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Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!

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Alex A.

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

Children's | Enfants Comic Book | BD Humour

L'Agent Jean tome 7 : L'Ultime symbole absolu

Children's | Enfants Comic Book | BD Humour

Nathan Adler

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.



Jen Agg

I Hear She’s a Real Bitch is Jen Agg’s first book.

I Hear She's A Real Bitch

Autobiography | Autobiographie

Roselynn Akulukjuk

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

Children's | Enfants

Tina Zafreen Alam

Tina Zafreen Alam is a diasporic Bangladeshi poet who happens to reside in Toronto. She is a VONA (Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation) Alum and has worked at many film festivals including: Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). Tina Zafreen is also a blog editor at Shameless Magazine.

S.K. Ali

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Marguerite Andersen

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

Biography | Biographie Nonfiction

Marianne Apostolides

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:

Deep Salt Water

Autobiography | Autobiographie Poetry | Poésie

Madeline Ashby

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

Linda Barnard is a National Newspaper Award-winning freelance writer and movie critic for the Toronto Star and 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.

Steven Beattie

Steven W. Beattie is the review editor at Quill & Quire magazine in Toronto.He also writes about short fiction for The Globe and Mail.

Steven W. Beattie will be hosting the Great Books Marquee from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. 

Pierre-Luc Bélanger

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Vanessa Bell

Active au sein des communautés artistiques du Québec, la parole de Vanessa Bell fait écho aux radios CHYZ, CKIA et CKRL où elle traite littérature et danse contemporaine. Militante, ses mots sont également portés par diverses revues féministes. À la fois écrivaine, commissaire et animatrice, sa pratique plurielle l’a amenée à présenter son travail et nombre de collaborations dans divers lieux et pays.  

Vanessa Bell sera un des animateurs sur la Franco Scène TFO.

Active member of Québec’s artistic community, Vanessa Bell’s voice can be heard on many radio stations where she discusses literature and contemporary dance. As an activist, Vanessa Bell’s words can also be found in a diverse number of feminist publications. Writer, curator and host, her multiple fields of work have afforded her the opportunity to share her work in many diverse spaces and countries, as well as be a part of numerous collaborations. She also works for Les libraires, the Independent bookseller association for the French-Canadian communities.

Vanessa Bell will be one of the hosts for our TFO Franco Stage.

Nina Berkhout

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.

The Mosaic

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Michelle Berry

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


David Berry

David Berry is a writer and critic living in Toronto but usually pretty careful to mention that he’s originally from Edmonton. He spent five years as an arts and culture columnist at the National Post, and his work has appeared in, among other places, The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, Toronto Life, and the CBC.

Kate Blair

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.

Tangled Planet

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Elly Blake

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


Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Jean Boisjoli

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

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

Poetry | Poésie

Chrissy Bozik

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

Children's | Enfants Fiction

Shannon Bramer

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.

Precious Energy

Poetry | Poésie

Fanny Britt

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).

Hunting Houses


Louis parmi les spectres

Comic Book | BD Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Chrystine Brouillet

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 ?

Fiction True Crime | Histoires criminelles

Sue Carter

Sue Carter is editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire, Canada’s publishing-industry magazine, and a weekly books columnist for Metro News.

Sue Carter will be hosting the Vibrant Voices of Ontario stage from 2:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Robert Chafe

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

Fiction Short Stories | Nouvelles

David Chariandy

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.



Piya Chattopadhyay

Piya Chattopadhyay is the host of CBC Radio’s Out in the Open, an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly exploration of how one timely topic is affecting regular people. Piya has been a long-time fixture in Canadian broadcasting, often described as a “swiss army knife” for her versatility in hosting numerous radio and TV programs, including The Current (CBC), Q (CBC), and The Agenda (TVO). In her off-air life, Chattopadhyay has three young children and is married to fellow CBC journalist Peter Armstrong.

Piya Chattopadhyay will be hosting the Bestsellers Stage from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM. 

Bhavna Chauhan

Bhavna Chauhan is Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada and among her authors can be found Elan Mastai, who published All Our Wrong Todays.

Bob Chodos

Bob Chodos has been managing editor of Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion since 2002. Before that he was editor of Compass: A Jesuit Journal and the Canadian Forum, and he has also served in an editorial capacity with the Last Post, This Magazine, Voices Across Boundaries and Vox Feminarum. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books, including The Caribbean Connection (1977), Quebec and the American Dream (1991), and Canada and the Global Economy (1993), and has translated more than twenty books from French to English. He lives in New Hamburg, Ontario.

Kristen Ciccarelli

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

The Last Namsara

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Kerry Clare

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, She is also Editor at

Mitzi Bytes


Jennifer Coffey

Jennifer Coffey is a Toronto writer and editor. For five years, she served as co-editor and feature writer for the CLGA’s The Archivist, where she conceived and edited the anthology Keeping Our Stories Alive. In 2010, she placed third in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, and has been copy editor for Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival since 2008.

Susan G. Cole

Susan G. Cole is the author of two books on violence against women, a playwright, editor and frequent on-stage host and interviewer at literary festivals. She is currently Contributing Books Editor at NOW Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @susangcole.

Susan G. Cole will be hosting the Vibrant Voices of Ontario stage from 11:15 am to 2:15 pm

Karen Connelly

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

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

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

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Paul Covello

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

Canada 123

Children's | Enfants

Nicholas Crombach

Nicholas Crombach is a Canadian artist working in sculpture. He is currently an artist in residence at The Florence Trust in London, UK.  Crombach graduated from OCAD University’s Sculpture and Installation program in 2012. He has been awarded the Hayden Davies Memorial Award, Samuel Lazar Kagan Award, Abraham and Malka Green Award, and a BMO 1st Art Nomination.


Nick Cutter

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.

Little Heaven

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Maxim Cyr

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!

Children's | Enfants Comic Book | BD

Daniel Dale

Daniel Dale is the Toronto Star‘s Washington correspondent. He covered Toronto’s city hall from 2010 to early 2015. He has won two Goff Penny awards as Canada’s best young journalist and a National Newspaper Award for short features.

Jack David

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.

Rosanna Deerchild

Rosanna Deerchild has been storytelling for more than 20 years, most recently as host
of CBC Radio One’s Unreserved, a show that shares the stories, music, and culture of
Indigenous Canada. Her debut poetry collection, this is a small northern town, won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, calling down the sky, is her mother’s Residential School survivor story. Rosanna is a co-founder of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba and has also contributed to numerous Indigenous newspapers. A Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba, Rosanna now lives and works in her found home of North End, Winnipeg.

Rosanna Deerchild will be hosting the Indigenous Voices stage from 2:15 pm to 5:15 pm

David Demchuk

“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

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Michael Dennis

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.

Bad Engine

Poetry | Poésie

Cherie Dimaline

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

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

mitêwâcimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Short Stories | Nouvelles

Emma Donoghue

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

Fiction Middle Grade | Niveau moyen

Dawn Dumont

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.

Glass Beads

Fiction Short Stories | Nouvelles

Deborah Dundas

Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years—including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She’s worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing, or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers, and literary powerhouses. She’s also lived and worked in Northern Ireland and feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.

Deborah Dundas will be hosting the Author Cruises events from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Deborah Ellis

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.


Children's | Enfants

Terry Fallis

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 Follow @TerryFallis on Twitter.

One Brother Shy

Fiction Humour

Eric Fan

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 and on Facebook (Eric Fan Illustration).

The Night Gardener

Children's | Enfants

Terry Fan

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 and and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).

The Night Gardener

Children's | Enfants

Jackie Farquhar

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.

Jane Farrow

Jane Farrow was the first executive director of Jane’s Walk. For ten years she worked as a CBC Radio One host and producer on such programs as The Sunday Edition and Q. Spacing Magazine named Jane one of the “10 People We Love” in their 10 Year Anniversary Issue, The Toronto Community Foundation recognized Jane’s contribution to urban resiliency with a Vital People Award in 2010, and In 2014 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement LGBTQ Inspire Award.

Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer


Terri Favro

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

Sputnik's Children

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Olga Filina

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

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

Cooking | Cuisine

Melanie Florence

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.

Stolen Words

Children's | Enfants

Claude Forand

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

Fiction True Crime | Histoires criminelles

Carolyn Forde

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

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

Autobiography | Autobiographie Sports

M-E Girard

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 and all over social media.

Girl Mans Up

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Peter Goddard

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

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Karine Gottot

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!

Children's | Enfants Comic Book | BD

Barbara Gowdy

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.

Little Sister


Randal Graham

Randal Graham is a law professor at Western University. He lives in London, Ontario, with his wife and their Himalayan kitty.


Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Laurie D. Graham

Laurie D. Graham is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick magazine, and a member of the advisory board for the University of Regina Press’s Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. She has been involved with Brick in various capacities since 2010, and she has also worked with The Malahat Review, and the now-dearly-departed Toronto-based literary journal Descant. Settler Education, her second book of poetry, was a finalist for this year’s Trillium Award for Poetry. She comes from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario).

Daniel Grenier

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

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

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

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

Children's | Enfants Fiction

Chantal Hébert

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

Bertrand Hébert

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

Biography | Biographie Sports

Brandon Hebor

Brandon Hebor is a graduate of the Seneca Sustainable Business Management program (formerly the Green Business Management) and is currently an urban fish farmer and hydroponics expert. Put these together and what Hebor really does is aquaponics, raising tilapia, and growing massive heads of leafy greens and microgreen sprouts from nutritious fish poo on Ripple Farms, which he cofounded with Steven Bourne. With his business partner, Hebor speaks at events and teaches an Aquaponics 101 workshop–complete with a demonstration aquaculture unit. The pilot Ripple Farm sprouted at Toronto’s Brickworks complex. Ask Brandon where his next aquaponics systems have dropped.

Helen Heller

Helen Heller has spent her career in publishing and specializes in thrillers and major frontlist fiction. She likes a big story well told and handles a number of internationally bestselling and multiple-award-winning authors.

Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez is a queer theatre practitioner and writer. Her plays Singkil and Kilt Pins were published by Playwrights Canada Press. Her children’s book M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book was published by Flamingo Rampant. She is the Artistic Director of b current. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario.



Kate Hilton

Kate Hilton is the bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle and Just Like Family. She also co-authors a non-fiction blog, THE PEN PAL PROJECT. She tweets and instagrams at @katemhilton.

Shawn Hitchins

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


Miriam Ho

Miriam Ho is an architectural designer, writer, and editor based in Toronto. She has worked for some of the world’s most innovative design firms, including Philip Beesley Architecture Inc. in Toronto, Dominique Perrault Architects, and Jean de Gastines & Shigeru Ban Architects in Paris and New York. Her work has been exhibited at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. She is working on a chapter for an upcoming book on Vernacular Architecture: A New World Survey to be published by Thames and Hudson. She is a co-editor of –SITE Magazine.

Lance Hornby

Lance Hornby has covered the Maple Leafs and the NHL for the Toronto Sun since 1986.

Toronto and the Maple Leafs


Peter Howell

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 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

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

Children's | Enfants Fiction

Frances Itani

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


Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson is Executive Editor and Creative Director of The Walrus and, for the last year, she has also served as the magazine’s fiction editor. An award-winning journalist, she has contributed to a number of publications across North America, including Saturday Night, The Globe & Mail, Lucky, Elle, and The New Republic. Jessica is a former editor and columnist for The Globe & Mail and the former books editor of the National Post. From 2009 to 2015, she was also the head copywriter behind the successful transformation of Hudson’s Bay, the 347-year-old department store. Jessica is a graduate of the UBC Creative Writing program.

Aviaq Johnston

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

Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

B. Denham Jolly

B. Denham Jolly is an award-winning businessman, publisher, broadcaster, and civil rights activist. He was the founding president of the Black Business and Professional Association and later served as the publisher of Contrast and launched Flow 93.5, Canada’s first Black-owned broadcaster. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

In The Black: My Life

Autobiography | Autobiographie

Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She holds a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA, with research focusing on literary subjectivity, perception, and urban space, and has taught courses on writing and infrastructural space at ArtCenter College of Design. With Jen Davis, she is currently at work on a critical translation of the French architect Patrick Bouchain. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Canadian Architect, and Quebec Studies. She is one of the managing editors at –SITE Magazine.

Kathy Kacer

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

Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Tess Kalinowski

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.

Tess Kalinowski

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.

Sandra Katsuri

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications.

Edward Keenan

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

Lara Kelly

Raised on a 850 acre farm in Saskatchewan, Lara Kelly has been learning how to grow vegetables since birth. She worked on her parents’ organic and biodynamic farm all throughout her childhood and teenage years and went back as an adult to complete her internship. She later went on to start her own organic market garden business and was running a 100-person CSA member-based farm for the past few years. After she and her husband decided they preferred raising their children in Toronto, she sold her farm business and now runs a veggie garden consultation business in Toronto. Lara also does guest speaker events and teaches workshops on urban veggie growing. Her clients in Toronto are people who want to learn and maintain their own edible vegetable gardens. For further inquiries on what she does, email

Laura Keogh

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 She is originally from New York City and now lives in Toronto with her family.

The School Year Survival Cookbook

Cooking | Cuisine

Tony Kim

Tony is CBC kids’ very own lovable and hilarious Vancouverite. He loves games, magic, and a good play on words.

Tony will be one of the hosts at the CBC Kids Activity Tent.

Nailah King

Nailah King is a writer whose work focuses on social justice and explores racism, discrimination, identity, and her Caribbean heritage. She is also a member of the Room editorial collective.

Anne Kingston

Anne Kingston is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. Currently a columnist and senior writer for Maclean’s, Anne has also worked for The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night magazine, and the National Post. Her work has been honoured with four gold National Magazine Awards. Her first book, The Edible Man: Dave Nichol, President’s Choice and the Making of Popular Taste, won the National Business Book Award. Her second book, The Meaning of Wife, was published internationally. She is currently completing her third book, an investigation into medical politics.

Andreya Klobucar

Eighteen-year-old Andreya Klobucar is the founding Editor-In-Chief of Mimp Magazine: a non-profit online and print magazine for young women with a feminist tone, that aims to challenge media standards by promoting intersectionality, body diversity, and self love. Her goal has always been to create a supportive community of strong women who empower and inspire one another through powerful words and images. Andreya is also a photographer and creative content producer, constantly developing new concepts and ideas. You can often find her on the TTC or in a Starbucks, scribbling in her notebook or typing away on her laptop.

Julie Kraulis

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

Children's | Enfants

Adrienne Kress

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 and follow @AdrienneKress on Twitter and Instagram.

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley

Children's | Enfants Fiction Middle Grade | Niveau moyen

Lesley Krueger

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

Mad Richard


Samya Kullab

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Claude Lalumière

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.

Venera Dreams

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction

Emily Landau

Emily Landau is a senior editor at Toronto Life magazine, where she edits features and culture coverage. Her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, GQ, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and The Walrus.

Pat Laprade

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

Biography | Biographie Sports

Stéphane Larue

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.

Le plongeur


Jordana Lebowitz

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

Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Didier Leclair

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

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.


Children's | Enfants

Erica Lenti

Erica Lenti is an award-winning editor and writer based in Toronto. She is the editor of This Magazine, Canada’s magazine for progressive politics, culture, and ideas. Her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, TVO, Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve. Follow her on Twitter @ericalenti.

Lisa Lisson

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

Autobiography | Autobiographie

Karon Liu

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

Karon Liu will be hosting the Cooks’n’Books Stage from 12:15 AM to 6:00 PM. 

Lesley Livingston

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.

The Valiant

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Canisia Lubrin

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.

Voodoo Hypothesis

Poetry | Poésie True Crime | Histoires criminelles

Nicole Lundrigan

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.

The Substitute

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Linden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyre’s first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award, his memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Award. The Bishop’s Man, a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award. He spent 24 years as the co-host of the fifth estate and is a distinguished broadcast journalist who has won ten Gemini awards.

The Only Café


Kyo Maclear

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

Children's | Enfants

Kyo Maclear

Novelist Kyo Maclear is a doctoral candidate at York University where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In her recent memoir, Birds, Art, Life, she searches for inspiration, beauty, and solace.

Melanie Mah

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


Lee Maracle

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.

My Conversations with Canadians


Patricia Marceau

Originaire de Montréal, Patricia à fait ses études en théâtre à New York. À Toronto depuis 1996 elle a travaillée en français et en anglais en cinéma/télé, voix off et en théâtre. Patricia à jouée à travers le Canada, en Chine et à Moscou. Elle a travaillé avec Theatre Smith-Gilmour, le Théâtre français de Toronto, La Catapulte, Pleiades Theatre, Canadian Stage et Soulpepper.

Patricia Marceau sera un des animateurs sur la Franco Scène TFO.

Patricia Marceau is a Canadian actress and director. Marceau has performed in theatre, voice-over, film, and television in both English and French in several Toronto-based productions including Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Pleiades Theatre, Théâtre français de Toronto and Theatre Smith-Gilmour, some of which took her across Canada, China, and Moscow. Originally from Montreal, she graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

Patricia Marceau will be one of the hosts for our TFO Franco Stage.

Mikeila Marianetti

Mikeila Marianetti is a 17-year-old singer born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. Her father Michael Marianetti has battled Multiple Sclerosis since 1998. Her mother Leilanie Lingat Marianetti is the primary caregiver to her father by day, and a part time worker in the evenings. Mikeila has a great passion for music and has been singing since she was a toddler—with an Italian-Filipino heritage you can bet there was a karaoke machine in the house, and she always had a microphone in hand singing to her heart’s content. She began singing on stage in talent shows and participated in church and school choirs.

Ceri Marsh

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

Cooking | Cuisine

James Maskalyk

James Maskalyk is an emergency-room physician, award-winning teacher, and member of Médecins Sans Frontières. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, and currently divides his time between Toronto and Addis Ababa.

Life On The Ground Floor

Autobiography | Autobiographie

Elan Mastai

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

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction

Michèle Matteau

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.


Poetry | Poésie

Steven Maynard

Steven Maynard has been researching and writing queer history for nearly thirty years. Published in numerous academic journals in the queer press, Steven lives in Kingston where he teaches the history of sexuality at Queen’s University.

Monia Mazigh

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


Colin McAdam

Colin McAdam’s third novel, A Beautiful Truth, won the Writer’s Trust Prize. He is currently at work on a YA novel and cannot be found on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

David McConnachie

A long-time publishing and marketing executive, David McConnachie is proud to be the Publisher of Alternatives Journal (A\J). David was the Director of Publishing for the National Hockey League, a professor of marketing at Seneca College, the CEO of, and SVP Communications for GameDay Leadership Management Consultancy, among other career positions. A later-day environmentalist, David appreciates reading all the new insights and innovations that will help Canada evolve to a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

Sylvia McNicoll

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

Middle Grade | Niveau moyen

Mark Medley

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

Mark Medley will be hosting the Bestsellers Stage from 1:45 PM to 5:45 PM. 

Mireille Messier

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

Children's | Enfants

Shawn Micallef

Shawn Micallef is the author of Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness (2017), The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure (2014), Full Frontal TO (2012), and Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (2010). He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-founder of Spacing magazine. In 2002, while a resident at the CFC’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that spread to over 25 cities globally. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College.

Anne Michaels

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

Poetry | Poésie

Angela Misri

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

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

Arina Moiseychenko

Arina Moiseychenko is an 18-year-old Russian immigrant, focusing her poetry, music, and art on radical healing, astrology, and self love. She is a concert promoter within the independent music scene in Toronto, has toured the continent fronting a band, and will be studying social work in September, while being on the Youth Advisory Board for Shameless Magazine, and working in a kitchen. Arina’s work has been featured in Shameless Magazine, Noisey and Maximum Rock N’ Roll.

Jennifer Mook-Sang

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

Children's | Enfants

Kim Moritsugu

Kim Moritsugu is the author of six novels. Her most recent novel is The Oakdale Dinner Club. A longtime writing teacher for The Humber School for Writers, she will comment on prose from the point of view of a writing teacher.

Daniel David Moses

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

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.



Sarah Murphy

According to her Twitter bio, Sarah Murphy is a generic 20-something. A graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Journalism program and former CBC intern, she is currently an assistant online editor at Exclaim! Magazine—where she’s the self-appointed expert on all things Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Bruce Murray

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

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 Neuvel

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.

Waking Gods

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction

Michel Noël

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.

Le Pensionnat


Grace O'Connell

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

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.


Children's | Enfants Fiction Humour

Monica Pacheco

Monica Pacheco joined the The McDermid Agency in 2008 and represents a growing list of writers, focusing on literary fiction, YA, science fiction, and fantasy.

Carol Pasternak

Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies

Middle Grade | Niveau moyen Nonfiction

Sage Paul

Sage Paul is an urban Dene woman and a member of the English River First Nation; she makes fashion, costume, and craft. Artistically and professionally, Sage champions family, sovereignty, and resistance for balance. Some of her work has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, Harbourfront Centre, and Woodland Cultural Centre.

Milan Pavlovic

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

Children's | Enfants Fiction

Manjusha Pawagi

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

Autobiography | Autobiographie

Jean E. Pendziwol

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

Children's | Enfants

Sandra Perron

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

Autobiography | Autobiographie Nonfiction

Kaeleigh Phillips

Kaeleigh Phillips writes in A\J about the joys and harvests of urban gardening is a growing family experience. She shares the excitement and the psychology of introducing children to gardening, and explains how the health benefits abound – for young and old. Kaeleigh is an environment and sustainability communications writer with a passion for animal rights. She is currently the Communications & Outreach Director at Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), and was previously a writer/content creator for a variety of clients as well as staff writer for Women’s Post.

Brett Popplewell

Brett Popplewell is an author, editor, and professor. His longform journalism in Canadian magazines has taken him from the foot of Mount Everest, to the site of a plane crash in Russia, a chess tournament in Iceland and a marksmanship academy in Alberta. He is also the founding editor of The Feathertale Review, a literary journal devoted to humour. At Feathertale, he has published more than 300 works of fiction penned by Canadians he has never met and has led an editorial team to NMAs for Best Single Issue in 2012 (Gold) and 2014 (Silver). He is co-author of The Escapist: Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains (HarperCollins Canada, 2016) and an assistant professor of journalism at Carleton University.

Anna Porter

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.

The Appraisal


Craig Francis Power

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.

Skeet Love


Brent Preston

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

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

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Evelyn Raab

Evelyn Raab’s popular “Cooking With Kids” column appeared for more than 20 years in Today’s Parent magazine.

Clueless in the Kitchen

Cooking | Cuisine

Sarah Raughley

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

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Rick Revelle

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.

Algonquin Sunset

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Lisa Richter

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

Poetry | Poésie

David Rider

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

David Rider

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

Kevin Ritchie

Kevin Ritchie is the senior culture editor at Toronto alt-weekly NOW Magazine. He began his journalism career as a general assignment newspaper reporter and later moved to the arts and entertainment beat, covering the worlds of music, television, film, and design as a freelancer and staff writer for a variety of consumer and trade publications.

Joanne Robertson

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

Children's | Enfants

Robert Rotenberg

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 or follow him @RobertRotenberg.

The Heart of the City

Fiction Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Alejandro Saravia

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


Paul Savoie

Paul Savoie est l’auteur d’une quarantaine de livres. Il a reçu le Prix Trillium à deux reprises, pour Bleu bémol et CRAC. Il est le directeur du Salon du livre de Toronto et il enseigne quelques cours de littérature à l’Université Brock.

Paul Savoie sera un des animateurs sur la Franco Scène TFO.

Paul Savoie has about 40 books to his credit, two of which (Bleu bémol and CRAC) have received the Trillium Award.  He is the director of the Toronto French Book Fair and teaches literature at Brock University.

Paul Savoie will be one of the hosts for our TFO Franco Stage.

Robert J. Sawyer

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.

Quantum Night

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction

Emily Schultz

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. The Blondes is also in development to become a miniseries for AMC’s Shudder. Schultz is the co-founder, with husband Brian Joseph Davis, of the popular and influential online literary magazine Joyland.

Men Walking on Water


Marilyn Schuster

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

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.

Deer Life

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

Liane Shaw

Liane Shaw is the author of five books for teens. Her first novel,, 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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Antanas Sileika

Novelist Antanas Sileika is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. The Barefoot Bingo Caller is his rollicking memoir of family, literature, and politics across the last five decades.

Linda Silver Dranoff

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

Autobiography | Autobiographie

Sarah Meehan Sirk

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

Fiction Short Stories | Nouvelles

Heather Smith

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Dan Smith

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

Eva Stachniak

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

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

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

If You're Thankful And You Know It

Children's | Enfants Fiction

Meaghan Strimas

Meaghan Strimas is the author of three poetry collections, Junkman’s Daughter, A Good Time Had By All, and Yes or Nope, which was awarded the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2017). Strimas is also the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. She grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario, and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor in the Department of English at Humber College and the editor of the Humber Literary Review.

Yes or Nope

Poetry | Poésie

Jonny Sun

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

Comic Book | BD

David Suzuki

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

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.


Poetry | Poésie

Tanya Talaga

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

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

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Short Stories | Nouvelles

Rhonda Teitel-Payne

Rhonda Teitel-Payne coordinated and managed urban agriculture and other community food programs at The Stop Community Food Centre for 14 years. Rhonda also contributed to city-wide food security initiatives as a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council, Toronto Community Garden Network, World Crops project, Parks and Recreation Community Garden Advisory Committee, Plant a Row Grow a Row, and GrowTO. Rhonda received a Vital People award from the Toronto Community Foundation and was named Inspirational Leader of the Year by the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Rahim Thawer

Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker, consultant, post-secondary instructor, and mental health counsellor. He has worked at multiple HIV/AIDS service organizations and continues to work in direct practice settings with newcomer, racialized, and LGBTQ communities. Rahim is an active community organizer with Salaam: Queer Muslim Community and is the co-founder of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism.

Kai Cheng Thom

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

Children's | Enfants

Louise Tremblay-D'Essaimbre

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Chris Turner

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

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

Fiction Humour

Janaye Upshaw

CBC Kids host, Janaye, friendly and funny, brings energy and music to Studio K. She loves tap dancing, fashion, and fun!

Janaye will be one of the hosts at the CBC Kids Activity Tent.

Anne Urbancic

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

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

Children's | Enfants

Vikki Vansickle

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.

The Winnowing

Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Victor Verbitsky

Funny, and musical, CBC Kids host Victor puts the cool in Studio K. Whether guitar, or an extreme sport, Victor is always ready to play.

Victor will be one of the hosts at the CBC Kids Activity Tent.

Thomas Walkom

Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star national affairs columnist, writes on political economy. The winner of two National Newspaper Awards, he was the Star’s Queen’s Park columnist for eight years. Before that, he wrote for The Globe and Mail, first as an Ottawa parliamentary reporter, then as Tokyo bureau chief. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto and is author of Rae Days: The Rise and Follies of the NDP. His column appears Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Deborah Kigjugalik Webster

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.

Akilak's Adventure

Children's | Enfants

Adele Weder

Adele Weder is a writer, curator, and correspondent for design journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad, and is the acting editor of Canadian Architect magazine. Her nationally travelling exhibition ‘Ron Thom and the Allied Arts’ exhibited at the Gardiner Museum in 2014. She has a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia, and has co-authored several books on Canadian architecture. A former Torontonian, she now divides her time between Vancouver, Toronto, and Haida Gwaii.

Marian Wihak

Marian Wihak is an award-winning production designer of film and television, with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design. Marian Wihak integrates her design and visual art practices to devise site-responsive, experiential environments. Employing a wide range of analogue, theatrical and sculptural-material elements she invites questions amid confusing pleasure, prompting thoughtful reflection upon one’s own state of being in the world and the connectivity inherent within the evolutionary process. Marian has been supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and was a Finalist in the RBC Painting Competition. Her work is in private and corporate collections across North America.

Alana Wilcox

Alana Wilcox is the Editorial Director of Coach House Books. Among her many authors, she published Giller prize winning writer, Andre Alexis.

Nicola Winstanley

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

Children's | Enfants Fiction

Kari-Lynn Winters

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

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

David Wolfman

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

Cooking | Cuisine

Laura Wright

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

Cooking | Cuisine

Mehri Yalfani

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

Fiction Short Stories | Nouvelles

Danielle Younge-Ullman

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

Fiction Young Adult | Jeunes adultes

Lorraine Zander

After discovering her passion to support and empower young women, Lorraine Zander launched Faze Magazine in 2000. Hailed by the press, within a year its circulation exploded from 10,000 to 500,000 copies, making it the third-largest print run in Canada. Lorraine has fully embraced her role as a mentor to young women, having personally coached over two hundred interns and team members. As Faze’s Editor-in-Chief, Lorraine is a sought after youth expert by notables including MuchMusic, CTV, National Post, MTV, Toronto Star, Entertainment Tonight, City Pulse, and more.

Alize Zorlutuna

Alize Zorlutuna  is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, video, performance, and material culture to investigate themes concerning identity, queer sexuality, settler colonial relationships to land, culture and history, as well as labour, intimacy, and technology.