrator, writer and broadcaster. I was born and raised in Youngstown, New York and now live with my family in Toronto, Canada.
You may have heard about my young chef/detective, Neil Flambé. He is the hero of a series of books that starts with "Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders". Neil tries to keep his restaurant running while running from the police. Chefs are dying. Is he the killer? The book won the prestigious Silver Birch Fiction award in Ontario in 2011.
Neil heads to Mexico City for the second book, "Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction". He has a chance to win a huge Iron-Chef style competition, but then his friend Isabella Tortellini is kidnapped. A note tells him to lose in the final or she dies. This was the Silver Birch runner-up in 2012.
Book Three, "Neil Flambé and the Crusader's Curse" was nominated for the 2013 Silver Birch! Neil fights some old enemies in Vancouver and Paris.
Book Four, "Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure" takes Neil to Japan, to look for his missing cousin Larry. It's nominated for the 2014 Silver Birch!
Super-chef Gordon Ramsay calls the series "Good Fun" and it had garnered critical praise and sales!
There are lots of other books to check out as well. Cindy Winters is the hero of "Splinters", my first picture book. Cindy is a young girl who only wants to play hockey, but the mean coach and her daughters won't let her. Can her fairy goaltender come to the rescue?
"Game Day" is a look behind the scenes at sporting events. I interviewed twenty fascinating people - from anthem singers to Zamboni drivers. The athletes can't do a darned thing if these people don't do their jobs and do them well.
"Showtime" take a similar look at the world of show business.
"Follow Your Money" takes a look at common financial transactions.
I've been lucky enough to write and illustrate three other best-selling books -"Sports Hall of Weird" and "Gold Medal for Weird" for kids and Shadrin Has Scored for Russia for bigger kids. "Gold Medal" won the 2009 Silver Birch for Non-Fiction.
I'm also a broadcaster and was a regular on national radio in Canada for years and years. I even covered eight Olympic Games. My favourite Games were the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games. I fell in love with the city and produced a documentary on Torino called "The Invisible City". I've produced other documentaries on topics ranging from racism in hockey to the history of church bells in Canada.
I now spend most of my time in my attic studio.
As for education, I came to Toronto to study English and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. I've also studied Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design. I was named a Massey Journalism Scholar in 2007 and used the time to study theology at the University of Toronto.