Ken Roberts was the Chief Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library from 1994–2012. While at Hamilton, the library system received numerous national and international awards. Ken was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including induction into McMaster University’s Alumnae Gallery of Distinction.

As a children’s novelist, Ken was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, The Chirstie Book Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, the Silver Birch Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. He is one of only a handful of Canadian writers named to The Horn Book/Fanfare Book of the Year list and his books have received starred reviews in The Horn Book, Library Journal, and many other publications. He is sort of retired and lives on Vancouver Island.