Check regularly as 2017 participants are being added. Click on the alphabet letters below to see participants according to their last name. Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our next festival is shaping up to be another great one.
Jane Alexander is an actress, a writer and a conservationist. She chaired the National Endowment for the Arts under President Clinton from 1993-97. Her chronicle of those turbulent years, Command Performance, An Actress in the Theatre of Politics, was a New York Times Notable Book in 2000.
A Tony Award winner, Jane has performed in over 100 plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, in London and in regional theatres nationwide. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. Her long film career includes 4 Academy Award nominations, for the The Great White Hope, All The President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer and Testament. In over 40 television movies she has been honored with 2 Emmys, for the roles of Alma Rose in Playing For Time and Sara Delano Roosevelt in Warm Springs. Other award winning roles were as Eleanor Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Hedda Hopper. In Canada, she recently appeared in the celebrated TV series The Book Of Negroes, and in the series Forgive Me, for which she won the ACTRA Maritimes Award.
Jane is a noted speaker who has received honorary degrees from many colleges and universities.
A dedicated conservationist and birder, Jane was a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, a board member of the American Bird Conservancy, the American Birding Association, and a Commissioner of New York State Parks. She currently sits on the board of the National Audubon Society, the Global Advisory Group of BirdLife International and the Conservation Council of Panthera.
In 2012 the Indianapolis Prize inaugurated the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award, and Jane was its first recipient. Her book Wild Things, Wild Places about her travels with field biologists the past 35 years was published by Knopf in September 2016.
Anas Atakora is a poet, fiction and nonfiction writer from Togo. He is the author of 3 poetry books, and has had his third one, En attendant le poème, appear in early 2015 in Brest, France. He is the co-author of a book of essays titled Je et enjeux (2014). The upcoming Tante Béa will be his first short stories collection. Anas Atakora has also poems published in a lot of anthologies such as Ce soir quand tu verras Patrice (2015), a poetry anthology on Congolese historical figure Patrice Lumumba.
He is IWP 2015 fellow (International Writing Program, Iowa, USA).
He is currently a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, Halifax, and French instructor at St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. In 2008, Atakora received the ‘Plumes émergentes’ literary award from the University of Lomé, Togo.
Artist Julie Ann Babin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Her art show at 21st Century Billiards Club was extraordinary for its diversity and range and introduced her as an important new Canadian talent. Ms Babin is also the illustrator behind the bestselling book Strange Nova Scotia (with Vernon Oickle). She lives in Liverpool and owns The Welcome Matte Frame Shoppe.
Odette Barr, Colleen Landry and Beth Weatherbee are New Brunswick teachers. Their first collaboration resulted in the early chapter book, Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! Once again, each author brings a unique perspective to this second Camelia Airheart picture book which features Odette Barr’s colour artwork. They give a very dynamic reading as well as writing workshops on the collaborative process and are developing writing workshops for children.
Odette Barr is a published illustrator of nature-themed guidebooks, such as the Beach Guide and Forest Guide to Fundy National Park. She currently writes, designs and teaches online science courses for high school students. Her passion is the natural world, outdoor pursuits, art, reading, writing and music. Odette and her partner live on the shore of the beautiful Northumberland Strait in southeast New Brunswick.
Colleen Landry teaches high school writing and fine arts. She has authored several articles, which have appeared in Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail and The Irish Times. She pens the humour blog One Hot-Flashin’ Mama, in which she dishes about menopause and family life. Colleen lives in Moncton, NB, with her husband and two grown sons.
Beth Weatherbee is the creative author of the 2015 Born to Read book, Bedda-Bye Maritime Rhyme. In 2016, her poem, Maritime Melange, was chosen by Symphony New Brunswick as a companion piece to one of their orchestral performances. Beth is a musician, performer, director, and writer of numerous theatre productions. She lives with her husband in beautiful Baie Verte, NB.
Laura Best has had over 40 short stories published in literary magazines and anthologies. Her first young adult novel, Bitter, Sweet, was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and made the Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011 list. She lives in East Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, with her husband, Brian. Visit lauraabest.wordpress.com.
A biologist and naturalist, Allan Billard has been involved in Nova Scotia’s outdoor recreation and tourism industries since 1988. He is the author of 3 previous books: Waterfalls, Lighthouses of Nova Scotia, and the recent bestseller Beaches of Nova Scotia. He lives in Fall River, Nova Scotia.
Some of the finest beaches in the world can be found in Nova Scotia — if you know where to go. In his book, Best Beaches of Nova Scotia, Allan Billard selects 27, from one end of the province to the other. Some of these are widely known, while others are local, out-of-the-way gems. For anyone looking to bask in the sun, head out on a surfboard, or hike alongside crashing waves, this book identifies the top options from around the province. There are key details on each beach, including information on lifeguards, terrain and seasonal availability, and cell phone reception. Allan Billard’s illuminating text also explores the unique natural history of each of these beaches, offering insight into why each one is special
On December 6, 1917, two tramp steamers, the Mont-Blanc and the Imo, collided in #wartime #Halifax Harbour, creating what became the largest man-made explosion of its time. More than 2000 people died, 9,000 were injured, 6,000 people were left homeless and an additional 19,000 were left without adequate shelter. In a combination of images and text, John Boileau delivers a breathtaking account of the magnitude of this event. This is the HalifaxExplosion book of the season.
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Michel Bourque grew up in Cocagne, New Brunswick and lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has written English and French adaptations of children’s books like A Blue so Blue (Jean Francois Dumont, Prix Saint-Exupery) and Les vacances de Claire (Maxine Trottier and Rajka Kupesic, Mr. Christie’s Book Award). Michel is one of the lucky few who caught Gracie Finley and Glenda Landry’s brilliant performances as Anne and Diana in the musical staging of the classic novel.
Jean-Luc Trudel lives in Montreal, Quebec. He created the beautiful and colourful illustrations for the picture book Le pit a papa, a charming retelling of the childhood of Prince Edward Island’s iconic singer-songwriter Angele Arsenault. The picture book Ma petite boule d’amour, which he created with celebrated author, playwright and actress Jasmine Dube, was shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
Alex D Boutilier was born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, and grew up in the shadow of the Princess Colliery. His interest in theatre began as a teenager when he was involved in several stage productions while in high school. Later, he would act in performances put on by the Dartmouth Players in the early 1990s. Alex’s ancestors were among the foreign Protestants, or Huguenots (many originally from Montbeliard annexed by France) from French-speaking principalities that were brought to Halifax by the British in 1752 and went on to found Lunenburg a year later.
He has travelled extensively throughout England and France visiting medieval churches, museums, archeological sites and ancient ruins. His intimate knowledge of local and regional history is not simply based on studies via library or archival research, but is well informed through personal travel, having toured virtually all British and French colonial fortifications within the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. Alex believes that history is not fixed in time, but that it constantly changes and expands as new information is revealed.
His favourite authors include social historians, such as J. C. Furnas; cultural writers such as Arthur Koestler; the literary critic, Harold Bloom; and his favourite playwright is the great bard himself, William Shakespeare. Alex enjoys studying, researching and writing “social history”, which he finds highly informative and suggests it can be “unexpectedly hilarious” at times.
Alex studied at Saint Mary’s University, graduating with BA degrees in English and Psychology, as well as an MA in Atlantic Canada Studies. From 1998 to 2005, he was an instructor for the Saint Mary’s University Writing Centre.
This book is his second trade publication (with a third one currently being researched and drafted); his thesis was also published, along with several professional articles. Alex presented a course for SCANS during the winter of 2015-16—with some 44-54 attending weekly —- which they find both informative and rather hilarious; his presentations are historical, but with humour drawn from the18th and 19th C. and interjected into contemporary society. It is the expectation that this new title will follow on a similar path, with numerous lectures to historical and seniors’ groups. His humour in these presentations is what keeps listeners and readers asking for more.
H.W. Browne writes poetry and short fiction, received her Master of Fine Art degree from UBC. “Beach Glass” was shortlisted for the Peter Hinchcliff Short Story Award in 2014. She has several books of poetry. A native New Brunswicker, she now lives in Ontario and continues mentoring creative writers, and of course, learning from the water.
Carol Bruneau is the author of 6 books: 2 short fiction collections and 4 novels, including the recently released These Good Hands. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and has become a book club favourite. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. A mother of three sons, she lives with her husband in Halifax, where she teaches writing at NSCAD University.
How far does place go in shaping how we self-identify?
A Bird on Every Tree, coming this fall from Nimbus Publishing’s Vagrant Press, is a collection of stories that explore the problem of situating ourselves, globally and spiritually, between what’s known and what’s unknown, what feels safe and what feels dangerous.
A Former Fashion Designer, and Executive Director of Atlantic Fashion Week, Angela Campagnoni was the 2016 Winner of the Women of Spirit Award, and was listed in Canadian Living Magazine as a Top 40 Change Maker. Angela lives in Halifax with her husband and three daughters – Mackenzie, Alexis, and Skylar – and two adorable but mischievous Yorkshire Terriers. I Want to See my Papa is a heartfelt story to help children deal with loss and grief through healing & love.
Bridget Canning’s short fiction has been short-listed for The Cuffer Prize and won awards with the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters. In 2015, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (then titled Impulse) received an Honourable Mention with the Atlantic Writing Competition. Her writing has been published in several Canadian literary journals including Riddle Fence and Sulphur. She was selected as one of the 2015 apprentices with the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mentorship Program. She lives in St. John’s where she writes and works as a College Instructor.
Quentin Casey is a journalist who holds a master’s degree in Maritime history from Dalhousie University. His writing appears regularly in The Financial Post, Progress magazine, Saltscapes, and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. An avid sailor, he has also authored Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the World. As of June 1, Quentin Casey’s new book, The Sea Was in Their Blood: The Disappearance of the Miss Ally‘s Five-Man Crew, has almost sold out of its first print run. 1000 copies have been sold in Barrington Passage alone.
Veronika Martenova Charles grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia. When her grandmother put a stop to her drawing classes, she became a singer instead. After her dramatic arrival to Canada, she studied art at university and became an award-winning author and illustrator. Her books include Maiden of the Mist and The Birdman. Veronika is currently researching the future of children’s storytelling in doctoral studies.
Lesley Choyce is the author of over 90 books. His previous verse novel, Jeremy Stone, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award. He runs Pottersfield Press and teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. He has won The Dartmouth Book Award, The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Ann Connor Brimer Award. He lives at Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.
Lesley Crewe is the author of several novels, including Amazing Grace, Chloe Sparrow, Kin, and Relative Happiness, which has been adapted into a feature film. Previously a columnist and freelance writer, Lesley lives in Homeville, Nova Scotia. Visit her at lesleycrewe.com
Phillip Crymble received his MFA from the University of Michigan and now lives in Fredericton where he is a SSHRC doctoral fellow in the English Department at UNB. A poetry editor at The Fiddlehead since 2012 and the recipient of 2 Canada Council for the Arts professional writer grants, as well as creation grant from Arts New Brunswick, his poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, CV2, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, Arc, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Salt Anthology of New Writing 2013, The Forward Book of Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. Selected by Jan Zwicky as the winner of this year’s Thomas Morton Prize for poetry, Phillip was recently invited to perform at FogLit in Saint John, as well as at The Frye Festival in Moncton. In 2016, Not Even Laughter, his first full-length collection, was a finalist for both the JM Abraham Prize and the New Brunswick Book Award for Poetry.
Kerri Cull has a graduate degree in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is the founder of the former Book Fridge blog for which she interviewed writers and reviewed a few hundred books over a two year span. She has written for a handful of newspapers and magazines, has authored one book of poetry called Soak (2012) and is currently working on a novel based on her Cuffer Prize shortlisted story, What Do You Know About Wrestling? She lives and works in St. John’s.
Michael de Adder is a singular talent. Among Canadian and American elite cartoonists, de Adder is regarded as one of North America’s great artists. He has won the American Association for Editorial Cartooning Golden Spike Award and has been nominated for a Reuben. In addition to The Chronicle Herald, de Adder draws for the Toronto Star and is the cartoonist of record for the (Parliament) Hill Times. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Vanity Fair, and The Guardian, among many others. He is the author of four bestselling books.
Glenn Deir is a former CBC television reporter who lives in St. John’s. He used three decades worth of journalistic black humour to write The Money Shot. His memoir, Sick Joke: Cancer, Japan and Back Again, was shortlisted for a Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for non-fiction. Breakwater Books – The Money Shot
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barbara DeLory is married to Cullen and has raised four children. She received her MLS from Dalhousie University in 1985 and was employed as a librarian at the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources for 10 years, retiring in 1998. Now she researches and writes about the history she observes in her daily life in old, historic Halifax.
Old Halifax is a walking city – so much is accessible on foot: the city streets and sidewalks are filled with interesting and historic public buildings, residences and objects of public art. Although much has been written about these historic city structures, much more can now be added and in a format conducive to walking these city streets. Therefore, in 2011, Barbara published Three Centuries of Public Art (a coffee table book); today she presents v.1 of Historic Halifax Streetscapes, then and now – three walking tours – designed to carry in one’s hand, or in a pocket or handbag.
This pocket-sized handbook Historic Halifax Streetscapes, contains 103 essays and 126 photos of historical structures: personal residences, iconic businesses and selected landmarks in downtown Halifax. The architecture, historical past, contemporary usage and possible future are discussed. Designed for three tours, with detailed walking maps and clear directions, but do what is comfortable in a day’s outing – make it an enjoyable experience, including lunch. It is a companion to Three Centuries of Public Art, a coffee-table publication covering the public art, sculpture and monuments of the entire expanded city on both sides of the harbour, as well as those in suburban and rural communities.
Writer – John DeMont is the best-selling and award-winning author of Citizens Irving: The Irvings of New Brunswick and The Last Best Place: Lost in the Heart of Nova Scotia. He has written for many publications, including the Financial Times, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, and Maclean’s, where he was Atlantic bureau chief for 10 years.
Illustrator – Belle DeMont is John’s daughter. Her love of visual story telling brought her to NSCAD where she developed into a very special talent. She continues to live and work in her hometown, Halifax. Although The Little Tree By the Sea is Belle’s first book, it singles the emergence of a major young talent on the provincial art scene.
Angela Doak is a collage artist and photographer. All of her work is done first as collage, made up of fabric, candy and gum wrappers, misprints, junk mail, and just about anything else that fits the image she’s making at the time. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and two children.
Jane Doucet has been a non-fiction writer since 1993. Her articles have appeared in dozens of Canadian magazines and newspapers. The Pregnant Pause is her first novel.
It is a lighthearted work of women’s fiction about a married woman who is turning 37 and trying to decide whether or not to have a baby. It’s set in Toronto, Halifax and Wolfville.
Just before her 37th birthday, Rose Ainsworth has her first attack of baby fever. She adores children, especially her sister’s kids, but she’s facing a dilemma. Not only is her husband refusing to commit to becoming a parent, but her friends are drowning in the joys of mothering. She feels cut off and, worst of all, she’s worried that maybe she isn’t motherhood material. Published by All My Words Publishing.
Barbara Fradkin is a retired psychologist who is fascinated with why people turn bad. She has written numerous short stories and novellas as well as the critically acclaimed Inspector Green novels. Two of these, Fifth Son and Honour Among Men, have won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. She is also the author of Fire in the Stars, the first book in the Amanda Doucette Mysteries. She lives in Ottawa.
Shauntay Grant is a writer and performance artist based in Halifax. She is the author of several books for children including Up Home, which won the 2009 Atlantic Book Award for Best Atlantic Published Book and was shortlisted for the 2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards. Shauntay served as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. Her other honours include a a Poet of Honour Prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.
Abena Amoako-Green (aka Roots n’Rhythm) uses spoken word to create, engage, express, and elevate. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation Canadian.
Abena is the 2016 poetry prize winner of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia’s Nova Writes competition (formerly, Atlantic Writing Competition). As part of the Halifax Slam Team she represented Halifax at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2011 and 2016. In February 2014 made her first television appearance as a guest on Ghana’s highly acclaimed entertainment program The KSM Show. Her poem “Ice Cream” was published in the Global Fund for Women’s Imagining Equality project that same year. As a recipient of Ontario Arts Council’s Word of Mouth grant she produced her debut spoken album “Beloved” which she launched in July 2014.
Doretta Groenendyk, a painter, writer, and teacher, lives with her husband and three children on a small spot of land in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Doretta is the author and illustrator of several children’s books by both The Acorn Press and Nimbus Publishing. Snow for Christmas, Thank You for My Bed, and I’m Drawing a Picture, have been shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration. She also co-wrote Spin to Sea with her daughter Izra Fitch. See more of Doretta’s work at doretta-art.com.
Pam Hall is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, film-maker, and writer. Her visual art has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and is represented in the National Gallery of Canada. She has won national awards for her work in film, as a children’s book illustrator, and was recently inducted into the Hall of Honour at the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards. She currently lives in St. John’s.
Originally from the UK, Jacqueline Halsey moved to Nova Scotia in 1984 where she raised a family, and as a mature student, obtained a BA degree at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has written 4 books – a rollicking, piratical picture book with former co-worker and friend Carrie Muller, and three historical fiction titles. The first, Peggy’s Letters, was based on her mother’s wartime memories. Bluenose Adventure and Explosion Newsie are school-age picture books exploring the lives of child-workers in Canada. Peggy’s Letters and Explosion Newsie both made the Canadian Children’s Book Centre – Best Books for Children and Teens list. Before becoming a full-time writer, Jacqueline worked for many years as a children’s programmer in the Youth Services department of Alderney Gate Library. Currently she is a Board member of the Friends of McNabs Island society and loves being involved in the care of an island so rich in natural bio-diversity and history. When not writing, you’ll find her teaching English to newcomers in the Halifax Public Library ILL program, or singing in the YouGottaSing community choir.
Carolyn Harris teaches history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She received her MA and Ph.D in European History from Queen’s University in 2012. Previously, she completed the Foundation Program at the University of King’s College in Halifax and her B.A. Hons. in History and English at the University of Toronto. She contributes royal commentary to a variety of media outlets including CBC, CTV and Global news. She lectures about history and royalty in a variety of venues including libraries, museums and cruise ships. Her writing concerning the history of monarchy in the U.K., Europe, and Canada has appeared in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Smithsonian Magazine and the BBC News Magazine, and she is the author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada and Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette. She was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.
Molly Hurd‘s perspectives on education have been developed out of her wide variety of teaching experiences in northern Quebec, rural Nova Scotia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Britain. She was a teacher and head teacher at Halifax Independent School for over 20 years. She believes passionately that keeping children’s natural love of learning alive throughout their school years is the best thing a school can do for its students.
Halifax Independent School is a place where children absorb “real-world” skills, including critical thinking, and complex literacy, math and second-language abilities, so that they stick. They gather for intense, whole-school discussions on local issues, create art using geometric calculations, and dig into the school garden while learning about the biology of the native plant garden — all in one typical week. During her time at Halifax Independent, Molly helped develop a cooperative approach to education that valued the input of all the stakeholders, with teachers looked to for their expertise in curriculum and educational research. In this account of “the best school in the world,” readers will find ideas big and small for how Canadian schools could do a better job of engaging, challenging and educating their students.
Elizabeth Jarvis was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 1948. In 1953, her family moved to Aulac, New Brunswick. She graduated from Sackville High School and received a BSc and a BEd from Mount Allison University. After 30 years teaching High School Mathematics, she retired in 2002. She has recently written and published a book called Silver Thread and Pine Needles.
This book was inspired by a real lost letter. It tells the story of Marlene Foster, her son Garth, and his true love. Marlene has lived a simple life in rural Nova Scotia, but inside she carries a terrible secret. A single selfish act has caused a lifetime of pain, and Marlene is determined to set things right. When she travels to Ontario to attend the funeral of her son’s lost lover, she finds herself unwinding a tale of difficult choices but finds the warmth of family she never knew.
Sara Jewell is an award-winning narrative journalist whose articles and essays have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada; she is a frequent contributor to Saltscapes and the United Church Observer magazines. Her “Field Notes” column, which was an Atlantic Community Newspaper Awards finalist in 2013, appears bi-weekly in the Citizen-Record newspaper. Born and raised in Ontario, Sara received her Arts and Education degrees from Queen’s University, then supported her freelance writing by working as a radio newscaster, substitute teacher, and a lay worship leader. Sara now lives near Port Howe, Nova Scotia, with her husband, mother, a dog, two cats, and a flock of chickens.
Born in Northern Ontario, Cara Kansala now calls Newfoundland home. A full-time visual artist, she created the well-known “Grumpy Goat Gallery” with Maxwell Dorey in 2006. Known for her whimsical depictions of familiar Newfoundland sights and her passionate oils, Cara draws constant inspiration from the rugged landscape and energetic spirit of the people she encounters.
After completing a science degree at Dalhousie University, B.A. Knowles‘ career path led her around the globe and back again. She lives along a dirt road overlooking the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and just a stone’s throw from where she first spied the Row Bot. She now draws (literally) inspiration and motivation from her husband and two young sons, their family exploits, and all the rhymes a tub full of dirty dishes can evoke.
Peggy Kochanoff graduated from Cornell University with a degree in vertebrate zoology and spent a summer working at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including the Be a Nature Detective series. After marriage and travelling, she settled with her husband and two sons on a tree farm in Nova Scotia.
Laura-Jane Koers, known online as The Rawtarian, is a leading creator of simple, satisfying vegan recipes. She is the author of Cook Lively (2017, Da Capo Press), the host of The Raw Food Podcast, and her recipes and photography have been featured in The Huffington Post, The National Post, and Vegan Life magazine. She is also an active speaker on the business of blogging, including at the BlogHer Food conference in Miami, FL and the Canadian Food Bloggers conference in Vancouver, BC. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. For free recipes and inspiration for healthy living, visit www.therawtarian.com.
William Kowalski is the author of the international bestseller Eddie’s Bastard, winner of South Africa’s Ama-Boeke Award, and, more recently, The Hundred Hearts. His work has been translated into 15 languages. Two of the titles William wrote for the Rapids Reads series have been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Golden Oak Award. He lives with his family in Nova Scotia.
Bob Kroll has been a professional writer for more than 35 years. His work includes books, stage plays, radio dramas, and TV documentaries.
Feisty Latina—Lover of classic literature—Victorian era fanatic—History Buff—Leah Lindeman graduated with honours from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Born and raised in Montreal, she married her husband James at the tender age of 18. They shared their first kiss on their wedding day. They now live in Bainsville, Ontario, and raise their three children.
Hugh R. MacDonald is a writer of fiction, and a singer/songwriter. Hugh has been a member of the Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia for many years. His YA notvel, Trapper Boy was published by Cape Breton University Press in 2012; a sequel, Us and Them, was released in October 2016. Also, his work has been in three anthologies, and online. Hugh is a graduate of Cape Breton University and works in the human services field.
Kathy Mac has published two books of poems: The Hundefräulein Papers (2009) about the years she spent as the dogsitter of Elisabeth Mann Borgese, and Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth (2002) which won the Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. As Kathleen McConnell, she’s also published the analytico-poetic book of essays Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight (2012). Despite a typically wander-filled early-writer’s life, she’s mostly settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where she teaches creative writing and literature at St. Thomas University.
Dr. Emily McEwan is a Scottish Gaelic language specialist and minority language revitalization expert in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has been involved with Gaelic for over 25 years. She specializes in linguistic and cultural revitalization of Scottish Gaelic and other minority languages. Dr. McEwan is the author of journal articles and book chapters on Gaelic revitalization as well as a number of popular magazine articles on aspects of Gaelic language and culture.
Krista McLellan is a Registered Dietitian, passionate home cook and ethnic food enthusiast who has lived the student life in some of Canada’s most multicultural cities. Krista holds a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Applied Human Nutrition. Krista enhances her own life with good health through delicious food and strives to help others do the same. Her first book reveals a batch of recipes that won’t come at the cost of health, fun, or finances.
Born and raised in the Bear River First Nation, Theresa Meuse is a First Nations educator and advisor. The author of The Sharing Circle and L’n’uk: The People, she has also contributed to the Mi’kmaq Anthology and L’sitkuk. Theresa lives in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia.
Carolyn Morgan was born in St. John’s and has lived in the city most of her life. While she was teaching English at a local high school, her story “The Collector” was published in Canadian Living magazine (October 2001). Carolyn is a visual artist as well as a writer and teacher. In 2014, she had a solo art show titled Art Is for Apple at the Five Island Art Gallery in Tors Cove. This was a multimedia exhibit exploring the mythology and history of the apple. Her interest in art and history inspired her to write Art Love Forgery.
Melanie Mosher grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and won an essay contest in Grade Two, sparking her imagination and beginning a lifelong love of stories. Fire Pie Trout received honorable mention in the Atlantic Writing Competition and later became her first published picture book. Melanie now lives in Gaetz Brook and continues to make up stories to share with her granddaughter, Emma.
Jason Murray is a journalist, teacher, and writer from Moncton, New Brunswick. His background includes degrees in Journalism and Education from St. Thomas University and a Master’s in Fine Arts from King’s. He has written for multiple publications, most recently Vice Canada. He’s spent the past 30 years trying to learn the subtle art of skateboarding and he’s now trying to figure out the mystery behind the drums and bass.
John O. O’Brien was the eldest of 10 children, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the close of WWII. His father, a pharmacist and to whom this book is dedicated, served in the Canadian Armed Services during that war and was a writer as well. John was only 12 years old when he first heard of the treasure of Oak Island, and visited the island with his father in his early and later teens, well before the causeway was constructed. As a result he had more than the usual boyhood dreams of pirates and buried treasure. Add to that fact that he, for much of his life, lived the wanderlust of adventure, spending many years in the great Canadian north, first as a logger in a remote region of B.C., but most as an underground miner in northern B.C. and the Alaskan panhandle.
At age 22, he served with the Canadian Army in West Germany during the cold war, but the call of the wild was still in his blood, so after finishing high school and attending Dalhousie, he returned to the north country for another 20 years – plus 16 more in Ontario, Africa and Nova Scotia – a total of 36 years underground, beginning at the bottom and working his way up to mine superintendent. There is little John has not witnessed underground.
Along the way he developed a related hobby – prospecting – and founded the Nova Scotia Prospecting Association, penning a fascinating and practical Guide for Nova Scotia. He is also a genuine sourdough, beginning with a claim in the remote Cassair mountains of B.C., where he built a log cabin in Grizzly Bear country and worked the creek bed with a 44-Magnum on his hip. His current ‘man-cave’ in the basement of his Bridgewater, N.S., home resembles that earlier log cabin and is self-sufficient in all ways! But O’Brien also attained other skills from thousands of nights spend in remote locations before TV and the internet: a love of reading and the honing of his story-telling skills, which propelled him to write this current book. In the tradition of the great story-tellers, the manuscript weaves back and forth before revealing its ultimate conclusions. Listening to John tells stories in the tradition oral tradition of the outback is rather compelling.
Vernon Oickle is an international award winning journalist, editor and writer with 33 years experience working in newspapers. He is the author of 26 books, including Red Sky at Night, Ghost Stories of Nova Scotia and the bestselling series One Crow Sorrow . . . . He continues to reside in Liverpool where he was born and raised.
Sharon Gibson Palermo was raised in NJ and studied in Boston and Halifax. She holds a B.A. In Philosophy and Religion, an M.Ed. In Early Childhood Education and an MA in Reading Education. She has taught at the preschool, elementary and university levels, and has worked with children in peer mediation and finding peaceful ways to solve conflicts. She is the author of two juvenile novels and several YA short stories.
Sharon has travelled across the U.S., Canada and some of Europe, but she spends most of her vacation time at her cottage on the Bay of Fundy. She has two adult sons and lives with her husband in Halifax.
Lorna Poplak is a writer and editor, with extensive experience as a researcher and fact checker. She is currently on the board of CANSCAIP and was co-director of Packaging Your Imagination in 2014. She lives in Toronto.
Born and raised in a small farming community in Alberta, Jen Powley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 15. By age 35, she had lost the use of her arms and legs. Powley moved to the East Coast to further her education, fell in love with Halifax and stayed. She pursued a planning degree on the hope that politicians would give more weight to the words of a licensed planner rather than a community activist advocating universal accessibility.
Geraldine Ryan-Lush is author of 12 books for children, YA, and adult. Her work has been on the American Bookseller’s Pick of the Lists, and reviewed in School Library Journal, N.Y., among many others. Her latest titles are Mrs. Clohiggledy’s Clutter (Big Kids, 5-100, named a Readers’ Favourite by Assoc. of Independent Authors), The Seashell’s Lament (Adult Fiction), and a new YA, The Gravel Pit Kids, coming from U.S. publisher June 2017. Geraldine has been a featured guest @WOTS previously.
Charlie Rhindress is an actor, writer and director who has worked in theatre, film and TV for 30 years. He was born and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and educated at Mount Allison University. As a co-founder and former Artistic Director of Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick, he was involved in more than 80 productions for the company during a 20-year period. His focus has been primarily on the development and support of Atlantic Canadian theatre, receiving a lifetime membership in Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre for his work. He has acted and directed at theatres across the country and appeared in a number of films and television programs. His 15 full-length plays have been produced at theatres throughout Canada including Neptune Theatre, Theatre Orangeville and Theatre NorthWest. His 2 published scripts are The Maritime Way of Life, which was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as Best New Play, and Flying on Her Own. I’m Not What I Seem, his best selling biography of Rita MacNeil was his first book. He is currently at work on a biography of Stompin’ Tom Connors. Charlie is a very proud father of four.
Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He has been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award and the Hackmatack Award, and two of his novels were Junior Library Guild selections. He currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his husband and their dog, Wheeler. In the future, he would like to write more books, travel the world and direct a feature film. For more information, visit http://www.tomryanauthor.com
Marijke Simons has illustrated several children’s books including The Flying Fish Kite by Lilla Stirling and Who’s a Scaredy-Cat? by Joan Payzant. Jigs and Reels, A Cruise in Maritime Waters was her first book as both author and illustrator and The Flying Squirrel Stowaways is her second. After growing up in Montreal, and living in Amsterdam and London, Marijke settled in Dartmouth to raise a family and pursue a career as an art teacher. Retired from the school system she now illustrates and continues to enjoy teaching art to children in her studio overlooking Halifax Harbour.
She and her husband spend their spare time cruising Maritime waters. They have circumnavigated NS with a small portage from Alma to Shediac, NB. An earlier sea voyage took them up the Eastern Shore to Cape Breton and on to the wonderful Madeleine Islands. Now they have set their sights on Newfoundland. Catch Marijke and her book @WOTSHalifax Sept. 16! https://www.nimbus.ca/books/
Simon Thibault is a Halifax-based journalist and radio producer whose work focuses on food. His written work has been featured in The Globe and Mail and East Coast Living. He has contributed to CBC Radio, and The Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast. He was also a judge for the 2015 James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Awards. This is his first book.
Alice Walsh writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. She studied early childhood education, has an MA in English, and has worked as a preschool teacher and creative writing instructor. Her juvenile novel, Pomiuk: Prince of the North (Beach Holme), won the Ann Connor Brimer Award. Another book, A Sky Black with Crows, was nominated for the same award. She has won the Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award and has been nominated twice for the Hackmatack Award. Alice grew up in Newfoundland and currently lives in Nova Scotia.
Tom Webb has served on co-operative and credit union boards of directors and as a senior manager in a large retail wholesale co-operative. He has also served as a special assistant to two cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister of Canada. He has been involved in co-operative education since 1993 as Director of the Extension Department at St. Francis Xavier University and for the past 15 years sequentially as a co-founder, program manager and adjunct professor in the Co-operative Management Education Program in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has lectured on co-operatives in Canada, the USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. He has published many articles and papers on co-operatives.
Gloria Ann Wesley is the author three books of poetry and two historical novels, If This Is Freedom and Chasing Freedom, the latter of which was shortlisted for the 2012 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Young Adult Fiction. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Alexa Wilcox began writing Aqua Jewel at the age of 12, as a Christmas gift for her mother. Now 13, she has self-published her book, for which she was recently awarded a Gold Leaf in the Scholastic Arts & Writing competition. She is passionate about books, and can always be spotted with a novel tucked under her arm. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found dancing, or playing piano while dreaming about books.
Viola Desmond is often referred to as Canada’s Rosa Parks. In 1946, Viola refused to give up her seat in the “whites-only” lower section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She was arrested, dragged out of the theatre, jailed for the night, and the next day was unjustly fined $20.00 plus court costs. The ABC’s of Viola Desmond is a newly released early-reader history book that has quickly become a favourite of teachers and students alike. This beautifully illustrated book was written by students for students. It offers a unique and thoughtful portrayal of Viola’s story. The ABC’s of Viola Desmond was written and illustrated by students from grades 2 and 3 at William King Elementary School. The teachers were Pam Caines and Beatrice MacDonald. The original manuscript and illustrations for The ABC’s of Viola Desmond were submitted to the 2015 African Nova Scotian History Challenges and were a recipient of a DBDLI Award for Excellence in African Nova Scotian History.
The ABC’s of Viola Desmond was developed by the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Dr. Wanda Robson, Viola’s “baby” sister, provided comment and oversight. This bright and beautiful book is crafted specifically for early readers. The ABC’s of Viola Desmond is listed as an Approved Learning Resource (ALR) and is available through the DBDLI website, the Nova Scotia School Book Bureau (NSSBB) and selected children’s bookstores province-wide. The ABC’s of Viola Desmond has also been produced in braille by the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) and is now available across Canada to students with visual disabilities.
Teacher Beatrice MacDonald (Mrs. Mac) was born, brought up and educated in Halifax and obtained her BA 78 and B Ed. 79 from Saint Francis Xavier University. She has recently retired after 35 years as an elementary classroom teacher with the Halifax Regional School Board. Mrs. Mac has also taught in England as a member of the Commonwealth League of Teachers, Guyana, South America, as a member of Canadian Teachers Federation Project Overseas and with the Metropolitan Toronto Catholic School Board. She has been a mentor teacher to numerous student teachers from various regional universities. Mrs. MacDonald has participated in and led various professional development opportunities, including collaborating on a working paper addressing the benefits of multi-age classrooms and the development of a supplementary resource supporting the Mathematics Strategy P-9 for the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
After raising five children and retiring from a career as a lab technician, Wanda Robson decided to pursue a life-long ambition, to earn a university degree. In 2000, at 74 years young, she enrolled at Cape Breton University (CBU) and in 2004, she graduated with her BA (English concentration). It was while she was at CBU that Wanda began to realize the significance of her sister Viola Desmond’s act of courage in 1946 and the impact that Viola’s act of bravery had on African Nova Scotian history. “All I ever wanted was an acknowledgement and apology for my sister’s unfair treatment that day. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that Viola would be embraced as an icon of the Canadian civil rights movement.”
Thanks largely to the efforts of Wanda Robson, Viola has received many posthumous honours. Wanda accepted an official apology and free pardon for Viola in 2010. Viola’s image has graced a Canadian stamp and her portrait now hangs in Government House. There is a ferry named in her honour and in 2018, Viola’s image will appear on the $10 bank note. Fittingly, on October 27, 2012, Dr. Wanda Robson received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Cape Breton University.
Drs. John J. Guiney Yallop, Lynn Butler-Kisber, Mary Stewart & Sean Wiebe are Canadian education scholars who employ poetic inquiry in their work. Since the inception of the International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry in 2007, they have been an integral part of the international poetic inquiry community. Each has a keen interest and commitment to education and the arts, social science research, and literacy learning.
From migration, teaching, attending to the sick and dying, or navigating new relationships or identities, the poems in this collection are at once evocative and poignant and at times playful. This book offers insight into what is possible with the poetic voice.