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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Alex A. discovered his love for drawing and creating cartoon characters at the early age of eight. His limitless imagination allows him to create new plots and twists and even completely new universes for his wacky and offbeat characters to evolve. The creation of the Jon Le Bon series is the culmination of many years of work. Each of his 5 titles have been CCBC Kids and Teens selections. He has published in both English and French.
Natif de Saint-Jérôme, Alex A. écrit et dessine depuis toujours. Très jeune, il invente le personnage de l’Agent Jean, lui crée des acolytes colorés et s’amuse à les plonger dans des situations extravagantes. En 2011, son rêve se concrétise : les aventures de son agent secret sont enfin publiées et remportent un succès retentissant! Aujourd’hui, six ans après la parution du premier tome, L’Agent Jean?! continue de captiver les lecteurs tant au Québec qu’en France, en Suisse et en Belgique. La série est également traduite pour le Canada anglais sous le titre Super Agent Jon Le Bon?! Mais l’histoire est loin de se terminer là…
Super Agent Jon Le Bon Book 7 : The Ultimate Symbol
L'Agent Jean tome 7 : L'Ultime symbole absolu
Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story written from the monster’s perspective (Kegedonce Press). He is a writer and artist who works in many different mediums, including audio & video, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, and resides in Mono, Ontario.
Roselynn Akulukjuk was born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic. In 2012, Roselynn moved to Toronto to attend the Toronto Film School. After finishing her studies, Roselynn returned home to Nunavut, where she began working with Taqqut Productions, an Inuit-owned production company located in Iqaluit. In 2015, Roselynn wrote and directed the live action and puppetry short film The Owl and the Lemming. Her children’s book of the same name was published in 2016.
The Owl and the Lemming
S.K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, S.K. Ali’s debut YA novel is a beautiful and nuanced story about a young woman exploring her identity through friendship, family, and faith.
Saints and Misfits
Nouvelliste, romancière, poète, essayiste, Marguerite Andersen a publié une quinzaine d’ouvrages littéraires, dont plusieurs furent primés : La mauvaise mère (Prix Trillium, 2014), Le figuier sur le toit (Prix Trillium, Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada, 2009), Parallèles (finaliste, Prix du Gouverneur général, 2004) et La soupe (Grand prix du Salon du livre de Toronto, 2000). Elle est codirectrice de Virages, la nouvelle en revue depuis 1998.
Femme cosmopolite, elle a vécu en Tunisie, en Angleterre, en Éthiopie, au Québec, aux Etats-Unis, en France et vit aujourd’hui à Toronto.
La mauvaise mère
Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. She’s also a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a finalist for the KM Hunter Award. Her previous non-fiction work, Voluptuous Pleasure, was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by The Globe & Mail. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children. For more about Marianne visit her website: marianne-apostolides.com
Deep Salt Water
Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, and immigrant living in Toronto. She writes a column for the Ottawa Citizen. She is best known for her 2016 novel Company Town, which was selected for the 2017 edition of Canada Reads.
Linda Barnard is a National Newspaper Award-winning freelance writer and movie critic for the Toronto Star and thestar.com. A journalist for more than three decades, she says covering TIFF is the high point of her movie year ? although as with any marathon, she’s extremely glad when it’s over. She is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, has interviewed stars from Angelina Jolie to Kermit the Frog and has participated on film juries, including Canada’s Top 10.
Natif d’Ottawa, Pierre-Luc Bélanger est un conseiller pédagogique qui consacre ses étés à l’écriture. Il a publié les romans pour adolescents: 24 heures de liberté, Ski, Blanche et avalanche (Prix Le Droit jeunesse 2016, Prix du Toronto French School 2016, Prix du livre d’enfant Trillium 2017) et Disparue chez les Mayas, tous aux Éditions David. De plus, il est l’auteur du récit Smash sous le soleil, Éditions du CFORP. Passionné de voyage et de sports de plein air il s’en inspire pour écrire.
Ski, Blanche et avalanche
Nina Berkhout’s debut adult novel, The Gallery of Lost Species (Anansi, Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, Éditions XYZ) was acclaimed by the Toronto Star (“Berkhout does a masterful job”) and the Globe and Mail (“deeply moving”). The novel was named an Indigo and Kobo Best Book and a Harper’s Bazaar Hottest Breakout Novel. Berkhout is also the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds, which won the Archibald Lampman Award.
Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories and four novels, including This Book Will Not Save Your Life (which won the 2010 Colophon Award and was longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award). Berry is a reviewer for The Globe and Mail, and teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Born in California and raised in Victoria, BC, Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON, where she operates an independent bookstore, Hunter Street Books.
The Prisoner and the Chaplain
Kate Blair is a native of Hayling Island, UK, and is now a Canadian citizen living in Toronto. Her first novel, Transferral, was a finalist for the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award and the Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow Award, and was a Starred Selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens. Transferral is currently being adapted for television.
Elly Blake is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frostblood. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random occupations, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows Frostblood tendencies. She invites you to visit her at EllyBlake.com
Jean Boisjoli est né et a grandi à Saint-Boniface, au Manitoba. Journaliste à Radio-Canada et à CBC, puis avocat, il a notamment été directeur de cabinet du ministre fédéral chargé des Affaires constitutionnelles. Il a fait son entrée dans les lettres comme poète et a publié trois recueils, qui ont été bien reçus. Jean Boisjoli vit actuellement à Ottawa. La mesure du temps est son premier roman (Prix Trillium 2017).
La mesure du temps
Roo Borson has published thirteen previous books of poems, most recently Rain; road; an open boat and Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays. With Kim Maltman, she writes and translates collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. She lives in Toronto.
Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar
Chrissy Bozik is a teacher and marketer of teaching resources. She’s also the author of The Ghosts Go Spooking, illustrated by Patricia Storms, and The Twelve Trucks of Christmas, illustrated by Joe Bucco.
If You're Thankful And You Know It
Poet and playwright Shannon Bramer lives in Toronto. Previous collections of poetry include: suitcases and other poems (winner of the 2000 Hamilton & Region Best Book Award), scarf, and The Refrigerator Memory. She regularly conducts poetry workshops for students of all ages. An illustrated collection of poems for very young children in forthcoming from Groundwood Books in the spring of 2019. Precious Energy is her first full-length collection in over a decade.
Fanny Britt is a writer, playwright, and translator. She has written a dozen plays and translated more than fifteen. She is the winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award in Drama for her play Bienveillance. Jane, the Fox and Me, her first graphic novel, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature — Text, won a Libris Award, a Joe Shuster award, and was on the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list.
Fanny Britt est écrivain, auteure dramatique et traductrice. Elle compte une douzaine de pièces de théâtre à son actif, dont Bienveillance, lauréate du prix du Gouverneur Général du Canada en 2013. Ses pièces ont été montées sur de nombreuses scènes au Québec, aux Etats-Unis et en Europe. Elle œuvre aussi en littérature jeunesse, à titre d’auteure et de traductrice. On lui doit également des essais littéraires (dont Les tranchées : maternité, ambiguïté et féminisme, en fragments, en 2013).
Louis parmi les spectres
Talentueuse et prolifique, Chrystine Brouillet a écrit une cinquantaine de romans, surtout policiers. Sa série mettant en scène la détective Maud Graham connait un énorme succès, avec plus de 650 000 exemplaires vendus. Cette héroïne, que la romancière décrit comme « une femme ordinaire exerçant un métier hors de l’ordinaire », est une enquêtrice de grande expérience au flair et à la ténacité redoutables. Elle cultive, à l’image de son auteure, un doux penchant pour la gourmandise.
À qui la faute ?
Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and he won the award in 2010. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Two-Man Tent is his first work of fiction.
Two Man Tent
David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General’s Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Brother is his second novel.
Kristen Ciccarelli hails from Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, where she grew up on her grandfather’s grape farm. She spent her childhood running wild with her cousins, adventuring in the woods, obsessing over books, dragons, and girls wielding really cool weapons. These days Kristen resides in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit her online at www.kristenciccarelli.com
The Last Namsara
Kerry Clare is a National Magazine Award-nominated writer and editor of the anthology The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. Her essays, reviews and short fiction have appeared most recently in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Joyland, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Kerry teaches blogging at the University of Toronto and writes about books and reading at her popular website, PickleMeThis.com. She is also Editor at 49thshelf.com.
Karen Connelly is the prize-winning author of eleven books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a memoir and a love story on the Thai-Burmese border that was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her first novel, The Lizard Cage, won the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Married with a young son, she divides her time between homes in rural Greece and Toronto.
The Change Room
Méira Cook is the award-winning author of the novels The House on Sugarbush Road, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and Nightwatching, which won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She has also published five poetry collections and has won the CBC Poetry Prize and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, and the Winnipeg Public Library.
Once More With Feeling
Ron Corbett is an author, journalist, and broadcaster living in Ottawa. The author of seven non-fiction books, this is his first novel. He is married to award-winning photo journalist Julie Oliver.
Ragged Lake: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery
Paul Covello is an illustrator, designer, and motion graphics artist. He is the author and illustrator of Canada ABC and Toronto ABC, and a co-illustrator of The Great Canadian Cottage Colouring Book and Canada to Colour. He lives in Toronto. For more information visit paulcovello.com.
Nick Cutter is the national bestselling author of The Troop (winner of the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing), The Deep, and The Acolyte, and is a pseudonym for the author Craig Davidson, the acclaimed literary writer of novels such as Cataract City, Rust and Bone, and The Fighter.
Illustrateur montréalais, Maxim Cyr a étudié à l’Université du Québec à Montréal en design graphique. En 2010, il signe avec Karine Gottot la série Les Dragouilles, mélange de bandes dessinées et de chroniques sur les grandes villes du monde. Avec cette série, le duo remporte plusieurs prix littéraires canadiens, dont le Tamarack Express et le Hackmatack. En 2015, Maxim lance Victor et Igor, une nouvelle série de bandes dessinées humoristiques mettant en vedette deux robots excentriques.
Les dragouilles en vacances!
Jack David, Publisher, of ECW Press, has spent decades in the literary trenches. ECW, publishes books ranging from wrestling guides to novels to poetry. He is a great friend of students, and has always been willing to listen to a pitch or consider any literary project.
“A master of bowel-loosening terror” (The Globe and Mail), David Demchuk has been writing for stage, print and other media for more than thirty years. Primarily known as a playwright, his works have been produced in Toronto, New York, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Chicago, San Francisco, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London, England. His debut novel, The Bone Mother, was published by ChiZine Publications in July 2017.
The Bone Mother
Michael Dennis is a poet from Ottawa, Ontario. He has published seven books of poetry and nearly twenty chapbooks, and has been widely published in Canadian literary magazines and journals. For the last three years Dennis has been the labour behind “Today’s book of poetry” a regular blog where Dennis talks about books of poetry he likes. Dennis has posted over 450 blogs/reviews of Canadian and American small press poetry. These days he can be found in Vanier, keeping his laneway clean.
Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and 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 at the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her book A Gentle Habit was published in August 2016.
The Marrow Thieves
mitêwâcimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling
Emma Donoghue spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical to the contemporary. Her novel Room was a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Best Book of 2010, and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange prizes. The Lotterys Plus One is her first novel for young readers.
The Lotterys Plus One
Dawn Dumont is a columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the Regina Leader-Post, and Eagle Feather News. She has previously written for the Edmonton Journal and CBC Radio and has worked as a stand-up comic making people laugh at clubs across North America including New York’s Comic Strip, the Comedy Club, the Improv, and Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s and the Laugh Resort. She lives in Saskatoon.
Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages and has earned more than $1 million in royalties to benefit Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada.
A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of five national bestsellers, including his most recent, Poles Apart, all published by McClelland & Stewart. His sixth novel, One Brother Shy, was published by M&S in May, 2017. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons, and blogs at www.terryfallis.com. Follow @TerryFallis on Twitter.
One Brother Shy
Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. The Night Gardener is his first children’s book. See more of his work at Society6.com/opifan64 and on Facebook (Eric Fan Illustration).
The Night Gardener
Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. The Night Gardener is his first book. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at Krop.com/TerryFfan and Society6.com/igo2cairo and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).
The Night Gardener
As the editor of Chirp, Jackie curates the magazine’s content, writes, and edits each issue. She also contributes to chickaDEE and OWL Magazines by editing fiction and writing the crafts and recipes — her desk is often covered in glitter and glue! But the best part of her job is getting to hang out with Chirp and meeting readers at local events.
Growing up in the Niagara region during the Cold War, Terri Favro was told, “If they drop the bomb, we’ll be the first to go.” Today she is a CBC Literary Prize finalist; author of the award-winning novella, The Proxy Bride; and co-creator of the Bella comic book series. Terri lives in Toronto, Ontario, and blogs at TerriFavro.ca.
After more than a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and independent book store chains, Olga Filina graduated from Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program and spent two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency, until she found her perfect home (and family!) at The Rights Factory.
Marlene Finn, M.Ed., is a consultant in Indigenous education and business. A member of the Metis Nation of Ontario, Marlene was born in Toronto. She studied business at Ryerson University and education at the University of Toronto before starting a career as a high school teacher in 1987—leaving the classroom 13 years later for the boardroom, becoming the Director of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and, later, the Vice-President of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
She opened her own consulting business and works with First Nations communities and educational institutes and social service agencies that deliver services to indigenous populations, specializing in program design, development and evaluation; employment training; and communications. Marlene taught Native Studies and conducted Aboriginal Relations training and is a co-author of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Teacher Resource (Pearson) and Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion (Douglas and McIntyre). As agent to Chef David Wolfman, her husband and business partner, Marlene lends her project management skills to support his restaurant makeovers and her curriculum development skills to his training projects in indigenous tourism and family health. She is his videographer at cooking demonstrations and his number one fan.
Cooking with the Wolfman
Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage. She wrote Stolen Words in honour of her grandfather. Melanie never had the chance to speak to him about his Cree heritage, and the story is about the healing relationship she wishes she had been able to have with him. Her book Jordin Tootoo was an American Indian Library Association Honor Book, and Missing Nimama won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Melanie lives with her family in Toronto.
Claude Forand habite à Markham en Ontario. Il a pratiqué le journalisme et il est maintenant traducteur agréé. Depuis 1998, il a publié une dizaine de polars, dont plusieurs mettent en vedette l’inspecteur Roméo Dubuc, qui enquête à Chesterville, une petite ville fictive au Québec. Il a obtenu le Prix Trillium pour Un moine trop bavard. Son plus récent polar s’intitule Cadavres à la sauce chinoise.
Un moine trop bavard
Carolyn Forde has been at Westwood Creative Artists since 2005, and been a shareholder in the agency since 2010. She earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing Sciences from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and completed the Simon Fraser University Publishing Intensive course in Vancouver.
Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist, and the national bestselling author of Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me. She has written about sports for the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Blue Jays Nation, Torontoist, the National Post, Deadspin, Hazlitt, and Vice Sports, among others. She has been a frequent guest on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and is a former member of q’s sports panel. She lives in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @MissStaceyMay.
Baseball Life Advice
M-E Girard lives just outside of Toronto, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender. You can find her online at www.megirard.com and all over social media.
Girl Mans Up
Peter Goddard, the long-time music and visual arts critic for the Toronto Star, has hosted and contributed to numerous radio and television programs. A former Toronto Star music critic and the author of fifteen musical biographies, including books on Frank Sinatra, Bowie, Springsteen, and The Rolling Stones, Peter is also a composer and a musician himself, and has performed as a concert pianist and has also played in a variety of bands. He lives in Creemore, Ontario.
The Great Gould
Jennifer Gold is a lawyer and mother of two and the author of the YA novels Soldier Doll and Undiscovered Country. A history buff, she also has degrees in psychology, law, and public health. She lives with her family in Toronto.
On the Spectrum
Née à Sherbrooke, Karine Gottot détient un diplôme en enseignement de la géographie et de l’histoire au secondaire.
Pendant une quinzaine d’années, elle côtoie beaucoup les jeunes en étant tour à tour animatrice, éducatrice et enseignante. C’est maintenant en tant qu’auteure jeunesse que cette belle complicité se poursuit.
Depuis 2010, elle signe conjointement avec Maxim Cyr la collection Les dragouilles, qui allie humour absurde et chroniques citadines. Les dragouilles remportent un vif succès auprès des jeunes et la série reçoit plusieurs distinctions.
En 2014, elle fait équipe avec l’illustrateur Mathieu Lampron et publie le premier tome de la série Les Mutamatak.
Les dragouilles en vacances!
Barbara Gowdy has been nominated repeatedly for The Giller Prize, The Rogers Writer’ Trust Fiction Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Award, The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and has been longlisted for The Booker Prize. She is a Trillium Book Award winner, a Marian Engel Award winner, a member of The Order of Canada, and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Daniel Grenier was born in Brossard, Quebec, in 1980. His debut short story collection, Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri was published in 2012, and his first novel, L’anée la plus longue (The Longest Year), won the Prix littéraire des collégiens and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Fiction, the Prix des libraires, and the Prix littéraire France-Québec. Grenier has also translated numerous English-language works into French. He lives in Quebec City.
Né à Brossard en 1980, Daniel Grenier est traducteur et romancier. Il a fait paraître trois livres au Quartanier : La solitude de l’écrivain de fond (essai, 2017), L’année la plus longue (roman, 2015, prix littéraire des Collégiens, finaliste aux Prix du Gouverneur général et au Prix des Libraires) et Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri (nouvelles, 2012). Il a publié chez divers éditeurs plusieurs traductions d’auteurs canadiens-anglais.Il vit à Québec.
The Longest Year
L’année la plus longue
Ian Hanington is Senior Editor at the David Suzuki Foundation and is co-author with David Suzuki of Everything Under the Sun. He has worked as a researcher, news reporter, opinion-column writer, critic, and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines and was editor of Canada’s largest alternative newsweekly, the Georgia Straight. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do
Kevin Hardcastle’s stories have appeared in Shenandoah, The Walrus, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, EVENT, PRISM International, and Joyland. His work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories, and twice in The Journey Prize Stories. His debut collection of short stories Debris (Biblioasis, 2015) won the 2016 Trillium Book Award and the 2016 ReLit Award for Short Fiction.
In The Cage
Heather Hartt-Sussman graduated from Brandeis University and attended the Sorbonne. She is the author of the acclaimed Nana’s Getting Married trilogy and the Noni series. Noni Is Nervous was an Editors’ Choice book in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her books have been nominated for Blue Spruce and Shining Willow Awards. She lives in Toronto.
Seamus's Short Story
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. Her second book, The Morning After, dealing with the 1995 referendum, was published in 2014.
Bertrand Hébert co-wrote Pat Patterson’s autobiography, Accepted. He also co-wrote Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s 2013 book of the year, Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs with Pat Laprade. He lives in Beauharnois, Quebec.
Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story
Best known for sparking the global wave of Ginger Pride by marching hundreds of redheads through the streets of Edinburgh, Shawn Hitchins is an award-winning entertainer who has toured throughout Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Hitchins was raised in a hayfield, educated in a swamp, and still has all his own teeth. He resides in Toronto, Ontario (a city he’s tried to escape since Y2K).
A Brief History of Oversharing
Peter Howell is the movie critic for the Toronto Star. He’s also president and co-founder of the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Howell contributes to thestar.com website and often discusses movies as a guest on local and national radio and TV shows. Prior to movies, he was the Star‘s pop music critic. He has been a member of the Star‘s Entertainment department since 1991. An ebook of Howell’s reviews of his favorite films, titled Movies I Can’t Live Without, has been published by the Toronto Star. Howell is also the author of the self-published pulp novel, Hot Pine, a tale of mystery and lust set in the dark forests of Algonquin Park.
Naseem Hrab is a writer, a storyteller and a pretty good friend. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children’s publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend
Frances Itani has written 17 books. That’s My Baby is partly set during the jazz/big-band era of WW2. Other novels are Tell, shortlisted for the Giller Prize; the bestseller, Deafening, translated in 17 countries, winner of a Commonwealth Award, shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and recently optioned for a TV mini-series; Requiem chosen by The Washington Post as a top fiction title of 2012; and bestseller Remembering the Bones. Frances is a Member of the Order of Canada.
That's My Baby
Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her debut novel Those Who Run in the Sky was released in the spring of 2017, followed by What’s My Superpower?, her first picture book. In 2014, she won first place in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story “Tarnikuluk,” which also earned her a Governor General’s History Award. Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Aviaq loves to travel.
Those Who Run in the Sky
Kathy Kacer’s 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 the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Kathy lives in Toronto.
To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A teen's account of a war criminal trial
Tess Kalinowski has been the Toronto Star‘s real estate reporter for more than a year. She has also covered the transportation and education beats. Tess considers herself very fortunate to own a home in the GTA because she could never afford to purchase one now.
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.
Laura Keogh is a journalist who has worked in the beauty and fashion worlds for twenty-one years. She was the beauty director for FASHION Magazine for eight years and has contributed to Today’s Parent and iVillage.ca. She is originally from New York City and now lives in Toronto with her family.
The School Year Survival Cookbook
Author-illustrator Julie Kraulis lives and works in Toronto, but her heart belongs to the world. She developed her wanderlust growing up in a few different places, and her travels always bring new inspiration. Julie is a stop and smell the roses kind of gal who loves to create. This is her fourth picture book; she is also the author and illustrator of Whimsy’s Heavy Things, An Armadillo in Paris and An Armadillo in New York.
A Pattern for Pepper
Adrienne Kress is a writer and an actress born and raised in Toronto. She is the daughter of two high school English teachers, and credits them with inspiring her love of both writing and performing. She also has a cat named Atticus, who unfortunately despises teeny hats. She is the author of The Explorers: The Door in the Alley and The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue. To find out more about Adrienne go to AdrienneKress.com and follow @AdrienneKress on Twitter and Instagram.
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley
Lesley Krueger is a novelist and screenwriter. Richard Dadd’s first cousin-in-law five times removed (if she has the genealogy right), Lesley drew on family information unknown to biographers in writing Mad Richard. The author of six books, she lives with her husband in Toronto where she’s an avid member of a women’s hockey league and a writer-mentor at the Canadian Film Centre. Find her online at LesleyKrueger.com.
Samya Kullab is a journalist based in the Middle East covering security, politics and refugees. She has worked in Lebanon, Turkey, the West Bank and Gaza, and Iraq for a variety of international media outlets. She was a reporter with Lebanon’s The Daily Star for three years.
Escape from Syria
Claude Lalumière is the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, and Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment. His first fiction – “Bestial Acts” – appeared in 2002, and he has since published more than 100 stories, several of which have been translated into French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, and Serbian and adapted for stage, screen, audio, and comics. He has edited or co-edited fourteen anthologies in various genres. In summer 2016, he was one of 21 international short-fiction writers showcased at Serbia’s Kikinda Short 11: The New Deal. Originally from Montreal, he now lives in Ottawa.
Pat Laprade is the co-author of Sisterhood of the Squared Circle and Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s 2013 book of the year, Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs. He created the Quebec wrestling Hall of Fame, and lives in Montreal.
Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story
Stéphane Larue est né à Longueuil en 1983. Il détient une maîtrise en littérature comparée de l’Université de Montréal. Il travaille dans le milieu de la restauration depuis une quinzaine d’années. Il vit à Montréal. Son premier roman, Le plongeur, est paru au Quartanier en 2016. Il a remporté le Prix des libraires 2017.
Jordana Lebowitz attended the trial of Oskar Groening in 2015. She is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and set up a Nazi cattle car exhibit at her university that was seen by more than 2,000 people. From Toronto, she has worked for Holocaust organizations in Australia and California and travels frequently.
To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A teen's account of a war criminal trial
Didier Leclair, de son vrai nom, Didier Kabagema, est né en 1967 à Montréal de parents d’origine rwandaise. En 1987, il choisit Toronto où il finit par s’y installer après des études de Lettres, à l’Université Laurentienne à Sudbury.
Didier Leclair a remporté le Prix littéraire Trillium en 2001 pour son premier roman, Toronto, je t’aime. Le bonheur est un parfum sans nom est son plus récent ouvrage.
Toronto, je t'aime
Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award.
Lisa Lisson is the president of FedEx Express Canada. She has been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her achievements and was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2015. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss, and the Road to Success
Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen and middle grade fiction, best known for the Wondrous Strange series, recently named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Lesley’s books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and Wondrous Strange has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. She is currently working on The Defiant, the sequel to The Valiant, which will be released in February, 2018.
Canisia Lubrin was born in St. Lucia. She has had work published in literary journals including Room, The Puritan, This Magazine, Arc, CV2, and The City Series #3. She has been an arts administrator and community advocate for close to two decades. She studied and York University where she won the President’s Prize in poetry and the Sylvia Ellen Hirsch Memorial Award in Creative Writing. Lubrin holds an MFA from the University of Guelph-Humber and teaches at Humber College. She lives in Whitby.
Nicole Lundrigan is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Glass Boys and The Widow Tree. Her work has appeared on best of the year selections of the Globe and Mail and NOW Magazine and she has been longlisted for the ReLit Award. Born in Ottawa and raised in Newfoundland, she now lives in Toronto.
Kyo Maclear is a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England, and moved to Toronto at the age of four. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, a memoir titled Birds Art Life, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.
Yak and Dove
Melanie Mah was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and currently resides in Toronto. The Sweetest One, her first novel, won the 2017 Trillium Book Award.
The Sweetest One
North Vancouver–born Lee Maracle is the author of numerous books, including Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, I Am Woman & Talking to the Diaspora. A member of the Sto:Loh nation, she is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award & the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Maracle is currently an instructor in U of T’ Aboriginal Studies Program, the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House & an instructor at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
Conversations with Canadians
Ceri Marsh is a lifestyle journalist and regular contributor to The Kit and Today’s Parent. She was editor-in-chief of FASHION Magazine for eight years. She is the co-author of the bestselling books The Fabulous Girls Guide to Decorum and Code Red: The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Grace Under Pressure. She lives in Toronto with her family.
The School Year Survival Cookbook
Elan Mastai is a novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, All Our Wrong Todays, is being translated into more than two dozen languages and he’s currently writing the movie adaptation for Paramount Pictures. He won the Canadian Academy Award and Writers Guild of Canada Award for writing The F Word (released internationally as What If), which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. Born in Vancouver, he lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
All Our Wrong Todays
Michèle Matteau est née et a étudié au Québec. Depuis 1985, elle habite Ottawa. Romancière, dramaturge et poète, ses œuvres ont lui ont mérité plusieurs prix littéraires dont deux fois le prix Trillium, pour le roman Cognac et Porto (2002) et le recueil de poésie Passerelles (2010), traduit en anglais sous le titre : Portals of Memory. Elle a publié depuis 2000, sept romans, deux recueils de poésie, un recueil de nouvelles et deux pièces de théâtre.
Monia Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge. She campaigned tirelessly for his release. Mazigh holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. She is the National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.
Militante des droits de la personne, Monia Mazigh est née en 1969 en Tunisie et a immigré au Canada en 1991, pour ses études. Depuis 1998, elle habite dans la région d’Ottawa avec son mari et ses deux enfants. Elle s’est fait connaître pour avoir défendu l’innocence de son mari Maher Arar, injustement renvoyé des États-Unis vers les prisons syriennes où il fut torturé. Son dernier roman, Du pain est du jasmin, est paru chez David au mois de septembre 2015.
Hope Has Two Daughters
Du pain et du jasmin
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels. Bringing up Beauty, her guide dog story, won the Ontario Library Silver Birch Award, launching her to international success. Crush.Candy.Corpse was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Young Adult Crime writing award and Revenge on the Fly for the Rocky Mountain Award. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.
The Artsy Mistake Mystery
Mireille Messier est une auteure ayant publié une vingtaine de livres jeunesse, en français et en anglais. Elle adore la lecture, l’écriture, la nature… et les confitures!
Ma branche préférée
Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books have been translated into over forty-five languages. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize (twice), the Griffin Poetry Prize, among others, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (twice). Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a feature film. She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate.
All We Saw
Jennifer Mook-sang grew up in Guyana and moved to Canada when she was fourteen. She lived an ordinary life searching for treasure until her first novel, Speechless, was published in 2015. Captain Monty Takes the Plunge is Jennifer’s first picture book. Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Captain Monty Takes the Plunge
Daniel David Moses is a Delaware from the Six Nations lands on the Grand River. He is a respected playwright and Governor General’s Award finalist, known for using storytelling and theatrical conventions to explore the consequences of the collision between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. He has published 15 books of drama, poetry, and non-fiction. He teaches playwrighting at Queen’s University.
Coyote City / Big Buck City
Nick Mount is a professor of English literature at the University of Toronto, award-winning critic, and former Fiction Editor at The Walrus. He regularly gives public talks on the arts in Canada, and has appeared on TVO’s Big Ideas and CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition. He is a two-time finalist in TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition. In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award. He lives in Toronto.
Bruce Murray is a former singer-songwriter who recorded with CBS and Capitol Records. He has degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in history from the University of Victoria. Bruce lives in Toronto.
Piau: Journey to the Promised Land
Dan Needles won the 2003 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for With Axe & Flask and his Wingfield Farm stage plays have appeared in theatres across North America. His columns have been published in Harrowsmith-Country Life, Country Guide, Small Farm Canada, In the Hills, On the Bay, Watershed and other publications. Needles was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his work that celebrates the people of rural Canada. He lives with his wife at Larkspur Farm near Collingwood, ON.
True Confessions from the Ninth Concession
Sylvain dropped out of high school at age fifteen. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics, and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween.
Michel Noël se dit Métis et Homme de plume. Il est auteur québécois d’origine amérindienne et il a consacré sa vie à faire la promotion des riches cultures des peuples autochtones. Michel Noël est un auteur prolifique. Il a plus d’une centaine d’oeuvres à son crédit. Il écrit depuis près de 50 ans et s’est mérité plusieurs prix prestigieux au cours de sa carrière, dont le prix du Gouverneur Général du Canada, le prix TD, le prix Antoine de St-Exupéry et l’Ordre national du Québec.
Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor. @yesgrace
Be Ready For The Lightning
Jay Odjick is an artist and writer from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin community, just outside of Maniwaki, Quebec. He has created comic books and produced the animated TV series Kagagi: The Raven, which airs in Canada, the US, and Australia. He previously illustrated Robert Munsch’s story The Ocean Goes On Forever, which appears in the anthology Munsch Mania.
Milan Pavlovic is an illustrator and graphic artist whose drawings, illustrations, paintings, and comics have been published and exhibited internationally. He teaches at OCAD University and Seneca College. He lives with his family in Toronto.
Seamus's Short Story
Manjusha Pawagi was a journalist, children’s author and lawyer before being appointed a family court judge in 2009. Her children’s book The Girl Who Hated Books is an international bestseller, translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an award-winning animated short by the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband Simon and children Jack and Anna.
Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy
Jean E. Pendziwol has published several highly acclaimed picture books, including Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Marja’s Skis, illustrated by Jirina Marton, and The Red Sash and Dawn Watch, illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, will be published in 2017 in more than ten languages.
Me and You and the Red Canoe
Sandra Perron is a senior partner with A New Dynamic Enterprise Inc, specializing in Organizational Behaviour, Quality Engineering and Lean Manufacturing. She has chaired the Minister’s Advisory Board on Employment Equity and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Corps of Commissionnaires in Québec. She is the founder and president of the Imagine… Project.
Out Standing in the Field
Born in Budapest, Anna Porter is the award-winning author of seven books, both non-fiction (The Ghosts of Europe, Kasztner’s Train, The Storyteller, and Buying a Better World) and mystery novels (Mortal Sins, Hidden Agenda, and Bookfair Murders). She co-founded Key Porter Books, an influential publishing house she ran for over 20 years. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her husband and the occasionally behaved dachshund, Gus.
Craig Francis Power is an artist and writer from St. John’s. Power’s first novel, Blood Relatives (2010), won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, the ReLit Award, and was short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award. In 2008, Power was nominated for the Sobey Art Award, which recognizes the work of Canadian artists under forty.
Brent Preston worked as a human rights investigator, aid worker, election observer and journalist on four continents before finding his true calling as a farmer. In 2003 he and his wife, Gillian Flies, abandoned successful careers in Toronto and moved to a run-down farm outside Creemore, Ontario. Since then, they have built The Farm into a thriving business, leading the good food revolution. Preston speaks often on food and farming issues, and writes for the Huffington Post.
The New Farm
Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and 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. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year.
The Only Child
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to sci-fi/fantasy TV to Japanese role playing games, but she will swear up and down at book signings that she was inspired by Jane Austen. On top of being a YA writer, Sarah has a PhD in English, which makes her doctor, so it turns out she didn’t have to go to medical school after all.
Fate of Flames
Rick Revelle was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, and raised in the Odessa and Wilton areas. He is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. His two previous books in the Algonquin Quest series were I Am Algonquin and Algonquin Spring. He lives in Glenburnie, Ontario.
Lisa Richter’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Minola Review, The Malahat Review, Canthius, and lichen, amongst others, and has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Closer to Where We Began is her first full-length collection of poetry. Lisa lives and teaches English in Toronto.
Closer to Where We Began
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.
Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She received her Fine Arts degree from Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. She founded the Empty Glass for Water campaign to bring attention to the drinking water crisis in Indigenous communities. She works as a research assistant at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and continues to support the water walks. Joanne lives near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The Water Walker
Robert Rotenberg is one of Toronto’s top criminal lawyers and the author of several bestselling novels, including Old City Hall, The Guilty Plea, Stray Bullets, and Stranglehold. He lives in Toronto with his wife, television news producer Vaune Davis, and their three children. Visit him at RobertRotenberg.com or follow him @RobertRotenberg.
The Heart of the City
Alejandro Saravia is a Canadian-Bolivian author. He settled down in Montreal in 1986 where he started writing again. His latest publications include Jaguar con el corazón en la mano (2010) and L’homme polyphonique (2014). He is the co-director of the Montreal literary magazine The Apostles Review.
Red, Yellow, Green
Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.
Emily Schultz’s previous works of fiction include Black Coffee Night and Joyland, which received rave reviews and award nominations. She has also published an acclaimed book of poetry, Songs for the Dancing Chicken. Both her novels Heaven is Small and The Blondes were finalists for the Trillium Award. Schultz is the co-founder, with husband Brian Joseph Davis, of the popular and influential online literary magazine Joyland.
Men Walking on Water
Marilyn R. Schuster is the author of Marguerite Duras Revisited and Passionate Communities: Reading Lesbian Resistance in Jane Rule’s Fiction. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts and lives in Oakland, California.
A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout
Ron Sexsmith is an internationally acclaimed, Juno Award-winning recording artist. He spends most of his time writing songs, touring, and making records. Deer Life was mostly written on the road, during long drives and in dressing rooms and hotel rooms. Ron lives in Stratford, Ontario.
Liane Shaw is the author of five books for teens. Her first novel, thinandbeautiful.com, was shortlisted for the Stellar Award and named on the CCBC’s list of Best Books for Kids and Teens. Her novel The Color of Silence was shortlisted for both the Stellar Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book award. Liane was an educator for more than 20 years, with much of her time spent in the field of special education. All of her novels focus on the diverse challenges facing young people. Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario.
Caterpillars Can't Swim
Linda Silver Dranoff, C.M., LSM is a lawyer, writer, and activist. As a lawyer she appeared at every level of court in a precedent-setting 38-year career. She had a 25-year stint as a columnist at Chatelaine and is the author of Every Canadian’s Guide to the Law. She has been an activist for the Family Law Act, appointed to the Order of Canada, and honoured many times including a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. She lives in Toronto.
Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution
Sarah Meehan Sirk is a writer, producer and broadcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, PRISM international, Room, Taddle Creek, and in Journey Prize Stories 27. She co-produced and hosted the 2015 CBC Radio One series Stripped, has worked on Q (now q) and DNTO and is a founding producer of Day 6 with Brent Bambury. She studied math and philosophy at the University of Toronto, and was mentored by David Adams Richards at the Humber School for Writers. She lives in Toronto.
The Dead Husband Project
Heather T. Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her first novel, Baygirl, received a starred review from Quill & Quire, was named as one of the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, and was a 2015 White Pine Honour Book.
The Agony of Bun O'Keefe
Eva Stachniak was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She came to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and Humanities. She is the bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies and Garden of Venus. She lives in Toronto.
The Chosen Maiden
Eva Stachniak is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of four novels. The Winter Palace was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and made The Washington Post’s most notable fiction list in 2012. Her most recent novel is The Chosen Maiden.
Patricia Storms wrote and illustrated Never Let You Go and The Pirate and the Penguin. She is the illustrator of Snowy Science, 13 Ghosts of Halloween and The Ghosts Go Spooking. Patricia lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.patriciastorms.com.
If You're Thankful And You Know It
Meaghan Strimas is the author of two previous collections of poetry and the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. She teaches writing at Humber College and is a managing editor at The Humber Literary Review. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Yes or Nope
Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. When he isn’t tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. As a playwright, Jonathan’s works have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, the Hart House Theater in Toronto, the Toronto Theater Lab’s First Sight festival, and the University of Toronto Drama Festival. As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at Yale and the University of Toronto.
Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too
David Suzuki is an internationally renowned geneticist and environmentalist and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science and the 2009 Right Livelihood Award. Host of the long running CBC television program The Nature of Things, he is also the author of more than fifty books.
Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do
Letters To My Grandchildren
Gillian Sze is the author of five poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press, 2014) and Redrafting Winter (BuschekBooks, 2015), both of which were finalists for the QWF A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her work has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She studied creative writing and English literature and has a Ph.D. in Études anglaises from Université de Montréal. She lives in Montreal.
Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national healthcare, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five times for the Governor General’s Michener Award in public service journalism. In 2015, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for a year-long project on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.
Seven Fallen Feathers
Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and columnist. He has done everything from performing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to being Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. His 30th book comes out in January and he currently lives on the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario.
mitêwâcimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling
Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and psychotherapist in Toronto. Her novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was released by Metonymy Press in 2016, and her first poetry book, a place called No Homeland, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. Her picture book for children, From The Stars In the Sky To the Fish in the Sea will be published in fall 2017.
From The Stars In the Sky To the Fish in the Sea
Connue pour son tempérament énergique et chaleureux, Louise Tremblay d’Essiambre aime ses personnages comme s’ils étaient ses propres enfants et les laisse gentiment habiter dans sa tête jusqu’à ce qu’ils lui aient tout raconté. Entre deux romans, elle aime bien voyager, jardiner, cuisiner soupes et ragoûts, s’occuper de ses neuf enfants et prendre le temps de rêver à sa prochaine histoire.
Une simple histoire d'amour
Chris Turner is an award-winning author and one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were both National Business Book Award finalists. His feature writing has earned nine National Magazine Awards. He lives in Calgary with his wife, Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.
The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands
Peter Unwin is the author of numerous books, including Life Without Death, shortlisted for the 2014 Trillium Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour. He lives in Toronto with his family.
Searching for Petronius Totem
Anne Urbancic is Mary Rowell Jackman Professor of Humanities at Victoria College (University of Toronto). Along with Earle Toppings himself, her project collaborators are the Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Fellows of 2015–16. She lives in Toronto.
Literary Titans Revisted
Geraldo Valério is a Brazilian-Canadian children’s book author and illustrator whose books have been published in Canada, the United States, Portugal and Brazil. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Jump, Leap, Count Sheep! A Canadian Wildlife 123
Vikki Vansickle is the author of Words That Start With B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word, Days That End in Y and Summer Days, Starry Nights, which was nominated for a Red Maple Award. She is an active member of the children’s literature community, presenting at academic conferences, reviewing books, and managing her popular children’s lit blog. Currently, she splits her time between writing and working in marketing and publicity. Vikki lives in Toronto, Ontario. www.vikkivansickle.wordpress.com
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 Friday.
Deborah Kigjugalik Webster grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, where she loved to learn about her Inuit culture and heritage. She has a degree in Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and works as an Inuit heritage researcher and author. The lack of published children’s literature featuring Inuit content compelled Deborah to write her first book, Akilak’s Adventure, for her daughters Sonja Akilak and Nicole Amaruq.
Nicola Winstanley has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. She is the author of The Pirate’s Bed and Cinnamon Baby, which won an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Nicola lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
A Bedtime Yarn
Born in Toronto, David Wolfman had an early start in the kitchen, helping his mom at home by the age of nine, and working at a take-out counter by the age of 14. He studied cooking at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he would later create the first college-level Aboriginal Cuisine program in Canada. After establishing his name in the culinary industry, the indigenous community of Toronto discovered Wolfman, a member of Xaxli’p First Nation, where he was immediately identified as a unique First Nations role model with professional culinary skills and natural leadership qualities. David responded to the call of entrepreneurship, specializing in menus that showcased the traditional foods of the indigenous peoples of Canada, but with a modern twist.
In 1999 Wolfman started hosting his own cooking program on APTN; ‘Cooking with the Wolfman’ aired in Canada for 18 years and is now airing on FNX and NativeFlix in the US.
David continues to teach and consult as a restaurant consultant, hospitality career educator, special events menu designer, indigenous tourism consultant, cooking demonstrator, and producer of culinary knives. David works closely with his wife and business partner, Marlene Finn. Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, is their first cookbook.
Cooking with the Wolfman
Laura Wright is a recipe developer, food photographer, and the voice behind the award-winning blog The First Mess, which she created after attending culinary school and working in farm-to-table and strictly vegan restaurants. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, the Martha Stewart Living Blog, The Kitchn, and Food52, among many other outlets. The First Mess was Saveur’s 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for Best Special Diets Blog. Wright lives in Southern Ontario.
The First Mess Cookbook
Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. Four novels and two collections of short stories written in Farsi, her mother language, were published in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. Her novel, Dancing in a Broken Mirror, published in Iran, was a finalist for the “Book of the Year” (2000). Her English publications include Parastoo; Two Sisters; and Afsaneh’s Moon. A volume of poetry in Farsi, Rahavard, was published in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in a number
of North American anthologies.
The Street of Butterflies
Danielle Younge-Ullman studied English and Theater at McGill University in Montreal, then worked as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs-everything from working on the stage and in independent films, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching pilates. She now lives in an old house in Toronto that’s constantly being renovated, with her husband and two daughters.
Everything Beautiful is not Ruined