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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Howard Akler is the author of The City Man, which was shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Prize, and Men of Action, an essay about consciousness and fatherhood. Both were nominated for the Toronto Book Award.
Kelley Armstrong is the internationally bestselling author of the thirteen-book Women of the Otherworld series, the Nadia Stafford crime novels, and the Cainsville series. She will be presenting This Fallen Prey.
This Fallen Prey
Elizabeth Atcheson joined the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women learned critical lessons in women’s rights and how to lobby for them.
White Gloves Off
Andrea Bain is a co-host of the CBC daytime talk show The Goods. She has hosted many national lifestyle shows, appeared as a relationship specialist on Canadian daytime programs, and interviewed Hollywood heavyweights. Andrea lives in Toronto.
Single Girl Problems
Sharon Bala lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a member of The Port Authority writing group. The Boat People is her first novel.
The Boat People
Linwood Barclay is The New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Parting Shot, Broken Promise, No Time for Goodbye and Trust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film.
A Noise Downstairs
Michael Barclay has worked for Maclean’s, CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves, and Exclaim! He co-authored Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–95, which told the stories of the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, and dozens more. He lives in Toronto.
The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
Linwood Barclay is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of sixteen critically acclaimed novels, including The Twenty-Three, Far From True and Broken Promise. Escape is the follow-up to Chase, his first middle-grade novel.
Sarah Barmak is a Canadian freelance journalist who writes about sexuality, gender, and women’s health. Her first book, Closer: Notes From the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality, was published in 2016 by Coach House. Sarah teaches journalism at The University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
Steven W. Beattie is the review editor at Quill & Quire magazine in Toronto.
Alain Beaulieu a remporté à deux reprises le prix de création littéraire Bibliothèque de Québec – Salon international du livre de Québec et son roman Le postier Passila (Actes Sud, 2010) a été sélectionné pour un Prix du Gouverneur général du Canada.
Malek et moi
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book; it won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize.
This Wound is a World
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Dept. of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book and it won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.
Gwen Benaway is a Two-Spirited Trans writer of Anishinaabe & Métis descent and the author of two previous poetry collections. She is a recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors. Her latest book is Holy Wild.
Robert Benzie is Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star. He is responsible for coordinating the provincial political coverage for the Star, which he joined in 2003. Benzie has covered countless elections and leadership contests at federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
Sylvie Bérard enseigne la littérature des Premières Nations et la littérature franco-canadienne. Elle publie des romans de science-fiction, des nouvelless et autres inclassables. Elle a remporté le prix de poésie Trillium pour «Oubliez».
Maggie K. Black is an award-winning journalist and self-defense instructor. She’s lived in the United States, Europe and Middle East, and she now makes her home in Canada, where she writes stories that make her heart race.
Matt Blackett is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. He is also an entrepreneur, graphic artist, product designer, and deeply-committed advocate for Toronto.
Alex Boyd is a Canadian essayist, editor, critic, and author of the poetry collection Making Bones Walk. His second book of poems, The Least Important Man, was published by Biblioasis in 2012. Army of the Brave and Accidental is his debut novel. He lives in Toronto.
Army of the Brave and Accidental
Sharon Butala is a bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction. She is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Scénariste et réalisatrice de métier, conseillère en scénarisation, Marie se considère d’abord et avant tout comme une auteure. Auteure de documentaires, auteure dramatique, auteure littéraire aussi, et autant que possible, auteure de sa vie!
Histoire de galet
David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and recognition from 11 literary award juries, including a Governor General’s Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and a Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. His second novel, Brother was named to the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Sylv Chiang is a middle grade teacher by day and a writer of middle grade fiction by night. She wrote Cross Ups! series to appeal to the students in her grade five class who are more interested in video games than books.
CuratedLife.ca was founded by Julene Chung. As a Registered Nurse, Julene has written for Hospital News and the RN Journal. As the founder of Curated Life Magazine, Julene uses her knowledge of the social determinants of health to curate content that exhibits an empowered lifestyle.
Martin Regg Cohn writes the Ontario politics column for the Toronto Star. A foreign correspondent for 11 years, he was chief of the Middle East and Asia bureaus, then Foreign Editor, and a world affairs columnist. He previously covered national politics from Ottawa.
Stephanie Cooke is a Toronto-based comic book writer and editor. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for TCAF and runs the entertainment website, Rogues Portal. You can find her work at stephaniecooke.ca.
Paige Cooper’s stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, Carousel, and Canadian Notes & Queries, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. Zolitude is her first book.
Cailin Cooper is an Event Manager at The Walrus, where she produces The Walrus Talks, a national speaker series and forum for conversations about Canada and its place in the world.
Dani Couture is the author of three collections of poetry and the novel Algoma. Her work has been nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry and has won the ReLit Award for Poetry.
Listen Before Transmit
Laurel Croza is the author of the award-winning picture book I Know Here, illustrated by Matt James. She also wrote the sequel, From There to Here . The Whirlpool is Laurel’s first short-story collection. She lives with her husband in Toronto.
Andrea Curtis is the award-winning writer of several books for young people and adults, including Into the Blue, about her great-grandfather, a steamboat captain who disappeared on Georgian Bay in the early twentieth century. Andrea lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit andreacurtis.ca.
Passionate about literacy, social justice, and the environment, Sky Curtis is a writer and teacher. She has published a dozen fiction and non-fiction books. She is author of the Robin MacFarland eco-mystery series including Plots (2018) and Flush (2017).
Plots: A Robin Macfarland Mystery
Daniel Dale has covered President Donald Trump and Canada-U.S. relations as The Toronto Star‘s Washington bureau chief since 2015. He was a Toronto city hall reporter and bureau chief from 2010 through 2014. He has won a National Newspaper Award for short features.
Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada. Her debut novel, The Devil You Know, was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail and the National Post.
Alex De Pompa is the Managing Editor and co-Founder of Augur, a magazine for dreamy and speculative fiction. He is a JD Candidate at the University of Toronto, and helped organize the 2017 North American James Joyce Conference in Toronto.
Christopher Dewdney is the award-winning, bestselling author of four nonfiction books and eleven poetry books. A four-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award, he won the CBC Literary Competition for poetry. Christopher lives in Toronto and teaches at York University.
18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather
Anne T. Donohue is a writer from Cambridge, Ontario. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Nylon, Flare, and Rookie. She hosts the podcast Nobody Cares (Except Me) and appears as a culture contributor on CBC’s q.
Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, artist, and speaker who works full-time supporting the advancement of Indigenous education.
I Am Not A Number
Hadley Dyer is the award-winning author of Johnny Kellock Died Today, as well as various other non-fiction titles for children and young adults. She has worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years.
Here So Far Away
SK Dyment is a writer and visual artist. They like to perform poetry, short prose, and stand-up work, and they have written several plays. Their illustrations were recently published in Ursula Pflug’s Motion Sickness. Steel Animals is their debut novel.
Ksenia Edwards is the Editor-In-Chief of Canada’s newest print publication HOLR Magazine. With a background in writing and editing for various online publications, Ksenia segued into the world of print in 2017.
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer who has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Maclean’s, and others. Her essays have been nominated for and won National Magazine Awards for essay writing.
Jennifer Farquhar lives in Kitchener, Ontario where she is an elementary school teacher and mother of three young children. Her short stories have won awards in the Manitoulin Expositor and the Toronto Star. Watermark is her first novel.
Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of the Someone Is Watching, Charley’s Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.
The Bad Daughter
Elle a travaillé pendant plus de 30 ans comme traductrice (férue de sociologie) en Europe, en Afrique et au Canada. Elle préfère traduire la littérature et sa dernière traduction (Midnight Sweatlodge – Waubgeshig Rice) paraîtra à l’automne. Pour elle, la traduction est l’art de bâtir des ponts entre les gens et les cultures.
Le legs d'Eva
Originally from Montreal, bestselling author Joanna Goodman now lives in Toronto and is the owner of the Canadian linen company Au Lit Fine Linens. The Home for Unwanted Girls is based in part on the story of her mother.
The Home For Unwanted Girls
Wayne Grady is an award-winning writer and translator. His first novel, Emancipation Day, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His second novel, Up from Freedom, has just been published.
Up From Freedom
Ian Hamilton is the author of the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. The series is being adapted for television.
The Imam of Tawi-Tawi
Sarah Hampson is an award-winning journalist with The Globe and Mail. Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest is her first foray into the world of writing for children. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest
Eleni Han is the co-founder of Nuance, a digital publication and fellowship program for 1st and 2nd gen (im)migrant artists in Toronto. She has a background in business and global health.
David Hayes is an award-winning journalist and ghostwriter whose work has appeared in major publications, among them Toronto Life, The Walrus, The New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and The Guardian. He teaches Advanced Feature Writing at Ryerson University and in the University of King’s College’s Creative Nonfiction MFA program.
Emma Healey’s poems and essays have been featured in numerous publications. She was former poetry reviewer at The Globe and Mail (2014 – 2016) and is a regular contributor to the music blog Said the Gramophone.
Tyler Hellard grew up in Prince Edward Island and now lives in Calgary with his wife and kids. His non-fiction has appeared in THIS Magazine, The Walrus, and on CBC Radio. Before finally quitting hockey at 18, he was pretty bad at it.
Searching for Terry Punchout
Stephen Henighan, winner of the 2016 McNally-Robinson fiction prize, has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Canada Prize in the Humanities and the Malahat Novella Contest. Author of 15 books, he enjoys travel and translation.
Blue River and Red Earth
Christine Higdon is a writer, editor, and graphic designer. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Marina Nemat Award and for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Christine lives in Mimico, Ontario. This is her first novel.
The Very Marrow Of Our Bones
Peter Howell is the movie critic for the Toronto Star. He’s also president of the Toronto Film Critics Association. Howell often discusses movies as a guest on radio and TV shows. He has been a member of the Star‘s Entertainment department since 1991.
Helen Humphreys is the acclaimed author of many award-winning and nominated works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Ghost Orchard, The Evening Chorus, Nocturne, Coventry, Afterimage, Leaving Earth, and The Lost Garden. She lives in Kingston, ON.
Machine Without Horses
Graham Isador is a contributing writer at Vice, the CBC, and NOW Magazine, among other places. He trained as a playwright at Soulpepper Theatre Company.
Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019). Poetry Editor of Arc and Editor of TWUC’s Write magazine, she lives in Etobicoke. Learn more about Doyali through her CBC Radio Sunday Edition interview, or on Twitter (@doyali_is).
Uzma Jalaluddin, a Markham high school teacher, writes a funny parenting column called “Samosas and Maple Syrup” for the Toronto Star. Her debut novel, Ayesha At Last, was published in June 2018 by HarperCollins.
Ayesha At Last
Nicholas Jennings was the music critic for Maclean’s from 1980 to 2000 and his acclaimed book Before the Gold Rush became the basis for a four-part CBC documentary series on the history of Canadian music. He lives in Toronto.
Jamil Jivani founded the Citizen Empowerment Project, an organization leading initiatives related to policing, racial profiling, democratic participation, and economic development. Jivani was born in Toronto and attended Yale Law School.
Why Young Men
Angela Hovak Johnston is an Inuk woman from Umingmaktok, Nunavut who has a deep connection to her culture. Now living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Hovak practices traditional artwork including sewing, soapstone carving, jewellery making, tanning hides, preparing skins, and now, tattooing.
Reawakening Our Ancestors' Lines
B. Denham Jolly is an award-winning businessman, publisher, broadcaster, and civil rights activist. He was the founding president of the Black Business and Professional Association and later served as the publisher of Contrast and launched Flow 93.5, Canada’s first Black-owned broadcaster. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
In The Black: My Life
Adam Garnet Jones is a Cree/Métis filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on sexuality, abuse, suicide, depression, and Indigenous cultural identity. His debut YA novel, Fire Song, is an adaptation of his award-winning film of the same name.
Ibi Kaslik is an internationally published novelist and freelance writer. Her novel The Angel Riots was nominated for Ontario’s Trillium award (2009). Her first novel, Skinny, was a New York Times bestseller.
Tales from the Tundra
Saleem Khan is a digital news pioneer. He is the founder of JOVRNALISM immersive and spatial journalism consultancy and advises Google/Knight/Online News Association AR/VR initiative Journalism 360. He previously launched CBC’s technology news service and The Conversation Canada, and was chairman of the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Alice Klein is the co-founder, owner, and editor/publisher of NOW. In addition, she is a writer, social entrepreneur, one-time doc filmmaker, eco-feminist, and unapologetic social change advocate. Her passion for independent, progressive media that speaks truth to power, and reflects the creativity and beauty of the city back to itself, has been a constant for close to four decades.
Kelli María Korducki is a journalist and cultural critic. Her byline has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The New Inquiry, NPR, The Walrus, Vice, and The Hairpin. A former editor-in-chief of The Torontoist, Korducki is based in Brooklyn and Toronto.
Hard To Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up
Née à Montréal, Chloé LaDuchesse a publié dans plusieurs revues. Féministe éprise de mots, de musique, de boxe, elle réside à Sudbury, en Ontario. Furies est son premier recueil de poèmes.
Isabelle Laflèche’s debut novel, J’adore New York, is an international bestseller, and her series of J’adore novels are enjoyed by readers worldwide. She has lived in New York and Toronto, and currently lives in Montreal.
Samuel Larochelle est un hyperactif de l’écriture. Il cumule les collaborations avec plus d’une quinzaine de médias (dont La Presse, HuffPost Québec, L’actualité, Châtelaine, Nightlife) en plus de publier de publier des romans et des nouvelles.
Lilie: L'apprentie parfaite
Jeff Latosik is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, winner of the 2011 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Safely Home Pacific Western.
Né à Montréal de parents rwandais, Didier Leclair habite à Toronto. Lauréat du Prix Trillium 2001 pour son premier roman, Toronto, je t’aime, il a été finaliste du Prix du Gouverneur général 2004 pour Ce pays qui est le mien.
Le bonheur est un parfum sans nom
Dennis Lee is Toronto’s first Poet Laureate, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the author of timeless children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious, and The Ice Cream Store.
Good Night, Good Night
Qin Leng is a designer and illustrator whose work has received the APALA Award for best picture book and been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature.
Good Night, Good Night
I Am Small
Erica Lenti is an award-winning editor and writer based in Toronto. She is the editor of This Magazine, Canada’s magazine for progressive politics, culture, and ideas.
Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications) was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Award.
That Time I Loved You
A voracious reader, Stefanie has dreamed of being an author her whole life. She recently left her hometown of Melbourne to start a new adventure in Toronto and now spends her days writing contemporary romances with humour, heat, and heart.
Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her work by the Canadian Association of Journalists, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she teaches in the Journalism department.
No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs
Harriet Alida Lye is a writer from Richmond Hill, Ontario. She studied Philosophy and English at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Hazlitt, the National Post, and more. The Honey Farm is her first novel.
The Honey Farm
Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of three short story collections and five novels, including The Amazing Absorbing Boy, which won the 2010 Trillium Book Award and the 2011 Toronto Book Award, and was voted a CBC Canada Reads Top 10 for Ontario.
Governor General Award winner Kevin Major is the author of eighteen books—fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and plays. He lives in St. John’s and, in his spare time, writes a whiskey blog.
One For The Rock
Lee Maracle is a Sto:Loh nation; grandmother of four, mother of four who was born in North Vancouver, B.C. Her works include the novels, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Sundogs, short story collection, Sojourner’s Truth, poetry collection, Bentbox, and non-fiction work I Am Woman. Maracle is an award-winning author and teacher. She currently is Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto where she is also a teacher and the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School, where she is a part-time cultural instructor.
My Conversations With Canadians
Natif de Lafontaine, en Ontario, Daniel Marchildon est un écrivain aux multiples talents. Il a signé une vingtaine de publications, dont des romans historiques et des romans pour la jeunesse.
Otages de la nature
Lorna Marsden, a sociologist and university leader, joined the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women and with its members and through its work learned critical lessons in women’s rights and how to lobby for them.
White Gloves Off
Regan McDonell studied writing at the University of Victoria. During the day she is the creative director at a Toronto-based marketing agency and at night she writes fiction for teens. For more information, visit www.writerregan.com.
V. S. McGrath is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) with Harlequin Superromance. The Devil’s Standoff is the second book in her debut young adult fantasy series. She has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Metro Toronto, Torontoist, and more.
The Devil's Standoff
Erin McPhee is a freelance art director, designer, and illustrator. She is the Art Director of Quill & Quire Magazine, and has previously worked as a contributing designer for The Medical Post and Today’s Parent.
Caroline Merola, titulaire d’un baccalauréat en beaux-arts de l’Université Concordia, a plus de 40 livres à son actif dont elle est à la fois l’auteure et l’illustratrice. Ils ont été traduits en anglais, en tchèque, en espagnol, en coréen, en arabe.
La bête à 4 z'yeux
Mireille Messier est une auteure jeunesse résidant à Toronto et ayant publié une trentaine de romans, de documentaires et d’albums pour les petits, en français et en anlgais. Elle adore la lecture, l’écriture, la nature et les confitures!
Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning science journalist and author of several books. She has written for The New York Times Science section and is a contributor to CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Her most recent book is The Spinning Magnet.
The Spinning Magnet
Helena Moncrieff is a writer, professor, former radio journalist, and lifelong city dweller. Her writing has appeared in Best Health magazine, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and many in-house publications. She lives in Toronto.
The Fruitful City
John Montgomery is the art director for Reader’s Digest Canada. He’s previously worked on Canadian Business, MoneySense, Toronto Life, Financial Post Magazine, and Taddle Creek magazines.
Lisa Moore is a three-time Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist and the internationally acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Something for Everyone
Over the past 20 years, Melanie Morassutti has assigned stories and chased deadlines at a mitt-full of Canadian publications including the National Post, Saturday Night magazine, Toro, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail and the West End Phoenix, where she currently serves as deputy editor.
Kim Moritsugu is the author of The Showrunner and six previous novels, including The Glenwood Treasure, The Restoration of Emily, and The Oakdale Dinner Club. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto.
Naomi M. Moyer is a self taught, multidisciplinary artist and writer. As a Black woman, Naomi is forever interested in African diasporic histories and how they connect to Black identity. Naomi is a new Mama and lives with her family in Toronto.
Black Women Who Dared
Blaise Ndala est né et a grandi au Congo (RDC). Il s’établit au Canada en 2007, après des études de droit en Belgique. Son premier roman, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor ( L’Interligne, 2014 ), a reçu de nombreuses distinctions. Il vit à Ottawa.
Sans capote ni kalachnikov
Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer, and McGill Art History PhD student. Their forthcoming creative nonfiction work, nîtisânak, is to be released in September 2018 through Metonymy Press.
Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer and McGill Art History Ph.D. student. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art. Their forthcoming memoir, nîtisânak, is to be released in September 2018 through Metonymy Press.
Ruth Ohi has illustrated over 50 children’s books – several of which she has also written. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award. Ruth lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
Fox and Squirrel Help Out
Daniel Perry’s first short fiction collection, Hamburger, was published in 2016. His stories have been short-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Prize and appeared in publications in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and the Czech Republic. He lives in Toronto.
Nobody Looks That Young Here
Ryan Phyper is an artist / designer interested in exploring three-dimensional space through the creation of dynamic sculptures. These sculptures are often abstractions of architectural principles, creating tangible links between site and spatial forms.
Story Planet is a non-profit organization that empowers young Torontonians to make and share their stories. Our artists, writers and volunteers provide young people with creative workshop experiences that foster self confidence while building communication skills.
Casey Plett is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love and co-editor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018) is her debut novel.
Betty Quan is a writer for children’s television programs, including the Discovery Kids production Doki. She wrote Mother Tongue, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. She lives in Toronto.
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to sci-fi/fantasy TV to Japanese role-playing games.
Siege of Shadows
Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for The Globe and Mail and has reported for many years from Toronto, Los Angeles, and London. She is also the bestselling author of the novel Based on a True Story, which was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
Écrivaine, journaliste et cinéaste torontoise aux racines méditerranéennes, Aurélie Resch travaille sur l’exil, la quête identitaire, et les ponts entre les cultures. Son roman Pars, Ntangu?! (Éditions David) a été finaliste au prix Trillium 2012.
Coquelicot sur un rocher
Écrivaine, journaliste et cinéaste torontoise, Aurélie Resch place les thématiques de l’exil et de la quête identitaire au cœur de son travail. Elle a remporté le prix littéraire Trillium pour son recueil de nouvelles «Sous le soleil de midi».
Sous le soleil de midi
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. He currently works as a multi-platform journalist for CBC in Sudbury.
Moon of the Crusted Snow
Originaire de la réserve de Wasauksing, aux abords de la Baie Georgienne, Waubgeshig Rice a plus tôt développé une passion pour la culture et la littérature anishinaabe. Diplômé en journalisme de l’Université de Ryerson, il est journaliste vidéo pour CBC News. Lauréat du Legacy (2014) est son premier roman.
Le legs d'Eva
Robin Richardson is the author of Sit How You Want, and Founding Editor of Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, Poetry, and Tin House. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Nathan Ripley is the pen name of Journey Prize winning writer Naben Ruthnum. Ruthnum’s debut non-fiction book Curry was released in 2017. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Sight & Sound, and more. He lives in Toronto.
Find You In The Dark
David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer from Winnipeg. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), the graphic novel Will I See? and the YA novel Strangers. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation.
Kate Robertson is a freelance journalist with 10 years of experience working in digital journalism and content marketing. A graduate of Western’s masters in journalism program, Kate has held stints at Lift & Co., London Free Press, National Post, and ScribbleLive and has had bylines in
Kristin Rushowy is a reporter in the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau. Prior to that, she spent 15 years on the education beat, with a focus on early years and the move to full-day kindergarten. She was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2017 for political writing.
Kerri Sakamoto debuted as a novelist in 1998 with The Electrical Field, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the Canada-Japan Literary Award. Her second novel, One Hundred Million Hearts, appeared in 2003 to critical acclaim.
Kerri Sakamoto debuted as a novelist in 1998 with The Electrical Field, a finalist for a slew of awards–the Governor General’s Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–and winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the Canada-Japan Literary Award. The Toronto Star said, “Kerri Sakamoto represents a major new force in the landscape of Canadian fiction.” Her second novel, One Hundred Million Hearts, appeared in 2003 to critical acclaim.
Sheila Sampath is a writer, artist, educator, and activist designer. She is the Principal and Creative Director at The Public, the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published in Fall 2013 under the Three O’Clock Press’ Women’s Press imprint.
Joan Sangster is an award-winning historian and author. She has written numerous books and articles on the women’s movement, Canadian labour, and criminalization and the law. She lives in Peterborough and teaches at Trent University.
One Hundred Years of Struggle: The History of Women and the Vote in Canada
Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her art and writing explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. It Begins With The Body is her first book.
It Begins With The Body
Sydney Smith is a Canadian illustrator of children’s books. He was awarded the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for illustrated children’s books for Sidewalk Flowers, a wordless picture book that he illustrated with author JonArno Lawson.
Heidi Sopinka is a designer and co-founder of Horses Atelier. Her writing has won a National Magazine Award and has appeared in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Flare, and Chatelaine.
The Dictionary of Animal Languages
Star Spider’s writing was longlisted for both the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize and the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and has appeared in a number of publications, including Empty Mirror. Past Tense is her first novel.
Nurielle Stern MFA Ceramic Art, creates sculptural ceramics in her Artscape Distillery studio. Her installation, The Bone Runners, was presented by the Gardiner Museum as part of Nuit Blanche 2015. She has an upcoming solo-exhibition at the Gardiner in 2019.
Kathy Stinson is the author of beloved children’s classics Red is Best, and Big or Little?, and recent multi-award winners like The Man with the Violin, and Harry and Walter. She lives near Guelph, Ontario.
Harry and Walter
Amy Stuart’s debut novel Still Mine was an instant national bestseller. Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel award, and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition. Still Water is her second novel.
Karl Subban retired in 2013 after thirty years as a teacher and administrator with the Toronto District School Board. As a public speaker, Karl gives gregarious, powerful talks in which he explores teamwork, leadership and a fresh take on what it means to succeed.
How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life
Multi-published author Mary Sullivan writes heart-warming, small town romance. Her first novel, No Ordinary Cowboy, was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. Eighteen books later, she has won many awards and treasures her glowing reviews.
Glenn Sumi is an entertainment editor at Toronto’s NOW Magazine, where he’s written about theatre, film, and books since 1997. He appears frequently on TV and radio to discuss pop culture.
Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and broadcaster. His books include MiNRS, MiNRS 2, the Neil Flambé series, Gold Medal for Weird, and Sports Hall of Weird. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem
Scott Thornley grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of four novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series. Thornley divides his time between Toronto and the southwest of France.
Sarah Tolmie is a poet and speculative fiction writer. Among her publications are two poetry collections with MQUP, The Art of Dying and Trio, which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. She teaches British literature at the University of Waterloo, having trained as a medievalist at Toronto and Cambridge.
The Art of Dying
Stephen Trumper is an independent writer & editor. He has worked for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Harrowsmith & the National Post. A wheelchair–user, Stephen has been teaching at Ryerson’s School of Journalism since 1995. He currently writes the back–page column for Abilities magazine.
Élise Turcotte a publié plusieurs recueils de poésie, des nouvelles, des essais et des romans qui ont remporté de nombreux prix, dont celui du Gouverneur Général pour «La maison étrangère» en 2003 et «Rose, derrière le rideau de la folie» en 2010.
Le lac de singes
Melissa Vincent is writer, editor, and community organizer based out of Toronto. She is currently the editor at A.Side. Her work has appeared in the Pitchfork, Billboard, The Fader, The Globe and Mail, and the West End Phoenix. She currently sits on the editorial committee of Between the Lines Books.
Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star national affairs columnist, writes on political economy. The winner of two National Newspaper Awards, he was the Star’s Queen’s Park columnist for eight years. He has a PhD in economics and is author of Rae Days: The Rise and Follies of the NDP.
Lori Weber is the author of many books for young readers, including Klepto, If You Live Like Me, and Tattoo Heaven. Her acclaimed novel Lightning Lou, published by DCB, was shortlisted for the QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker, and educator. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves; to live, to love, and create fearlessly.
Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based writer, arts educator, and the creator of the internationally-acclaimed Love Lettering Project. Since 2004, Lindsay has been asking participants in over 250 events to write love letters to their communities and hide them for strangers to find, spreading the love.