Alan Maitland was a veteran CBC announcer and award-winning broadcaster. Popularly known as Fireside Al and Front Porch Al, he delighted listeners across the country with his inimitable storytelling. He was co-host of As It Happens, from 1974 until 1993, sharing the studio with Barbara Frum, Elizabeth Gray, Dennis Trudeau, and Michael Enright. In 1980, he and then co-host Barbara Frum shared an ACTRA Award for Best Public Affairs Broadcasters.
Alan Daniel's art is notable for its fine draftsmanship, humour and versatility of style. He is the illustrator of numerous children's picture books and has been nominated, with his partner Lea Daniel, for both Mr. Christie and Governor General Awards. Alan's previous books for Red Deer Press include Eh! To Zed and Roundup At the Palace. Alan works from his home studio in Kitchener Ontario.