Angie Abdou has published four books, including three novels: The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011), The Canterbury Trail (a Banff Mountain Book finalist in 2011) and Between (2014, Arsenal Press). The latter has been reviewed favourably in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Winnipeg Review, Quill and Quire and Vancouver Sun. In the United States, New York’s Library Journal listed Between as a Top 13 Indie Pick for Spring 2015. For The Bone Cage, Angie won the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year, and in doing so joined a prestigious group of authors, including Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel. Between was named a “Best of 2014″ book by PRISM Magazine, 49th Shelf, and the Vancouver Sun. Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her nonfiction has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including National Post and Elle Magazine.
Reeve Abraben is a nationally recognized custom gunmaker and a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild. A graduate of the Colorado School of Trades, a gunsmithing school, he is an avid collector of antiquarian sporting books, and has complied an extensive library of hunting, African hunting, fishing, gun, and shooting books dating back to the 1850’s.
Reeve is a contributing writer for the Journal of the American Custom Gunmaker’s Guild The Gunmaker, and has written technical gun articles for US Gun and GunPro magazines, and sporting columns for the Florida newspaper, The Boca Beacon.
ONE EXTRAORDINARY RIFLE: CHRONICLE OF A FINE CUSTOM GUN is Reeve’s nearly complete chronicle about the making of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece African hunting rifle. Photos and essays detail the building of this collector’s model rifle, valued at over $100,000, which has made its way through the hands of the world’s most renowned artisan gunmakers, and from the walnut orchard in Australia where the wood was harvested for the stock to the checkering cradle in Montana; from the steel mill in Michigan to the engraver’s vise in Arizona — where it now sits waiting for final customization.
The book includes photos by award winning firearms photographer Ron Toews and descriptive narrative from many of the contributing artisans.
Reeve has also recently completed RIFT VALLEY a novel which takes place on safari during the 1950’s Mau Mau uprising in East Africa.
Alison Acheson’s eighth book, 19 Things: A Book Of Lists for Me, will be published in Fall 2014. Her works are for all ages, from picture books to short fiction for adults. Her novel, Mud Girl, was a Canadian Library Association finalist for Young Adult Book of the Year, and Grandpa’s Music is on the IBBY List of Books for Children Living With Disabilities. She lives and works in Ladner, in a houseful of boys, and is currently at work on a middle-grade mystery novel set in one of the nearby floathome communities on the Fraser River. She teaches Writing For Children and Young Adults in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia.
Learn more at: www.alisonacheson.com
Mariama Ahmed is a writer and freelance content marketer based in Toronto, Ontario. Her writings and interviews have been featured on CBC’s Fresh Air and Life Rattle Press.
When she’s not writing she attends Al Hikmah Islamic Centre for their full time program on the study of the Qur’an. She also co-host of The Woman Up Podcast, an open discussion with women of all walks of life from almost every continent as they journey into self betterment, one conversation at a time.
She is currently working on her first book, a memoir on her personal journey with the niqab as a woman that veils.
A former high school teacher, Don Aker has written nineteen books, among them several novels for teenagers. His young adult fiction has earned him numerous awards, among them the Canadian Library Association’s Honour Book Award for The Space Between, the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award for The First Stone, Atlantic Canada’s Ann Connor Brimer Award for The First Stone and Of Things Not Seen, and the Canadian Authors Association’s Lilla Stirling Award for Of Things Not Seen and One on One. The father of two daughters, Don lives with his wife on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy shoreline.
More information about Don Aker can be found on his website: www.donaker.com.
| Language & Writing series co-authored with Dave Hodgkinson Grades 7 through 11
|The Right Whale (Scholastic Education Canada, 2007)|
|V-Day Anatomy of a Surgery First Prize, Non-fiction, 1990
Atlantic Writing Competition
|Everything Gets Dead Toronto Star Short Story Contest 2002, Runner-up|
|Scars in The Landmarks Story Anthology
(ITP Nelson 2002) Third Prize, National Fiction Competition, 1991 Dandelion Magazine
|The Invitation 1998 Script Development Competition (feature length screenplay), Atlantic Film Festival
Shortlisted, McClelland and Stewart’s Journey Prize Award for best short fiction published in Canada, 1990
1989 Short Fiction First Prize,
Atlantic Writing Competition
Published in Harcourt Brace’s literary anthology, Insights: Relationships and Responsibility
|The Test First Prize, National Literary Competition 1990
Canadian Living Magazine
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.donaker.com/
Karen Fisher-Alaniz is the author of Breaking the Code: a Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything (Sourcebooks, 2011). She began writing the memoir when her father, a WWII veteran, started having flashbacks and nightmares more than 60-years after the war. Karen holds a master’s degree in education and is a speaker, writer, and educator. She teaches a memoir writing class, Legacy Writers, through the community college. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Ryan Alexander-Tanner became fascinated by comics at a very young age and not much has changed since then. He received a BFA in 2005 and quickly built a career, first as a comics journalist for Portland, Oregon’s alt-weekly newspaper The Willamette Week and then as a brand illustrator for Dave’s Killer Bread. He went on to co-author (with renowned educator William Ayers) and illustrate TO TEACH: THE JOURNEY, IN COMICS for Columbia University’s Teachers College Press in 2010. His more recent work has focused on creating comics that make underrepresented peoples and issues more accessible, for clients that include Medium.com, Buzzfeed.com, Talkingpointsmemo.com, Bitchmedia.org, and Planned Parenthood. He has taught classes and workshops and given presentations about how to make and/or teach comics at many institutions, including Stanford, SAIC, Bank Street, and Columbia. He is currently working with client Sarah Mirk on a YA graphic novel about relationships.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Michele Coppola Ames is a freelance editor and writer, as well as a certified language arts teacher with an MA in Education. She worked for 10 years as a children’s book editor for various publishing houses, including Little, Brown; Simon & Schuster; and Penguin. As an editor, she was particularly drawn to young picture books and middle grade novels, and those are the kinds of books she likes to write.
At the age of 15, Michele wrote her first novel in a loose-leaf notebook, which she distributed a chapter at a time to three neighbors. Recently, her children’s opera based on Rumpelstiltskin was performed in New York City, which attracted even more neighbors. She lives in Redding, Connecticut with her husband and three sons, next to a pond that’s home to beavers, geese, turtles, and frogs.
Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of Trudy (winner of the 2005 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature), Border Crossing (Quick Picks Nomination, Cynsational Book of 2009), as well as Calli (2013 Rainbow List Final Nomination, 2011 YALSA’s Readers’ Choice Booklist Nomination). She’s published multiple chapter books for Rourke Educational Media and both fiction and nonfiction with Heinemann, Pearson, Seedling Publications, Six Red Marbles, and a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children. Jessica graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature, and previously instructed at the Institute of Children’s Literature and St. Edward’s University. She is a member of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels and hopes to be more sweetheart than scoundrel. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs.
Jan Andrews lives at the end of a road on a lake in Lanark, Ontario. She believes this is the perfect setting for someone who is a passionate lover of the outdoors. She started writing in the seventies when Canadian Children’s Literature was just beginning to come into its own and has been delighted to be part of the process of flourishing and growth. She writes out of a conviction that young people have within them all that they need to manage in their lives. Her faith in her readers shows clearly in her work. Jan is also a storyteller. She tells for listeners of all ages and has a strong commitment to ensuring that the life of the traditional folk material is maintained. She has told at festivals across the country and is known for holding her audiences spellbound with performances of depth and power. A dedicated organizer, she has been the Artistic Director for two storytelling series and has hosted complete tellings of The Iliad and The Odyssey in her own backyard.
More information about Jan Andrews can be found on her website: jansstorytellingclub.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/the-legacy/
Agent: Marie Campell
Craig Applegath is the founding principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio, and a passionate designer who believes in the power of built form to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of communities and the environment they are part of. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design Craig has focused his energies on leading innovative planning and design projects that address the complex challenges facing our communities, as well as on his advocacy of sustainable building design, and urban regeneration and symbiosis. Craig was a founding Board Member of Sustainable Buildings Canada, a Past President of the Ontario Association of Architects, and the current moderator of SymbioticCities.net. Craig has lectured or taught at Harvard, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, as well as at many professional and sector related conferences around the world. In 2001 Craig was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his contributions to the profession of architecture. He is working on his first book that explores how the planning and design of cities needs to respond to the combined threats of climate change and ecological overshoot.
More information on Craig Applegath can be found on DIALOG’s website at www.dialogdesign.ca/open-dialog/craig-applegath-speakers-page/
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Ujwal is a cultural anthropologist and a pioneer in the field of consumer research who has worked with global brands such as Microsoft, Ford, Hewlett Packard, Lowe’s, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, and General Electric. He has dedicated the better part of a decade to the study of human behavior online. So much so that 15 months ago, he became the only researcher to have collaborated with the online community reddit.com to predict the upcoming U.S election’s focus on fairness and corporate collusion. Together with his business partner, disruptive research firm MotivIndex co-founder Jason Partridge, Ujwal is writing a book that aims to change the way business leaders think about human motivation and disrupt the research industry as it stands today.
Katherine Ashenburg is the author of three books and many magazine and newspaper articles. She wrote for The New York Times travel section and on design for Toronto Life, among others . Her books include “Going to Town: Architectural Walking Tours in Southern Ontario” (winner of the Ontario Historical Society award), “The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die” (short-listed for two important prizes) and “The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History” (one of The Independent’s Ten Best History Books of the year and one of the New York Public Library’s 25 Best Books of the year), which was published in 12 countries and six languages. In former incarnations, she was a producer at CBC Radio and The Globe and Mail’s Arts and Books editor. She won a Gold Medal at the National Magazine awards in 2012 for her article on old age. She is currently working on a novel.
More information about Katherine Ashenburg can be found on her website: ashenburg.com
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Tony Babinski is a Montreal-based writer, director, producer, and creative director. He is the author of 20 Years Under the Sun, the definitive biography of Cirque du Soleil (Harry N Abrams Publishing) and coauthor of Conversational Capital (Financial Times Press). He is the creative director of STROBE, a multimedia experience that took place at the 5th Annual Dubai Film Festival; a principal creator and director of video content for the Ajax Experience in Amsterdam; a principal creative architect of the C2mtl Conference; and director of behind-the-scenes web documentaries for Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA, as well as a biography of Aldo Bensaddoun—founder of the ALDO retail chain. His recent projects include award-winning design and branding for SNACKBOX in Times Square, and creative direction of the 2011 and 2012 multi-media Bell Gala in Toronto. Currently, he is the screenwriter and executive producer of The Human Fly, a $15 million feature now in development. Tony Babinski is working on a business book about brand reinvention.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha Baillie was born in Toronto. After studies in Edinburgh and Paris, followed by extensive travel in Asia, Baillie returned to Toronto where she lives with her family. She is the author of four novels, and has been published in Canada, Germany and Hungary. Her poems have appeared frequently in journals such as Descant, Prairie Fire and the Antigonish Review. Her non-fiction piece, “The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach,” was published in 2007, by Brick: a literary journal.
More information about Martha Baillie can be found on her website: marthabaillie.ca
Author photo Mark Raynes Roberts
|The Search for Henrich Schlogel (Pedlar Press Canada, 2014)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: Grain, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket. Her debut novel, The Boat People, won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015). Visit her at: sharonbala.com
Denise Balkissoon is a freelance journalist who has won a National Magazine Award for her work with The Grid, been nominated for multiple NMAs for her work with Toronto Life magazine, and has also been published in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and The Walrus. Denise explores interactions between communities, cities, countries and the world, documenting how people live their everyday lives. She is also the co-founder the Ethnic Aisle, a blog about race and multiculturalism featuring city commentary by a wide spectrum of writers and artists. She lives in Toronto.
More information about Denise Balkissoon can be found on her website: balkissoon.com
Author photo by Kevin Gonsalves
Agent: Samantha Haywood
After a career in teaching and with the Ontario Ministry of Education, Bob Barton became a professional storyteller. He is a founding member of the Storytellers School of Toronto and has been a feature storyteller at festivals across North America, England and Australia. He has won several awards for his efforts in promoting literacy and was the first recipient of The National Symposium on Arts Education Award for innovation and advocacy in Arts Education in Canada.
More information on Bob Barton can be found on his website: bobbartonstoryteller.com
|Award of Excellence in Continuing Education,
OISE, University of Toronto, 2007First recipient of The National Symposium on Arts Education Award for innovation and advocacy in Arts Education in Canada, 2000
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and educator and the author of 17 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for both teens and children. His work has been widely performed, broadcast, anthologized and published nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned by the CBC. His debut adult novel, Yiddish for Pirates, is a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Literature and the prestigious 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
He received a PhD. in music composition, a B.A., B.F.A and a B.Ed. and taught middle school and high school for nearly ten years. He has taught writing at McMaster University and at Mohawk College, to street-involved youth, and at Offcentre Art and Creativity Workshops. He was the Fall 2013 Young Voices eWriter-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library and will be Writer-in-Residence at Western University in 2014-2015.
Barwin is winner of the 2013 City of Hamilton Arts Award (Writing), the Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year 2011, and co-winner of 2011 Harbourfront Poetry NOW competition, the 2010 bpNichol chapbook award, and the KM Hunter Artist Award. He has received major grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council for his work.
His YA novel, Seeing Stars was shorted listed for both the Crimewriters of Canada Arthur Ellis Award as well as the Canadian Library Association YA Book of Year, and his picturebook, The Magic Mustache, was chosen as a “Best Bet” by Macleans. His latest book of poetry is Moon Baboon Canoe, winner of the Hamilton Literary Arts Award for Poetry. Barwin has given hundreds of readings and performances in Canada and internationally. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his family and a fear of the family car.
More information about Gary Barwin can be found at his website: garybarwin.com
|Moon Baboon Canoe (Mansfield Press 2014)
Winner of the Hamilton Literary Arts Award for Poetry
|Seeing Stars (Fitzhenry and Whiteside 2001)|
|The Magic Mustache(Annick Press 1999)|
Amy writes to help interpret reality and sometimes to escape it. Her limited concept of home decorating involves stacks of books—in corners, on tables, where the TV used to be. With a background in teaching English as a Foreign Language and educational writing for grades K-12, she loves making science, history and mythology fascinating and accessible to younger readers. Her work has appeared in various publications including Stories for Children Magazine and Reading Local: Portland. In 2014 she won the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Writers People’s Choice award for her poem, Snowbound: Day 6, Imagined. She enjoys collaborating, particularly with Jason Baskin, her husband and in-house illustrator.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Eliott Behar developed an early interest in international human rights, criminal justice and human psychology. Following his graduation from law school he became a Crown Attorney in Toronto, where he prosecuted cases ranging from fraud to murder, argued numerous complex appeals at the Ontario Court of Appeal, appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada, and provided legal advice to the Attorney General on issues ranging from hate crimes to child abductions.
In 2008, Eliott became a war crimes prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, an experience that provided the impetus for his book, Tell it to the World. After his trial was completed he returned to Canada, where he worked with a small, specialized trial unit prosecuting police officers charged with serious criminal offences.
Finalist, The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Award for Nonfiction, 2015
Agent: David Bennett
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and is reading for an M.St. in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford. He was named by CBC Books (à la Tracey Lindberg) as one of six Indigenous writers to watch, and his poetry has been published in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Red Rising Magazine, SAD Mag, mâmawi-âcimowak, The Yellow Medicine Review, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International. His first book, THIS WOUND IS A WORLD: POEMS & ESSAYS, is forthcoming in fall 2017 with Frontenac House.
Holly Bennett is an award-winning novelist of series fiction and novels for teens. After many years as editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent magazine’s special editions, she is now working as a freelance writer/editor and editor of Education Canada. She and her husband John have three boys and read untold numbers of wonderful children’s books with them while they were growing up. But Holly’s not sure what flipped the switch and turned her from a person who loves reading stories to a person who loves writing them. She now describes herself as addicted to fiction writing: “I just find it enormously fun and satisfying work.” Born in Montreal, Holly lives in Peterborough, Ontario with a houseful of musicians (everyone in the family but her) and a nice quiet dog.
More information about Holly Bennett can be found on her website: hollybennett.ca
Author photo by Mark Peter Drolet
|“Bennett is definitely a fantasy writer to watch.”
– School Library Journal”[Holly Bennett’s] prose is elegant and her insight into her characters’ thoughts and hearts is moving and delightful. Excellent.”
– Resource Links”…engaging characters, suspense, a subtle dose of humor and wonderfully descriptive tones….”
Learn more at: http://hollybennett.net
Andrea Bennett is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor. Her first book of poetry, Canoodlers, came out with Nightwood Editions in 2014, and her nonfiction has been published by the Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, the Walrus, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, Vice, Reader’s Digest and others. The Editor-in-Chief of Maisonneuve magazine, she is is currently working on travel guides to Montreal and Quebec City for Moon Travel.
For more information about Andrea, you can check out her website, andreabennett.ca, or find her on Twitter: @akkabah.
Nina Berkhout is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions) which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. She currently lives in Ottawa.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Samantha Bernstein is pursuing a PhD in English at York University. Her writing has appeared in several journals including Exile, Books in Canada, and The Fiddlehead. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, and her memoir, Here We Are Among the Living, was released in 2012.
|Here We Are Among the Living (Tightrope Books, May 2012)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Michael Betcherman has numerous credits in both documentary and dramatic television. His screenplay won the Gold Award as Best Thriller at the Houston International Film Festival. He is also the writer/creator of two highly-acclaimed online novels written in email form and delivered to readers email by email, as the story unfolds over the course of a few weeks. He has contributed to numerous publications including The Walrus, Red Herring, and The Literary Review of Canada. In prior incarnations he was an entertainment lawyer and a professional basketball player. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
|BreakawayFinalist for the 2012 John Spray Mystery Award|
Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC’s Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 11 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, the Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for “Travels in Narnia.” He writes a weekly column for the Saturday Post and, in 2011, he published the Toronto Book Award-nominated Writing Gordon Lightfoot. He has written for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, and Village Voice. He is the co-curator of the Joe Burke Wolfe Island Literary Festival.
More information about Dave Bidini can be found on his website: davebidini.ca
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Shawn Bird is a high school English teacher, author, and poet. She lives with her husband, two children, and two dogs in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
Author photo by Ava Franklin
Publisher’s Weekly called Joanne Bischof’s debut novel BE STLL MY SOUL a “gem.” It went on to final in the 2013 Christy Awards and win the Grace Award for historical romance. Her second novel, THOUGH MY HEART WAS TORN was an INSPY finalist; her third book MY HOPE WAS FOUND completed the Cadence of Grace series published with the Waterbrook Press imprint of Random House.
Joanne is currently at work on a stunning single title Appalachian romance set at the turn of the century in which a lion-tamer reveals his secrets to a young small town nurse who discovers her own gypsy heart.
Joanne has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and loves writing stories that shine light on grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children.
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s first book was an account of the year he spent in deep cover, living with the homeless in Toronto’s infamous Tent City. Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown was nominated for the 2005 Pearson Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. The following year, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Journalism Fellowship at Massey College and also played the role of Jason – a bad-mannered, well-dressed journalist – on CBC-TV’s The Newsroom. He currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Ghosted, his debut novel, was a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award and published in Canada, the US and France.
|Hungover A History of the Morning After and One Man’s Search for the Cure (Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2016)|
|Ghosted (Random House Canada, 2010; Soft Skull Press, US; Actes Sud Editions, France)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Becky Blake is a past winner of the CBC Short Story Prize. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in publications across Canada including This Magazine, subTerrain, Taddle Creek, Room, enRoute, The Coast, and NOW Magazine. Her debut novel about thieves, squatters, and graffiti artists in Barcelona is forthcoming in Spring 2019. Becky holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She currently lives in Toronto where she is working on a short story collection and a second novel.
More information can be found at: www.beckyblake.ca
Author photo: Ayelet Tsabari.
The late Joan Bodger was hired by Bennet Cerf to be traveling editor for Random House-Pantheon-Knopf after she was fired (1969) from the Missouri State Library as a “communist pornographer”. (In 1972, her name was cleared by the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee.) She taught children’s literature and storytelling at Bank Street College in NYC, and was a regular reviewer of children’s books for the New York Times. Her work in Canada included helping to found the Storytellers School of Toronto. Joan passed away in July 2002.
Author photo by Fiona Christie
|How The Heather Looks (McClelland and Stewart, Can 1999, Viking, US 1979 )|
|The Crack in the Teacup (McClelland and Stewart, Can 2000)|
Agent: David Bennett
Award-winning investigative reporter Kim Bolan covers gangs and organized crime for the Vancouver Sun, where she has worked since 1984. She also runs the popular blog The Real Scoop, which averages 150,000 readers a month. Bolan has covered the biggest criminal cases in Canadian history, from the Air India bombing to serial killer Robert Pickton to the Surrey Six gangland slayings. Her work over the years has taken her to wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central America and repeatedly to northern India to expose the roots of Canadian Sikh extremism and investigate the 1985 Air India bombing. Her book on the bombing, Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder, won the Dafoe Book Prize and was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize and the Edna Staebler Award.
Bolan has won or been shortlisted for more than thirty provincial, national, and international journalism awards during her career. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Langara College, where she teaches Media and the Law, Media and Society and Investigative Reporting.
Photo Credit: Brooka Photographic
Lisa Bolton is a freelance food writer, stylist and photographer. She is the creative mind behind the successful blog Food Well Said, a space dedicated to thoughtfully presented and wholesomely prepared meals and recipes. Lisa’s work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Redbook, Canadian Living and she was a former contributor to the Queen Latifah Show and she continues to write monthly columns on the topics of 20 minute meals and food styling. Lisa holds a masters degree in business and is currently working on her first cookbook. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and son.
Karleen Bradford has been delighting children of all ages with her writing for almost 20 years. She grew up in Argentina and travelled the world with her husband, James, a Canadian Diplomat. She has taught creative writing throughout the world and has participated in the Writers in Electronic Residence Program in schools across Canada. Karleen is honoured to be the 2006 recipient of the Allan Sangster Award, which is awarded for outstanding dedication and service to the Canadian Authors Association.
More information about Karleen Bradford can be found on her website: karleenbradford.com
|Emmy Said No (www.StorySomething.com)|
|Who’s Invisible Now? contributed to The Unexplained A Haunted Canada Book
(Scholastic Canada, 2008) edited by Janet Lunn
Previous edition published as The Unseen
|Write Now! (Scholastic-TAB Publications, 1988)|
|More Animal Heroes (Scholastic Canada, 1996, Scholastic USA, 1998)|
|Animal Heroes (Scholastic Canada, 1995, Scholastic USA, 1998)|
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.karleenbradford.com
Chad Brealey is a Canadian producer, writer, conservationist, and outdoorsman. His current work, the series “Salt, Fresh & Field,” shares a new perspective on wilderness and the personalities that exist on the border between how food gets to the table and the way we eat. The series presents an emotional, vivid, and cinematic treatment of food and culture in western Canada. It is available online and on-demand through Telus Optik TV.
Brealey holds a master’s degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University and was the first saltwater fly fishing guide in the Great Bear Rainforest. He co-founded the Haig-Brown Institute and served as the communications director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Born and raised on the West Coast, Brealey currently lives an hour from the Rockies in Calgary with his wife, two children, and their black lab named Drake.
He is currently at work on a companion book to the “Salt, Fresh & Field” series with his business partner, Mary Kellough.
Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of two novels and a volume of stories. The White Space Between centres on a mother and daughter grappling with the impact of the Holocaust and won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Bloodknots, a volume of thematically linked stories about families on the edge, was a finalist for The Re-Lit Award. Her debut novel, Can You See Me? penetrates into both the point of view of a young man with schizophrenia and his sister who struggles to help him. The novel was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and is a recommended book of NAMI (The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). A native New Yorker, Ami now makes her home in Montreal with her husband, children, and Brittany Spaniel. She recently completed her fourth book, the novel In Many Waters.
|Can You See Me (1999)|
|Bloodknots (Arsenal Pulp Press 2005)|
|The White Space Between (Second Story Press 2008)|
Devon Brooks is an evoker. She defined a new market category, co-founding Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise chain of Blow Dry Bars. Born from her second-year university project, the company spans four countries, with 52 locations, and has collaborated with international mega brands like Mattel, Guess, Topshop and Gwenyth Paltrow. PROFIT Magazine named her 1 of the 30 most fabulous entrepreneurs in Canada. She was the youngest-ever mentor to join Futurpreneur, the North’s foremost youth mentorship program, and now sits on its advisory board. As an advocate supporting women against violence, she is a strategic advisor, and past board member to WAVAW Rape Crisis Center (Vancouver, BC).
Her resolute disposition for leadership shows up in all facets of her life. She was assaulted in two unrelated incidents at 18 and then again at 21. Right after launching Blo, she went through the ensuing judicial process that eventually led to two guilty pleas, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Anxiety. Still, she soars. Her trade secrets? A stockpile of grit and gratitude.
Devon’s served up belly-laugh inducing, heart-pouring sermons on platforms around the world like TedX, Pecha Kucha, and opened for Dragon Kevin O’Leary. She can always be counted on for deep courage — and a fierce reality check.
Brenda Brooks has published two poetry collections and a novel, Gotta Find Me an Angel, a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books In Canada First Novel Award. Her work has been included in anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and the UK . Born on the Canadian Prairies, she graduated from York University and worked (and played) for many years in Toronto. In the Eighties she wrote articles and poems for RITES Magazine. She now lives and works on Saltspring Island, BC. Her new novel, Honey, will be a tale of fascination, betrayal and a dizzying fall from grace.
Photo Credit: Shari Macdonald
Sigmund Brouwer was born and raised in Red Deer, Canada where he currently resides. With over four million books in print, he is a bestselling author of books for children and adults. His recent young adult novel, Devil’s Pass, received a nomination for one of Canada’s major literary awards for children, the John Spray Mystery Award as well as the Red Maple Award. This year, his young adult novel Dead Man’s Switch is also a finalist for the Red Maple. His most recent adult novel, Thief of Glory, is set in the Dutch East Indies during World War II was praised by Publishers Weekly for weaving the “timeless themes” of war, love at first sight, rivalry, human nature, and art “into the story of a 70-year journey toward redemption” (starred).
Kiersi Burkhart lives and works as a freelance writer and author in Casper, Wyoming. She writes Middle-Grade and Young Adult books that elevate the everyday struggles and triumphs of kids from all walks of life. She and her co-author, Amber J. Keyser, authored the four-book series QUARTZ CREEK RANCH, from Darby Creek/Lerner Books. She is also the author of the heart-pounding YA novel, HONOR CODE which will be published by Carolrhoda Books in 2018. She writes contemporary fiction with a feminist, environmentalist, and sometimes Western bent, as well as fantasy that walks the edge of “edgy.” She runs her own business and loves all animals—even the slithering ones.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Catherine Bush is the author of four novels. Claire’s Head (M&S, 2004) was shortlisted for the Trillium Award and chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail. The Rules of Engagement (HarperCollins, 2000), a national bestseller, was published internationally, shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, and chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the LA Times and the Globe and Mail. Minus Time (HarperCollins,1993), her first novel, was also published in the U.S. and the U.K., and shortlisted for the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Bush’s nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail and The New York Times Magazine. She coordinates the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA.
More information on Catherine Bush can be found at her website: catherinebush.com
Author photo by Ayelet Tsabari
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.catherinebush.com
Paul Carlucci is the author of The Secret Life of Fission, which won the 2013 Danuta Gleed Award. He is also the author of a collection as yet untitled forthcoming from House of Anansi in 2016. His stories are frequently published in journals and magazines, including Descant, The Malahat Review, EVENT, Carousel, and others. Learn more at www.paulcarlucci.net.
Jan Carr has written over 50 books for children, including the well-received picture books Toe Shoe Mouse; Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale; Big Truck and Little Truck; Dark Day, Light Night; and The Nature of the Beast. Armed with a B.S. in child development from Cornell University, and an M.Ed. in early childhood education, Jan first worked as a Head Start preschool teacher and university instructor of education. She went on to work as a book editor at a children’s publishing house, a magazine editor at Sesame Workshop, and has taught writing at both The New School University and at School of Visual Arts in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. She currently writes picture books and middle grade fiction, reviews children’s books for Common Sense Media, works at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and writes articles about theatre and dance. Born in upstate New York, and raised in New York State and Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan now lives with her family in New York City.
More information about Jan Carr can be found on her website: Jancarr.net
Lauren Carter’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Grain, Prairie Fire, Descant, and several other literary journals and anthologies. Longlisted for the ReLit Award, she’s also been a finalist for THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications including: National Geographic Traveler, Now Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and teaches writing at Georgian College and Lakehead University. Lauren Carter lives in La Pas, Manitoba and is already at work on her next novel.
More information about Laruren Carter can be found at her website: laurenccarter.ca
Author photo by Ulrich Kretschmar
|Swarm (Brindle & Glass, 2013)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.laurencarter.ca
Mary Casanova was born in Duluth, Minnesota and later earned a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. She is a “former Aspen ski bum” but now lives near Ranier, Minnesota with her husband Charles Casanova and their daughter and son, Katie and Eric.
When it comes to writing for children, Mary Casanova is passionate about two things: writing books that matter and writing books that kids can’t put down.
She says, “I was a reluctant reader – and I write for the child I was: restless, energetic, adventure-seeking, the can’t-sit-still kind. I loved being outside, and if a book was going to hold my attention, it had to be either a rainy day or a fast-paced story.”
More information about Mary Casanova can be found on her website: www.marycasanova.com
|Wake Up, Island University of Minnesota Press, 2016|
|One-dog Sleigh Macmillan Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013|
|American Girl series|
Grace Makes It Great
Winner, National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award, 2015
McKenna Ready to Fly Diving back into gymnastics after a setback McKenna also becomes intrigued when she volunteers to help at a therapeutic horseback riding centre.
|McKenna McKenna gains confidence to tackle new challenges.
(American Girl of the Year 2012)(American Girl Brands, 2012)Meet McKenna www.americangirl.com/play/girl-of-the-year/index.php
|Chrissa Stands Strong American Girl of the Year 2009(American Girl Brands, 2009)|
|Chrissa American Girl of the Year 2009, Chrissa Maxwell must discover how to stand up for herself and her friends.(American Girl Brands, 2009) Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, 2009 View Chrissa’s page on the American Girl website http://www.americangirl.com/girloftheyear/|
|Jess American Girl of the Year 2006(American Girl Brands, 2006)|
|Gates of Gold American Girl – Cécile(American Girl Brands, 2002)
ages 8-12 and up Honors Award, National Parenting Publications (NAPPA), 2002
Minnesota Book Award nominee, 2003
|Dog Watch series With Kito, Chester and the whole of Dog Watch on the case, Pembrook is sure to be safe.
Illustrated by Omar RayyanMore information including a sample of a Ice Box Theater’s full-cast recording of Dog Watch: Trouble in Pembrook can be found on the Dog Watch page on Mary Casanova’s site.
|Turtle-Hatching Mystery Someone’s stealing sea turtle eggs! On vacation in Mexico, Kito, Chester, and Schmitty use their Dog Watch skills and team up with the village dogs to find out who is disturbing the gentle sea turtles’ nests.
(Simon & Schuster, 2008)Dog Watch Volume 6
|Extreme Stunt Dogs Chester is starstruck when the Extreme Stunt Dogs Show comes to town, even though Kito keeps getting sniffs of trouble.
Dog Watch Volume 5(Simon & Schuster, Fall 2007)
|To Catch a Burglar A thief has struck Pembrook! Dog Watch is on the case, but they’re running out of clues. Kito and the gang set a trap, but when it goes awry, they realize they’re dealing with a professional.
Dog Watch Volume 4(Simon & Schuster)
|Danger at Snow Hill Something is lurking in the woods! Is it a dog? A wolf? Or maybe even a bear? Whatever it is, it’s causing a lot of trouble in Pembrook—scaring kids and getting into the garbage. Dog Watch has to work fast.
Dog Watch Volume 3(Simon & Schuster)
|Dog-napped All the strange smells and spooky sightings in the Fall make Kito nervous. At the fire hydrant his fears are confirmed. Missy and Muffin are missing!
Dog Watch Volume 2(Simon & Schuster)
|Trouble in Pembrook The dogs of Pembrook — Kito, Chester, and the rest of the gang — form Dog Watch, a canine version of Neighborhood Watch
Dog Watch Volume 1(Simon & Schuster)
|Mary Casanova and You for classrooms and librariesThe Author and You, Volume 7
(Libraries Unlimited, Jan. 2007)
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.marycasanova.com
Since launching her YouTube channel, The Domestic Geek, in April 2014 she has earned more than 935,000 dedicated subscribers who appreciate her fresh, fuss-free approach to healthy cooking. In that time she’s shared more than 600 original, mouth-watering recipes as well as countless tips and tricks for making life at home easier.
Thanks to the channel’s unprecedented growth Sara Lynn has attracted the attention of international broadcasters, agencies, media and content creators from all over the world including Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube. Her passion for all-things-delicious recently earned her the title of Breakout Foodie of the Year at The Taste Awards.
Sara Lynn is also an established host/producer/director who has more than a decade of broadcast experience. She has hosted a number of television programs including Diva On A Dime, GirlzTV and HGTV’s Rooms That Rock, for which she was nominated for the GEMINI Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Host In A Lifestyle Series.
An experienced guest expert, Sara Lynn has made dozens of appearances on hit daytime television shows such as The Social and Steven and Chris.
Her work has been featured in several major magazines including Eat This, Not That and Today’s Parent.
Scott Chantler is the acclaimed creator of the graphic memoir Two Generals, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for Best American Comics 2012, and voted by CBC’s Canada Reads as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time. His other work includes Northwest Passage (nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards) and the Three Thieves series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids and listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens). He recently served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, the first cartoonist to be appointed so by a Canadian university.
Sylvia Chiang is a Toronto teacher of students just like the diverse kids she writes about in her middle grade novels. She is a director on the Board of the Ontario Writers’ Conference and a member of The Writer’s Community of Durham Region. Her short story, U-Bahn, was published in the WCDR Phoenix Anthology. Her middle grade novel, CROSS UPS, will be published by Annick Press in 2018.
Michael Cho is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator based in Toronto. He’s painted covers for Penguin Classics and Random House, drawn numerous editorial illustratons for clients like the New York Times Book Review and Billboard Magazine, as well as publishing an art book of his drawings, “Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes” with Drawn & Quarterly. His comic story “trinity” was selected by editor Neil Gaiman for the Best American Comics anthology in 2010. Cho’s comic story “Stars” won a 2008 Canadian National Magazine Award Silver while another story, “Night Time”, was a finalist for a 2005 Canadian Magazine Awards. His webcomic “Papercut” was a finalist for the 2008 Shuster awards in the webcomic category. Cho has also written and illustrated other comics for publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image and Adhouse Books. “Shoplifter” is his debut original graphic novel, Pantheon Fall 2014.
More information about Michael Cho can be found at his website: chodrawings.blogspot.ca
Self portrait Michael Cho
|Shoplifter (Editions Delcourt, Random House Mondadori, Pantheon 2014)|
|Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes
(Drawn & Quarterly, 2012)
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://chodrawings.blogspot.com
Pailin Chongchitnant is a native Thai, a professionally trained chef, and the host and creator of the YouTube cooking show “Hot Thai Kitchen,” with nearly 50,000 subscribers and 300,000 monthly views.
Born and raised in Thailand, Chongchitnant spent a great deal of time in the kitchen as a child, learning the art of Thai cooking. She came to Vancouver to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from the University of British Columbia, but instead of pursuing a career in nutrition after graduation, she found herself back in the kitchen—cooking professionally. She went on to further her culinary training at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Chongchitnant has cooked in many professional kitchens in Vancouver and the San Francisco Bay Area and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Foodists.ca. She lives in Vancouver, where she produces “Hot Thai Kitchen” and occasionally teaches cooking classes.
She is currently at work on Hot Thai Kitchen: The Cookbook, a celebration of Thai food and cooking.
Over the last decade best-selling author Jane Christmas has entertained readers with a trio of madcap travel memoirs from Canada, Spain, and Italy. The Pelee Project (2002), What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim (2007) and Incontinent on the Continent (2009).
Born in Toronto in 1954, Jane worked her way through the editing ranks of various newsrooms – the Woodstock-Sentinel-Review, CTV, The Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail, and National Post. A self-described “super-late bloomer”, Jane eventually found her writing voice – direct, authentic, and funny. She zeroes in on the awkward but ultimately inspiring moments of everyday life. Jane has three grown children, and lives in England. She is presently at work on her next book.
More information about Jane Christmas can be found at her website: janechristmas.ca
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.janechristmas.ca/writing.html
Kerry Clare is a writer and editor in Toronto. Her short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in journals including The New Quarterly, Canadian Notes & Queries, University of Toronto Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent and The Globe & Mail. She is editor of the website 49thShelf, and has written about books and reading on her own blog Pickle Me This since 2006. In 2011, her essay “Love is a Let-Down” received an Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards, and was published in Best Canadian Essays 2011 (Tightrope Books).
More information about Kerry Clare can be found at her website: picklemethis.com
Dwayne Clayden is a Paramedic with over 38 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical Paramedic, and EMS Chief, he is an international speaker at EMS conferences and has published four textbooks for paramedics. Dwayne is a popular speaker in the Crime Writing community and provides police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors. Dwayne’s first novel manuscript, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada, Unhanged Arthur. His short story, “Hell Hath No Fury”, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers.
Ian Colford is an award-winning writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 1990 his stories, reviews, and commentary have appeared in literary publications in print and online. His short story, “The Reason for the Dream,” appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology and was one of three finalists for the prize. He has completed residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (1998, 2010) and Yaddo (2008). Evidence, a collection of linked stories, was published in 2008 by Porcupine’s Quill, and won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award; Evidence was also shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize and the ReLit Award. A novel, The Crimes of Hector Tomás, was published in 2012 by Freehand Books and won Trade Book of the Year at the 2013 Alberta Book Awards. Perfect World, a novella, was published by Freehand in 2016.
More information can be found at www.iancolford.com.
Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010). Sweet was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Sweet won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant. In 2007, her short story “The Port-Wine-Stain-Removal Technique” won first place in the fiction category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Her debut novel, Algoma, was published in Fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing. Couture is the incoming Literary Editor of This Magazine.
More information about Dani Couture can be found on her website: blackbearonwater.com
Author photo Copyright 2012
Adamo de Pax for 10×10 Photography Project
|Algoma (Invisible Publishing, 2011)|
|Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010) ReLit Award, 2011
Nominated, Trillium Book Award for Poetry
|Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
John Coy is the author of the numerous award-winning books including Night Driving, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, Hoop Genius, Game Changer, and Their Great Gift.
He is also the author of the young adult novels Crackback, Box Out, and Gap Life and the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, featuring Top of the Order, Eyes on the Goal, Love of the Game, and Take Your Best Shot.
John lives near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and visits schools around the world. Connect with him at www.johncoy.com and @johncoy23.
- Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
- Starred Review in School Library Journal
- Starred Review in Kirkus
- Winner of the 2016 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section
- Chosen for Outstanding Merit as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year for 2016 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2016 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association, 2016
- Selected as a Recommended Orbis Pictus book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children by the National Council of Teachers of English, 2016
- Chosen as one of the Best Books for Children by the Raleigh News & Observer, 2015
- Selected as one of the Miami Herald’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015
- Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
- Starred Review in Booklist
- Included on the National Endowment for the Humanities Nonfiction Favorites List for Young Readers
- Selected as a 2016 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Honor Book
- Nominated for Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award for 2016-2017
- Nominated for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Picture Book Award
- Nominated for the Monarch Illinois Readers’ Choice Award for 2016
- Nominated for a Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award for 2016
- Nominated for a Virginia Readers’ Choice Award for 2015-2016
- Selected for the 2015 Multicultural Book Collection by Reading is Fundamental
- Selected as a nominee for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award for 2015
- Nominated for the Rocky Mountain Book Award by the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015
- Selected as a Book of the Month for the Intermediate Division of the Read On Wisconsin Program
- Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2014 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
- Nominated as a Finalist for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
- Selected as a Finalist for the Minnesota Star of the North Book Award for 2014-2015
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2014 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Chosen as one of the Top Ten Sports Book for Youth by Booklist for 2013
- Selected as one of the Best Books for Kids and Teens of 2013 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- Recipient of the Silver Triangle Award from Communication Arts
- Starred Review in the Horn Book
- Selected as a book of excellence on the Children’s Literature Choice List for 2001
- Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2001 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
- Picked for the 2001 2X2 Reading List of the Texas Library Association, a list for children age 2 to Second Grade
- Starred review in School Library Journal
- Chosen as a Junior Library Guild book
- Selected for the National Basketball Association Read to Achieve program
- Featured title in the Basketball without Borders program
- Chosen by The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society to honor the best of the best in children’s garden fiction. These Growing Good Kids Book Awards CLASSICS represent the TOP 40 books of the last 100 YEARS.
- Picked as a book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
- Selected as a featured book for Reading Rainbow, 2005
- Named an Honor Book for the Charlotte Zolotow Award, best text in a picture book
- Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2003 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2003 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Selected as an Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Honor Book
- Chosen as one of Nickelodeon Jr.’s Best Family Books for the Year for 2003
- Received starred reviews in School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly
- Chosen as an American Library Association Notable Book for 2000
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2000 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Picked as A Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People for 2000 by the Children’s Book Council
- Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2000 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
- Selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association, 2000
- Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 1998 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
- Awarded the 1997 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for excellence in an author’s or illustrator’s first picture book
- Chosen one of the best books of the year by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in the New York Times
- Selected for Fanfare 1997, The Horn Book Honor List chosen from the books of 1996
- Nominated for a 1997 Minnesota Book Award and named as a finalist for Children’s Books of Distinction by The Hungry Mind Review
- Chosen for a Seal of Quality by The Family Channel Entertainment Guide
- Nominated for Vermont’s 1997 children’s book award, The Red Clover Award
- Selected for Not Just for Children Anymore, A Selection by Booksellers of 110 Children’s Books that Adults will Enjoy and Buy for Themselves, published by The Children’s Book Council
- Selected as one of the Best Illustrated Books of the Year by The New York Times
- Named one of The Choice Books of 1996 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
4 for 4 Middle-Grade Series
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2011 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2013 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Selected as a Finalist for the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2013-2014
- Picked as a Junior Library Guild book
- Named one of the Choice Books of 2010 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Selected as a Book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
- Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2010 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
Young Adult Novels
- Chosen as a Junior Library Guild book
- Starred review in Booklist
- Chosen by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Sports Books for Youth of 2009
- Selected as a Book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
- Finalist for 2010 Nutmeg Award
- Nominated for 2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award
- Selected as a Book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
- Chosen by the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association for the Tayshas Reading List of 2007-2008
- Selected for the 2007 Young Adults’ Choices list of the International Reading Association
- Picked for the 2007-08 Pennsylvania Young Adult Readers Choice Award
- Selected for the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list of 2006
- Chosen as an Additional Title of Interest in 500 Great Books for Teens
- Picked as a 2006 Texas Reading Club choice
- Selected as a Junior Library Guild book
- Chosen as a book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
- Selected for Outstanding Achievement by Wisconsin Library Association in 2006
- Starred review in Booklist
Anita Daher draws writing inspiration from the many places she’s been blessed to spend time, which include Summerside, PEI, Yellowknife, NT, Churchill, MB, Baker Lake, NU, and Sault Ste. Marie, ON. She’s been entrenched in the book publishing industry for several years writing books, articles and reviews, leading workshops and presentations, and has worked on the publishing end of things as a marketing director, and editor. Previous occupations include flight service specialist, radio broadcaster, lunch truck driver, and grave plot salesperson. She likes writing best, as she never has to take off her slippers, can wear a funny hat, and can hold conversations with the statues and stuffies that keep her company. Anita holds memberships in The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Canadian Children’s Book Center, The Manitoba Writers’ Guild, The Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and was a founding member of the Territorial Writers Association. When she’s not writing, she likes to spend time baking, playing her guitar (badly), and turning her backyard garden into a haven for neighbourhood bunnies. Anita currently resides in Winnipeg with her husband, two daughters, a basset hound, and a Westfalia camper van named Mae.
More information about Anita Daher can be found on her website: anitadaher.com
Author photo by Leslie M. Jobes
|Wager the Wonder Horse (Stabenfeldt, World Rights Available Ex:
Book club in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech)
Junior Canadian Ranger series (Orca Young Readers)
|Flight from Bear Canyon (Orca Book Publishers, 2004)
CCBC Our Choice Selection, 2005
|Flight from Big Tangle (Orca Book Publishers, 2002)
Recommended, Canadian Toy Testing Council
Recommended, Resource Links
Finalist, 2004 Diamond Willow Award
|John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, 2007|
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.anitadaher.com
Pauline Dakin is an assistant professor at the University of King’s College School of Journalism in Halifax. A journalist who has worked in radio, television, and print, she was also a senior producer for CBC Nova Scotia and host of CBC Radio’s Atlantic Voice. Her work has been recognized with many regional, national and international awards, including a citation of merit from Canada’s top journalism prize, The Michener Awards, for a multi-media, collaborative series on adverse drug reactions in children. She is a three-time recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation in Washington to do specialized training and reporting on HIV vaccine development and obesity issues. She is also a fellow of the MIT/Knight Science Journalism program on medical evidence.
Pauline has worked as a producer, on-air host, assignment editor, and reporter in various media including film, television, radio, and print. She is the national public broadcaster’s trusted voice on health and medicine, and also writes and produces documentaries on a wide range of topics. She is currently working on a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Kings College, Halifax, and expects to graduate in the spring of 2015.
Originally from North Vancouver, B.C., she has also lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Saint John, New Brunswick and is now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she lives with her two teenage daughters. She is at work on her first book, Run.Hide.Repeat.
Run. Hide. Repeat.: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood
Lorraine Davies has published short stories in Room, Event and Grain. Her story in Grain was nominated for a Western Magazine Award. She studied in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of B.C. and at the Humber School of Writing. She lives in Vancouver.
Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s debut story collection, How to Get Along With Women, was longlisted for the 2013 Giller Prize. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada, and she’s one of the wild minds behind the highly original Toronto Poetry Vendors, a small press that sells single poems by established Canadian poets through toonie vending machines. In 2013, her story “Kiss Me Like I’m the Last Man On Earth” was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. Elisabeth is currently based in St. John’s, where she lives with the poet George Murray and their combined brood of four children — making them CanLit’s answer to the Brady Brunch.
|The Devil You Know (Patrick Crean Editions, HarperCollins Canada, Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, 2015)|
|How to Get Along With Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012)
2013 Relit Award Longlist, 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist
Agent: Samantha Haywood
MARQ DE VILLIERS is a veteran journalist who has reported from many parts of the world, especially Africa and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of 14 books, many of them award-winning, including the first Alan Paton Award for Non Fiction Writing on South Africa; the Governor General’s Award for Non Fiction (as mentioned above, and shortlisted a second time); the Saskatchewan Showcase Award for Water Water, a 3-hour television documentary; the Evelyn Richardson Award for Non Fiction (winner twice, shortlisted once more); the Dartmouth Book Award for Non Fiction; the Writers Trust of Canada / Pearson Writers Trust Non Fiction Awards (finalist for Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert); and finalist for both the James Beard Awards (wine and spirits category) and Julia Child Awards (literary food writing).
De Villiers was born in South Africa and is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. He holds an honorary degree from Dalhousie University and in 2010 was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Eagle Head, on Nova Scotia’s south shore.
For more on the author, please visit his website: http://marqdevilliers.com/
|Back to the Well: Rethinking the Future of Water
“A forceful prescription for a sustainable water future.” Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada
(Goose Lane Books, 2015)
|Recipient, Order of Canada, 2010in honour of his contributions to social and political discourse|
Gill Deacon is the author of two national bestsellers: Green For Life (2008) and There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Everyday Bodycare and How To Avoid Them (2011). TLIYL was a Globe & Mail bestseller for several weeks, an Amazon Top 100 book and was ranked #1 in Canada for independent booksellers. It has been translated into French, Czech and Slovak.
Gill holds a BA (English) and a graduate degree in Education from McGill University. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons.
Her forthcoming memoir, Naked Imperfection, will be published by Penguin in 2014.
More information about Gill Deacon can be found on her website: gilldeacon.ca
Author photo by Virginia MacDonald
|Naked Imperfection (Penguin, 2014)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.gilldeacon.ca
Leesa Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program and a professor at Humber College in Toronto. Her fiction, non-fiction, poetry and interviews have been published in The New Quarterly, Matrix, Lemon Hound, among others. She’s been a finalist for numerous literary awards including the Irving Layton Award for fiction and the Quebec Writing Competition. She is a regular contributor to The New Quarterly and the Interviews Editor for the Humber Literary Review. Waiting for the Cyclone is her debut short story collection. She is currently working on a novel that takes place both in Dawson City and Tianducheng, a Chinese ghost city modelled after Paris, complete with its own Eiffel Tower.
For more about Leesa, please visit www.leesadean.ca.
Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Natasha Deen’s family moved from Guyana, South America to Calgary, Alberta, which she found terribly exciting—until she met her first minus-forty-degree winter day, at which point she began to question the sanity of the grown-ups around her. She studied psychology at university, and once she learned of the physiological and psychological benefits of writing and story, her career was set. Natasha writes for children, teens, and adults, and her recent books include Lark Holds the Key, Sleight of Hand, (CCBC Best Picks for Kids and Teens, starred selection), and Guardian (CCBC Best Pick for Kids and Teens, Moonbeam Award winner, Sunburst Award nominee). Visit her at Natashadeen.com
Photo credit: Curtis Comeau
Rachelle Delaney is a children’s author, freelance writer, and creative writing teacher. Born in Edmonton and currently living in Vancouver, she holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Rachelle was recently awarded the Canadian Author’s Association 2010 Emerging Writer Award, and her first novel, The Ship of Lost Souls, was a finalist for a BC Book Prize.
|The Circus Dogs of Prague (World Rights Available Ex: English Canada (Penguin Canada) Film Rights Available)|
|Lydia’s (Imaginary) Friends (www.StorySomething.com)|
|Blood Diamonds (Pearson New Zealand Raupo)|
|Human Anomalies (Pearson New Zealand Raupo)|
|Orangutans and Biodiesel Main Sails 7
(Pearson New Zealand Raupo)
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.rachelledelaney.com
Raina Delisle is an independent journalist who has been published in The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent and Chatelaine among others. A former broadcast news producer and newspaper reporter and editor, she covered the budding B.C. marijuana industry before teaming up with former Ottawa Citizen colleague Jessica Wilson to create The Mary Janes. The sexy story — which will unfold over a series of novels — follows the lives of a group of savvy young women who have one of the most dangerous, exciting and illegal jobs in Vancouver: delivering marijuana to the scores of tokers in Canada’s cannabis capital.
Author photo by Ben Fox
Marjorie DeLuca spent her childhood in the beautiful and ancient cathedral city of Durham in North-Eastern England. Later, she graduated from the University of London, then immigrated to Canada where she lives with her husband and two children. She spent much of her professional life as a teacher, specializing in English Literature and Creative Writing. She studied Advanced Creative Writing at the University of Manitoba with her mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Carol Shields, and subsequently received several major Manitoba Arts Council grants for the development of her novels. After leaving teaching to write full time, she worked as a script consultant, collaborating on several TV pilots and a musical. She also successfully self-published three novels, two of which, The Pitman’s Daughter (historical literary fiction) and The Forever Ones (YA Sci-Fi) have already hit Amazon bestseller lists. Her most recent novel, Unnatural, is set in Victorian England and merges fact with fiction in the story of a childless woman on the edge of insanity and her fascination with the case of a notorious female serial poisoner.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Geoff Dembicki is a 28-year-old journalist based in Vancouver, BC, and a staff reporter for The Tyee, where he writes on energy, climate, and sustainability. His recent series Are We Screwed?—on the cultural, economic, political, and technological impacts of our shift to a less screwed 21st-century society—has been featured in Foreign Policy, Vice, Salon, Toronto Star, Alternet.org, and Walrus magazine. His reporting has taken him to emerging 21st-century power centres like San Francisco, New York, Boston, Fort McMurray, South Dakota, Beijing, Calgary, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. He was awarded a 2012–2013 media fellowship from the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and has spoken about his work at the Literary Review of Canada’s 2014 Spur Festival, on CKNW’s Bill Good Show, and addressed a 2014 graduation ceremony at the esteemed Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Dembicki is currently developing his series Are We Screwed? into a book, with support from a grant from the New York-based Solutions Journalism Network.
For more information: email@example.com.
Kristen den Hartog’s most recent book is And Me Among Them, published as The Girl Giant in the U.S. She is the author of three other novels, Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, and Origin of Haloes. Her first non-fiction book, The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of Wartorn Holland, was written with her sister, Tracy Kasaboski, and explores the life of their father’s family during the Second World War.
She lives in Toronto, with her husband, visual artist Jeff Winch, and their daughter.
More information about Kristen den Hartog can be found on her website at: kristendenhartog.com
Author photo by Sara Angelucci
|The Occupied Garden A Family Memoir of War-Torn Holland
(McClelland and Stewart)Written with Tracy Kasaboski
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Suzanne Desrochers grew up on the shore of Georgian Bay in the French-Canadian village of Lafontaine in Ontario. She is the author of the Canadian bestselling novel, Bride of New France, about Québec’s legendary Filles du roi, which was named as one of the Globe’s top 100 books of 2011 and was published in French, Spanish and in the United States. Quill & Quire listed Bride of New France as a top five book of the year. Desrochers currently lives in Toronto with her husband, their two children and cat.
|Bride of New France
Canada (English): Penguin Canada, January 2011
US: W.W. Norton, Spring 2012
World in French: Éditions Hurtubise HMH
World in Spanish: Random House Mondadori
Agent: Samantha Haywood
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Duggan was born in Alberta and grew up there and in Manitoba. After graduating from high school in Winnipeg, he alternated years of university study – four different universities in all – with years of work and travel.
He travelled throughout Europe, the Middle East and East Africa, and lived in London, England before coming to Toronto to get a teaching degree. His first teaching job was in Bhutan, where he taught high school English at a boarding school in a remote valley in the Eastern Himalaya Mountains. After two years in Bhutan, Matt travelled throughout India before returning to Toronto where he began teaching high school and completing a master’s degree in comparative education.
Matt has written three screenplays all of which were supported by the Harold Greenburg Fund. His screenplay Everything and Where it Went won the first ever Independent Film Channel Trailer Vision Contest. He has written articles for Saturday Night Magazine and numerous short stories, including “Semi-wilderness” which was published in Prairie Fire Magazine and was nominated in the short fiction category for both the Canadian National Magazine Awards and the Western Canadian Magazine Awards in 2004.
The Royal Woods, Matt’s novel for nine to twelve year olds, was published in the spring of 2007 by Key Porter Books. It’s his first attempt at writing fiction for kids, and was written for his daughter Mary June. She had little taste for fantasy, and wanted a story with some real world grit and adventure, with a few laughs along the way. Matt is currently working on a novel which is not for children because someone in it gets brutally murdered at a cottage.
Matt lives in Toronto with his wife Lisa and their two children, Chester and Mary June. He teaches English at Harbord Collegiate and writes in the basement.
Agent: Marie Campell
Phil Dwyer’s asthmatic childhood contributed to a deep love of reading, an encyclopaedic knowledge of sixties British pop, and a healthy distrust for the curvature of normal lives. He was a journalist for 20 years in the UK. He moved to Canada in 2002 to work on a research project with Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams that spawned Tapscott’s The Naked Corporation. Dwyer is an alumni of the Humber School for Writers and has also studied writing at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He has workshopped his writing with Alissa York and Charlotte Gill. His creative writing and journalism have been published in a number of publications, including The Financial Times and the Times of London, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Dwyer is the author of Conversations on Dying: A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death (Dundurn, 2016). His website is www.phildwyer.ca.
Conversations On Dying: A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death (Dundurn, Spring 2016)
Steve Dykstra is a corporate/commercial lawyer practicing in the Greater Toronto area. Although he now runs his own company, he started his career on Bay Street, Canada’s financial hub, working first for Goodman & Carr and then Loopstra Nixon. He also spent nearly five years as a legal recruiter.
While on the Street, Steve learned all about the demands of advising the most prestigious clients on headline-making deals and has assisted clients on myriad matters including mergers and acquisitions, financings, dispute resolution, protecting intellectual property and negotiating “business critical” contracts. That behind-closed-doors experience informs much of his current writing.
Steve also contributes a weekly column for the U.S. legal blog, Above the Law. This wide-ranging forum receives approximately 7 million page views and more than 1 million unique visitors per month. It’s a go-to source for legal news, commentary, advice and entertainment.
Prior to entering law school, he worked in sports television for The Sports Network, YTV and Sportsnet, where he got the opportunity to interview a number of sports celebrities, including Vince Carter, Charles Barkley, Tie Domi and his all-time favourite, Julius Erving. Steve played competitive basketball, baseball, hockey and football growing up, and still plays basketball regularly. From April to September he regularly puts on chest waders to stand in a river trying to catch trout with a tiny fly. The trout usually prevail.
Steven has just completed his first legal thriller, The Occupation. He lives just outside Toronto with his wife and children.
Rebecca Eanes inspires parents to live wholeheartedly and see the blessed joys of parenthood on her blog, www.positive-parents.org, and popular Facebook community, Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the author of The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting and a co-author of Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide for Putting Positive Parenting Principles into Action. She is also a weekly contributor to Creative Child Magazine.
Rebecca aspires to write fiction, children’s books, and poetry collections. She is the grateful mother of 2 boys.
Wallace Edwards was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (1980). His paintings and illustrations are found in public and private collections, books, magazines, and on public display in Canada and the United States. Edwards’ clients include the Metro Toronto Zoo, the City of Toronto, the B.C. Ministry of the Environment, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and various magazine publishers. He has been the invited guest speaker at conferences, literary events, schools and libraries. He finds visiting with students from kindergarten to grade six especially enjoyable, where his presentations consist of reading, discussions, and drawing.
Edwards is the multiple award-winning author illustrator of nine books. His distinctions include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award for best children’s picture book in Canada, the Children’s Choices Award (Beginning and Young Readers) from the International Reading Association, the Grand Canyon Reader Award, the Arizona Library Association Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration.
More about Wallace Edwards can be found on his website: wallace-edwards-art.com
|What is Peace? (Scholastic, 2016)|
Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe
An entertaining journey through dream-like surprises.
|Podcast Interview with Just One More Book! – May 2007|
Sarah Elton is a journalist and author who writes regularly about food for The Atlantic’s Food Channel, Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. Her book, Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields To Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat, is a bestseller in Canada. She is the food columnist for CBC Radio’s Here & Now and speaks regularly to audiences big and small about the politics of what we eat. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
More information about Sarah Elton can be found at her website: sarahelton.ca
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Pete Emes is one half of the DJ/production duo Smalltown DJs. Owner of The Hifi Club & Commonwealth Bar in Calgary, he is a mainstay in the Canadian electronic music scene. Inspired by other musical road-tripping writers, Pete has toured Canada from coast to coast, chronicling the country’s electronic and club culture and interviewing renowned DJs and performers. His forthcoming book, Good People: A DJ’s Adventures in Canada, documents the explosive rise of a musical subculture that’s taking our nation – and the world – by storm.
|Good People: A DJ’s Adventures in Canada|
Helen Epstein is the author, co-author or translator of ten books of literary non-fiction. They include the ground-breaking Children of the Holocaust, one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma; the biography Joe Papp: An American Life; and the memoir Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History. All were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York, The New Yorker, ARTnews and other magazines. She now reviews books regularly for the New England online magazine The Arts Fuse. Epstein was the first tenured women professor of journalism at New York University and in 2010, she co-founded Plunkett Lake Press eBooks which re-issues classics of non-fiction in electronic form.
Kathleen is an author, educator and historian specializing in historical fiction. She has an MA in History Education and Writing from Antioch University, Ohio, USA, and served as a Curator of Education with the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for over a decade. She served as project director/scriptwriter for several instructional television series, one of which earned her an Emmy Award.
More information about Kathleen Ernst can be found on her website: kathleenernst.com
Author photo by Geri Gerold
|American Girl Caroline Abbott 1812 Caroline Abbott is the 2012 historical character for American Girl whose stories are based around the War of 1812.As the War of 1812 begins, so does the story of Caroline’s bravery.More about the series can be found at
the American Girl website
the website of the author, Kathleen Ernst
|Catch the Wind: My Journey with Caroline (American Girl, August 2014)|
|Traitor in the Shipyard (American Girl, 2013) When Caroline learns that British spies may be lurking in Sackets Harbor, she is worried. Then, a long lost friend of Papa’s shows up in town. Papa is delighted to give him a job at Abbott’s Shipyard, but soon, strange things start going wrong.|
|Meet Caroline Caroline Abbott’s world is turned upside down. The first volume of a series set during the War of 1812 introduces American Girl’s historical character for 2012.
(American Girl, 2012)
The illustrated “Looking Back” section explores the beginning of the War of 1812.Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award,
Council for Wisconsin Writers, 2012
Platinum Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Gold Award, Mom’s Choice Awards
Top 25 Children’s Fiction Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly
| Caroline’s Secret Message Caroline hopes desperately that Papa will understand her message and be able to escape from the fort.
(American Girl, 2012)The illustrated “Looking Back” section explores how the War of 1812 affected women and children.
|A Surprise for Caroline Caroline tries to cheer Rhonda and her cousin Lydia when they must come to stay with her.
(American Girl, 2012)The illustrated “Looking Back” section discusses Christmastime and growing up in the early 1800s.
|Caroline Takes a Chance Out fishing one Spring day, Caroline sees a British warship about to capture an American boat.
(American Girl, 2012)The illustrated “Looking Back” section discusses transportation and medicine in the early 1800s.
|Caroline’s Battle Caroline’s father has just returned when they receive frightening news—British warships are sailing to attack Sackets Harbor.
(American Girl, 2012)The illustrated “Looking Back” section discusses the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the burning of the White House during the War of 1812.
|Changes for Caroline Caroline suspects a thief has been stealing much-needed food from Lydia’s farm, and must help watch to guard it.
(American Girl, 2012)The illustrated “Looking Back” section explores how America began to change at the end of the War of 1812.
|Chloe Ellefson Mysteries
adult mystery series
“In curator Chloe Ellefson, Ernst has created a captivating character with humor, grit, and a tangled history of her own that needs unraveling. Enchanting!” —Sandi Ault, author of the WILD
|Death on the Prairie (Midnight Ink, Fall 2015)
|Tradition of Deceit (Midnight Ink, Fall 2014)|
|Heritage of Darkness
(Midnight Ink, October 2013)
|The Lightkeeper’s Legacy
At Rock Island State Park Chloe aids in plans to restore the historic lighthouse. When she finds body on the beach, the death ruled the result of an accident, Chloe’s suspicions lead her to race to discover the truth before another murder can take place.
(Midnight Ink, October 2012)
2013 Lovey Award, Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth Mystery
|The Heirloom Murders
Chloe unravels the links between the disappearance of a legendary diamond and the death of a neighbor.
(Midnight Ink, 2011)
Anne Powers Fiction Book Award 2011, Council for Wisconsin Writers
“Interesting, well-drawn characters and a complicated plot make this a very satisfying read.”
— The Mystery Reader Review”Greed, passion, skill, and luck all figure in this surprise-filled outing.”
— Publishers Weekly
|Old World Murder Volume 1 Chloe Ellefson’s new job as Collections Curator at Old World Wisconsin brings her face to face with a murder, a stolen artifact, an arrogant boss, and an intriguing new relationship.
(Midnight Ink, 2010)adult novel”Propulsive and superbly written, this first entry in a dynamite new series from accomplished author Kathleen Ernst seamlessly melds the 1980’s and the 19th century. Character-driven, with mystery aplenty, Old World Murder is a sensational read. Think Sue Grafton meets Earlene Fowler, with a dash of Elizabeth Peters.”
—Julia Spencer-Fleming, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of I Shall Not Want and One Was A Soldier
“Old World Murder is…a delightful distraction for an evening or two.”
—New York Journal of Books
“clever plot twists and credible characters make this a far from humdrum cozy.” —Publishers Weekly
|The Runaway Friend At harvest time, Kirsten’s friend Eric is missing and she’s sure he’s in trouble.
(American Girl Brands, 2008)American Girl – Kirsten Mysteries
|Midnight in Lonesome Hollow
American Girl – Kit Mysteries(American Girl Brands, 2007)
|Secrets in the HillsAmerican Girl – Josefina Mysteries(Pleasant Company, 2006)|
|Danger at the ZooAmerican Girl – Kit Mysteries(Pleasant Company, 2005)|
|Too Afraid to Cry Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign(Stackpole Books, 1999) Alternate Selection, History Book Club, 1999|
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.kathleenernst.com
Growing up Canadian in a mixed Japanese-German household, Hana Etsuko Dethlefsen is perfectly poised to translate authentic Japanese home cooking to an English-speaking audience. While living in Japan she did just that: her monthly column Forking with Hana helped fellow ex-pats navigate the grocery aisles and keep themselves well fed. Since returning to Canada, Hana continued to share her love of Japanese food by writing a recipe column for Oops magazine and by teaching Japanese home cooking at the University of British Columbia.
Now, Hana has launched herself into the cookbook world with a bang. Her self-published book, Let’s Cooking, celebrated a 205% successful crowd-funding campaign, raising more than $14,000 for printing and production. After selling out in only three months, the success of Let’s Cooking and her subsequent media appearances caught the attention of television broadcasters. Gusto TV hired her to host One World Kitchen, a cooking show celebrating the diversity of Canadian cuisine. She has spoken at a number of lectures, sharing her love and knowledge of Japanese food, and continues to develop recipes and do more research on Japanese food, recipes, and food history.
Sarah Faber received an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Concordia University. Her writing has appeared in Matrix and Brick. Originally, from Toronto, Sarah now lives in Cape Breton with her husband, writer Oisín Curran, and their children. All is Beauty Now is her first novel.
Photo credit: Oisín Curran
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Cary Fagan is a highly acclaimed, award-winning author of picture books and novels for kids in addition to his acclaim as an author of novels and anthologies for adults. His books include The Market Wedding (Sydney Taylor Honor Book, Jewish Book Award, World Storytelling Award), Daughter of the Great Zandini (Mr. Christie’s Book Award, Silver Medal), The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Honor Book), and most recently, Directed by Kaspar Snit and Ten Old Men and a Mouse. He is the author of a YA biography of dancer Chan Hon Goh, Beyond the Dance, a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award. Cary Fagan also writes novels and story collections for adults. He lives in Toronto with his two daughters.
More information about Cary Fagan can be found on his website: caryfagan.com
|The Show to End All Shows Master Melville’s Medicine Show Book Two
(World Rights Available Ex: Canada English (Penguin Canada)
Film Rights Available, Manuscript forthcoming)
|Mr. Karp’s Glass ages 8-10
illustrated by Selçuk Demirel(Groundwood, 2008)
Dan Falk is a science journalist, author, and broadcaster. His writing credits include the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Cottage Life, SkyNews, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. He has also been a regular contributor to theand Astronomy from the American Institute of Physics (which CBC Radio programs Ideas and Quirks & Quarks. His awards include Gold and Silver medals for Radio Programming from the New York Festivals and the Science Writing Award in Physics he has won twice). His first book, Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, won the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association. In 2008 he published, In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension. “Falk’s book is what Hawking’s [A Brief History of Time] should have been,” declared the Ottawa Citizen. His most recent title, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe, was published in May of 2014. Falk recently completed a Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT, where he undertook the primary research for The Science of Shakespeare.
More information about Dan Falk can be found on his website: www.danfalk.ca
author photo Sara Desjardins Photography
|“Totally Genius” (Walrus Magazine, 2005) 2005, Honourable mention, Science, Technology, and Environment,
National Magazine Awards
|“Einstein as Icon” (CBC Radio, 2005) 2005 Science in Society Journalism Award,
(radio items under 30 minutes),
Canadian Science Writers’ Association
|“In The Beginning”one hour documentary(CBC Radio, 2004) 2004, Gold Medal
New York Festival
|“The Question of Design”two-hour documentary(CBC Radio One, Oct 16, 23, 2000) 2002, Honourable mention, Science in Society Journalism Award
(radio items over 20 minutes)
Canadian Science Writers’ Association
|“Visions of the Apocalypse”one hour documentary(CBC Radio, 1999) 1999, Science in Society Journalism Award,
U.S. National Association of Science Writers
|“From Empedocles to Einstein”one hour documentary(CBC Radio, 1999) 1999, Science Writing Awards in Physics and Astronomy,
American Institute of Physics
|“Hunting the Neutrino” (CBC Radio, 1997) 1997, Honourable mention, Science in Society Journalism Award
(radio items under 10 minutes)
Canadian Science Writers’ Association
Erin Falligant has written more than 30 books for children. Her books include the American Girl Beforever middle grade novel, THE LILAC TUNNEL (American Girl, 2014), and the INNERSTAR UNIVERSITY as well as eight series fiction titles for Sky Pony Press (under the pseudonyms Kenley Shay and Alex Polan). Erin also writes advice books on topics such as standing up to bullies, changing bodies, surviving homework, and protecting the earth. Erin was a children’s book editor for over 15 years, creating books and parent content for lines such as Angelina Ballerina, Matchbox, and Fisher-Price. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and has a master’s degree in Child Clinical Psychology. Erin is currently working on the DK AMERICAN GIRL ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE (Dorling Kindersley/PRH). Erin’s full portfolio of fiction and nonfiction books can be found at Erinfalligant.com.
Originally from Manitoulin Island, Jennifer Farquhar has lived in France, Japan, and Montreal, and currently resides in southwestern Ontario. She is an elementary school teacher and mother of two young children. Her short fiction has won awards in the Manitoulin Expositor and the Toronto Star. WATERMARK is her debut novel and will be on offer in North America in September 2016, pitch follows: The Gathering meets The Cure for Death by Lightning. Opening on an island in Lake Huron in the mid-1970s, WATERMARK tells the story of Mina McInnis, a responsible girl whose affections are torn between her younger brother David and the fiery Rhonda Doyle, a summer resident whose family owns a private island across the bay. In a moment of weakness and inattention, Mina makes a mistake with tragic consequences. Soon, rumors are circulating among the local Ojibway about an ancient evil in the Great Lake, forcing Mina to flee in fear to Chicago. Twenty-five years later, Mina returns with her son to the island where her family disintegrated, determined to uncover the truth about the Doyles and the tragedy from her past, and the creature that dwells in the cold, dark waters of Lake Huron. WATERMARK is upmarket nostalgia horror that combines a chilling ghost story with a seventies summer cottage vibe, and examines how one bad choice reverberates across multiple generations. Contact: email@example.com
Perdita Felicien is an Olympian, 10-time National Champion and the first Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous honours, including Canada’s Athlete of the Year, Keys to the City of Pickering, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Perdita retired from professional sport in 2013 and is now a broadcast journalist. She has worked for CHCH News, TSN and been a contributor for Newstalk 1010. In 2016 she will be part of CBC’s broadcast team at the summer Olympic Games in Rio, and inducted into Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame.
A long time advocate for social responsibility, she and her mother, Catherine Felicien Browne are part of a campaign that will help raise funds to build a new home for The Denise House, the women’s shelter in Durham Region they credit with helping the family get on their feet in the late 1980’s. Perdita is at work on her first book, which chronicles her experience as a sports figure and first-generation Canadian.
Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her books have been translated into half a dozen languages and have been shortlisted for such prestigious awards as the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow Reader’s Choice Award and the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award. Her novels include Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega, which won the McNally Book for Young People award. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, InvisiBill and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, which won the Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award. Maureen lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her family.
More information about Maureen Fergus can be found on her website www.maureenfergus.com.
Author photo by Jay Gaune
|The Fool’s Errand (World Rights Available Ex: Canada: Penguin/Razorbill Canada 2013
Film Rights Available)
Kids Can Press, 2010
Winner, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award (Manitoba Book Awards), 2011
Recipe for Disaster
YA novel, Kids Can Press, 2009Nominee, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, 2010
Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero Kids Can Press, 2007
Honourable Mention, Manitoba Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2008
Finalist, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award, 2008
Nominee, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, 2007
Nominee Ontario Library Association, Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
Top 6 Pick (Canadian Authors), ForeWord Magazine, 2007
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.maureenfergus.com
Rob Firing has been marketing cookbooks for nearly 20 years and has worked with some of the biggest names in food in Canada and around the world, including Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver, David Rocco, Laura Calder and Jamie Kennedy. He is likely to be found in his kitchen at any given moment, and is the co-author of The Everyday Squash Cook, which is shortlisted for the Taste Canada Award. Rob lives in Toronto.
Author photo by Diana Renelli
Christine Fischer Guy’s fiction has appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire, and Grimm and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. She was recently awarded a Silver at the National Magazine Awards for an article she penned for Eighteen Bridges. The Umbrella Mender is her first novel. She has an MA and has studied creative writing at Humber College for Writers. She regularly reviews fiction for The Globe and Mail and has conducted podcast interviews for Bookninja.com. She has lived and worked in London, England and now makes her home in Toronto.
More information about Christine Fischer Guy can be found on her website: christinefischerguy.com
|The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn, Fall 2014)“In her haunting debut novel, The Umbrella Mender, Christine Fischer Guy transports us to 1950s Moose Factory, where the beleaguered staff of the local hospital are fighting to stem the tide of tuberculosis among the indigenous peoples of the North. At the heart of the novel is Hazel MacPherson, a promising young nurse who finds herself increasingly drawn to the surrounding wilderness, made manifest in the person of a troubled drifter named Gideon White. Like her heroine, Fischer Guy is equally at home within the walls of the hospital and without. In language rich with sensual detail, she brings Hazel’s dualized experience into sharp focus, evoking the ghostly beauty of an X-ray one moment, the living presence of the Moose River the next. “The Umbrella Mender is a gorgeous book— a moving meditation on human frailty, a sensitive portrait of conflicting cultures brought together in an uneasy truce, and a heartbreaking tale of unsanctioned love.” – Alissa York, author of Scotiabank Giller-nominated Effigy
“The Umbrella Mender is a gem of hope, denial and blind faith. Nurse Hazel MacPherson’s travels, both physical and spiritual, haul you toward true North, and do their very best to leave you knowing every inch of the trip as if it were worn under your skin and marked deep in your lungs, the shadowed scar visible only by X-ray. Wonderfully, carefully written, this is a book you will not soon forget.” – Russell Wangersky, Scotiabank Giller nominee for Whirl Away
“The evocative setting of a TB hospital in remote Moose Factory, a passionate and clandestine love affair, and the irresistible voice of intrepid nurse Hazel join forces to make The Umbrella Mender an absolutely compelling read from start to finish.” – Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows
Learn more at: http://www.christinefischerguy.com
Lisa Foad’s debut story collection, The Night is a Mouth (Exile Editions, 2009), has been praised by The Globe and Mail as “a brand-new thing” – says The Globe, Foad writes “with courage and surprising panache.” And EYE Weekly, in its five-star review, declares, “It’s writing that knows what the hell it wants to achieve” – “her DeLillo-sized sentences create a linguistic tension that could cause the pages to flip autonomously” – Foad “juices the poetry out of everyday speech.” Her creative work has appeared in Matrix, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, and Red Light: Superheroes, Sluts and Saints, and she contributes cultural commentary to a variety of publications, including The Globe And Mail, NOW Magazine and Xtra. Lisa Foad lives in Toronto and is at work on her first novel.
|The Night is a Mouth (Exile Editions, 2009)
ReLit Award 2009
Eric Foley holds an Honours BA in English and Literary Studies from the University of Toronto and an MFA from Guelph University. He has been a finalist for the Random House Creative Writing Award, the Hart House Literary Contest, and the winner of Geist Magazine and the White Wall Review’s postcard story contests. A regular contributor to the online magazine Numéro Cinq, Eric lives in Toronto. He has travelled through over thirty-five countries on six continents. Foley has completed his first memoir, I WAS YOUNG WHEN I LEFT HOME, now available for consideration.
David Forrest works with businesses, governments, and communities challenged by problems that can only be resolved by collaborating across traditional boundaries. His Integral Strategy™ approach has helped to create new partnerships in the innovation system, health care, education, transportation, energy, environment, resource management, community development, and economic development. Challenges have been as diverse as creating age-friendly communities, increasing local food security, enhancing the effectiveness of the health system, defining cancer research programs, improving the delivery of post-secondary professional education, implementing open government, expanding regional economic opportunities, and innovating in response to climate change.
Forrest is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. He is an Advisory Board member at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa; and is a member of the World Future Society and other futures organizations. He curates www.innovationwatch.com, an online magazine on trends and innovation.
Krista Foss has twice been a finalist for the Journey Prize and also long-listed for Canada Writes. Her masterful short fiction is published in literary journals. She has an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
More information about Krista Foss can be found on her website: kristafoss.com
|Smoke River (McClelland and Stewart, 2014)|
Stacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007. This Magazine called it “probably the most finely realized small press novel to come out of Canada in the last year.” In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. The novel was later selected as a National Post Canada Also Reads pick for 2010. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, Prism, and Kiss Machine. She has been widely anthologized in Nobody Passes: Rejecting The Rules of Gender and Conformity; First Person Queer; Yes Means Yes; I.V. Lounge Nights; and PEN Canada’s Finding The Words. Most recently, she co-edited the anthology She’s Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out and fighting back. She is the former publisher of Shameless magazine, and currently works at The Walrus.
More information about Stacey May Fowles can be found on her website: staceymayfowles.com
Fear of Fighting (Invisible Publishing, 2008)
Be Good (Tightrope Books, 2007)
Ron Frey is the co-founder with Cindy Stulberg of the original institute dedicated exclusively to interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)—the first of its kind around the world. Since 2001, they have trained more than 2,250 clinicians in this simple and powerful therapeutic model. Ron completed his PhD in psychology in 1997 and four years later established an Ottawa-based consulting business that today includes such notable clients as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (where he held the position of chief psychologist), the Canadian Police College, Canadian Coast Guard, Canada Border Services, Public Safety Canada, the Department of National Defense, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, multiple police agencies and safety critical companies. His work has taken him into correctional facilities, cockpits, and onto the rail lines of Europe. He has ridden ‘shot-gun’ on snowmobiles and cruisers high above the Arctic Circle, and parachuted into courtroom battlefields of dangerous offenders and volatile marriages. Ron was recently recognized for his efforts in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of occupationally related stress injuries by the Senate of Canada.
Bernice Friesen began her creative life as a visual artist but has been writing since the age of 12. The title story of her first book, The Seasons are Horses, won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Best Young Adult Short Story in Canada. Her first novel, The Book of Beasts, was one of the top five first fictions in 2007 in the Toronto Globe and Mail, and was short-listed for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Born in Saskatchewan, she has lived in England and New Zealand, and now lives in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. She she runs an exhibition blog Bernicefriesen.wordpress.com showing pieces of visual art and intellectual adventures. You might see her wearing these objects.
Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Her plays in progress include Building Houses, Wasting Paper, and an adaptation of Lisa Moore’s Grace. She is a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Her completed plays include Falling Trees, Squawk, The Battery, Bound and Our Eliza (Playwrights’ Canada Press/Breakwater Books). Megan won the 2013 Rhonda Payne Theatre Award. Her debut fiction collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, won the BMO Winterset Award and The Margaret & John Savage First Book Award. Megan is originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. She currently resides in St. John’s where she works at Breakwater Books, is Artist-In-Residence at the Arts & Culture Centre and a fiction editor for Riddle Fence.
Priscilla Galloway, Ph.D, has been a full-time author since 1993. Previously, Galloway taught in high-schools and universities and worked as a language arts consultant with children of all ages. Born in Montreal in 1930, Priscilla has lived, written, taught and scuba-dived from Pacific to Atlantic, from southern farming country to northern mines, from the Caribbean to New Zealand.
More information about Priscilla Galloway can be found on her website: priscillagalloway.net
|Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road A gripping account of three dramatic journeys that changed history.
with Dawn Hunter
(Annick Press, 2009)
|Archers, Alchemistsand 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed|
|Too Young to Fight (Stoddart Can, 1999)|
Leslie Garrett is a national award-winning journalist, author and editor, based in London, Canada. She is the author of 11 children’s books, including a biography of renowned environmentalist David Suzuki and Earth Smart on protecting the environment. Her books are widely available and well reviewed. More information about Leslie Garrett can be found on her website: lesliegarrett.com Non-Fiction
|The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World (New World Library, 2007)|
|Earth Smart (Dorling Kindersley UK, 2006)|
|Helen Keller (Dorling Kindersley UK, 2004)|
Learn more at: http://www.lesliegarrett.com
Maureen Garvie is a young adult author who also teaches writing to young adults. She was born in Kingston, Ontario, and grew up beside the St. Lawrence River, swimming and canoeing around wrecks of ships from the War of 1812. At university she worked at Fort Henry during the summer, where she developed a fascination with history that went beyond soldiers in red coats.
After finishing her education at Western, Queen’s and University of Toronto with Masters, teaching and library degrees, she married and moved to New Zealand. For 12 years she worked on farms and in libraries on the South Island, taught English and drama in Christchurch, and wrote.
Now back in Canada, Maureen lives in Kingston once more. In the golden days before Hollinger and Conrad Black, she worked as a writer and editor for the Kingston Whig-Standard and has reviewed children’s fiction for Quill & Quire for many years. She is now an instructor at Queen’s University’s Writing Centre and an editor for McGill-Queen’s University Press. She has a daughter, Leila, who is an amazing knitter.
Author photo by Leila Garvie
|Amy by Any Other Name Amy awakes in the hospital after a horrible accident to find she has also switched identities with another injured girl.
(Key Porter Books, 2009)
|Lake Rules (Key Porter Books, Can 2005, also a CNIB DAISY audio disc narrated by Eileen Davis)”It’s the multi-layer texture of the tale that makes it work so well: it’s part archeological adventure story and part mystery but also a moving exploration of family dynamics and the nature of friendship … A satisfying addition to the literature of cottage life, Lake Rules joins the ranks of novels like Julie’s Johnston’s The Only Outcast, Kit Pearson’s A Handful of Time, and Jake MacDonald’s Juliana and the Medicine Fish”
– Jeffrey Canton, Quill & Quire “From the very first page the reader is drawn into the intrigue of this well-written novel”
– Association of Book Publishers of BC, “Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools”
|George Johnson’s War with Mary Beaty(Groundwood Books/ Douglas & McIntyre, 2002)|
|Adjust Your Set Television as Communication(Macmillan New Zealand, 1981)|
Agent: Marie Campell
Natale Ghent is an award-winning author and journalist. She has been writing stories and poems since she was a very young girl and hopes to continue until she is a very old woman. Her early stories revolved heavily around a family of single-celled circles: Momma Circle, Daddy Circle, and two Baby Circles. All the Circles looked pretty much the same, except that the Momma Circle wore a mink stole and the Daddy Circle wore a hat, naturally. Evolving from circles to stylized stick fairies, Natale has slowly moved up the evolutionary ladder to working with animals, humans and beyond (angels, faeries, the little people). When she’s not writing, she can be found camping in the woods of Northern Ontario.
More information about Natale Ghent can be found on her website: nataleghent.com
Photo by Laura Taylor
|Against All Odds HarperCollins Canada|
|Gravity Brings Me Down A sharp and wry teen, Sioux Smith, finds kindredness of spirit when she befriends an elderly woman in her hometown.
(Doubleday, 2009)Nominee, 2011 White Pine, Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association
Nominee, New Westminster Hyack Teen Readers Award, 2010-2011
|The Odds Get Even The Odds, a group of friends, aim to use science and the local legend of a haunted mill to outwit a bully, Larry Harry.
(HarperCollins Canada, 2009)Book Club selection, Girl Guides of Canada
Nominated, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2011
Shortlist, 2010 Silver Birch Award, Fiction, Forest of Reading
Listed, Ben McNally’s Top Ten, May 2009
Listed, Weekly Bestsellers, Sympatico.ca
|All the Way Homesequel to No Small Thing(HarperCollins Canada, 2006)Nominated, 2008-2009 Red Cedar Award, Fiction
BC Young Readers’ Choice
CCBC’s Our Choice 2007
|The Book of Living and Dying(HarperCollins Canada, 2006)Shortlist, CLA Book of the Year for Young Adults, 2006|
|No Small Thing (HarperCollins Canada, 2003, Candlewick, US, 2005,
Walker Books, UK, 2005, SohoStreet Korea, 2005)Windmill Book Award, 2007
Hackmatack Award for English Fiction, 2006
Silver Birch Honour Book, 2005
Junior Library Guild selection US
Border’s Original Voice US
Shortlist, CLA Book of the Year, 2005
CCBC’s Our Choice, 2005
Nominee, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2005
Globe and Mail Top Ten Spring Pick
|Piper(Orca Book Publishers, 2000)CCBC’s Our Choice 2001
The Pennsylvania School Library Top Forty
Dog Writer’s of America Finalist 2001
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.nataleghent.com
Anne Giardini is the second oldest of Carol Shields’ five children. Her first novel, The Sad Truth About Happiness, was published by HarperCollins/Fourth Estate in Canada, the UK, the US, and Australia in spring 2005. It was short listed for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2006 and for an Audie audio books award. Her second novel, Advice for Italian Boys, was published by HarperCollins in early 2009. She is completing a third. Giardini is also a lawyer and executive working in Vancouver and the newly appointed Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. She is past Chair of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University, and serves on the boards of several other organizations, including PEN Canada.
Nicholas Giardini is the second oldest of Anne Giardini’s three children. While living in Ottawa, he completed an undergraduate degree in psychology. He mostly prefers to read fiction, and especially likes books that explore character and self-perception.
They are currently at work on the manuscript for Carol Shields On Writing, the first book of new material by Carol Shields since her death in 2003.
Rachel Giese is the deputy editor of The Grid. Previously, she was a a senior editor at The Walrus, a columnist for the Toronto Star, a host and producer at CityTV’s BookTelevision, a writer and editor at CBC.ca’s Arts Online, a senior editor at Chatelaine, and a journalism instructor at Ryerson University. Her writing, which has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards, has appeared in Toronto Life, Canadian Business, Flare, the Globe and Mail, and Report On Business. She has a degree in history from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Kerry Gold is a Vancouver-based journalist who writes a popular real estate column for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. She writes extensively on urban issues, such as housing affordability, heritage preservation, and city growth and transformation. Prior to her seven-plus years writing for the Globe, she spent 11 years as the music critic for the Vancouver Sun. As music critic, she was a regular judge for the Junos and Polaris Prize, and frequently shared her opinions on CBC Radio. The New York Times featured her in a profile of Vancouver, in which they called her “the city’s unofficial night owl.”
Her work also led her to ghost writing Michael Bublé’s bestselling 2011 memoir, Onstage Offstage, for Random House UK. In recent years, she also wrote Canadian bestselling cookbooks for Figure 1 Publishing, David Robertson’s The Dirty Apron Cook Book and The White Spot Cookbook.
As a freelance writer, Kerry has written for Vancouver Magazine, B.C. Business, MSN, Toronto Star, L.A. Weekly, Best Health, Fashion, Zoomer Magazine, Variety, and numerous other publications. She is contributing editor for Vancouver Magazine.
In 2002, while reporting for CBC TV in Argentina, Havard Gould found a frustrated group of homeowners, shaking their house keys in protest outside a bank in Buenos Aires. Unable to access their money, they feared losing their homes. It was a compelling scene that illustrated the devastating impact of the country’s financial crisis. For their work in Argentina, Havard and the team won the Gold World Medal at the New York Festival.
That is just one highlight of a long broadcasting career that has included political coverage, feature work and special reports from all over the world. Havard currently brings his storytelling instincts to the business beat on CBC’s The National and World at Six, among other network radio and television platforms.
Originally from Montreal, he has lived and worked in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto, where he now resides. He has travelled extensively, particularly in China, but is probably happiest paddling on a quiet lake just after sunrise.
Havard studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) and is currently a graduate student at the University of King’s College, Halifax. He is hard at work on his first book.
More information about Havard Gould can be found on his website: havardgould.com
John Grandits has worked in publishing most of his life. As a designer and art director, he’s attacked adult trade, college text, scholarly, juvenile trade and juvenile text books. For many years he was an art director at the Cricket Magazine Group where he helped launch Muse and Click.
More information about John Grandits can be found on his website: johngrandits.com
|Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria (Clarion Books)
Dog and Cat Concrete Poems
”Worthy of being shelved next to Jon Scieszka’s funniest.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Though his hair recalls Conan O’Brien, first-time school bus rider Kyle’s anxiety-ridden narration is straight out of A Christmas Story.”
2008, Lee Bennet Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book
2008, Notable Children’s Books, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
2008, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Non-fiction,
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA),
One of the Best Books of 2007, School Library Journal
A Notable Book for Children and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, American Library Association
“Youth will fall for this kind of word play, as will adults…smart, clever, and just plain fun.” – VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
“An exuberant celebration of wordplay that’s certain to broaden kids’ understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of poetry.”
– Kirkus Reviews
”combines technical brilliance and goofy good humor to provide an accessible, fun-filled collection of poems…brilliant book design”
– School Library Journal, Starred
“graphically inventive sequence of concrete poems…mimes an 11-year-old’s sarcastic perspective…A technically (and imaginatively) inspired typeface experiement.”
– Publishers Weekly
“humorous…kid-relevant or kid-voiced…well-pitched to a youthful readership…playful layouts…a quick, funny, and painlessly poetic read.”
– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Beatrice Black Bear illustrated by Brian Floca (every issue of Click Magazine)
Mr. Spuffington Saves the Night (Click Magazine)
Mr. Spuffington Makes Lunch (Click Magazine)
Buffalo (Cricket Magazine)
Vicki Grant has been called “a superb storyteller” (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre) and “one of the funniest writers working today.” (The Vancouver Sun).
She began her career creating ads for Chiat/Day and McCann-Erickson, moved on to writing scripts for Theodore Tugboat, Big Comfy Couch and her own Gemini Award-winning series Scoop & Doozie before graduating to young adult fiction. Her fifteen novels have appeared on shortlists for almost every major Canadian award and numerous American ones as well.
Her comic legal thriller, Quid pro Quo, won Best Juvenile Crime Novel in Canada and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award in the United States. Her YA mystery Not Suitable for Family Viewing won The Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Award. Vicki has two books coming out in 2017. Short for Chameleon is a comic YA mystery about a boy who works for his father’s rent-a-relative agency (HarperCollins Canada). 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You, a mystery/romance about two teenagers who meet as guinea pigs in a psychological study, will be published by Running Press.
Vicki lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family.
More about Vicki Grant can be found on her website: vickigrant.com
Author photo by Meghan Tansey Whitton
“Witty and believable” -Kirkus Reviews
“Fresh and surprising… Highly enjoyable.” -Quill & Quire
“What Don Draper’s daughter would have read at 13.” -The Globe & Mail
“Both long-time fans and those who have never read Grant’s writing will be in for a treat.” -Canadian Children’s Book News
“Grant is the ‘it’ author for YA humour of the real world. She doesn’t use supernatural elements or expect the reader to suspend belief. And she never condescends to the reader or her characters. She is frank (not furter) and empowers her characters to be bona fide teens, with many positive attributes, as well as a few foibles. Her stories are funny because they could be the anecdotes of some poor teen. In fact, I’m sure that somewhere a reader is remembering a similar incident to one from Hold the Pickles and laughing hysterically…There are many teens, most especially reluctant readers, who appreciate the hi-lo nature of the Orca Currents series: compelling characters, uncomplicated vocabulary, and contemporary plots in a short read. But it’s Vicki Grant’s comic stylings that make Hold the Pickles an exceptional Orca Current book, as it elicits numerous laughs embellishing on the dilemmas of youth.”- CanLit for Little Canadians
“A funny novel about a less-than-cool kid, provides a worthy option for reluctant readers looking for a light but entertaining story. Dan is a very fun character, and he’s easy to relate to… He is a likeable ‘everyguy’ who is just trying to get through regular life while keeping his integrity.”
– CM Magazine
Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret After falling out with the popular crowd, Betsy Wickwire drifts into trouble when she falls in with a new friend (HarperCollins, 2011)
Shortlist, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 2011
Nominated, Snow Willow Award, 2012
“Vicki Grant’s characters jump off the page. She shows an uncanny understanding of young people’s worries and emotions, the depression they often face, the self-esteem that frequently eludes them, and the acceptance they need most. This is a novel at once humorous, captivating and realistic. A multi-layered novel, a striking read.”- Canadian Children’s Book News
“This book magnificently conveys the drama and emotional intensity that so often typify the teen experience… Without ever once belittling Betsy’s reactions, Grant leads her on a journey of healing and self-discovery, and she gives readers the opportunity to watch her come to her own realizations about life, love and friendship. The author not only provides a very authentic depiction of her characters and of teens in general, but she also recognizes and celebrates their capacity to grow and be transformed by their experiences. And she manages to convey these truths in her own unique fashion: with a sly humour always lurking just beneath the surface. While it was somewhat surprising that there was never any eventual confrontation between Betsy and Nick and Carly, the ending is absolutely perfect, highlighting the dichotomy between Betsy’s initial feelings of despair and her new awareness of herself and the world. This book is a sensitive exploration of one teen’s maturation but first and foremost, it is a highly entertaining read that should speak to a wide range of readers.”- Atlantic Books Today
B Negative When Paddy learns his blood type during a physical exam prior to enlisting in the army, he starts to question everything he thought he knew about his family. (Orca, 2011)
OLA Best Bet 2011
Comeback Ria is rich, slim, pretty, popular. If you only knew her at school, you’d think she led a charmed life. When her situation suddenly changes, she decides to take desperate action.
Book of Note, TriState YA Review Group, 2011
-Nominee, Stellar Award,
B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice, 2011/2012
-Red Maple, Fiction Award (Grade 7–8)
Ontario Library Association, 2011
-Best Bets for Young Adult Readers 10-best list,
Ontario Library Association
-Battle of the Books Selection, 2011
-Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Honour Book, 2011
-Best Book, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2010
-Nominee, Snow Willow, 2010
-Finalist, Young Adult Award, Canadian Library Association, 2010
Nominee, Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile Crime Fiction, 2010
“Not Suitable for Family Viewing is an excellent teen novel with interesting characters and a complex plot tinged with both romance and mystery. The whole is peppered with Grant’s wonderful sense of comedy.” – Canadian Materials
Nine Doors Against his better judgment, Emery takes part in neighbourhood pranks.(Orca Currents, 2009)
Res Judicata The eagerly anticipated sequel to Quid Pro Quo
(Orca, Fall 2008, optioned for film by Yowza Animation, Toronto)
-Shortlisted, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010
-Nominee, Arthur Ellis Awards,
Best Juvenile Novel, Crime Writers of Canada, 2009
-Resource Links Year’s Best 2008
ID When he finds a missing wallet, Chris tries to return it, then wrestles with the fact he looks so much like its owner. (Orca Soundings, 2008)
-Nominee, Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, 2009
-Starred Selection, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2008
-Finalist, Arthur Ellis Best Juvenile Crime Award, 2008
-Nominee, YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers,
American Library Association, 2008
Pigboy A school trip take a potentially deadly turn. Dan Hogg races the clock to save his teacher and the bus driver held hostage by an escaped convict. (Orca Currents, 2007)
-Nominated, 2009 Utah Beehive Award, Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU)
-Nominee, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List, American Library Association, 2007
-Forest of Reading Award, Ontario Library Association, 2008
Quid Pro Quo A high-stakes, fast-moving and funny legal thriller for teens.(Orca, 2006, optioned for film by Yowza Animation, Toronto, Mirae Media & Books Korea)
-Winner, Young Canada Reads, CBC Radio Halifax, 2009
-Nominated, Garden State Teen Book Award,
New Jersey Library Association, 2008
-Best Juvenile Nominee, Arthur Ellis Award, 2006
-Tayshas Reading List 2006
-Best Children’s Books of the Year – Bank Street College of Education, NYC
-CLA Book of the Year Notable 2006
-Nominee, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 2005
-New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2006
-Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award, 2006
-Honour Book, Silver Birch Award, 2006
CBC Young Canada Reads, 2006
Finalist, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, 2006
Nominee, CLA Book of the Year for Children, 2005
Nominee, Silver Birch Award, 2005
OLA “Best Bets”, 2005
VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
Resource Links’ Year’s Best, 2004
|The Halifax Citadel The Dreadful Truth series(Formac 2003)|
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.vickigrant.com
Rita Gray’s love of children has been the one constant of her life. Raised in Southern California, with three younger sisters, Rita moved north to Berkeley, where she ran an After School Program. She migrated eastward to New York City to study Psychology (BS) and Social Work (MSW). During this time, along with knowledgeable teachers, artists and therapists, Rita worked with children and their families. She came to understand that a good book “holds an experience for a child, one that can be visited again and again”. Rita is married and has two children of her own who enrich each day.
More information about Rita Gray can be found on her website: ritagrayreads.com
When the World Is Dreaming A lovely lullaby exploring the animals of the world, all told in Rita’s classic lyrical style. Illustrated by Kenard Park. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, 2016.)
|One Big Rain Poems written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg, take a look at rain in each of the four seasons.
(Charlesbridge, 2010) Rita Gray has compiled twenty poems about precipitation, each written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg. Divided by the season of the year this collection offers curriculum links to weather and the water cycle.Download a poster from One Big Rain
of Robert Frost’s To the Thawing Wind http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pdfs/posters/onebigrainposter.pdf “The images in this compact collection are appropriately misty-colors and shapes seen through rain. The brief poems cover many styles, including a number of translated haiku, but they are all evocative and easily grasped. … Frogs and watermelons, children and shadows, owls and plum blossoms appear in these pages. Soft and refreshing.”
– Kirkus Reviews
|Mama Mine, Mama Mine Every mama on the farm comes home to her babies when her job is done.
(Dutton, Spring 2008) illustrated by Ponder Goembel
|Easy Street (Dutton, 2006)|
|The Wild Little Horse (Dutton, 2005) Selected, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, 2007|
|Nonna’s Porch illustrated by Terry Widener(Hyperion, 2004)|
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Louise Green is a globally recognized voice at the forefront of the Body Advocacy movement. She is a successful entrepreneur based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Green is a plus-size athlete, personal trainer and the Founder of Body Exchange; a fitness business dedicated to plus-size women, with 6 Canadian locations. Her work with thousands of plus size women is the catalyst to writing her first book, Limitless, offering the public a new perception on size diversity and athleticism. When she’s not training for half marathons or triathlons, she spends her time coaching women to change their lives through athletics and advocating a new approach to health and wellness.
Louise’s advocacy writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, HLN Online and XO Jane. She’s been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily, UK’s Daily Mail, The Globe and Mail, Time Online and Glamour. Her goal, through her writing, is to abolish weight-stigma and support every “body” to pursue their athletic dreams.
Daniel Griffin is the author of a collection of stories, Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press, 2011), and of the forthcoming novel Two Roads Home. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals across North America. His stories have twice appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology and were collected in Coming Attractions. The National Post called Stopping for Strangers “an unusually accomplished first collection” and the book was runner up for the Danuta Gleed award and shortlisted for a Relit Award. Daniel is originally from Kingston Ontario, but has lived in Guatemala, New Zealand, England, Scotland, France, India and the US. He received an MFA from UBC and currently makes his home in Victoria, with his wife and three daughters.
More information about Daniel Griffin can be found on his website:
|Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press, 2011)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Genni Gunn is an author, translator, creative writing instructor and musician. She has published eleven books: three novels: Solitaria (Signature Editions), longlisted for the Giller Prize 2011; Tracing Iris, made into a film titled The Riverbank; and Thrice Upon a Time, finalist for the Commonwealth Prize; two story collections: On the Road and Hungers; two poetry collections: Mating in Captivity, finalist for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award, and Faceless; two collections of poetry in translation of Dacia Maraini’s, Devour Me Too, finalist for the John Glassco Prize and Travelling in the Gait of a Fox, finalist for the Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri; and one poetry collection of Corrado Calabrò’s Text Me. She has also written the libretto for the opera Alternate Visions, produced in Montreal in 2007, and showcased at the Opera America Conference in Vancouver, May 2013. Two of her books have been translated into various languages (including Italian). She is an inveterate traveler, and her experiences are reflected in her most recent book of travel essays, Tracks: Journeys in Time and Place (Signature Editions, 2013).
Andrea Gunraj is the author of The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha (Knopf Canada). She is also a contributing essayist to a new collection entitled Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity (2016, Coach House Books). She lives in Toronto and, beyond writing, she’s passionate about communications, public education, and accessible technology for social change. Andrea works at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth.
Andrea is working on a new novel about rival siblings and the devastating guilt that a younger sister has to carry after her older sister is abducted. The novel explores gender, race, and class dynamics in accountability for child abuse, neglect, and abductions. It is partially inspired by real-life experiences of a former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children. Learn more by visiting Andreagunraj.ca and follow andreagunraj on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Robin Ha grew up reading and drawing comics. At fourteen she moved to the United States. After graduating from RISD with BFA in Illustration, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies including Secret Identities and The Strumpet, as well as Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is currently working on WHY OH WHY ALABAMA, a graphic memoir about her immigrant experience, and also a Korean recipe comic BANCHAN IN 2 PAGES.
You can find out more about her work on her website: robin.megaten.net and on twitter, @RobinHaArt.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Samra Habib is a journalist and a visual activist. Her groundbreaking photo documentary series Just me and Allah: Photographs of Queer Muslims has exhibited around the world and has garnered praise by the Guardian, Vanity Fair Italia, i-D, BBC, NPR, Washington Post, the Advocate, PBS Newshour and many other international media outlets. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Vice, the Advocate, The Globe and Mail, Public Radio International and Fashion magazine. She has been invited to speak about Islam, gender and sexuality by Columbia University, Harvard, Wellesley College, University of North Carolina and the World Social Forum. She continues to work with various LGBTQI organizations internationally to raise awareness about issues that impact queer Muslims in different parts of the world. Samra was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to Canada with her family as a refugee.
Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s most recent novel, Sing For Me (2014) was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “impressive . . . a well-wrought and edifying page-turner” (Starred Review). Her previous novels include While He Was Away, a Finalist for the 2012 Oklahoma Young Adult Book Award, and Dream Journal, a 2006 Young Adult BookSense Pick. Her published short stories have received various awards, including a Pushcart Prize and an Illinois State Arts Council Grant. Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives with her family in Wheaton, Illinois.
|Broken Ground (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books, 2015)|
|Sing for Me (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books, 2014)|
Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy Award winning journalist and the author of All the Things We Never Knew. Sheila’s storytelling resume runs through film, commercial television, radio, and print. She began her career as an Associate Producer for public broadcasting, and then anchored and reported commercial television news for KTVX in Salt Lake City, Utah and KATU in Portland, Oregon.
Recently voted Oregon’s Best Radio Personality, Sheila currently hosts the prime-time newscast on KXL Radio, and produces & hosts multi-award winning public affairs programs including Counterpoint and Speaking Freely.
Sheila also writes for The Huffington Post, BP Magazine and SheilaHamilton.com.
Her groundbreaking memoir, All the Things We Never Knew (Seal Press), a nominee for the 2017 Oregon Book Awards is a breathtaking and redeeming journey which details an unsettling spiral from ordinary life into the world of mental illness, examining the fragile line between reality and madness, and revealing the true power of love and forgiveness.
Sheila was the recipient of the 2017 Judy Cushing Award from Lines for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide.
She is a frequent speaker and emcee for her favorite causes: mindful mental health, and empowerment for girls. She serves on the boards of Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold; and The Flawless Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization.
Sarah Hampson has a 30-year career in the creative industries of marketing, television advertising, book publishing, magazine journalism, column writing and feature writing. She has been a columnist for Canada’s leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, since 1998. She has been recognized for her work in advertising and journalism with numerous awards, starting in 1986.
Her first book, a memoir, Happily Ever After Marriage, A Reinvention in Midlife, was published by Knopf Canada in 2010. It was a national bestseller.
Paul Harbridge is the author of the picture book Helena’s Voyage (O-Books), and several published short stories, including “When the Moon Comes,” which won the Muskoka Magazine short story contest. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he works as a speech-language pathologist with adults with developmental disabilities. He and his wife Isabel live in Etobicoke, Ontario and are the proud parents of Daniel and Helena. Paul grew up in Muskoka and feels he carries the lakes and forests in his heart wherever he goes.
A.S.A. Harrison is the author of four non-fiction books. The Silent Wife is her debut novel and she was at work on a new psychological thriller when she died in 2013. Harrison was married to the visual artist John Massey and lived in Toronto.
More information about A.S.A. Harrison can be found on her website: asaharrison.com
|The Silent Wife
A beautifully wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throws of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe and concessions that can’t be made.
Film rights optioned: Mazur-Kaplan and Blossom Films
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Christina Hasley has worked in marketing and communications for over 20 years. In 2012, her daughter was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Christina set to work learning everything she could about this insidious form of anxiety. She has benefited from the many resources on how to treat the disorder, but has found few that share the emotional, physical, and financial tolls of parenting a child with OCD. To help fill this gap, Christina is writing a narrative memoir of her family’s encouraging journey in confronting OCD.
Born and raised in Toronto, Christina lives in Ottawa, with her husband, daughter, and intrepid Wheaten terrier.
Dr. Hébert is a family physician and has taught professional ethics for over 25 years. He graduated from York University with a PhD in philosophy in 1983 and from the University of Toronto medical school in 1984. His residency in family medicine was completed at McMaster in 1986 and, since 1989, he has been on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he acts as a Bioethics consultant. He is a Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and the author of a textbook on ethics for physicians, Doing Right (3rd edition, 2014). He is the recipient of many awards for teaching and service. In 2009 he received the 2nd annual William Marsden award from the CMA for his contribution to medical ethics teaching in Canada. In 2011 the College of Family Physicians of Canada named him Ontario’s Family Physician of the Year.
In 2010, Dr Hébert left clinical practice due to Parkinson’s Disease.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
When John Herdman became head coach of the Canadian Senior Women’s National Soccer Team, he quickly reshaped a squad that had seemingly lost its way into a team that captured the hearts and minds of Canadians in the 2012 Summer Olympics and brought home the bronze.
From 2006 to 2011, Herdman was head coach of the New Zealand Women’s National team, leading his players to the Women’s World Cup in 2007 and 2011 and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
He also held the position of New Zealand’s Director of Football Development, where he introduced changes that have revolutionised how soccer is organized and delivered with his award-winning “Whole of Football Plan.” He was nominated for the 2012 FIFA Coach of the Year Award.
As a coach and a professional speaker, Herdman stresses the importance of developing a high-performance culture; learning to overcome adversity with grace; and the role of leaders to inspire trust, confidence, and success.
He is currently at work on A Beautiful Game: How Soccer Captured the Heart of a Nation
Miranda Hill’s stories have appeared in The Globe & Mail, Reader’s Digest, The New Quarterly and The Dalhousie Review, and in 2011 she won the $10,000 Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story, “Petitions to Saint Chronic.” This story and eight others were published in her debut collection, Sleeping Funny (Doubleday Canada, 2012).
Hill is currently at work on a novel, Conduct (Doubleday Canada) a multi-generational story that weaves through Pittsburgh’s fine homes and steel mills and Muskoka’s cottage country.
Hill is also the founder and executive director of the Canadian literary charity Project Bookmark Canada. She lives, writes and works in Hamilton, Ontario.
More information about Miranda Hill can be found at her website: mirandahill.com
|Conduct (Doubleday Canada, 2015)|
|Sleeping Funny (Doubleday, 2012)A masterful collection united by its suspense, surprise and crisp prose.|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://mirandahill.com/
Karen K. Ho is a writer, photographer, and business reporter currently based in Yellowknife. She has been published in Toronto Life, The Walrus, the Ethnic Aisle and many other publications. Karen was born and raised in Toronto, a city she loves very much.
Hannah Holborn’s diverse experience with survivors on society’s margins inspires her to write what she knows — about worlds where no one is ‘normal’ and the house next door might hide a monster or a saint.
Hannah’s prize winning short stories are collected in FIERCE (McClelland & Stewart 2009), a recommended read for its “one-of-a-kind characters” (Canadian Living Magazine) and “double high-wire act (that) leaps effortlessly between funny and tragic” (Globe and Mail). Her stories have appeared in numerous print and on-line venues including Room of One’s Own, Front and Centre, WORDS literary journal, Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, Literary Mamma, and The Danforth Review. She is the recipient of a Canada Council Grant for the Arts. Hannah is writing a second novel in Langley, British Columbia.
More information about Hannah Holborn can be found on her website: hannahholborn.com
Author photo by Garrett Holborn
|Fierce (McClelland & Stewart 2009)|
Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven, and the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year.
Nazanine Hozar was born in Tehran, Iran in 1978. Her family moved to Canada in 1985. Her early life experiences in Iran infuse many of the stories she writes. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA program.
David Huebert’s story, “Enigma,” won the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. His fiction has also won The Dalhousie Review‘s short story contest, The Antigonish Review‘s Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize, and the Marguerite Dow Canadian Heritage Award. David has published stories in magazines such as enRoute, Grain, Matrix, The Puritan, Broken Pencil, and The Antigonish Review. His first collection of poetry, We Are No Longer The Smart Kids In Class, was published by Guernica Editions in 2015. David grew up in Halifax and currently lives in London, Ontario.
David is working on a collection of stories called PENINSULA SINKING. It explores the relation between periphery and centre, using the metaphor of rising sea levels to examine the various emotional crises of underemployed Nova Scotians caught between the place they love deeply and the brute fact that opportunity lies elsewhere.
One of Canada’s most celebrated athletes and humanitarians, Clara Hughes is thrilled to be putting her story on the page. Clara is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both the summer and winter Olympics. Success, however, means more than earning her athletic achievements. It also means helping others. Clara is the National Spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Mental Health initiative and has made it a personal goal to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness. She also plays an important role in the Right to Play programs, an organization that uses sport for development. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from various Canadian Universities. Clara also has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
More information about Clara Hughes can be found on her website: clara-hughes.com
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Anna Humphrey was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and grew up in Ottawa. After failed careers as a lemonade salesperson and gas station attendant, she turned instead to working with words. She has worked in communications for the League of Canadian Poets and the Girl Guides of Canada. In 2007, she started a freelance writing and editing business, specializing in working with youth- and family-serving organizations.
Anna is the author two books for young adults: Rhymes with Cupid (HarperTeen, 2011) and Mission (Un)Popular (Disney-Hyperion Books for Young Readers, 2011). She is also the author of Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014)—a book for middle graders. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband and two children.
Kate Inglis lives along the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was born. In November 2009 her first novel was published — The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, a book January Magazine calls “a spirited tale, gorgeously rendered.” It was illustrated by Governor General award-winning Sydney Smith, and was nominated for a Hackmatack Award and a Red Cedar Award. The sequel, Flight of the Griffons, was released in spring 2014. In spring 2016, Kate’s third book was released with Nimbus, illustrated by the brilliant Eric Orchard: If I Were A Zombie—fun-loving monster poetry for 4-8 year olds.
In 2008, after the premature birth and loss of her son Liam, she launched a community for bereaved parents called Glow in the Woods. She is currently writing a book about the lightness, darkness, and discovery that follows loss.
Jennifer Irwin’s first novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, HOCKEY AND BALLROOM DANCING, will be published by Simon & Schuster Canada in 2018. She was a finalist in the CANSCAIP Writing for Children Competition in 2016. She holds an Honour’s Bachelor and Master’s Degree in English Literature, as well as a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and teaches middle and senior
school English at Lower Canada College. Born in Ontario, she now lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband and two sons.
Marni Jackson is one of Canada’s most respected non-fiction writers. In addition to having been a weekly columnist for the Book Section of the Globe & Mail, and co-host of the TVO book show Imprint, she has written about hidden or off-the-map cultures – everything from the world of big game fishermen to the myths surrounding family life and motherhood. She has worked in the film and theatre community, collaborating on the stage show “Half Human, Half Heartache” with The Clichettes in a production that toured across Canada. Her feature writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, and every major Canadian magazine.
She has won numerous National Magazine Awards for columns, humor and travel, and her Canadian bestseller “The Mother Zone” has been re-issued in Spring 2002 by Vintage Books. Her recent book, “Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign” turns the science and culture of why we hurt into an insightful personal narrative. Marni lives in Toronto.
More information about Marni Jackson cana be found on her website: marnijackson.com
|Home Free The Myth of the Empty Nest
World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): Thomas Allen
|Pain The Fifth Vital Sign (Random House, 2002, US: Crown)|
|The Mother Zone (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1992, US: Henry Holt, Re-issued by Vintage, Canada, 2002)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Plum Johnson is an award-winning writer who lives in Toronto. She had an American mother and a British father whose compromise was to raise their children as Canadians. Growing up on the shores of Lake Ontario, they made annual pilgrimages by car down Route 15 to Richmond, Virginia, stopping to read every historical marker along the way. They Left Us Everything was nominated for the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Kobo Prize, and was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction.
|They Left Us Everything (World Rights Available ex: Penguin Canada, 2014)2015 RBC Charles Taylor Prize
“Beautifully observed and written with great warmth and wit, They Left Us Everything is an absorbing memoir of grief, growth, and decluttering. Plum Johnson must deal not merely with the legacy of her difficult, ill-matched parents, but is handed the burden of disposing of the seemingly endless contents of their 23-room Lake Ontario home, which becomes a character on its own in the telling. The task, which she initially thinks manageable, proves Herculean, far more complex than she’d imagined, involving understanding her past and packing up its contents, both literal and metaphorical. A story of love, loss, and legacy, written with compassion and humour, it subtly evokes T.S. Eliot’s lines: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – 2015 RBC Charles Taylor Prize jury citation
“At times heartbreaking and at others hysterically funny, Johnson’s memories propel the narrative from volatile mid-century Singapore to a sprawling, colonial-era Virginia estate and beyond, but always settle back to the rambling family home on the shores of Lake Ontario; a place “seared into their bones.” …The book’s descriptive prose brings these places and people to life and poignantly conveys the quasi-spiritual journey that helps Johnson overcome her grief.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“Plum Johnson’s vivid description of her glorious childhood home on the edge of Lake Ontario makes the house seem almost a character in its own right. Both house and family are flawed and spectacular, especially the father who, despite a difficult beginning, glued himself together with hard work and discipline. I loved the grit and energy of this book.”
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Harold R. Johnson is the author of five works of fiction and two non-fiction. His most recent work “Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)” was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan to Swede Cree parents, Harold has a connection to the land from which he writes. After having had a variety of occupations, Harold attended Harvard University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Law. Harold managed a private law practice for several years before he became a Crown Prosecutor.
He and his wife Joan live at the north end of Montreal Lake, Saskatchewan where they continue the traditions of trapping and commercial fishing. The cabin they built together is off grid and without road access. In this quiet space, except for the howling of a dozen sleigh dogs, and the caw of the occasional raven, he can listen to the sounds the land makes and remember ancient stories.
Harold is working on a novel and his next work of nonfiction.
Daniel Jones is a psychology professor at the University of Texas, El Paso. He runs the university’s Dark Triad and Corporate Crime Laboratory, which focuses on the “Dark Triad” of personality: psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and narcissism. Jones is a specialist in the emerging field of emotional promiscuity, the study of why some people fall in love quickly and repeatedly, often with dangerous consequences. Originally from New Jersey, Jones received his PhD from the University of British Columbia, where he was a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. Robert Hare, the world-renowned psychopathy researcher. Jones was the recipient of the prestigious Killam Graduate Fellowship at UBC, and he has received grants from the Donner Foundation and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He is an active member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Association for Research on Personality, the American Psychology and Law Society, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Jones’s research has been featured in news outlets such as the Huffington Post and the Boston Globe.
Lucille Joseph is one of the founders of the Luminato arts festival where she continues to serve as Vice Chair of the Board. She is the former Chair of the National Ballet of Canada, and is a member of the Board of the Walrus Foundation, publisher of Walrus magazine. She pursued a career with The Boston Consulting Group and the Bank of Montreal and from an early age has also studied under Canadian philosopher Kenneth G. Mills. She is writing a book on the reinvention happening in man’s search for meaning. The book reflects her own experience of combining a business career with the spiritual search, bringing insight to the surge of interest today in integrating the formerly opposite worlds of secular and sacred practices.
Elaine Kalman Naves was born in Hungary, grew up in Budapest, London, and Montreal, and is the author of eight books, among them two award-winning memoirs about her family: Journey to Vaja, and Shoshanna’s Story. A long-time columnist for the Montreal Gazette and frequent contributor to CBC Ideas, Elaine has also written more than 500 articles and stories published in a variety of Canadian and international publications. Elaine’s honours include a Canadian Literary Award for Personal Essay, two Quebec Writers’ Federation prizes for non-fiction, and two Jewish Book Awards for Holocaust Literature. Her most recent book, The Book of Faith, was longlisted for the 2016 Leacock Prize for Humour.
Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for “…a writer, a dancer or a poet”. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to study law. Fortunately, Kim also studied Fine Arts (hons) and German (hons) at Melbourne University, where she was pleased to discover that a tort could be a Teutonic cream cake too. During this period, Kim contributed to the student newspaper and scrawled lots of notes in class. She also displayed an unhealthy commitment to German language theatre.
After university, Kim assisted with the research, writing and editing of the Arts 2000 at Sotheby’s catalogue. She then joined a “golden circle” legal firm (as they are called in the industry), an experience which proved to be anything other than golden. While she was there, however, Kim found time to produce short films and theatre and sit on the boards of two incorporated associations: one in Australia and one in Germany.
After 5 years in the corporate sector, Kim realised that although she liked aspects of her profession – the clothes, the coffees, her colleagues – she still didn’t actually like the law. In 2004, Kim threw her unbridled materialism to the wind and started to write for children.
Kim has noticed that most proper children’s writers like chickens. Kim hates chickens. She does however like swimming, being backstage, French seams and, if she is strictly honest, most fatty snacks. Above all, however, Kim likes telling stories and on a good writing day she wouldn’t trade her life for anything.
Author photo by Sonia Payes
|Pip the story of Olive
(David Fickling, US, Allen & Unwin, Aus, Doubleday, Canada, 2008)”Olive Garnaut looks ever so slightly like an extra-terrestrial: a very pale extra-terrestrial. When Olive stands her feet turn out at 160˚ (like a ballerina in first position) and her shins are the exact colour of chickenloaf. It goes without saying that Olive is the most peculiar looking girl at the Joanne D’Arc School for Girls. This is an original story, which explores identity, twinning and growing-up in a fantastical way. Mostly, however, it is a novel about learning to navigate school hierarchies and modern families while finding the strength to grow whole.”
“Kim Kane absolutely nails the treacherous world of junior high school.”
“A gem of a novel! Poignant, funny and blissfully unsentimental…Kane understands what it’s like to be standing on the outside looking in.”
Agent: Marie Campell
Daniel Karasik (b. 1986) is a recent winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction, The Malahat Review’s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award, and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. He is the author of three previous books: The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, a volume of plays (Playwrights Canada Press), The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, a play for children (Playwrights Canada Press), and Hungry, a poetry collection (Cormorant Books). His stories and poems have appeared in leading literary periodicals in Canada, the United States, England, and Ghana, including The Malahat Review, The North American Review, Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine, The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Descant, Per Contra, and Magma. His plays have been produced across Canada, in the United States, and regularly in translation in Germany.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Ibolya (Ibi) Kaslik is a novelist and poet. A graduate of Concordia University, she holds both a BA (with distinction) with a Major in Creative Writing, and a Master of Arts in English from that institution. She teaches creative writing and English in Montreal, and writes regularly for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Matrix, and Hour.
Author photo by Trevor Hopkins
|The Angel Riots A brilliant new novel from The New York Times bestselling author of Skinny.
(Penguin, Spring 2008)World Rights Available Ex:
English Canada: Penguin Books Canada, 2008 Finalist, 22nd Annual Trillium Book Award
|Skinny Ibi Kaslik’s startling and bestselling debut novel captures the story of two sisters struggling to come to terms with their adult selves.
World Rights available Ex:
|Tales from the Tundra A Collection of Inuit Stories
edited by Ibi Kaslik
illustrated by Anthony Brennan(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010)
| Finalist, CBC Short Story Competition (Quebec), 2004
Finalist, Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose
Competition for Developing Writers, 1999
Winner, Irving Layton Award for Prose, 1995
Winner, Irving Layton Award for Poetry, 1994
Edward Kay is perhaps best known for his work as a writer on the CBC’s hit political satire, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, during its four most successful seasons. He became interested in writing for children after appearing as a guest speaker at a “special ed” school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he was asked to explain his role as a television comedy writer on 22 Minutes. After an hour of very agreeable and stimulating discussion with about a hundred children, he came away with a strong desire to write for such a thoughtful and receptive audience.
In response, Edward soon created his first children’s project, Olliver’s Adventures, an award-winning animated comedy series about a lovable but ADD-afflicted boy and his frenetically paced imaginary exploits. Edward has since written for more than a dozen animated series for children. Most recently, Edward co-created the darkly humorous animated series Jimmy Two Shoes, currently in production for Teletoon and Disney’s Jetix division.
Edward’s television writing has garnered him numerous awards and nominations, including three Gemini Awards, three Canadian Comedy Awards, and a Canadian Screenwriting Award. Edward has also written for a large number of print publications, including The Globe and Mail, Report on Business Magazine, Quill & Quire, Canadian Geographic, Equinox, Eye Weekly, and received two National Magazine Award Honourable Mentions for his articles.
Born in Ottawa and raised in Montreal, Edward has also lived in Halifax and Vancouver. He now lives in Toronto with his daughter. STAR Academy is his first novel.
More information about Edward Kay can be found on his website: edwardkay.net
|Battle of the Atlantic Scholastic Canada|
|Small Matter (Nerd Corps Entertainment)|
|Dark Secrets Four kid geniuses must outfox the world’s richest man before he misuses their work. The action-packed sequel to STAR Academy.
(Doubleday Canada, 2011)
|S.T.A.R Academy Nothing at the Superior Thinking and Advanced Research Academy is as it seems — and Amanda Forsythe, its newest, brightest student, is about to discover why.
(Doubleday Canada, 2009)
Mary Kellough is a seasoned marketing and advertising executive, entrepreneur, team builder, and creative facilitator. Her belief that content is king has positioned her to lead brands across several sectors in developing and executing strategies that put content and digital media centre stage.
Kellough has a BA in English Literature, a certificate in publication design, and hands-on knowledge of the book publishing world, having assisted in her family’s business, Namaste Publishing, for several years.
Now in a phase of making the things she imagines, “Salt, Fresh & Field” has become an outlet for head, heart, and hands. The project brings together all of her favourite things: amazing people, beautiful places, a little risk, a lot of love, and, of course, food.
Kellough lives seaside in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two sons, Ethan and Emett.
She is currently at work on a companion book to the “Salt, Fresh & Field” series with her business partner, Chad Brealey.
Amber Keyser’s recent anthology, THE V-WORD (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2016), about women’s first time sexual experiences, was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 50 books for teens in 2016 and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut novel THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN (Carolrhoda Lab), published to acclaim in 2015. Kirkus Reviews wrote of the book, “A quiet and memorable story of how paddling in the wilderness forces two unlikely friends to face their grief and embrace their power.” Amber’s powerful YA follow up, POINTE, CLAW, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly: “Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” POINTE, CLAW publishes with Carolrhoda in spring 2017. Amber is also working on the forthcoming nonfiction UNDRESSED: A HISTORY OF WOMEN’S LINGERIE, coming spring 2018 from Twenty First Century Books. Her other books include SNEAKER CENTURY: A HISTORY OF ATHLETIC SHOES (Twenty-First Century Books, 2015),THE BASICS OF CELL LIFE WITH MAX AXIOM (Capstone Press, 2010), DECODING GENES WITH MAX AXIOM (Capstone Press, 2010), ANATOMY OF A PANDEMIC (Capstone Press, 2011), and AN ALGONQUIN HEART SONG: PADDLE MY OWN CANOE (Friends of Algonquin Park, 2007).
Amber is a former ballerina with a masters degree in zoology and a doctorate in genetics; she lives in Portland, Oregon. She is also the co-author of the middle grade series QUARTZ CREEK RANCH with Kiersi Burkhart. For more about Amber please visit her website at http://amberjkeyser.com/ or on Twitter at @amberjkeyser.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
|Pointe, Claw (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017)|
|The V-Word (Beyond Words, 2016)|
|The Way Back From Broken (Carolrhoda, 2015)|
Atz Kilcher grew up the eldest son of Yule and Ruth Kilcher, who emigrated Switzerland in the late 1930’s and settled in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, joining some of Homer’s earliest pioneer homesteaders.
When Atz wasn’t working alongside his father clearing trees with an axe, building log cabins with a hand saw, and learning how to manage horses and cattle, he was inside the cabin helping his mother keep the wood cooking stove fueled, the kerosene lamps lit, and the home school studies going around the kitchen table. When he and his pioneer siblings weren’t working, they entertained themselves with songs, stories, plays, poetry, and arts & crafts – all of which fueled Atz’s life-long love for reading, writing, creating art, and performing music.
Today, Atz performs music around the country, occasionally alongside his singer-songwriter daughter, Jewel. When he’s not singing or writing, he spends his time cross-country skiing with his wife Bonnie; supporting the endeavors of his three grown sons; weaving root baskets; riding herd at the head of Kachemak Bay; hunting; yodeling; and appearing regularly on Discovery Channel’s popular show, ALASKA: The Last Frontier.
Photo credit: Scott Dickerson
Fran Kimmel’s writing portfolio includes fiction, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing. In 2013, Fran’s debut novel, The Shore Girl, was shortlisted for an Alberta trade fiction award, named a CBC Top 40 Book, and won the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Fran’s short stories have appeared in literary journals from coast to coast and have twice been selected for The Journey Prize Stories anthology. Her radio plays and theatre scripts have also won CBC and Scripts at Work awards.
During her career Fran has worked closely with troubled kids, including stints as youth worker and director of a Boys and Girls Club, and these experiences have influenced the characters and storyline in her latest novel, HOW THE BIRD STAYED UPRIGHT.
Fran currently lives in Lacombe, a small town in central Alberta, and serves on the executive for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Board.
Joshua Knelman is an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has also appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night, CBCarts.ca, The National Post, Quill & Quire, and The Globe & Mail. Knelman’s feature article “Artful Crimes” in The Walrus was the result of a three-year investigation into the international black market of stolen arts and antiquities and won Canada’s National Magazine Awards 2006 gold medal for Arts and Entertainment. His first book, Hot Act: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret Art, was a two-time award winner and bestseller published internationally to great acclaim including Vanity Fair and Detours.
Knelman is also the fiction editor of Four Letter Word: A Collection of Fictional Love Letters from Chatto & Windus, UK.
|Hot Art Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art
(D&M, 2011) World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): D&M, September 2011
US: Tin House Books, Fall 2012
Korea: Sigongsa Co., Ltd. Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, 2012
2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction
Top 100 Best Books of 2011, Amazon.ca
Year-end Top Ten Non-Fiction, Amazon.ca
|Four Letter Word Original Love Lettersedited by Joshua Knelman and Rosalind Porter(Objetiva Brazil, 2008, English Canada, Knopf English Canada, Kastaniotis Editions Greece, Matar Israel, Mondadori Italy, Proszynski Poland, RAO Romania, Geleos Russia, Siren Turkey, Chatto & Windus UK, Free Press US)|
|2006 Gold Medal for writing, Arts and Entertainment
Canada’s National Magazine Awards, “Artful Crimes”, The Walrus
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Ivy Knight spent ten years cooking professionally before leaving restaurant kitchens to write full time. Her first big interview was Jacques Pepin, her second was Calvin Trillin – those two giants provided the best learning curve for breaking into the food writing business and have served her well thus far in a career spent interviewing everyone from Thomas Keller to Ruth Reichl. She’s had lunch with Anthony Bourdain (burgers), brunch with David Chang (charcuterie) and dinner with René Redzepi (fajitas). She has, on different occasions; stayed up all night drinking with Dave McMillan at Joe Beef, peeled turnips for April Bloomfield, shared sips from a bottle of Fernet with Fergus Henderson in her living room and glugs from a jug of moonshine with Sean Brock in a field. She has looked for gators in the deep South with Ben Shewry and cooked lobster for Albert Adria (turns out he’s allergic). She has drunk fine wine at Noma, and also chain smoked there after hours with the crew.
She has published two cookbooks and writes regularly for The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Munchies. She grew up on Prince Edward Island and lives in Toronto with her husband Kerry and two dogs, Poppy and Dr. Nut.
Natasha Koifman is president and CEO of NKPR, a full-service marketing, digital media and public relations agency with offices in New York City and Toronto, representing over 30 national and international brands. She also acts as the Chair of the Board at Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, working with a star-studded board which includes founder and Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and many more. Through her celebrity management division, Natasha is passionate about helping upcoming stars discover their authenticity and create a strong brand image.
Recognized for her acute public relations and branding expertise, her authoritative commentary on popular culture and her inherent style sensibility, Natasha is an expert in relationship marketing and connecting celebrities with brands, believing that excelling in PR is all about understanding personal behaviour. Selected in 2012 as one of the most innovative people in North America by BizBash, Natasha provides regular pop-culture commentary on Entertainment Tonight, and contributes weekly to the Huffington Post on topics such as branding, relationships and authenticity. Her blog posts attract young professionals seeking advice from someone they can both relate to and look up to. Natasha is currently working on her first book.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, The Tyee, and other publications. His reportage has roved from Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation and Burmese cyclones to Mexico’s drug war and Iceland’s attempt at becoming the first oil-free country on earth. Kopecky is also the author of two books of literary non-fiction: The Devil’s Curve (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012), recounts a year-long investigation of resource extraction in the Amazon; The Oil Man and the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013), describes his sailing expedition through British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, where Kopecky —a certified landlubber—struggled with the ropes while coastal First Nations fought to keep oil tankers out of their territory. The Oil Man and the Sea won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He lives in Squamish, BC. His website is www.arnokopecky.com.
Kathy Kortes-Miller thinks about dying and death a lot! She is an unconventional death educator with a passion for palliative care and improving the end of life care for all. Kathy has been teaching and researching at Lakehead University for over a decade inspiring and challenging the future healthcare providers of tomorrow to be prepared to care for individuals who are dying and their families in all healthcare settings. She leverages her experiences as a cancer survivor and as a palliative care provider to challenge us to have the important conversations about dying, death and life. Kathy strives to make an impact with her teaching, research, writing and speaking to discover, share and communicate the information that we are all “dying to know.” She is presently writing her first book Dying Matters intended to transform the perception of dying and death from being the elephant in the room to an integral part of life that deserves and demands acknowledgement, respect, and even a bit of lightheartedness (when called for).
William Kowalski is the award-winning author of novels Eddie’s Bastard (1999), Somewhere South of Here (2001), The Adventures of Flash Jackson (2003), and The Good Neighbor (2004), published in North America by HarperCollins and in the U.K. by Transworld/Doubleday/Black Swan. He recently won the Thomas Head Raddall Award for his novel The Hundred Hearts (2013). His work has appeared on numerous international best-seller lists and has been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written five books for Orca’s Rapid Reads series for reading-challenged adults.
Kowalski is the author of several screenplays, and is a regular book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. He was recently appointed as the Chairman of PEN Canada’s National Affairs Committee, and is the new Director of the Port Medway Readers’ Festival in Nova Scotia. Born in Ohio, he now lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.
More information about William Kowalski can be found on his website: williamkowalski.com
* Limited representation – Orca Rapid Reads titles only
Learn more at: http://www.williamkowalski.com
Shayna Krishnasamy is a writer of literary and young adult fiction. She holds an honours BA in English and Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in English from Concordia University. Her fiction has appeared in The Fiddlehead and Geist. She has enjoyed great success publishing her fiction digitally, most notably through Kobo, where she is a consistent bestseller. She is currently at work on her second novel and lives in Montreal.
Author photo by Eyal Avital
More about Shayna Krishnasamy can be found at her website: shaynakrishnasamy.com
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Michael Kusugak grew up in the Northwest Territories. He never forgot his earliest years, living in igloos and sod huts, and the stories he heard every night, falling asleep in the flickering light of a qulliq. Michael worked for 15 years for the government and now writes and tours full time as well as enjoying hunting, fishing and boating near his home on Vancouver Island.
More about Michael Arvaalik Kusugak can be found on his website: michaelkusugak.com
The Curse of the Shaman A Marble Island Story (Harper Trophy, 2006)
After a small-town childhood, Tanya majored in English and writing at the University of Victoria. Along with new creative skills, she learned important life lessons: bangs don’t need to be five Ice-Misted inches high; sushi is not only edible, but delicious; and to get off a city bus, you have to pull the cord.
With her newfound knowledge, Tanya embarked on a freelance career in Vancouver. She worked as a typesetter, graphic designer, photo editor, and writer before pursing writing full-time.
She and her husband Min (the world’s only Burmese occupational therapist) live in Kitsilano with their five-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. Tanya writes at a carved roll-top desk with a view of the mountains, and firmly believes she has the best job in the world… except on the days she’d rather be a barista.
More information about Tanya Lloyd Kyi can be found on her website:
Author photo by Leanne Lafrance
|Anywhere but Here
Simon & Schuster, 2013
Annick Press, 2012
|50 Poisonous Questions
Annick Press, 2011
Learn more at: http://www.tanyalloydkyi.com
Patricia Lakin, an award-winning author, has written more than forty books for children, most recently BICYCLES and SKATEBOARDS (both 2017), part of her “Made By Hand” series from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Of BICYCLES Booklist wrote, “The entire creative process, inception through marketing a finished product, is explored. Young readers are challenged to pursue their own creative interests.” Of SKATEBOARDS Kirkus Reviews wrote, “The tone of the narrative voice remains upbeat and energetic throughout…”
Patty’s other books include: Beach Day (Dial), an IRA/CBC Best Book, Clarence the Copycat (Doubleday), a 2004-2005 Golden Sower Honor Book, Don’t Forget (Aladdin), a CBC Outstanding Social Studies Trade Book, and Abigail Adams, First Lady of the American Revolution, (Simon & Schuster), an ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Selection, as well as Snow Day, Rainy Day, (Dial) and the Max and Mo Series (Simon & Schuster) all of which were selected as Best Books by Bank Street’s Children’s Book Committee.
After graduating from Boston University, she moved to New York City and taught elementary school for eleven years. But it dawned on Patricia that her tendency to daydream, her desire to weave stories, and her passion for buying pens, pencils, and other stationery items, all had a marvelous outlet – writing.
Since she still has vivid memories of being an eight-year old girl, writing for her inner child was a natural choice. She has been writing full time for the past twenty-five years. The presentations and workshops she gives at both local and international schools allow Patricia to combine both loves – writing and teaching.
She and her husband, Lee Koenigsberg, have two grown sons.
More information about Patricia Lakin can be found on her website: patricialakin.com
Author photo by Benjahmin Koenigsberg.
Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently
(Aladdin US, 2012)
Best Books for 2013, Starred,
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee
(Dial Books for Young Readers, Spring 2014)
|Muddy Mud Bud
Penguin Young Readers, L1
(Grosset & Dunlap US, Spring 2014)
| Snow Day!
(Dial Books for Young Readers, 2002)
Junior Library Guild Selection
Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books
(Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004)
IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2004
(Dial Books for Young Readers, 2007)
Junior Library Guild Selection
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2008, starred
| Camping Day!
(Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009)
Junior Library Guild Selection
|Ready to Read: Childhood of Famous Americans|
|Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier
(Aladdin US, 2003)
|Helen Keller and the Big Storm
(Aladdin US, 2002)
Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection
|Ready to Read: Stories of Famous Americans|
|Harry Houdini: Escape Artist
(Aladdin US, 2002)
|Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross
(Aladdin US, 2004)
Bank Street Children’s Books Committee, Best Books for 2004
|Albert Einstein: Genius of the Twentieth Century
(Aladdin US, 2005)
|Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution
(Aladdin US, 2006)
Bank Street Children’s Books Committee, Best Books for 2006
ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Selection
|Ready to Read: Max & Mo|
|Max & Mo Make a Snowman
(Aladdin US, 2007)
|Max & Mo’s First Day at School
(Aladdin US, 2007)
Bank Street Children’s Books Committee, Best Books for 2008
|Max & Mo Go Apple Picking
(Aladdin US, 2007)
Bank Street Children’s Books Committee, Best Books for 2008
|Max & Mo’s Halloween Surprise
(Aladdin US, 2008)
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2001
|Fat Chance Thanksgiving
(Albert Whitman, 2001)
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2002
|Clarence the Copy Cat
Honor Book, Nebraska Children’s Choice Golden Sower Award, 2004-2005
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2002, starred
Children’s Book of the Month Club Alternative
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.patricialakin.com
As a child, Sonja Larsen went to nearly a dozen different schools and lived in several communes and one cult. As an adult, she has worked as a telephone solicitor, a bartender, a freelance writer and a teacher. She is currently a youth worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has a lot of stories to tell. Larsen’s writing has been published in magazines, newspapers and literary journals, including Room, Descant, Scissors and Spackle, THIS Magazine and the Globe & Mail, and in the anthology Flash 101: Surviving the Fiction Apocalypse. She is the author of the memoir Red Star Tattoo (Random House Canada, 2016).
More information about Sonja Larsen can be found on her website: sonjabegonia.net
Author photo by Emily Cooper
In the last five years Andrew Larsen’s highly acclaimed picture books have been short-listed for every major Canadian award. His picture book IN THE TREE HOUSE won the 2014 Canadian Children’s Literature Award People’s Choice. His recent books include the Kirkus starred and New York Times-reviewed A SQUIGGLY STORY (Kids Can Press, 2016) CHARLIE’S DIRT DAY (Fitzhenry & Whiteside). SEE YOU NEXT YEAR (Owlkids) is currently shortlisted for the 2016 IBBY Elizabeth-Mazrik Cleaver picture book award. Andrew’s next book, POPPA’S SUITCASE, the sequel to THE IMAGINARY GARDEN, comes from Kids Can Press in spring 2016. He loves to visit schools and libraries to encourage students to tell their stories in their own ways. You can check out Andrew speaking about passion to get kids writing on Canada’s Global News show here: http://globalnews.ca/video/3028875/author-andrew-larsen-explores-a-childs-process-of-learning-to-express-themselves.
He is currently working on picture books and middle grade fiction for Kids Can Press and a nonfiction picture book for Owlkids. For more about Andrew please visit http://andrewlarsen.ca/.
|Poppa’s Suitcase – sequel to The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press, Spring 2016)|
|A Squiggly Story (Kids Can Press, 2016)
“… [A] charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms….” -Frank Viva, The New York Times Book Review
“This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it’s also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred May 18, 2016
|See You Next Year (Owlkids, 2015)|
|Charlie’s Dirt Day (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014)|
|In The Tree House (Kids Can Press, 2013)
“Told from the point of view of a younger boy in a modern-day suburban setting, this picture book captures both the thrill of brotherly camaraderie—the boys build a tree house together—and the cold sadness that comes when the elder sibling gets a bit too old for the same kind of fun.”
– Wall Street Journal”Larsen’s text is full of delights, simple sensory details that capture a mood”
– Quill & Quire
|Bye, Bye, Butterflies! (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012)
Finalist, 2013 Information Book Award
|The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press, 2009)
Shortlisted, 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration
2010 USBBY Outstanding International Book Honor List
Shortlisted, 2010 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
Shortlisted, 2010 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
Shortlisted, 2011 Shining Willow Award
Shortlisted, 2011 Blue Spruce Award
|Bella and the Bunny (Kids Can Press, 2007)|
|The Luck of Jude (Lorimer, 2011)|
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Rhiannon Lassiter is the author of 15 titles for children and young adults, including BAD BLOOD (Oxford University Press) which was shortlisted for five national awards. Her first book, HEX (Simon Pulse), was published when she was just 19, and sold in ten international territories. She has also been a judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Rhiannon lives in the UK, and is currently working on a middle grade fantasy, TOO TRUE, about a princess who is cursed to always tell the truth. For more about Rhiannon please visit her website at Rhiannonlassiter.com.
Grant Lawrence is a writer, broadcaster, host, musician, and journalist based in Vancouver BC. Presently the national and regional host at CBC Radio 1, 2, and 3, he is considered by many to be the leading voice in independent music in Canada. Prior to radio, Grant was the lead singer of The Smugglers, the internally acclaimed Vancouver garage band that released eight albums and toured throughout the world.Grant’s books are both Canadian bestsellers and his debut, Adventures in Solitude, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in 2011.
More information about Grant Lawrence can be found on his website: grantlawrence.ca
|The Lonely End of the Rink Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013)|
|Adventures in Solitude
What Not To Wear to a Nude Potluck and other Stories from Desolation Sound
(Harbour Publishing, 2010)Finalist, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, 2011
Shortlisted, Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction, 2011
Shortlist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
Shortlist, Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Sarah is a writer and cartoonist in Vancouver, BC. Her first book, Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, a graphic memoir, has been published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany and France to international critical acclaim (LA Times, Vanity Fair, Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Die Welt). It will be published in Korea in the fall of 2015.
Her second book, Agnes, Murderess, is a graphic novel set in nineteenth-century British Columbia, forthcoming in September 2017 from Freehand Books.
Sarah is working on an online interactive project based on Tangles for the National Film Board of Canada, and with Giant Ant Media on a feature length animation of Tangles.
Her prose and comics have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and the UK.
Sarah has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, but is largely self-taught as an artist and cartoonist. She’s taught workshops, developed university courses on comics, and appeared at numerous conferences and festivals.
More information about Sarah Leavitt can be found on her website: sarahleavitt.com
|Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me A graphic memoir recounting from Sarah’s point of view her mother Midge’s decline from Alzheimer’s Disease over six years.
(Freehand Books, 2010)
Shortlist, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
Best Graphic Novel, CBC Bookies Awards
Finalist, Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, 2010 Shortlist, BC Book Awards, 2011 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book Maisonneuve Magazine Top 10 Books of 2010 World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): Freehand Books, September 2010
UK Commonwealth: Jonathan Cape, Fall 2011
US (English): Skyhorse Publishing
Agent: Samantha Haywood
An internationally acclaimed playwright, Julia’s work has been described as, “brash, poetic and fiercely original,” (NOW Magazine) and “wonderfully weird, piercingly poetic and unexpectedly moving” (Crain’s Chicago). Julia’s plays have been performed in multiple cities across North America, including Toronto, New York, Chicago, and next in Alaska. Her work includes: The Best Plan for Living Happily; With Love and a Major Organ (named “Outstanding New Play” at the 2012 Toronto Fringe by NOW Magazine, “Best of Fringe”); Boxed In; Frame; and the collection, Reality Theatre (Driftwood Theatre’s Jury Prize Winner). She has also written for film and television: Upstaged (Great Lake Films, LA Comedy Festival Selection); Witch Office (top 15% of AMC’s One-Hour Pilot Competition, Austin Film Festival); and has contributed to the US web series, opus.
Amanda Leduc grew up in Ontario, and has lived in British Columbia, England, and Scotland. She has published fiction and journalism across Canada, the US, and the UK, and holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews. Her first novel was shortlisted for the 2008 UK Daily Mail First Novel Award. She was first runner up in PRISM International’s 2008 Short Fiction Contest, has been shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards and nominated for the 2012 PRISM International Award. The Miracles of Ordinary Men (ECW Press, 2013) is her first novel in a trilogy. She is at work on book two, The Light at the End of the World. Amanda lives near Toronto, where she is at work on her next novel.
More information about Amanda Leduc can be found on her website: amandaleduc.com
|Miracles of Ordinary Men
(ECW Press, Spring 2013)
|All This And Heaven Too
Finalist, 2012 PRISM International Fiction Contest
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc is a healthy built environment and health policy advisor and consultant. She specializes in helping communities use the built environment – our buildings, streets, and neighbourhoods – to address the epidemics of obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. She consults to and advises a variety of organizations around the world, including World Health Organization offices; multiple local, provincial, and state governments and health departments; and non-government organizations such as the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Australian Heart Foundation.
Dr. Lee is also an Adjunct Professor at the Schools of Public Health at the University of Alberta and University of Toronto, and is a frequent guest lecturer for architecture and urban design courses at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Lee previously worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and directed the Built Environment Program at the New York City Health Department.
Her work has been named in multiple national and international awards in health policy, sustainable buildings, smart growth, environmental protection, and cross-sector collaboration. She has been interviewed by a wide range of print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Toronto Star.
Author photo credit: Norah Cali
John Lekich is a Vancouver-based journalist, film reviewer, and novelist. The winner of ten national and regional magazine awards, his work has appeared in such publications as the Globe and Mail, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, and Reader’s Digest. His favourite interview subjects include Audrey Hepburn, George Plimpton, Garrison Keillor, and silent screen star Lillian Gish.
Lekich is the author of several books, including three critically acclaimed novels for younger readers. The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls, King of the Lost and Found, and The Losers’ Club, which was a finalist for The Governor General’s Award. He is currently at work on a new novel.
Max Lenderman is Creative Director at GMR Marketing LLC, the largest “live” marketing company in North America. He previously founded and ran Gearwerx Experiental Marketing, Canada’s premiere experiential marketing agency, with offices in Montreal and Toronto. He is also the founder of The maXM Group, a consultancy and ideation farm for the Experience Economy.
His book, Experience the Message: How Experiential Marketing is Changing the Brand World, has been published by McClelland & Stewart (Canada) in November 2005 and Carroll & Graf (US) in January 2006.
Max wrote a column in Strategy Magazine called Notes from the Underground, and is a sought-after public speaker on the subjects of guerrilla marketing, experiential marketing and youth marketing strategies. He has been interviewed by dozens of news media on the subjects, most notably including The National Post, The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, NOW, Hour, Marketing Magazine, Profit Magazine, the Montreal Gazette and CBC Television.
After returning from the US Peace Corps where he drilled wells in Chad, Max began his career in New York City as a marketing journalist for a number of leading trade magazines such as Cable World, Beverage World, Impact and Periscope. He also contributed frequently to youth lifestyle magazines such as High Times, Pop Smear and Hemperor when not on the road with his punk band Mud Farm.
Max is a founding board member of the International Experiential Marketing Association (IXMA) and an associate of the Sales and Marketing Executives International. He graduated from Tufts University.
More information about Max Lenderman can be found on his website: experiencethemessage.com
|Brand New World
How Paupers, Pirates, and Oligarchs are Reshaping Business
(HarperCollins Canada, 2009)
|Experience the Message
How Experiential Marketing is Changing the Brand World(McClelland & Stewart (Canada), Carroll & Graf (US) 2006)Nominated, 2006 National Business Book Award
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and BMO Financial Group “Experience the Message is an uncommon marketing book. Most marketing books get tiresome after the first few chapters. Not this one. It’s a cover-to-cover read on a subject that is the future of marketing. Besides being a substantive contribution to marketing literature, Experience the Message is a damn good read.”
– David B. Wolfe, internationally acclaimed expert on consumer behavior and author of Ageless Marketing
“Max Lenderman’s new book will prove to be seminal in our understanding of how the world of marketing is radically changing and how to successfully make that transition. Experience the Message is a must-read for thoughtful marketing executives.”
“I took Experience the Message to the gym and read the whole thing at once. I was on the stationary bike for 4 hours and I feel like I’ve lost 5 pounds. Perfect. Great read.”
Ron Lightburn’s career as a children’s book illustrator was launched with his Governor General’s Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other best selling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles, from the touching realism of How Smudge Came to the exuberant whimsy of The Happily Ever Afternoon. During the past quarter century his artwork has graced the covers of over sixty books and has been featured in magazines, calendars, posters and advertisements across North America. His client list includes the Province of British Columbia, Aliant, McDonald’s Restaurants, The Walt Disney Company, CP Hotels, Heritage Canada Foundation and General Foods. His artwork has been recognized and exhibited by The Society of Illustrators in New York and is included in the permanent collections of Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books in Toronto and the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy in Toronto. In 2005 his paintings for A Poppy Is To Remember were selected to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Library and Archives Canada publication Read Up On It.
Ron and his partner Sandra reside in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Their popular perennial picture book, Pumpkin People, reveals the secret life of the folk art figures that gather each year to celebrate the Kentville Harvest Festival.
Agent: David Bennett
Jessica Long is one of the most visible, publicly recognized faces of Paralympic Sport around the world. She continues to dominate swimming, after having earned 4 gold medals at the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships and concluding the 2015 race season ranked No. 1 in a total of 9 disciplines.
She is an avid supporter of the Gateway to Gold initiative, an athlete identification program that introduces individuals with Paralympic-eligible impairments to Paralympic sport. And, Jessica is a longtime proud spokesperson for Truesport, a movement powered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to promote clean competition, sportsmanship and peak performance.
Jessica is currently training to qualify for her Fourth Paralympic Team at the 2016 Rio Summer Games.
Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted novel Watch How We Walk (ECW Press), as well as two poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel (ECW Press) and The Dagger Between Her Teeth (ECW Press). Her writing has been published widely across Canada in literary journals, magazines and newspapers. In 2010 she was nominated for the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. For several years, she produced and hosted the literary radio show “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1FM, and for a decade she edited and published the literary zine dig. Currently, she divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Haliburton, and can be found online at jenniferlovegrove.com
Photo by Sharon Harris
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Keir Lowther is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and was awarded an apprenticeship by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia where he worked closely with mentor (and now friend) William Kowalski.
Keir has received various awards for his short stories, including from the Maritime Writing Competition, the Atlantic Writing Competition and the Island Literary Awards. Keir`s short story, Dirty Bird, was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards (2007). That story became the foundation for a novel of the same name which recently won the Margaret and John Savage First Novel Award at the Atlantic Book Awards, and was nominated for the 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize.
Keir’s stories have also been published in The Coast and Einstein`s Tongue. He lives with his family in Prince Edward Island, and is working on a new genre novel.
More information about Keir Lowther can be found on his website: keirlowther.com
A debut novel from a fresh and unique literary voice.
(Tightrope Books, Fall 2012)Shortlist, 2013 Relit Award
Shortlist, 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
Winner, Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, 2013
Holly Luhning holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, madness and theories of the body. She has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award, and her collection of poetry, Sway, was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her gothic thriller debut novel, Quiver, was a Globe Best Book of 2011 and published by HarperCollins Canada and Pegasus US, and is under option for film.
More information about Holly Luhning can be found on her website: hollyluhning.com
|Quiver (HarperCollins, Pegasus, 2011)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Harriet Alida Lye is a writer from Richmond Hill, Ontario. She studied Philosophy and English at the University of King’s College and lived in Paris for the better part of eight years, where she worked as a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company, an English teacher for the children of Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva, a storytelling researcher for Google, a painter’s model, and various other jobs that kept her from completely starving as an artist. She founded and edited Her Royal Majesty, a literary arts magazine that ran for six years and 13 issues and published James Franco, Robert Hass, and the first-ever short story by Alice Munro. Her fiction, essays and reporting have been published by VICE, Hazlitt, Happy Reader, The Guardian, The National Post, and more. Harriet now lives in Toronto, and works at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She has written two novels.
Amanda MacGregor holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked as a children’s bookseller, children’s librarian, high school librarian, freelance writer, teen and reference librarian, and a book reviewer. She is a contributor to the School Library Journal-networked blog Teen Librarian Toolbox and reviews books for School Library Journal, The Horn Book Guide, and Voice of Youth Advocates. Amanda lives in Minnesota with her software architect husband, loquacious kid, and two elderly dachshunds named after children’s book characters. You can find her blogging at Teenlibrariantoolbox.com and on Twitter @CiteSomething.
Linden MacIntyre is best known as the award-winning host of Canada’s premiere investigative television show, the fifth estate, where he worked for twenty-four years. For MacIntyre has been involved in producing documentaries and stories from all over the world including the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Soviet Union and Central America.
Born in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and raised in Port Hastings, Cape Breton, his career began in 1964 with The Halifax Chronicle-Herald as a parliamentary bureau reporter. He was also an Ottawa reporter for The Financial Times of Canada. In 1976, MacIntyre joined CBC Television Halifax as a current affairs story editor/journalist for “Here Today.” He soon hosted his own program, “The MacIntyre File,” which began in 1977 and ran for three seasons. His documentary entitled “Power and Profit” won him ACTRA’s Gordon Sinclair Award for Outspoken Opinions and Integrity.
MacIntyre later worked at “The Journal” and hosted CBC Radio’s “Sunday Morning” before joining “the fifth estate.” His work for that show garnered an International Emmy. For his work in the 1993-94 season, MacIntyre won two Gemini Awards, the Gordon Sinclair Award for best overall broadcast journalist, and best anchor or interviewer. In 2003, MacIntyre and producer Neil Docherty produced “A Toxic Company” in partnership with PBS Frontline and the New York Times Television. The documentary won many prestigious awards, including the Dupont/Columbia Silver Baton, the George Polk Award, the George Foster Peabody Award and the CBC’s Wilderness award. The accompanying New York Times series of articles won a Pulitzer Prize.
His bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2006, and won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the Evelyn Richardson Prize.His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year, and has been published in the U.K. and the U.S. and translated into eight languages. Why Men Lie followed in 2012 — the third and final installment of his Cape Breton Trilogy. His most recent work of fiction, Punishment, was published in 2014, and immediately won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. A new novel will be published in the fall of 2017. MacIntyre lives in Toronto with his wife, CBC radio host and author Carol Off. They spend their summers in a Cape Breton village by the sea.
Author photo by Joe Passaretti
Forthcoming: The Only Cafe (US and Canada – Random House Canada, August 2017)
|Punishment (World Rights Available Ex: English Canada, Random House Canada, November 2014
“ … knife-twistingly powerful … It urges readers to stay up deep into the night as I did, flipping pages. [Punishment ] is its own wonderous beast … With it, MacIntyre cements his reputation as one of our country’s most vital writers.” – Giller-nominated author, Craig Davidson, for The Globe and Mail
“MacIntyre excels at the examination of larger issues, issues like honour and culpability, personal and social responsibility, the nature of good and right, which few contemporary writers ever dare to approach … A thought-provoking read.” Robert J. Wiersma, Vancouver Sun
“Linden MacIntyre proves once again how adept he is at dealing with the topical and the taboo.” – Winnipeg Free Press
|Why Men Lie A woman is intrigued by what she doesn’t know about a new man in her life in this third book of a loose trilogy.
(Random House Canada, 2012) Author Linden MacIntyre on Why Men Lie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc2PPJl1rTE “Why Men Lie, the third in a trilogy of novels by Linden MacIntyre, might just give the Giller Prize-winning writer and multi-award-winning CBC-TV journalist an out-of-the-box bestseller.”
– Toronto Star”There’s an odd, mesmerizing pull to the tale. MacIntyre’s gift is capturing the poetic thrum of life’s unanswered questions and ragged endings.”
– Maclean’s”Why Men Lie has the flavour of a peaty single-malt (there is much scotch-drinking), one that would dissolve the tongue of a liar even while insisting on how an honest lie can shadow the purest life. And so, to Effie and her self-deceptions: a toast.”
– Globe & Mail”Like Richard B. Wright in his 2001 Giller Prize-winner Clara Callan, and Irishman Roddy Doyle in The Woman Who Walked into Doors, MacIntyre is adept at navigating the world through Effie’s eyes. He is persuasive in portraying a strong, accomplished woman who is still sensitive to loss and betrayal.”
– Winnipeg Free Press
|The Bishop’s Man When sequestered in a small parish to avoid an impending controversy, a priest tasked with disciplining wayward priests wrestles with the consequences of past cover-ups and his own needs.
(Random House, 2009) Longlist, Impac Dublin Literary Award, 2011
Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade,
CBC Canada Reads
Libris 2010 Fiction Book of the Year,
Canadian Booksellers Association
Winner, Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2009
Winner, Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award, 2010
Winner, Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), 2010
Shortlist, Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, 2010
Nominated, Libris Award, 2010
|The Long Stretch Told with filmic pacing, The Long Stretch is an unforgettable and moving addition to Canadian literature.(De Geus, Dutch, HarperCollins Canada, 2006, Stoddart, 1999)|
|Causeway A Memoir(HarperCollins Canada, 2006) Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction, 2007
Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, 2007
Globe and Mail Top 100 Books, 2006 “More than a historical memoir, Causeway is like a set of lessons on how to write a memoir. Unsentimental, unpretentious, evocative and written in clear rhythmical prose, this book should give pleasure to everyone.”
— The Globe and Mail”Causeway is an honest-to-God writer’s memoir.”
— Winnipeg Free Press”Causeway explores a world which depicts a certain region of Cape Breton as it was ‘before Canada joined it.’ The book aches with details that are both rational and emotional. . . . MacIntyre is a fine writer.”
— Alistair MacLeod, author of No Great Mischief
|Who Killed Ty Conn? co-authored with Theresa Burke(Viking, 2001)|
|2010 Libris, Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association|
Dr. Deborah MacNamara is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute; the director of Kid’s Best Bet, a counselling and family resource centre; and the author of the bestselling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One). Rest, Play, Grow has been translated into Russian, Italian, and German. She travels nationally and internationally, speaking to about sixty groups a year, including the United Nations, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and groups of parents, educators, child care professionals, social workers, the foster and adopt community, and health care professionals.
MacNamara counsels parents and professionals to make sense of learning, behavioural, and developmental issues in kids – from babies to teens. She completed a two-year postdoctoral internship with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, and is an award-winning researcher with over twenty years of experience as a teacher and counsellor working with leading institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Vancouver School Board. Deborah regularly appears on radio and TV, and her articles appear in parenting magazines, websites, and newsletters across Canada and internationally, including Australia’s Nurture – Natural Parenting Magazine, where she is a regular contributor. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family and consciously works at creating an attachment village for her children to grow up in.
Katherine Magyarody grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2016 and is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University.
She won the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and the Open Season Competition in Fiction at the Malahat Review for her short story, “Goldhawk.” Her story will be anthologized in The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories in late 2017.
Having grown up in a diasporic community, Katherine uses her writing to explore the personal, familial, and cultural histories that we remember, and the inconvenient truths that keep us awake at night. She is currently working on an academic study of awkward adolescence in nineteenth-century literature, a YA fantasy novel and a literary novel for grown-ups.
Joshna Maharaj is a busy chef with big ideas about good food! Joshna’s strong social justice and sustainability ethics are rooted in her time at The Stop, a community food centre where she built innovative and delicious community food programs. Recently, Joshna has been working with institutions in Toronto building new models for institutional food procurement, production and service, proving that the institution is a viable tool for social change. Joshna is currently an expert panelist on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin and makes regular appearances on CBC radio. She is also a two-time TEDx speaker and recently made the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Basque Culinary World Prize recognizing chefs who use gastronomy to make social change. Joshna has just joined the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as their new Executive Chef.
Twitter & Instagram: @joshnamaharaj
A scribbler from an early age, Ontario-born Malone is an airforce brat of German/Scottish/French Canadian descent. It was a chance encounter with a biography of Napoleon in Mrs. Radcliffe’s Grade 3 library class that began a life-long fascination with books and writing. After family postings to Ottawa and Montréal, Malone studied literature and language at John Abbott College and obtained a degree in media communications at Corcordia University. Since 1986, Malone has lived in Nova Scotia working as a technical writer/editor to support a long-time, night-time writing habit.
Malone has nurtured a writing style that is fresh, rule-breaking, and slightly satirical, culminating in works of innovative narrative and imagery. A former tongue-in-cheek sex advice columnist with Instinct magazine, Malone has also written for television (CBC Television/Topsail Entertainment).
More information about Stephens Gerard Malone can be found on his website: stephensgerardmalone.com
Author photo by David Parker
|Big Town A beautiful tale of home and place in Africville, 1963.
|I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin A delicately nuanced and profoundly resonant novel about a young Canadian caught up in the heart of Germany’s mid-century rise to nationalism, war and genocide.
(Random House, Spring 2008)
|Miss Elva A haunting canvas of jealousy, betrayal and atonement that can take its rightful place alongside Fall on Your Knees and Mercy Among the Children.
(Random House, 2005) Shortlisted, Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction
2006 Atlantic Book Awards “Miss Elva distills the panoramic small-town tragedy down to its narrative essence, and the result is a strange and strangely elegant little book whose tense momentum rarely wanes.”
–Quill & Quire”A relentlessly action-packed, often menacing story of love and loss. . . . To label this novel ‘gothic’ would be to undermine its almost feral energy. . . . The characters, however, are well drawn and intense, and even the minor ones are memorable. There is some lovely writing, as well.
“Miss Elva is a deeply poignant story, fashioned by a writer whose sensitivity to his characters holds us to its bittersweet ending.”
“A page-turning chronicle of lust, drunkenness, violence and deceit set on Nova Scotia’s craggy coast 80 years ago. Stephens Gerard Malone is the chronicler, and this first-time author and Maritimer-by-choice doesn’t miss a beat. Miss Elva is plot plus. It’s an action-driven narrative thickened with wonderful tension as back story and present action meet in a harrowing climax of murder, fire and flood. . . . Malone masterfully captures the grinding poverty of his characters and their place in history. . . . A thing of beauty. . . . In Elva, Malone has created a knowing character, and yet a lack of sentimentality keeps her totally believable. . . . An entirely readable novel that manages to transcend its insalubrious setting.”
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of A Table by the Window, Plain Jayne, and Simply Sara. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine. Her latest novel, Reservations for Two, will release in April of 2015 from WaterBrook Publishing Group.
Graham Marks is an award-winning author of 16 YA and middle grade children’s books, most recently BAD BONES (Stripes, 2015). Originally trained as a graphic designer he co-founded a design studio and a publishing company and then worked as a freelance creative director before switching from visuals to words. Since moving from design to editorial he has written more than a dozen critically-acclaimed novels, written scripts for BBC Radio and Marvel Comics, worked as the Children’s Editor for the UK publishing trade paper Publishing News and spent eight years as an advertising copywriter. Graham has been a regular on the literary festival circuit, both as a performer and Chair, and also taken his workshops to schools. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and is currently working on a historical middle grade novel about a young immigrant crossing America in the 1920s. For more about Graham please visit his website at grahammarks.net.
Sandra Martin, a senior features writer with The Globe and Mail, is an award winning journalist and broadcaster. She is the author or editor of five books, including the bestselling anthology The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write
About Their Fathers (Penguin). Her most recent book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that changed Canada (House of Anansi Press) explores the culture and future of obituaries in a 24/7 digital world, while documenting the life stories of 50 Canadians—some famous, some relatively unknown—who made an indelible imprint on our social and cultural history. It was longlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize and named a Globe 100 book for 2012.
Author Photo: Joy von Tiedemann
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of more than forty novels for children and young adults. Her best-selling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Taiwanese, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, French, Indonesian and Russian.
More information about Carol Matas can be found on her website: carolmatas.com
Author photo by Ruth Bonneville
|Pieces of the Past
The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz
|The Edge of When
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2011)
|Behind Enemy Lines
(Scholastic Canada, 2011)
Agent: David Bennett
Learn more at: http://www.carolmatas.com
Anna Maxymiw’s work has appeared in a range of Canadian and American
publications, with some of the more notable being The Globe and Mail and The
Walrus. Essays from her forthcoming memoir have been published in The
Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, and Hazlitt and won Silver in the Humour
category at the National Magazine Awards, where the piece was also nominated
in the Personal Journalism category.
Jason McBride is a freelance writer and editor. He is a regular contributor to Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, The Believer and many other publications. He lives in Toronto.
|Kathy Acker: Her Revolutionary Life and Work (Columbia University Press, 2017)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Marci McDonald is a Toronto-based journalist who currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Walrus magazine, where her most recent cover story, “Jesus in the House: Is the Religious Right Taking Over Stephen Harper’s Government?” forms the basis for her next book. A former bureau chief for Maclean’s in Paris and Washington who has interviewed Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton, McDonald spent another five years in the American capital as a senior writer for US News & World Report, covering both business and politics, and, coincidentally, the World Trade Centre disaster.
Since beginning her career at the Toronto Star, she has won seven gold National Magazine Awards, including one for “Blind Trust”, her examination of Paul Martin’s shipping empire, which appeared in the first issue of the Walrus and also received the Canadian Association of Journalist’s investigative magazine award in 2003
In Canada, she has been a frequent contributor to Toronto Life and Canadian Geographic, among others, while in the US her features have appeared in the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post Magazine, Editor & Publisher and Redbook, as well as US News. Her work has been included in two anthologies, Canada from the Newsstands: a Selection from the Best Canadian Journalism of the Past Thirty Years, edited by Val Clery (Macmillan of Canada) and The Presence of Excellence: Twenty Five Years of Selections from the National Magazine Awards, edited by Don Obe.
A winner of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, she produced a five-part series on US-Canadian relations for the Toronto Star which led to her 1995 book, Yankee Doodle Dandy: Brian Mulroney and the American Agenda.
She is also the co-author of Maureen Forrester’s autobiography, Out of Character.
|The Armageddon Factor A startling look at the emergence of righteous Christian nationalism in politics.
(Random House, 2010)Debuted #1, Maclean’s National Bestseller List, May 2010
|Yankee Doodle DandyBrian Mulroney and the American Agenda(Stoddart, 1995)|
|Out of Characterwith Maureen Forrester(McClelland & Stewart, 1986)|
McKay is a recipient of multiple writing awards, and has earned placement in esteemed literary journals including Story, Zyzzyva, and The Best American Series: Non-Required Reading edited by Dave Eggers.
Bruce is a St. Louis native, and received his MFA from UC, Irvine, where he currently lectures in the Department of English.
His recently completed coming-of-age contemporary novel NORTH FACING WINDOW is about a young man who loses his innocent view of the world when he falls in love with an artist whom everyone else believes is out of her mind.
Bob McKeown has a record no other Canadian journalist can claim: 3 Gemini Awards for his work with Canada’s foremost investigative television program, the CBC’s ‘the fifth estate’; 2 Emmy awards from his years with CBS and NBC in the U.S., and a Grey Cup championship, won when he was an all-star with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.
Among his adventures, McKeown has tracked down war criminals and murderers, covered hurricanes and tornados, reported live from the wrecksite of the Titanic and was bitten by a shark – on camera. A graduate of Yale University, in all he’s reported from over 60 countries and several wars, highlighted by his Emmy-winning coverage of the Persian Gulf War for CBS in which he and his crew reached Kuwait City almost a day before Allied forces did.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Craig McLay was born in Scotland and moved to Canada when he was two, although he had very little say in the matter.
He trained as a journalist and, following the advice given to Woodward & Bernstein to “follow the money”, immediately went to work for an insurance company, which was extremely unwilling to part with any.
His first novel, “Village Books”, was published in 2012 and went on to win the eFestival of Words award for best literary fiction with almost no bribery or subterfuge whatsoever.
He lives in Guelph with his wife and two sons and cheers unreservedly for FC Barcelona, which he considers to be the greatest athletic unit assembled in the history of man.
Author photo by Samuel Caughill-McLay
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Village Books is a local institution in the city in which it’s set-which is good, because most of the staff probably belong in one.
Trying to hold all this madness together is the store’s long-suffering assistant manager, a recent film school dropout who is spinning his wheels in retail while he waits for something better to come along. That something better may be Leah Dashwood, an aspiring actress and new assistant manager with an ambitious plan to transform the store and its staff in a way that will turn their carefully disordered world on its head. The two of them immediately hit it off – but things are complicated slightly by her engagement to a former Google employee who considers himself to be the next Bill Gates (but who has the personality of Mark Zuckerberg’s dog). On top of that, the store’s national competition is in the process of trying to buy Village Books out so they can knock it down and build a retail monolith and condo development on its bones.
Village Books is laugh-out-loud funny and accessible, but also very smart, peppered with literary and pop culture references. It follows in the tradition of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, but also reminiscent of Will Ferguson’s Generica (aka Happiness).
-“The last time I read a book this funny was late in the early part of the last century. I had graduated from short trousers and a ticket to the adult library had introduced me to the writings of P.G. Wodehouse.” –Brian Comerford
-“You can’t help but smile your way through this quietly seditious, totally hilarious novel from Craig McLay. From the insider knowledge of bookstore operations through the wrangling of the lovable, the odd, the weird, and the totally insane cast of characters, McLay’s prose is smooth and accessible.” –Paul Bishop
-“I found myself laughing out loud as I read this. The characters are wacky and real. The story moves like a drunken grandmother, tipping this way and that way- so you’re not sure where it is going- but there’s a smile on your face when it’s done.” –Cynthia Atkins
-“It’s impossible to read this book without dissolving with laughter.” –Carol Forster
|The Island at the End of the World|
|The Shadow of the Beast|
Cinders McLeod was born in Toronto. In 1979 she moved to Britain and studied graphics in Somerset, art in a social context in Devon, and filmmaking in London. She wrote, sang and played doublebass in a two-woman band recorded on Billy Bragg’s label. In 1991 she moved to Scotland where she cartooned for the British Press and had two children. Her regular political cartoon strip, Broomie Law, was published in book form by Luath Press in 2000.
In 2001, she moved back to Canada and cartooned, animated, wrote, designed and art directed for the Globe and Mail. She is a recipient of a National Newspaper Award, a Gold Society of Newspaper Design award and a National Magazine Award finalist. In 2011 she began her daily blog, My Life as a Sketchbook: A Visual Autobiography. In 2013 she left the Globe and Mail so she could focus on her own projects: I’m A Girl! and I’m a Boy! published by HarperCollins, a video called My Life as a Political Cartoon, a novel about her Scottish-Canadian great-great-grandmother and a series of children’s financial literacy books.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Sylvia enjoys writing realistic humour sprinkled with lots of dialogue. Teachers and librarians praise her for her uncanny knowledge of the way young people think, talk and act.
More information about Sylvia McNicoll can be found on her website: sylviamcnicoll.com
Dying to Go Viral (Fitzhenry, 2013)World Rights Available Ex: North America: Fitzhenry
Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish: Stabenfeldt
crush. candy. corpse. (Lorimer, 2012)
Lori McNulty’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, PRISM international, Dalhousie Review, Descant and The Globe and Mail. She was a short-list finalist for the 2014 Journey Prize and finalist for the CBC Canada Writes Awards in 2012 and 2013. Lori holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA from McGill University. She is completing a collection of short fiction, and is at work on a novel. A Vancouver-based digital storyteller and traveler, Africa is next on the horizon. www.lorimcnulty.ca
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Maureen McQuerry’s YA novel, THE PECULIARS (Abrams/Amulet 2012) is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her most recent title BEYOND THE DOOR (Abrams/Amulet), was chosen as a Booklist Top 10 Fantasy/SciFi for Youth. It is the first in a middle grade duo that combines, Celtic myth, shapeshifters and a secret code in a coming of age story. The adventure continues in THE TELLING STONE due out in 2015.
Maureen has taught writing to children and adults, loves giving author talks in schools and at conferences. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s hiking, biking, or traveling and always hoping for a real life mystery or adventure.
Maureen is also an award winning poet. Her work has appeared in: Smartish Pace, the Georgetown Review, The Atlanta Review, The Southern Review, Quiddity, Relief Journal and several anthologies.
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Bryan Methods grew up in the sleepy village of Crowhurst, on the south coast of the UK. After studying English at Trinity College, Cambridge, he found work as a professional drummer, which lasted as long as it took for the singer and guitarist to fall out and split up the band. He then returned to Cambridge for a Master’s in Screen Media and Cultures, specialising in animation. He currently lives and writes in London, and loves fencing, video games and capoeira. He is in the process of submitting a PhD on WWI poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Suzanne Methot’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published in anthologies including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices (Douglas & McIntyre) and Let the Drums Be Your Heart (Douglas & McIntyre). Her feature articles, guest columns, profiles, and book reviews have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and Canadian Geographic. Suzanne was managing editor of Fuse Magazine and Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, and also worked as a copy editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press, NOW magazine, and art galleries including A Space and the McMaster Museum of Art. In addition to her work as a writer and editor, Suzanne has worked extensively in the non-profit sector as an adult literacy practitioner and in social–service environments including the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. From 2007 to 2012, Suzanne was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board, teaching grades 1–8. She is co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Pearson Canada) and is also a primary contributor to Scholastic Canada’s Take Action! series of classroom resource books, focusing on social justice, sustainability, and ethical citizenship. In 2014 Suzanne was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. Born in Vancouver and raised in Sagitawa (Peace River, Alberta), she now lives in Toronto, where she is working on a non-fiction book that examines intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities, including mechanisms of transmission and approaches to healing.
Marilyn Mets has been working in Toronto as an illustrator, art director and graphic designer for over 25 years. Peter Ledwon has worked as a commercial photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and art director for the past 15 years. Peter and Marilyn have combined their talents as a synergistic creative team, collaborating in the production of children’s books for publishers in North America and the UK.
Self portrait Marilyn Mets and Peter Ledwon
|Mia’s Secret (Tundra Books, 2006)|
|Midnight Math (Holiday House, 2000)|
Agent: David Bennett
Shawn Micallef has created a career around thinking about cities and culture. He’s an urban columnist at Canada’s largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, and an editor and co-owner of Spacing—the independent, national, Jane Jacobs Prize-winning magazine dedicated to looking at what makes Canadian cities work. Micallef is also interested in how technology and social media integrate into cities, and how they make them better. While a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], a location-based mobile phone documentary project that has been established in over 20 cities globally.
Micallef has spoken at The Walrus Talks and at TEDx (on the suburban-urban divide), and has given keynotes internationally. He also teaches civic citizenship and urban design courses at the University of Toronto and OCAD University, and was a distinguished 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College. Micallef’s two books, Stroll—now in its fifth printing—and Full Frontal TO, look at the city from the inside out from an urban flâneur’s perspective. In the fall of 2013 he was the Toronto Public Library’s first non-fiction Writer in Residence.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Patricia Miller-Schroeder is the author of 17 children’s non-fiction books on science, natural history, and the environment, three of which have been nominated for awards in Canada. She wrote and researched the animal biography television series “Wild Lives” (Discovery, SCN) as well as several other educational films. Pat has a master’s degree in biological anthropology, specializing in primate evolution and prehistory, and is a tenured instructor in the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Regina, where she teaches on Gender and Science, and Evolution.
Agent: Marie Campell
Sarah Mirk is a social justice-focused writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. Beginning her career as a reporter for alternative weekly newspapers The Stranger and The Portland Mercury, since 2013 she has been the online editor of national feminism and pop culture nonprofit Bitch Media. In that role she edits and publishes critical work from dozens of writers, runs social media pages with a reach of 1.5 million readers, and hosts the engaging feminist podcast Popaganda, whose 10,000 listeners tune into episodes on topics ranging from environmental justice to reproductive rights. She is the author of Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules (Microcosm, 2014) an open-minded guide to dating that is heading into its second edition. Sarah also writes, draws, and edits nonfiction comics, including the popular series Oregon History Comics, which tells little known and marginalized stories from Oregon’s past. She is a frequent political commentator on Oregon Public Broadcasting and has given lectures on feminism, media, and activism at colleges around the country, including Yale, Skidmore, Grinnell, University of California San Diego, and University of Wisconsin Madison. This fall, she is an adjunct professor in Portland State University’s MFA program in Art and Social Practice, teaching a graduate seminar on writing and research. You can read more about Sarah at her website, www.mirkwork.com.
Jon Montgomery’s life has been a whirlwind since his 2010 Olympic gold medal win in skeleton, his big-time podium moment, and his now-famous victory walk through Whistler Village. But he’s about more than just the frosty, golden beer that gave him instant folk-hero status with so many people across Canada. From an appearance on Oprah; to the overwhelming homecoming in Russell, Manitoba; to a presentation at the Juno Awards—where he auctioned off teen-idol Justin Bieber’s cell number on the streets of St. John’s—Montgomery has shared his Olympic success and national pride wherever possible. Today, as the host of “The Amazing Race Canada”, he openly shares his perspective on what makes Canada great. Montgomery speaks to corporate audiences and supports several charities. He is currently at work on a book called Race Wisdom: Front Line Lessons from the Greatest Race Canada Has Ever Seen.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig Moodie is the author of six short-story collections and four novels, including Into the Trap, a middle-grade novel, Seaborn, a young-adult novel, and The Sea Singer, a middle-grade novel, all published by Roaring Brook Press. His new novel for middle-grade readers, Stormstruck!, available from Holiday House under the name John Macfarlane, won a “Highly Recommended” citation from the Boston Authors Club in 2016. His fiction, prose poetry, and prose have appeared in SAIL, Quick Fiction, Wavelength, Northeast, Sentence, and elsewhere. You can see more of his work at Moodiebooks.com.
Stormstruck! This gripping adventure-at-sea skillfully blends a suspenseful survival story, a heart-wrenching boy-and-his-dog tale and the sensitive treatment of a youngster coming to terms with the death of a family member.
|Into the Trap When he discovers where they are hiding their plunder, Eddie Atwell seeks to outwit lobster thieves that have been plaguing the catches of his family and other lobstermen.
(Macmillan US, 2011)”Into the Trap is that best of combinations: a mystery and adventure with terrible possibilities and the heroism to face them, and a story of deep humanity. While Eddie and Briggs battle a greed that threatens an entire economy, they become larger their own selves, for Eddie must learn to value and accept the help of a friend, and Briggs must learn independence and self-reliance. It is that symmetry, mixed with a funny, frightening, and tense plot out on the water, that will keep readers whipping through the pages. Finest kind!”
– Gary D. Schmidt”An action-packed tale…that will appeal to reluctant readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
|Seaborn Luke’s will and survival skills are tested on an ill-fated sailing trip with his father following his parents’ split.
(Roaring Brook Press, August 2008)Nominated, Cybil Award, YA fiction, 2008
“This powerful story is a real page-turner. Each character has an authentic voice, and the descriptions are poetic. A great high-seas coming-of-age story.”
|The Sea Singer(Roaring Brook Press, 2005)|
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Stephanie Morrill is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com and the author of several young adult novels, including the historical mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Despite loving cloche hats and drop-waist dresses, Stephanie would have been a terrible flapper because she can’t do the Charleston and looks awful with bobbed hair. She and her near-constant ponytail live in Kansas City with her husband and three kids.
After seven years working as a high volume mortgage broker, Richard Moxley decided he’d had enough of watching the Average Joe being forced to pay thousands of dollars in excess rates and fees—all because no one had taught them the rules of credit. Determined to create a tool that could prevent this situation, Moxley spent years studying credit reports and working directly with Canadian banks in order to write his book, The Nine Rules of Credit: How to Start, Rebuild, and Always Maintain Great Credit. Due to demand, Moxley started a company called “eCredit Fix” in 2012, which allows him to focus full-time on his passion: helping Canadians fix, understand, and improve their credit. His website, www.ecreditfix.ca, is designed to empower Canadians to easily improve their credit in affordable ways. Moxley is married, has four children, and lives in Calgary, AB.
He is currently working on a series of personal finance books for Canadians
Luma Mufleh is the CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. Luma is a 2016 Top 10 CNN Hero whose story has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, ESPN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and more. According to Tom Brokaw, the Fugees are “a perfect example of what this nation is supposed to be about, which is to provide a refuge for the refugees.”
The Fugees’ story began in 2004, when Luma took a wrong turn while driving through the town of Clarkston, Georgia and noticed a group of boys playing soccer in the street. She learned that these children were refugees from war-town countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan. That summer, Luma made fliers announcing tryouts for the Fugees soccer team. In the years that followed, the soccer team grew into something much larger—a school, a tutoring program, a summer camp, a college prep program, and, most importantly, a community and support network.
A lifelong social entrepreneur, Luma has created several programs and initiatives that have gainfully employed, educated and empowered refugees and immigrants in her community and beyond, with the Fugees Academy serving as a national model for refugee education. While only 20 percent of refugee students graduate from high school in Georgia’s DeKalb County, the Fugees Academy has a 90 percent graduation rate. These types of results helped earn Luma the 2016 Cournelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute.
A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Luma received her U.S. citizenship in 2011. Her story—and the story of the Fugees—illustrates both the American dream and the very real challenges of integration and discrimination that so many face today. Luma received her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College and recently completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Luma is represented by Andrea Cascardi: email@example.com.
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, bestselling novelist Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion.
To learn more, visit her website at: www.anemulligan.com
Zarqa Nawaz created Little Mosque on the Prairie which premiered to record-shattering ratings in Canada on the CBC. It aired its sixth and final season in Spring 2012 and is sold to over 60 countries around the world. Little Mosque on the Prairie landed Nawaz in the public eye and when not writing, producing or directing for the show, she has spent much of the past six years touring the world as a sought-after public speaker. At a YPO event in Toronto, which included Jordan’s Prince Talal bin Mohammed and Irshad Manji, Zarqa gave the keynote address. She has been interviewed or profiled by countless media outlets such as CNN, the BBC, The New York Times, al-Jazeera, and the Globe & Mail.
More information about Zarqa Nawaz can be found at her website: ZarqaNawaz.com
Author photo by Mark Taylor
|Laughing All the Way to The Mosque
(HarperCollins Canada, 2014)Laughing All The Way The Mosque is the comedic life story of Zarqa Nawaz written with her trademark hallmarks of fun and irreverence. It details her youth, marriage, and children, while at the same time breaking into and dominating the comedy circuit, to her developing role as advocate for religious tolerance.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Lenore Newman’s love affair with food began on her family’s fishing boats, where she gained an early introduction into the world of direct marketing of local products. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is a professor in the Geography department, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s New College. Lenore runs a research program focused on Canadian regional cuisines, local food sovereignty, culturally preferred foods, and urban food systems, and has written extensively on the resurgence of farmers’ markets in Canada. Her opinion pieces on the future of farmland use and other food-related issues have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, and the Georgia Straight.
Lenore bounces between Vancouver and Victoria with her partner Katherine and envisions a world where fresh local food is broadly available to all.
Barbara Nickel writes for adults and young people. Her poetry for adults had been published in many anthologies and magazines, including The Walrus and Poetry Ireland Review. One of her poetry collections, The Gladys Elegies, received the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a woman in Canada.
Her children’s titles include Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, which won a B.C. Book Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Barbara’s first picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, is forthcoming with Red Deer Press in Fall, 2015.
Barbara lives in Yarrow, British Columbia with her husband and two sons, and is at work on an eco-poetry book for children, a children’s novel, a poetry book for adults, and editing the memoir of the cellist Ian Hampton. Visit the author’s website at barbaranickel.ca.
| Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach (Penguin Canada, 2005) Catharina Bach sings only for her mother; she is too frightened of her famous father to even speak, let alone sing. In modern-day Saskatchewan, Hannah Waters struggles to play Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, one she was to have played with her mother. In this deeply moving novel, Hannah and Catharina will find and help each other discover the music within and the courage to express it.Shortlist, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2007
Nominee, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA), 2007
Nominee, BC Chocolate Lily Award, 2006/2007
BC Young Readers Choice Award
Nominee, Snow Willow Award, 2006
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award
Winner, Sheila A. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature, BC, 2006
Honour Book of the Year for Children Award, Canadian Library Association, 2006
Nominee, Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, 2005
|The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart (Second Story Press, 1996)Shortlist, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Adults, 1996
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice, 1996
Shortlist, Mr. Christie’s Book Award for Best Children’s Book
(Age 8-11 Category), Shortlist, 1997
Shortlist, B.C. Red Cedar Awards, 1998-1999
|Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach excerpted passage from the novel, contributed to: When I was a Child: Stories for Grownups and Children (Oberon, 2003)|
|Domain (House of Anansi, 2007) Longlist, 2008 ReLit Award, Poetry
Selected, Quill & Quire Books of the Year, 2007
|A Cappella Mennonite Voices in Poetry
Edited by Ann Hostetler(University of Iowa Press, USA, 2003)
|Where the Words Come From Canadian Poets in Conversation
Edited by Tim Bowling(Nightwood Editions, 2002)
|Inside Poetry Second Edition
Edited by Richard Davies and Jerry Wowk(Harcourt, 2002)
|From the Top of a Grain Elevator children’s collection
illustrated by Kathy Thiessen(Beach Holme Publishing, 1999) Finalist, Book of the Year for Children, Canadian Library Association
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice, 1999
|Meltwater Fiction and Poetry from The Banff Centre for the Arts(Banff Centre Press, 1998)|
|The Gladys Elegies adult collection(Coteau Books, 1997) Pat Lowther Memorial Award, 1998,
Best Book of Poetry by a Canadian Woman
Earlier manuscript, Second place, 1995 Kalamalka Press New Writers Competition
|Breathing Fire Canada’s New Poets
Edited by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane(Harbour Publishing, 1995)
Agent: Marie Campell
Perry has been writing children’s books for about 10 years. As well as his own Young Adult fiction, he has collaborated with award-winning writer, Carol Matas, on a science fiction series. This is in addition to his position as Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has been a former president of the Children’s Literature Association and editor of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada with his wife and three children.
More information about Perry Nodelman can be found on his website: crytc.uwinnipeg.ca/nodelman.php
Dear Canada Series
|Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember(Scholastic Canada, 2009)|
|Dear Canada: Not a Nickel to Spare The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen (Scholastic Canada, 2006)|
Agent: Marie Campell
Suzanne North was born and raised in Calgary. That city and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains are the setting for the novels in her Phoebe Fairfax mystery series. Suzanne now lives in Saskatoon with her husband, arachnologist Don Buckle, their dog Buddy and too many thousands of dead spiders.
Photo by Don Buckle
|Flying Time World Rights Available Ex: English Canada (Brindle and Glass, 2014)
Film Rights Available
|Phoebe Fairfax Mysteries|
|Bones to Pick
McClelland & Stewart, 2002
|Seeing is Deceiving
McClelland & Stewart, 1997
|Healthy Wealthy and Dead
McClelland & Stewart, 1995
Agent: David Bennett
Carol Off is the current host of CBC radio’s As It Happens, the network’s flagship investigative news program covering breaking international stories. It is heard nationally on CBC’s Radio One in Canada, internationally via the Sirius network, and in more than 180 U.S. markets via Public Radio International (PRI).
With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan.
Off’s coverage of the post-war reconstruction of the Balkans and the war crimes trial for Yugoslavia led her to write the best-selling book, The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and another national best-seller on the war in Croatia, The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award in 2005. Her most recent book, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and was nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. She lives and works in Toronto.
Author photo by Kevin Kelly
All We Leave Behind (Random House Canada, August, 2017)
|Bitter Chocolate The Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet
(Random House Canada, 2006, The New Press, 2008, Australia, Queensland University Press; Korea, Alma Publishing Company; Japan, Eiji Press; Turkey, Iletisim Yayincilik; Taiwan, The Commercial Press)
10th Annual Canadian Culinary Book Award, 2007,
Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph
Finalist, National Business Book Award, 2007
Nominated, Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, 2006
Writers’ Trust of Canada
Whether it’s part of a Hallowe’en haul, the contents of a heart-shaped box or just a candy bar stashed in a desk drawer, chocolate is synonymous with pleasures both simple and indulgent. But behind the sweet image is a long history of exploitation.
| “In the style of Mark Kurlansky’s Salt, Bitter Chocolate unravels chocolate’s glittery packaging and uncovers an industry tainted by war and genocide and child slavery.”
– Ottawa Xpress
“We know chocolate makers have their secrets–like how they get that caramel in there. That one, though, is pretty tame compared with the stuff unearthed in . . . Carol Off’s new exposé, Bitter Chocolate.”
– Toronto Star
|The Ghosts of Medak Pocket (Random House Canada, 2004) Winner, 2005 Dafoe Foundation Prize|
|The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda
(Random House Canada, 2000) Shortlisted, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Chris Oliveros was born in 1966 in Montreal. He is the founder of Drawn & Quarterly and was the publisher for over twenty-five years, from 1989 to 2015. He lives with his wife and three sons in Montreal, where he continues to work with D+Q as a consulting editor.
Image copyright Adrian Tomine
Rosanne Parry is the author of four award-winning middle grade novels at Random House. Her most recent novel, The Turn of the Tide, has starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. Rosanne’s books have more than 20 awards to their name, including a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year (Heart of a Shepherd, 2009) and a Bank Street Children’s Best Book of the Year (Written in Stone, 2013). She is a part-time book monger at legendary Portland, Oregon bookstore, Annie Bloom’s, and an adjunct instructor in the Masters in Book Publishing program at Portland State University. She lives with her family in an historic farmhouse and writes in a treehouse in her backyard.
- Starred review School Library Journal
- Starred review Booklist
- 2013 Junior Library Guild Selection
- 2013 Mock Newbery List Andersons Bookstore
- 2013 Short list for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award
- 2013 New York Public Library 100 best books for reading and sharing
- 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project list for books with significant feminist content
- 2014 finalist for the Oregon Book Award given by Oregon Literary Arts
- 2014 Best Books of the Year list from Bank Street Children’s Literature Center
- 2014 WILLA award from Women Writing the West for a children’s novel with a female character set in the American West.
- Oregon Battle of the Books list for 6th to 8th grade 2015-2016
- Community-wide Read, The Dalles, Oregon 2016
- Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2009
- Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of 2009
- Washington Post Best Children’s Books of 2009
- ABC Best Books for Chidren 2009
- Starred review from Hornbook Magazine, May/June 2009.
- Starred review from Kirkus, December 1st 2008.
- Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author 2009
- Indy Next Pick spring of 2009
- 2010 Rodda Award given by the Church and Synagogue Library Association
- 2010 Oregon Spirit Book Award from the Oregon Council of Teachers of English
- Oregon Battle of the Books List for the 2010/11 school year
- Nominated for a Cybil award in Middle Grade fiction– an award chosen by children’s book bloggers
- 2010 Honor Book for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award given by the Women’s National Book Association
- 2010 Capital Choices Notable Book for Middle Grade Readers
- A nominee for children’s choice book awards in Oregon, Hawaii, Wyoming, South Dakota, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, New Jersey, Minnesota, South Carolina and Maryland.
- 2012 One City One Book, Pendleton, Oregon
- 2013 South Carolina Jr. Book Award
Jason is a business consultant and a savant of consumer culture. He has spent the last 15 years using his incredibly rich knowledge of consumer motivation to help Fortune 500 companies connect with their audiences in natural and organic ways. A copywriter-turned-Creative Director, Jason has delivered work for global brands like McDonalds, Samsung, Bud Light, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Expedia.ca, Johnson & Johnson, Ford, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Nissan. Together with his business partner, disruptive research firm MotivIndex co-founder Ujwal Arkalgud, Jason is writing a book that aims to change the way business leaders think about human motivation and disrupt the research industry as it stands today. This book excites him because it allows him to share with the world, a repeatable, proven framework for idea generation and problem-solving: two tasks that have traditionally been left at the hands of people’s intuition or gut feelings.
Reema Patel has a B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies from McGill University, and a J.D. from the University of Windsor. After working in Mumbai’s social justice sector on two separate occasions: first as an intern in a street child-focused NGO, and again after her first year of law school in a human rights law office, her first novel idea came to her. The second chapter of this novel won the 2013 Penguin Random House Student Award for Fiction at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Reema has since worked with Diaspora Dialogues and the novel will be ready for submission this Fall.
Mary Paterson is the author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home, about her pilgrimage to the Buddhist monastery of the world-renowned Noble Peace prize nominee. She is also the Founder of Toronto’s Lotus Yoga Centre, where for eleven years she taught people from all walks of life: from A-list celebrities and artists to physicians and C.E.O’s. She recently sold the Centre to focus on writing full-time.
Mary has traveled extensively throughout India and Nepal studying with renowned masters of various spiritual disciplines with a strong focus on Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practices. She holds a BA in psychology from Queen’s University and currently teaches writing and meditation at the University of Toronto.
Trained in classical ballet, Mary has performed in theatre and film, producing works with such luminaries as the singer Jane Siberry and the internationally celebrated author, Michael Ondaatje. Mary is currently at work on her second book, Between the Peaks of Light, based upon her journey throughout the remote mountainous regions of the Himalayas, where she studied rare meditation practices with Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoches. For more details, visit: http://www.marypaterson.ca/
Between the Peaks of Light: Losing Myself and Finding Kindness in Nepal
|The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home
(US and Canada: Hampton Roads; The Netherlands: Gottmer; France: Tredaniel; German: Random House; Polish: Illuminato; Indonesia: PT Kairon Gradien Mediatama; Chinese (complex): Athena; Czech: Beta-Dobrovsky; Lituanian: Baltos Lankos; Turkish: Maya Kitap; Audio: Audible
“Through her engaging stories, Mary has brilliantly interwoven the teachings of the Buddha with real life experiences, giving this ancient Eastern wisdom present-day relevance. Full of courage, honesty and humor, this is a deeply moving account of a sacred pilgrimage that reveals insights on how to live joyfully.”
A magnificent book that eloquently juxtaposes Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist philosophy against modern day living – inspired, as seen through Paterson’s eyes. This book is a revelation of spirituality in quotidian things, of balance and fragility in the midst of chaos, and most of all a testimony to mindfulness. It is a must read for anyone who wants simple recipes for ethical living.” – Dr. Sema K. Sgaier, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Learn more at: http://www.lotusyogacentre.com
Mary Jennifer Payne was born in Kingston, Ontario. She studied at Queen’s University, and holds a Master of Arts degree as well as her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Mary Jennifer is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers’ Summer Workshop in Creative Writing where she was mentored by the award-winning, young adult writer Marsha Skrypuch. She is also a Special Education teacher at Nelson Mandela Park Public School in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.
Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies, and magazines in both Canada and abroad. Her graphic novels for young adults, Most Valuable Player, Friends or Enemies, Lion of Africa and Dog Disaster, are a part of the Boldprint Graphic series (OUP), which was awarded the 2010 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors’ Association and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for Children’s Books. Since You’ve Been Gone, her first full-length, young adult novel, will be published in 2015 by Dundurn Press.
Photo credit: Laurie Channer
|Since You’ve Been Gone (World Rights: Dundurn Press, 2015)|
Whether she is calling up the excitement of trucks for toddlers or introducing older reader to exotic people and places, Debora’s writing captures the images and ideas that matter most to kids. Debora is a former children’s librarian for the Toronto Public Library and a past Editor of OWL: The Discovery Magazine for Kids. Find out more at her website: deborapearson.com/
|Sophie’s Wheels (Annick Press, 2006)|
|Big City Song (Holiday House, 2006)|
|Polar Bear Alert! (DK Readers, 2007)|
Learn more at: http://www.deborapearson.com
Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver, B.C. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from the University of British Columbia and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and B.C., and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, China and Korea. She has won fourteen awards for her writing, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work in 1998.
|And Nothing but the Truth There’s more to tell in this sequel to Kit Pearson’s heartachingly beautiful The Whole Truth
|The Whole Truth Ripped away from her home after her parents’ deaths, Polly, age 8, and her sister Maud must adjust to life at their grandmother’s home.
(HarperCollins, 2011) Shortlist, Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, 2012
Nominated, 2012-2013 Chocolate Lily Award, Chapter Book
Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2012 Book of the Year for Children, 2012,
Canadian Library Association
Junior Fiction, OLA Best Bets, 2011 “The characters were so believable – it felt like you were stepping back in time. [I] fell in love with it within the first few pages.”
– Student Jurors, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award”Kit Pearson’s superbly crafted story introduces readers to a moral dilemma that has no easy answer… Kit Pearson convincingly explores the realities of life in the Depression era, complex family dynamics, and ultimately, the healing power of forgiveness.”
– Canadian Library Association
“With all the important characters in The Whole Truth undergoing some kind of transformation or struggle with the truth, Pearson encourages her readers to try to see them in shades of grey rather than black and white. Although the novel seems aimed at a younger teen readership, the hardearned but simple lesson Polly learns is of value to readers of any age: people are complex; they can and do change…”
|A Perfect Gentle Knight (Penguin Books Canada, 2007)|
|Awake and Dreaming (Penguin Books Canada, 1996) Ruth Schwartz Award Governor-General’s Award Red Cedar Award Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award|
|The Lights Go On Again (Penguin Books Canada, 1993) National I.O.D.E Violet Downey Award Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People|
|Looking at the Moon (Penguin Books Canada, 1991) Manitoba Younger Readers’ Choice Award|
|The Sky is Falling (Penguin Books Canada, 1989) Book of the Year for Children, Canadian Library Association Mr Christie’s Book Award Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Silver Pencil Award (Netherlands)|
|A Handful of Time (Penguin Books Canada, 1987) Book of the Year for Children, Canadian Library Association|
|The Daring Game (Penguin Books Canada, 1986)|
|A Season for Miracles Dear Canada
Twelve Tales of Christmas
(Scholastic Canada, 2006)
|Whispers of War The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt
(Scholastic Canada, 2002)
|The Singing Basket A retold folktale illustrated by Ann Blades
(Groundwood Books, 1990)
| This Land A Cross-Country Anthology of Canadian Fiction for Younger Readers
edited by Kit Pearson(Penguin Books Canada, 1998)
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.kitpearson.com/
Chad Pelley’s fiction has been recognized by more than 10 literary awards. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was a Coles bestseller, won Newfoundland’s CBC Emerging Artist award, and was shortlisted for both the ReLit and CAA Emerging Writer awards, and a film adaptation is underway. His second novel, Every Little Thing, was released in March of 2013, and Canada Reads’ winner Lisa Moore called it “Stylistically fresh and can’t-put-it-down compelling.” His short fiction has won several awards, and has been published in journals, anthologies, and textbooks. Pelley is the founder of Salty Ink, has taught creative writing at Memorial University, and has written for for a variety of publications, including Quill & Quire, The National Post, Globe and Mail, the Telegraph-Journal, and he has an opinion column in Atlantic Books Today.
More information can be found about Chad Pelley on his website: chadpelley.wordpress.com
|Every Little Thing(Breakwater Books, 2013)|
|Away from Everywhere(Breakwater Books, 2009)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Rosalind B. Penfold walked into what she thought would be a love story – with a recently widowed executive and his young children. It turned out to be the kind of life she had never experienced before. While many people might keep a diary, Rosalind drew what she witnessed – as it was happening – in harrowing detail, and then hid the images in a cardboard box. Now, many years later, her drawings have been compiled into this shocking, graphic account.
Her experience – of what it was like to be enmeshed in an abusive relationship, and how she eventually found the wisdom she needed to get out, will educate, inform and astound. Her images illustrate many of the known warning signs of intimate partner violence, and answer the common question, “Why did you stay?’ Many women in similar circumstances have said, “If you’ve never been there, you wouldn’t understand.” Rosalind B. Penfold’s images take you there. Disturbing, yet compelling, they show the destructive force of domestic abuse facing many families today.
Rosalind B. Penfold says, “I believe I turned to art instinctively because I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I needed to see it in black and white. Ironically, although my illustrations give me distance, they give others a close-up. They turned out to be far more personal than prose could ever be. I am hoping that my book will lead to more open discussion, and a greater understanding of the nature of domestic abuse. Abuse needs to be recognized, named, and stopped. I feel strongly that this is not only my story. It is the story of millions of families across North America. I have chosen a pseudonym because there are many ‘Rosalinds’ and I was just one of them.”
|Dragonslippers This extraordinary graphic novel memoir provides a window into the dark world of domestic abuse.
(In eleven countries worldwide) Shortlist, 2006 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction
Shortlist, Best Book, 2006 Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning The Graphic Diaries of Rosalind B. Penfold, Graphic NarrativeWhen successful young businesswoman Roz met impulsive, outgoing widower Brian, she was immediately swept off her feet. Romantic and exuberant, with four loving children, Brian seemed like everything a woman could possibly want, and within months of meeting him, Roz was deeply, devotedly in love.
But not long into the relationship, Roz began to notice the first worrying signs that the man to whom she was now committed was not what he seemed. A pattern of small lies and petty cruelties began to emerge which, over the course of their ten-year relationship, would come to encompass a litany of physical, mental and sexual abuse truly appalling in its scope and malevolence.
Often too traumatized and ashamed to admit the true extent of the abuse she was suffering – either to herself or to her increasingly concerned family and friends – Rosalind B. Penfold instead poured her anguish into a series of graphic diaries which she maintained for the length of her nightmarish relationship. The result is a touching, profoundly shocking and completely original portrait of domestic abuse that charts with dramatic immediacy the disintegration of a romance into a morass of confusion and fear.
This extraordinary visual testimony to an experience both intensely personal and frighteningly universal provides an unparalleled window into the usually shuttered world of domestic abuse and the claustrophobic lives of its victims. Illuminating, horrifying and inspiring, Rosalind B. Penfold’s story is a caution against the more subtle warning signs of abuse and a frank examination of the psychology of both abusers and victims. Above all, however, it is the story of a woman who fought for and found the strength to break free.
Rosalind B. Penfold says, “I believe I turned to art instinctively because I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I needed to see it in black and white. Ironically, although my illustrations gave me distance, they give others a close-up. They turned out to be far more personal than prose could ever be. I am hoping that my book will lead to more open discussion, and a greater understanding of the nature of domestic abuse. Abuse needs to be recognized, named, and stopped. I feel strongly that this is not only my story. It is the story of millions of families across North America. I have chosen a pseudonym because there are many ‘Rosalinds’ and I was just one of them.”
More information can be found about Dragonslippers at the friends-of-rosalind website.
World Rights Available Ex:
|Poland: Kochac zbyt mocno, MAG, 2007|
|French: Dans les sables mouvants, Editions Ca et La, 2007|
|Germany: Und das soll Liebe sein?, Eichborn, 2006|
|Indonesia: Love Me Better, PT Gramedia, 2006|
|Italy: Le pantofole dell’orco, Sperling & Kupfer, 2006|
|Netherlands: Drakenslippers, Uneiboek, 2006|
|Spain: Quieréme Bien, Lumen, 2006|
|UK: Dragonslippers, HarperCollins, 2006|
|US: Dragonslippers, Grove Press, 2006|
|Brazil: Mas Ele Diz Que Me Ama, Ediouro, 2006|
|English Canada: Dragonslippers, Penguin, 2005|
|For Dragonslippers”A remarkable and utterly compulsive graphic memoir that chronicles the deterioration of her seemingly perfect relationship, with a widower and father of four, into violence and abuse.”
“Dragonslippers is graphic in both senses of the word. The book takes less than an hour to read, yet conveys Roz’s story with an immediacy and impact that a conventional 300-page account would struggle to match. ”
“[Dragonslippers is] a graphic memoir featuring images as well as words, and it’s a powerful work. Dragonslippers is full of haunting, hideous recollections – children abused, sexual taunting, outright lying and duplicity, stunning behavioural flip-flops by Brian, heaped humiliation.”
“Dragonslippers is her riveting, unflinchingly detailed diary in words and pictures of how she was seduced by the wrong man, a blustery, needy charmer who hugged and humiliated her until she hardly knew who she was. An eye-opener by a woman who had to teach herself ‘a new definition of love'”.
“These are the pieces of her past that her mind defensively blotted out to keep her functional while she was with Brian. They succinctly and accurately expose the psychology of both the abused and the abuser, and the pictorial format makes the book extremely easy to read but hard to digest. If you’re fighting to get out of a relationship gone bad or looking for a way to support a friend who can no longer hold her head up, Dragonslippers might be a light switch in the tunnel.”
“Thank you for sending me Dragonslippers. I thought it was a wonderful book which really gets over the terrific nightmare that women victims of domestic violence discover.”
“The result is a touching, profoundly shocking, and completely original portrait of domestic abuse… An extraordinary visual testimony, Dragonslippers presents the many warning signs of abuse and offers a frank examination of the psychology of both abusers and victims. Above all, however, it is the story of a woman who fought for and found the strength to break free.”
“Vividly evokes the gradual journey of so many women from independence to subjugation in an abusive relationship and does more to convey the effects of domestic violence than a dozen worthy text books.”
“[Dragonslippers] is an important story, accessibly told and a valuable resource. Penfold raises questions, presents explanations and gives hope. We learn about ourselves – as individuals and as a culture – through the stories of others, and Penfold offers her intensely personal story as a touchstone. In a tradition of women telling their private truths as a transformative political act, Dragonslippers is an innovative way to force a closer look at a shrouded, pernicious, and persistent issue too many are reluctant to open their eyes and see.”
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.dragonslippers.com/
Shelley Peterson is the best-selling author of six published young adult novels: Dancer, Abby Malone, Stagestruck, Sundancer, Mystery at Saddle Creek, and Dark Days at Saddle Creek. Her latest novel, Jockey Girl, the story of a sixteen-year-old girl and a horse that had been deemed too dangerous to ride who together win the Queen’s Plate horse race, is forthcoming from Dundurn in 2015.
She was trained as an actress, and has over one hundred acting credits to her name, including stage, television, and film. She now owns and operates Fox Ridge, a boarding stable and small breeding operation.
As well as being the mother of three accomplished children and grandmother to two boys, a businesswoman, horse breeder, actress and author, Shelley has long been active in the communities of Toronto and Caledon. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Recently, she was honoured by the Headwaters Arts with the Shelley Peterson Literary Scholarship.
She has assisted the United Way, Family Transition Place, The Cancer Society, Children’s Help-line, and Journalists for Human Rights — among many others in the performing and literary arts.
Photo credit: Tim Leyes
Michael Petrou, a senior writer at Maclean’s, has covered wars and conflicts across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards, winning a silver citation in 2009 for reportage from Haiti.
His first book, Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War, was shortlisted for the 2009 Ottawa Book Award. The Spanish newspaper El Pais described the book as “beautiful.” Canadian historian Jack Granatstein said it is “the best and most complete account of Canadians in the Spanish Civil War we are ever likely to get.”
Petrou holds a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. He lives in Ottawa.
|Is This Your First War?
Post-9/11 impacts in the greater Middle East are detailed by one of Canada’s premier foreign correspondents.
(Dundurn, 2012)Ottawa Book Award 2013, Non-fiction
“a harrowing journey into the heart of darkness of post-9/11 Afghanistan. In this journalistic coming-of-age story, Ottawa writer Michael Petrou has risen magnificently to the occasion. Head, heart and spirit blend powerfully in a chronicle of a stranger in an alien land seething with ancient and modern loyalties and hatreds. Petrou’s prose shimmers with small, telling moments lined with significance.”
“A gritty, up close and personal chronicle of the great freedom struggle of our time.”
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Born in Ireland and raised in Ottawa, Caroline Pignat is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the historical fiction series Greener Grass, Wild Geese and Timber Wolf. Egghead, her first novel is a Red Maple Honour Book recommended by numerous bullying awareness experts for its insightful exploration of bullying from two bystanders’ points of view. A regular contributor to Living Faith Kids, Caroline’s freelance writing appears in publications such as: Living Faith Kids, Highlights for Children; Storyteller; Guideposts; Guideposts for Kids; Novalis; The Word Among Us; Clubhouse,Clubhouse Jr., and other Focus on the Family publications; in local and national newspapers; and in Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul.
An experienced elementary, intermediate and high school teacher, Caroline has discovered a synergy between writing and teaching. Author of Educator Guides for her own books and those of other novels, she knows what keeps both students and readers engaged. Caroline currently teaches grade 12 Writers Craft in the mornings and spends afternoons practicing what she preaches.
Shortlist, Red Maple Book Award, 2016
Winner, Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature – Text, 2015
Shortlist, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, 2015
Shortlist, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2015
Shortlist,The Ottawa Book Award, 2015
Honour Book, CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, 2015
|Egghead No one ever said growing up was easy: friendship, romance, bullying, rage and redemption are all part of it.
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Fall 2007) Nominee, Snow Willow Award, 2009
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Association
Shortlist, Young Adult Book Award, 2009
Canadian Library Association
Honour Book, 2009 Red Maple Award,
Ontario Library Association
Listed, Books About Bullying Age 13 and up, Kids Help Phone “…Pignat’s first novel is a senitive examination of bullying and its psychological roots… the story is face paced and absorbing…”
– Booklist”Pignat explores the sensitive issue of bullying from three different perspectives, weaving the narratives together to give the reader a sense of plot without overdoing any particular scene. . . At the climax of the story, the bullying escalates to a life-threatening incident, and the impact affects all three of the protagonists. With a sensitive ending that does justice to the characters, the situation, and reality, the issues are supported by Pignat’s clear prose and sensitive treatment of the perspectives of three very different characters.
– Canadian Materials”The novel is satisfying and provocative, leaving readers with much food for thought. Hopefully more titles are on the horizon from this gifted writer.”
– The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon”Egghead is a sensitive portrayal of the dynamics behind bullying, peer pressure, and search for identity.”
– The Bureau County Republican
|Timberwolf Jack Byrne, eager for adventure, heads into the wilderness and struggles to survive his first Canadian winter.
(Red Deer Press, 2011) Junior Fiction, Honourable Mention, OLA Best Bets, 2011
|Wild Geese Kit leaves famine-ravaged Ireland in this novel which follows Greener Grass.
(Red Deer Press, 2010) Finalist, 2011 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
|Greener Grass What will it cost a young teen to save her family during the Great Famine in Ireland?
(Red Deer Press, 2008) Governor General’s Literary Award, 2009, Children’s Literature Text Nominated, 2010 Red Maple Award, Forest of Reading Shortlist, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010 Starred review, Booklist
Top of the Top Shelf on Voya’s
Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, 2009
Shortlist, Book of the Year Award, 2009
Canadian Library Association
Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2009
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009 “Ride with the powerful lilt of the style and you’ll feel the terrible heartbeat of old famine Ireland herself! Pignat is a winner!”
– Brian Doyle, Author of Boy O’Boy and Pure Spring”…a deeply moving and vividly rendered tale that all but lifts modern day readers into the heart of old Ireland itself….Caroline Pignat has done a magnificent job… it is as much an ode to these people and all that they endured as it is a remarkable work of historical fiction.”
– Children’s Book News”Pignat’s writing is strong and detailed, bringing to life historical events in a personal and tangible way.. this is definitely an addition to any ‘must read’ list of young adult novels.
– Canadian Materials Magazine”True to Kit’s voice, the plain rhythmic language… is lyrical but never ornate. The tension in the story and in the well-developed characters is always rooted in daily detail and it builds to the final question, which suggests a possible sequel: Will Kit make it onto the ship to Canada?”
– starred review in Booklist
|Regular contributor (Living Faith Kids)|
|R U Ready 2 Babysit? (Guideposts for Kids)|
|It’s Animazing! (Highlights for Children)|
|A Kingly Kid (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)|
|Aunt Martha’s Dinner (Clubhouse Jr. Magazine)|
|Bark (Highlights for Children)|
|What’s the Call? (Highlights for Children)|
|Room for Rent (Highlights for Children, April 2006)|
|Guideposts for Kids “The Pool” (August 2005) “Color Celebration” (December 2003) “Soccer Star” (April 2003) “Apple” (February 2003) “Acorn” and “Syrup” (January 2003)|
|Little to Lots (Clubhouse Jr., June 2005)|
|The Sweater (Weeones Magazine, April 2005)|
|Greener Grass novel by Caroline Pignat(Red Deer Press, 2008)|
|Egghead novel by Caroline Pignat(Red Deer Press, 2008)|
|Archipelago novel by David Ward(Red Deer Press, 2008)|
|How to Make a Wave novel by Lisa Hurst-Archer(Red Deer Press, 2008)|
|Dooley Takes the Fall novel by Norah McClintock(Red Deer Press, 2008)|
|An Auspicious Day short story in textbook(McGraw Hill Ryerson)|
|Looth Tooth (www.StorySomething.com)|
|In the Presence of the Lord Family Devotions for AdventBooklet
|The Perfect Hostess (Clubhouse Magazine)|
|Poppy’s Jalopy (Highlights for Children)|
|A Circle of Love Family Devotions for AdventBooklet
(Creative Communications, November 2006)
Agent: Marie Campell
Learn more at: http://www.carolinepignat.com
Lauren Pirie is a freelance illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. She is best known for; her intricate ink drawings, which defy the boundaries of reality; her illustration work for publishing, film, and fashion; and sustainability projects, as Co-founder and Creative Director of the About Face Collective. Recently, Lauren illustrated her first children’s book, Ella And The Balloons In the Sky for Tundra Books/ Random House.
Kim Pittaway is the former managing editor and editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine and has previously run the Magazine Publishing Workshop for Magazines Canada.
She is the recipient of several honours and awards for her work in journalism: she is a seven-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, a winner of an honourable mention from the American Society of Journalists and Authors in service journalism, winner of a 2009 Canadian Science Writers Association Science & Society award in the radio documentary category, and finalist for the best newsstand issue (circ 200,000+) in the 2006 Canadian Newsstand Awards. More recently, she received the 2016 National Magazine Awards Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award for her body of work.
Kim Pittaway has written for The Walrus, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, More, Canadian Living, Best Health, Homemaker’s, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Cottage Life, and others. She has also produced radio documentaries for CBC’s The Current and Tapestry.
Kim is working on her first nonfiction book, an investigative memoir on the subject of forgiveness. For more see: www.kimpittaway.com.
Carolyn Zane Pizzuti is the award-winning, best-selling romance author of more than thirty novels. She has earned the prestigious Kay Snow Award, a Moondance nod for her screenplay, and a Carol Award nomination for her latest single title BEYOND THE STORM
Zane-Pizzuti lives in the country on the scenic Willamette River near Portland, Oregon with her husband, five teenagers, and three dogs. When asked to describe her multi-ethnic, partially adopted family, Carolyn likens her crowd to the Brangelia Bunch saying modestly, “Except we’re way better looking.”
Monique Polak is the author of 17 novels for young adults. She has two new novels for kids coming out this spring, as well as her first non-fiction book for young readers — Passover: Festival of Freedom (Orca). Monique is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Monique is the CBC/Quebec Writers’ Federation inaugural writer-in-residence. She is also a regular contributor to the Montreal Gazette and to Postmedia publications across the country, as well as a columnist on ICI Radio-Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! Monique has taught English and Humanities at Marianopolis College for 32 years. Her courses include Journalism and Writing for Children.
Photo Credit: Studio Iris
Rachel Poliquin is a freelance writer and curator engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. She has a doctorate in early modern natural history from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the cultures of taxidermy. She is the author of The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing and Beaver, part of Reaktion Books’ Animal Series. She has written for The New York Times, Science Friday, and The Believer Magazine. Her curatorial works includes “Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely Alluring World of Taxidermy” for the Museum of Vancouver and the permanent vertebrate exhibits for the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Photo credit: Michael Dee
Catherine Porter is a columnist with the New York Times. A social justice columnist, Porter writes about everything from international development, women’s rights, poverty, the environment and community activism. She is a National Newspaper Award winner and recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Porter is working on a memoir about her trips to Haiti and her relationship with a 5-year-old child there named Lovely.
For more information about Catherine, please visit her website Porterwrites.ca.
Photo by Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Christine Pountney is the author of three novels, SWEET JESUS, THE BEST WAY YOU KNOW HOW, and LAST CHANCE TEXACO (longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2000). She has written for Brick Magazine, Flare, Elle, Nuvo, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Globe and Mail. She was recently nominated for a National Magazine Award, June 2014, and sold the option to her screenplay adaptation of LAST CHANCE TEXACO. Pountney teaches creative writing in Toronto, and is currently working on a spiritual memoir.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Joanne Proulx’s debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, published internationally, was the recipient of Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction, was named a best debut of 2007 by The Globe and Mail, and was selected by Border’s in 2008 for their prestigious Best New Voices series. Joanne has had short stories published in several literary journals including Exile and Maisonneuve and is currently at work on her second novel, And the Boys Will Play.
Author photo by Martin Proulx
|Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet (Penguin Canada, 2007)2008 Sunburst Award, Young Adult category
Finalist, 2008 Ottawa Book Award
Named by the Globe and Mail one of 2007’s best debuts
(Saturday Globe: A Feast of Firsts – My Top Five)
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Gayleen Rabakukk holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She co-moderates the middle grade book club for her local SCBWI chapter and loves making discoveries – both on and off the page. Always eager to track down a story, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and freelance writer. Gayleen is married and has two caring and outspoken daughters. Their Austin, Texas home is filled with books and rescue dogs. You can find her online at GayleenRabakukk.com or on Twitter @gayleenrabakukk.
Judy Rebick is a well-known social justice activist, writer, educator and speaker. Her latest books are Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political and Occupy This! Her other books include Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution (Penguin 2005) and Imagine Democracy (Douglas and McIntyre 2000) .
Founding publisher of rabble.ca, Canada’s popular independent online news and discussion site, Judy continues to blog on rabble and on The Walrus web site. She is perhaps best known to Canadians as a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group. During the 1990’s, Judy was the host of a two national TV show on CBC Newsworld and is a frequent commentator on CBC radio and television. She was also a well known spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion in the 1980’s.
Judy was the first CAW Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy. She was also a regular on the media panel for Q on CBC radio.
Jan Redford lives in Squamish, B.C. with her family. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Mountain Life, Explore, several anthologies, and has won or been short- and long-listed in eight writing contests. Her story, “End of the Rope,” an excerpt from her memoir, was published in 2013 with the Banff Press in Rock, Paper, Fire: Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU (2007), and UBC’s MFA program in Creative Writing (2015). In 2013, she was awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the B.C. Arts Council. Her forthcoming memoir, End of the Rope, (working title) is the story of her struggle to make her own way in the mountains and in life. To lead, not follow.
For more information, visit her website and blog: www.janredford.com
Author photo by Jannicke Kitchen
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Andrew Reeves is an award-winning, environmental journalist, with a Masters degree in human geography from the University of Toronto. He has worked most recently as an environment, science and energy reporter with Queen’s Park Briefing, a political new site owned by the Toronto Star Media Group. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in This Magazine, Ontario Nature, Alternatives Journal, The Grid, OpenFile Toronto and the Canadian Institute of Mining Magazine, among others. In 2012, a feature he wrote on Asian carp was nominated by This Magazine for a National Magazine Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. That article is the basis for his forthcoming book, River Snatchers, an investigative narrative on invasive species. Reeves writes science and environmental articles bi-weekly for Alternatives Journal’s community blog, and is the author of his own website, Reeves Report. He lives and works in Toronto.
Kass Reich was born in Montreal, Canada. She works as an artist and educator and has spent a majority of the last decade traveling and living abroad. Kass graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University in 2010. Since then, she has been traveling and living abroad in Beijing, Melbourne, Hong Kong and London. Kass’ work revolves around painterly textures. She does a majority of her work by hand using acrylic and watercolour paint, adding further details in Photoshop. She makes a point to preserve all the charming imperfections that come with illustration done by hand. Kass now lives in Toronto, Canada and is currently illustrating a picture book for Penguin Random House.
|Hamsters Holding Hands
(Orca, 2012)”This charming counting book features spunky, pear-shaped hamsters…engaging in simple yet unexpected fun…Debut talent Reich brings subtle, off-kilter humor—with props like balloons, pinwheels, and snorkel gear—and an understated style to her spreads, with the hamsters’ citrus hues playfully smudged outside their outlines. It’s hard not to smile at images of the happy hamsters jumping rope or working on their tans.”
– Publishers Weekly”Rendered in earth tones with hints of hot pink, Reich’s splay-toed rodents frolic in the sun, eat some rice, and, yes, hold hands. The text is simple and fun, a combination that will no doubt strike a chord with wee ones.”
– Quill & Quire
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.kassreich.com
Iain Reid’s first book, the critically acclaimed comic memoir, One Bird’s Choice, won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the year and was translated into multiple languages. His most recent book, The Truth About Luck, was named by the Globe and Mail as one of the best books of 2013.
In 2012, Reid was named by the Globe and Mail as a top-5 up-and-coming Canadian author. He writes a regular column about books and writing for the National Post. Reid is a graduate of Queen’s University where he studied history, English literature and philosophy.
|The Truth About Luck House of Anansi
|One Bird’s Choice
(House of Anansi, 2010) Best Non-fiction Book, CBC Bookies Awards, 2010
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Angus Reid began playing professional football with the BC Lions in 2001, and in 2003 he became their starting center. A Richmond native, Reid is a home-grown star. His achievements in football include being an All Canadian, a multiple time conference All Star, lineman of the year nominee, lineman of the week winner, a “Friday Night Gladiator”, an eight-time team captain, and a two-time Grey Cup Champion.
Reid’s road to pro football was no straight shot, he did not start football until the 11th grade, and then missed three of his five college years due to illness. He is a model of determination and will. Because of this, Reid frequently speaks with students, teams, and business professionals about the importance pursuing our dreams, and the hard work and effort that is required to beat all the obstacles along the way. To date, he has presented at over 1,000 engagements.
He is currently at work on a motivational book to support young people facing adversity.
Ramona Richard’s seven novels aim to keep readers on edge and looking over their shoulders. Her award-winning suspense tales have been praised by critics and readers for “keeping the suspense high throughout.” In 2008, Reclaiming Daisy Doe won the From the Heart Romance Writers Best Proposal Contest (the Lories), and finaled in the NOLA Stars Suzannah Contest. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Ramona lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Robin Richardson is a poet, prose writer, and illustrator. She has published two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY, and has appeared in Tin House, Partisan, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and Lemon Hound Poetry Prizes. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press. Poems from the collection have been adapted to song by composer Andrew Staniland for The Brooklyn Art Song Society, and premiered in 2016 in New York.
Yolanda Ridge has written everything from poetry filled with teenaged angst to scientific articles full of words that no one can pronounce. She has published two novels for children, Trouble in the Trees (Orca, 2011) and Roadblock (Orca, 2012). With a Master of Science degree and ten years experience working as a Genetic counsellor, she’s adept at making complex concepts understandable – a skill she uses in her writing, teaching, and author visits.
Originally from Ontario, Yolanda grew up in Alberta and currently currently lives in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia. When she is not chasing her twin boys down a ski hill or bike trail, you can find her typing away on her treadmill desk crafting stories for young people of all ages. To find out more please visit Yolanda’s website: www.yolandaridge.com
Rebecca Rosenblum’s fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her stories have appeared or will soon in The New Quarterly, Coming Attractions, Best Canadian Stories, Maisonneuve, The Fiddlehead and The Antigonish Review. Once, her first collection of short stories, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill and Quire’s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. Rebecca lives, works, and writes in Toronto.
Learn more about Rebecca Rosenblum at her website: rebeccarosenblum.com
Once (Biblioasis, 2008)Winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award
Shortlisted for The Journey Prize, The National Magazine Award, and the Daunta Gleed Award.
Best Books That Mattered in 2008, Quill & Quire
Named “Rookie of the Year”, Maclean’s Magazine
Roger Roth has been an illustrator since graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1980. Roger’s work appears regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other publications. His work is also used by advertising companies for national and international campaigns. Roger has illustrated more than fifteen children’s books (two of which he also wrote). In addition, Roger serves as senior lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is a frequent presenter at area schools.
|The Roller Coaster Kid Zach bravely suggests a ride on the Whipper to comfort his grandfather.
(Viking, 2012)by Mary Ann Rodman
“Rodman gives the story just the right measure of emotion (“Grandpa smiles. Not like he used to, but a smile all the same”), while underlining the importance of mourning and communication. Well-tuned to the narrative, Roth’s (Star of the Week) detailed and delicately drafted watercolors capture the nostalgic aura of the seaside amusement park, Zach’s ricocheting emotions, and his deep bond with both grandparents.”
|Voyage to the Pharos A boy from Rhodes acts on his dream to see the lighthouse in Alexandria.
(Penguin Group USA, 2009)by Sarah Gauch
Junior Library Guild selection
|Star of the Week A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
(HarperCollins US, Spring 2009)by Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth
Best of the Best Books, 2009, Chicago Public Library
|The American Story 100 True Tales from American History
by Jennifer Armstrong
(Knopf, 2006)2006 Parents’ Choice Gold Award
“This lively and engaging collection of stories recounting American history is a wonderful gift not only to the children of this country but also their parents. I can’t wait to share it with my grandchildren.”
|Stink Soup by Jill Esbaum
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004)
|The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2004)
|The Merman by Dick King-Smith
|Fishing For Methuselah text and illustrations
(HarperCollins, 1998)Golden Archer Award 2001, children of Wisconsin
Platinum Best Book Award 1999, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Notable book 1999, Carolyn W. Field
|Mr. Ape by Dick King-Smith
(Knopf Books for Young Readers/Scholastic, 1998)
|Billy the Ghost and Me by Gary Greer and Robert Ruddick
(HarperCollins, 1997)”Pick of the lists” children’s book, 1997,
|Alison’s Wings by Marion Dane Bauer
(Hyperion Chapters, August 1997)
|The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
|The Cat Hall of Fame by Terri Epstein and Judith Epstein Gage
(Carol Publishing, 1996)
|Harriet’s Hare by Dick King-Smith
(Yearling)One of the best children’s books of 1995, Parenting magazine
|The Sign Painter’s Dream text and illustrations
(Crown Books for Young Readers)Featured on PBS’ “Reading Rainbow” television program, 1995
Recommended reading selection, 1992, New York Times, School Library Journal, American Booksellers, and Publishers Weekly
|The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton
(Knopf Books for Young Readers)Recommended reading selection, 1991,
the New Yorker and the New York Times
|The Roanoke Colony An Unsolved Mystery From History
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2003)
|The Wolf Girls An Unsolved Mystery From History
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2001)
|The Mary Celeste An Unsolved Mystery From History
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2002)Junior Library Guild selection, 1999-2000
|Works selected for the Society of Illustrators’ “Humor ’88” exhibition
Illustrations selected for publication in the 1986/87 International Graphis Annual of Advertising and Editorial Graphics
Illustrations for the New York Times selected for publication in the Best of Newspaper Design Annual, 1984/85
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://www.rogerroth.com
Claire Holden Rothman is the author of two story collections and the novels My October, a finalist for the the 2014 Governor General’s Award in fiction and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Heart Specialist, also longlisted for a Giller, and published in six countries. Her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe-Ignace-François Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize. She lives in Montreal with playwright Arthur Holden.
More information about Claire Holden Rothman can be found on her website: claireholdenrothman.com
Author photo by Arthur Holden
|My October A powerful new novel about a family and a country divided by its two official cultures.
(Penguin Canada, 2014)
|The Heart Specialist (Cormorant Books)|
|Black Tulips (Oberon Press)|
|Salad Days (Cormorant Books)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.claireholdenrothman.com/
Leah Rumack is a longtime writer and the deputy editor of Today’s Parent, Canada’s largest family lifestyle brand. Leah is the creator of the popular #ThisIsMyLife comic strip and has been nominated for multiple National Magazine awards, including ones for Humour and Personal Journalism. She has written for many major publications across Canada, including Chatelaine, Toronto Life, Fashion, Flare, National Post, Now Magazine and The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Photo credit: Roberto Caruso
Agent: Stephanie Sinclair
Naben Ruthnum writes literary fiction and journalism. His crime fiction is written under the transparent pseudonym Nathan Ripley. He does the monthly “Crimewave” review column at the National Post, and his stories and essays have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Sight & Sound, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among other places. He’s currently based in Toronto, and was the winner of the 2013 Journey Prize for fiction.
Justin Rutledge is a Juno Award-winning songwriter who resides in Wellington, Ontario. Born in Toronto, Justin studied English Literature at the University of Toronto before recording his first album, No Never Alone (2005), which was originally released in the UK to rave reviews and critical acclaim—the NME called the album “an incredible breakthrough.” Justin’s other albums include The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006), Man Descending (2008), The Early Widows (2010), Valleyheart (2013—Juno Award, Canadian Folk Music Award), Daredevil (2014), and East (2016).
In addition, Justin is also an actor. Working closely with Michael Ondaatje to stage Divisadero (2010), Justin also appeared in CanStage’s The Arsonists (2012), and in 2014, Justin was awarded a Montreal English Theatre Award for best composition in the Segal Centre’s production of The Graduate. He is currently developing a feature film with Hannah Moscovitch and The Film Farm entitled Unsettled.
Kelly S. Thompson is a former Captain in the Canadian Forces but retired after an injury. She has a degree in Professional Writing from York and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is now a writer and editor based out of the Toronto area. Her work has appeared in several publications including Chatelaine, the Tyee, Enterprise and more. Her essay, “We Are a (Military) Family,” published in Heritage House Press’s Embedded on the Home Front, won the 2013 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, and the book went on to win a CBC Bookie Award. Her latest essay, “Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal,” appeared in Caitlin Press’s Boobs. Kelly was also shortlisted for Room Magazine’s 2013 and 2014 Non Fiction contest and the 2017 winner of the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award. More at Kellysthompson.com
Umar Saeed is a Chartered Accountant with a master’s degree in financial accounting from the University of Waterloo. “Oh, look, it’s the philosopher disguised as an accountant,” his professors used to say. He worked in the financial industry for over ten years, starting with Ernst & Young and then moving to Citco Fund Services, the largest hedge fund service provider in the world. As a former Vice President of Operations at Citco, Umar provided accounting advice to some of the largest and most complex hedge funds in the world. He’s currently a senior advisor in the accounting policy group for the Ministry of Finance, Ontario.
When the global financial system began to meltdown in 2008, Umar was uniquely positioned to explain what was happening with the financial system. He began writing essays on his website (www.umarsaeed.ca) to share his understanding. He has been published in business magazines such as Seeking Alpha, Canadian MoneySaver, and CA Magazine. Outside of his business writings, he has written creative non-fiction and fiction for publications such as Geist, The Little Red Umbrella and The Flaneur.
Daria Salamon’s first novel The Prairie Bridesmaid won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer and was nominated for the Carol Sheilds Winnipeg Book Award; the novel also received an Honourable Mention in Foreward Magazine’s Books of the Year General Fiction category. Daria has been nominated for the John Hirsch Most Promising Manitoba Writer Award. Her humour essays, articles and columns have appeared in The Winnipeg Free Press, Uptown Magazine, The Globe and Mail and Prairie Fire Magazine. She lives in Winnipeg, with her family and their cat, Dr. Puddles.
The Prairie Bridesmaid has been optioned for film and Daria is currently adapting her novel into a screenplay.
More information about Daria Salamon at her website: theprairiebridesmaid.com
Author photo by Mandy Malazdrewich
|The Prairie Bridesmaid (Key Porter, Fall 2008)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.theprairiebridesmaid.com
Devyani Saltzman was born in Toronto, Canada. She received a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, specializing in Sociology and Anthropology. She works as a freelance writer and was the Founding Curator, Literary Programming, at Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity. Shooting Water (Publishers Weekly, Library Journal starred reviews) was called ‘A poignant memoir’ by The New York Times and is her first book.
As a freelance writer she’s written for publications from The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Atlantic to Marie Claire, Room Magazine and Tehelka, India’s weekly of arts and investigative journalism. She sits on the advisory committees for Project Bookmark Canada and The Toronto Museum Project and has been a juror for the National Magazine Awards, Canada Council for the Arts and The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
Author photo by Pia Leichter
More information can be found about Devyani Saltzman
on her website devyanisaltzman.com
|Shooting Water (Key Porter, Can, 2005, Penguin, India, 2006, Newmarket Press, US, 2006, Key Porter, paperback Oct 2007)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Sigal Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, essayist, and playwright. Currently a writer and editor for the Forward, she has also published work in the Daily Beast, the Rumpus, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature and the Walrus. She has appeared on NPR, BBC, and Huffington Post Live. Her six plays have been produced in theaters from Vancouver to New York.
Sigal earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and her BA in Philosophy from McGill University. Originally from Montreal, she now lives in Brooklyn. The Mystics of Mile End is her first novel.
|The Mystics of Mile End (HarperCollins US)|
|The Mystics of Mile End (Freehand Books, Spring 2015)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Alexandra Samuel is a digital researcher, writer, and speaker with two decades of experience on the forefront of the social web. She is the author of Work Smarter with Social Media (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015) and a contributor to the HBR Guide Getting the Right Work Done. She has led social media R&D for customer intelligence leader Vision Critical, directed the research for Don Tapscott’s Governance in the Digital Economy program, and founded one of the world’s first social media agencies, Social Signal. Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, theAtlantic.com, and Oprah.com. Alexandra holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University.
Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author of seven books including PROFESSIONALIZING MOTHERHOOD, MY HEART’S AT HOME, REAL MOMS … REAL JESUS, LIVING WITH LESS SO YOUR FAMILY HAS MORE, and her most recent bestselling releases NO MORE PERFECT MOMS and NO MORE PERFECT KIDS, co-authored with Dr. Kathy Koch.
Jill is the founder and director of Hearts at Home, an organization that encourages moms. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children, three who are married, two granddaughters and one grandson. They make their home in Normal, Illinois.
Pat Schmatz grew up in rural Wisconsin, knowing that the only thing she wanted was to be a writer. She detoured to Michigan State University and UC–Berkeley for degrees in psychology and physical education, but circled quickly back to the world of adolescent literature. She now lives in Wisconsin, traveling frequently to Minneapolis for work and fun.
Pat’s first book, Mrs. Estronsky and the UFO, is a middle grade novel published by Windstorm Creative in 2001. Her next book, Circle the Truth (Carolrhoda Books, 2007) was a 2003 recipient of a fellowship grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. It was chosen by the Wisconsin Library Association as one of the Outstanding Books for Children by a Wisconsin Author in 2008, and was named by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education in their 2008 Edition of The Best Children’s Books of the Year. Mousetraps, also with Carolrhoda Books, was released in Fall 2008.
More about Pat Schmatz at her website: patschmatz.com
Author photo by Edie Walker
2016 Outstanding Achievement in children’s literature, The Wisconsin Library Association
2015, Winner, James Tiptree Jr. Award
Bluefish (Candlewick, 2011) In the masterfully told BLUEFISH, Travis Roberts and Vida “Velveeta” Wojciehowski become great friends as they each overcome losses in their lives and find new possibilities.
2012 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English Josette Frank Award for Fiction,
Bank Street College of Education, 2012
Junior Library Guild Selection
Crystal Kite Award (SCBWI Midwest)
Horn Book, Best of 2011
Top 10 Indie NEXT List
2010 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
“Bluefish hooks the reader from the first page with a voice that is fresh, captivating, and assured, and characters that compel us as often with their silences as with their words. Schmatz’s language is imaginative and direct, with pitch-perfect turns of phrase. Velveeta writes of Calvin, ‘You’re more not here every day.’ Travis recognizes Grandpa’s truck by its sound: ‘the slowing-down of it, the ready-to-pounce of it.’ This is a story of ordinary lives that packs tremendous emotional wallop without a shred of sentimentality.”
– PEN American Center jury
Agent: David Bennett
Learn more at: http://www.patschmatz.com/
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Viking Penguin US published In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Red Plaid Shirt, and Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11. Her books have been published internationally in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Korea, and China. In 2007 she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and in 2012, she was Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. Her latest book, published in 2014 in both Canada and the U.S. by Biblioasis, is By the Book, a collection of stories drawn from old textbooks from the early 1900s and illustrated with her own full-colour collages. Diane is currently working on a memoir called This Is Not My Life. She has lived in Kingston since 1986.
Emily Schultz is the co-founder of the literary journal Joyland and the host of the podcast Truth & Fiction. Her novel, Heaven Is Small, was released from House of Anansi Press in May 2009 in Canada, and in the U.S. in October 2010. Heaven Is Small was named a finalist for the 2010 Trillium Book Award alongside books by Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. Schultz’s newest novel, The Blondes, was released from Doubleday Canada in August 2012, became a national bestseller and was been nominated for a 2013 Trillium Award alongside Alice Munro and Tamara Faith Berger. It was published in the U.S. in 2015 by St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne to rave reviews. It was chosen a top book of the year by both Kirkus and NPR and has been optioned for television.
Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Elle, Today’s Parent, Eye Weekly, the Walrus, the Black Warrior Review, Prism, Geist, Event, Descant, New Quarterly, Cell Stories, the Fanzine, At Length, and several anthologies. She has worked as an editor and as a creative writing instructor.She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Brian Joseph Davis. Together, they write scripts.
Photo Credit: Sara Maria Salamone
Men Walking on Water (Doubleday Canada, 2017) – In the last years of Prohibition, Alfred Moss is a smalltime rumrunner. On a cold night driving across the frozen Detroit River he disappears. Escaping with him is all the cash and last hopes of his friends.
With the elegant grit of Graham Greene and symbolic sweep of Michael Chabon, Emily Schultz captures the champagne haze between expansion and collapse, between endings and beginnings. Men Walking on Water is an epic story of a country torn between pleasure and abstinence.
“Beautiful and timeless… [Men Walking on Water] is smart and refreshing.” Globe and Mail
“A terrifically devised and thoroughly entertaining caper…The characters on these pages are hustlers, and deception emerges as a dominant theme because of how common it was then to break the law.” National Post
“Men Walking on Water tells a complex and languidly vivid story of a ragtag crew of 1920s rum-runners in Prohibition-era Detroit…I knew when I turned the final page that Schultz had accomplished something great, had proven there was nothing she couldn’t do.” Toronto Star
“Men Walking on Water [is] a witty, suspense-filled epic about the waning days of Prohibition. Schultz spins the tale into a sweeping story of American ideals on the cusp of the Great Depression.” Toronto Life
|The Blondes A strange illness transforms blondes – whether CEOs, flight attendants, skateboarders or accountants – into rabid killers.
(Canada: Doubleday, 2012, US: Thomas Dunne Books 2015, Picador 2016; French – Editions Alto; Turkey: Ayrinti)Shortlist, 2013 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
Finalist, 2013 Trillium Book AwardPraise for THE BLONDES:
“The Blondes is scary and deeply, bitingly funny — a satire about gender that kept me reading until 4 in the morning — and a fine addition to the all-too-small genre of feminist horror.” NPR (Also a Great Reads 2015 selection)“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender.” Kirkus Reviews , Best Books of 2015“Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.” The Library Journal (starred)“[A] ferociously clever, exceedingly well written variation on the pandemic novel…This canny, suspenseful, acidly observant satire cradles an intimate, poignant, and hilarious story of one lonely, stoic, young mother-to-be caught up in surreal and terrifying situations.” Booklist (starred)
“Schultz spins an eerie tale with perspective into our cultural attitudes about beauty.” Entertainment Weekly
“What sounds like George Romero with a bottle of peroxide is surprisingly sensitive and contemplative… As classic blonde jokes acquire deadly hues, the novel’s satiric color remains subtle.” Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“A pseudo zombie-tale…a road story, and a feminist bildungsroman, and a parable about prejudice and reproductive freedom and immigration.” Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
|Heaven is Small Recently deceased Gordon Small finds himself employed at the Heaven Book Company, the world’s largest romance publisher. (House of Anansi, 2009) World Rights Available Ex: Canada: House of Anansi
Spring 2009, lead fiction Finalist, 23rd Annual Trillium Book Award
Gordon Small, a degree-clutching slacker and failed fiction writer, is recently deceased. This satirical novel begins with Gordon’s death, “an event he would fail to notice.” But when Gordon suddenly finds himself employed at the Heaven Book Company — the world’s largest romance publisher — he does notice that things are definitely odder than in most suburban office blocks.”Schultz manages to channel the utter absurdity of romance novels and the workplace into a mostly charming book about someone who is just trying to make a difference, even if they missed the opportunity while they were alive…. A well-written meditation on how we choose to live our lives, and who we choose to live them for.”
|Joyland Joyland is a novel of digital darkness and light, about the impossibility of knowing the future.with illustrations by graphic novelist Nate PowellWorld Rights Available Ex:
World English: ECW Press (Canada) – April 2006″Schultz’s prose is mesmerizing.”
—Globe and Mail”A stellar novel… In Joyland, Schultz uses games as a foil for the t errifying morass of teenage-hood: the wary battles between friends, the vulnerability of your vessel, the muddled sensuality—the way you still feel the warmth of the last player’s hand on the arcade joystick.”
—January Magazine”A classic coming-of-age story… a book that is a joyful, compelling read at every level.”
—Books in Canada”Admirable.”
—Quill & Quire”Schultz proves she has the kind of honesty and talent to earn the high score in the CanLit arcade.”
—Vancouver Sun”Small-town children of the 80s will relish the uniquely resonant moments of the time, which Schultz paints perfectly in this captivating first novel.”
—Now Magazine, NNNN”[In Joyland] quiet perceptions build to a powerful evocation of a time of chilling insecurity: adolescence reshuffling the kids’ cliques with Darwinian ferocity, Ronald Reagan ruling the larger world…. Truly, deeply real.”
—The Georgia Straight”Joyland captures the confusion of adolescent sexuality in a tangle of pixelated icons via the video-game generation.”
|OutskirtsWomen Writing from Small Placesas editor
(Sumach Press, 2002)
|Michael Moore (ECW Press, 2005)|
|Songs for the Dancing Chicken Inspired by the films and life of Werner Herzog
(ECW Press, 2007)Longlist, 2008 ReLit Award, Poetry
Shortlisted, 21st Annual Trillium Book Award for Poetry, English Finalist “Schultz’s work tends to be dark and unsettling, with a sardonic outlook on human folly…. striking.”
—Toronto Star “[Songs for the Dancing Chicken] resonates with the subtle poignancy of skillful absurdism and humor.”
—Pop Matters “Ecstatic hyper-lyrical language that knows beauty can be built but also abandoned.”
—Georgia Straight “Schultz writes to swagger and swaggers when she writes…. She is so confident and “serioso,” so dead-on and unshrugging.”
—Prairie Fire “One might add Schultz to the group of neo-surrealists in the tradition of Dean Young for the way her poems make surprising leaps and turns.”
—Canadian Literature “Many of Schultz’s poems share with Charles Simic’s a proclivity for the surreal…. Songs for the Dancing Chicken is a remarkable debut volume.”
—The Fiddlehead “Schultz has a knack for the right words, regardless of genre.”
—Winnipeg Free Press, What’s on Winnipeg
|Black Coffee Night(Insomniac Press, 2002)Shortlisted, Danuta Gleed Award for Best First Fiction
Shortlisted, ReLit Award
|A compressed burst of sadness and wonder…. This is fiction that seduces. — Toronto Star Breathtaking spikes and heart-rending complexities…
— Now Magazine Canadian literature can sometimes remind you of things you keep in your medicine cabinet…. The medicine cabinet is not where you should keep Emily Schultz’s first collection of short stories, Black Coffee Night….
— CBC Radio
Growing up in rural Southern Ontario, reading fed Virginia’s world and by the time she went to school, she knew she wanted to be a writer. In Virginia’s teaching career in the United States, she trained at Columbia University as a teacher in The Writing Process and at this time published her first book. Her passion has always been historical fiction for young adults.
|Nutz(Tradewind Books, Canada)
Illustrated by Christina Leist
Nominated, Red Cedar Award, 2012
|Crossing to Freedom(Scholastic Canada)
2011 IODE Violet Downey Book Award
Children’s Choice Starred Selection
French Canadian Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011-2012 List
Nominated, Silver Birch Award 2011-2012
Nominated, Surrey Schools’ Book of the Year, 2011-2012
|4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year(Holiday House US, Scholastic Canada)|
|Initiation (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Canada)
Finalist, Stellar Book Award for Teens, 2006
Finalist, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2006
Finalist, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2005
Finalist, Willow Award, 2005
Notable Book, Kuriyama International Prize, 2004
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award Finalist, 2004
Sunburst Award for Speculative Fiction Finalist, 2004
White Raven Selection, International Youth Library in Munich, 2003
|Messenger(Holiday House US, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Canada)
Books for the Teen Age, 2002, NYC Public Library
|If I Just Had Two Wings(Fitzhenry and Whiteside Canada)
Books for the Teen Age, 2004, NYC Public Library
British Columbia Red Cedar, 2004
Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice, 2003
Finalist, Rocky Mountain Book Award Finalist, 2003
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2002
Ontario Silver Birch Fiction, 2002
Finalist, Our Choice YA Canadian Book Award, 2002, Canadian Children Book Centre
|Send One Angel Down(Holiday House US, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Canada)Mustang Book Award, 2002
Notable Book for a Global Society, 2001
American Library Association Best Book for YA, 2001
Top Shelf Fiction for Middle Readers, 2001, Voice of Young Adults
Books for the Teenage, NYC Public Library, 2001
Children’s Literature Choice List, 2001
Parents Choice Gold Award for Fiction, 2000
Featured in exhibition of Award-Winning Children’s Books Exhibit (1997-2002),
at 2003 Book Expo America, sponsored by The Children’s Book Council
Shortlist, Garden State Teen Awards, 2003
Shortlist, Georgia Children’s Literature Awards, 2003
Shortlist, Charlotte Award of NY State, 2002
Shortlist, Iowa Teen Award, 2002
Shortlist, South Carolina YA Book Award, 2002
Shortlist, Maine Student Book Award, 2002
Shortlist, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, 2002
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
Learn more at: http://virginiafrancesschwartz.com
Lesley Scorgie is the 29 year-old bestselling author of Rich by Thirty: A Young Adult’s Guide to Financial Success and Rich by Forty: A Young Couple’s Guide to Building Net Worth. Rights available and books available on request. Lesley owns and operates Rich By Inc., a financial consulting company dedicated to providing education, resources and tools for a variety of demographics. She is passionate about encouraging financial literacy, a topic she has enthusiastically promoted through speaking and writing since 2001. She also works as an analyst for a natural gas company and she focuses on developing new clean markets for natural gas in power generation and transportation.
Her newest projects – a finance book for young, single, successful women as well as one for kids and parents – are currently available.
Author photo by Alison Bracegirdle
Genevieve Scott is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals in Canada and the United Kingdom, including The New Quarterly, The White Wall Review and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, among others. Her short films have screened at eleven film festivals throughout the US, Canada, England and Ireland. Genevieve grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Southern California. She is a creative writing mentor to at-risk teen girls in Los Angeles with the nonprofit WriteGirl. Her debut novel, CATCH MY DRIFT, explores the enduring relationship of a mother and daughter over the span of twenty years.
Toronto based director Daniel Sekulich has worked in television for fifteen years, primarily on documentary and non-fiction projects. He has travelled throughout the world – from Vietnam to Russia, from Bosnia to the Arctic – for a wide range of North American broadcasters including the CBC, Discovery Channel, History Television, PBS, CTV and Newsworld. Sekulich has received a number of accolades, including the 1998 Hot Docs directing nomination. His last film, the feature-length documentary Aftermath: The Remnants of War (2001), has garnered nine awards at festivals throughout the world and was nominated at the 2002 Geminis for the Donald Brittain Award for best social/political film.
Author photo by Donabel Santos
|Terror on the Seas True Tales of Modern Day Pirates
The newest terror threat exists not in the air, but on our oceans.
(St. Martins Press, 2009)
World Rights Available Ex:
Daniel Sekulich’s blog on modern day piracy www.piratebook.blogspot.com
|Ocean Titans Journeys in Search of the Soul of a Ship
| UNESCO Prize for Best Humanitarian Film,
2002 International Festival of Environmental Film & Video
(FICA), Goias, Brazil Special Jury Prize, 2002 FICA, Goias, Brazil Documania Special Prize,
2002 Environmental Festival, Girona, Spain Gold Camera Award,
2002 US International Film and Video Festival Gold Special Jury Award,
2002 WorldFest Houston International Film Festival Gold Medal, Best International Affairs Documentary,
2002 New York Festivals 2001 Wilbur Award for Best Theatrical Film
(Religion Communicators Council) Bronze Plaque Award,
2001 Columbus International Film & Video Festival Best Documentary Award, Bar Harbor Film Festival Best Documentary Award,
Time Magazine Health and Medical Film Competition
Learn more at: http://www.oceantitans.blogspot.ca/
Sarah Selecky’s breakout debut collection This Cake Is for the Party was shortlisted for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Best First Book; and Winner of Best New Writer, CBC Bookies Awadr and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Geist, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Anthology. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and has been teaching creative writing for the past ten years. She grew up in Northern Ontario and Southern Indiana and now lives in Toronto with her husband.
|This Cake is for the Party (Thomas Allen, 2010)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.sarahselecky.ca/
Gail Shalan is a professional story-teller: narrating over 15 titles from her home studio in New England, she also works as an actor on stage, screen and as a puppeteer. The Lady & The Lionheart (Blackstone Audio) is Gail’s second title with author Joanne Bischof, having narrated her poignant novella This Quiet Sky in 2014. Gail was selected as one of Audible’s ACX University Up-and-Coming Narrators of 2015. She proudly holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and has trained with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Dame Judi Dench’s Mountview Academy, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare and Company- to name a few. She particularly adores acting Shakespeare and telling new stories—from local Boston premieres, to touring premieres at the NYC & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, to narrating audiobooks!
An Oregon native, Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College. Her career has teaching children with severe emotional disabilities, school counseling and school administration. But, now her love is working with illustrators and editors to create stories that range from quiet to quirky, poetry to prose. Stephanie’s works in publication include:
BEDTIME IN THE MEADOW, Tiger Tales, 2013
A COOKIE FOR SANTA, Sleeping Bear Press, 2014
UNDER THE SLEEPY STARS, Tiger Tales/Little Tiger, 2015
THE LEGEND OF THE BEAVER’S TAIL, Sleeping Bear Press, 2015
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, Tiger Tales/Little Tiger, 2016
SCHNITZEL: A Retelling of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sleeping Bear Press, 2016
OREGON READS ALOUD: A COLLECTION OF 25 CHILDREN’S STORIES, Graphic Arts Books, 2016
MOO LA LA! Simon and Schuster UK, 2017
LULLABY FARM, Tiger Tales/Little Tiger, 2017
PIECE BY PIECE, Sleeping Bear Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
SNARKY SHARKS, Quarry Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
Barbara Shoup is the author of six novels and her short fiction, poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous magazines.
She served as the writer-in-residence at Broad Ripple High School Center for the Humanities for twenty years, and has been adjunct instructor of creative writing at Butler University as well as a teaching fellow with the university’s Writer’s Studio. Currently, she is the writer-in-residence at the Writer’s Center of Indiana, where she directs “The Way Writers Write”, a series of writing workshops for high school English teachers. She is also a contributing editor to the Chicago fiction magazine, Other Voices. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony, were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults.
More about Barbara Shoup can be found on her website: barbarashoup.com
Author photo by Freddi Stevens-Jacobi
|Wish You Were Here A chance trip to Graceland is the focus of Jax Watt’s attempts to come to terms with upheaval in his life.
(Llewellyn Worldwide, 2008)originally published by Hyperion Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association
Finalist, Midland Society of Authors Children’s Book Award
|Everything You Want You might win the lottery, but will that give you everything you want?
(Llewellyn/Flux, 2008) Nominee, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2009
Young Adult Library Services Association
2006 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
Agent: David Bennett
Learn more at: http://www.barbarashoup.com
With more than a million books published worldwide, Sharon Siamon was one of Canada’s most prolific writers of teen fiction.
|Wild Horse Creek series
A series set in the American Southwest, in a country of red sandstone bluffs, glowing in the almost constant sun. Deep canyons and high mountains, empty land that seems to stretch on forever.Into this harsh, beautiful world come twin sisters from a cold city far to the north where cloudy days are more frequent than sunny ones.
|Mystery Returns Volume 6
World Rights Available ex: Bookclub in Czech, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Norwegian and Swedish: Stabenfeldt
|Runaway Dreams Volume 5
World Rights Available Ex: Bookclub in Czech, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Norwegian and Swedish: Stabenfeldt
Learn more at: http://www.sharonsiamon.com
Erica Simmons is a Toronto-based writer and researcher with a PhD in history. She has worked in television and radio, and is the author of Hadassah and the Zionist Project (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) as well as many articles and reviews for magazines, newspapers and journals. Specializing in urban social history, Erica is particularly interested in writing about the lives and experiences of city kids in the past. She is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation at the University of Greenwich in England.
Author photo by Bard Azima
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first novel, What the Body Remembers, was published in 1999 by Knopf Canada, Transworld UK, and Doubleday USA. It received the 2000 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean region) and has been translated into fourteen languages. Her second novel The Tiger Claw was a finalist for Canada’s Giller Prize 2004 and has been optioned for film. Shauna is the author of English Lessons and Other Stories and coauthor of A Foreign Visitor’s Survival Guide to America. Her latest novel, The Selector of Souls, was published by Knopf Canada, Simon & Schuster UK and India and in Turkey, and received the Anne Powers Fiction Book Award. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and is at work on her next book.
Learn more about Shauna Singh Baldwin at her website: shaunasinghbaldwin.com
|The Selector of Souls (Knopf, September 2012)|
|The Tiger Claw
optioned for film by Industry Pictures (Knopf Canada, Sept 2004, Penguin India 2005, De Geus, Holland 2005) Shortlist, Giller Prize, 2004 Shortlist
|What the Body Remembers (Nan Talese/Doubleday U.S.A.; Knopf Canada – 12th printing; Transworld, UK; Editions du Seuil, France; Bertelsmann, Germany; Psichogios, Greece; Editorial Anagrama, Spain; Keter, Israel; Uitgeverij De Geus, Holland; Mondadori Editore, Italy; Prószynski I Ska, Poland; Enciclopedia Catalana, Spain; Epsilon Yayincilik, Turkey; Prosoretz Publications Bulgaria 1999-2006; Goose Lane Between the Covers Audio 2000, Sirius Satellite Radio, 2008) Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean), 2000
Longlist, Orange Prize, 1999
Editor’s Choice, Village Voice Literary Supplement 1999
Outstanding Achievement Literary Award, Wisconsin Library Journal
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Andrea Witzke Slot is winner of Able Muse and Fiction International’s 2015 Prizes in Fiction, with her work described by Eugenia Kim as having “a rare and satisfying command of storytelling” and by Harold Jaffe as “meld[ing] compression, humor, keen intelligence, and social awareness.” She is author of the poetry collection To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012), and her poetry and fiction have been published widely, with recent work in Nimrod, Fiction Southeast, The American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Meridian, Tupelo Quarterly, Southeast Review, and in the anthologies Red Sky/poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women (Sable Books, 2016) and All We Can Hold: poems of motherhood (Sage Hill Press, 2016). Her essays on the university faculty crisis can be found in The Chronicle of Higher Education while her academic papers on poetry and social change can be found in books published by SUNY Press (2013) and Palgrave Macmillan (2014). After teaching for a number of years (primary school level in England and college/university level in the U.S. after receiving her PhD), Andrea now writes full-time. She is mother/stepmother to five and calls both London and Chicago home. The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn, one of two finalists in A Room of Her Own’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, is her first novel. Her website is: Andreawitzkeslot.com.
Photo Credit: Karolina Urbaniak
Heather Smith spent much of her early life wrestling with words. Not only was she a reluctant reader, she struggled with speech as well. Unable to pronounce certain words she became a walking thesaurus, anxiously swapping out words she wanted to say with words she could say. Although Heather’s relationship with words was rocky, the two were eventually able to get over their difficulties and have been on speaking terms ever since. Today, Heather wrestles with words in a different way – she’s a writer! Instead of dodging them, she grabs them with both hands, holding them close to her heart until she finds them a home on the page.
Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her first novel, Baygirl, was described by Quill and Quire as “a balanced, well-written debut”. Baygirl also received a nomination for the 2015 White Pine Award where it earned its place as an Honour Book.
Quill and Quire (starred review): With sprightly dialogue, relatable characters, and a story that delves into serious subject matter without becoming morose, Baygirl is a balanced, well-written debut.
CM Magazine: Sitting at the juncture between historical and contemporary realism, Baygirl is, very much, a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that will captivate the attention of today’s young adults.
School Library Journal: Teens will connect with Smith’s well-crafted characters, including the fully-formed protagonist. The tragic ending will resonate with readers, and they will root for Kit as she emerges from the other side.
Photo credit: Declan Flynn Photography
Dr. Christian Smith is a research scientist specializing in pediatric brain tumour research. He has co-authored over 40 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books including high-impact publications in Cancer Research, EMBO Journal and Nature. Christian will graduate in May 2017 with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax.
While Christian’s professional experience is primarily rooted in molecular cancer biology and basic science research, he has always had an affinity for creative writing and is currently completing his debut nonfiction book titled The Scientist and the Psychic, telling the story of celebrity psychic Geraldine Smith, who also happens to be his mother. The Scientist and the Psychic is an investigation into the science of the paranormal with the personal story of one of the most prolific and pioneering psychics of our time. More information about Christian’s current book project can be found on his website: Drchristiansmith.com or follow @drcasmith on Instagram.
Photo Credit: Lucas Oleniuk
Karen Smythe is the author of Stubborn Bones, a collection of short fiction (Polestar/Raincoast Books, 2001). Karen’s stories have appeared in several literary publications including Grain, Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, Gaspereau Review, and Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction. While living in Halifax, she guest-edited the Michael Ondaatje issue of Essays on Canadian Writing and served as the fiction editor of the Pottersfield Portfolio. This Side of Sad is her first novel.
Tabatha Southey is smart, funny, and very beautiful. She has the prettiest eyes. She describes her hair as iconic. That’s how men think of her breasts. She is also a gifted writer. Elle Canada, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Walrus, Maclean’s and Explore Magazine are some of the publications lucky enough to have her in their pages. She has a lovely laugh and has been nominated for ten National Magazine Awards. She is an excellent cook, terrific in bed and weary of self-deprecating chick writers.
Rachel Macy Stafford is the New York Times bestselling author of HANDS FREE MAMA (Harper Collins/Zondervan, 2014) which provides readers with the inspiration and the steps toward living a life that matters in a culture of distraction.
Since starting the blog Hands Free Mama in 2010, Rachel’s work has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Global News, USA Today, Time (dot com), MSN (dot com), The Huffington Post, and Reader’s Digest. Her blog currently averages one million visitors a month. Rachel lives in the southern United States with her husband and two children who taught her everything she knows about living freely and loving fully.
Rachel’s next book, HANDS FREE LIFE will release in early 2015.
Marissa Stapley is a writer and former magazine editor who contributes to Elle, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post, among others. She also teaches writing at the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two young children. Mating for Life is her first novel.
More about Marissa Stapley at her website: marissastapley.com
|Mating for Life (Atria US, Simon & Schuster Canada, 2014)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.marissastapley.com
Ted Staunton, the author of over forty books for kids of all ages, has lately been concentrating on writing for Young Adults, with outstanding results. Trained as a teacher, Ted is a veteran presenter and workshop leader across Canada. He also teaches creative writing at George Brown College and has visited Ethiopia three times for Code Canada to work with emerging fiction writers and editors. Ted and his family live in Port Hope, Ontario,Canada.
POV (Forthcoming, Orca)
Harry and Clare Stay Home (Forthcoming, Tundra)
“Ted Staunton’s Who I’m Not takes off like a rocket and continues its upward trajectory right to the very last page…Given its cinematic quality, dead-on dialogue, and rollicking pace, Who I’m Not is a perfect choice for reluctant reader. This book is a knockout, and that’s no con.”
– Quill & Quire (starred review)
“Staunton’s latest page-turner moves fast. Readers aren’t sure whether or not they can trust the main character and that makes the journey all the more exhilarating…[Staunton’s] keen plotting skills will keep readers guessing until the very end.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Reluctant readers will be receptive to this gripping tale about identity and resilience…inspired by a true story…”
– School Library Journal
Jump Cut is Ted Staunton’s contribution to the wildly popular Seven series published by Orca Books. Jump Cut was a finalist for 2013’s Red Maple award, as well as a Children’s Book Centre starred choice for 2013.
Ace’s Basement is Ted Staunton’s newest title in Orca Book’s Currents series and a four of four star choice for the CM Journal. Highly recommended.
Further information: A complete list of Ted Staunton’s extensive backlist is available on his own website: www.tedstauntonbooks.com
Agent: David Bennett
Angela Sterritt is an award winning Gitxsan journalist, artist and writer, from British Columbia. Her reports have appeared in the Globe and Mail, CBC’s flagship program The National, CBC’s The Current, and various other national and local news and current affairs programs in Canada. Sterritt was recently awarded a writers residency at the Banff Center of the Arts where she wrote alongside esteemed mentor authors Joseph Boyden, Cherie Dimaline and Waubgeshig Rice. She also recently completed a prestigious William Southam Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto and is the first Indigenous person of Canada ever to receive the award in the program’s 54-year history. She is currently writing a book about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Canada.
Wendi Stewart writes a weekly column for the Fort Frances Times (Wendi With An Eye) where she chews on life’s questions and absurdities. She blogs at wendistewart.wordpress.com. Her first novel Meadowlark was published by NeWest Press in Canada and Nagel & Kimche in Germany. Meadowlark was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer’s Prize. Stewart will serve as writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City in the Fall of 2017.
Wendi is the mother of four daughters who provide endless grist for the mill and makes her home in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.
Photo credit to: Chelsea Yeaton Photography
Cindy Goodman Stulberg, C.Psych. is an internationally respected psychologist and director of the Institute for Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She has provided psychological assessment and counselling for individuals, couples, groups, and families for over 35 years. Cindy originally trained with one of the co-developers of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, IPT, a short-term research based psychotherapy for adults experiencing depression. IPT has been adapted to help adolescents, geriatric clients, delivered individually, in groups, couples, and families who experience depression, eating disorders, medical illnesses, PTSD, etc. She and her colleague Dr. Ron Frey have founded the Institute for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, training and supervising mental health clinicians in IPT in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
Cindy is a member of the certification committee for the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy and was consulted in the writing of the go-to book on using IPT with groups. She has helped conduct research comparing the efficacy of group IPT and CBT for adolescents with eating disorders.
Cindy’s refreshingly direct approach and warm sense of humour make her a popular speaker at conferences in North America. She has been interviewed in national media. Her husband, children and grandchildren are her first priority, while still finding time to work on improving her golf game.
Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in fifteen countries and translated into eight languages. Swan’s last novel, The Western Light published in 2012 is a prequel to The Wives of Bath, her bestselling gothic novel about a murder in a girls’ school. A finalist for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award, The Wives of Bath was made into the feature film Lost and Delirious, shown in 32 countries. A finalist for the Evergreen Award, The Western Light is currently being adapted for a TV mini-series.
A previous novel What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; it was named a top book of the year by The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Now Magazine and the Sun Times. Published by Knopf in Canada and in the U.S. by Bloomsbury it has also been published in Spain, Russia, Poland, Serbia and Portugal.
Swan’s other novels include The Last of the Golden Girls, published in Canada and the U.S., and The Biggest Modern Woman of the World, published in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. The Biggest Modern Woman of the World was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and Books in Canada’s first novel award; it is currently being adapted for stage by Montreal playwright Hannah Moscovitch.
Swan lives in Toronto. She was awarded York University’s Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies in 2000. Her story collections are Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With and Unfit for Paradise. As a former chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Swan brought in a new benefits plan for writers and artists.
Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Awards and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The New Quarterly, sub-TERRAIN and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. Recently, Claire was an artist in residence as part of Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Shebang collective. She lectures at St. Jerome’s University and, in her off-time, enjoys home-brewing and nerdy German strategy games. Claire is working on her second novel.
Masa Takei writes primarily about being outside and the people you find there. Publications he’s written for include Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, The Walrus, and the Globe and Mail. He has also contributed to guides for National Geographic and a Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing anthology. He has produced feature film screenplays, and for his off-grid venture he scripted and hosted a yearlong web series for High Fidelity HDTV (now Blue Ant Media). MasaOffgrid was also made into a TV documentary for the cable channel radX. His work has been nominated for National Magazine Awards and a Canadian Screen Award. Born in Japan, he grew up in England and Canada. He has an MBA from McGill University and was previously employed by management consulting firms in Tokyo and Vancouver. He’s currently writing about his journey building a 320-square-foot cabin, and a new life, near a surf break on Haida Gwaii. More information about Masa Takei can be found at his website: www.takei.ca
Diana Tamblyn is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist who has been actively writing and drawing mini-comics for over 10 years now. Her artwork has appeared in two solo art shows, and various group shows. She’s exhibited her comics at small press fairs and comic book shows in both Canada and the US.
Her most recent work is “The Rosie Stories” a comic about motherhood and “The Toca Loca Project”, commissioned by spectral music band “Toca Loca”. In 2005, she was chosen by The Globe and Mail as a Canadian cartoonist to watch.
Currently living in London, Ont, she works as a freelance web project manager. She graduated from Concordia University in 1994 with a BFA in Film Animation.
|The Toca Loca Project
“Tamblyn has been creating quiet, thoughtful stories for a few years now.”
– Rob Clough, Sequart “A short punk rock comic.”
– cartoonist Michael Cho
|The Rosie Stories
“A book with hidden depths and interesting use of the medium of comics.”
– Sean Clement, Diverging Comics
“This comic feels so personal and so right with the world”
|Duty Must Be Done Mini-comic
5 out of 5 – “a revelation: Tamblyn’s comics reportage in Duty is as strong as that of Harvey Pekar or David Collier”
– Alan David Doane, Comic Book Galaxy
“This was a book that deserved to be bought and read.”
– Sean Clement, DivergingComics.com
“Duty Must be Done is an inspirational presentation of a well-known Canadian story.”
– Bob Banting, great nephew of Sir Frederick Banting
|Writer’s Block Mini-comic
Best Mini-Comic of the Year
“A short, literate story from Canada.”
|That Thing You Fall Into Mini-comic
One of Eye Magazine’s top mini-comics picks of 2003
“She has a pleasing grace, and renders melancholy deftly.”
Ignatz Award nominee for best mini-comic of 2003
“Diana Tamblyn has put out Gunslingers, another great mini that’s more than a mini. Diana really knows how to wedge more story and storytelling into a mini than most people get into a regular full comic, without ever seeming rushed or fast-paced. Diana is a huge talent that deserves to break out big-time; get this so you can say you were into her work way-back-when.”
| “Everyone loves Diana’s mini’s for their subtlety, their realistic portrayal of modern lives and their ability to hit a personal chord that resonates with the reader.”
– Jonathan Ellis, Popimage “I like the look and feel of the mini-comics I’ve seen from cartoonist Diana Tamblyn. There’s something attractively forthright about them: a simple, clean presentation that flatters the stories within.”
– Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
Learn more at: http://www.dianatamblyn.com
Nikki Tate is an award-winning children’s writer and storyteller based in British Columbia. She is a bestselling series author, whose work has garnered many award nominations.
Tate served as the editor of Bolen Bookworm: Children’s Book Newsletter from 2003 to 2007, and has extensive experience working as a freelance writer. She has written on subjects ranging from tattoos to compost, and her articles and reviews have appeared in publications in Canada, Japan, and the US. In addition, Tate is a dynamic public speaker and inspirational workshop leader, and is actively involved in school programs for children, which include author presentations, storytelling performances, and workshops for young writers.
When she’s not writing or performing, Tate enjoys pottering in her garden or horseback riding through the picturesque countryside of the Saanich Peninsula.
|Food Around the World (Orca)|
|Inside OutHow a Museum Works(Royal BC Museum)|
|Canada’s RCMP Musical Ride (Sono Nis Press)|
|Fallout Tara, burdened wondering if she could have prevented her sister’s death in a car accident, finds creative expression in slam poetry.
|Venom Much to his mother’s chagrin, sixteen-year-old Spencer cares for horses at a racetrack though his father was killed by one.
(Orca Sports, 2009)
|Estorian Chronicles A fantasy series about a tribe of nomadic storytellers|
|Vol. 2: The Battle for Carnillo (Sono Nis Press, 2003) Nominee, BC Chocolate Lily Award, 2003-2004|
|Vol. 1: The Cave of Departure (Sono Nis Press, 2001) Nominee, BC Chocolate Lily Award, 2002-2003
Nominee, Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award
|Pony Express series Historical fiction about the Pony Express for younger readers.|
|Vol. 2: Jo’s Journey (Orca, 2006)|
|Vol. 1: Jo’s Triumph at Ruby Lake (Orca, 2002) Nominee, Ontario Silver Birch Award, 2002-2003
Nominee, Willa Award, Women Writing the West, 2002-2003
Nominee, Spur Award, Western Writers of America, 2002
|StableMates series For the middle-grade horse lover|
|Vol. 7: Keeping Secrets at Dark Creek (Sono Nis Press, 2002)|
|Vol. 6: Return to Skoki Lake (Sono Nis Press, 1999) The Year’s Best 2000 List, Resource Links|
|Vol. 5: Raven’s Revenge (Sono Nis Press, 1999)|
|Vol. 4: Sienna’s Rescue (Sono Nis Press, 1998)|
|Vol. 3: Jessa Be Nimble, Rebel Be Quick (Sono Nis Press, 1998)|
|Vol. 2: Team Trouble at Dark Creek (Sono Nis Press, 1997)|
|Vol. 1: Rebel of Dark Creek (Sono Nis Press, 1997)|
|Tarragon Island series Features a young writer living on a fictitious Gulf Island|
|Vol. 3: Trouble on Tarragon Island (Sono Nis Press 1999, 2005) Nominee, Chocolate Lily Award, 2007
Nominee, Diamond Willow, 2007
Nominee, Red Cedar Award, 2007
|Vol. 2: No Cafes in Narnia (Sono Nis Press 2000) Nominee, BC Chocolate Lily Award, 2002-2003
Honour Book, Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature Award, 2001
Nominee, Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, 2001
The Year’s Best 2000 List, Resource Links
|Vol. 1: Tarragon Island Nominee, Sheila Egoff Children’s Prize
BC Book Award, 2000
|Grandparent’s Dayillustrated by Benoît Laverdière(Anick Press, 2004) The Year’s Best List, Resource Links
Honour Book, World Storytelling Award
Nominee, Chocolate Lily Award
|Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World Orca 2013||Double Take Karen Brain’s Olympic Journey
(Sono Nis Press, 2007) Resource Links Year’s Best 2008
|Family Museum Guide/Text (Royal BC Museum, 2006)||The American Life (Tahaus Publishing, Tokyo, 1990)
(Sono Nis Press, 1999)
|The Canadian Writer’s Guide (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002)
Contribution: Writing Series Fiction for Young Readers
|The New Orphic Review (Fall, 1999)
Contribution: Pink Delight
|America Today (Mini-World Books, 1996)
Contribution: Article on the formation of Nunavut
|Behind the Scenes series|
|Racehorse An examination of horse racing from a history of the breeds developed for the sport, through training and caring for horses at the track, to the day of the race and beyond.
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008)”Lots of potential to inspire critical thinking among young scientists and animal lovers.”
– The Toronto Star”Tate, an experienced horsewoman and novelist, has written a fine introduction to the racehorse, the sport of horse racing, and the many people involved in the sport. . . Almost every page includes one or more colour photographs that aptly illustrate the text.
– CM Magazine
“A very thorough and very readable investigation of racehorses and horse racing.”
“An attractive and informative book. . . Young people intrigued by horse racing, and especially those who have visited a racetrack, will find this a detailed, colorful account of what goes on behind the scenes.”
Columns and Articles
|Selected periodicals in which Nikki Tate’s articles have appeared: Discovery Magazine, Canadian Book Review Annual, Cross Section Magazine (Tokyo), Vancouver Sun, Kite Tales (Los Angeles), Off the Wall, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, B.C. Woman to Woman Magazine.|
|M Award Favourite Children’s Author, 2007, 2002|
|Monday Magazine Awards Favourite Kids’ Author, 2002|
Cora Taylor is one of Canada’s best-known children’s authors, having published more than a dozen juvenile novels.
Cora Taylor’s books for children have won many awards, including the Canada Council Children’s Literature Prize, the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award, the Ruth Schwartz Book Award and Alberta’s R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she divides her time between Edmonton, Ontario and Florida.
|On Wings of Evil sequel to On Wings of a Dragon (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2005)|
|The Deadly Dance (Coteau Books, 2003)|
Jean Teillet specializes in aboriginal rights litigation and negotiations. She maintains an active role as a public speaker and primarily speaks on aboriginal rights, access to justice, identity and equality issues. She is published in many journals and law books and is the author of the annually updated Métis Law in Canada. In addition to her aboriginal rights work, Ms. Teillet works in the field of reproductive rights. She is an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Teillet worked for twenty years as a writer, dancer, actor, choreographer, director and producer. Jean has also been a visual artist for over thirty years. Her work is in private collections in the United States and Canada. Ms. Teillet is the great grand-niece of Louis Riel.
Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit is the founder of yoyomama.ca and the author of Healthy Mum, Happy Baby (Random House). She wrote the Kid’s Stuff section in the most recent edition of the Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler Colourguide and contributes to the Vancouver Sun, CBC-BC Radio, CTV and more. Annemarie is a sought-after expert on marketing to families and mums and she is considered one of Canada’s leading digital mums.
Annemarie was one of the first Canadian mums to be invited to the annual Disney Social Media Moms conference and among the first media admitted behind the scenes at Club Penguin headquarters.As the go-to mum in Vancouver, she has been quoted in numerous articles in the Globe and Mail, interviewed by NBC, and Today’s Parent as well as featured in the Province and Georgia Straight.
Annemarie is currently at work on a non-fiction book about motherhood.
Sara Tilley’s work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique. Trained through the BFA Acting Program at York University, Sara founded an independent feminist theatre company, She Said Yes!, in 2002, which produced many of the eleven plays she’s written, co-written or co-created in the past fifteen years. She has published two novels: Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), and DUKE, (Pedlar Press, 2015), recently chosen as the winner of the 2015 BMO Winterset Award and shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction. Skin Room is being translated into French with Quebec publisher Marchand des feuilles. Sara’s wide spectrum of work includes time spent as an actor, a writer, a designer of puppets, masks, props, and sometimes sets and costumes, a director, a puppeteer, a dramaturg and a clown teacher/performer. She is fascinated by the ways in which all of these creative practices overlap and feed each other, and has never, ever been bored.
More information can be found at saratilley.ca.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900’s. In 1993, Tingle retraced the Trail of Tears to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. He received his Masters Degree in
English Literature at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on American Indian studies.
His first children’s book, Crossing Bok Chitto, garnered over twenty state and national awards, and was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Tingle was a featured author and speaker at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., based on critical acclaim for How I Became a Ghost, which won the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award. In February of 2016, his novel House Of Purple Cedar won the American Indian Youth Literature Award.
PAULA TODD is an investigative author, digital media professor, lawyer and the bestselling author of A Quiet Courage and Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down An Elusive Child Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three. Her latest book is EXTREME MEAN: Trolls, Bullies, Predators Online, Signal, McClelland & Stewart (Canada/US). For more than two decades, she’s written for Canada’s top newspapers and magazines, hosted award-winning television programs on the country’s major networks, and now also teaches journalism in Toronto. Todd sits on the Board of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and chairs its digital issues committee.
Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online (Signal, 2014)
Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction, 2015
Shortlisted, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, 2014
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Zazie Todd writes about the science of people’s relationships with their pets on her blog, Companion Animal Psychology. Select posts are re-published by Pacific Standard, while others have been translated into Italian and Chinese. Companion Animal Psychology has been mentioned by The Daily Mail, io9.com, Scientific American blogs, the Smithsonian magazine, Victoria Stilwell’s positively.com, the APDT (UK), New Shelton, The New Inquiry, the Pet Professional Guild, and the popular Japanese pet website Dogactually.net. Zazie is a member of the Academy for Dog Trainers, and volunteers with the dogs, cats, and small animals at the BC SPCA. Zazie has a PhD in Psychology (University of Nottingham) and an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC). She previously worked as an academic at the Universities of Leicester and Leeds, where she specialized in research methods, metaphor research, and communication. In addition to her scientific publications, her writing has appeared in Pacific Standard and The Times Higher Education Supplement. Originally from Leeds, UK, she lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her common-law husband, two dogs, and two cats. More at: www.companionanimalpsychology.com
Teresa Toten has a BA and MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and has held a number of federal government positions, including at the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security and on the Royal Commission on Conditions of Foreign Service. She was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but left for Canada on that same day. Teresa Toten was raised and currently lives in Toronto, but has also lived in Delhi, Ontario, Montréal, Ottawa and New York.
Among her many accolades, Teresa Toten was awarded the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for her novel The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.
Author photo Matthew Wiley
|The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (Doubleday, 2013)
Governor General Literary Award, 2013, children’s text, English“The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of life, loss, love, brokenness, and the purest form of bravery: giving in and asking for help.”
– Quill & Quire, (starred review)“This deft, thoughtful and hilariously funny novel will remain in the mind for a long, long time.”
– CM Magazine
|The Taming (Doubleday, 2012 with Eric Walters)
“Walters and Toten offer an unflinching look at the dark side of young love that is both believable and—importantly—entertaining.”
—Quill & Quire (starred review)”Emotional manipulation, fights, making up, sex, abuse—it’s all here in one fast read. This collaborative work is bound to catch the attention of teens and fans of books that look beyond the fluff and sparkle of so many teen romances.”
|The Game (Red Deer Press, 2001)Shortlist, 2001 Governor General’s Award
2003 Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association
2002 Children’s Book of the Year, Alberta Book Publisher’s Association
White Raven Citation, International Youth Library
Nominated for the 2002 Canadian Libary Association
Young Adult Book of the Year
VOYA Best List 2002
Book of the Year Award, Bronze, ForeWord Magazine
2002 White Pine Award Finalist
Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice Award
|The Onlyhouse (1995 Red Deer College Press) Finalist, Ruth Schwartz Award, 1996
Finalist, IODE Violet Downey Award, 1996
Canadian Library Association Honour Book, 1996
Quill & Quire Pick – One of the Four Favourite Works of Children’s Fiction for 1996
Nominated for the Red Cedar Award, 1997
Nominated for the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award 1998
Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice Award
|Me and the Blondes Series|
|Better than Blondesequel to Me and the Blondes(Penguin Canada, April 2007)The Blondes were as dazzled by Sophie as she was by them, and Sophie enters grade 10 smack in the centre of the power grid. And, after seven years her father is finally out of prison. He’s supposed to be dead – No more lies? No more secrets?|
|Me and the Blondesyoung adult novel(Penguin Canada, 2006)Visit Penguin Canada’s microsite: www.betterthanblonde.com Sophie Kandinsky wants to gain admission to the pack – she has the strategy: Find the Blondes, the in-crowd, and stick to them like glue and to her surprise the plan works better than she thought it would.
“Although Me and the Blondes is set in Toronto, Sophie’s year could take place in any large city high school. Readers of all backgrounds, especially girls, will slip comfortably into Sophie’s world and leave only reluctantly.”
|Bright Red Kissesillustrated by Deirdre Betteridge(Annick Press, 2005)|
|Piece by Piece: Stories about Fitting into Canada Features stories by some of Canada’s finest authors who were born in another country and who went through the experience of trying to “fit in.
(Penguin Canada, 2010)edited by Teresa Toten Nominee, Information Book Award 2011,
Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada
Nominee, CYBIL Non-fiction(MG/YA) 2010
|Family Secretsedited by Martha Jocelyncontribution: short story Father’s Day (Tundra, 2005)|
|Girls Own: An Anthology of Fiction for Young Readersedited by Sarah Elliscontribution
Columns and Articles
|Quill & Quire Magazine
Reviewer of children’s books since 1996Commentary: The Globe & Mail, Review Press Reporter,
Canadian Children’s Book News
Agent: Marie Campell
Don Trembath is a prolific author of novels for teens and pre-teens, including The Tuesday Cafe, Rooster, and Hypnotized.
A sessional writing instructor at MacEwan College in Edmonton, Trembath also volunteers with the University of Alberta’s Artists on the Wards Program.
He lives in Morinville, Alberta with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.
|Hypnotized (Orca, 2007)|
|Emville Confidential (Orca, 2007)|
|Rooster (Orca, 2005)|
|Lefty Carmichael Has a Fit (Orca, 2000)|
|Black Belt Series|
|The Big Show Black Belt Series, Book 4(Orca 2003)|
|The Bachelors Black Belt Series, Book 3(Orca, 2002)|
|One Missing Finger Black Belt Series, Book 2(Orca, 2001)|
|Frog Face and the Three Boys Black Belt Series, Book 1(Orca, 2001)|
|Harper Winslow Series|
|The Popsicle Journal Harper Winslow Series, Book 4(Orca, 2002)|
|A Beautiful Place on Yonge Street Harper Winslow Series, Book 3(Orca, 1999)|
|A Fly Named Alfred Harper Winslow Series, Book 2(Orca, 1997)|
|The Tuesday Cafe Harper Winslow Series, Book 1(Orca, 1996)|
Agent: Marie Campell
Kathleen Trotter has been a personal trainer and pilates equipment specialist for over twelve years. She contributes weekly to the Globe & Mail, and is the featured personal trainer in their online “Fitness Basic” series; she blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Healthy Directions magazine; and she has contributed articles to Canadian Running, Today’s Parent and Chatelaine. Trotter recently completed her Masters in exercise science at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her holistic nutritionist registration from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and working on her first book: Health for everyBODY! Nine tips to get you off the sofa and out the front door.
Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of many award winning children’s picture books. Her Métis roots reach back to Fort Detroit in the mid 18th century. After a teaching career of 30 years, Maxine now lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Newfoundland.
Author photo by Bill Doig
(Groundwood Books, 2011) Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
|Blood Upon Our Land Dear Canada
The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, 1885
(Scholastic Canada, 2009)
|Three Songs for Courage (Tundra, 2006)|
Learn more at: http://www.maxinetrottier.com
Samantha Turnbull is the creator of the popular vegan blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken where she shares her recipes, quirky thoughts, made up words, and super fun tidbits.
Coming from a family of chefs, foodies, butchers, and hunters, she never, ever thought she would become vegan, but after learning about animal cruelty, the environment, and the health impacts, she felt she had no other choice. The big surprise? She absolutely loved it! Excited about her new vegan lifestyle, she became determined to prove to her family and to the world that vegan food isn’t as weird as it sounds, it’s just food! Sam began attacking her kitchen and soon found that with limitation came inspiration. Not only were her recipes totally scrumptious, they were satisfying, hearty, full of flavour, and just as easy to make as any other meal. Through sharing her recipes and stories on itdoesnttastelikechicken.com she has connected with vegans and people who are just interested in eating more veggies from all over the world. Using her blog as inspiration she is at work on her first cook book, IT DOESN’T TASTE LIKE CHICKEN, FUSS FREE VEGAN FAVORITES focusing on everyday vegan comfort food made easy with step by step photographs, fun stories, and tasty recipes for everyone to enjoy, vegan or not.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Emily Urquhart is a writer and folklorist. She has a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and undergraduate degrees in journalism and art history. Her writing has appeared in AZURE, CBC.ca, FLARE and The Walrus and in the anthologies Stories from the Ice Storm, The First Man in my Life, and Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange. In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award for an article published in The Walrus about folklore and human differences, inspired by her daughter who has albinism. It has since been expanded into a book which is part memoir, part travelogue and part cultural critique. Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes will be published in March 2015 by HarperCollins. Emily lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and daughter.
Author photo by Andrew Trant
|Beyond the Pale Part Ian Brown’s Boy in the Moon, Beyond the Pale will appeal to the broad readership of Kelle Hampton’s Bloom and Andrew Solamon’s Far From The Tree.
(Harper Collins Canada, 2015)
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Toronto journalist Karen van Kampen is the former managing editor of National Post Business magazine. In 2003, she was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Her writing has appeared in many Canadian publications including The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Flare magazine and Reader’s Digest. Her poetry and prose has appeared in many literary journals, including Crash, the Free Verse Anthology, the Carleton Arts Review and Hostbox.
She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (English) from the University of Guelph, a graduate journalism degree from Ryerson University, and a diploma from the Humber School for Writers. During her script writing and fiction studies at the University of Edinburgh, she wrote a play that was shortlisted for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and featured in FebFest, for which she returned to Scotland to cast and direct.
|The Big Sleep Our Illusive World of Dreams
To what extent do we control our dreams, and do our dreams control us?
|The Golden Cell Gene Therapy, Stem Cells, and the Quest for the Quest for the Next Medical Breakthrough
“Van Kampen has produced a book that is not only an excellent primer on the fascinating science behind such topics but is also a compelling study of the personalities and debates that have made them such a political hot potatoes”
Clare Vanderpool (B.S. in Elementary Education, B.A. in English) has been a reader since she was five and a writer since she was six. Ever since her first grade story was selected for publication in her school newspaper she had the writing bug.
In her summer writing camp for kids, Clare teaches her students that good writing comes from good reading and a lot of observation. Historical fiction is a favorite of Clare’s, both to read and to write – stories rooted in a strong sense of place and time. Her first novel, Moon Over Manifest, is set in the small town of Manifest, Kansas, based on the real town of Frontenac, located in southeast Kansas where her maternal grandparents were both from. Clare now lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and four children.
|Navigating Early (Delacorte, 2013)
The post-war adventure of two boys on the Appalachian trail, and how pirates, buried secrets, and extroardinary encounters lead them to some unexpected insights into themselves and those they love.
2014 Honor Book, Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, American Library Association
2014, Juvenile Literary Award, Friends of American Writers
2014, Best YA Fiction, YALSA
2014, Notable Books for Children, ALSC
“The hallmark of ‘Navigating Early’ is abundant adventure…The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson’s delightful summer camp movie, ‘Moonrise Kingdom.'”
“An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism.”
Abilene Tucker feels abandoned when her father sends her off on a train to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job.
2011 John Newbery Medal, the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, American Library Association.
2011, Best Juvenile Fiction, the Western Writers of America
2011, Notable Books for Children, American Library Association
*”Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.”
“The best book I’ve read in ages. I’ll long remember Abilene and the people she loved… An amazing book! I laughed and cried and ached for Abilene.”
Agent: Andrea Cascardi
Learn more at: http://www.clarevanderpool.com/
Leslie Vryenhoek writes fiction, poetry, memoir and promotional copy. She is the author of Scrabble Lessons (fiction), Gulf (poetry). Her new novel, Ledger of the Open Hand, was nominated for the 2015 BMO Winterset Award. Her work has been published and broadcast across Canada and internationally. A Manitoban now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, she is also the founding director of the Piper’s Frith writing retreat. Leslie’s diverse communications career has focused on local and international development, advanced education and disaster response.
For more about Leslie, visit her website: www.leslievryenhoek.com
| Ledger of the Open Hand (Breakwater Books, 2015) is a novel about debt and relationships, about just who owes whom, and how we can learn to be generous. Told through the eyes of a young woman trying to own her life, Ledger looks at the folly of trying to live a cautious life—or to balance the books in love.
“A sad, funny tale of friendship and families, of debts owed and lives restored. Ledger of the Open Hand crackles with the clarity and purity of voice… A wonderful, wonderful read. “ ~Will Ferguson
| Gulf (Oolichan Books, 2011) explores notions of home and belonging in a transient culture. The collection was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award.
“Like one of the questing figures in it, it straddles the continent, articulating the gaps and disjunctions that create gulfs…. A beautiful debut.” – Mary Dalton”
| Scrabble Lessons (Oolichan Books, 2009) is a debut collection of fiction that delves into the longing that gnaws at our most ordinary days. Dave Williamson, writing in the Winnipeg Free Press, called the author “a new literary voice that’s helping to revitalize the Canadian short story.”“I stopped breathing. shocked, without a trace of cheap thrill. Then I felt only gratitude for the creative leap.” – Jim Bartley, Globe and Mail
“… deeply affecting and gorgeously written… This is a perfect collection of short stories.” – Chad Pelley, Salty Ink
| All She Swallowed EarLit Shorts 4
(Rattling Books, 2009)
| Cycle EarLit Shorts 4
(Rattling Books, 2009)
Learn more at: http://www.leslievryenhoek.com
Eric Walters, a former elementary-school teacher, began writing as a way to encourage his students to be come more enthusiastic about literature. His many works include Camp X, Royal Ransom, and Run. His novels have won numerous awards including UNESCO’s international award for Literature in the Service of Tolerance. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Author of more than 50 award-winning novels, Eric was born in Toronto in 1957. In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer, he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between young people – the conflicts, tensions, stresses and interests that make up their lives.
For more information about Eric Walters and his writing, please visit his website: http://www.ericwalters.net/.
The Taming The highschool performance of The Taming of the Shrew becomes the backdrop for the dark, entangled relationship of Kate and Evan. An intense novel, skillfully told by Eric Walters and Teresa Toten.
(Random House Canada, 2012)
Learn more at: http://www.ericwalters.net
Russell Wangersky’s Burning Down the House, was the winner of the 2009 BC National Non-Fiction Prize, the Rogers Cable Non-fiction Prize (NL) and the Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction. It was also chosen as a Top 100 Books of 2008 by The Globe & Mail, and was shortlisted for the 2008 Writers Trust Award. Wangersky’s first short story collection, The Hour of Bad Decisions, was longlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His second collection, Whirl Away, won the 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the BMO Winterset Prize. He is also the author of one novel, The Glass Harmonica, and a profile of the political career of former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. His newest novel, Walt, was released in the fall of 2014 and won the CBC Bookie Award.
Wangersky lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he is TransContinental Media’s Atlantic regional columnist. For this work he has won the 2011 National Newspaper Award (NNA) for editorial writing.
Russell Wangersky was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, where his father was a professor of oceanography at Dalhousie University and his mother, a marine biologist. He attended Acadia University, choosing philosophy over the family tradition of science, and edited the university’s literary magazine, Alpha. He also signed up, during those university years, to be a volunteer firefighter in Wolfville, NS, the inspiration for his award-winning memoir.
He has since worked as a researcher in the Queen’s Park bureau of Southam News, spent five years as a reporter at the Sunday Express and five years at CBC Television. In 2002, Russell became The Telegram’s editor. He lives in St. John’s with is family, and divides his days between the newspaper and his other writing.
The Path of Most Resistance (stories) (House of Anansi, 2016)
A dark new psychological thriller. (Canada: House of Anansi (2014); French: Place des Editeurs; German: Droemer. Winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Best Thriller.
|The Glass Harmonica
After Keith O’Reilly witnesses the murder of his neighbour by a pizza delivery man one night during a snowstorm, a unique series of stories begins to unfold.(Thomas Allen, 2010) 2010 BMO Winterset Award
|Whirl Away You turn towards what you know, sometimes without ever realizing that your greatest comfort can also be your greatest flaw. A collection of brilliant stories.
(originally Thomas Allen Publishers, 2012, now owned by Dundurn)
Winner, 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
Shortlist, 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Shortlist, BMO Winterset Prize
Top 100 Book, Globe & Mail 2012″Whirl Away is a persuasive, artful collection and Wangersky portrays all manner of characters with vividness and delicacy. There’s a lyricism in the language that elevates many of these tales to an almost allegorical level, allowing room to move around inside them. The gothic of Flannery O’Connor comes to mind but without that brutal struggle for grace – with Wangersky, grace naturally extends from a thoughtfulness about what has happened. In this way grace attends with a reconsideration of the past, perhaps by even seeing the past in a new way.”
– National Post”Like Cheever or Munro, Russell Wangersky delves stealthily into disquieting corners of the domestic sphere, his stories dissecting lives when they are fracturing, lives at stress points. With sympathy for both males and females, Whirl Away explores romance, disillusionment, money worries, infidelity, layoffs and tipping points, quiet conflicts like butter simmering on a stove and about to angrily turn colour and burn.”
– The Globe and Mail
“What stands out, as always with a Wangersky book, is his dazzling diction. He is, quite simply, one of the finest sentence-level writers in CanLit.”
“Whirl Away is a marvelous collection of stories. Each story stands starkly and wonderfully alone. Some of them carry a very quick thump; others have the scope, the extra pages that allow a glimpse at longer lives. Regrets, mistakes, accidents – the stories are full of them and their consequences. They are full of people trying to cope, trying to change, trying to live. They are stories of lives close to breaking, written with great confidence and skill.” – 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury
|The Hour of Bad Decisions (Coteau Books, 2006) Top 100 books, The Globe and Mail Top 100 books, The Toronto Star Shortlist, Commonweath Writers Prize Shortlist, Danuta Gleed Literary Award, 2007 Writers Union of Canada Shortlist, Excellence in Writing, Winterset Award Shortlist, Book of the Year Short Stories, ForeWord Magazine Nominated, 2007 ReLit Award Shortlist, Saskatchewan Book Awards Nominated, Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist.|
|Danny Williams A profile of the political career of former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams.
(Breakwater Books, 2011)
|Burning Down the House Fighting Fires and Losing Myself
(Thomas Allen Publishers, 2008)2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, Rogers Non-fiction Prize, British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2009, Shortlist, Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, 2008
|For Burning Down the House “Burning Down the House is such a raw book. In this haunting meditation on fate and chance, he literally takes you there.”
-The Globe and Mail”This is not the tabloid heroism of the breathless headlines. Wangersky handles these scenes with a terse candour, balancing an in-the-moment experiential quality with a keen eye for detail. Wangersky documents his steady spiral into post-traumatic stress disorder with a frankness that is at once brutal and emotionally devastating. The sad irony for Wangersky and his colleagues in the firehall is that such sacrifices make the heroism that much more significant.”
|For The Hour of Bad Decisions “It’s as if the wickedly observant Alice Munro and the bawdy Al Purdy had produced a love child, by way of a gritty newsroom…”
– Toronto Star
Learn more at: http://www.russellwangersky.com
Jeff Warren studied literature at McGill University and then went on a reckless multidisciplinary reading-frenzy. He loves cities and has lived and worked in Paris, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco, and London. In San Francisco he built a greenhouse for the park service, and wrote movie reviews. In London he worked as an editor for Dorling Kindersley and spent most of his free time building an online “impressionist encyclopedia of cities” called urbantherapy. In Toronto he wrote a guidebook to Algonquin Park and published articles in the Globe and Mail and the National Post on a variety of subjects including technology, travel and culture. In Paris he worked for CBC Radio, which ended up leading to a position as producer in Toronto on The Current, where his beats are trends and ideas, arts, science and cities, followed by a gig writing and producing two hour-long documentaries on sleep and dreaming for CBC Radio’s Ideas. He is currently at work on his next book of nonfiction. He is a founding member of The Consciousness Explorer’s Club, and lectures internationally on the subject.
|Into the Mystic (World Rights Available Ex: Canada English, Random House Canada, 2017)|
|The Head Trip The ultimate travel adventure – exploring the six extraordinary inches between your two ears.
(Canada, US, UK, Korea, Italy)World Rights Available Ex:
Canada: Random House Canada, 2007
US: Random House, 2007
UK (ex AZ): Oneworld Publishing, 2007
Korea: Booksom Publishing Co., 2008
Italy: ApogeoMore information can be found about The Head Trip on the author’s website: www.headtrip.ca “Combines the rigorous self-experimentation of Steven Johnson’s Mind Wide Open with the wacky self-experimentation of A.J. Jacob’s The-Know-It-All in this entertaining field guide to the varying levels of mental awareness… More important than the theories, though, may be the basic tools—and the visionary spirit—that Warren hands off to those interested in hacking their own minds.”
|Praise for the US edition”I love your book!”
–Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia “In The Head Trip, Warren plunges into mundane and exotic states of mind with the verve of an intrepid travel writer. With prose full of humor and nuance – no small feat for a topic as vague and subjective as consciousness – [his] enthusiasm [is] absolutely infectious. “The Head Trip” almost reads like an Oliver Sacks essay turned inside out; instead of rare neurological cases, we get the standard-issue noggin, which turns out to be every bit as exotic.”
–Trey Popp, front page of San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
|SynopsisA world at once familiar and unimaginably strange exists all around us, and within us – it is the vast realm of consciousness. In The Head Trip, science journalist Jeff Warren explores twelve distinct, natural states of consciousness available to us in a twenty-four-hour day, each state offering its own kind of knowledge and insight – its own adventure.|
Learn more at: http://www.jeffwarren.org
Wendy Warren writes books that remind her of the movies she grew up watching with her mother—stories about average people looking for the love that will make their lives extra-ordinary. Her books have appeared on national bestseller lists and garnered numerous awards, including two RITAs from Romance Writers of America. She lives with her family in a house that used to be owned by a woman named Cinderella, who bequeathed them a 1950’s pink GE oven that makes the kitchen look like an I Love Lucy re-run. Wendy requires two Rose Chai lattes (at least) and several belly laughs a day.
Margaret Webb is an avid long-distance runner, a volunteer running coach for underprivileged kids and award-winning author and screenwriter. Her first nonfiction book, Apples to Oysters: A Food Lover’s Tour of Canadian Farms, was published by Penguin Canada (2008) to critical acclaim, winning a national culinary award. She won a Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship and her most recent screenplay, Margarita, earned audience favorite awards in Paris and Toronto film festivals. Her articles have been published in leading magazines and newspapers in Canada and, prior to embarking on a freelance career, she held senior editorial posts at several national and city magazines. She lives in Toronto and teaches magazine writing part time at Ryerson University.
|Older, Faster, Stronger One runner’s quest to find out what the new (older) generation of super women runners can teach us about living younger older and achieving running greatness after 50.
(Rodale Books, North America 2014)
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Georgia Webber is the Comics Editor for carte blanche, a Coordinator for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and a freelance comics artist and educator. Her personal project, evolving into a full length graphic novel memoir, DUMB, explores the subject of voice through multiple disciplines, including performance, listening events, sound art, and her Doug Wright nominated comics series chronicling her severe vocal injury and ongoing (mostly silent) recovery. She wants you to consider your voice. See how at georgiasdumbproject.com.
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Ian Weir is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His debut novel Daniel O’Thunder, published in 2009, was a finalist for four awards: the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book Award, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Canadian Authors Association’s Award for Fiction. Among his extensive television credits, he was the writer and executive producer of the acclaimed crime thriller Dragon Boys, a CBC miniseries that first aired in 2007. His stage plays have been produced across Canada and in the U.S. and U.K., and he is the author of ten radio dramas. He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Jessie and the Writers Guild of Canada Canadian Screenwriting Award.
|Will Starling (World Rights Available Ex: Canada English & French, Goose Lane Editions, Fall 2014; US, Steerforth Press
Film Rights Available)
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: http://www.ianweir.net
Thomas Wharton earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. He has been writer-in-residence at the Grant MacEwan Community College and at the University of Alberta, where he has also taught English. He has been a guest speaker at conferences in Canada, U.S., Europe and China. His family makes its home in Edmonton. Find out more at thomaswharton.ca
Author photo by Michael Burrows
|The Perilous Realm High fantasy on a grand scale about a teen lost in the land of Story.|
|The Tree of Story (Doubleday, 2013)World Rights Available Ex: Canada (English): Doubleday, 2010; UK, US and Australia: Walker, 2010|
|The Fathomless Fire World Rights Available Ex: Canada (English): Doubleday, World (English): Walker UK|
|The Shadow of MalabronWorld Rights Available Ex:
English Canada: Doubleday, 2008
Italy: Piemme, 2009
UK and Australia: Walker, 2008
US: Candlewick, 2009
Learn more at: http://storylands.blogspot.com/
Zoe Whittall’s most recent novel Holding Still for As Long as Possible (House of Anansi, 09/10) won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award, was short-listed for the ReLit Award and is being made into a film. Her critically-acclaimed first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, (Cormorant Books, 07) was named one of the top ten essential Canadian novels of the decade by CBC’s Canada Reads, a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year, was translated into French and optioned for film. Xtra! Magazine and Now Magazine named her best local author in 2010. The National Post called Whittall “a writer of immense vitality and courage” in a review of her latest work. She has published three books of poetry, The Best Ten Minute of Your Life (McGilligan, 01), The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare, 06), and Precordial Thump (Exile, 08) and won numerous grants and awards. She has toured internationally and appeared on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, Here & Now, and Day 6, MTV, MuchMusic, Bravo and TVO. The Globe and Mail called her “the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler…”. She was born in South Durham, Quebec, resided in Montreal during the early 1990s and has lived in Toronto since 1997. Her most recent book of poems, Precordial Thump, launched in Fall 2008 with Exile Editions. Originally from South Durham, Quebec, she now lives in Toronto where she works as a freelance journalist.
More about Zoe Whittall at her website: zoewhittall.blogspot.com
Author photo by Kelly Clipperton
Holding Still for As Long as Possible (House of Anansi)
Critics called her debut novel “Coupland-esque,” and she was described by her peers as a mix of Oscar Wilde and Johnny Rotten. Acclaimed by The Globe Book Review as the “cockiest…writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler,” now comes Whittall’s most exciting work of fiction yet. World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): House of Anansi, Fall 2009
Film rights: Federgreen Entertainment Inc. Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Book, American Library Awards, 2011 Lambda Literary Award, 2011
Best Book of the Year, Xtra!, 2009 Shortlist, 2009 Relit Fiction Award
The Middle Ground When everything goes wrong at once, Missy Turner begins to make some unusual choices.
(Raven Books, Rapid Reads, 2010) Nominee, 2011 Golden Oak, Ontario Library Association
Bottle Rocket Hearts Bottle Rocket Hearts is bursting with the neuroticisms of the mid-twenties heart. Leonard Cohen meets Trainspotting (and falls in love).
(Cormorant, Lead Fiction, Éditions Québec Amérique) Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade,
CBC Canada Reads Longlist, 2008 ReLit Award, Novel
Globe and Mail, Top 100 Books of 2007
Selected, Books of the Year, 2007, Quill & Quire World Rights Available Ex:
English in Canada: Cormorant Books, 2007
French in Canada: Éditions Québec Amérique
Books available Book trailer by Zoe on You Tube
|Baby Remember My Name Michelle Tea, editor (Caroll & Graff, 2007)|
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Karen Lynn Williams is the author of a dozen books for children. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa, where she worked at a school for the deaf and at a secondary school where she taught English. She has a degree in speech pathology and a masters degree in deaf education. Karen also lived and worked in Haiti with her family for three years. She currently teaches writing at the graduate level and is active in her community as a volunteer working with refugees. Karen conducts writing workshops and travels for school visits. She lives in Arizona with her husband, Steven; they have four children. Find out more on her website at karenlynnwilliams.com
Author photo by Martha Rial
|Beatrice’s Dream A Story of Kibera Slum (Frances Lincoln UK, 2011)photography by Wendy Stone|
|A Beach Tail
(Boyds Mills Press, 2010)illustrated by Floyd Cooper
|I am Sangoel
(Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2009)illustrated by Catherine Stock
|Four Feet, Two Sandals
(Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2007) with Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Doug Chayka Chosen,
Learn more at: http://www.karenlynnwilliams.com
Whether it’s writing her first fiction project, The Mary Janes, or working on the front lines for Greenpeace, Jessica Wilson is always "going green" on the job. From her early years as a crime and politics reporter for the Ottawa Citizen to her role in launching the cutting-edge youth daily Dose across the country, Jessica’s writing has taken her from Montreal crime scenes to Ottawa club scenes.
A Toronto native, Jessica graduated from j-school in Ottawa in 2005 before writing and editing her away around the world. In 2007, after five months in South East Asia, she settled in Vancouver, or "Vansterdam," and it wasn’t long before her journalistic inclination inched her deeper into the heart of the debate around the compassionate use of marijuana. The story led Jessica from the fringes of pot culture to its very core. Teaming up with former journalism colleague Raina Delisle, the dope duo delved into the pot-itics of the city they loved, and emerged with The Mary Janes. The work has been dubbed a threesome between the L-Word, Weeds and Sex and the City. A film/TV option is already under negotiation.
As much an environmentalist as she is a writer, Jessica continues to work in communications at Greenpeace, and is excited to join Raina in transitioning their work from the page to the screen. Jessica and Raina continue to work on the next books in The Mary Janes series.
Welwyn Wilton Katz is the award-winning author of many books for teenagers, including the critically acclaimed False Face, winner of the International Children’s Fiction Contest, and The Third Magic, winner of the Governor General’s Award. In 1994, she won the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her entire body of work for children and young adults. Welwyn’s plots interweave historical and mystical themes within the context of modern day to day life. Find out more on her website at: booksbywelwyn.ca
|Come Like Shadows (Coteau Books, 2000, Penguin-Viking, 1993)|
|Beowulf (Groundwood Books, 1999)|
Learn more at: http://www.booksbywelwyn.ca
Natasha Wing is best known for her Night Before series based on the popular story, The Night Before Christmas. The stories are about modern families celebrating holidays and other big events in kids’ lives such as the first day of school and losing a tooth. Her titles include The Night Before Easter, the original book in the series that was published in 1999, and The Night Before Kindergarten, which has sold more than 1.9 million copies and has regularly been on bestseller lists since its publication in 2001.
Wing’s multicultural book, Jalapeño Bagels, is a favorite among elementary school teachers and students. An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers is about a neighbor of hers when she was growing up in Connecticut. The artist of the “Homage to the Square” paintings studied color for 27 years and changed how teachers taught color. It was an ALA Notable, a Junior Library Guild selection, a California Reading Association’s Eureka! Honor Book Award, and 2012 Grand Canyon Reader nominee, and has been translated into Chinese.
How Jackie Saved Grand Central is about how former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis helped the fight to keep Grand Central Terminal from being torn down and won.
Natasha lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, Dan, and cat, Purrsia.
Kathleen Winter is the author of a novella and two books of non-fiction. Her first collection of short stories, boYs (Biblioasis, 2006) was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the 2006 Metcalfe-Rooke Award.
In 2011 she published her first full-length novel, Annabel, which has been sold in 15 countries and received major international recognition, including nominations for The Orange Prize (UK), The Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Award and the Writer’s Trust Prize. In 2014 she created an inspirational travel memoir, Boundless, which was nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize, the Hilary Westin Prize for Nonfiction and the Mavis Gallant Prize. In the same year she published her second collection of stories, The Freedom in American Songs, which was chosen as a Globe & Mail Top 100 Book of the year.
Winter’s work has appeared in literary journals from coast-to-coast. She lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.
Lost in September (Random House Canada, August 2017)
|Boundless A brilliant new narrative from the bestselling author of Annabel. Boundless is documents Winter’s physical and spiritual voyage from Toronto to Greenland then across Baffin Bay and into the Northwest Passage, following Franklin’s exact route. (Canada: House of Anansi, 2014; UK: Jonathan Cape, 2015; US: Counterpoint, 2015 Germany: btb; French (ex Canada): Christian Bourgois Editeur; French (Canada): Les éditions du Boreal)
Finalist – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, RBC Taylor Prize for Nonfiction, and Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction
Booklist –Best of the Year 2015, PW – Starred review, Kirkus – Starred review
|The Freedom in American Songs A new collection of short stories. World Rights Available Ex: English North America (Biblioasis, 2014)
Globe & Mail Top Book for 2014
|Annabel An evocative debut novel about a hermaphrodite child born in a remote Labradour outport community.
Finalist, Canada Reads 2014
World Rights Available Ex:Canada (English): House of Anansi; UK (incl. Aus/NZ): Jonathan Cape; US (English): Grove Atlantic; Brazil: Novo Fronteira; China (simplified rights): Beijing Green Beans Books Company; China (complex rights): Ten Points Publishing; France (ex. Quebec): Editions Christian Bourgois; Germany: btb (Random House); Hebrew: Matar Publishing House; Italy: Bompiani; Netherlands: The House of Books; Norway: Forlaget Oktober; Portugal: ASA Editores; Quebec: Editions Du Boreal; Romania: Polirom; Spain (including Basque edition): Erein Argitaletxea; Sweden: Kabusa; Audio, North America: Recorded Books.
“Kathleen Winter’s novel, Annabel, is absolutely riveting from the very first page. At its most basic, Annabel is the story of a hermaphrodite child raised in Labrador. It is about the struggle of genders within one child, and how that struggle makes the child another thing entirely, though effectively about any kind of suppression. Its language is breathtaking and her subject is thrilling because – hard to manage these days – it is so very new. I have friends I worry about handing this novel to, because of its subversive, but beautiful, power.”
“Annabel is a stunning and stirring debut that signals the long-overdue arrival of a literary talent.” – Halifax Chronicle Herald
FROM THE US:
“[An] utterly original debut novel…a haunting story of family, identity, and the universal yearning to belong.” – O, The Oprah Magazine
FROM THE UK:
“Annabel is a mature and beautifully-crafted debut, full of savagely clear-eyed observation and startling compassion.” – A.L. Kennedy, author of What Becomes
Jack Winter was born in Canada, educated in Montreal and Toronto and taught modern theatre and creative writing at several Canadian and British universities including York University (Toronto) and University of Bristol (UK). During the 1960s and the 1970s he was resident playwright and dramaturge at Toronto Workshop Productions as well as a freelance playwright/director. In 1976 he moved to England where he continues to teach and to write. The author of numerous stage plays, radio and television productions, and cinema films as well as critical articles, prose fiction, and non-fiction, and several books of poetry, his awards include the Ontario Arts Council Senior Writer’s Award, the Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship, the Canadian Film Award for the Best Documentary Film, an Academy Award nomination for the Best Short Subject, the C. Day-Lewis Fellowship of the Greater London Arts Association, and the Arts Council of Great Britain Creative Writing Fellowship (twice).
My TWP Plays: A Collection Including Ten Lost Years(Talonbooks, 2014)Reviews:
“It’s a great project and would be a major addition to knowledge.”
– Ric Knowles, professor of Theatre Studies, University of Guelph and editor of Canadian Theatre Review
“A long overdue missing piece in Canada’s theatrical history.”
– Stephen Johnson, Director, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto
“I think that the TWP book is really special: an anthology of original works from the early days of contemporary theatre making in Toronto, gathered together in the context of the originating theatre company, and lucidly contextualized by the playwright. I think this is a really excellent addition to our understanding of the birth of our modern Canadian theatre.”
– Peter McKinnon, Professor of Theatre, York University
The Tallis Bag (Oberon Press, 2012)
Agent: David Bennett
Before authoring more than a dozen young-adult novels featuring sports and adventure, Pam spent more than twenty years in the magazine and newspaper business, both in editorial and administration. She’s also a former whitewater kayak instructor and raft guide, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Find out more on her website at: pamwithers.com
Photograph by Cory Permack
Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life
(Viva Editions, 2013)
With Cynthia Gill
|First Descent (Tundra, 2011)|
Learn more at: http://www.takeittotheextreme.com
Shelley Wood worked for more than a decade as a medical journalist before trying her hand at fiction. Her short stories, creative nonfiction, travel writing, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Nashwaak Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Room, carte blanche, Bath Flash Fiction, and The Globe and Mail. She has won the Tethered by Letters F(r)iction contest, the Okanagan Short Story Contest, and the Cobalt Review‘s Frank McCourt prize for creative nonfiction. As a health reporter and editor, Wood has won several Canadian Online Publishing Awards, the U.S. Online News Award for Specialty Site journalism, and the National Institute of Health Care Management (U.S.) print journalism prize. She is also the host of the prize-winning Heart Sounds podcast. Shelley is currently working on her first novel.
Find her blog and work at Shelleywood.ca and on Twitter as @shelleywood2.
Liza has loved to make art for as long as she can remember. Her interest in children’s literature developed while working at The Horn Book Magazine during art school. The beautiful, funny and creative picture books that filled the offices of the book review magazine inspired her to focus her studies on children’s book illustration.
After receiving her BFA, she dove into children’s books and has since illustrated twenty-three of them. It had long been a goal of hers to write her own stories to illustrate. Her debut picture book, Emerson Barks, was published in 2016 by Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt.
Liza lives with her husband, two teenage children, and their various pets in an old farmhouse in Northern Vermont.
To learn more about her, visit her website: Lizawoodruff.com.
Visit Clea’s website: www.cleayoung.com
Agent: Samantha Haywood
Learn more at: www.cleayoung.com
Stephanie Farris Young grew up in a family that talked about food as if it were another family member. It was only natural for her to blend storytelling and cooking into fictional novels about life, love, and enjoying every bite. When she’s not inventing new recipes and characters to go with them, Stephanie is a digital writer and studio editorial director at Hallmark Cards Inc. On the side, she helps fight hunger at local food banks, goes to culinary school, runs a pie shop, and writes food blogs. She has a B.A. from Missouri State University. Learn more about Stephanie at her website, https://heartyeaters.com/.
For thirty years, Bruce Zick has been a visual development artist in the animation industry for Disney, Dreamworks, Blue Sky, Pixar, Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and others. He has also illustrated for Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics. More recently, he has written a published novel, The Anubis Tapestry, produced stories for Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, as well as written screenplays for Fox Feature Animation.
(Laika Entertainment, 2014) (as artist)
(Pixar, 2015) (as artist)
Books (as Illustrator)
|Lamentations of the Father
written by Ian Frazier
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2000)
|Flying Pigs on Patrol
(Fox Feature Animation)
|The Peculiar Adventures of Norman Van Nostrumm|
Comics (as Author and Artist)
|The Anubis Tapestry
(Dark Horse Comics)
(Dark Horse Comics)
(Dark Horse Comics)
|The Zone Continuum
(Dark Horse Comics)
Comics (as Artist)
|Thor: Pirates of Dark Water
(Dark Horse Comics)
Movies (as Artist)
(Blue Sky Studios, 2013)
|Tinkerbell: A Winter Story
(released as TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings)
(Illumination Entertainment, 2011)
(Vanguard Animation, 2005)
|The Road to El Dorado
(Fox Feature Animation, 2000)
|A Bug’s Life
|Prince of Egypt
|The Lion King
|Beauty and the Beast
|The Rescuers Down Under
(Francis Ford Coppola, unreleased)
Agent: Fiona Kenshole
An alumna of the Humber School for Writers, Ester has been mentored by David Adams Richards and her writing has been workshopped by Wayson Choy and David Besmozgis. She is writing a memoir that invites the reader to look close-up at a Jewish community known for its enigmatic mysticism, the world of Chabad Chassidim. Her story invokes the painful questions of life as she struggles through a four year battle with cancer in her mid-twenties. However the climax of the narrative – the completely unexpected death of her son from a simple childhood disease – places the cancer under the category of ordinary sorrows and tests her faith in ways she could never have imagined. David Adams Richards calls her book “wonderful” and “the kind of work a publisher should be honored to publish.” When she is not writing, Ester is a Judaic Studies teacher, a Rabbi’s wife, a mother and a grandmother. In her spare time, she writes and directs plays.
Originally from Ontario, Alice Zorn now resides in Montreal. She has published short fiction in a variety of magazines, and placed first in Prairie Fire’s 2006 and 2011 Fiction Contests. Her first collection of short stories, Ruins & Relics, was a finalist for the 2009 McAuslan Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Prize. Alice’s first novel, Arrhythmia, was released by NeWest Press in May 2011 to critical acclaim. She will publish a new Montreal-based novel, The Five Roses, with Dundurn in 2016. You can follow Alice on her blog at: http://alicezorn.blogspot.ca/
Alphabetically speaking, Julie Zwillich is last on every list. She’s resigned to flesh out the tail end of the children’s section in libraries everywhere.
A creator of kids’ television for many years, Julie’s written for, and starred in, productions such as Surprise! It’s Edible Incredible! (CBC), Little Big Kid and System Crash (YTV) and TVOKids, The Underground and STUFF (TVO). Her debut book, They Told Phoebe to Sound it Out, is slated to be published by OwlKids Books in early 2017. More Phoebe books are set to follow.
Aside from writing books, Julie works as a television host, spends lots of time at the karate dojo and swims laps while laughing at comedy on her waterproof radio. She lives with her husband and twins in Los Angeles.