Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!

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Tanwa Adanlawo

Tanwa Adanlawo was born in Nigeria and raised in South Africa and currently lives in Regina, Canada. She completed her elementary and secondary education at Felixton College and is currently studying at the University of Toronto, Mississauga as a third year student. Tanwa has two supportive parents and two siblings, a brother and sister, who look up to her. Tanwa enjoys reading but her passion is in writing her own stories in which she incorporates her own experiences. Phantom Rose is her first published work and she hopes to write more books in the future.

Phantom Rose

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction

Nathan Adler

Nathan Adler is a writer and an artist who works in many different mediums, including audio, video, film, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, currently works as a glass artist, and is working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. Nathan won the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge. He is a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and currently resides in Mono, Ontario.


Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Howard Akler

Howard Akler is the author of The City Man, also published by Coach House Books, which was nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He lives in Toronto.

Men of Action

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a distinguished writer at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business magazine and has written features and reviews for the Toronto StarNational PostThe Walrus, and many others. Al Solaylee’s bestselling memoir Intolerable was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and Canada Reads, and won the Toronto Book Award.



André Alexis

André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa, and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play.

The Hidden Keys

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Marguerite Andersen

Marguerite Andersen is an accomplished writer and lecturer. She has taught French and translation (English, French, and German) at several universities and has also worked as a translator and interpreter for diplomats and writers. Dr. Andersen was the editor of Canada’s first feminist anthology in the 1970s, Mother was not a person. She has written several novels, short story collections, and plays. She lives in Toronto.

The Bad Mother


Madeline Ashby

Madeline Ashby grew up in a household populated by science fiction fans. After meeting Ursula K. Le Guin in the basement of the Elliott Bay Book Company, she decided to start writing science fiction stories. While immigrating to Canada from the United States in 2006 , she joined the Cecil Street Irregulars–a genre writers’ workshop founded by Judith Merril. Since then she has been published in Tesseracts, Flurb, Nature, and Escape Pod. She has a masters degree in Manga and Anime and writes on such matters for io9,, and Boing Boing. She works as a strategic foresight consultant in Toronto, and is also a regular columnist for the Ottawa Citizen.

Company Town

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction

Delia Avarell

Delia Avarell has been an ASL Consultant for the Infant Hearing Program, through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, for the past ten years.   She also works as an ASL instructor for hearing students, and as an educational assistant for Deaf students.  She has shared ASL stories at Ontario Early Years Centers, Mayfest, the ASL Family Festival, and much more. Delia has two hearing children who are the son and daughter of Deaf parents.

Mona Awad

Mona Awad received her MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’sThe WalrusJoylandPost RoadSt. Petersburg Review, and many other journals. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and English literature at the University of Denver.

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl


Adwoa Badoe

Adwoa Badoe is a Ghanaian-born physician, storyteller, educator, writer and African dance instructor. She is the author of the novel Between Sisters, as well as several picture books, including The Pot of Wisdom, illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité and Nana’s Cold Days, illustrated by Bushra Junaid.



Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, including Broken Promise, No Safe HouseA Tap on the WindowTrust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film, Never Look Away, which has been optioned for television, and No Time for Goodbye. The author lives in Toronto, ON.

Far From True


Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multimedia artist, and the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and books for children. His recent books include the short fiction collection I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (Anvil) and the poetry collections Moon Baboon Canoe (Mansfield) and The Wild and Unfathomable Always (Xexoxial). Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He is married with three adult children, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Yiddish for Pirates

Fiction Humour

Judy Fong Bates

Judy Fong Bates is thrilled to be a part of Toronto’s The Word on the Street. Her latest work, The Year of Finding Memory, a family memoir, was a Globe and Mail Best 100 Book for 2010. She lives with her husband on a farm outside of Campbellford. They are both devoted gardeners and enthusiastic hikers.

Steven Beattie

Steven W. Beattie is the review editor at Quill & Quire magazine and the short-fiction columnist for The Globe and Mail. He lives in Toronto.

Steven Beattie will be hosting the Great Books Marquee from 3:00 PM to 5:45 PM.

Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens’s first novel The Law of Dreams won the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction, and has been published in nine languages. His collection of short stories, Travelling Light, was reissued in 2013, and his second novel, The O’Briens, was published in 2011 Behrens is a native of Montreal and was educated at Lower Canada College, Concordia University, and McGill. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University and was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He lives in Maine and Texas.


Carry Me


Randi Bergman

Randi Bergman is a fashion writer/editor based in Toronto whose work has been published in Vogue, The National Post, Interview Magazine, Broadly and Toronto Life. Previously, Bergman was the Executive Digital Editor of FASHION Magazine, overseeing its wealth of content and growing the digital platform into an award-winning and record-breaking hub for fashion, beauty, shopping and cultural content and increasing its social following to the largest of any magazine in Canada. Randi also co-chairs the Canadian Opera Company’s annual gala, Operanation.

Mayank Bhatt

Mayank Bhatt immigrated to Toronto from Bombay (Mumbai) in July 2008 with his wife Mahrukh and son Che. Soon after, he joined the Humber College mentoring program, where MG Vassanji was his mentor. His short stories have been published in TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto, Canadian Voices II, and Indian Voices I. He has worked as a security guard, a journalist, and an administrator. He blogs at



Jean Blacklock

Jean Blacklock is the owner of Prairie Girl Bakery. She grew up in Saskatchewan and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in commerce and law. In 2011, after an esteemed career in law and wealth management, Jean decided to pursue her true passion – cupcakes – and Prairie Girl Bakery was born. The bakery now has multiple locations in downtown Toronto and specializes in cupcakes and assorted baked goods. This is Jean’s first cookbook.

The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook


Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet is a novelist, editor, and bookseller with Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada’s oldest science fiction bookstore. Her debut novel, Above, was short-listed for the Prix Aurora Award and the Andre Norton Award and commended by the CCBCs Best Books for Kids and Teens; her second, An Inheritance of Ashes, is an Ontario Library Association 2015 Best Bets selection and has been shortlisted for the Canadian Library Young Adult Book Award, the Aurora Award, the Cybils Awards, and the Sunburst Award.

She lives and works in Toronto, where she dabbles in urban canning, knitting, and game design.  Visit her at

Leah Bobet will be hosting the Genre Zone Stage from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. 

Cathie Borrie

Cathie Borrie’s The Long Hello: Memory, My Mother and Me, a memoir about caring for a mother with dementia, was first self-published, then traditionally published in Canada, and is now forthcoming in the USA.  She lives in North Vancouver.

James Bow

James Bow is the author of three fantasy novels and several science books for young readers. He works as a consulting writer and editor and writes a weekly column for the Kitchener Post community newspaper. James lives with his wife, author Erin Bow, and their two children in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at

Icarus Down

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction Young Adult

Chester Brown

Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award-­winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self-­publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at twenty-­three, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada. This year he released The New York Times Bestseller, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus

Comic Book

Eli Burnstein

Eli Burnstein is currently a contributing editor at The Alpine Review, a magazine covering big ideas in society, media, tech, design and business. A longtime student and lover of philosophy, Eli left his PhD at Penn State to pursue a career as a writer, editor and strategist, picking up where he left off as an intern at Lapham’s Quarterly in New York. His Spelling Bae takes place the first Tuesday of every month at The Ossington, and he cordially invites you to come on down and spell a few rounds.

Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. The first book in the Birder Murder Mystery series, A Siege of Bitterns, won the Crime Writers of Canada 2015 Award for Best First Novel. Steve lives in Oshawa, Ontario.

A Cast of Falcons

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Jowita Bydlowska

Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Canada as a teen. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Drunk Mom. A journalist and fiction writer, she lives in Toronto, Canada.



Morgan Campbell

Morgan Campbell is a multilingual, multimedia  journalist who covers the business of sport at the Toronto Star. He spent two years covering baseball, where his insightful features – especially about Latin American players and the issues facing them – earned him a reputation as one of the finest writers on the beat. Campbell is the author of “Fight of Their Lives,” a serial narrative about aspiring boxers. In 2004 he won the National Newspaper Award for “Long Shots,” an eight-part series about a high school basketball team. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Bruce Campion-Smith

Bruce Campion-Smith is the Ottawa bureau chief for the Toronto Star, reporting from Parliament Hill on federal politics and policy. He joined the Star in 1988 and has held a variety of positions in the newsroom, including transportation beat reporter, assistant city editor and editorial writer. He joined the Ottawa bureau in 2003. He has covered four federal elections and twice travelled to Afghanistan to cover Canada’s military mission.

Sue Carter

Sue Carter is the editor at Quill & Quire, arts & ideas editor at This Magazine, and books columnist for Metro News.

Sue Carter will be hosting the Nothing But The Truth Tent from 11:30 AM to 2:45 PM. 

Tim Chan

Tim Chan is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Corduroy Magazine – an international arts and culture bi-annual. What started as a passion project between friends has grown into an award-winning publication, recognized around the world for its design and editorial philosophy. Prior to Corduroy, Tim worked in television, producing the morning show for Time-Warner cable news network NY1, before returning to Canada to work at MuchMusic and E!. Currently, Tim lives and works in Los Angeles, where he consults for a number of fashion and lifestyle companies. A native of Toronto, Tim obtained his B.A. from McGill and a Masters of Journalism from Columbia University.

Scott Chantler

Scott Chantler is the acclaimed cartoonist of the graphic novels Northwest Passage and Two Generals and of the Three Thieves graphic novel series. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Three Thieves: The Iron Hand

Comic Book Middle Grade

Piya Chattopadhyay

Piya Chattopadhyay is the host of Out in the Open on CBC Radio, an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly one-hour program about the nuances of real life. Piya is a familiar voice on CBC, guest hosting the Current, Q, and Toronto’s morning show Metro Morning. Before that, Piya worked as a journalist in the field for ten years, three of those as a Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. In her off-air life, she has three young children, and is married to fellow CBC journalist Peter Armstrong.

Piya Chattopadhyay will be hosting the Bestsellers Stage from 11:15 AM to 2:45 PM. 

Ann Y.K. Choi

Originally from Chung-Ju, South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She attended the University of Toronto where she studied English, Sociology, and Education. Ann has also graduated from the Humber School for Writers, the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and is completing her MFA in Creative Writing from the National University in San Diego, California. In 2012, she received the Marina Nemat Award.

Kay's Lucky Coin Variety


Margaret Christakos

Canadian writer Margaret Christakos has published nine collections of poetry, including Multitudes (2013), Welling (2010; A Globe100 book), Sooner (2005; a Pat Lowther Memorial Award nominee), and Excessive Love Prostheses (2002; winner of a ReLit Award), as well as a novel, Charisma (2000; a Trillium Book Award nominee). Christakos designed and facilitated Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon from 2006 to 2012 and was Canada Council Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor (2004–05). Her latest book is Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies (BookThug, 2016).

Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

George Elliott Clarke

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet.  Now teaching African-Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard.  He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.  His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

David Clink

David’s poetry has appeared in over 50 journals and 20 anthologies. He has two collections published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008) and Monster (2010). He edited an anthology of environmental poetry called: A Verdant Green (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). His third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, was published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in 2012. In 2014, Piquant Press launched David’s speculative poetry chapbook, If the World were to Stop Spinning.

The Role of Lightning in Evolution

Humour Poetry

Trevor Cole

Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His third novel, Practical Jean, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. His latest novel, Hope Makes Love, is published by Cormorant Books.

Susan G. Cole

Susan G. Cole is the author of two books on pornography and violence against women and is the Entertainment and Books Editor at NOW Magazine, Canada’s premiere news and entertainment weekly. Follow her on twitter @susangcole.

Susan G. Cole will be hosting the Great Books Marquee from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. 

Stephanie Cooke

Stephanie Cooke is the Editor-in-Chief of Rogues Portal and host of the Comicsbound and The Missfits podcasts, writer and contributor to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and is formerly of, Talking Comics, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd and more. Geek quiz mistress, and proud crazy cat lady (or Khatleesi).

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Comic Book Short Stories

Erin Cossar

Erin Cossar is a contributor to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, which was published by Bedside Press in 2015 and will be reissued by Dark Horse in October 2016. She is also an advertising and graphic designer at Penguin Random House Canada, an artist, and one of the organizers of Comic Shop Ladies Night (a group that hosts quarterly casual, inclusive social gatherings at local comics shops). Originally from Newfoundland, she currently lives in Toronto with her partner and three cats.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Comic Book Short Stories

Susan Currie

Susan Currie is a winner of Second Story Press’ Aboriginal Writing Contest, resulting in this, her second book. Her first book was Basket of Beethoven, a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children, MYRCA, and Silver Birch Awards. She has an MA in children’s literature and has been an elementary teacher for 17 years. Susan is an adopted person who later learned about her Cayuga heritage, an experience that inspired The Mask That Sang. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

The Mask That Sang

Children's Fiction Young Adult

Gord DaDalt

Gord DaDalt is an experienced ASL performer – a comedian and a true entertainer.  He works as an arborist with the City of Toronto, and enjoys educating children about his work with trees.  Gordon also performs often with his wife Susan, contributing to Susan’s ASL rap/drumming performances.

Ken Daley

Ken Daley was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario to parents who emigrated from Dominica, West Indies. From an early age, Ken developed a love for the arts — painting, dance, and music.  His parents noticed his artistic abilities and enrolled him in drawing and music lessons.  Ken is a graduate of Architectural Technology from Humber College in Toronto. He illustrated and designed greeting cards for many years, as well as exhibited his artwork in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. Ken has been featured in many print publications and on television and radio.

Joseph's Big Ride


Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson was born and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. He has published four books of literary fiction, including Rust and Bone, which was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film of the same name, and Cataract City, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Prize, was a national bestseller, and has been optioned for film. Davidson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his articles have been widely published across North America. He has also published a number of thrillers and horror novels under the pseudonym Nick Cutter. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his partner and child.

Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

Allison Day

Allison Day is the creator of the popular food blog, Yummy Beet — winner of a 2015 Taste Canada Food Writing Award; cookbook author and photographer of Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day; and a nutritionist. She has contributed to various food, health, and news publications such as The New York Times, Preventions, and The Kitchn. Growing up in the countryside surrounded by fields of fresh produce inspired her love of seasonal, vegetable-focused cooking. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen


Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits is the award-winning author of six novels. The Hungry Mirror won a 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal and was long-listed for a ReLit Award. West of Wawa won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal and was a Chatelaine Editor’s Pick, and A Glittering Chaos won the 2014 Silver IPPY Silver Medal. Canadian Living magazine declared Between the Cracks She Fell “a must-read book of 2015.” It recently won an IPPY Bronze Medal.  Lisa is a member of the Mesdames of Mayhem, Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime-Toronto Chapter, and the International Thriller Writers. The Nearly Girl was published in August 2016.


The Nearly Girl

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Barbara Dickson

Barbara Dickson is a sought-after motivational public speaker, local historian, and writer of fiction and periodical pieces. She lives in Scarborough.

Bomb Girls


Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a Metis author and editor whose award winning fiction has been anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007 and her novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year, Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her latest book, A Gentle Habit, is the August 2016 selection for the All Lit Up summer book club. A new young adult novel, The Marrow Thieves, is forthcoming from Cormorant Books in spring 2017.

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson’s book reviews and writing appear regularly in national newspapers including The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star as well as a variety of periodicals. In 2015 she became first female editor-in-chief of Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ), Canada’s oldest magazine of culture and literary criticism. Born and raised in Montreal, she lives in Toronto with her husband, the designer/director Craig Small, and their two sons.

Matt Drappel

Actor and theatre manager Matt Drappel is the founding director of Atlas Stage Productions Canada, and a television sports broadcaster and producer, winning the coveted Gillette Drafted Season 4: The Score Television Network’s annual show searching for Canada’s next On-Air personality for Rogers Sportsnet (The Score). Matt was the executive producer and host of the late-night comedy show, “Late Night with Matty D” from 2010 to 2012.

Currently he is a Senior Broadcast Associate at Rogers Sportsnet and performs regularly in Classical Theatre Project’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged.”

Naomi Duguid

Naomi Duguid is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler. Her most recent cookbook, Burma, won the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and the Taste Canada Food Writing Award. She is also the co-author (with Jeffrey Alford) of several award-winning titles, including Flatbreads & Flavors, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Mangoes & Curry Leaves, and Beyond the Great Wall. Her articles and photographs appear regularly in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, and other publications. She is the host of TIFF’s “Food on Film” series. When not on the road, she lives in Toronto.

Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan


Deborah Dundas

Deborah Dundas is the Books Editor at the Toronto Star, after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 20 years, including stints as Books Editor at Canada AM and producer at TVO – interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She was the one-time coordinator of Canada Book Day. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her experience in covering and interest in business, literature, politics and lifestyle.

Deborah Dundas will be hosting Author Cruises from 11:45 AM to 5:30 PM. 

Jenny Kay Dupuis

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. Jenny’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I Am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.

I Am Not a Number


Kim Echlin

Kim Echlin is a writer, journalist and educator who has written seven books and been shortlisted for the Giller prize. Her most recent novel, Under The Visible Life, tells the story of two very different women who love music and who find their love lives bring rewards and complications.

Wallace Edwards

Wallace Edwards is a beloved children’s author-illustrator whose vivid imagination has transformed the world of animals and strange creatures in picture books for a generation of children. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he is a popular guest speaker at conferences and literary events. Wallace’s awards and shortlists include the Governor General’s Award, the IRA Children’s Choice Award, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Wallace lives in Toronto and Yarker, Ontario. Visit him online at

What is Peace?


Garfield Ellis

Garfield Ellis grew up in Jamaica. He is the author of five published books: Flaming HeartsWake RastaSuch As I HaveFor Nothing at All, and Till I’m Laid to Rest. His work has appeared in several international journals, including CallalooCalabash, the Caribbean WriterObsidian IIIAnthurium, and Small Axe. Ellis has won the Una Marson Prize for Adult Literature for his collection Flaming Hearts (1997), and later for Till I’m Laid To Rest (2000). He also won the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Short Fiction in 2000 and 2005, and the 1990 Heinemann/Lifestyle Short Story Competition.

The Angels' Share


Dominic Farrell

Dominic Farrell has worked for many years as an editor—as a freelancer with authors from such presses as Pearson Education, Cormorant, and Blue Butterfly, and in-house. Dominic currently works as a developmental editor with Dundurn Press in Toronto.

Aaron Feldman

Aaron is a writer and longtime sci-fi enthusiast. When he’s not working with the kids of Story Planet, he loves to write short fiction, screenplays, comedy sketches, articles, and – above all else – comic books! He holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and is thrilled to be working for Story Planet!

Olga Filina

Olga Filina is a graduate of Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program. Before joining literary agency The Rights Factory in 2013, she worked as a sales manager and book buyer for national and independent bookstore chains and as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency. Olga also sits on library boards, organizes literary festivals and runs several book clubs.

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn went to school for journalism and later worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. She lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and her chihuahua.  Firsts is her first novel but she is currently working on another book of contemporary fiction.  She is represented by the amazing Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown  Literary Agency.


Fiction Young Adult

Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes was born in Ottawa, Ontario and attended Carleton University. He has written film and music criticism, liner notes, sports columns, and short fiction. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in publications including VICE Sports, The Classical, The New Quarterly, and This MagazineWhat You Need, his debut collection of fiction, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2015. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays

Nonfiction Sports

Carolyn Forde

Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists is both an agent with her own list of authors, and WCA’s International Rights Director. Carolyn travels to Frankfurt, London, and New York to meet publishers and to further the interests of Westwood authors.  She reads widely and eclectically and represents books she loves from across a wide range of categories.

Stacey May Fowles

Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist. She is a columnist at The Globe and Mail, Open Book Toronto, and Blue Jays Nation, author of the popular Baseball Life Advice e-newsletter, and co-editor of Best Canadian Sports Writing (forthcoming fall 2017). She regularly writes about sports for Globe Debate, The Walrus, and Torontoist. Her work has also appeared in such publications as the National Post, Elle Canada, NOW Toronto, Deadspin, Jezebel, The Classical, Rookie, Hazlitt, Vice Sports, Quill & Quire, and Toronto Life. She lives in Toronto, where she is writing Perfect Game, a collection of essays on baseball to be published by McClelland & Stewart in March 2017.

Michael Fraser

Michael Fraser is a Toronto high school teacher, poet, and writer. He has been published in various national and international journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. His manuscript, The Serenity of Stone, won the 2007 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest and was published in book form by Bookland Press in 2008. He won FreeFall Magazine’s 2014 and 2015 poetry contests and is the creator and former director of the Plasticine Poetry Series.

To Greet Yourself Arriving


J.M. Frey

J.M. is a voice actor, SF/F author, and professional smartypants on AMI Radio’s Live From Studio 5. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. Her debut novel Triptych was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards,  nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly. Her sophomore novel, The Untold Tale (Accidental Turn Series #1), an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy, debuted to acclaim in 2015.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Comic Book Short Stories

Joe Friesen

Joe Friesen is a reporter at The Globe and Mail. He began his career in the Toronto newsroom covering crime and went on to write a series on the Jane-Finch area called The Neighbourhood. In 2006 he was named Prairie bureau chief based in Winnipeg, and since 2010 has reported on Canada’s changing population as the paper’s demographics reporter. In between, he also covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of terrorist attacks in London, and natural disasters in the US. Born in Winnipeg, he is a graduate of McGill University, Goldsmiths College London, and Ryerson University. He lives with his family in Toronto.

The Ballad of Danny Wolfe

Nonfiction True Crime

Cynthia Good

A former president and publisher of Penguin Books, Cynthia Good, also former Director of the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program, has worked in publishing for over twenty-five years and published such writers as John Ralston Saul, Michael Ignatieff, Michael Adams, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Timothy Findley, Stuart McLean, Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay and many others.

Katherine Govier

Katherine Govier’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker Hokusai. It was published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec, and Japan. Katherine’s novel Creation, about John James Audobon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She won Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). She has twice been shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Prize. The author of twelve books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing programs, Writers in Electronic Residence and The Shoe Project, which works to improve the written and spoken English of immigrant women. Katherine travels between Toronto and Canmore, Alberta, in the Rocky Mountains.

The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel


Laurie D. Graham

Laurie D. Graham’s first book of poetry, Rove, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Poems from her second collection, Settler Education, were shortlisted for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize and won The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Poetry. Graham holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an MFA from the University of Guelph. She is an editor of Brick, A Literary Journal, as well as an instructor at Fanshawe College. She grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in London, Ontario.

Settler Education


Tim Grant

Tim is a former high school teacher and the co-editor of Green Teacher magazine, a non-profit quarterly offering practical ideas for fostering environmental literacy and global awareness in Grades K-12.

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is the author of the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee novels. The first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Top 100 Book of the Year, an Top 100 Editors’ Pick, an Canadian Pick, an Mysteries and Thrillers Pick, a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year, and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year. The Disciple of Las Vegas was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Original Trade Paperback and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery. Most recently, The Two Sisters of Borneo was an instant Canadian bestseller.

The Princeling of Nanjing

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Christie Harkin

Christie Harkin is the consultant publisher at Clockwise Press, focusing on diversity and inclusion in children’s books ( Formerly, she was the children’s publisher at Fitzhenry & Whiteside and James Lorimer & Co., as well as a high school teacher, homeschooling mom, and children’s book reviewer.

Christie Harkin will be hosting the Sago Mini Children’s Activity Tent from 2:15 PM to 6:00 PM. 

Teva Harrison

Teva Harrison is a writer and graphic artist. Her graphic series on living with cancer was published in The Walrus, and she has commented on CBC Radio and in the Globe and Mail about her experience. Numerous health organizations have invited her to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community. She lives in Toronto.

In-Between Days

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

Dana Harrison

Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison created in 2008. The site has more than 1,800 articles and 700 recipes on preserving, local food, small farming, food security, sustainability, food politics, hunting and more. Dana has been a graphic designer for 20 years and focuses on the look and feel of the project. Joel is a lifelong home cook who writes and speaks on their shared passions. Batch is their first cookbook.



Heather Hartt-Sussman

Heather Hartt-Sussman, born in Montreal, graduated from Brandeis University and attended the Sorbonne. She has been a copywriter for BCP in Montreal, a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter, editor-in-chief for international news for TV Guide in French Canada, where she was columnist of the popular “Heather Hartt in Hollywood,” and host of E! Entertainment Television’s The Gossip Show. She is the author of the acclaimed picture books Nana’s Getting Married, Here Comes Hortense! and Nana’s Summer Surprise. Noni Says No and Here Comes Hortense were Blue Spruce nominees and Noni Is Nervous was a New York Times Editors’ Pick.

Noni Speaks Up


Kellen Hatanaka

Kellen Hatanaka is a designer and illustrator who lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Kiersten. He is also the author and illustrator of Work: An Occupational ABC and Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites.

Tokyo Digs a Garden


Chantal Hébert

Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star political columnist, cut her teeth in politics at Queen’s Park in the late seventies covering the minority governments of Premier William Davis. Since then she has reported in French and in English on Canada’s constitutional and referendum wars, the 1988 free-trade debate, as well as the ups and downs of federal politics over the last 35 years. In addition to her columns, Chantal is a regular member of the CBC’s At Issue panel, broadcast weekly on The National. Her second book, The Morning After, dealing with the 1995 referendum, was published in 2014.

Trevor Henderson

Trevor Henderson is an illustrator working in Toronto, Canada. He grew up on a steady diet of horror films, weird comics, video games, cartoons and monsters. You can contact him at:

Cherelle Higgins

Cherelle Higgins is an award-winning graphic designer whose work has been profiled in Wallpaper and Chatelaine magazines. She is a contributor to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, which will be re-issued by Dark Horse in the autumn of 2016. Born and raised in the UK, she arrived in Ontario at age 12 and never looked back.

She studied film and interactive multimedia at Sheridan College and later taught Advanced Digital Special effects there. In her free time she makes short films, writes short stories, lifts weights and argues with harassers on the subway.


The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Comic Book Short Stories

Dalton Higgins

Dalton Higgins is a publicist, National Magazine Award-winning journalist, and author of six non-fiction books. His latest book, Rap N’ Roll, is a collection of essays about pop culture that digs into everything from contemporary music, counterculture, race, and technology, to public transportation (TTC), globalization, and the publishing industry itself.

Nadia L. Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician, and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. She lives in Toronto.

Malaika's Costume


Susan Holbrook

Susan Holbrook’s poetry books are the Trillium-nominated Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House, 2009), Good Egg Bad Seed (Nomados, 2004) and misled (Red Deer, 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. She lives in Leamington, Ontario, and teaches North American Literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She is the author of a poetry textbook, Reading (and Writing About) Poetry (Broadview Press, 2015) and co-editor, with Thomas Dilworth, of The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford, 2010).

Throaty Wipes

Fiction Poetry

Diana Hosseini

Diana Hosseini is a Toronto based artist who works predominantly with found or imagined objects and kinetic media to create sculptures and installations.  She is inspired by the sounds and actions of the objects she selects, as well as events ranging from privately personal to culturally or socially significant. Hosseini completed an MFA in Sculpture at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2013 and an Hon. BA in Medical Anthropology and Studio Art at the University of Toronto in 2010.  Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada. 

Susan Hughes

Award-winning author Susan Hughes has written over thirty books, including Earth to Audrey, Island Horse, and Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science. Her books have received multiple nominations for the Forest of Reading awards, the TD Children’s Literature Awards, and the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Literature.

Susan studied English literature at the University of Toronto. During the summer and after graduation, she worked at a children’s publishing house. She then began doing freelance editing work and writing commissioned articles and stories, while also working on her own story ideas.

Susan lives with her family in Toronto.

Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble


W.W. Hung

W.W. Hung is a sculptor and installation artist based in Toronto.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.  Exploring the human condition through contemporary figurative sculpture, W.W. Hung uses the human body, placed in abstract spatial contexts, to suggest different narratives and psychological states.  Since 2010, his sculptural works have been exhibited regularly at galleries in Canada and the US, and can be found in many private collections.  W.W. Hung is the recipient of the 2015 Al and Malka Green Sculpture Award, presented by the Sculptors Society of Canada.

Liz Ikiriko

Liz Ikiriko is the Director of Photography for St. Joseph Media’s Special Projects team and the Art Director for online journal,  The Ethnic Aisle. She is the former Photo Editor of Toronto Life Magazine. She previously was a Visual Researcher on the CBC television show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. She has been a judge and portfolio reviewer at CONTACT Photo Festival, OCADU and the Flash Forward Photo Competition. In her independent curatorial research, she is pursuing Pan-Africanism and the history of cultural identity in Canada.

Mahak Jain

Mahak Jain is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, and Room Magazine. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and was previously the Managing Editor at Owlkids and at Lobster Press. Maya is her first book for children.



Maureen Jennings

Born in England, Maureen Jennings emigrated to Canada as a teenager. The first Detective Murdoch mystery was published in 1997. Six more followed, all to enthusiastic reviews. The Murdoch Mysteries TV series was created in 2007; it is now shown around the world, including in the UK, the United Statesand much of Europe. The Detective Inspector Tom Tyler series, set in World War II-era England, got off to a spectacular start with 2011’s Season of Darkness, followed by Beware This Boy (2012) and No Known Grave (2014). Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs, Varley and Murdoch.

Dead Ground In Between

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Holly Jennings

Holly Jennings is a life-long gamer who has spent innumerable hours playing World of Warcraft and Call of DutyArena is her first novel. She lives in Windsor, where she is working on the sequel.


Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction

Amy Jones

Amy Jones won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award. She is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC, and her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, was the winner of the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award and a finalist for the 2010 ReLit Award. Originally from Halifax, she now lives in Thunder Bay, where she is associate editor of The Walleye. The author lives in Thunder Bay, ON.

We're All in This Together


Chase Joynt

Chase Joynt is a Toronto-based moving-image artist and writer. Recently awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist and jury awards for Best Documentary and Best Short, Chase’s work continues to be exhibited internationally. Chase is a PhD candidate in Film at York University and a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in Arts Practice and Scholarship at the University of Chicago.

You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition


Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer is well known for her children’s books about the Holocaust, including The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser and The Magician of Auschwitz. Her books have won many awards, including the Silver Birch, the Red Maple, the Hackmatack, and the Jewish Book Award. A former psychologist, Kathy now travels the globe speaking to children and adults about her books. Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

I Am Not a Number


Dietrich Kalteis

Triggerfish is Dietrich Kalteis’s third novel. His debut novel, Ride the Lightning, won the bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards and was hailed as one of the best Vancouver crime novels. More than 40 of his short stories have been published internationally, and his screenplay Between Jobs was a finalist in the Los Angeles Screenplay Festival. He resides with his family in West Vancouver and is currently working on his next novel.


Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of twelve previous novels and a book of poetry. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in literature of the fantastic and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Children of Earth and Sky


Ian Keeling

Ian Donald Keeling is an odd, loud little man who acts a little, writes a little, and occasionally grows a beard. His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Grain. He’s on the faculty for sketch and improv at Second City in Toronto and likes all forms of tag and cheese. His first novel, The Skids, will be published in autumn 2016 by Chizine Publications.

The Skids

Fantasy/Sci-fi Young Adult

Edward Keenan

Edward Keenan is a city columnist for the Toronto Star who has lived in the city all his life. His book Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics, and the Invention of Toronto explores Toronto’s history and identity crisis in the years since amalgamation, and he is also the author of the children’s book The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics.

Trilby Kent

Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, but grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she worked in the rare books department at a prominent auction house before turning to journalism and finally writing with her first book, the critically acclaimed Medina Hill. Her most recent book, Stones for My Father, won the TD Children’s Literature Award. After years living in England, she now resides in Toronto with her family.

Once, in a Town Called Moth

Fiction Young Adult

Wesley King

Wesley King is the author of several previous books, including The Forest of Reading’s 2013 Red Maple award winner, The Vindico. He was also nominated for The Forest of Reading’s 2016 Silver Birch award for his first middle grade novel, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! Wesley does many school visits and is beloved by students, teachers, and librarians for his fun, informative, and interactive presentations. He lives with his wife in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Fiction Middle Grade

Nailah King

Nailah King wants to live in a world where meetings are brief, stories are magic, and .gifs reign supreme. In 2016, she co-edited Room‘s Women of Colour issue. She is an alumnae of UBC in English Literature and moved to Toronto to chase those publishing dreams. She is currently working on a web series, a novel, and retaining her sanity.

Peter Kirby

Peter Kirby was born in Ireland and grew up in the hardscrabble neighbourhood of Brixton in South London. He came to Canada as a cook, went to university at night, and eventually became a lawyer. He now practises international law in one of Canada’s largest law firms and is recognized by The American Lawyer as one of Canada’s leading 500 lawyers. Kirby’s latest title, Open Season, recently won the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. His previous books are The Dead of Winter (2012) and Vigilante Season (2013), both published by LLP. He lives in Montreal.

Open Season


Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman has written more than seventy middle-grade and teen novels, including the New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot; the Swindle series; Ungifted; the Island series; Pop; Schooled; No More Dead Dogs; Son of the Mob; and many other favourites. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at

Masterminds: Criminal Destiny

Middle Grade

Adrienne Kress

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and author of the internationally published and award winning children’s novels Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate, as well as the young adult novels, The Friday Society and Outcast.

Earlier this year she released Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox, an exciting collaboration with NY Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (set in the same world as his Looking Glass Wars trilogy). Spring 2017 sees the release of the first book in her new middle grade series, The Explorers, which was recently optioned for film by Disney.

Adrienne Kress will be hosting the Teen Spirit Stage from 3:30 PM to 5:45 PM.

Labspace Studio

Labspace Studio is an artist-led creative agency and art house run by Co-Directors John Loerchner and Laura Mendes. Together they develop interdisciplinary art projects, curate large-scale exhibitions and experiment with new methods of collaboration. Their projects are often site-specific and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and life, incorporating elements of performance, installation, multimedia and user-generated content. Recent projects include commissions for Nuit Blanche Brussels, ILLUMINUS Boston, Nanaimo’s Public Art Program, Maison des Arts de Laval, Toronto’s Pam Am Games, Art in Transit, Harbourfront Centre, and No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment.

Mark Laliberte

Mark Laliberte is a Toronto-based creator with an MFA from the University of Guelph. By applying a curious, hybridized attitude to a project-driven practice, Laliberte has undertaken many different kinds of conceptual-collage explorations, completing a wide range of works with varying visual styles and approaches. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, including: The Power Plant, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art Gallery of Windsor, Narwhal Contemporary, CoCA Seattle, Exposure Gallery UK, and countless artist-run centres. He curates the experimental comics site, and edits the eclectic art-lit journal CAROUSEL. In 2016, he will release three books: 4PANEL 1 — a comics-poetry anthology; Free for the Taking — a collaboration with artist Micah Lexier; and, asemanticasymmetry — a remixing of writer Derek Beaulieu’s letraset poems.

Thao Lam

Thao Lam studied illustration at Sheridan College in Toronto and works as an art buyer in educational publishing. She has an insatiable love of coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. Skunk on a String is Thao’s first book. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Skunk on a String


Alison Lang

Alison Lang is the editor of Broken Pencil Magazine. She also loves freaky comics, cheeseburgers and ghost hunting.

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena is an alumna of the Humber School for Writers who has published two books of fiction. Her most recent novel, The Couple Next Door, has burst onto the scene as a major international multiple sale.

Jon-Erik Lappano

Jon-Erik Lappano is an environmental educator, storyteller, and creative producer with curiosity and love of all things wild. He lives in Guelph, Canada, with his young and growing family. This is his first book.

Tokyo Digs a Garden


Hilary Leung

Hilary Leung is a dad, designer and picture book maker. He co-created the picture book The Pirate Girl’s Treasure – An Origami Adventure as well as the Ninja Cowboy Bear series (all published by Kids Can Press). When he is not playing with his two awesome kids, Hilary can be found doodling new story ideas at his home in Toronto.

Hilary Leung will be hosting the Sago Mini Children’s Activity Tent from 11:15 AM to 2:15 PM. 

Kitty Lewis

Kitty Lewis is the general manager of Brick Books, the only press in Canada that specializes in publishing poetry books.

Karon Liu

Karon Liu is the Toronto Star‘s resident food writer and recipe tester, which means his job is to make sure a recipe is accurate before it gets published whether it’s from a chef or a new cookbook. Before joining the Star, he was the staff food writer at The Grid and has contributed to publications like Sharp, Now Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Vice’s Munchies and House & Home. His go-to cookbooks are The Joy of Cooking, Martha Stewart’s Every Day Food: Great Food Fast, and Guy Gourmet. For the record, his name is pronounced Kar-on.

Karon Liu will be hosting the Cooks ‘n’ Books Stage from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. 

Lesley Livingston

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen and middle grade fiction, best known for Wondrous Strange, recently named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Lesley’s current work-in-progress is a YA historical epic, The Valiant, which will be published in February 2017 by Penguin Razorbill (US) and HarperCollins (CAN) and tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and darling of the Roman Empire. Lesley’s books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and Wondrous Strange has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films.

Lesley Livingston will be hosting the Genre Zone Stage from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. 

Jason Loo

Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist behind the Pitiful Human-Lizard comic series. He has contributed short comics for the Monstrosity comic anthology by Alterna Press as well as the third volume to the Toronto Comics Anthology. He has also done freelance illustration work for This Magazine, National Post, Globe and Mail, and 24 magazine.

The Pitiful Human-Lizard

Comic Book Fantasy/Sci-fi

John Lorinc

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist, author and editor. He has written extensively about urban and municipal affairs in general, and Toronto in particular, for a range of publications, including Spacing, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus and Toronto Life.

The Ward


Joel MacCharles

Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison created in 2008. The site has more than 1,800 articles and 700 recipes on preserving, local food, small farming, food security, sustainability, food politics, hunting and more. Dana has been a graphic designer for 20 years and focuses on the look and feel of the project. Joel is a lifelong home cook who writes and speaks on their shared passions. Batch is their first cookbook.



Melanie Mah

Melanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. The Sweetest One is her first novel.

The Sweetest One


Sandra Martin

Sandra Martin, an award winning journalist and broadcaster, writes The Long Goodbye column for The Globe and Mail. Her previous books include Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed CanadaThe First Man in My Life: Daughters Write about Their Fathers and Card Tricks: Bankers Boomers and the Explosion of Plastic Credit.

A Good Death


John Martz

John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, ON. His book, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Literary Awards and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7).

Burt's Way Home


Tim McCaskell

Tim McCaskell is a long-time Toronto writer, activist and educator. He was a member of The Body Politic, AIDS ACTION NOW, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and the chair of the Public Action Committee of the Right to Privacy Committee. He is presently a member of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure and of the Community Council for the Triangle Program, Canada’s only public school program for LGBTQ youth. He received the City of Toronto Award of Merit for his human rights work in 1996. He is the author of Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality.

Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism


Norah McClintock

Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people. She is the author of more than sixty YA novels, including books in Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit


Fiction Middle Grade

David McConnachie

David is a long-time publishing professional, having served as the NHL’s Director of Publishing from 1996 to 2000. He joined Alternatives Journal as Business Manager in 2011 and has worked to support the on-going media evolution of this 45 year-old environmental media nonprofit.

Meaghan McIsaac

Meaghan McIsaac grew up in Canada. A sci-fi/fantasy nerd, she packed up all her movies and books, and shipped off to the UK to complete an MA in writing for children. Meaghan everntually returned to Canada broke and worked at a series of unpaid internships at publishing houses, magazines and gossip rags. Through it all, she was writing stories in the office, on the subway and on her lunch breaks. She is now the proud author of Urgle, Underhand and The Boys of Fire and Ash. Meaghan currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where you can find her writing and taking care of one noisy beagle and a very hungry Lab. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Fantasy/Sci-fi Young Adult

Lauren McKeon

Lauren McKeon has been the editor of Canada’s progressive, independent This Magazine since December 2011. Before that, she worked as a reporter, editor and writer in the North for several years, living in Yellowknife, and travelling Canada’s territories and northern Alberta to write about everything from prisons to the Peel Valley. Her work has most recently appeared in Toronto Life, where she is a contributing editor, as well as Flare, Hazlitt, and The Walrus. In 2015, she won a gold National Magazine Award in the personal journalism category for her Toronto Life piece “Save me From My Workout.” She tweets infrequently @mckeonlauren.

Brian McLachlan

Brian McLachlan is a regular contributor to OWL Magazine, has numerous freelance clients, and is the comic artist behind the series Princess Planet. His previous book with Owlkids, Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics, won an International Literacy Association award. Brian lives in Toronto with his wife and two boys.

What Noise Do I Make?


Erin McPhee

Erin McPhee is a freelance illustrator, designer, and art director based in Toronto, Canada. Erin received her BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College. She is the Art Director of Quill & Quire Magazine, and has previously worked as a print & packaging designer for Roots Canada, and as a contributing designer for Today’s Parent Magazine. She is also the Web Art Director for, the online branch of Shameless Magazine; an independent publication which publishes intersectional feminist content for smart and sassy youth.

Mark Medley

Mark Medley is the Globe and Mail’s books editor. He previously spent almost eight years at the National Post, where he served as books editor and wrote about arts and culture. A graduate of Queen’s University and Ryerson University, his work has appeared in publications across Canada, including The Walrus and Toronto Life. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, son and an evil cat.

Mark Medley will be hosting the Bestsellers Stage from 2:45 PM to 5:45 PM. 

Shawn Micallef

Shawn Micallef is the author of The Trouble with Brunch: Work Class & the Pursuit of Leisure, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, and Full Frontal TO, all Coach House Books publications. He is also a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing.  Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. His forthcoming book, Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness will be published by Random House in early 2017.

Angela Misri

Angela Misri is a Toronto author who writes detective fiction inspired by her birth country, Great Britain. The first book in her YA detective series is called Jewel of the Thames and follows her detective Portia Adams through her first three cases as she immigrates from 1930s Toronto to the bustling streets of London. The next two books in the series are called Thrice Burned and No Matter How Improbable. Misri has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and has spent most of her career at the CBC in Toronto making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites.

Angela Misri will be hosting the Teen Spirit Stage from 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM. 

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore is the bestselling author of the novels February, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Alligator, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Flannery is her first book for young readers.


Fiction Young Adult

Pamela Mordecai

de book of Mary is Pamela Mordecai’s sixth collection of poetry. Her previous collections are Subversive Sonnets, The True Blue of Islands, Certifiable, de man: a performance poem, and Journey Poem. Insomniac Press published her book of short fiction, Pink Icing and Other Stories in 2006 to superb reviews and TAP Books published her first novel, Red Jacket, in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. Her writing for children is well known internationally. El Numero Uno, a play for young people, had its world premiere at the Theatre for Young People in 2010. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

de book of Mary

Fiction Poetry

Kim Moritsugu

Kim Moritsugu, a member of the Humber School for Writers faculty, is the author of six books of fiction. Her most recent novel is The Oakdale Dinner Club.

Mahtab Narsimhan

Mahtab Narsimhan is an acclaimed author of four middle-grade titles. Her debut, The Third Eye, won the Silver Birch Fiction Award, and her most recent novel, The Tiffin, was shortlisted for the CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award, as well as the Red Maple, the MYRCA and Snow Willow awards. Mahtab lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her at

Mission Mumbai

Humour Middle Grade

Grace O'Connell

Grace O’Connell is the author of the Canadian bestseller Magnified World, published as part of Random House’s New Face of Fiction program. Her work has appeared in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, the National Post, This Magazine, ELLE Canada, Sharp for Men, the Journey Prize Stories, and many other publications. In 2014, she won the Canadian Authors Association’s Emerging Writer Award. Her second novel, Be Ready for the Lightning, is forthcoming in summer 2017.

Grace O’Connell will be hosting the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent from 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM. 

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General’s Award-winning author of the Airborn series and the Silverwing saga, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His most recent novels are The Boundless and The Nest. A two-time nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Every Hidden Thing

Young Adult

Jane Ozkowski

Jane Ozkowski has a BA in English and Creative Writing from York University. She works in the office at a motorcycle driving school, and although she does not have a motorcycle, she does have her license in case she needs to make a quick getaway. Watching Traffic is her first novel.

Watching Traffic

Fiction Young Adult

Nathan Page

Nathan Page was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he began writing and performing at an early age. He moved to Toronto in 2010 and now, in addition to writing The Montague Twins, he is a therapist for children who have autism. This is his first comic.

The Montague Twins

Comic Book Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Jennifer Pagliaro

Jennifer Pagliaro is a city hall reporter for the Toronto Star. She was part of the team that covered the police investigation into former mayor Rob Ford and followed John Tory’s 2014 mayoral campaign. She has investigated controversial plans to build a subway to Scarborough and spent a year documenting life inside Toronto Community Housing. She was named Canada’s best young newspaper journalist in 2013.

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin is anchor of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s flagship current affairs program since 2006. He has written four previous books on politics, including Paikin and the Premiers. Paikin has spent thirty years in journalism, almost 25 of them at Ontario’s provincial broadcaster. He lives in Toronto.

Bill Davis: Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times–bestselling author of the Book of Awesome series, which has sold more than a million copies. Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, and the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness. Pasricha lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

The Happiness Equation

Nonfiction Self-Help

Steve Patterson

The host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters, Steve Patterson is a household name, with more than 700,000 listeners tuning in each week. He has performed at several Just for Laughs televised galas, including one hosted by Steve Martin. Considered to be the highlight of the show by the audience and critics alike, Patterson’s performance prompted the legendary Martin to quip, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.” In addition to his stand-up comedy and radio work, Patterson has written for several publications, including the Globe and Mail, Irish Independent, London Free Press, the Toronto Star, and Canadian Living.

The Book of Letters I Didn't Know Where to Send

Humour Nonfiction

Geoff Pevere

Geoff Pevere has been writing, broadcasting and teaching about movies, media and popular culture for more years than he can currently count. He currently writes a weekly column and movie reviews for The Globe and Mail, and his most recent book is Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story, published by Coach House Books. He is also the author of Donald Shebib’s Goin’ Down the Road, Toronto on Film and co-author of the national bestseller Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey.

Geoff Pevere will be hosting the Nothing But The Truth Tent from 2:45 PM to 5:45 PM. 

Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter established a career as a public funder and then a communications and public engagement director before earning a graduate degree at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Throughout her career, Jay has spearheaded noteworthy projects with organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto Police Service, the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and DIALOG, a national architecture firm. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, York University, Centennial College and Seneca College, and was recently a faculty member at the University of Guelph-Humber. Jay has also written for Spacing, CBC Radio, The Walrus and the Toronto Star.



Mitch Potter

Mitch Potter, longtime foreign affairs writer, has filed from 33 countries since 2000, including coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he earned a National Newspaper Award.

Mohammad Qadeer

Mohammad Qadeer is Professor Emeritus of urban and regional planning, Queen’s University, where he was the Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning from 1985 to 1996. Dr. Qadeer has also served as a consultant-expert for various United Nations’ agencies, Canadian federal, provincial and local governments, as well as to the Government of Pakistan. He’s published widely on topics concerning planning for multicultural cities, ethnic enclaves, immigration and settlement, and international development. Multicultural Cities: Toronto, New York and Los Angeles is his most recent book.

Multicultural Cities: Toronto, New York and Los Angeles


Priya Ramanujam

Priya Ramanujam is a self-employed journalist most passionate about using her writing, interviewing, and editing abilities to share stories and perspectives often under-reported, misrepresented, or missing from “legacy media”. In 2004, while in journalism school, she co-founded Urbanology Magazine, an independent magazine focused on music, arts, culture, fashion, and technology from a “hip-hop generation” point of view, with Adrian McKenzie. Priya contributes regularly to many publications – many alternative, independent or community based – such as LiisBeth, New Canadian Media and The Scarborough Mirror. She strongly believes in the power of mentorship and social entrepreneurship. Connect with her @SincerelyPriya

Iain Reid

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction, One Bird’s Choice and The Truth About Luck, which was one of Globe and Mail‘s best books of 2013. Reid’s work has appeared in a variety of publications throughout North America, including The New YorkerThe Globe and Mail, and the National Post. In 2015, he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is his first novel.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Ken Reid

Ken Reid co-anchors the weeknight prime-time edition of Sportsnet Central alongside Evanka Osmak. He is also a co-host of Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Ash, and his two boys, Jacoby and Langdon. He still dreams of playing just a single shift in the NHL, but that ain’t gonna happen. Jeff Marek hosts Sportsnet’s Thursday Night Hockey and co-hosts Hockey Central Saturday. He is also co-host of the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast with Greg Wyshynski.

One Night Only: Conversations with the NHL’s One-Game Wonders

Nonfiction Sports

Tashauna Reid

Tashauna Reid is an entertainment reporter for CBC News, appearing regularly on CBC News Network and CBC Toronto. She has covered everything from the Toronto International Film Festival to Canada Day on Parliament Hill. Tashauna started her career behind the scenes as an Associate Producer on The National where she worked with reporters and contributors. She has also worked as a local TV and radio reporter in newsrooms across the country, from Fredericton to Edmonton.

Tashauna Reid will be hosting the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent from 2:15 PM to 5:45 PM. 

M.E. Reid

Born in Chatham, New Brunswick, M.E. Reid has lived in Cold Lake, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Petawawa, Ontario; and West Germany. She currently lives in Kitchener, Ontario, and is the mother of two children with autism (one with Asperger’s). The Turing Machinists is her first book for young adults.

The Turing Machinists

Fiction Young Adult

Rose Reisman

Rose Reisman is a leading authority on the art of eating and living well. She’s a motivational speaker, columnist, and TV personality, with over 18 cookbooks published. Dedicated to improving the eating habits of families, she is the owner of Rose Reisman Catering and Personal Gourmet as well as a restaurant consultant at the Pickle Barrel chain and Glow Fresh Grill and Wine Bar in Toronto. Rose lives in Toronto with her family.

Rush Hour Meals


Jael Richardson

Jael Ealey Richadson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, legendary quarterback Chuck Ealey. Richardson lives in Brampton, Ontario where she serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).

The Stone Thrower


Leisha Riddel

Leisha graduated from Sheridan College’s Animation program in 2010. After graduating, she completed work for such clients as Nickolodeon, Disney, Titmouse Inc., and Capcom. The majority of her work focuses on character design and visual development.

She is currently visual development on True and the Rainbow Kingdom with Netflix, Friends with You, and Guru Studio.

She is also a member of Dames Making Games Toronto, where she has worked on several independent games, and the creator of #PROJECTSOLACE, a feminist graphic novel initiative based out of Toronto.



Comic Book Fantasy/Sci-fi

David Rider

David Rider is the Toronto Star’s city hall bureau chief, in charge of covering Mayor John Tory’s administration and previously the coverage at city hall of former mayor Rob Ford. Rider has also been an editor at the Star, a reporter and editor at other Canadian and international news outlets and an English teacher in Japan.

Soraya Roberts

Soraya Roberts still feels like a teenager even though she’s, like, old. She worked as an entertainment editor from 2005 to 2011 and is now a full-time writer. She has contributed long-form culture articles to Hazlitt, Harper’s, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She also appears in the anthology Secret Loves of Geek Girls (Bedside Press, 2015) and is currently working on a memoir about journalism. She lives in Toronto.

In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life


Joan Roberts

Joan Roberts served as a union organizer for the phone operators at Bell Canada. She later worked as a development consultant for the Labour Council Development Foundation. Currently, she runs a training and consulting practice. She lives in Toronto.



Dan Robson

Dan Robson is a senior writer at Sportsnet Magazine, and is the co-author of the bestselling book The Crazy Game, with Clint Malarchuk. He lives in Toronto.

Change Up

Nonfiction Sports

Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson is the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in FranceAfter the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris, as well as the forthcoming Every Time We Say Goodbye. Jennifer holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

Moonlight Over Paris


Josh Rosen

Josh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Toronto, Ontario. He has experience providing comics and illustration work for a variety of clients, in addition to self-published work and personal projects.

Stuart Ross

Stuart Ross published his first literary pamphlet on the photo-copier in his dad’s office one night in 1979. Through the 1980s, he stood on Toronto’s Yonge Street wearing signs like “Writer Going to Hell,” selling over seven thousand chapbooks. He is the author or co-author of twenty books of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as scores of chapbooks, leaflets and broadsides. Stuart was a member of the short-lived improvisational noise trio Donkey Lopez. He is a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective and has his own imprint, a stuart ross book, at Mansfield Press. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at

A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent


Jeffrey Round

Jeffrey Round is the author of nine novels, including the Lambda Award–winning Lake on the Mountain, and a poetry collection, In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci. His first two books, A Cage of Bones and The P-town Murders, were listed on AfterElton’s Top 50 Greatest Gay Books. He is a founding member of the Naked Heart Festival of Words and lives in Toronto.


Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Sheila Sampath

Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist designer. She is the Principal and Creative Director at The Public, a social justice design studio specializing in community-based processes and participatory design; the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, a Canada-wide feminist magazine for teens girls and trans* youth; and an Assistant Professor of alternative and speculative practices in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. Her first book, Letters Lived, focusing on feminist lineage, was published in Fall 2013 under the Three O’Clock Press’ Women’s Press imprint, and her current art practice explores themes of intergenerational trauma, memory-loss and ritual through displacement and diaspora.

Greg Santos

Greg Santos is the author of two full-length books and two chapbooks. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Geist, McSweeney’s, and more. Santos teaches creative writing to at-risk youth and students of all ages. He is the poetry editor for carte blanche and lives in Montreal with his family.

Shannon Scanlan

Shannon Scanlan is a sculpture and installation artist currently living and working in Toronto. Her work investigates themes of body image and sexuality. Currently Shannon is making a series called Soft Manipulations that uses embroidery, beadwork and zippers in a way that solicits tactile investigation.

Born in Vernon British Columbia, Shannon Graduated from the University of Victoria with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. After travelling in the United Kingdom and working in Victoria, Shannon moved to Toronto in 2011 to complete her Master of Fine Arts at York University in 2013. Shannon has shown in Victoria, Montreal, Toronto and Windsor.

Ellen Scheinberg

Dr. Ellen Scheinberg is the President of Heritage Professionals, a consulting company in Toronto that delivers archival, museum and information management services. Ellen has published articles about archival studies, women’s history, labour history, Canadian Jewish studies and immigration history, and was the recipient of the Ontario Historical Society’s Scadding Award of Excellence and the Alexander Fraser Award.

The Ward


Diane Schoemperlen

Diane Schoemperlen is the Governor General’s Award winning author of twelve works of fiction and non-fiction, most recently By the Book: Stories and Pictures, a collection illustrated with her own full-colour collages, which was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

This Is Not My Life

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

Richard Scrimger

Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and adults. His works have been translated in many languages and have been critically acclaimed around the world. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His novel From Charlie’s Point of View was a CLA Honor Book and was chosen as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library. Richard’s latest, Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book, was listed as a Top Shelf Honoree by VOYA magazine. His books Ink Me and The Wolf and Me are part of the Seven series. He lives in Toronto.

Weerdest Day Ever!

Fiction Middle Grade

Downside Up

Fiction Young Adult

John Semley

John Semley is a writer living in Toronto. His work has appeared in The Believer, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, Esquire, The A.V. Club, The Walrus, Reader’s Digest, and a whole bunch of other magazines, newspapers, and websites. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and the Toronto Star.

This Is a Book About the Kids in the Hall

Humour Nonfiction

Olive Senior

Olive Senior is the winner of the first Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (1987) for her collection Summer Lightning. Her novel Dancing Lessons (2011) was a finalist for the 2012 First Novel Award, a finalist for the 2012 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Senior is also the author of the non-fiction book Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal (2014); the children’s books Anna Carries Water and Birthday Suit; and the collections Discerner of Hearts and Arrival of the Snake Woman.

The Pain Tree

Fiction Short Stories

John Sewell

A lifelong Torontonian, John Sewell grew up in the Beach neighbourhood and graduated from the University of Toronto Law School. After his career in city politics, he chaired an Ontario Royal Commission on land use policies, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, worked as a columnist for The Globe and Mail and NOW Magazine, and wrote books on city planning and police. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

How We Changed Toronto


Drew Shannon

Drew Shannon is Toronto illustrator born in London, Ontario, who moved after graduating from Sheridan’s Illustration program in 2011. Some of his clients include the Globe and Mail, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, NPR, Unicef, and more. His first children’s book Extreme Battlefields with author Tanya Lloyd Kyi was published this year by Annick Press

The Montague Twins

Comic Book Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Kenneth Sherman

Kenneth Sherman is the author of several books of poetry including the highly acclaimed Words for Elephant Man and Black River. He has also published two collections of essays, Void and Voice and the award-winning What the Furies Bring. A new poetry collection, Jogging with the Great Ray Charles is forthcoming from ECW Press. He lives in Toronto, where he conducts poetry-writing workshops.

Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction

Vivek Shraya

As a writer, musician, performance artist, and filmmaker, Vivek Shraya has, over the course of the last few years, established herself as a tour de force artist of the highest order. Vivek’s body of work includes ten albums, four short films, and three books, including the YA book God Loves Hair (A Quill and Quire and Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book of the Year) and the adult novel She of the Mountains (a Lambda Literary Award finalist).

even this page is white


Antanas Sileika

Antanas Sileika has published four books of fiction and is the director of the Humber School for Writers. His comic memoir, The Barefoot Bingo Caller, will appear in spring of 2017.

Antanas Sileika will be hosting the Wordshop Marquee from 11:00 AM to 5:45 PM.

David Silverberg

David Silverberg is the artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam. His most recent book of poetry is Bags of Wires, and he edited Canada’s first spoken word anthology, Mic Check.

Bill Slavin

Bill Slavin has illustrated over eighty books for children, including the acclaimed Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey, It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph by Monica Kulling and Little Chicken Duck by Tim Beiser. He is also the author and illustrator of the Elephants Never Forget series. Among his many honors, he has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, the Blue Spruce Award, the California Young Reader Medal and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children’s Literature. Bill lives near Millbrook, Ontario.

Who Broke the Teapot?!


Tom Slee

Tom Slee writes about technology, politics, and economics and in the last few years has become a leading critic of the sharing economy. He has a PhD in theoretical chemistry, a long career in the software industry, and his book No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart is a game-theoretical investigation of individual choice that has been used in university economics, philosophy and sociology courses. He lives in Waterloo, Canada and blogs at

What's Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy


Carolyn Smart

Carolyn Smart has written six previous collections of poetry, including The Way to Come Home (Brick Books, 1993), and Hooked: Seven Poems (Brick Books, 2009). Her memoir At the End of the Day (Penumbra Press, 2001) won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. Smart is an editor for the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series of McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith is the former Insight editor at the Toronto Star and is the author of The Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government.

Dan Smith will be hosting the Toronto Star Tent from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. 

Carey Sookocheff

Carey Sookocheff was born on a cold January day in Ottawa, Ontario. She has also lived through the chilly seasons of Calgary, Winnipeg and Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. A long-time sufferer of perennially cold feet, she now experiences the “wet cold” winters of Toronto with her husband, two daughters and their dog.

Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems


Patrick Sparrow

Patrick Sparrow is a man – or a man-esque creature – from other worldly regions. He likes to draw gross out ghouls and monsters and goons, because that’s what he identifies with. He is the creator of wildly unpopular comic Dirtbaby and Bonecat as well as author of the book 100 Monsters and the curator of Simpzine (yes, an all-Simpsons zine) and Squatch Watch.

Bianca Spence

Bianca Spence is an arts administrator and publishing professional with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. Her career has included stints at McClelland & Stewart, Cormorant Books, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Whether in editorial, rights management, or marketing and publicity, she has worked with authors who have won or been nominated for the Giller Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and Canada Reads. An avid book lover, she lives in Toronto where she remains actively involved in the publishing industry.

Ted Staunton

Ted Staunton is the prize-winning author of many books for young people, from long-time picture book favorite Puddleman, to young adult novels, including Who I’m Not . Over the years he’s also performed and led workshops everywhere from Inuvik to Addis Ababa. When not writing stories, Ted writes music and plays in the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band. Born very young, Ted is now older and lives with his family in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit


Fiction Middle Grade

Sam Stedman

Sam is a former university professor, with a PhD in ethics and theatre from the University of Toronto, and a mission to make his family more eco-friendly, step by step, piece by piece. After over 10 years of post-secondary teaching, Sam branched out in an effort to inform and inspire a much wider audience to make positive, engaged, intelligent choices in the world.

Patricia Storms

Patricia Storms is an illustrator/author of children’s books and humour books. She loves to draw, paint, write, sing, dance, play the ukulele and dream. She has illustrated many children’s books including 13 Ghosts of Halloween, Be a Writing Superstar, Kid Confidential, Snowy Science, and her newest Halloween book, The Ghosts Go Spooking. She also enjoys writing stories! She has written and illustrated The Pirate and the Penguin and the much-loved Never Let You Go. Patricia lives and creates in Toronto, Canada, with her wonderful book-loving husband and two quirky cats in a cozy old house full to the brim with books.

Patricia Storms will be hosting the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 11:30 AM to 2:20 PM.

Cordelia Strube

Cordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including Alex & Zee, Teaching Pigs to Sing, and Lemon.  Winner of the CBC literary competition and a Toronto Arts Foundation Award, she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Prix Italia, and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  A two-time finalist for ACTRA’s Nellie Award celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting, she is also a three-time nominee for the ReLit Award.

On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light


Amy Stuart

Amy Stuart won the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, and was a finalist for the 2012 Vanderbilt/Exile Award. She is a recent masters’ graduate from the University of British Columbia. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and her three sons. Visit

Still Mine

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Andrew Sullivan

Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, Ontario. His debut short story collection, All We Want Is Everything (ARP Books, 2013), was one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2013. Sullivan no longer spends his days handling raw meat, boxes of liquor, or used video games. Waste is his first novel.


Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Moez Surani

Moez Surani has travelled, studied, and worked in countries around the world. His writing has been featured in numerous publications, including the Best Canadian Poetry (2013 and 2014), The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Harper’s Magazine, and PRISM International. His poetry publications include collection, Reticent Bodies (2009), and Floating Life (2012). In 2009, he won a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and later, attended artists’ residencies in Italy, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Canada. His latest book, Operations, (BookThug 2016) was a 2014 finalist for Les Figues Press Book Prize.



Malcolm Sutton

Malcolm Sutton lives in Toronto. His fiction has appeared in Maisonneuve and Joyland, and his writing on art has appeared in C Magazine and Border Crossings. He is the Founding Editor of The Coming Envelope journal of innovative prose, and the Fiction Editor at BookThug Press. Job Shadowing is his debut novel.

Job Shadowing


Kevin Sylvester

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.


Fantasy/Sci-fi Middle Grade

Jason Taniguchi

Jason Taniguchi is a writer and actor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His poems and short fiction appear in the collection Jason Taniguchi’s Very Sensible Stories and Poems for Grown-ups from Kelp Queen Press. He has also both written for and appeared in the History Television series History Bites. Taniguchi is known for his one-man science fiction parody shows at Ad Astra, for which he received the 2003 Prix Aurora Award in the category Fan (Other). Jason is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools and Trinity College in the University of Toronto.

Very Sensible Stories and Poems for Grown Persons

Humour Poetry Short Stories

Marivel Taruc

Marivel Taruc is the award-winning host of CBC’s Our Toronto. She is also a reporter and frequent co-host of CBC Toronto News at  6 PM.  Previously, Marivel was the business anchor for CBC News: Morning.  In her many positions, Marivel has interviewed top newsmakers of the day, including business leaders, star athletes and federal politicians. Recently, Our Toronto won the prestigious Trina McQueen RTNDA Award for Television News Information Programming.

Taruc graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She is happiest when she’s gathered around the dinner table with her husband and two daughters – and a plateful of Filipino food.

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario and an award-winning playwright, journalist, short-story writer, novelist, commentator, scriptwriter and documentarian. As a writer/creator, he strives to educate and inform about issues that interfere with, reflect on and celebrate the lives of Canada’s First Nations.

With around 30 books to his credit, including the series that considered First Nations’ lives through the themes of Me Funny, Me Sexy and Me Artsy, Taylor turns his attention to another genre: Science Fiction. Using classic science fiction tropes filtered through First Nations perspectives Taylor is creating an exciting new genre that explores essential human and Aboriginal issues, all with his unique brand of humour.

Take Us to Your Chief

Fantasy/Sci-fi Fiction Short Stories

Tatum Taylor

Tatum Taylor is a writer and heritage specialist at ERA Architects. She holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University, where she worked on the editorial team for the Future Anterior Journal. She is actively involved with ICOMOS Canada and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s Executive Committee.

The Ward


Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker has won many prose and short-story writing competitions, and her stories have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in Ajax, Ontario.

The Clay Girl


Jonathan Valelly

Jonathan Valelly is a writer, zinester, and community artist. His writing has appeared in Xtra!, Noisey, Quill & Quire, among others, and he is the assistant editor at Broken Pencil Magazine. He is also a co-editor at Gay 4 Pay Press, a zine distributor focusing on radical politics and gay men. He is a lead artist and bookmaker with Making Room Community Arts in Parkdale.

Daniel Viola

Daniel Viola is the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest Canada, and Motherboard, among others.

Thomas Walkom

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. Before that, he wrote for The Globe and Mail, first as an Ottawa parliamentary reporter, then as Tokyo bureau chief. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto and is author of Rae Days: The Rise and Follies of the NDP. His column appears Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Tanya Watt

Tanya has held creative positions at FLARE, Weddingbells, enRoute, and Toronto Life magazines. In 1996, she pioneered, the first online fashion and beauty website in Canada. Tanya maintained her position as FLARE‘s Art Director for 17 consecutive years before joining Judy Inc as a freelance Creative Director. Tanya is a regular consultant for the National Magazine Awards and the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and is a guest instructor at Ryerson University.

Paul Wells

Paul Wells is a national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. Previously, Wells was the political editor of Maclean’s magazine. In 13 years at Maclean’s, he won three gold National Magazine Awards. His book, The Longer I’m Prime Minister, won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize and the Ottawa Book Award.

Andrew Westoll

Andrew Westoll is an award-winning narrative journalist and internationally published author. A former biologist and primatologist, his books include The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which was a national bestseller and winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The Jungle South of the Mountain is his first novel.

The Jungle South of the Mountain


Nathan Whitlock

Nathan Whitlock’s award-winning fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Flare, Fashion, Geist, Maisonneuve, and Best Canadian Essays, and he has appeared on radio and television discussing books and culture. Heather O’Neill called A Week of This, Whitlock’s first novel, “a portrait of people in a small town so intimate that it feels like you are under the covers with them.” He is a contributing editor for Quill & Quire. He lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

Congratulations On Everything


Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems (2006), and Precordial Thump (2008), and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009) won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Fashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows Degrassi and Schitt’s Creek. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.

The Best Kind of People


Janet Joy Wilson

Janet Joy Wilson is senior executive sales director at Penguin Random House Canada, the resident Book Lover at Global TV’s “The Morning Show,” and Co-Founder & Outreach Director of The Reading Line, a series of “book rides” aimed at raising awareness of bike routes in need of infrastructure improvements. She is also co-captain of Cycle Toronto’s Ward 13 advocacy group, and 100in1Day urban intervention leader of Slow Down Jane, an initiative to slow down vehicular traffic on Jane Street. She lives and breathes books and bicycles, and is always looking for new ways to talk about them.

Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn Winters is a performer, poet, scholar, and the award-winning author of twenty-six books, including Good Pirate and Bad Pirate. When she isn’t writing, Kari-Lynn is an associate professor at Brock University in Saint Catharines. But she wasn’t always happy in the classroom. In elementary school, Kari-Lynn found writing hard and didn’t always want to do it. Eventually, though, her love of storytelling, theatre, and children’s literature led her to discover that writing really is ARRRRRsome!

Kari-Lynn Winters will be hosting the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 2:20 PM to 5:20 PM. 

Good Pirate


Jenn Woodall

Jenn Woodall is an illustrator, designer and cartoonist who dwells in Toronto, Ontario. Jenn creates her own comics and curates zines. Her current ongoing series is titled, ‘Magical Beatdown.’ She is the creator and editor of FIGHT! zine, a project which invites illustrators to create their own original female fighting game characters.

Marnie Woodrow

Marnie Woodrow is the acclaimed author of two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss, and In The Spice House. Her novel, Spelling Mississippi, was short-listed for the First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Heyday, is a two-era love story set on Toronto Island.