Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 26th festival is shaping up to be another great one. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
André Alexis is a Canadian writer who was born in Trinidad and came to Canada at the age of four. He has written for theatre, radio and opera, and he has published short stories, novels, and essays. His first novel, Childhood, was nominated for a Giller Prize, a Writer’s Trust Award and it won the Trillium award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. André lives in Toronto and is currently finishing a novel to be published in 2016.
R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson is a Canadian author of eight speculative fiction novels for children and teens, including the UK-bestselling Knife and the Nebula Award-nominated Ultraviolet. As a child she immersed herself in fairy tales, mythology, and other classics of fantasy literature; as an adult she learned to love the Golden Age detective novels of Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham as well. The result is her latest book A Pocket Full of Murder, a magical 1930’s-style mystery set in an alternate version of Toronto. Rebecca lives with her husband, three sons, and two obstreperous felines in Stratford, Ontario.
A Pocket Full of Murder
April Nicolle is the Storyteller in Residence at Equinox Holistic Alternative School where she tells stories to children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 as part of the school curriculum. She also is a storyteller at Evergreen Brickworks where she shares stories of the history and adventures found in the Don Valley. April can be heard at various other locations throughout the city, including many of the local libraries and other schools including the Waldorf Academy. April is an executive member of Storytellers for Children.
Kelley Armstrong is the #1 Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series, as well as the young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, the Darkness Rising trilogy, and the Nadia Stafford series. She lives in rural Ontario.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books — novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood’s work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her most recent books of fiction are Moral Disorder, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson. Visit www.margaretatwood.ca.
(Margaret Atwood will not be in attendance. Lynn Crosbie will read on her behalf)
Bryan Baeumler has always had a passion for building, and for getting the details right. As a child, he spent many summers working on the family cottage alongside his father. Now, with Baeumler Quality Construction, he and his team build and/or renovate over 40 homes and cottages each year. A natural-born teacher, the Gemini Award-winning host has been educating and entertaining viewers for over seven years on HGTV Canada’s hit shows House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, and Canada’s Handyman Challenge. Watch Bryan now on Leave It To Bryan Mondays at 10 PM on HGTV Canada.
Matt Basile is the creator of the Toronto-based street-food brand Fidel Gastro’s which originated as a pop-up selling street food in underground markets across the city. Basile operates one of Canada’s most recognizable food trucks and a street-food inspired cicchetti bar called Lisa Marie, and he is the host of the reality TV show Rebel Without a Kitchen. Basile has teamed up with his partner in life and business, Kyla Zanardi who is the book’s photographer. The two have spent their lives together making fun food and photographing it.
Street Food Diaries
Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries, and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website The Shakespearean Rag.
David Beer is the Toronto Star’s urban affairs editor, in charge of coordinating stories focusing on municipal politics, transportation, development, urban design and issues – big and small – across the GTA and sometimes beyond. He has been keenly involved with the Star’s coverage of Toronto city hall since David Miller was mayor.
Ted Bishop is a professor of English literature and film studies at the University of Alberta. His first book, Riding with Rilke, was a Canadian bestseller and was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Literary Award for Non-Fiction.
The Social Life of Ink
Kate Blair is a native of Portsmouth, UK, and is now a Canadian citizen living in Toronto. Transferral is her first novel.
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and spent twenty years in New York City as a writer and a scriptwriter for such shows as Law and Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, before making his home in Toronto. He is the author of the six novels in the bestselling Cardinal crime series, featuring Algonquin Bay’s John Cardinal and Lise Delorme, which he is currently adapting as a television series for CTV. He is widely considered “one of Canada’s top crime novelists” (The Globe and Mail) and among “crime drama’s elite” (Publishers Weekly). He is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel and a recipient of the British Crime Writers’ Macallan Silver Dagger.
The Hesitation Cut
Leah Bobet’s debut novel, Above, was short-listed for both the Prix Aurora Awards and the Andre Norton Award and commended in the CCBCs Best Books for Kids and Teens Awards. She is the recipient of the Lydia Langstaff Memorial Prize for her short fiction, which has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens. Leah lives in downtown Toronto, where she works as an editor, bookseller and urban agriculture activist. Visit Leah online at www.leahbobet.com.
An Inheritance of Ashes
Erin Bow is a physicist turned poet turned children’s novelist—and she’s won major awards in all three roles. She’s the author of the acclaimed Russian-flavored fantasy Plain Kate, which received two starred reviews and was a YALSA Best Book of the Year, and the terrifying YA ghost story Sorrow’s Knot, which received five starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.
The Scorpion Rules
David Bruser has reported on bad charities, Canadian war veterans who become criminals, prescription drug safety and police officers who lie in court. His stories have led to changes in law and policy, one of the largest product recalls in Canadian history, and a Health Canada import ban on drugs made by Apotex in India. He has won three National Newspaper Awards in the category of Investigations.
Mark Bulgutch’s own entry into journalism started with a paper route. After journalism school, he worked for the CBC News for over 35 years. He was the senior editor of The National for 11 years and retired as Senior Executive Producer of TV News, which put him in the control room for all major special events, from election nights to commemorations of Remembrance Day. He is the recipient of 14 Gemini awards, 4 RTNDA Awards, the Canadian Journalism Foundation Award of Excellence, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award. He has taught journalism at Ryerson University since 1987.
That's Why I'm a Journalist: Top Canadian Reporters Tell Their Most Unforgettable Stories
Nina Bunjevac is an acclaimed comic artist whose first book, Heartless, was published in 2012 and received the Doug Wright Award in the Spotlight category. Her second book Fatherland came out in 2014 and is an autobiographical graphic novel about Nina’s family and especially her father, a Serbian nationalist who died under mysterious circumstances.
Matt Cahill is a Toronto-based author and psychotherapist. He writes novels, short fiction and essays, and has contributed work to Ryeberg, BlogTO and Torontoist. His short story, “Snowshoe,” appeared in September 2014 with Found Press.
The Society of Experience
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 is the editor at Quill & Quire, the Arts & Ideas editor at This Magazine, and a books columnist for Metro News.
Catherine Lane is a Toronto based artist who received both her MFA (2010) and BFA (2006) from York University in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Lane’s current studio practice focuses on drawing-based installations that involve non-linear, visual narratives. She has received artist grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council, and has completed artist residencies with the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska and the Open Studio Printmaking Centre in Toronto. She currently teaches at OCAD University and Sheridan College. www.catherinelane.ca
Dory Cerny is the Books for Young People editor at Quill & Quire magazine. In addition to writing about the Canadian book scene and reviewing fiction, non-fiction, and kidlit for Q&Q, Dory’s book-related writing has appeared in The Humber Literary Review, Canadian Children’s Book News, and on CBC.ca. Dory has also written extensively on health and parenting for publications including Today’s Parent, Canadian Family, Canadian Health, and Allergic Living. When not reading and writing, Dory spends her time wrangling her three rambunctious kids, hanging out with her awesome husband, and desperately trying to find half an hour to do a bit of yoga.
Chris Chambers is the author of Lake Where No One Swims and Wild Mouse (with Derek McCormack), which was nominated for the Toronto Book Award. These poems have appeared in Taddle Creek, Jacket, This Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada and were awarded the K. M. Hunter Artist Award.
Thrillows & Despairos
Sally Christie received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia. She was born in England of British parents and grew up around the world in England, Canada, Argentina, and Lesotho, attending eight schools in three languages. She spent most of her career working in international development and currently lives in Toronto. A life-long history buff who wishes time travel were a real possibility—she’d be off to the eighteenth century in a flash!—The Sisters of Versailles is her first novel.
The Sisters of Versailles
Austin Clarke is one of Canada’s foremost authors, whose work includes ten novels, six short-story collections, three memoirs, and two collections of poetry. His novel The Polished Hoe won the 2002 Giller Prize. Clarke is a member of the Order of Canada, holds four honorary doctorates, and has been awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the W.O. Mitchell Prize, and the Casa de las Américas Prize, among others. In his fifty-year career, he has worked as a journalist, a professor, and a cultural attaché in Washington D.C., while publishing acclaimed fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He lives in Toronto.
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.
Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His previous books include Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, a Maclean’s bestseller, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book, Canada-Caribbean region, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Fearsome Particles, also shortlisted for the GGLA and longlisted for the IMPAC; and Practical Jean, nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He lives in Toronto.
Hope Makes Love
Mark Connery is a comics and zine artist based in Toronto. His book Rudy (2014) collects 20 years of his much-loved underground mini-comics.
Lesley Crewe is the author of several novels, including Chloe Sparrow, Kin, and Relative Happiness, which has been adapted into a feature film. Previously a columnist and freelance writer, Lesley is a Montreal native who now lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Visit her at lesleycrewe.com
Megan Crewe is the highly acclaimed author of several books and pieces of short fiction for young adults. Her first novel, Give Up the Ghost, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. The Way We Fall, the first instalment in Crewe’s Fallen World trilogy, was published to great acclaim in 2012, and was shortlisted for the OLA White Pine Award. Earth & Sky, the first novel of her most recent series, received critical acclaim and was selected as a Top Ten Young Adult Fiction pick by the OLA.
The Clouded Sky
Lynn Crosbie was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, author, and poet. Crosbie holds a Ph.D in English literature with a background in visual studies; she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Pearl, Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, Liar, and Life Is About Losing Everything. She is also the author of the controversial book, Paul’s Case and most recently, Where Did You Sleep Last Night. She is a contributing editor at Fashion, and a National Magazine Award Winner who has written about sports, style, art, and music.
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
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.
Susan DaDalt is a seasoned ASL instructor, with experience teaching both in the community, and in various college programs. She is well-known for her inspirational ASL rap, using a drum. Susan is a talented and influential leader in the Deaf community, and we consider ourselves lucky that, though she hails from Newfoundland, she has brought her talents west to Ontario!
Gillian “Gill” Deacon, born and raised in Toronto, is an award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author. Gill’s portfolio includes prominent roles at CBC including host of CBCTV’s Code Green, weekly arts correspondent for CBC News Morning, host of CBC’s flagship daytime show, The Gill Deacon Show and guest host for CBC Toronto’s Here and Now program. Gill’s interests include music, photography and painting. She has been part of various bands for the past 25 years and currently sings in a Toronto band called The Circumstantialists. Gill lives in Toronto with her husband Grant Gordon and is the mother to three boys ages 10, 12 and 14.
Suzanne Del Rizzo has been sculpting, painting and creating art in any medium where she can get her hands messy since she was young. She creates dimensional illustrations using plasticine and sometimes polymer clay and mixed media. She enjoys the challenge of rendering texture and detail in such a malleable medium. Her debut picture book, Skink on the Brink, written by Lisa Dalrymple, won the 2014 SCBWI Canada Crystal Kite Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 Rainforest of Reading Award. Her second book, Gerbil, Uncurled, is set to release in the fall of 2015.
Carol Devine is a researcher, writer, activist, and humanitarian professional. She is strategic advisor to the Museum of AIDS that aims to open in 2017 in South Africa. She has also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Rwanda, Southern Sudan, and East Timor and was MSF Canada’s Access to Essential Medicines Campaigner, fighting for accessible, effective, and affordable medicines for developing countries. Carol created the Antarctic civilian cleanup expedition on which this book is based. She lives in Toronto.
The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning
Patrick deWitt was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Cherie Dimaline has held many jobs including magician’s assistant, museum curator and executive director. Her creative work has been featured in national magazines and sought after for diverse anthologies. Her first book, Red Rooms, debuted in spring of 2007 and received positive accolades from both Aboriginal and mainstream audiences, culminating in its receiving the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the Anskohk Literary Festival. Since its release, Red Rooms continues to find its way onto college and university reading lists and into libraries and schools internationally. She has traveled across Canada and to Australia to give readings and present lectures on her writing.
Dimaline lives in Toronto, Canada with her partner and their three children, is the Editor of SPIRIT, an Indigenous arts and culture magazine and is at work on her second book. She was recently nominated for the 2009 KM Hunter Artists Award for Literature.
Kevin Donovan is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. He has won three National Newspaper Awards, two Michener Awards and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is the author of The Dead Times, a mystery novel, co-author with Nick Pron of Crime Story and author of ORNGE: The Star Investigation That Broke the Story.
Deborah Dundas is the Books Editor at the Toronto Star, after reviewing books for the Star for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for 25 years, including stints as the Books Editor at Canada AM and producer at TVO, where she interviewed or produced shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses.
Kim Echlin lives in Toronto. She is the author of Elephant Winter, Dagmar’s Daughter, and Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer. Her third novel, The Disappeared, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction.
Under the Visible Life
Cary Fagan is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. He has twice been a Toronto Book Award finalist, and he has won the Jewish Book Award and the World Storytelling Award. He has been a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. Cary lives with his family in Toronto.
Mr. Zinger's Hat
L. M. Falcone is an award-winning author who loved mystery books so much that she became a private investigator. She has also worked as a writer for Nickelodeon TV. Her books include the middle-grade chillers Walking with the Dead, The Midnight Curse and The Devil, the Banshee and Me. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
The Ghost and Max Monroe: Case #3 The Dirty Trick
Terry Fallis is a two-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour. He is the author of four bestselling novels including The Best Laid Plans, which won the Canada Reads competition, and was developed into a six-part CBC TV miniseries. In 2013, he was named Author of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association. His new comic novel is Poles Apart.
Jackie Farquhar is the editor of Chirp and contributing editor of chickaDEE and OWL Magazines. Along with writing and editing, she also makes all the recipes and crafts for Chirp, chickaDEE and OWL. She especially enjoys adapting healthy recipes that kids are sure to have fun making and eating.
Cooking with Chef Chirp
Teresa Fleming is one of Canada’s most noted, creative, and compelling ASL storytellers, poets, and educators. She is passionate about providing accessible services to members of the Deaf community. She seeks to preserve ASL and Deaf culture through her award-wining storytelling talent, poetry, and literature.
Keith Garebian is the author of five previous poetry collections – Frida: Paint Me As a Volcano (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac), and Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica) – and fourteen books of non-fiction. His writing has earned him numerous awards, including the William Saroyan Medal (Armenia), three Mississauga Arts Awards (Established Literary), Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Awards, and numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council.
Georgia and Alfred
Natale Ghent is an award-winning author of, among other books, Gravity Brings Me Down and Millhouse. Her work has been critically acclaimed, garnering awards and recognition internationally.
Douglas Gibson worked as an editor and publisher from 1968 until he retired from McClelland & Stewart in 2007. His Douglas Gibson Books was Canada’s first editorial imprint, and lives on. He published his first memoir, Stories About Storytellers, in 2011. He travels widely from his Toronto base, and this book will produce a new show.
Across Canada by Story
Few are better qualified to both debunk falsehoods and nail down amazing facts than Kevin Gibson, TSN’s one-man Research, Stats and Information Department. He is a regular on the show Mike Richards in the Morning on TSN Radio 1050 and a popular presence on Twitter (@TSNResearch).
Of Myths and Sticks: Hockey Facts, Fictions and Coincidences
Don Gillmor is the author of the bestselling, award-winning two-volume Canada: A People’s History, and two other books of nonfiction. His debut novel, Kanata, was published to critical acclaim, and his second novel, Mount Pleasant, published in 2013, was a national bestseller. Gillmor has also written nine books for children, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award, and he is one of Canada’s most accomplished journalists. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
Susan Glickman is a novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. Her previous fiction includes The Violin Lover (2006), which won the Martin and Beatrice Fischer Prize in Fiction of the Canadian Jewish Book Awards, and The Tale-Teller (2012), which was published to glowing reviews and translated into the French language and published in Quebec by Boréal. Her book of criticism, The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape (1998) won the Raymond Klibansky Prize and the Gabrielle Roy Prize. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.
Safe as Houses
A former president and publisher of Penguin Books and former Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program, Cynthia Good has worked with such writers as John Ralston Saul, Alice Munro, Stuart McLean, Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay and many others.
James Grainger’s debut collection of stories, The Long Slide, was the winner of the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His reviews and articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, Men’s Fashion, Sharp and Rue Morgue. He presents his first novel, Harmless. Set over the course of a single day and night, it is a tense, provocative and psychologically astute tale about a weekend reunion of old friends that takes a terrifying turn.
Stella Partheniou Grasso is the author of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck, Over at the Rink: A Hockey Counting Book and 101 Creepy Canadian Jokes. Stella and her family live in Ajax, Ontario. Visit her at www.stellapartheniougrasso.com.
Five Busy Beavers
E. Graziani is a teacher, author, and self-proclaimed life-long learner. Her love of history, word artistry, and storytelling help to fuel these goals, as do her students who particularly enjoy her classroom read alouds. She has worked with the Alzheimer Society of Canada to raise awareness and educate people regarding this disease. Graziani has written two other books, Alice of the Rocks and Jess Under Pressure. She resides in Stoney Creek, Ontario, with her husband and four daughters.
War in My Town
Chantel Guertin is the bestselling author of two adult novels – Stuck in Downward Dog and Love Struck – and two YA novels in the Pippa Greene series – The Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines. She’s a beauty expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and editor-at-large at The Kit. She lives in Toronto, ON.
Ian Hamilton is the author of the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee novels, which will be adapted for television by CBC. The first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Amazon.ca Top 100 Book of the Year, and a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year. Most recently, The King of Shanghai was an instant Canadian bestseller and, in July 2014, BBC included Ian Hamilton on their list of “crime writer[s] to read now.”
The King of Shanghai
Christie Harkin is the consultant publisher at Clockwise Press, focusing on diversity and inclusion in children’s books (www.clockwisepress.com). Formerly, she was the children’s publisher at Fitzhenry & Whiteside and James Lorimer & Co., as well as a high school teacher, homeschooling mom, and childern’s book reviewer. www.christieharkin.com
Tim Harper has served as a Toronto Star correspondent in Vancouver and Ottawa, where he was also bureau chief, spent six years as Washington correspondent and two years as national editor. Since 2011 he has been a national affairs columnist based primarily in Ottawa. He is a regular commentator on CTV’s Power Play. He has covered six Canadian federal elections and two U.S. presidential elections.
Monica Heisey is a writer and comedian from Toronto. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Playboy, The Cut, HelloGiggles.com, The Hairpin, The Toast, Reader’s Digest, Noisey, New York Magazine, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, www.fashionmagazine.com, The Toronto Standard, SheDoestheCity.com, Munchies, and CBC Punchline, among others. She is an editor with VICE‘s new women’s-focused project called Broadly.
I Can't Believe It's Not Better: A Woman's Guide to Coping With Life
Sarah Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in Gothic Literature, Fairy Tales & Fantasy, and Women in Fiction. Some of her best story ideas come from class discussions. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two sons, and a poodle named Nora. Mad Miss Mimic is her first novel.
Mad Miss Mimic
Greg Hollingshead has published six books of fiction, including The Roaring Girl, The Healer, and Bedlam. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Currently professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre, in 2011–2012 Greg served as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto with his wife Rosa Spricer.
Robert Hough’s novels have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His most recent novel, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Toronto.
The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan
Tania Howells is the illustrator of Berkeley’s Barn Owl Dance, Willow’s Whispers and Willow Finds a Way. Her work has also appeared in Chirp and Today’s Parent magazines and the National Post, among other publications. She lives with her husband and son in Toronto, Ontario, where she indulges her love of shape, color and pattern every chance she gets. Starring Shapes! marks Tania’s author-illustrator debut.
Alison Hughes is an award-winning writer who has lived, worked, and studied in Canada, England, and Australia. Her first novel, Poser, was nominated for a Red Cedar and a Hackmatack award. Though she has other books for young readers published, Gerbil, Uncurled is her first picture book. Alison lives with her family in Edmonton, Alberta, where two busy gerbils have been among their many pets.
Dietrich Kalteis’s short stories have been published widely, and his screenplay Between Jobs was a finalist in the 2003 Los Angeles Screenplay Festival. Kalteis lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also the author of Ride the Lightning.
The Deadbeat Club
Etta Kaner writes non-fiction books for both children and teachers. Many have won awards and have been translated into various languages.
Etta Kaner feels that the most enjoyable part of writing non-fiction books is finding out about things that she doesn’t already know. She loves to interview experts in fields with which she is unfamiliar either in person or by phone.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Etta enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading humorous or historical fiction books, exploring new places, cooking and dancing (but not all at the same time!) She does most of these activities in Toronto, Canada.
Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth about Animals That People Love to Hate
Peter Kavanagh is a veteran of Canadian media, having worked for twenty-five years at the CBC in television and radio with programs such as The Journal, Morningside, The Sunday Edition and Ideas, as well as publishing in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and numerous publications in the United States and Europe. He lives with his wife, Debi Goodwin, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times
As a former museum curator, Susanna Kearsley brings her own passion for research and travel to her novels, weaving modern-day and historical intrigue. She won the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Award for her novel Mariana, the 2010 Romantic Times Book Review’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction novel for The Winter Sea, was shortlisted for a 2012 RITA Award for The Rose Garden, and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from the Canadian Crime Writer’s Association for Every Secret Thing. She lives outside Toronto, Canada.
A Desperate Fortune
Emily M. Keeler is the books editor of the National Post. In 2012, she founded the award winning literary magazine, Little Brother.
Edward Keenan is a city columnist for the Toronto Star who has lived in the city all his life. He is also the host of The Edward Keenan Show on Newstalk 1010. 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. He is also an eight-time finalist at the National Magazine Awards.
Joseph Kertes, until recently the dean of Creative and Performing Arts at Humber College, won the Leacock Medal for his first novel, and the Canadian and U.S. National Jewish Book Awards for his novel Gratitude. His latest novel is The Afterlife of Stars.
Karen Krossing grew up in Ontario, with a family who loved to read. She began to create stories when she was eight, and she continued this habit by writing poetry in high school. Karen studied English at university then became a book editor and a technical writer. After Karen had kids, she began writing fiction for children and teens. Karen also encourages new writers through workshops for kids, teens and adults. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.karenkrossing.com.
Punch Like a Girl
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, which was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the short-story collection Way Up, which won the Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Kuitenbrouwer’s short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, Numéro Cinq, Joyland and Storyville. She is an award-winning instructor with the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.
All The Broken Things
Alison Lang is the editor of Broken Pencil Magazine. She will be hosting the Zine Race at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent.
Dave Lapp is a cartoonist and art teacher who works in Toronto. His published books include a collection of his Children of the Atom comics; Drop-In, a collection based on his experiences teaching art at a Toronto drop-in youth centre, and People Around Here.
Andrew Larsen was born in Montreal but now lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. He has written several children’s books, including Bye, Bye, Butterflies!. His picture book, In the Tree House won the Book of the Year 2013: Books for Young People by Quill & Quire, the 2014 Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults from Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, the 2014 Jean Throop Book Award, and the 2014 Canadian Children’s Literature Award Fan Choice Award. He has also been nominated for the OLA Blue Spruce Award and the Shining Willow Award.
Charlie's Dirt Day
A three-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, JonArno Lawson is the author of numerous books for children and adults, including Enjoy It While It Hurts, Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box, and Think Again. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
Perrine Leblanc was born in Montreal in 1980. Her first novel, published under the title L’homme blanc in Quebec and Kolia in France, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Fiction, Quebec’s “Canada Reads” competition, and the Grand prix du livre de Montréal, and was longlisted for Elle magazine’s Grand prix. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Dennis Lee, Toronto’s first poet laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of such enduringly popular children’s collections as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read around the world. He lives in Toronto. Web: DennisLee.ca
Melvis and Elvis
Hilary Leung was born November 2, 1975, in Hamilton, Ontario where he grew up throwing things, climbing stuff and drawing cartoons. Only one of these activities kept him out of trouble. In grade five, he wrote and illustrated his first picture book, Rover’s Adventure. It was epic, but remains unpublished. In December 2003, Hilary created an ultimate frisbee tournament for three birthday friends. He assigned each birthday person as a captain of a team and doodled a ninja, a cowboy and a bear for their birthday cards. The tournament was a success and Ninja Cowboy Bear has grown into a popular annual event in Toronto.
In January 2008, Hilary and his good friend David Bruins decided to work on a fun project together. Together they created the book, The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. Hilary plans to follow his dream of illustrating children’s books and drawing for a living. He currently lives and works as a freelance graphic artist in the GTA.
The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear
John is an award-winning journalist who has contributed to Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Saturday Night, Report on Business, and Quill & Quire, among other publications. He has written extensively on amalgamation, education, sprawl, and other city issues. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his coverage of urban affairs. His first book, Opportunity Knocks: The Truth About Canada’s Franchise Industry (1995), was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award. He lives in Toronto.
The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood
Kyo Maclear is the award-winning author of Spork, Virginia Wolf, Mr. Flux and Julia, Child. Kyo resides in Toronto, where she shares a home with two children, a cat, a musician and a lot of books. In addition to writing, she likes to listen to music, watch old movies, do yoga, make art and play around in her bright, open kitchen.As well as writing for children, Kyo is a novelist and a visual-arts writer.
The Specific Ocean
Jacob McArthur Mooney hosts the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series at The Steady Café in the west end. The editor of the 2015 Best Canadian Poetry in English, his third collection of poetry, Don’t Be Interesting, is out next spring from McClelland & Stewart. His essays and reviews have recently appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Deadspin.
Bruce McDougall saw his first NHL game at Maple Leaf Gardens between the Canadiens and the Leafs in 1955. He was 5 years old. Since then, he has authored 16 books, including best-selling business books such as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Personal Finance for Canadians and How I Stopped Worrying about Retirement (without alcohol, nicotine, caffeine or other artificial stimulants). His books also include biographies of Ted Rogers and John Wilson Murray (the “great detective”) and a collection of short stories entitled Every Minute Is a Suicide. Bruce McDougall resides in Toronto.
The Last Hockey Game
Ken McGoogan is the best-selling and award-winning author of a dozen books, among them 50 Canadians Who Changed the World and How the Scots Invented Canada. Before turning mainly to books, Ken worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, and in faraway places as different as Edinburgh, Sydney, Stromness, and Hobart. www.kenmcgoogan.com
D.J. McIntosh a member of the Society for Mesopotamian Studies and a former co-editor of Fingerprints, the newsletter of the Crime Writers of Canada. She is a strong supporter of Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She lives in Toronto.
The Angel of Eden
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty books, many of which have garnered awards and honors. Her novel Bringing Up Beauty won the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, while crush.candy.corpse was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis YA Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Red Maple Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, and the Snow Willow Award, as well as being selected as one of OLA’s Best Bets and Resource Links’ Year’s Best for 2012. Former editor of Today’s Parent, Sylvia McNicoll travels extensively to teach and talk about writing. Follow her blog at sylviamcnicoll.com.
Best Friends through Eternity
Mark Medley is The Globe and Mail’s Books Editor. Prior to joining The Globe, he spent almost eight years at the National Post, where he worked as an arts reporter before becoming the Books Editor. His work has appeared in publications across North America, including Toronto Life and The Walrus.
Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about science and social trends. She is a global thinker who specializes in investigative reporting. Her most recent full-length book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international bestseller that won the prestigious Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. Her one-woman play based on that book was nominated for a Dora Award and she toured across Canada. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Malignant Metaphor: Finding the Hidden Meaning of Cancer
Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montréal. And the Birds Rained Down, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier’s Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as were her translations of Élise Turcotte’s Guyana and Hervé Fischer’s The Decline of the Hollywood Empire.
And the Birds Rained Down
Steve Newberry is an emerging artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) degree from the University of Guelph. He has traveled extensively and exhibited his work in Canada and Japan. Primarily a sculpture and installation artist but comfortable working in a variety of media, his work often – but not always – explores our complicated connection to the natural world. Recently he has expanded his practice into the animation world, making weird and wonderful kid-friendly videos under the banner ‘Scratch Garden’. www.stevenewberry.com
David Nickle is a Toronto-based author and journalist whose fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies like Cemetery Dance, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, the Northern Frights series and the Queer Fearseries. Some of it has been collected in his book of stories, Monstrous Affections. His first solo novel, Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, led the National Post to call him “a worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King.” His most recent novel, Rasputin’s Bastards, was called supernatural eeriness at its best. He also works as a reporter, covering Toronto municipal politics for a chain of community newspapers.
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
Hal Niedzviecki is a Canadian author, speaker, editor, and cultural critic whose work focuses on the effects of mass media, pop culture, and consumer technology on individual life and society. His previous books include The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and our Neighbors and Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity. The founder and fiction editor of Broken Pencil magazine, he holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Bard College and lives in Toronto.
Trees on Mars
Peter Nowak is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and blogger. His work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the South China Morning Post, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, and the Toronto Star. While working in New Zealand, he was named the technology journalist of the year by the Telecommunications Users Association; back in Canada, he won the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance award for excellence in science and technology reporting.
His first book, Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology as We Know It, was a national bestseller.
Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species
Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent and The Boundless. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children. His website is www.kennethoppel.ca.
Kevin Page was the first ever Parliamentary Budget Officer, appointed to the position in March 2008. Previous to that position, he was a civil servant for the Canadian Government for over twenty-seven years. Currently, he is based in Ottawa, where he holds the Jean Luc Pepin Research Chair at the University of Ottawa.
Unaccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill
Jennifer Pagliaro is a city hall reporter at 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. While covering the crime beat she wrote about youth violence in low-income neighbourhoods and police-involved shootings. She was named Canada’s best young newspaper journalist in 2013.
Neil Pasricha is one of the world’s leading experts on happiness and the power of positive thinking. He is the #1 International Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome series with over a million copies sold in a dozen languages. He has given one of the most popular TED Talks of all time called “The 3 A’s of Awesome.” He wrote this book to teach his son the power of attitude, awareness, and authenticity.
Awesome is Everywhere
Nick Pengelley is the author of the Ayesha Ryder series of political thrillers. Australian by birth, he has had careers in Australia, Canada, and the UK as a law professor, a legal consultant, and an analyst of Middle East politics, which is his passion. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Pamela.
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. 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 Shabib’s Goin’ Down the Road, Toronto on Film and co-author of the national bestseller Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey.
Lana Pesch is an alumnus of the Banff Wired Writing Studio and her short fiction has been published in Little Bird Stories: Volumes I and II. She was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and won the Random House of Canada Creative Writing Award at the University of Toronto in 2012. Moving Parts is her first book. She lives in Toronto.
Casey Plett wrote the short story collection A Safe Girl To Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction. She wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and her work has been featured in The Walrus, Rookie, Plenitude, and other publications. Originally from Manitoba, she has recently moved to Ontario.
A Safe Girl to Love
Emily Pohl-Weary’s latest book is Ghost Sick,a collection of poetry. Her previous books include the young adult fantasy novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, a Hugo Award-winning biography, a ghost love story about making movies, and a female superhero anthology.
Jayme Poisson was part of a team that won a Michener Award for the Star’s investigation into Mayor Rob Ford. In 2015, she was part of a Star team that won the Sydney Hillman Foundation Award for public service journalism for reporting on sexual assault in Canada.
She has also been nominated for a National Newspaper Award and a Canadian Association of Journalism Award.
Andrew Pyper is the author of The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. He is also the author of five previous novels, including Lost Girls, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Four of Pyper’s novels, including The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.
Bob Rae is a senior partner with the law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP and teaches public policy and governance at the University of Toronto. Elected eleven times federally and in Ontario, Bob served as Ontario’s 21st Premier as well as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae and lives in Toronto. This is his fifth book.
What’s Happened to Politics?
Sabrina Ramnanan was born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents. She completed her B.A. in English and B.Ed at the University of Toronto. In addition, Sabrina is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education Creative Writing Program and the recipient of the 2012 Marina Nemat award. Her work has appeared in Diaspora Dialogues, Cerulean Rain, Writing in the Margins, The Caribbean Writer and Joyland. This is her debut novel.
Nothing Like Love
Barbara Reid is one of Canada’s premier picture book authors and illustrators. Her brilliant Plasticine art has graced the pages of more than a dozen picture books, including the Governor General’s Award-winning The Party, Two by Two, Read Me a Book, The Night Before Christmas, Perfect Snow, Picture a Tree and Welcome Baby. Barbara is a member of the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at www.barbarareid.ca.
Sing a Song of Bedtime
Bill Richardson is a Vancouver-based writer and broadcaster. He has hosted numerous shows on CBC Radio, including Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert. Most recently he has collaborated with composer and singer Veda Hille in the creation of Do You Want What I Have Got? — A Craigslist Cantata, which was staged at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. His books include Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and After Hamelin, a novel for children that was a winner of the Silver Birch Award.
The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps
Jael Ealey Richardson graduated from the University of Guelph, where she majored in Drama and minored in English. Jael performed in numerous theatrical productions at the university, including the role of Isobel in Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets and the title role in Lorena Gale’s Angelique. In the later years of the program, with experience in theatre production and a strong background in performance, Jael began her first full length play and work-in-progress my upside-down black face. Selections from the play were included in the anthology T-Dot Griots. She is now developing the play as an emerging artist with Diaspora Dialogues 2008. Jael is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.
Leo Brent Robillard is an award-winning author and educator. His novels include Leaving Wyoming, which was listed in Bartley’s Top Five in The Globe and Mail for Best First Fiction; Houdini’s Shadow, which was translated into Spanish; and, most recently, Drift. In 2011, he received the Premier’s Award for Teacher of the Year. He lives in Eastern Ontario with his wife and two children.
The Road to Atlantis
Nancy Rose discovered the curiosity of the little American Red Squirrels when she saw them raiding the bird feeders in her backyard. Crafting miniature settings and squirrel size props and luring them with hidden peanuts, she has captured the inquisitive squirrels in a variety of adorable human-like poses. Nancy Rose, who is a high school guidance counsellor when she isn’t photographing squirrels, lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
The Secret Life of Squirrels
Jeff Ross is an award-winning author of five novels for young adults. He currently teaches scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, where he lives with his wife and two sons. For more information, visit www.jeffrossbooks.com.
Set You Free
Since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics, Kevin Sands has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, and a teacher. He lives in Toronto, Canada. The Blackthorn Key is his first novel.
The Blackthorn Key
Greg Santos is the author of two full-length books and two chapbooks. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Geist, McSweeneys, and more. Santos has been facilitating poetry workshops for youth through his participation with the Writers in the Community program through the Quebec Writers Federation since 2012.
Dr. Ellen Scheinberg is the President of Heritage Professionals, a heritage consulting company in Toronto that delivers archival, museum, and information management services. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Ottawa and has worked as a heritage specialist for the past 25 years. She was the recipient of the Ontario Historical Society’s Scadding Award of Excellence and the Alexander Fraser Award, which recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the Ontario archival community. She is currently in the process of completing a coffee table book that examines the history of Toronto’s Jewish community.
The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood
Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a passionate storyteller and community builder in the food world, social activist for women’s rights and a body image activist. Full time, she heads up the Toronto community of Gastropost and runs the blog Fat Girl Food Squad. In her spare time she freelances for Paste Magazine, SheKnows and BizBash. When she’s not kicking ass and taking names (in between working and eating), she is having deep feelings for coffee, trashy reality television and drag queens.
Nazneen Sheikh has written several fiction and nonfiction titles for adult and young adult audiences, including Chopin People and Ice Bangles. Her culinary memoir, Tea and Pomegranates: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Kashmir, won second place in the English and French special interest food and beverage book category from Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph. Nazneen was born in Kashmir and went to school in Pakistan and Texas. She lives in Toronto.
The Place of Shining Light
Born and raised in Montreal, Emil Sher taught at a secondary school in rural Botswana before returning to Canada to pursue a degree in creative writing. Emil has written professionally ever since: stage plays, screen plays, non-fiction, and children’s fiction. His stage adaptation, of Karen Levine’s Hana’s Suitcase, will be remounted in Toronto and Montreal in Fall 2015, before touring Seattle in early 2016. Young Man With Camera is his first YA novel, and 2016 will see the release of two picture books. Emil currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with his family.
Young Man With Camera
Gisela Sherman is an actor and a writer. She has written several children’s books, including Grave Danger and King of the Class. She is a contributor to The Globe and Mail and other newspapers. She lives in Dundas, Ontario.
Adam Shoalts, called “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by the Toronto Star, has proven that the age of exploration is far from over. His expeditions into Canada’s wilderness have generated new geographic knowledge and garnered international headlines. Focusing on the vast Hudson Bay Lowlands (the closest thing left to a blank spot on the global map), this area, larger than the United Kingdom, is virtually unexplored to this day. Shoalts is the author of Alone Against the North and is currently completing a Ph.D. at McMaster University.
Alone Against the North
Eric Siblin is the bestselling author of The Cello Suites, which won the QWF Mavis Gallant Nonfiction Prize and the McAuslan First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. So far, the work has been published in thirteen territories and in nine languages. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Antanas Sileika has published four books of fiction and many pieces of print journalism, and is the director of the Humber School for Writers.
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in St. Catharines, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Her YA Game series includes Rush, Push, and Crash. She also writes books for adults. Visit Eve at www.EveSilver.net.
Host 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.
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is the author of nineteen books for young people. Her specialty is writing about little-known bits of history. Her recent wins include Silver Birch Awards, the BC Red Cedar Award and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award.
Chef Michael Smith is the bestselling author of seven cookbooks, including Back to Basics, Fast Flavours, Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen, and The Best of Chef at Home. He is the popular host of several Food Network TV shows, including Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef at Home and Chef Abroad, and is a judge on Chopped Canada. Michael is a passionate advocate of simple, sustainable flavors and the growing Canadian cuisine movement. He lives on Prince Edward Island with his wife, Chastity, and their children, Gabe, Ariella, and Camille.
Make Ahead Meals
Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia, and has been drawing since an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, and he has received awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown where he eats too many banh mi sandwiches and goes to the library or the Art Gallery of Ontario on his breaks.
Dan Smith is the former Insight editor at the Toronto Star and is the author of The Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government.
Fiona Smyth is a working artist, educator, cartoonist, and zinester since 1986. Fiona illustrated the Kickstarter-funded Cory Silverberg book What Makes A Baby in 2012 and the follow-up Sex Is A Funny Word releasing this summer through Seven Stories Press.
Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised in British Columbia. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. She is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections; she is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband.
(*Emily St. John Mandel will not be in attendance. A representative will read on her behalf.)
Patricia Storms is an author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books and humour books. The National Reading Campaign described her popular picture book Never Let You Go as “… a cuddle up-and-read book that is sure to evoke laughter and hugs.” Her newest illustrated picture book is The Ghosts Go Spooking, written by Chrissy Bozik and published by Scholastic Canada. Patricia lives and creates in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two cute cats in a cozy old house full to the brim with books.
The Ghosts Go Spooking
Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and broadcaster. His books include the Neil Flambé series, Gold Medal for Weird, and Sports Hall of Weird. He lives in Toronto, Ontario
Drew Hayden Taylor is the editor and compiler of Me Artsy. He is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist who was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. He is the author of over twenty-five books, and the editor of Me Funny and Me Sexy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006 and 2008).
Since 2010 Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker have been collaborating under the moniker Timeanddesire, creating work that addresses themes of perception, cognition, new-genre public art, signage, interventionism and socially engaged installations. They have done numerous outdoor art interventions both nationally and internationally in such places as Japan, Las Vegas, Chicago, The Canadian Prairies, Toronto and Montreal. Their work has been exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Toronto Urban Film Festival, Latcham Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery Culture Centre, Art Souterrain, White Water Gallery and Eyelevel Gallery. St Marie completed her BFA at the University of Victoria, while Walker received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. As of September 2015 St Marie & Walker have embarked on a collaborative MFA at the University of Waterloo. www.timeanddesire.com
K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. Today, she is the author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and the Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
Glenn Turner is a teacher-librarian with a career spanning three decades. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines including School Libraries in Canada and Preview. His interest in the Toronto Carrying Place trail stretches back to teenage summers on the banks of the Humber. He lives in Ottawa.
The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto's Most Ancient Trail
Leslie is the acclaimed author of Scrabble Lessons—stories about the desire that punctuates our most ordinary days—and Gulf, a collection of poetry that explores longing and belonging in a transient world. Leslie is also the founding director of Piper’s Firth: Writing at Kilmory, an intensive writing retreat held every fall on Newfoundland’s spectacular Burin Peninsula.
Ledger of the Open Hand
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 Wednesday and Saturday.
Ann Walmsley is a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine Awards. She founded her first book club at age nine. She lives in Toronto with her family.
The Prison Book Club
Annabelle Waugh, Canadian Living’s Food Director, has worked in Canada’s top test kitchens for 15 years. After graduating from Chef School at George Brown College in Toronto, she worked as a line cook and a pastry chef before landing her dream job as a recipe developer for Canadian Living. After over five years of honing her skills in the Test Kitchen, Annabelle opened her own food consulting business, working as a recipe developer, editor and TV script consultant for a variety of popular brands. In 2010 she returned to Canadian Living, directing her team of food specialists in creating all of the Tested-Till-Perfect recipes for the monthly magazine, multiple special issues, canadianliving.com, the On The Table app, the award-winning Canadian Living magazine tablet app, and a bestselling cookbooks division.
Canadian Living: The Ultimate Cookbook
Shannon Whibbs, senior editor for fiction at Dundurn, is the editor of Austin Clarke’s memoir ‘Membering. She has also edited the works of authors such as Audrey Thomas, Farzana Doctor, George Fetherling, Allan Stratton, and Priscila Uppal. She holds a B.A. in English from Queen’s University and is a graduate of the Centennial College Book and Magazine Publishing Program. Shannon is a former writer for Chart Magazine and has done editorial work for FASHION Magazine, Harlequin, and House of Anansi. She lives in Toronto.
Nicola Winstanley has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. So when her toddler Sam started making nighttime travels, she would tuck him back under his covers and tell him a story that let him know how much his bed needed him. (Now bed is his favorite place and she can’t get him up in the morning, but he still loves stories . . .) Nicola’s previous book, Cinnamon Baby, won an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
The Pirate's Bed
Kari-Lynn Winters is a picture book author, poet, and performer. After finishing her doctoral program at UBC in literacy education, Kari-Lynn assumed her new job as Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in-education and language arts to teacher candidates. Kari-Lynn has over a dozen books published or in press, many of which have won reader’s choice awards.
Frieda Wishinsky is the award-winning author of over sixty books. She writes in a variety of genres: picture books, novels, and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into many languages and her picture book, Please, Louise! (Groundwood), won the 2008 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Frieda’s newest books are Explorers Who Made It… or died trying and A History of Just About Everything, written with Elizabeth MacLeod. Frieda loves sharing the writing process with students at all levels.
Liz Worth is a Toronto-based author. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto’s early punk scene. She has also released a poetry collection called Amphetamine Heart and a novel called PostApoc. You can reach her at www.lizworth.com, on FB (www.facebook.com/lizworthbooks), or Twitter @LizWorthXO.
No Work Finished Here
Richard B. Wright is the author of twelve novels, and has won the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the CBA Libris Awards for Author and Book of the Year. Many of his novels have been bestsellers and his most recent one, Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard, was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in St. Catharines with his wife, Phyllis.
A Life with Words
Showey Yazdanian has contributed to Maclean’s, the Toronto Star, The Guelph Mercury, The Lawyer’s Weekly, The Ithaca Journal, The Manchester Evening News, and the story collection Footprints for Mothers and Daughters. Showey grew up in Toronto and graduated with a law degree from Western University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Read more at www.showey.net.
Paul Yee was born in Saskatchewan but grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He is the author of nearly thirty books, including the Governor General’s Award-winning Ghost Train as well as Saltwater City: An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver, winner of the Vancouver Book Award. His most recent children’s book is Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts (Tradewind Books); his new novel, A Superior Man (Arsenal Pulp Press), is his first written for an adult audience. He lives in Toronto.
A Superior Man
Hoda Zarbaf is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Toronto. Zarbaf’s work is mainly concerned with gender issues interconnected with the ideas of memory and longing. In her most recent series “soft soul” Zarbaf uses recycled textiles, pre-owned clothing, used toys or and old furniture to make figurative sculptures. The use of pre-owned wearable and furnighgs in this work – along with the folk act of stitching and patching – bring a palpable level of intimacy to this body of work. Born in Tehran amid early years of the Islamic Revolution and war, Hoda’s imagination has been influenced by the age-old folktale of her childhood. She received her BFA and an MA in Animation from the University of Tehran. In 2008 she relocated to Canada to pursue an MFA from the University of Windsor. Zarbaf has showed several successful series of paintings and sculptures internationally in the past decade. www.hodazarbaf.com