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Abdou, Angie

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Abdullah, Silmy

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Silmy Abdullah was born in Bangladesh. When she was a toddler, she moved with her family to the Middle East. She immigrated to Canada in 1998 and since then, has considered Toronto her home.

Silmy is working on a collection of short stories that highlight the Bengali immigrant experience in Toronto, inspired by the lives of families she observed while growing up in Scarborough. One of the stories from the collection has been published in The New Quarterly, while another has received honourable mention in Glimmer Train Magazine‘s contest for new writers. She is an alumnus of Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues Program for emerging writers and has been mentored by author, Lawrence Hill. She is also a lawyer by profession and works closely with the South Asian Immigrant community in Toronto, which also helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of courage, love, and resilience.

Abel, Jordan

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC where he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Currently, Jordan is working on a book about intergenerational trauma called NISHGA that interweaves memoir, poetry, and photography together to address the complex and plural life experiences of intergenerational survivors of residential schools. He is also working on a novel, tentatively titled Empty Spaces, that repositions descriptions of land from The Last of the Mohicans and then writes over, through, and between those descriptions. Excerpts from that project have been published in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and The New Quarterly.

Acheson, Alison

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

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Photo credit: Rex Logan

Ahmed, Mariama

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Airton, Lee

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, Dr. Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life. In 2012, they founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q+A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Through They Is My Pronoun, Dr. Airton offers individualized support and advice to gender-neutral pronoun users and allies, including teachers, parents and co-workers. They are also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. In recognition of their pronoun advocacy, Dr. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. As a teacher educator for ten years, Dr. Airton has worked with hundreds of teacher candidates to widen the circle of belonging and participation for students of all genders and sexualities. Dr. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. With Dr. Susan Woolley, they are editing a forthcoming collection of lesson plans on gender diversity for K-12 teachers. Lee Airton is at work on their first book, a mixture of prescriptive nonfiction with personal experiences woven throughout, presently titled: “They’re Here: An Everyday Guide to Gender-Friendly Language and Practice”.

Aker, Don

Agent: Marie Campbell

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:




 ADDelusionRoad72CovDelusion Road (World Rights Available Ex: Canada (English): (HarperCollins Canada
Film Rights Available)
Running on Empty

A car of his own beckons, and Ethan Palmer sees a route to quick cash. But what will it cost him?
(HarperCollins Canada, 2012)

The Fifth RuleReef becomes the centre of controversy while he tries to rebuild his reputation and his relationship with Leeza, the only girl he has ever loved. (HarperCollins, 2011) OLA Best Bet, Young Adult Fiction, 2012 “Pacing is fast and suspenseful throughout. Reef and Leeza’s frustrated love story and Reef’s justifiable anger at the manipulative politician Decker are the emotional threads that propel readers through the plot. The climax involves Reef’s going to confront Decker while Leeza races to stop him, and Aker uses short chapters alternating between the characters to keep readers on the edges of their seats.
There is no need to have read The First Stone in order to enjoy The Fifth Rule – it stands alone perfectly well-, but anyone who has read the original book will definitely want to read this conclusion to Reef and Leeza’s story. This book will appeal to older readers looking for suspenseful realistic fiction. The Fifth Rule would make an excellent novel to study in the classroom, both for its composition and for its themes and issues.”
– Highly Recommended, Canadian Materials
The Space Between

With his incredible high-wire talent for balancing sensitive subjects with sardonic, teen-friendly humour, Aker delivers another brilliant must-read novel.
(HarperCollins Canada, Fall 2007) Highly Recommended, cm Magazine
Shortlist, 2008 White Pine Award,
Ontario Library Association “Relayed in first person narrative, Jace reveals himself to be a complex and richly layered character whose attempts to fill in the spaces in his notebook reward him with something more valuable than what he initially expected to find in Mexico- a sense of identity, and resolution.Immensely powerful, and ranging from comical to heartbreaking, the narration is intimate, detailed and profound, leaving readers with their own spaces to interpret and fill in from Jace’s observations. This novel is a journey, and one which will reward and keep readers thinking about it long after they’ve turned the last page.” Highly Recommended.
– Canadian Materials

One on One (HarperCollins Canada, Fall 2005)Nominee, 2008 Stellar Book Award
British Columbia Teen Readers’ Choice
Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 2007
Canadian Author’s Association
Nominee, 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award
Alberta Readers’ Choice
Nominee, 2007 Hackmatack Award
Nominee, 2007 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA)
The First Stone (HarperCollins Canada, 2003)

2004 White Pine Award,
Ontario Library Association
2004 Ann Connor Brimer Book Award,
Nova Scotia Library Association
“Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist,
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Discussed, 2006 Young Canada Reads Series
CBC Radio “Don Aker has created in [The First Stone] a gripping and unflinching story that envelops readers from the first page…. This astounding and honest book will linger with readers long after they leave its final pages.”
– Book News”…a page-turning story that also has sensitivity and genuine characters to whom the reader becomes attached. Reef, in particular, is introduced as a person no one can like; he’s belligerent, unrepentant, and destructive. As the tale unfolds, however, [the reader] follows the changes [he experiences] and sees that he is worthwhile, worth the effort. Chris Crutcher–move over.”
– Leslie Koster, Toronto Public Library

Stranger at Bayyoung adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1997)

Shortlisted, CNIB Torgi Award, 1999
Shortlisted, Red Maple Award, 1998
Ontario Library Association
Shortlisted, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1998
Nominee, The 1998 Blue Heron Award

Of Things Not Seen young adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1995)

Shortlisted, Manitoba Young Reader’s Award, 1998
Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 1996,
Canadian Authors Association
Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1995,
Best book written by an Atlantic Canadian author
Recommended for classroom study at the secondary level by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture
“Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist
Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Aker’s intensity of characterization provides a multifaceted glimpse of the pressures facing a male teen…. This YA novel has one of the best starts of any I have read. I find that reading the first page and a half … aloud to students elicits a most powerful reaction. As I read, their eyes grow larger and they lean forward, an indication of their involvement. Everyone wants to read this book.”
– The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, February 1996

Educational Text

Language & Writing series co-authored with Dave Hodgkinson Grades 7 through 11 



(Nelson Thomson Learning, 1998 -2001) Hitting the Mark Assessment Tools for Teachers(Pembroke Publishers, 1995)


The Right Whale (Scholastic Education Canada, 2007)
V-Day Anatomy of a Surgery First Prize, Non-fiction, 1990
Atlantic Writing Competition

Short Fiction

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

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Alaniz, Karen

Agent: Sandra Bishop

AlanizKbwKaren 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.

Alexander, Damian

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Damian Alexander is a writer and cartoonist, born and raised around Boston. He loves animated films, cartoons, comics, and is a 2018 graduate of the Simmons College MFA program in Writing for Children, as well as a 2017 John Locher Memorial Award winner and a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow. Damian’s comics have been shared widely online and his essays can be found on NarrativelyThe Washington PostTeen Vogue, and others. Damian’s first book, a middle grade graphic memoir, will be published by first second in 2020. You can find more about Damian at

Alexander-Tanner, Ryan

Agent: Fiona Kenshole


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,,,, 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

Allingham, Jeremy

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Jeremy Allingham is an award-winning journalist from Vancouver, B.C. He currently works for the CBC where some of his most recent and poignant work has included investigating fighting in junior hockey in a series called ‘Major Misconduct: Why We Let Kids Fight On Ice’. He has also delivered in-depth coverage on the opioid crisis, The Northern Gateway Pipeline, the craft beer industry, B.C. politics and pretty much anything music-related.

Jeremy’s writing has reached millions of readers on, and

He has appeared on CBC Radio shows World Report, The World at 6, As It Happens, Definitely Not the Opera, The Story From Here, along with a litany of national specials and local programs.

Jeremy is also a critically-acclaimed musician. He releases his 8th studio album, ‘Run Wild’ in April 2018.

Ames, Michele Coppola

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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.

Anderson, Mark

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Mark Anderson’s MacPhinney’s Last Run, is a début literary novel of raucous energy and originality. Set in the 1990’s Yukon, MacPhinney’s Last Run is a rollicking tale of Canada’s North, where trappers, fishers, loggers, seasonal hippies, delusional tourists, locals from the reserve, and of course, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, come together with their all-too-human stories of heartbreak, chicanery, revenge, and sheer lunacy.

Mark Anderson holds advanced degrees in Eastern and Western philosophy from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and completed his Ph.D. in English Literature at Memorial University in Newfoundland, specializing in postcolonial literature and theory. His essays, poetry, articles, and interviews have been published in various academic journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Edinburgh Review and the International Journal of Comic Art. Mark has worked as the Head of the English Department at the University of Malawi, and as a journalist, filing ground-breaking news stories on human rights in Malawi and Qatar. Mark also worked as a commercial salmon fisherman in the Yukon, where he lived for a year. Currently, he holds the title of Senior Policy Advisor to Member of Parliament, Wayne Long (Saint John-Rothesay). Mark is currently researching nineteenth-century African history and travel literature for his next novel, The Forgotten Republic, which is based on his experiences in Malawi. Mark lives in Rothesay, New Brunswick.

Anderson, Jessica Lee

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

AndersonJessicabwJessica 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.

Andrew, Suzanne Alyssa

Agent: Samantha Haywood
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is the author of Circle of Stones, a novel (Dundurn Press, March 2015). Originally from Vancouver Island, she now lives and writes in Toronto. Her work has appeared in various print publications including Taddle Creek, The Toronto Star, Broken Pencil, OCAD  University’s Sketch magazine, and in digital film and TV co-productions such as the award-winning interactive documentary The Defector. She also writes for story-based digital games and plays bass in an indie rock band. She studied at Carleton University where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts degree in English.
More information about Suzanne Alyssa Andrew can be found on her website:
Author photograph by Mike Lewis.

Anelli, Liz

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Writer/illustrator Liz Anelli has been making up stories since she was very small. She grew up in Essex, England where she went to Art School and met her future husband, Mario. Together they relocated to NSW, Australia in 2012. They have two children who live in England.

Liz loves drawing, delights in complex scenes and is well known for her large scale illustrated city maps and murals. She owns dozens of sketchbooks stuffed full of drawings, scraps of packaging, tickets, rubbings and patterns which she digitally collages into paint and print images.

Her illustrations for non-fiction, historical and fiction children’s books have been extensively recognised – In 2018 Ten Pound Pom won The EPA Educational Picture Book of the Year and was shortlisted for CBCA Picture Book for the Year. One Photo was shortlisted CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017. Desert Lake (whose research was enabled by an Australian Arts Council Award), won the Scholastic Australia Standing Orders Librarians’ Choice Award 2016 and in 2017 was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in both the Eve Pownall Award and Picture Book category, shortlisted for Educational Publishing Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Award, Speech Pathology Awards and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017. Other picture books are Howzat!, Grace and Katie and Maddie’s First Day with Dry to Dry (a second Nature Story Series title) and The Biscuit Maker scheduled for 2020.

An active member of SCWBI, Children’s Book Council Australia and Board Director of Australian Society of Authors, Liz regularly delivers talks and workshops with schools, festivals and conferences. She is an Ambassador for Books in Homes and reviews and judges picture books for CBCA.

Liz is represented by Fiona Kenshole. See more of her work at

Applegath, Craig

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 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

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Arena, Jennifer

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Jen Arena feels lucky to have been surrounded by great children’s books her whole life. As a teenager, she worked at a children’s-only independent bookstore in Pennsylvania, and after graduating from college, she made her way to New York City, where she found jobs in children’s book publishing, working as an editor for Putnam, Golden Books, and Random House. She’s now a full-time author and freelance editor.

Jen’s book Lady Liberty’s Holiday was an SLJ Popular Pick for June 2016, and Marta! Big and Small was an SLJ Top 10 Latinx for 2016, a CCBC Choices 2017, and on the Huffington Post’s Best Picture Books of 2016 Honorable Mention list. Sleep Tight Snow White was included in the Society of Illustrators show while her bilingual board book Besos for Baby was named to the Texas Library Association 2×2 list. She has a number of books coming to print soon including Salsa Lullaby with Knopf/Random House, Give, also with Knopf, and Big Green Garage with Chronicle. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find Jen in her garden, on a volleyball court, or curled up with a good book.

Photo credit: copyright Meredith Zinner Photography

Arkalgud, Ujwal

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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 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.

Armstrong, Theodora

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Théodora Armstrong’s first volume of short stories, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility examines human frailty in its many manifestations, and is set against the divergent landscape of British Columbia  ̶  from the splendours of nature to its fearsome strengths, from urban grease and grit to dry, desert towns. It was a finalist for the Danuta Gleeb Award and the Ethel Wilson Prize.

Ms Armstrong’s stories have garnered many shortlist nominations, and “Whale Stories” won the 2008 Western Magazine Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in many top literary journals, and two anthologies. Ms. Armstrong holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she now teaches. She also often has a camera in her hands; photographs from her worldwide travels have appeared in many journals and newspapers. Ms Armstrong is at work on her first novel, and lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children.

House of Anansi Press (Canada)

Twitter: @theoarmstrong


Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility
House of Anansi Press, 2013

Ashenburg, Katherine

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Photo Credit: Joy von Tiedemann


Sofie & Cecilia (Forthcoming March 2018, Knopf Canada)






All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press, 2016)

“All the Dirt” was chosen as one of the best Canadian books for kids and teenagers in 2017 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. It is also a finalist for four readers’ choice awards across the country — in the Maritimes, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.


The Dirt on Clean

The Dirt on Clean:
An Unsanitized History

(Knopf Canada, 2007) “Brimming with lively anecdotes, this well-researched, smartly paced and endearing history of Western cleanliness holds a welcome mirror up to our intimate selves, revealing deep-seated desires and fears spanning 2000-plus years.”
— Publisher’s Weekly”Utterly engaging … filled with fascinating information … a lively account.”
— New York Times Style Magazine


The Mourner's DanceThe Mourner’s Dance:
What We Do When People Die
(North Point Press 2002, Vintage Canada)Shortlist, Pearson Nonfiction Prize 2003
Shortlist, Trillium Award, 2003’s Best 25 Books for 2002
Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2002


Going to TownGoing to Town:
Architectural Walking Tours in Southern Ontario

(Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1996)Ontario Historical Society Award, 1996-97


Agent: Samantha Haywood

Ashley, Allison

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Allison Ashley lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two children, and two dogs. As a board-certified Oncology Pharmacist, she spends her days supporting patients through one of the most difficult times in their lives, and while unfathomably rewarding, it can be emotionally difficult. She has always used reading as a way to transport herself into a happy world for awhile, and that’s also why she writes romantic, funny, quirky love stories. She’s a member of RWA, WFWA, and ACFW.

Babinski, Tony

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

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Baillie, Martha

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo Mark Raynes Roberts



If Clara (Coach House Books, 2017)





The Search for Henrich Schlogel (Pedlar Press Canada, 2014)





The Incident Report (Pedlar Press Canada, 2008)
Longlist, 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Longlist, Canada Also Reads, National Post




The Shape I Gave You (Knopf Canada, 2006)
National Bestseller, Great Reads: Best of 2006 – 2008, Toronto Public Library




Madame Balashovskaya’s Apartment (Turnstone Press, Canada, 1999, Ebersbach, Germany, 2001, Kossuth, Hungary, 2002)




Agent: Samantha Haywood

Bala, Sharon

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

BalaSbw2Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was published in January and is a finalist for this year’s Canada Reads competition. Last November she won the 2017 Journey Prize for her short story Butter Tea at Starbucks and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon’s short fiction has been published in two anthologies and several Canadian magazines including: Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM international, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, and Maisonneuve.

Baldwin, Shauna Singh

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first novel, What the Body Remembers, the story of two women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India, received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean region). Her second novel, The Tiger Claw, the story of a Sufi Muslim secret agent searching for her beloved through occupied France, was a finalist for Canada’s Giller Prize and optioned for film. The Selector of Souls, her third novel, received the Council for Wisconsin Writers fiction prize.

Shauna is the author of two cross-cultural story collections: We Are Not in Pakistan and English Lessons and Other Stories. She is co-author of A Foreign Visitor’s Survival Guide to America. Her play, We Are So Different Now, in which Draupadi of the Mahabharat leads a privileged Indian woman to feminism, premiered in Canada in 2016. Her Indian awards include a Nehru Award (gold medal) for public speaking and the Shastri Award for English Prose.

Shauna received an MBA from Marquette University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She has served on several fiction juries including the Governor General’s Prize and the Giller Prize. Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Non-fiction was published in 2016. She lives in Milwaukee, WI and on the net at


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

Balkissoon, Denise

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Kevin Gonsalves

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Barwin, Gary

Agent: Shaun Bradley

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn). His bestselling debut novel for adults, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (FIction) and the Hamilton Literary Award (Fiction). It was also a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

A finalist for the National Magazine Awards (Poetry), he is a three-time recipient of Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has also received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Arts Award. He was one of the judges for the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize.

With a PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University, McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library, Hillfield Strathallan College, and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. He will be Edna Staebler writer-in-residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Winter 2019. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities and currently teaches writing to at-risk youth in Hamilton through the ArtForms program. His writing has been published in hundreds of magazine and journals internationally—from Readers Digest to Granta and Poetry to the Walrus—and his writing, music, media works and visuals have been presented and broadcast internationally. Though born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashenazi descent, Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He is married with three adult children and lives in Hamilton, Ontario and has never been Governor of Louisiana.

More information about Gary Barwin can be found at his website:


FORTHCOMING:  Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted (Canada and US: Random House Canada, 2021)

Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada 2016, New Face of Fiction)


Stephen Leacock Award for Humour


2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

2016 Governor General’s Award for Literature

The Press:

“Across time and across continents, Gary Barwin’s novel “parrots” in an altogether new way. In a ferment of salty witticism, parroty puns and unforgettable Yiddish vocabulary, this is a novel borne not just on the wings of its feathery narrator, but on its own jubilant and alluring language; its own voice. Playful, mocking, using history with audacious abandon, Yiddish for Pirates is a resplendent enjoyment. But, literally viewed from above, the novel also admonishes us about man’s inexhaustible zeal for butchery, for incessant genocide, and for affliction. We have had animal narrators throughout literary history, but Aaron the African grey parrot, from the shoulder of his pirate master, will lift you to new heights.” – 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation


“[Yiddish for Pirates is] simply not like anything else. . . . [In Yiddish for Pirates] Barwin strikes a moving, masterful note. Yiddish for Pirates has an unmatched spryness in both thought and language. It doesn’t conform well to any category or trope of literature, but instead makes a place as a fresh, new thing that draws from sea shanties and Talmud, history and fantasy, romance, adventure, linguistics, fashion, and the adventure serial of the early days of movies. This book is as irrepressible as my enthusiasm for it. You’ll never read anything else like it, and that’s a shonde.” – S. Bear Bergman, The Globe and Mail


“Gary Barwin’s new novel combines swashbuckling and stories of the diaspora, told with some of the most original language play since Ulysses.” – Joyland

Rarely does one encounter a work of Canadian literature this exuberant, impassioned, and enthralled with the very nature and essence of storytelling. Yiddish for Pirates is many things: a postmodern pastiche, an episodic picaresque, a compendium of tales competing to see which can stand tallest, and a virtual catalogue of Jewish humour through the ages.” – Steven W. Beattie, Quill & Quire

“Delightfully odd. . . . Start by imagining that Leo Rosten (of The Joys of Yiddish) and Terry Pratchett (of approximately 1 million fantasy novels) had a love-child. Then suspend your disbelief’s disbelief. . . . Barwin engages with the little-known history of Jewish pirates with verve and humor.” – Leah Falk, Jewniverse

“All my life I have been waiting for the romantic tale of a Kabbalistic Jewish pirate as filtered through a uniquely Canadian perspective. Today, my prayers have been answered and then some.” Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure

Yiddish for Pirates is a rollicking story, a linguistic typhoon, and the most audacious and original novel I’ve read in a long time. Gary Barwin has the imagination of David Mitchell and a galleon full of dictionaries.” Emily Schultz, author of The Blondes

“Gary Barwin is a gifted writer and a whiz-bang storyteller. Both are on vivid display in his hilarious tragicomic epic, Yiddish for Pirates. Narrated by a five-hundred-year-old wisecracking parrot, naturally, this swashbuckling tale had me hanging on for dear life. A wild and wonderful ride.” Terry Fallis, author of Poles Apart and No Relation

“What an accomplishment! What an imagination! The wit, the wordplay, and the subversive humour make this a thoroughly original and delightful novel.”  Lauren B. Davis, Scotiabank Giller Prize–nominated author of Our Daily Bread and Against a Darkening Sky


Behar, Eliott

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

TellItTotheWorldCovTELL IT TO THE WORLD: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo  (Dundurn Press)

Finalist, The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Award for Nonfiction, 2015




Agent: David Bennett

Belcourt, Billy-Ray

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book; it won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize (making him the youngest recipient), the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also named the best “Canadian poetry” collection of 2017 by CBC Books. His sophomore book, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, is due out in the fall of 2019 with House of Anansi Press.

Benaway, Gwen

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published three collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, Passage, and most recently, Holy Wild. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others. She is a Ph.D student at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. trans girl in love, fifteen linked personal essays, is Gwen’s first volume of prose. With searing honesty, an arrestingly frank literary voice, and a poet’s skill to dig deeply, Gwen uncovers her life in its many complexities, contradictions, emptiness and fullness. trans girl in love illuminates the bittersweet longing and joy at the heart of trans feminine desire, exploring the many moments that make up a world of vibrant living. @RunawaySupernova

Benmergui, Ralph

Agent: Rob Firing

Award winning broadcaster, stand-up comic, communications director, executive advisor to politicians and college presidents and ordained spiritual director. Ralph Benmergui is all of those things and now we can add author to the list with his new book, I Thought He Was Dead!

As a speaker, writer and workshop leader Ralph brings all his gifts to bear as he walks us through the autumn of his life with enthusiasm, passion and a healthy dollop of belly laughs. How do we move from age-ing to sage-ing? How do we renew our purpose at work and in life? What is the legacy we will leave our children? With insight and practical tools we can move from being seniors foraging for discounts to harvesting our wisdom and taking our rightful place in our families, society and work as elders.

Bennett, Andrea

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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,, or find her on Twitter: @akkabah.

Bennett, Holly

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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:

Author photo by Mark Peter Drolet


RedwingRowan both desires and fears his dead sister’s continuing presence in his life. (Orca, 2012)Nominated, Shining Willow 2013,
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award
ShapeshifterSet in the wild, magical landscape of Iron Age Ireland, Shapeshifter is a tale of rapacious evil, quiet courage and the healing power of love. (Orca, 2010)In order to escape the sorcerer who wants to control her gift of song, Sive must transform herself into a deer, leave the Otherworld and find refuge in Eire, the land of mortals. Shortlisted, Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic 2011
Nominated, Snow Willow Award 2011,
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice CCBC Best Books, 2011
TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, 2011
Resource Links “The Year’s Best”, 2011 “A modern retelling of an old and recognizable Celtic myth, which gives the sense of ‘real people’ without losing the mythic arc of the story. Lyrical writing draws the reader into a fantasy realm in a way that blurs the lines between reading and experiencing.”
– Sunburst Award jury”Bennett artfully weaves traditional Irish folklore into her story of Sive. The enchantment of Bennett’s interpretation of the legend of Sive is a perfect match to her prose which, at times, is as liquid as we imagine Sive’s songs to be.” – VOYA
Warrior’s Daughter Luaine is daughter to the greatest of Irish warriors, the legendary Cuchulainn.
(Orca Books, 2007) Shortlist, Stellar Award, 2009-2010,
B.C.’s Teen Readers’ Choice
Honourable mention, 2008 Sunburst Awards
Selected, Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008,
Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Best of 2007, Fiction Grades 7-12, Resource Links

Series Fiction

The Bonemender’s ChoiceBonemender series(Orca Books, 2007) Selected, Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008,
Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Resource Links Best of 2007,
Fiction Grades 7-12
The Bonemender’s OathBonemender series(Orca Books, 2006) Nominee, 2008-2009 Stellar Teen Book Award,
BC Teen Readers Choice
The BonemenderBonemender series(Orca Books, 2005) Canadian Childrens Book Centre starred selection, 2007
Honour Book, White Pine Awards 2007
2006 IRA Children’s Book Award Notable,
International Reading Association
2006 New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list

Selected Praise

“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….”
– Kliatt

Learn more at:

Berkhout, Nina

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Bernstein, Samantha

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

Betasamosake Simpson, Leanne

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

Using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and has twenty years of experience with Indigenous land based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, is currently faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh (NWT) and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. Leanne’s academic works are regularly used in courses across Canada and the United States. Her latest academic book, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance was published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2017.

Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King in 2014. In 2017, her book of poetry and short stories, This Accident of Being Lost, a follow-up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love, was published by House of Anansi Press, and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Leanne is also a musician combining poetry, storytelling, song writing and performance in collaboration with musicians to create unique spoken songs and soundscapes. Leanne’s second record f(l)light produced by Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), was released in the fall of 2016 on RPM Records, and she is working on her next record.


Betcherman, Michael

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.


Face-Off (Razorbill, 2014)
Seventeen-year-old Alex Petrovic is thrilled to be playing goal for his Canadian team in an international hockey tournament. After a game against an Eastern European team, he shakes hands with the opposing goalie, Stefan Divac, and finds himself staring at a lookalike. At first he dismisses it as a coincidence. Then his mother sees Stefan, and the truth comes out: he is Alex’s identical twin. The encounter uncovers dark family secrets and draws Alex’s attention away from hockey and on to his home country’s tragic history. And just as Alex and Stefan learn to be brothers off the ice, their rivalry deepens on the ice. Will the twins be torn apart again?


BreakawayFinalist for the 2012 John Spray Mystery Award

Beyl, Charles

Life has taken Charles Beyl from studying Fine Art and Graphic Design at Washington State University; to being a designer, illustrator and art director in Alexandria, VA; to being an illustrator and educator (with a wonderful stop at Syracuse University for grad school) in Lancaster, PA. Charles currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas and continues to create humorous illustrations while wrangling his pug, Peaches and keeping an eye out for snakes and alligators. When Charles is not in his studio you can find him teaching at the University of Houston in their Digital Media Department or at the Houston Community College in their Digital Communications Department.

For twenty years Charles’ editorial cartoons appeared in Lancaster Newspaper’s Sunday News, Lancaster, PA.

From 1995 to 2015 Charles worked with an amazing group of students and faculty at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA.

Visit Charles’ website at

Bhat, Shashi

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Shashi’s fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, PRISM international, Best Canadian Stories 2018, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, and other publications. She was the winner of the 2018 Journey Prize, and a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. In 2010, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Shashi holds an MFA in fiction from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the editor-in-chief of EVENT Magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.

Shashi is working on a novel-in-stories called The Most Precious Substance on Earth, following a 14-year-old who has a traumatic experience at her high school and then grows up to become a high school teacher. The work examines the subtle ways in which women are conditioned and silenced, and the influence teachers have over the young people in their classrooms. These themes are intertwined with racial dynamics and set against a changing technological and sociopolitical backdrop.

Bidini, Dave

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


Keon and Me  Keon and Me (Penguin Canada, 2013)
Writing Gordon Lightfoot The Man, The Music and the World in 1972 (McClelland & Stewart, 2011) Finalist, 2012 Toronto Book Award
Home and Away In Search of Dreams at the Homeless World Cup of Soccer (Greystone, 2010)World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): Greystone Books, September 2010
US: Skyhorse Publishing
Australia/New Zealand: University of Queensland Press

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Bischof, Joanne

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.



Bishop-Stall, Shaughnessy

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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)


Down to This Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown (Random House, 2004, Vintage 2005, University of Queensland Press, 2007)Shortlisted, Toronto Book Award, 2005Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, 2004

Shortlisted, Trillium Award, 2004

Shortlisted, Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize “

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Blake, Becky

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

A two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for nonfiction in 2017 and short fiction in 2013), Becky Blake’s stories and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. Her debut novel, Proof I Was Here, was published by Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint in May 2019. Becky holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She currently lives in Toronto where she is working on a memoir-in-essays and a second novel.

More information can be found at:

Author photo: Kara Blake

Bokma, Anne

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Anne Bokma is an award-winning writer and editor who has been honoured with more than two dozen journalism awards throughout her 30-year career. She is the founder of the 6-Minute Memoir “speed storytelling for a cause” charitable event and is a recognized expert on the fastest growing “faith” demographic in North America—the SBNRs (“spiritual but not religious”).

Her articles have appeared in many of Canada’s leading national magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, More Magazine, Best Health, Today’s Parent, MoneySense, Chatelaine and others. Her work has been recognized with awards from both the American and Canadian Church Press, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Canadian Business Press Media Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the Travel Media Association of Canada.

A longtime contributor to the United Church Observer, the national magazine of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, Anne has been the monthly “Spiritual But Secular” columnist ( for the past four years, reporting on the habits of the growing demographic known as the Spiritual-But-Not-Religious (SBNR). In 2017 she wrote her award-winning biweekly My Year of Living Spiritually blog for the Observer where she gained an enthusiastic following. Her book, My Year of Living Spiritually: One woman’s secular search for a more soulful life, is forthcoming from Douglas & McIntyre in 2019.


Photo credit: Lucy Mahoney

Bolan, Kim

Agent: Trena White

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

Bolton, Lisa

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Bonaddio, Teresa

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Teresa Bonaddio has built her life around books. As a writer, illustrator, and designer, she values curiosity, play, and hard work. Her collaborations with a multitude of creatives in children’s book publishing have spanned over 13 years. She grew up in Scranton, PA and earned a BFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She resides in Middletown, Delaware, frequents Philadelphia, and you can visit her at and on Twitter @teresabonaddio.

Borrie, Cathie

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Cathie Borrie is an author, speaker, and tireless advocate for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers. Her book, The Long Hello: Memory, My Mother, and Me, takes us deeply inside the experience of caring for a parent with dementia. The Long Hello demonstrates how caregiving creates an opportunity to experience the change in a relationship that illness necessitates, one in which joy, innocence, and profound intimacy can flourish. Ms. Borrie trained as a nurse in her native city of Vancouver, and holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She also graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in law. In 2005, she obtained a Certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. An accomplished ballroom dancer, she lives in Vancouver.

Simon & Schuster (Canada)

Arcade / Skyhorse (U.S.)

Twitter: @CathieBorrie


The Long Hello
Simon & Schuster Canada, 2015; U.S., Arcade/Skyhorse

Bourgeois, Paulette

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Paulette BourgeoisPaulette Bourgeois is best known for creating Franklin the Turtle, the character who appears in picture books illustrated by Brenda Clark. The books have sold more than 64 million copies and have been translated into 38 languages. An animated television series, merchandise, DVDs and full-feature movies are based on the character. She is also the author of award-winning books for children including Oma’s Quilt which was developed as a short film by the NFB, and more than two dozen non-fiction science books. She is a member of the Order of Canada, received an honourary doctorate degree from Western University, an award of merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and most recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Paulette frequently teaches and she has been the writer-in-residence at UBC, Whistler, B.C., and Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland. Her most recent book is Li Jun and the Iron Road, a collaboration with film producer Anne Tait for young YA readers.

Bradford, Karleen

Agent: Marie Campbell

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:


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The Nine Days Queen (Scholastic 2006, Scholastic-TAB Publications 1996, Uitgeverij C. de Vries-Brouwers B.V.B.A., Antwerp, Netherlands 1989, Sugu Shoboh, Japan 1991)
Ghost Wolf (Orca Fall, 2005)
A Different Kind of Champion (Scholastic Canada, 1998)
Thirteenth Child (HarperCollins Canada, 1994) Finalist for the Blue Heron Award, 1994
Wrong Again, Robbie (Scholastic – TAB Publications, 1993. Originally A Year for Growing, 1977. Gyldendalska Boghandel Denmark, 1988, Crossroads Publications (electronic), 2001)
The Other Elizabeth (Gage Educational Publishing Canada, 1982, Macmillan Australia, 1990) The CommCept Canadian KidLit Contest Best Children’s Novel of the Year 1979
Windward Island (Kids Can Press Canada, 1989) The Max and Greta Ebel Award 1990
Runner-up for the City of Dartmouth Award 1990
Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 1992
Haunting at Cliff House (Scholastic-TAB Publications, 1985, Scholastic USA, 1985. Utigitt av Tuppen og Lillemor-klibben, Norway, 1987)
The Stone in the Meadow (Gage Educational Publishing Canada, 1984)
I Wish There Were Unicorns (Gage Educational Publishing Canada, 1983)

Series Fiction

Taun Tales
Dragonmaster A thrilling return to the land of Taun.
(Harpercollins Canada, 2009)
Whisperings of Magic (HarperCollins Canada, 2001) Nominated for the Ontario Red Maple Award 2002
Dragonfire (HarperCollins Canada, 1997) Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2000
Shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award in Nova Scotia 2001 “…One of the most thrilling encounters with the shadow in children’s literature.”
– Maclean’s Magazine”…an intelligent and entertaining fantasy for young readers.”
– Quill & Quire
The Scarlet Cross (HarperCollins Canada, 2006) Nominee, 2008-2009 Stellar Teen Book Award,
BC Teen Readers Choice
Angeline (and Study Guide) (HarperCollins Canada, 2004 and 2005) Nominated, 2006/2007 Stellar Book Award,
B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice
Finalist, 2005 Geoffrey Bilson Award
for Historical Fiction for Young People
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Nominated, 2006 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association
Nominated, IODE Violet Downey Award
Nominated, 2006 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award
Starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Guide, 2005 “This novel is based on the horrific experience of the 20,000 children who followed Stephen of Cloyes to Marseilles in 1212. Thirteenth century Egypt comes alive in the hands of this marvellous storyteller…The descriptions of the life in Cairo all come through the eyes of Angeline the newcomer, and so they both enlighten and inform. This is historical fiction at its best, all show and no tell…Angeline is a compelling story of a plucky heroine that will appeal to both boys and girls in grades 6 to 10. Highly Recommended”
– CM Magazine
Dear Canada series
Singing a Prayer contributed to Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember
Tales of Comfort and Joy(Scholastic Canada, 2009)
A Desperate Road to Freedom Dear Canada
The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson
Virginia to Canada West, 1863-1864
(Scholastic, 2009) Nominee, 2011/2012 Red Cedar Award, Fiction
A Season for MiraclesDear Canada anthology contribution(Scholastic Canada, 2006)
With Nothing But Courage Dear Canada
The Loyalist Diary of Mary MacDonald

and as Une vie à refaire; Mary MacDonald, fille de Loyaliste

(Scholastic Canada, 2002, Éditions Scholastic)

The Crusades TrilogyBoxed set(HarperCollins, 2006)
Lionheart’s ScribeThe Third Book of the Crusades(HarperCollins Canada, 1999) Shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award in Ontario, 2000
Nominated for the 2002 Red Cedar Award “Completing her trilogy about the Crusades with this volume, Karleen Bradford once again creates a gripping story that brings a distant time and place vividly alive for young readers today.”
– Quill & Quire
Shadows on a SwordThe Second Book of the Crusades(HarperCollins Canada, 1996) Shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Award, 1997
One of the Year’s Outstanding Books, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 1996
One of the Year’s Best Books, Resource Links Magazine, 1996
There Will Be WolvesThe First Book of the Crusades(HarperCollins Canada, 1992, Lodestar Books USA, 1996, Puffin Books USA, 1998) The Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award 1993
Shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 1996
American Library Association, One of the Best Books of the Year, 1996
One of the Child Study Children’s Book Committee Children’s Books of the Year 1996 “It works its magic with a plot that weaves memorable history lessons into a colourful medieval tapestry of high adventure.”
– Ottawa Citizen

Picture Books

You Can’t Rush A Cat (Orca Books Canada, 2003) 2005 Shining Willow Award,
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice
Nominated, Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award, 2004
The Best Children’s Books of the Year list,
The Bank Street College of Education, New York, 2004
One of the Best Books of 2003, Resource Links Magazine “Young cat lovers will enjoy this book about an elusive wild cat that eventually takes up residence in a lonely old man’s home…Bradford’s use of simple language and fairly short sentences sets the story’s calm, soft mood…The close relationship between Jessica and her grandfather is evident through both the text and the illustrations.”
– CM Magazine


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)

Series Non-Fiction

More Animal Heroes (Scholastic Canada, 1996, Scholastic USA, 1998)
Animal Heroes (Scholastic Canada, 1995, Scholastic USA, 1998)

Agent: Marie Campell

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Braganza, Chantal

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Chantal Braganza is a writer and editor living in Toronto. By day she produces stories about social justice for Ontario public broadcaster TVO, and writes about books, food and pop culture in her spare time.

Braganza has reported on jazz icons, bank fraudsters and porn academia, and written personal essays on bilingualism, miscarriage and the cultural history of dunking foods. Her work has been nominated multiple times for National Magazine and Digital Publishing awards, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Hazlitt, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, FASHION Magazine and Maisonneuve, among others.

Brealey, Chad

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Brodoff, Ami Sands

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

More information about Ami can be found at her website:
and on her blog:


Can You See Me (1999)
Bloodknots (Arsenal Pulp Press 2005)
The White Space Between (Second Story Press 2008)

Brooks, Devon

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.

Brooks, Brenda

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Brenda Brooks has published two poetry collections and a novel, Gotta Find Me an Angel, a finalist for the 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

Brouwer, Sigmund

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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).

Burkhart, Kiersi

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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

Bush, Catherine

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Ayelet Tsabari


Accusation (Goose Lane Editions, Fall 2013)
Claire’s Head (McClelland & Stewart, 2004)A Best Book of the Year, The Globe & Mail

Shortlist, Trillium Award

Rules of Engagement (HarperCollins, 2000)A New York Times Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year,
The Globe and Mail and the Los Angeles Times

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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Butala, Sharon

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Sharon Butala is the author of nineteen books of fiction and nonfiction, numerous essays and articles, poetry, and five produced plays. She published her first novel in 1984, Country of the Heart, which was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, followed by a collection of short stories, Queen of the Headaches. Born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and taught English in her home province and Nova Scotia. She eventually returned to Saskatchewan to live, for three decades, on her husband Peter Butala’s ranch.

Ms Butala’s bestselling books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award and The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. She is also the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and three honorary degrees from Canadian universities. As well, Ms Butala has received two lifetime achievement awards for her work: Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award and the Marion Engel Award. In 2017, her memoir, Where I Live Now, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction.

Bydlowska, Jowita

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland and moved to Canada as a teenager. She has published two books: a bestselling memoir, Drunk Mom (2013), and a bestselling novel, GUY (2016). She’s had more than 20 short stories published in various magazines and journals and most recently, her story “Funny Hat” was chosen for Best Canadian Short Stories 2017. As a journalist she mainly writes about culture, social issues and mental health and has been published in many national and international publications. Jowita is also an accomplished photographer. She hates writing about herself in third person but there you have it.

Campbell, Miji

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

Miji Campbell is a writer and teacher. Her first book Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle Age Story (2014, Writinerant Press) was winner of the inaugural Whistler Independent Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. Miji’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent Magazine, The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Journal, Women’s Words: An Anthology, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. She has received two National Magazine Award nominations and a literary arts grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Miji owns Write Where You Are: a business that offers writing workshops to individuals, schools, and community organizations. Born and raised in Calgary, she now lives in Red Deer.

Carr, Jan

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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:

Carter, Lauren

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Ulrich Kretschmar


Swarm Swarm (Brindle & Glass, 2013)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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Casanova, Mary

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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:

Picture Books

51iuhorwcal-_sx366_bo1204203200_ Wake Up, Island University of Minnesota Press, 2016
One Dog SleighOne-dog Sleigh Macmillan Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013


bk_ice-out_200Ice-Out University of Minnesota Press, 2016

Mary Casanova’s latest YA novel returns to the frigid and brutal Prohibition-era borderland of the author’s beloved novel Frozen, and to the characters who made it a favorite among readers of all ages.

Owen, smitten with Frozen‘s Sadie Rose, is struggling to make something of himself at a time when no one seems to hold the moral high ground. Bootlegging is rife, corruption is rampant, and lumber barons run roughshod over the people and the land. As hard as things seem when his father dies, they get considerably tougher and more complicated when Owen gets caught up on the suspicious deaths of a local sheriff and deputy.

Inspired by real events and Mary Casanova’s family history, Ice-Out is both a story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit in a northern town divided between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong in early twentieth-century America.

Frozen A heartrending truth is the catalyst for a young woman’s struggle to speak for herself—no matter the risks.
(University of Minnesota Press, 2012)”Compelling and believable.”
— Kirkus Reviews”Suspenseful . . . Casanova creates a strong sense of place and ably establishes her story’s historical context. The narrative confronts weighty issues including prostitution, mental illness, and political corruption . . . readers should find [Sadie Rose] an admirable heroine as she finds her voice and her future.”
— Publishers Weekly”Sadie Rose finds her voice not just to reconstruct her past, but to advocate for her future—a future in which words will be powerful tools.”
— Booklist
The Klipfish Code The German occupation of Norway during WWII is the backdrop for this dramatic novel.
(Houghton Mifflin, 2007) ages 8-12 and up Nominee, Rhode Island Children’s Book Award, 2009
Horace Mann Upstanders Honor Book, 2008
When Eagles Fall (Hyperion, 2003)
ages 10-14 and up Honor Book 2002, Society of School Librarians International (SSLI)
Curse of a Winter Moon (Hyperion, 2000)
ages 10-14 and up Minnesota Book Award Winner (young adult), 2001
Stealing Thunder (Hyperion, 1998)
ages 8-12 and up Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Master List, 2003
Iowa Children’s Choice Master List, 2002-2003
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Master List, (Minn.) 2002-2003
Wolf Shadows (Hyperion, 1997) Minnesota Book Award Master List, 1998
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Master List, 1998
ALA Quick Picks for YA Reluctant Readers nominee
Jeanette Fair Award Finalist, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Tau State Organization
Mark Twain Book Award Master List (Missouri), 1999-2000
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Master List, l999-2000
Best Read-Alouds Booklist (Indiana), 1999-2000
Iowa Children’s Choice Master List, 2000-2001
Lamplighter Award Master List,
National Christian Schools Association, 2000-2001
Riot (Hyperion, 1996)
ages 10-14 and up Junior Library Guild Selection
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award nominee
Minnesota Book Award Master List
Children’s Sequoyah Master List (Oklahoma), l998-99
Children’s Crown Master List, 1999
ALA Quick Picks for YA Reluctant Readers, nominee
Moose Tracks (Hyperion, 1995)
ages 8-12 and up Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award Master List, (North Dakota), 1997
Iowa Children’s Choice Master List, 1998
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award nominee, 1996
Indian Paintbrush Book Award Master List (Wyoming), 1998
South Carolina Book Award Master List, 1998-99
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Master List (Minnesota), 1998-99
Kentucky “Bluegrass” Master List, l996

Series Fiction 

American Girl series



Grace Makes It Great 



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Grace Grace

Winner, National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award, 2015
Winner, Parents’ Choice Approved 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.
(American Girl of the Year 2012)(American Girl Brands, 2012)

McKenna McKenna gains confidence to tackle new challenges.
(American Girl of the Year 2012)(American Girl Brands, 2012)Meet McKenna
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
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)

Picture Books

Utterly Otterly Night Adventure in the night draws out Little Otter in this sequel to Utterly Otterly Day.
(Simon & Schuster, 2011)
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town One ingenious little boy knows what to do when larger than life outlaw Dirk Yeller looms into town, terrifying even the tumbleweeds.
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)
Some Cat! Violet, a cat rescued from a shelter, finds herself in the company of George and Zippity, two dogs at her new home.
(Macmillan US, 2012)illustrated by Ard Hoyt”…this a fun read-aloud and a real child pleaser.”
—School Library Journal”Kids won’t be able to resist. . .”
Utterly Otterly Day Having so much fun, Little Otter enjoys getting older. When his adventures turn a bit scary he learns it’s good to have a family that loves and protects him.
(Simon and Schuster, 2008)illustrated by Ard Hoyt”With playful drawings and language, the book illustrates how a frisky little otter pushes the boundaries of discovery. It also imparts why creatures should both explore life, as well as heed the advice of their families. Little Otter’s life is full and rich with new experiences, but he also learns the value of family guidance.” – International Falls Daily
Some Dog! (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007)
illustrated by Ard Hoyt Shortlist, 2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award, Picture Book
Nominee, Show Me Reader Awards List, 2009/2010 Missouri Association of School Librarians
One-Dog Canoe (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002)
illustrated by Ard Hoyt Wyoming’s “Buckaroo” Master List, 2005-2006
Illinois “Monarch” Children’s Book Master List, 2005
Minnesota Humanities Council, “Storytime” Master List, 2003
Minnesota Book Award nominee, 2003
Maine “Chickadee” Children’s Choice Master List, 2004
Nevada Children’s Choice Master List, 2004-2005
Missouri “Building Block” Children’s Choice Master List, 2005
The Hunter (Athenaeum/Simon & Schuster, 2000) ALA Notable Children’s Book
Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award Master List (South Dakota)
Starred reviews: Kirkus, SLJ, Booklist, BCCB
Top 100 Books for 2000 by the NY Public Libraries
San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book
Parent’s Choice Gold Award
Booklist Editor’s Choice
American Bookseller’s Pick of the List
American Folktale Society Aesop Accolades winner
Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award
BCCB Blue Ribbon List
Red Clover Master List (Vermont)
Minnesota Book Award Winner (children’s book), 2001


Mary Casanova and You for classrooms and librariesThe Author and You, Volume 7
(Libraries Unlimited, Jan. 2007)

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Learn more at:

Casey, Bridget

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein
Bridget Casey is the founder of Money After Graduation, a financial literacy website dedicated to helping young people manage their finances. Since beginning in 2011, the site has grown to receive over 50,000 visitors each month and has been featured by Forbes, Business Week, MoneySense, and The Globe & Mail.
Bridget holds an BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta and an MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary. She works full-time for a start-up incubator in Calgary, Alberta, where she acts as a business and market consultant to entrepreneurs launching new technology products.
Bridget is passionate about helping young people get rich through discipline, creativity, and innovation. She is currently working on a personal finance book for twenty-somethings, and publishes articles weekly on

Castillo, Ani

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Ani Castillo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. At a young age, she became a successful blogger which gave her the opportunity to work as a cartoonist for Mexican newspapers and TV. One fateful day, through Myspace, she met her now husband and moved to Canada to live with him. The adventure was thrilling but challenging, since she had to leave her people behind, speak in a new language and re-start her career from scratch. All while becoming a mother, redefining her identity and working hard towards overcoming her social anxiety.

Her work has been published in Mexican and Canadian newspapers and exhibited in galleries around North America. The humanistic nature of her work has opened the doors to partnering with institutions like Mental Health America, Doctors Without Borders and the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Ani lives in Toronto with her two daughters and her husband.

Cauchon, Sara Lynn

Agent: Samantha Haywood

cauchonsbwcroppedSara Lynn Cauchon wants to make eating well a lot more delicious.

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.

Chantler, Scott

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Chapman, Nina

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Nina Chapman spends her days teaching middle school where she has discovered a talent for thriving in the awkward. This career path was chosen by design in order to provide her the opportunity to marinade in pre-teen voices. When she’s not gathering feedback from her student test audience, she’s reading books or playing outside. Her favorite activities include hot air balloon gazing, barefoot bike riding, and getting lost in the woods. Nina took the scenic route to teaching by first obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing at CU Denver. A member of RMC- SCBWI, she currently resides in the Denver area with her husband and two daughters.

Charlesworth, Liza

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Liza Charlesworth is a left-handed book developer and the author of more than 250 children’s titles for clients including Scholastic, Hachette, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her career spans 25 years and more than 10 million printed books bear her name. Liza’s areas of specialty include rhyming picture books, licensed-character tales, and nonfiction topics ranging from the Pluto to penguins. Her innovative product lines include such bestsellers as First Little ReadersFirst Little ComicsGuided Science ReadersNonfiction Sight Word Readers, AlphaTales, and Book Buddies. With an expertise in guided reading, she prides herself on making kids’ first books whimsical, modern, and just-right for the trade market.

Liza is honored to have won a number of prestigious prizes including twelve Ed Press Awards and four Teacher’s Choice Awards. Over the years, she’s been a featured speaker at several writing conferences as well as the esteemed NYU Publishing Institute. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin sons, who provide daily inspiration.

You can visit her website at:

Cheng Thom, Kai

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, lasagna lover, and wicked witch. Her work includes From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, a children’s picture book; Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, a novel; a place called No Homeland, a book of poetry; and I Hope We Chose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World, a forthcoming collection of essays and poetry.

Kai is a rising star whose writing continues to garner accolades. She won the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Prize both in 2016 for Transgender Fiction and in 2017 for Transgender Poetry. In 2019, actress Emma Watson chose Fierce Femmes as the March/April pick for the international feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf.

Kai performs at festivals, theatres, and poetry slams and has appeared at the Blue Metropolis Festival, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Words, and Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre where she performed her solo theatre show, “Swallowing Chains”.

Most recently, Kai added “advice columnist” to her repertoire with her new column for Xtra, “Ask Kai: Advice for the Apocalypse”. Kai Cheng Thom lives in Toronto.

Chiang, Sylvia

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Cho, Michael

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

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:

Chongchitnant, Pailin

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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 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.


CPHotThaiKitchenCovHot Thai Kitchen (Appetite by Random House, Spring 2016)





Christmas, Jane

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


And Then There Were Nuns (Greystone 2013, Lion Hudson, UK 2014)
Incontinent on the Continent My Mother, her Walker and our Grand Tour of Italy
(Greystone Books)
What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim A Mid-Life Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela
(Greystone Books)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Learn more at:

Clare, Kerry

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

MITZI BYTES (HarperCollins Canada, March 2017)




Colford, Ian

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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

Cooper, Sally

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Sally Cooper is the author of two acclaimed novels: Love Object (Dundurn, 2002) and Tell Everything (Dundurn, 2008) and the linked story collection Smells Like Heaven (ARP, 2017). Her writing has appeared in CNQ: Canadian Notes & QueriesElectric Literature; Event; The Feathertale Review; The Globe & Mail; Grain; The Millions and TNQ: The New Quarterly. In 2017, her writing was longlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, the Short Works Prize and the Vancouver Women in Film and Television From Our Dark Side Contest. Sally is a Senior Editor of Hamilton Review of Books. Her third novel, With My Back to the World, is forthcoming in 2019 with Wolsak & Wynn.

Visit Sally at her website:


Couture, Dani

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Dani Couture is the author of four collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). Her work has been nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. She was the Literary Editor at This Magazine from 2013-2017. Her work has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Poetry, Boston Review, The Awl, Ambit, Dark Horse, This Magazine, The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, Arc, several editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English, and others. Her forthcoming memoir What Luck is Left will be published by Invisible Publishing in 2020.

More information about Dani Couture can be found on her website:

Photo Credit: Roberta Baker


Listen Before Transmit (Wolsak & Wynn, 2018)




Yaw (Mansfield Press, 2014)




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

Couture, Christa

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Christa Couture is an award-winning performing and recording artist, a non-fiction writer, and broadcaster. She is also proudly Indigenous (Cree), disabled, queer, and a mom. As a storyteller, she has addressed audiences for CBC’s DNTO, Moses Znaimer’s conference ideacity, and Imaginate in Port Hope, Ontario, and as a writer has been published in Room, Shameless, and Augur magazines, and on As a musician, her fourth album Long Time Leaving was released in 2016 and nominated for Best Folk Album at the year’s Indigenous Music Awards. Before that, 2012’s The Living Record made Best-of-the-Year lists at CBC Music, Radio Regent and the Georgia Straight, which also chose the album to represent 2012 in their “50 Albums That Shaped Vancouver”. She is a frequent contributor to CBC’s Now or Never and The Next Chapter and the weekend morning host on 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto.

Christa is working on a memoir about grief and resilience – her infant son’s heart transplant, his death, his brother’s single day of life, the amputation of her leg as a cure for bone cancer, abortion, divorce, and a move across the country to start over after it all.

Coy, John

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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 and @johncoy23.

Picture Books


Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land (Carolrhoda Books, 2016)
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review in School Library Journal
  • Starred Review in Kirkus
Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game (Carolrhoda Books, 2015)
  • 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
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Books, 2013)
  • 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
Vroomaloom Zoom (Nodin Press, 2010)
  • 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
Around the World (Lee & Low Books, 2005)
  • 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
Two Old Potatoes and Me (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003)
  • 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
Strong to the Hoop (Lee & Low Books, 1999)
  • 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
Night Driving (Henry Holt, 1996)
  • 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

Eyes on the Goal (Square Fish, 2012)
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2011 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center 
Take Your Best Shot (Feiwel & Friends, 2012)
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2013 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Top of the Order (Square Fish, 2010)
  • 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 

Box Out (Scholastic Press, 2008)
  • 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 
Crackback (Scholastic Press, 2005)
  • 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

Craine, Nick

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Born in Toronto in 1971, Nick Craine is a visual artist from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His illustrations have appeared in The AtlanticThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic and many more. In 2008 he was chosen as 1 of 6 Canadians included in the TASCHEN international anthology, Illustration Now, a sampling of 150 of the world’s best illustrators. He is a much sought after conceptual illustrator who’s drawings have help his clients win the business of, Ford, Telus, Smirnoff, Pepsi, TD Canada Trust and many more. He is the 2008 gold medalist in the illustration category from The Dog Writers Association of America. He adapted Bruce McDonald’s, Dance Me Outside and Hard Core Logo into graphic novels, the latter of which he was nominated for an Ignatz award in the Outstanding Artist category (1998).

In 2017 he illustrated 5-Minute Hockey Stories (Harpercollins) written by Meg Braithwaite. The project spent 7 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s best seller list. 2018 sees the release of two follow up books, 5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls (May) and 5-Minute Basketball Stories (October) both written by Sarah Howden.

Craine is currently at work on a graphic novel about William Shakespeare entitled, “Parchment of Light”.

He lives with his wife Sandy and their son Michael.

Cunti, Loredana

Agent: Amy Tompkins

One of Loredana Cunti’s passions is writing for the kid in all of us by finding stories in fun facts. Her very first book To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space, co-authored with Dr. Dave Williams (Annick Press) was shortlisted for a Silver Birch Award, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award and received a starred Kirkus review. The follow up, Go for Lift Off: How to Train Like an Astronaut has been selected as a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, an OLA Top Ten Best Bet, and nominated for an American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize. Mighty Mission Machines and Destination Space are out in 2018 with Annick, and Loredana’s first picture book, Karate Kakapo, is forthcoming in 2019 from Kids Can Press.

She earned a BAA in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University and spent many years living and travelling abroad as an executive producer of children’s entertainment. She settled back in Canada to develop ideas for food, family and fiction and has created two original animated series for television that are currently in development. Loredana is a qualified pastry chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but admits she eats more than she bakes. She has two children and lives in Toronto.

Dadey, Debbie

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

A former first grade teacher and school librarian, Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 167 traditionally published children’s books, with a focus on reaching reluctant readers, and one book on writing. Her first book, co-authored with Marcia Thornton Jones, Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots became The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series with sales of over 42 million. Debbie Dadey grew up in Kentucky and now lives in a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains with her husband, a schipperke, and a greyhound rescue. Her three children live along the east coast and continue to inspire her. Fairy Chase is the newest in Debbie’s Mermaid Tales, a multi-cultural series with STEM uses from Simon and Schuster. Debbie enjoys visiting schools and speaking at conferences.

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Daher, Anita

Agent: Marie Campbell

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:

Author photo by Leslie M. Jobes


Wager the Wonder Horse (Stabenfeldt, World Rights Available Ex:
Book club in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech)


Two Foot Punch Nikki uses all abilities keep her brother from being killed when he gets involved with a gang. (Orca Book Publishers, November 2007)
Spider’s Songa chilling page turner
(Penguin Canada, May 2007; World Rights Available Ex: Canada and US) Finalist, Arthur Ellis Best Juvenile Crime Award, 2008″Spider’s Song addresses issues that matter to teens – identity, truth, friends – and does so in a modern context.”
– CM magazine

Series Fiction

Junior Canadian Ranger series (Orca Young Readers)

Racing for Diamonds Junior Canadian Rangers Volume 1 (Orca, 2007) Jaz’s skills and patience are tested to the limit by a dog-mushing derby and by her new partner Colly.
Nominated, 2009 Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Shining Willow Award
Best Books for Kids and Teens,
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Finalist, Arthur Ellis Best Juvenile Crime Award, 2008
Finalist, 2008/2009 Hackmatack Children’s Choice
Junior Rangers 3: On the Trail of the Bushman(Orca, 2009) Tommy, Colly and Jaz team up to search for the legendary Bushman, a Sasquatch-like creature.
Poachers in the Pingos (Orca, 2008) Colly and Jaz, risk danger to stop illegal hunting of gyrfalcons.
Resource Links Year’s Best 2008
“A quick read that has enough action and suspense to keep the pages turning…For children who enjoy a bit of escapist fiction with a solid whodunit element, this book fits the bill…Recommended.”
– Canadian Materials”A well-written and suspense-filled mystery for children… An excellent addition to a family, school or classroom library.”
– Resource Links

Flight series

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:

Dakin, Pauline

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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

(US and Canada: Penguin Books Canada, 2017)

The Globe and Mail‘s 100 Best Books of 2017
Longlisted, 2018 British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction National Bestseller

An unforgettable family tale of deception and betrayal, love and forgiveness

Pauline Dakin spent her childhood on the run. Without warning, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Disturbing events interrupt their outwardly normal life: break-ins, car thefts, even physical attacks on a family friend. Many years later, her mother finally revealed they’d been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force.
But the truth was even more bizarre. Gradually, Dakin’s fears give way to suspicion. She puts her journalistic training to work and discovers that the Mafia threat was actually an elaborate web of lies.  As she revisits her past, Dakin uncovers the human capacity for betrayal and deception, and the power of love to forgive.
Run, Hide, Repeat is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. Gripping and suspenseful, it moves from Dakin’s uneasy acceptance of her family’s dire situation to bewildered anger. As compelling and twisted as a thriller, Run Hide Repeat is an unforgettable portrait of a family under threat, and the resilience of family bonds.
What happens when ‘Fake News’ takes over your family? This harrowing true story reads like a psychological thriller – I was haunted by it.” – PLUM JOHNSON, winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non Fiction for They Left Us Everything
“From a childhood marked by secrets and sudden moves to an adulthood where truth—and lies—of the past are laid bare, Run, Hide, Repeat is a fascinating story of family, deception, and forgiveness.” —Sonja Larsen, author of Red Star Tattoo

“This twisted page-turner brings the truth to the forefront, while Dakin tries to master the art of forgiveness.” —Canadian Living

Davies, Lorraine

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

davieslorrainebwLorraine 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.

de Cadenet, Gia

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Gia de Cadenet is a business school professor, former translator and editor for UNESCO. A native Floridian, she took her first French class at age seven and fell in love with the language. After achieving her dream job in politics, her desire to live in France became too great to ignore. She put her professional life on hold for two years to get a master’s degree in international relations in Paris. But a few short weeks after arrival, she bumped into a red-headed Frenchman and her fate was sealed.

A decade later, Gia got serious about another big dream: becoming a published author. Her first manuscript, a contemporary romance titled Not The Plan, was showcased in the 2017 PitchWars mentorship program. She’s enthusiastic about her upcoming projects which focus on the impact of mental health and race on the expectations we have of ourselves and on the way we love.

de Mariaffi, Elisabeth

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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 How to Get Along With Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012)
2013 Relit Award Longlist, 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist

Agent: Samantha Haywood

de Villiers, Marq

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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 on Nova Scotia’s south shore.

For more on the author, please visit his website:



Hell and Damnation: A Sinner’s Guide to Eternal Torment (University of Regina Press, 2019)

“Novelist de Villiers (Water) eloquently discusses a number of questions about hell in this fun book. By illuminating contemporary culture’s own unexamined beliefs about what happens after death, de Villiers details the long, strange history of how hell has been imagined in this delightful book.” -Publishers Weekly

“The perfect juxtaposition of knowledge and humor … Written as if hell were a real and true place, it is the best guidebook to a horror that no one hopes ever to experience.”
-Foreword Reviews

“De Villiers…is a well-informed and agreeable guide, whose hellish reportage will satisfy even the most curious.” -Booklist

“A deliciously cynical analysis of the afterlife viewed from a variety of perspectives.”

-Michael Coren, The Walrus


Back to the Well: Rethinking the Future of Water (Goose Lane Books, 2015)

“A forceful prescription for a sustainable water future.” Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada

Our Way Out First Principles for a Post-Apocalyptic World
A potent antidote to doomsday prognoses of our world’s ability to sustain life in the future.
(McClelland & Stewart, 2011)
Dangerous World Understanding Natural Calamities and Protecting Human Survival
(Penguin, Spring 2008) and as The End: Natural Disasters, Manmade Catastrophes, and the Future of Human Survival (St. Martins Press, Fall 2008)
Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource(revised edition McClelland & Stewart, 2003)
Now in print in 11 languages. 1999 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction
1999 Canadian Science Writers Award
Short-listed, The 23rd annual Evelyn Richardson Prize
for Non-Fiction, 2000


Recipient, Order of Canada, 2010in honour of his contributions to social and political discourse


Deacon, Gill

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Virginia MacDonald


Naked Imperfection (Penguin, 2014)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Learn more at:

Dean, Leesa

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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 othersShe’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

Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Deen, Natasha

Agent: Amy Tompkins

deennatashabwNatasha 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

Photo credit: Curtis Comeau

Delaney, Rachelle

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Rachelle Delaney is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honour Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the 2017 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award. Her newest novel, The Bonaventure Adventures, was published in 2017. Visit her at


Clara Voyant
(Penguin Canada, 2018. Film Rights Available)
The Bonaventure Adventures
(Penguin Canada, 2017. Film Rights Available)


The Circus Dogs of Prague
(World Rights Available Ex: English Canada, Penguin Canada, 2014. Film Rights Available)
Metro Dogs of Moscow
(World Rights Available Ex: English Canada, Penguin Canada, 2013. Film Rights Available)
All the charm of Marmaduke with the smarts of Hermione Granger: meet JR.
The Hunt for the Panther 
(World Rights Ex: English North America, Penguin US, 2013)
The Lost Souls of Island X
(HarperCollins Canada, 2011)
The fun and exciting follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Ship of Lost Souls
The Ship of Lost Souls
(HarperCollins Canada, 2009, Uniscorp Bulgaria)
Sharp, funny and with a modern edge, a fresh take on the familiar pirate story — with a girl at the helm.
Nominee, 2011/2012 Red Cedar Award, Fiction
Finalist, 2010-2011 Chocolate Lily Award, Novel Category
Finalist, 2010 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize,
British Columbia Library Association
Emerging Writer Award for 2010,
Canadian Authors’        Association/BookLand Press


Lydia’s (Imaginary) Friends (


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:

Deluca, Marjorie

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

Dembicki, Geoff

Agent: Trena White

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,, 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:

den Hartog, Kristen

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:


The Sweetest Music (Douglas & MacIntyre) Written with Tracy Kasaboski

The Girl Giant (Simon & Schuster) And Me Among Them A teenage girl afflicted with grotesque height is blessed with powerful emotional intelligence and prescience. (Freehand Books, 2011) Canada (English): Freehand Books, April 2011
US (English): Simon & Schuster, as The Girl Giant Finalist, 2012 Trillium Book Award
Origin of Haloes (McClelland and Stewart) Perpetual Ending (Knopf Canada) Water Wings (Vintage Canada)


The Occupied Garden A Family Memoir of War-Torn Holland
(McClelland and Stewart) Written with Tracy Kasaboski




Agent: Samantha Haywood

Desrochers, Suzanne

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

DiDomizio, Nicolas

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Nicolas DiDomizio is a New Jersey-based writer currently focused on contemporary YA featuring themes of body image and gay identity. A former staff writer at millennial news site, he’s published hundreds of stories in the online lifestyle space. Additional bylines include the Advocate, Yahoo, AOL Entertainment, Medium, and more. He blogs at and tweets (with reckless abandon) at

Donovan, Kevin

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein
Kevin Donovan is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. A thirty-year veteran of the paper, he has twice won the Governor General’s Award (Michener) for public service journalism, holds three National Newspaper Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is the author of The Dead Times, a mystery novel, co-author with Nick Pron of Crime Story, and author of ORNGE: The Star Investigation That Broke the Story. Kevin is the lead reporter on the Jian Ghomeshi investigation, and he is currently at work on a book about the Ghomeshi scandal.

For more information:

Dooseman, Alexa

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Alexa Dooseman lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes, reads and walks her dog in the rain. Her humor pieces, essays and book reviews have appeared in a variety of places, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus and BuzzFeed. She has her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, a degree earned mainly by obsessing over every Emily Dickinson dash. Alexa is currently at work on her debut middle grade magical realism novel. It follows an 11 year-old girl who is willed a mysterious, plot-shifting book, leading her to discover a secret society that has protected the magic behind books throughout history. An excerpt won first place in the middle grade category of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference Contest in Seattle, WA. In her free time, Alexa can be found hiking with her husband and reading her favorite books to her newborn son.

Doyle, Terry

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Terry Doyle is a writer from the Goulds, Newfoundland. Winner of the 2017 Percy Janes First Novel Award, and finalist for the 2017 NLCU Fresh Fish Award, his work can be found in Riddle Fence, Papermill Press, Newfoundland Quarterly, and The untethered Collection of Tea-Length Prose. His debut short story collection is forthcoming from Breakwater Books in February 2019.

Duggan, Matt

Agent: Marie Campbell

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.


Cherry Electra
An accused murderer professes innocence through a series of letters to his girlfriend who will testify against him.
(Key Porter Books, 2010)adult
The Royal Woods
Sydney and her brother Turk impulsively hop a train to their uncle’s farm, finding it has been replaced by a real estate development in progress.
(Key Porter Books, 2007)ages 8 – 10

Nominee, 2009 Silver Birch, Fiction
Ontario Library Association
Nominated, Moon Beam Children’s Books Awards, 2007,
Best First Novel

Agent: Marie Campell

Dunning, Norma

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Norma Dunning is a southern born and raised Inuit writer. She is a fifth-year doctoral candidate registered at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her doctoral work examines the intricacies of policy towards Inuit who are residing outside of their land claims areas.

Dunning writes in both prose and poetry. Her debut collection of short stories, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuata Gleed Award 2018 and the Howard O’Hagan Award 2018 for best short story, as well as a bronze standing with Foreword Reviews and is being translated into French through a Montreal-based publisher.

Dunning is working on a book that critically examines the impact of the Eskimo Identification Canada system. She also working on a second collection of short stories.

Dwyer, Phil

Agent: Trena White

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



Conversations On Dying: A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death (Dundurn, Spring 2016)





Eanes, Rebecca

Agent: Sandra Bishop

Rebecca Eanes inspires parents to live wholeheartedly and see the blessed joys of parenthood on her blog,, 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.

Eaton, Jason Carter

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Jason Carter Eaton is an award-winning author and screenwriter. His children’s books have won a host of awards, been translated into numerous languages, and have sold close to a quarter million copies worldwide. His bestselling picture book How to Train a Train (Candlewick) was profiled in both the NY Times and Washington Post, and was listed as one of the Best Books of 2013 by the NY Public Library. Its sequel, How to Track a Truck was on School Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016.

SLJ listed his picture book Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! (Candlewick) as one of the Funniest Books of 2017, and it was just his week chosen for the International Literacy Association Children’s Choices Reading List. The Catawampus Cat (Crown) was on Huffington Post‘s Most Charming Books of 2017. Jason’s middle-grade novel The Facttracker (HarperCollins) sold to MGM and 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum) with David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct in a bidding war for $1 million.

Jason has three new picture books coming out in 2018-2019, Pop! (First Second) Fro (Macmillan) and Bad Brows (Abrams), as well as his second middle-grade novel, Rick Stickley. His various humor pieces have appeared in venues ranging from McSweeney’s to BBC Radio.

As a screenwriter, Jason has done extensive work at Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios, where he wrote the screenplay for in-house project Imaginary Friend and his original idea, Spartacus Lobster. He also wrote the story for Fox Animation’s biggest box office success to-date, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Additionally, Jason sold his original screenplay The Snitts to Cartoon Network’s live-action feature division, and completed the screenplay adaptation of his novel, The Facttracker for MGM. He recently worked for a year at Warner Bros. TV Animation developing alongside the Roald Dahl Estate on a show set in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory universe.

Eaton, Susan R.

Agent: Amy Tompkins

A geoscientist, journalist and explorer, Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, she explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle.

In the past decade, Susan has participated in seven science-based expeditions focused on documenting climate change and ocean change in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Labrador, Nunavut, Greenland, Svalbard, Spitzbergen and Iceland.

In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the same organization named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers. In 2018, Ocean Geographic named her one of the “Ocean’s Best” 18 most influential women leaders in ocean conservation.

As a freelance writer, Susan reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, space, geotourism and adventure travel. Her articles and photographs have been published in Canadian, American and international magazines and newspapers, including The Geographer, Water Canada, Canadian Geographic, Ocean Geographic, Outpost, Popular Mechanics, Explorer, DIVER Magazine, ALERT Diver, DivePhotoGuide, New Technology, Alberta Oil, Business Edge, Financial Post, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Susan lives in Cochrane, Alberta, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. She is working on a children’s science book (ages 9 to 12 years) that investigates the impacts of disappearing sea ice in the High Arctic.

Learn more at:

Edwards, Wallace

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:


Woodrow at Sea (Pajama Press, 2017)
What is Peace? (Scholastic Canada, 2016)
Edwards explores peace, and invites young readers to think about what that means to them. In a series of linked questions combined with Edwards’ singular art, the concept of peace is picked up, shaken, turned all around, and carefully examined from every angle.
Once Upon a Line cover
Once Upon a Line (Pajama Press, 2015)
“The test of any high-concept book is the execution and Edwards totally pulls it off, creating a sort of If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller for the under-10 set.” – Globe & Mail
Unnatural Selections (Orca, 2014)
Wallace Edwards invites us into the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist who takes suggestions from schoolchildren in order to create fantastical hybrid animals.


Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe
An entertaining journey through dream-like surprises.
(Orca, 2012)


Cat’s Pajamas A second collection of idioms, companion to Monkey Business, bringing new meaning to familiar sayings. (Kids Can Press, 2010)
The Painted Circus Visual puzzles and optical illusions abound for readers of this tour de force work of art.
(Kids Can Press, Can, Fall 2007) Nominated, 2007 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration
The X-Tinct Filesdesigned by Karen Powers(Kids Can Press, Can, Fall 2006) Selected, 2008-2009 Horned Toad Tales List
Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, Texas
Short-listed, 2007 Libris Award, Book Design of the Year
Canadian Booksellers’ Association
Mixed Beasts (Kids Can Press, Can, 2005) Nominated, 2005 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration
Short-listed, 2006 Amelia Frances-Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration
Monkey Business (Kids Can Press, Can, 2004) Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2009, Non-Fiction
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2005
Ontario Arts Council
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustration Award, 2005
Canadian Library Association
Great Book Award, 2005, Canadian Toy Testing Council
Alphabeasts (Kids Can Press, Can, 2002) Winner of the Governor General’s Award
for Children’s Illustration, 2002
Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award for Excellence
in Canadian Children’s Literature, 2003


You Are the Earth by Dr. David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden
(Greystone Books, 2010)Revised and expanded edition.
Since You Are the Earth was first published in 1999, there has been a dramatic rise in concern about the environment. Through media, the Internet, and school, kids today are more aware of issues such as climate change, pollution, and energy shortages as well as recycling and other conservation measures.

Online Press

  Podcast Interview with Just One More Book! – May 2007

Ehm, Erica

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

Not only is Erica Ehm one of Canada’s most recognized personalities from her decade hosting shows on MuchMusic, today she runs one of the largest online publishing and marketing brands for the Canadian mom market. She is CEO of Ehm & Co, a digital marketing agency and publisher of its flagship digital platform for parents, Erica is also an author, award-winning songwriter, actor, journalist and broadcaster. Her greatest achievement to date is raising her two teenagers, Josh and Jessie, who, along with husband Terry, help put life into perspective.

Elliott, Alicia

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Photo Credit: Ayelet Tsbari

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The ButterRoom, GrainThe New Quarterly, CBCGlobe and MailViceMaclean’s, MaisonneuveToday’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. Alicia was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC.

Elton, Sarah

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


Consumed Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet
(HarperCollins Canada, 2013)
Locavore From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat Shortlisted, 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards,
Special Interest Category, English language

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Emes, Pete

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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

Enfield, Tyler

Agent: Shaun Bradley

Tyler Enfield is an Edmonton-based writer and photographer. He is the author of four novels, including Madder Carmine (Great Plains Publications, 2015), winner of the 2016 High Plains Book Award, and finalist for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Prize. His film, Invisible World (National Film Board of Canada, 2017) was co-written with Madeleine Thien, and winner of three Alberta Screen Awards. Other awards include ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, New Brunswick Literary Prize for Fiction, and the Moonbeam award. You can learn more about him at


Carmine Madder, Great Plains Publications, 2015

Madder Carmine is a masterpiece… Enfield’s fever dream of a classical quest is dizzying, poetic and original… a major work that deserves to be celebrated.”
​- High Plains Book Award judges

“Brilliant… mind-bending… in the same frenetic vein as Patrick DeWitt’s genre-bashing novels, Tyler Enfield’s Madder Carmine is a step of above, and vividly beyond.”
– Thomas Trofimuk, author of Waiting for Columbus

“Original and gripping right up to the final page…”
Publishers Weekly

English, Kathy

Agent: Trena White

Kathy English has been public editor of the Toronto Star since 2007. She began her journalism career at the Brantford Expositor in 1976. She has since reported and edited for six Canadian daily newspapers, including the Star and the Globe and Mail. She was a faculty member with Ryerson School of Journalism from 1989 to 1999. In her Ryerson sabbatical year, she completed a Master’s degree in Canadian history, writing a thesis on twentieth-century newspaper ownership trends and the demise of family ownership of Canadian newspapers.

After departing from Ryerson’s journalism faculty, Kathy launched websites for two Canadian media companies, SunMedia ( [1]) and Transcontinental Media ( [2]), and also directed the launch of the San Francisco-based parenting website BabyCenter Canada.

Kathy is currently chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s programming committee, which produces “J-Talks” on issues related to journalism and democracy. She is a member of the Ryerson School of Journalism professional advisory board and serves on the professional advisory board of the Sheridan College journalism program. She is on the board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation and is a member of the advisory board of Informed Opinions. She is a former board member of the Association of News Ombudsmen and of the Canadian National Newspaper Awards.

Ernst, Thom

Agent: Rob Firing

Thom is a Toronto based writer who’s work has appeared in Toronto Star, National Post, Playback Magazine and various other publications. He is known to Ontario audiences for his role as host, producer and interviewer on TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies as well as his broadcast work on CBC Radio. Thom is currently at work on his debut, an astonishing and beautiful memoir called, The Wild Boy of Waubamik.

Ernst, Kathleen

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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:

Author photo by Geri Gerold

Series Fiction

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 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
EKDeathonthePrairieCov 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

American Girl
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)


Hearts of Stone (Dutton, 2006) Council of Wisconsin Writers Children’s Literature Award, 2007
Editors Choice Title, Historical Novels Review, February 2007,
Historical Novel Society “Like an old-time ballad, Hearts of Stone transports readers into a lyrical, essential world brimming with life and spirit. It succeeds in that rarest of objectives – to both wrench and warm the heart. Highly recommended. Age 12 and up.”
– Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Novels Review
Highland Fling (Cricket Books, 2006)
Betrayal at Cross Creek (Pleasant Company, 2004)
The Ghosts of Vicksburg (White Mane Publishing, 2003)
Whistler in the Dark (Pleasant Company, 2002) Agatha Award nominee, Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery
Malice Domestic, 2003
Trouble at Fort La Pointe (White Mane Publishing, 2000) Edgar Award nominee, Best Children’s Mystery,
Mystery Writers of America, 2001
Retreat from Gettysburg (White Mane Publishing, 2000) Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Book Award,
Council of Wisconsin Writers, 2001
The Bravest Girl in Sharpsburg (White Mane Publishing, 1997)
The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry (White Mane Publishing, 1996) Books for the Teen Age list, New York Public Library, 1998


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:

Ernst, Kathleen

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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:

Author photo by Geri Gerold

Series Fiction

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 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
EKDeathonthePrairieCov 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

American Girl
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)


Hearts of Stone (Dutton, 2006) Council of Wisconsin Writers Children’s Literature Award, 2007
Editors Choice Title, Historical Novels Review, February 2007,
Historical Novel Society “Like an old-time ballad, Hearts of Stone transports readers into a lyrical, essential world brimming with life and spirit. It succeeds in that rarest of objectives – to both wrench and warm the heart. Highly recommended. Age 12 and up.”
– Eileen Charbonneau, Historical Novels Review
Highland Fling (Cricket Books, 2006)
Betrayal at Cross Creek (Pleasant Company, 2004)
The Ghosts of Vicksburg (White Mane Publishing, 2003)
Whistler in the Dark (Pleasant Company, 2002) Agatha Award nominee, Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery
Malice Domestic, 2003
Trouble at Fort La Pointe (White Mane Publishing, 2000) Edgar Award nominee, Best Children’s Mystery,
Mystery Writers of America, 2001
Retreat from Gettysburg (White Mane Publishing, 2000) Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Book Award,
Council of Wisconsin Writers, 2001
The Bravest Girl in Sharpsburg (White Mane Publishing, 1997)
The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry (White Mane Publishing, 1996) Books for the Teen Age list, New York Public Library, 1998


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:

Etsuko Dethlefsen, Hana

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Evans, Christine

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Christine Evans is a British expat living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has sold stories to Highlights, High Five and Hello Magazines. Her debut picture book, Evelyn The Adventurous Entomologist will be published by Innovation Press in Fall 2019. When she’s not writing you can find Christine trying out new recipes in the kitchen or running the beautiful trails of California. Find out more about Christine at and on twitter @ChristineNEvans

Faber, Sarah

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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


All is Beauty Now (McClelland & Stewart, 2017; Little Brown, 2017)










Agent: Samantha Haywood

Fagan, Cary

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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:


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)


Valentine’s Fall (Cormorant, 2009)
adult Shortlisted, 2010 Toronto Book Award “Valentines Fall has a strong current of humour and absurdity amid the pensive melancholy.”
— Winnipeg Free Press”[Cary Fagan is] a fine literary craftsman.”
— Canadian Jewish News
The Little Underworld of Edison Wiese adult
(Hungry I Books, 2003)
The Mermaid of Paris adult
(Key Porter, 2003)
Felix Roth adult
(Stoddart, 1999)
Sleeping Weather adult
(The Porcupine’s Quill, 1997)
The Animals’ Waltz adult
(St Martin’s Press, New York, 1996, as Der Klang des Glucks, Bastei Lübbe Germany, 2002)

Series Fiction

The Boy in the Box Master Melville’s Medicine Show Book One

Kidnapped! Sullivan’s dream of a life on stage turns nightmarish.
(World Rights Available Ex: Canada (English): Penguin Canada US (English): Clarion

Film Rights Available, Published)

Jacob Two-Two On the High Seas Jacob and his family board a ship to cross the ocean unaware of their adventures ahead.
(Tundra, 2009)Illustrated by Dusan Petricic,
written with the full support of the Mordecai Richler family Nominee, 2011-2012 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
Listed, The 15 Books That Mattered, 2009, Quill & Quire
Directed by Kaspar Snit(Tundra, 2007)”Fagan exercises his imagination in every sentence, with fresh, entertaining prose and all that goes along with it — characters that show real character, a nice twinge of sympathy for the growing girl and hilarious parodic moments that will have kids rethinking many a cliché of plot and script. Sheer fun.”
— Toronto Star”Fans of the first book, The Fortress of Kaspar Snit, will be delighted with this humorous, action-packed sequel. Eleanor is an endearing protagonist: smart and perceptive, yet believable as she struggles with preteen moodiness and rebellion. Mrs Leer, a captivating mixture of whimsy and practicality, comes alive from the first moment. Snappy dialogue and a fast-paced plot keep the story moving.”
— Quill & Quire
The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Tundra, 2004) 2006 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award
Silver Birch Honour Book

Picture Books

Thing-Thing A story so rich in words and images that, despite taking place in a matter of seconds, Thing-Thing will be remembered as vividly as a child’s favorite toy.
illustrated by Nicolas Debon
(Tundra, 2008)
My New Shirtillustrated by Dusan Petricic(Tundra, 2007) Nominee, 2009 Blue Spruce
Ontario Library Association
Ten Old Men and a Mouseillustrated by Gary Clement(Tundra, 2007)
Daughter of the Great Zandiniillustrated by Cybele Young(Tundra, 2001)
The Market Weddingillustrated by Regolo Ricci(Tundra, 2000) Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature
Sydney Taylor Honor Book
World Storytelling Award
Gogol’s Goatillustrated by Regolo Ricci(Tundra, 1998)

Early Readers

Mr. Karp’s Glass ages 8-10
illustrated by Selçuk Demirel(Groundwood, 2008)


My Life Among the Apes (Cormorant, 2012) Longlist, 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize
The Doctor’s HouseAnd Other Fictionadult
(Stoddart, 2000)”Nobody who knows Fagan’s writing will be surprised at either the compelling narrative pace of his ‘miniature’ or the poetry of his language and imagery. There is nothing superfluous here, nothing flashy or self-conscious — only the writing of someone to whom the act of writing seems as natural as the act of breathing.”
— Quill & Quire

— The Globe and Mail

The Little Black DressTales from Franceadult
(Mercury Press, 1993)
History Lessonsadult(Hounslow Press, 1990)

“[Fagan] is a psychological realist in the best sense of the tradition.”
— The Globe and Mail

“Charming and quietly surprising … insightfully gentle stories.”
— Canadian Literature

“A very, very fine short story writer.”
— Timothy Findley


Beyond the Dance A Ballerina’s Life
written by Chan Hon Goh and Cary Fagan(Tundra, 2002) Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award, An Alberta Children’s Choice Book Award
Finalist, 2003 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
City Hall and Mrs God(Mercury Press, 1990)”A passionate exercise in citizenship.”
— Rick Salutin

Falk, Dan

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:

author photo Sara Desjardins Photography


  The Science of Shakespeare – A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe (World Rights Available Ex: Canada, Goose Lane, Spring 2014 US, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, Spring 2014; Film Rights Available)
In Search of Time Journeys Along a Curious Dimension
A fresh look at the concept of time from the author of Universe on a T-Shirt.
(McClelland & Stewart, Fall 2008)World Rights Available Ex:
English Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 2008
US: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2008
Chinese (complex characters): Owl Publishing House”Dan Falk is a riveting writer: his latest book is almost unputdownable. He covers an eclectic range of fascinating topics – from prehistory to the far future. Time is a mysterious commodity: we gain, spend, save and lose it. But everyone should make enough time to read In Search of Time.”
– Martin J. Rees, author of Just Six Numbers and Our Final Hour
Universe on a T-ShirtThe Quest for the Theory of Everything Canada: Penguin
US: Arcade
Hebrew: Kinneret
Portugese: Editora Globo
Japanese: Seidosha
Korean: Whistler
French: Fides 2003 John and Margaret Savage First Book Award,
Atlantic Book Awards
2003 Science in Society Journalism Award,
Canadian Science Writers’ Association “Mixing simple explanation and personal profiles with touches of philosophy and whimsy, T-Shirt gives a highly accessible introduction to some tough and important physics. ”
– American Scientist”Falk’s prose is familiar and clear, and the book hangs together well. . . . The author has a knack for popularizing modern physics. . . . The book as a whole offers an accessible . . . overview of the history of physics and is a reasonable introduction to physics past and present for readers with little science background. ”
– Publishers Weekly”Entertaining. . . Falk makes the history of Western science seem fresh and new, and the mysteries of modern physics remarkably accessible. With humor, brevity, and clarity . . . the author brings history and personalities to life. . . . Among the recent books attempting to translate, for the non-mathematicians, the leading edge of a science whose concepts can only be accessed mathematically, this may well be the most successful. ”
– School Library Journal


“Totally Genius” (Walrus Magazine, 2005) 2005, Honourable mention, Science, Technology, and Environment,
National Magazine Awards

Radio Documentaries

“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
(Radio Programming)
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,
(broadcast category)
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,
(broadcast category)
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

Falligant, Erin

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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

Fang, Vicky

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Vicky Fang is a writer from Mountain View, CA, where she makes gadgets, plays with her kids, and writes children’s books. She loves crafting experiences that deliver wonder and delight. As a UX designer at Google and Intel Labs, she has been designing tech experiences for kids for the last 5 years – including DIY robots, coding activities, and voice-enabled games. She writes board books, picture books, and chapter books to empower kids, particularly in STEM topics. Her first picture book is due for publication with Sterling in Fall of 2020.

Farquhar, Jennifer

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Felicien, Perdita

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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 YearKeys 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.

Fergus, Maureen

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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

Author photo by Jay Gaune

Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby (Groundwood Books, 2016)

Soon to be available in German. An Ontario Library Association Best Bests Top Ten Selection, 2016.

Buddy and Earl Go Exploring (Groundwood Books, 2016)

A National Post Best Book of the Year.

Buddy and Earl (Groundwood Books, 2015)

Soon to be available in German. A Boston Globe Best Kid’s Book of 2015

A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book Award, 2015

  InvisiBill (Tundra, 2015)

Nominee, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Nominee, The Saskatchewan Diamond Willow Reader’s Choice Award,

Nominee, The Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award 

Nominee, The McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award.

Available in Dutch and Korean.

A Dog Day for Susan (Owlkids, 2016)

An Ontario Library Association Best Bets Top Ten Selection, 2016.

 The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold (Tundra, 2016)

MyMomCametoKindergartenCov The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten (Kids Can Press, 2013)

Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading, 2014-2015
Best Book, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2013

FMTomorrow'sKingdomCovTomorrow’s Kingdom (World Rights Available Ex: Canada: Penguin/Razorbill Canada 2014 Film Rights Available)


The Fool’s Errand (World Rights Available Ex: Canada: Penguin/Razorbill Canada 2013
Film Rights Available)

                  The Gypsy King (World Rights Available Ex: Canada: Penguin/Razorbill Canada 2013 Film Rights Available)

Shortlisted, The Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, 2014
Nominee, Snow Willow Reader’s Choice Award, 2014
Nominee, McNally Robinson Book for Young People, 2014
Best Book, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2013


Kids Can Press, 2010

Winner, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award (Manitoba Book Awards), 2011
Nominee, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award), 2011
Silver Birch Official Selection, Ontario Library Association, 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:

Firing, Rob

Agent: Samantha Haywood

FiringRobbwRob 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.

Fischer Guy, Christine

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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 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:


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

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Fisseha, Rebecca

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Rebecca Fisseha’s fiction and nonfiction explores the Ethiopian diaspora. Her debut novel, Daughters of Silence, is set in Ethiopia and Canada, against the backdrop of the widespread shutdown of airline travel due to the eruption in 2010 of a volcano in Iceland. Daughters of Silence tells the story of Dessie, a bereaved and newly-single Ethiopian-Canadian woman, and her struggle to deal with her fractured family and her own traumatic past.

Rebecca Fisseha’s short fiction has appeared in The Maple Tree Literary
Supplement; Room Magazine; the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing
Anthology; Joyland Magazine; and in The Rusty Toque; and will be published
in the Addis Ababa edition of Akashic Books’ Noir series in 2018. Rebecca
also contributes to Selamta, the in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines.
Her play, wise.woman was produced by b current at the Theatre Centre in
2009 in Toronto

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in
Communications and Culture from York University; a Diploma in Writing for
Film and Television from the Vancouver Film School; and a Certificate in
Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. She was also recently
awarded a Chalmers Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. Rebecca Fisseha
was raised in Ethiopia, Austria, and Switzerland; and has been based in
Toronto since 1998.

Twitter: @rebsee

Fleck, Jessika

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker and knitter – she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, The Kidliterati. Her YA fantasy, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled Teen) is currently available. THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases in the fall of 2018.

Jessika is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Florence, Melanie

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her most recent picture book, Stolen Words, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, shortlisted for the Martha Baillie Picture Book Award, and was given a starred review by Kirkus, who listed it as one of the best picture books of 2017 to give readers strength. Her other books include Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway.

In her spare time, Melanie watches Doctor Who and Harry Potter with her daughter, discusses the DC vs Marvel Universes with her son and makes her husband sit through scary movies with her. She shares her Toronto home with her family, their two dogs (Henry and Daisy), two cats (Shadow and Oreo) and a backyard that seems to constantly attract wildlife.

Photo Credit: Ian Crysler

Foad, Lisa

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Foley, Eric

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

Forrest, David

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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, an online magazine on trends and innovation.

Foss, Krista

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


  Smoke River (McClelland and Stewart, 2014)

Fowles, Stacey May

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:



Best Canadian Sports Writing (ECW Press, 2017)




Baseball Life Advice (McClelland & Stewart, 2017)






Infidelity (ECW Press, 2013)




Fear of Fighting (Invisible Publishing, 2008)




Be Good (Tightrope Books, 2007)






Frayne, Jill

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Jill Frayne’s first book, the travel memoir Starting Out in the Afternoon: A Midlife Journey Into Wild Land (Random House Canada, 2002) was lauded by The Globe and Mail as having writing that was “transcendental, ecstatic, as crisp and clear as Lake Superior in October”. It was a finalist for a Governor General’s Award. She has been published in The Walrus, Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Up Here and Explore magazines, among others. Jill Frayne worked with kids and families in a counselling agency in northern Ontario for many years. She lives on a bush lot north of Parry Sound and spends winters in the wild mountains on the Yukon border. Her novel Say I Am is currently on offer.

Photo Credit: Jack Elliott 

Freeman-Haskin, Leah

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Leah Freeman-Haskin is a children’s writer in Los Angeles. Born in Boston, MA, Leah holds a degree in English and studio art from Boston College. As the daughter of an artist, she spent many years traveling and living abroad, continuously inspired by art and literature. Though she spent much of her youth writing poetry and creative fiction, it wasn’t until the birth of her son three years ago that she rediscovered her love for children’s picture books. 

Leah is currently working on her first children’s book, a heartfelt story about defining beauty and self-acceptance.

Frey, Ron

Agent: Trena White

FreyRbw 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.

Friesen, Bernice

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

friesenbernicebwBernice 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 showing pieces of visual art and intellectual adventures. You might see her wearing these objects.

Gail Coles, Megan

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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, SquawkThe 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.



García McCall, Guadalupe

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Guadalupe García McCall is the author of Under the Mesquite (Lee and Low Books, 20111), a novel in verse which received the prestigious Pura Belpre Author Award, was a William C. Morris Finalist, and was included in Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2011, among many other accolades. Her second novel, Summer of the Mariposas (Tu Books, 2012), won a Westchester Young Adult Fiction award and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Shame the Stars (Tu Books, 2016), received a starred review form Kirkus, is a Commended Title for the América’s Book Award and was chosen as a Texas Great Reads by the Center for the Book in affiliation with Texas State Library and the Library of Congress. All the Stars Denied (Tu Books, 2018) has already received a Kirkus starred review. Guadalupe is an Assistant Professor at George Fox University and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Garrett, Leslie

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:


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:

Garvie, Maureen

Agent: Marie Campbell

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

Gennari, Jennifer

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Jennifer Gennari is the author of My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012), which was recognized as an Association of Booksellers for Children New Voices title, Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year selection and American Library Association Rainbow List title. A graduate of Vassar College and Vermont College of Fine Arts, she is a former reporter and a regular writing tutor volunteer at 826 Valencia.

Jen lives with her husband on a houseboat in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends time every summer on Lake Champlain in Vermont with their four grown daughters. She shares updates on writing, biking, and floating home life on twitter @JenGenn and Instagram. Learn more at

Jennifer is represented by Andrea Cascardi.

Ghent, Natale

Agent: Rob Firing

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:

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,
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:

Giardini, Anne and Nicholas

Agent: Trena White

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.



GAGNStartleIlluminatecovStartle and Illuminate: Carol Shields On Writing (Random House Canada, Spring 2016)





Giese, Rachel

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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’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

Gold, Kerry

Agent: Trena White

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.

Goodman, Susan E.

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

To research some of her 30+ nonfiction books for children, Susan E. Goodman has paddled down the Amazon River, swung up onto the steel of a (very tall) New York skyscraper, and shivered in the Arctic Circle.

Her books include ALA Notable All in Just One Cookie and On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time, Washington Post‘s Top Picture Book of its year. Other books, such as, How Do You Burp in Space? And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know, The Truth About Poop, and It’s a Dog’s Life: How Man’s Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World have shared a dozen state book award nominations between them and have been Junior Library Guild selections.

Susan’s latest book is The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial. The New York Times called it “an eloquent, inspiring reminder that the march toward justice is a long, twisting journey.” Among other awards, The First Step has been named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book, Carter G. Woodson Honor Book, an ILA Teachers’ Choice Pick, and the 2017 Massachusetts State Book Award for Children.

Susan, who lives in Boston, also teaches children’s book writing at Lesley University’s Low Residency MFA Program in Cambridge, MA.

To learn more about her, visit

Gould, Havard

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:

Grandits, John

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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:


Dog and Cat Concrete Poems
(Clarion Books)

Picture Books

Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria (Clarion Books, 2017)

“Grandits and Austin team up again to bring readers more school rules that they should (not!) follow. Some solid advice about both the cafeteria and life is embedded in this tongue-in-cheek tale.”

“Viewers learn along with Kyle that anxiety-inducing situations aren’t always what they seem.”


GJTenRulesCovTen Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus (Clarion Books, 2011)

2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award

”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.”
Publishers Weekly


The Travel Game Tad and Aunt Hattie take an imaginary trip to Hong Kong. Funny and tender. (Clarion Books) illustrated by R.W. Alley




Pictures Tell Stories (Open Court)




Blue Lipstick Concrete Poems (Clarion Books, 2007)

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


Technically, It’s Not My Fault Concrete Poems (Clarion Books, 2004)

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)


Grant, Vicki

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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:

Author photo by Meghan Tansey Whitton


Short for Chameleon (HarperCollins Canada, 2017)

“A near perfect book. It bursts with a unique voice and a delightfully surprising plot. ” – Quill & Quire
Four stars and “Highly recommended” – CM Magazine
“Part mystery, part romance…all heart” – National Reading Campaign.
“Madcap humour…I frequently laughed out loud.” -Canadian Children’s Book News
“Original, hilarious and evocative.” -Resource Links
GVSmallBonescovSmall Bones (Orca, 2015)
“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

Hold the Pickles When Dan Hogg’s uncle offers him some work at a food fair he is happy until he finds out it means being a hotdog mascot to coax people to try samples.(Orca, 2012)

“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.
(Orca Books)

Book of Note, TriState YA Review Group, 2011



Not Suitable for Family Viewing Robin, daughter of internationally beloved talk show host Mimi Schwartz, digs into the surprising past they share.(HarperCollins Canada, 2009)

-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


Dead-End Job (Orca Soundings, 2006) ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults Readers




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


The Puppet Wranger (Orca, 2005)

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

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Gray, Rita

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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:

Picture Books


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 “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

Green, Louise

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Griffin, Daniel

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Daniel Griffin is the author of a collection of stories, Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press, 2011), and of the 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:


Two Roads Home (Freehand Books, 2017)




Stopping for StrangersStopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press, 2011)




Grimes, Shaunta

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Shaunta Grimes loves books. They are the holders of her favorite thing in the whole world: stories. Her second favorite thing is a good pillow fort. When she was a kid, she loved to make a fort, where she would hide from her eight little brothers and sisters and read books. Now she loves writing them. She is, in fact, writing one right this minute. Possibly in a pillow fort.

Shaunta is the author of Viral Nation, Rebel Nation, and The Astonishing Maybe. Her third favorite thing is her backyard garden. Its name is Hyperbole Microfarm.

Gros, Kathleen

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Kathleen Gros is a Toronto-born cartoonist living in Vancouver, BC. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2015. Her debut graphic novel, Last Night at Wyrmwood High, was published by Cloudscape Comics in 2015. She draws the ongoing webcomic, Lunar Maladies. Her illustration work has appeared around Vancouver on utility boxes and a bus shelter. Her second graphic novel, a queer middle grade reimagining of a classic American novel, will be published by HarperCollins in 2020.

Guertin, Chantel

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Chantel Guertin is an on-air lifestyle and beauty expert on The Marilyn Denis Show as well as morning shows across the country, a former editor at The Kitand ELLE Canada, and has written for dozens of publications including USA Today, Huffington Post, National Post, Reader’s Digest, FASHION and Chatelaine. In 2017, she founded the first-ever Lifestyle Media post-graduate program in the English-speaking world—at Centennial College—where she continues to work as a program coordinator and instructor. She has written six novels, most recently the Pippa Greene series for teens. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children.

Gunn, Genni

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

GunnGBWGenni 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).

Gunraj, Andrea

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

GunrajAbwAndrea 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 and follow andreagunraj on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Gurtler, Janet

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Janet Gurtler’s teen books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. She’s written over twenty books for teens and kids and recently edited an anthology about teen sexual harassment.

Janet lives just outside the Rocky Mountains and is so Canadian she often apologizes when people bump into her. Find out more about Janet at her website, and connect with her on Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter.

Ha, Robin

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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: and on twitter, @RobinHaArt.

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Habib, Samra

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.

Hamilton, Sheila

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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

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.

Hampson, Sarah

Agent: Samantha Haywood

HampsonSbwSarah 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.

Harbridge, Paul

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Harrison, A.S.A.

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


The Silent WifeThe 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.

World Rights:
Viking US; Penguin Canada; Headline UK; House of Books, Netherlands; La Livre de Poche, France; Editura Rao, Romania; Znanje D. D., Croatia; Sela Publishers, Israel; Berlin Verlag, German; Editora Intrinseca, Brazil; Znanje D.D, Croatian; Blackstone, Audio; Alexandra Kiado, Hungarian; Schibsted, Norwegian; Thinkingdom Media, Chinese (Simplified); Longanesi, Italian; Salamandra, Spanish; Munkhadongne, Korean; Znak, Polish; S. Patakis, Greek

Film rights optioned: Mazur-Kaplan and Blossom Films
Click for More Praise for THE SILENT WIFE (PDF)

UK & C – Headline Book Publishing
Canada – Penguin Canada (co-pub with Penguin US)
Arabic – Arab Scientific Publishers
Bahasa Indonesian – Noura Books
Bulgarian – Ciela Norma
Simplified Chinese – ThinKingdom Media Group
Complex Chinese – The Eurasian Publishing Group
Croatian – Znanje d.o.o.
Czech – Pavel Dobrovsky
Danish – JP/Politikens Forlagshus
Dutch – The House of Books
Estonian – Eram Books Ou
French – Librairie Générale Française (Le Livre De Poche)
Georgian – Palitra L Publishing
German – Berlin Verlag in der Piper Verlag GmbH
Greek – Patakis Publications S.a.
Hebrew – Sela Publishers
Hungarian – Alexandra Konyveshaz Kft.
Italian – Longanesi & C.
Japanese – Hayakawa Publishing Corporation
Korean – Munhakdongne Publishing Group
Macedonian – Pablisher Dooel
Norwegian – Vigmostad & Bjørke AS
Polish – Spoleczny Instytut Wydawniczy Znak
Portuguese in Brazil – Editora Intrinseca Ltda.
Portuguese in Portugal – Editorial Presenca
Romanian – RAO International Publishing Company
Russian – EXEM Licence Ltd.
Serbian – Vulkan Izdavastvo d.o.o.
Slovene – Ucila International Zalozba
Spanish – Publicaciones y Ediciones Salamandra SA
Swedish – Massolit Förlagsgrupp AB
Thai – Amarin Printing & Publishing Public Company Limited
Turkish – Pegasus Yayincilik TIC ve San. Lts. Sti.
Ukrainian – Krajina Mriy

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Harrison, Teva

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Teva Harrison photoTeva Harrison is an artist, writer and cartoonist. She is the author of the bestselling, award-winning, critically-acclaimed hybrid graphic memoir, In-Between Days, published by House of Anansi Press. The book won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Joe Shuster Award for Cartoonist/Auteur.

45 works from In-Between Days have been exhibited in a solo show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Teva is Principal Illustrator for the National Film Board/National Theatre production of playwright Jordan Tannahill’s Draw Me Close: A Memoir, a virtual reality theatrical experience blending live theatre and virtual reality technology.

She is a Canadian Magazine Award and National Magazine Award finalist whose writing and/or comics have appeared in The WalrusGranta,Quill & QuireHuffingtonPostCourriel InternationalReader’s Digest (Canada, International and US editions)The Globe and Mail, and more. She is a regular commentator on CBC Radio, in the Toronto StarThe Globe and Mail, and has appeared on programs including Canada AMThe Agenda with Steve Paikin, Space TV’s InnerSpaceThe Morning Show, in Maclean’sChatelaineRabble, and more.

Teva regularly speaks on creativity and leads workshops on telling life stories.

In-Between Days and Teva’s adult colouring book The Joyful Living Colouring Book are available in stores across Canada and the United States, and can be ordered directly from House of Anansi’s website.

Born and raised in rural Oregon, Teva currently lives in Toronto with her husband.

Hasley, Christina

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Hayes, K.C.

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

K.C. Hayes grew up along the Ohio River in Pennsylvania and now lives near the Clark Fork River in Montana. He is a former lounge-band guitarist, a former copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather, a former small ad agency owner, the inventor of a patented cardboard kid’s playhouse, and the writer and designer of many humorous (or so he thought) greeting cards published by a division of American Greetings.

These days K.C. thinks up ideas for interactive children’s books. His first effort will be published by Chronicle Books in 2020. He is working on a number of new books written and engineered to entice kids into reading.

Hébert, Philip

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Hemming, Deborah

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Deborah Hemming is a writer and librarian from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She holds a Master of Arts in English from McGill University, a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of King’s College. For many years, she worked as a food writer. Deborah currently splits her time between Vancouver and Wolfville, NS.

Herdman, John

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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

Hernandez, Catherine

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, actor, playwright, and author. Her first novel, Scarborough, draws on her experience as a home daycare provider for children in the City of Scarborough. Scarborough follows the lives of three children who inhabit Toronto’s low-income east end. Bing lives under the shadow of his father’s mental illness, while his mother works tirelessly in a nearby nail salon. Sylvie, along with her family, rides the waves of the shelter system and the complications of special-needs education. Laura’s mother neglected her, and when she moves in with her father, her situation worsens. Ms Hina, a compassionate community worker, works with limited resources to enhance the lives of her students, despite the severe poverty, drug use, and crime that affect the lives of her innocent charges. Scarborough was a finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, and was a co-winner of the the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for Fiction in 2015. Catherine’s next novel, Crosshairs, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2020. She lives in Toronto.


Hertwig, Benjamin

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Benjamin Hertwig’s debut collection of poetry, Slow War, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for personal journalism, the Prairie Fire Non Fiction Award and the Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in the New York Times, Prairie Schooner, the Maine Review, NPR, the Walrus, THIS, Ricepaper, Maisonneuve, the Literary Review of Canada, Southword, CV2, Geez, Freefall, Pleiades, and Alberta Views, among others. Since graduating from high school he has spent time as a soldier, a bike courier, a tree planter, an inner city housing worker, a painter, and a ceramicist. He is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia.

Hill, Miranda

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


Conduct (Doubleday Canada, 2015)
Sleeping Funny (Doubleday, 2012)A masterful collection united by its suspense, surprise and crisp prose.

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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Ho, Karen

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

For more information on Karen, you can check out her website, or find her on Twitter: @karenkho.


Holborn, Hannah

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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:
Author photo by Garrett Holborn

Short Stories

Fierce (McClelland & Stewart 2009)

Horvath, Polly

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

HorvathPbwPolly 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.

Hozar, Nazanine

HozarNbwNazanine 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.

Huebert, David

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

HuebertDavidbwDavid 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.

Hughes, Clara

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Humphrey, Anna

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Ibrahim, Djamila

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Djamila Ibrahim’s debut short story collection Things Are Good Now was one of Now Magazine‘s 10 Books To Be Excited About in 2018, and has made several CBC lists of Books/Writers To Watch For in 2018. Things Are Good Now has been reviewed favourably in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada (LRC), Quill and Quire, This Magazine and Toronto Life. Djamila’s stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest.

Djamila was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was formerly a Senior Advisor for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  She now lives in Toronto.

Inglis, Kate

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Irwin, Jennifer

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Jackson, Marni

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


Home Free The Myth of the Empty Nest
World Rights Available Ex:
Canada (English): Thomas Allen
Germany: Beltz
  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

Jass, Vanessa

Agent: Rob Firing

Vanessa Jass came from very humble beginnings and a physically abusive childhood. At 17 years old she was thrown out of her parents’ home and ended up in a horrific situation as a victim of domestic human trafficking. At 18 years old her roommate and friend Kelly was murdered, and Vanessa, being the last to see Kelly alive, was forced to identify the body. After several attempts at escape, and close calls with death, Vanessa was able to leave that violent life behind, carving out a life for herself and her new baby boy.

With the assistance of government funding, scholarships, and other resources, she attended university for 8 years and became a lawyer. She opened and ran her own firm for over 15 years until complex PTSD took over her thoughts. She kept this secret for many years, and the traumatic memories and thoughts of her former friend never left her mind. 27 years had gone by since the murder, and she always believed that she survived and suffered for a particular reason, but did not know why. She soon discovered the reason, and that it was time to tell her story. It was time to use her experience to show the world that human trafficking is not only a news headline. The victims are real girls, real sisters, real daughters, real mothers, real brothers, and real sons.

I AM REAL is Vanessa’s story.

Jennings, CS

CS does illustrations for the children’s markets, but goes wherever his pencil will take him. Publishing, gaming, editorial, advertising, entertainment, animation, commercial, apparel, apps, greeting cards—yep, he has pretty much done everything.

CS loves writing and illustrating for children. He wrote Hello, Texas! (Sterling Publishing). He was the author-illustrator of the picture book Animal Band (Sterling Publishing). As an illustrator he has drawn books for Penguin Group Books, Scholastic, Stone Arch Books, and Sterling Publishing. CS loves collaborating with art directors and editors. Storytelling has always inhabited CS’s drawing. As CS writes more, his stories find their expression in words.

CS honed his illustration chops in newspapers; he’s a master of the quick turnaround. Whether it’s knocking out pirates and sharks for Duracell, box-top skunks and porcupines for the Would You Rather? series of games, character and environment concepts for Disney Interactive, or a bunch of player caricatures for an ESPN: The Magazine article.

Design has been a guiding force in CS’s life. CS has a degree in graphic communication with an informal study in illustration. In CS’s career he has been a graphic designer, art and creative director. Informed by his design training, shape and movement are key elements in his illustration work. CS believes that good design is a foundation of the industry regardless of the medium.

CS has a passion for animation. It was therefore a dream come true when CS had the chance to be an animation lead for Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly. Character design and sequential story telling are what CS has to offer to the industry.

Giving back and mentoring is crucial for CS. CS has taught at the university level, spoken to elementary and high school classrooms, and is a part of informal industry groups across the city. In that vein, in October 2016 CS took over the mantle Illustrator Coordinator for the Austin chapter of The Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrators, a vibrant community of writers and illustrators.

CS lives in Austin, Texas.

Visit CS’s website at

Jennings, S.J.

Agent: Amy Tompkins

UK born author S.J. Jennings moved to Canada sixteen years ago. His inspiration is drawn from a love of history, politics and a successful international career in IT specializing in Business Intelligence, Analytics and Big Data.

The Golkonda Project, his first novel, won the 2017 Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Novel, awarded by Crime Writers of Canada. He is currently working on a sequel to The Golkonda Project as well as a thriller based on the philosophical impact of the coming Information Revolution. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Taliaferro Jones and their two daughters.

More information on S.J. Jennings can be found at his website:

Author photo by Anne de Haas.

Jensen Shaffer, Jody

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Jody Jensen Shaffer is an award-winning poet and the author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, including PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW, Missouri’s pick for the 2017 National Book Festival in Washington DC, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, and THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED. Jody’s poetry has been published in great children’s magazines like Highlights, Ladybug, and Clubhouse Jr. Jody lives with her husband and kids in Liberty, Missouri, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit Jody at or on Twitter @jodywrites4kids.

Johnson, Plum

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.”
-Catherine Gildiner, author of Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls


Agent: Samantha Haywood

Johnson, Harold R.

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

Jones, Daniel

Agent: Trena White

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.

Joseph, Lucille

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Kalman Naves, Elaine

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Kane, Kim

Agent: Marie Campbell

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.”
– Alison Lester

“A gem of a novel! Poignant, funny and blissfully unsentimental…Kane understands what it’s like to be standing on the outside looking in.”
– Clare Renner, Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT

Agent: Marie Campell

Karabaic, Lillian

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

As the host of Oh My Dollar!, a weekly financial advice radio show, and as an international public speaker, Lillian has built a reputation for talking money without being boring – covering the kinds of modern money issues that millennials face (sometimes in costume.) Her work has been featured on CBS, NPR, Vox Media, the Portland Mercury, the Oregonian, the Journal of Higher Education, Portland Monthly, and in dozens of personal finance blogs and podcasts. A repeat speaker at community events, she has given fun money management talks at over 30 colleges including Wells College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Reed College, and Portland State University. Her cat-filled purrsonal finance illustrated workbook, Get Your Money Together, was 225% funded on Kickstarter.

Karasik, Daniel

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

Kaslik, Ibi

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:
Canada: HarperCollinsCanada (2004), Harper Perennial (2005)
U.S.: Walker & Company (2006)
A/NZ: Text Publishing (2007)
Netherlands: AW Bruna (2007)
Israel: Yanshuf Publishers (2007)
Russia: Centrepolygraph (2008)
French: Éditions Intervista (2009)
Brazil: Editora Novo Conceito #7, Children’s Bestseller List, Paperbacks,
New York Times Book Review, January 27, 2008
Shortlisted, in Canada First Novel Award
Shortlisted, 2005 Young Adult Canadian Book Award
Canadian Library Association “[A] beautifully written first novel … . The prose is nuanced, eloquent and occasionally gruesome. Giselle’s downward spiral is Lowryesque in its freefall, but there are many flashes of joy and humour, and hope.”
Quill & Quire “Intricate and heartbreaking… . Kaslik’s unblinking eye shows a psyche fatally incapable of digesting life’s hurts, turning every blow into another round of self-abuse. … Imitating life more than fiction, Kaslik’s last chapters bring a bitter end as engrossing as it is uncompromising.”
The Globe and Mail “Ibi Kaslik’s debut novel is a luminescent read….Kaslik’s harsh realities are well-painted, her characters’ emotions and mistakes vivid…. The book’s emotional grip is fierce, and the hunger of its characters for love and understanding is compelling.”
eye weekly “Kaslik is a talented storyteller. This book captured something visceral and alive in every family: the power of its secrets and how we can choose to be either haunted or healed by them.”
The Georgia Straight


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

Kay, Edward

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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:


Battle of the Atlantic Scholastic Canada
Small Matter (Nerd Corps Entertainment)

Series Fiction

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)

Keating, Lulu

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Lulu Keating has been writing for over 35 years.  As a filmmaker, she has written eight feature length screenplays (two have been produced) and numerous short fiction scripts.  For several years, Keating had a regular column for What’s Up Yukon, featuring profiles of colourful characters and visitors to her home town, Dawson City Yukon.  She has also had work published in The Globe and Mail, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Geist Magazine and Yukon: North of Ordinary.

The middle child of eleven, Keating was born and raised in Antigonish Nova Scotia.  Her family was the focus of her award-winning animated film, The Moody Brood, co-produced with CBC Television.  As a university student, Keating volunteered in the Congo Zaire.  This pivotal experience inspired the movie she wrote and directed, The Midday Sun.  While she continues to make at least one film a year, Keating is currently adapting Klondike Kalahari, her screenplay, into a novel with the same name.

Kellough, Mary

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Keyser, Amber

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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 or on Twitter at @amberjkeyser.   

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Underneath It All: A History of Women’s Underwear (Twenty-First Century, 2018)

“The biologist and writer offers a fascinating examination of an often under-explored facet of life—underwear. Undergarments for women have evolved throughout the centuries from simple, plain cloth tunics and elaborate corsets made with steel or whalebone stays and to today’s contemporary bralettes and more. Historically, Keyser asserts, underwear is designed to create what ever is perceived as a perfect body. Examples are the Gibson Girl and today’s Victoria Secret Angels. The book is divided into eight chapters that follow a historical time line and place the garments in perspective with the events and culture of the time period discussed. Chapters are illustrated and contain sidebars. The writing utilizes contemporary language and examples, citing Beyoncé and ad campaigns that challenge stereotypical views of beauty. Highlights of the book are the author’s citation of women historians, writers, and entrepreneurs. VERDICT A bit niche but endlessly fascinating, a great addition to nonfiction collections.
School Library Journal, Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community College, Mt. Carmel

Tying the Knot: A World History of Marriage (Twenty-First Century, 2017)

“What’s love got to do with it? Not much, Keyser asserts in this examination of the history of marriage. Up until about 250 years ago, marriage was mainly a transaction or union of couples that entailed political, social, and economic factors. Her discussion of traditions and customs from different cultures and countries is a fascinating and insightful one. All types of unions are explored in this book, including levirate, same-sex, green card, and polyandry marriages. Keyser is straightforward and objective in her examination of different views on the institution. She highlights how changes in society (women’s rights, economic conditions, divorce rates, etc.) as well as a general shifting of attitudes has greatly affected marital unions. Keyser’s book is well researched and greatly illustrated with photographs. VERDICT This highly readable text would be a commendable addition to a social science collection for its pertinent information on cultural studies.”
School Library Journal, Jeanette Lambert, formerly at Nashville-Davidson County Schools

Pointe, Claw (Carolrhoda Lab, 2017)
KATheV-WordBannerCov The V-Word (Beyond Words, 2016)
The Way Back From Broken (Carolrhoda, 2015)

Khan, Adnan

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Adnan Khan has written for VICE, The Globe and Mail, and Hazlitt, for which he was nominated for a National Magazine Award. In 2016, he was awarded the RBC Charles Taylor Prize for emerging writers. He is working on a novel, THERE HAS TO BE A KNIFE, a story about race, class, and masculinity.

Photo credit: Magida El-Kassis

Kilcher, Atz

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.

For more information about Atz, see For a look at the popular Discovery program about his homesteading family, see Alaska: The Last Frontier.

Photo credit: Scott Dickerson

Kimmel, Fran

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

KimmelFranbwFran 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.


King, Bart

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Bart King is a longtime middle school teacher who has written over 20 funny books for kids and immature adults. Bart’s projects include an upcoming book on dad jokes called Pun Inten-Dad (Gibbs Smith, 2019) and the science-fiction adventure The Drake Equation (Disney Hyperion). Among his other titles are The Big Book of Superheroes, The Pocket Guide to Mischief, and The Big Book of Boy Stuff, which was Amazon’s bestselling children’s book for a whole day. Oh, and Bart was once called “one of Oregon’s best authors” by someone who then enjoyed a good laugh. Visit him at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or his website.

Klassen, O.S.

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

O.S. Klassen grew up in the Midwest surrounded by older sisters and a loving extended family, amidst endless fields of tall corn, Amish buggies and tornadoes. Sadly, she did not enjoy a single day of school, but things started looking up with the discovery of Jane Eyre. After graduating from the University of Oregon’s art school, she helped raise a family of six children. When not writing, she swims, plays with dogs, ballroom dances with her husband, and dreams about sunnier climates. She is currently working on her debut middle grade novel.

Knelman, Joshua

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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,, 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,
Year-end Top Ten Non-Fiction,


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

Knight, Chelene

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter.

The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” In addition to her work as a writer, Knight is managing editor at Room, programming director for the Growing Room Festival, and CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials. She often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling.

Knight is currently working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, forthcoming with Book*hug. She was selected as a 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.

Knight, Ivy

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 Bourdain to Boulud. She appears in the documentary The Heat alongside Ann Sophie Pic, Angela Hartnett and Anita Lo. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times and the New Yorker. She writes regularly for Playboy, VICE/Munchies and the Globe & Mail.

Knudson, Tara

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Tara Knudson is a former teacher who has been writing poetry and stories since she was a young girl growing up in Chicago. Her published work can be found in children’s magazines, greeting cards, calendars, and a poetry anthology for teens. Tara’s first book for children, Christmas Cookie Day, was published in October 2018. Her forthcoming children’s books, Easter Egg Day and Valentine’s Day Treats, will be published in 2020.

Tara lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two sons.

Koifman, Natasha

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

Kopecky, Arno

Agent: Trena White

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

Kopstals, Alexandra

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Alexandra Kopstals has spent the last few years embodying Tolkien’s theory that, “not all who wander are lost.” She has trekked the Andes, survived a hurricane, dogsledded through Algonquin Park, performed at Roy Thompson Hall, and spent a year in London perfecting the perfect cup of tea. When she’s not spinning those adventures into stories or newspaper articles, she can usually be found on the water, baking, or playing with her rambunctious collie, Baelfire. Hailing from Aurora, Ontario, she is an alumnus of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and the University of London, Goldsmith’s College in England. Her debut middle grade novel, Dust Buffaloes, is currently on offer.

To follow her adventures and spontaneous thoughts on life, find her on Twitter (@Alexandra _LK) and Instagram (@alexandra_alk).

Korgemagi, Pamela

Agent: Samantha Haywood

After graduating from York University’s creative writing program Pamela Korgemagi moved to Toronto where she has worked at various jobs throughout the city including being a game tester at a video game studio, receptionist at an industrial engine repair site, and human money counter in a vault. Calling to mind The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and The Bear by William Faulkner and for readers of Life of Pie by Yann Martel, THE HUNTER AND THE OLD WOMAN is Pamela Korgemagi’s first novel, which follows a female cougar as she attempts the most remarkable of feats: survival in the forest.

Kortes-Miller, Kathy

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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).

Koval, Anne

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Anne Koval is an art historian and independent curator who teaches at Mount Allison University, Mary Pratt’s alma mater. There she has unique access to the archive housing Mary Pratt’s personal papers and to the Pratt holdings at the Owens Art Gallery. She has written on a range of subjects and artistic periods from a comprehensive biography of the American artist, James McNeill Whistler, to exhibition catalogue essays on contemporary art, academic essays in a number of anthologies, and poetry. As a professor of art history, she has taught several generations art historians, curators, and artists. Mary Pratt: An Artist’s Life will be published by Goose Lane Editions. Anne lives with her family in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Kowalski, William

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:

* Limited representation – Orca Rapid Reads titles only




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Kurchak, Sarah

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Sarah Kurchak is a writer, autist, and retired professional pillow fighter from Toronto. Her work as an autistic self advocate and essayist has appeared in Hazlitt, Catapult, The Guardian, CBC, Vox, and Electric Literature. She’s also written autistically about pop culture and MMA for various outlets. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers.

Sarah is currently working on I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, a collection of essays about how she learned to hide her autism, make friends, and influence people… and how she’s currently trying to recover from that ostensible success story.

Kusugak, Michael Arvaaluk

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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:


Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2013)




The Curse of the Shaman A Marble Island Story (Harper Trophy, 2006)

Kyi, Tanya

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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 HereAnywhere but Here
Simon & Schuster, 2013


Seeing Red
Annick Press, 2012
50 Poisonous Questions
Annick Press, 2011

  • Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, 2013
  • Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers’ Association
  • Silver Birch Honour Book

Learn more at:

Lakin, Patricia

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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), which was featured on KidLit.TV for a read aloud special and 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:

Author photo by Benjahmin Koenigsberg.



Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently
(Aladdin US, 2012)
Best Books for 2013, Starred,
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee

Reprinted, 2016

(Aladdin US, 2017)



(Aladdin US, 2017)

Picture Books

  Playground Adventures
(Dial Books for Young Readers, Spring 2014)
 Muddy Mud Bud 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
for  2002
Beach Day!
(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
Rainy Day!
(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)

Picture Books

(Millbrook, 2000)
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2001
  Fat Chance Thanksgiving
(Albert Whitman, 2001)
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award
  Subway Sonata
(Millbrook, 2001)
Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Best Books for 2002
  Clarence the Copy Cat
(Doubleday, 2002)
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

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Larsen, Andrew

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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: 

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


Poppa’s Suitcasesequel to The Imaginary Garden (Kids Can Press, Spring 2016)

Picture Books 

 51rXkgdeYrL 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

51uadzygqal-_sy342_bo1204203200_ See You Next Year (Owlkids, 2015)
 517s9rj3onl-_sy384_bo1204203200_  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

Larsen, Sonja

Agent: Trena White

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:

Author photo by Emily Cooper


LSRedStarcovRed Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada, 2016)

Winner of the 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2016 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
Selected one of National Post 2016 Books of the Year
Selected one of NOW Magazine’s 2016 Books of the Year
Selected one of CBC’s 2016 Books of the Year





Lassiter, Rhiannon

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

Laukitis, Emma Teal

Agent: Sandra Bishop

Emma Teal Laukitis spent her childhood on a remote homestead in the Aleutian Islands – when she wasn’t out to sea alongside her sister Claire on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Emma and Claire have been fishermen since they were old enough to work on boats, and are now co-owners of a thriving retail business, Salmon Sisters, which is a celebration of the wild places and wild people of the North Pacific and its sustainable fisheries.

They have been featured in Vogue, Outside Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Alaska Airline’s inflight magazine Beyond, Roade’s Organic Life, Men’s Journal, on PBS News’ Good Morning America, in a video series produced by Maersk Line, and in the near future, on Chris Kimball’s new Milk Street podcast. Their merchandise and fishing business are regularly featured in fishing industry news (National Fishermen, Pacific Fishing magazines), and on local Alaskan radio. They receive several requests per week from television series producers interested in their work as female fishermen, which they have so far managed to evade. They work with a communications firm (Rising Tide Communications) whose expertise has helped them make many connections in fish-marketing, restaurant, retail, and food industries.

Lavelle, Kari

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Kari Lavelle writes both nonfiction and fiction for kids. She is also a speech pathologist and specializes in treating children who stutter. When she’s not playing with words, she enjoys exploring the city and spending time outdoors with her family.

Kari lives in Austin with her husband, their two children and their lab mix.

Follow Kari on Twitter at karip8 or Instagram at karilavellewrites.

Lawrence, Grant

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


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

Leavitt, Sarah

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 was 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 the fall of 2019 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:

Graphic Memoir

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


Lederer, Julia

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

Julia is currently working on a nonfiction project, bringing her unique sense of humour and insight to examine the implications of eating disorders, emotional technology, and the rule book she missed about casual normalcy.

Leduc, Amanda

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


Miracles of Ordinary Men
(ECW Press, Spring 2013)

Short Fiction

All This And Heaven Too
Finalist, 2012 PRISM International Fiction Contest

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Lee, Edward

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Edward Lee is a Toronto lawyer and arbitrator. Born and raised in Montreal, his fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Descant Magazine, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Strike the Wok, an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction, TOK, Writing the New Toronto, and other literary magazines. He is also the author of a radio play, Canasian Eh? His novel, The Laundryman’s Boy, is the story of Hoi Wing Woo, a Chinese teenager who comes to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1913 to work in a hand laundry. Arriving in the late fall, Hoi Wing struggles against the harsh demands of his employer, the bitter climate, and the casual bigotry of the townspeople, but he also experiences the pain and elation of first love when he befriends a young Irish scullery maid.

The novel is loosely based on the lives of the author’s grandfathers, both of whom came to Canada at the turn of the twentieth century.

Lee, Karen

Agent: Trena White

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

Lekich, John

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Lenderman, Max

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:


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.”
– Karl Moore, Associate Professor, Marketing Strategy, McGill University, Columnist for Marketing Magazine

“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.”
– Billy Melnyk, On-Premise Marketing Manager, Bacardi Canada

Lightburn, Ron

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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

Livermore, Daniel

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Daniel Livermore holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University and worked as a foreign service officer in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for more than 30 years. He served in Santiago, Chile; and at the Canadian mission to the United Nations in New York, the Canadian embassy in Washington, and the in Guatemala City. He was ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador, and following that period, was the Canadian ambassador for mine action, responsible for coordinating Canadian policy and action in the international campaign to ban landmines, for which he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. From 2002 until his retirement, Livermore was Director General, Security and Intelligence, in Foreign Affairs Canada, where he worked directly with CSIS and the RCMP.

Detained: Islamic Fundamentalist Extremism and the War on Terror in Canada (McGill-Queen’s) is Daniel Livermore’s first book. In it, Livermore explores Canada’s involvement in the critical events around 9/11 by analyzing international cooperation, and most importantly, how and where those processes went horribly wrong. Livermore highlights the tangle of inadequate procedures within various Canadian agencies and the dearth of communication among them. Both led to the horrific mistreatment of Canadians abroad, as well as government liability in expensive lawsuits. He uses cases that are well and less known  ̶  Maher Arar, Abousoufian Abdelrazik, Ahmad Elmaati, and Abdullah Almalki, and others  ̶  to illustrate his points, identifying the weaknesses in the government commissions of inquiry created to study these cases, and suggesting concrete ways in which the RCMP, CSIS, and Foreign Affairs could improve their services to Canadians in the future. As Director General, Security and Intelligence, in Foreign Affairs Canada from 2002 to 2007, Livermore’s perspective is uniquely authoritative and insightful.

Daniel Livermore is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College, University of Toronto. He lives in Ottawa.


Detained: Islamic Fundamentalist Extremism and the War on Terror in Canada
McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018

Loney, Andrea

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Andrea J.Loney is an award-winning author of children’s picture books. After earning an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU, she ran away with a circus, and then she joined the Walt Disney Company. Currently a computer teacher at LA Trade Technical College, she’s a member of SCBWI and The Brown Bookshelf. She’s also a 2nd grade reader/coordinator for Her works include Take a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee (Lee & Low Books 2017), Bunnybear (Albert Whitman & Company 2017), and Double Bass Blues (Random House Knopf 2019). Learn more at

Long, Jessica

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.

LoveGrove, Jennifer

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Photo by Sharon Harris

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Lowther, Keir

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:



Dirty BirdDirty Bird
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

Lubrin, Canisia

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Canisia Lubrin is an award-winning writer, critic, teacher and former community arts administrator. She has written for the stage and for a wide range of print and online publications, including Room Magazine, The Puritan, The Rusty Toque, Arc Poetry Magazine, Vallum, Lemonhound, The Unpublished City, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Capilano Review, and Cordite Poetry Review. Lubrin was featured on CBC’s 2017 HERStory in Black and is a 2017-2018 Poetry in Voice Poet in Residence. Poetry editor at Humber Literary Review and advisor to Open Book, Lubrin is co-artistic director and co-host of Pivot Readings and is Consulting Editor with Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is the author of augur (2017) and Voodoo Hypothesis (2017), which was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award, appeared on multiple end-of-the-year book lists, and was named a CBC Best Book of the Year. Lubrin’s next book of poetry, The Dyzgraphist, will be published in
2020 by McClelland & Stewart.

Twitter: @canisialu

Luhning, Holly

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


Quiver (HarperCollins, Pegasus, 2011)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Lye, Harriet Alida

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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 eight years. She founded and edited Her Royal Majesty, a literary arts magazine that ran for six years. Her work has been published by VICE, Hazlitt, The Happy Reader, Catapult, The Guardian, The National Post, and more. Harriet’s debut novel, The Honey Farm, was published by Nimbus in Canada, Liveright in the US and Penguin Random House in Australia. She lives in Toronto.


The Honey Farm
Nimbus Canada, April 2018; Liveright U.S., May 2018; Penguin Random House Australia, 2018

Macdonald, Nancy

Agent: Trena White
Nancy Macdonald is an associate editor with Maclean’s, based in Vancouver. Her features focus on national and global affairs. She is a Winnipeg native, and recently labeled her hometown the country’s most racist city, in a controversial Maclean’s cover story. She spends her summers on Lake of the Woods, Ont., and her free time chasing after her toddler.


Author photo courtesy of Jimmy Jeong.


Macfarlane, David

Agent: Samantha Haywood

David Macfarlane’s first book, The Danger Tree, was once described by Alice Munro as “about the best prose to come out of this country, for my money.” His first novel, Summer Gone, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second, Figures of Beauty, won the Bressani Literary Prize. Macfarlane’s newspaper and magazine work have earned both National Newspaper and National Magazine awards. His play, Fishwrap, was produced at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. His musical portrait of the city in which he lives, The Toronto Suite, was performed at the Glenn Gould Theatre with the Via Salzburg Ensemble. His two-man show, The Door You Came In (with musician and songwriter, Douglas Cameron), continues to be performed across Canada.  The show – part song, part spoken word, and based on stories from The Danger Tree  — was described by curator and writer, Sarah Milroy, as “miraculously beautiful.” Macfarlane plays rhythm guitar in the celebrated R&B band, Three Chord Johnny.  He lives in Toronto with his family.

MacGregor, Amanda

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

MacGregor72bwAmanda 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 and on Twitter @CiteSomething.

MacIntyre, Linden

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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.  Punishment, was published in 2014, and immediately won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, followed by The Only Cafe in 2017 — a best book of the year selection.

Fall 2019 will mark the release of a new work of nonfiction, The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Tsunami, about the 1929 natural disaster that wiped-out the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland.  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


The Only Cafe (US and Canada – Random House Canada, August 2017)

Quill & Quire Bookseller’s Choice, Best Books of the Year, 2017

Scotiabank Giller prize-winner Linden MacIntyre is back with a timely and gripping novel in which a son tries to solve the mystery of his father’s death–a man who tried but could not forget a troubled past in his native Lebanon.

Pierre Cormier had secrets. Though he married twice, became a high-flying lawyer and a father, he didn’t let anyone really know him. And he was especially silent about what had happened to him in Lebanon, the country he fled during civil war to come to Canada as a refugee. When, in the midst of a corporate scandal, he went missing after his boat exploded, his teenaged son Cyril didn’t know how to mourn him. But five years later, a single bone and a distinctive gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is at last declared dead. Which changes everything.

At the reading of the will, it turns out that instead of a funeral, Pierre wanted a “roast” at a bar no one knew he frequented–The Only Café in Toronto’s east end. He’d even left a guest list that included one mysterious name: Ari. Cyril, now working as an intern for a major national newsroom and assisting on reporting a story on homegrown terrorism, tracks down Ari at the bar, and finds out that he is an Israeli who knew his father in Lebanon in the ’80s. Who is Ari? What can he reveal about what happened to Pierre in Lebanon? Is Pierre really dead? Can Ari even be trusted? Soon Cyril’s personal investigation is entangled in the larger news story, all of it twining into a fabric of lies and deception that stretches from contemporary Toronto back to the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon in September 1982.

The Only Café is both a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past, if left unexamined, shadows every moment of the present.


The Only Café will transfix you with its disquieting and cautionary narrative. . . . [J]udicious and expertly timed. . . . The Only Café’s elegant prose attains a lyrical quality. . . . [A] testament to MacIntyre’s dexterity as a storyteller.” —The Globe and Mail

“[S]pare, propulsive and rich in observational detail and dialogue. . . . MacIntyre’s journalism training and experience . . . allow him to explore Lebanon’s labyrinthine, multi-factional civil war with authority and compassion.” —James Grainger, author of Harmless, Toronto Star

The Only Café is imbued with a feeling of lived authenticity.” —Quill and Quire

  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 “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)



The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Tsunami (HarperCollins Canada, Fall 2019)

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; reissued Breakwater Books)


Mackey, Allison

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Allison Mackey’s lifelong love for reading and creative writing was solidified with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Georgia in 1991. In the 90’s, Allison contributed to both the Oglethorpe Echo newspaper in Lexington, GA and the indie musicians’ magazine Visions of Gray in metro Atlanta. More recently, she has written multiple children’s stories on a contract basis with Tiny Readers Publishing in Houston, and she has authored several non-fiction/educational books for young ESL readers in Norway. Allison also loves to cook, and a recipe she helped develop with her identical twin sister Nanci is included in the 2017 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Readers’ Best Recipes and the Stories Behind Them.

Allison is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also a member of the Shoals Writers Guild in Florence, Alabama where she currently lives. She is happily married to Chad, and she is the mother of three adult children and a son-in-law.

MacNamara, Deborah

Agent: Trena White

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.

Madsen, Kirsten

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Kirsten is a writer based in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was runner-up for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize, and her fiction has been published in The Walrus, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and elsewhere. She was a finalist in both the Malahat Review and The New Quarterly fiction awards in 2017, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short story competition in 2011 and 2015. Kirsten has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis novel, The Cantilevered Universe, was shortlisted for the 2013 HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

The Cantilevered Universe is a contemporary literary novel about the inner workings of an unconventional family. After a move to an isolated Northern town, teenage Emily begins to unravel after becoming increasingly withdrawn as her siblings forsake her in search of their own lives. Nearly twenty years later, her sister Louise seeks to come to terms with Emily’s disintegration while forging a new relationship of her own. The novel exposes a family embroiled in conflict while at the same time united in their desire to protect their youngest and most troubled member. This stunning debut will be ready for consideration in January.

Magyarody, Katherine

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.

Mah, Melanie

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Melanie Mah won the 2017 Trillium Award for her debut novel, The Sweetest One, which tells the story of a seventeen-year-old’s debilitating fear brought on by belief in a family curse that dooms her and her siblings to untimely deaths after venturing beyond their small town. (The Trillium Prize jury citation reads: “With lines and imagery that are as unique as they are beautiful, Melanie Mah has crafted a story of under-told Canadian experience with deft, humour and so much grit… Mah’s work is exciting and exacting and precisely what was missing from CanLit.”)

Melanie was included on CBC Books’ 2017 list of writers to watch and the Sweetest One was on the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s list of the best books of the year. She has performed at festivals and reading series all across Canada, and has been interviewed on TV Ontario and by the CBC. Her work has been published in Brick, Prism International and Ricepaper, and she is currently at work on an intergenerational memoir inspired by the wild lives of her parents, the fights they used to have, and her relationship to their stories, their coming deaths, the past, and her culture.

Originally from the foothills of Alberta, and now based in Toronto, Melanie holds an MFA from the University of Guelph.

Maharaj, Joshna

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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

Mahoney, Meg

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Meg Mahoney is a Pediatric Intensive Care doctor in Calgary, Alberta, where she lives with her husband and three children. An avid reader and writer of stories, Meg’s writing was pushed aside as she completed medical school, residency and fellowship. As she began to see her children swept away by the same words, poetry and imagination that had captivated her, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Meg is a member of SCBWI and CANSCAIP and is currently working on her debut middle grade novel.

Malone, Stephens Gerard

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:

Author photo by David Parker


Big Town A beautiful tale of home and place in Africville, 1963.
(Nimbus, 2011)
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.
–National Post

“Miss Elva is a deeply poignant story, fashioned by a writer whose sensitivity to his characters holds us to its bittersweet ending.”
–Donna Morrissey, author of Kit’s Law and Sylvanus Now

“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.”
–Edmonton Journal

Manton Lodge, Hillary

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.


JANE OF AUSTEN (WaterBrook, June 13, 2017)

Maracle, Lee

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Lee Maracle, a member of the Stó:lō nation, is one of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated authors. In addition to receiving the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014), the Anne Green Award (2016), and the Bonham Centre Award (2017), she is also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2009) for her work encouraging writing among Indigenous youth. An exceptional author and teacher, Maracle’s diverse body of work includes poetry, short stories, collaborative anthologies, and novels, including the best-selling novel Celia’s Song (2014), which was longlisted for Canada Reads.

Maracle is the recipient of the Word Craft Circle writer of the year award, the JT Stewart Minority Voices Award, Hedgebrook Award, The Montreal First Nation’s Literary Award, Blue Metropolis International Grand Literary Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize (2018). Her new book My Conversations with Canadians is short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Maracle was also recently appointed officer to the Order of Canada (2018) for her contributions to Canada’s literary landscape.

Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto in the Indigenous Studies program. She is working on a novel and a new nonfiction project examining feminism, women, nationhood, decolonization, colonialism, settlers, allies and sovereignty.

Marko, Cyndi

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Cyndi Marko is the award-winning author-illustrator of the KUNG POW CHICKEN early chapter book series with Scholastic Branches. Book one, LET’S GET CRACKING, won the OLA’s Silver Birch®Express 2015 Award and BC’s 2015-2016 Chocolate Lily Award. It was also nominated for the 2017 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Washington State WLMA OTTER Award 2017, and was a Kirkus Best Books of 2014 selection.

Her latest book, THIS LITTLE PIGGY: AN OWNER’S MANUAL, from S&S Aladdin Pix, was chosen as one of the Chicago Public Library’s 2017 Best of the Best. Her next book also with Aladdin Pix, BOO! HISS! about a ghost and a snake who are roommates in a haunted (by them) house will be available 2019.

Cyndi studied Fine Arts at Okanagan University College in Kelowna, BC, and Graphic Design & Prepress at Humber College in Toronto, ON. She currently lives within walking distance of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia.

Photo Credit: Vivid Photography

Marks, Graham

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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

Martin, Sandra

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Martis, Eternity

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Eternity Martis is a Toronto-based journalist, and the associate editor at Xtra.

She holds a double honours major from Western University in English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies, as well as a Certificate in Writing. She is also a graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Journalism program.

She writes features, personal essays and longform pieces about race and racism, pop culture, music, relationships and women’s issues. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2017.

Her work has been featured in Vice, Salon, The Huffington Post, CBC, Hazlitt, The Walrus, Canadaland, The Fader and Complex and more.

She is currently working on a collection of personal essays about being a student and woman of colour amidst the growing anti-Black racism, white nationalism and alt-right ideologies in Canada and on Canadian campuses.

Matas, Carol

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of more than forty-five 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:

Author photo by Ruth Bonneville


Tucson Jo
(Fictive Press, 2014)

-“Recommended” by CM Magazine
-2014 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS FINALIST in the Children’s and Young Adult Literature category
-A BEST BOOK FOR KIDS & TEENS (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens 2015, Spring Edition)
-2015 McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards Finalist

Pieces of the PastPieces of the Past
The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz
(Scholastic, 2013)

-“Highly recommended” by CM Magazine
-Shortlisted for a 2104/15 Red Cedar Award (BC’s young readers’ choice award for students in grades 4 through 7)
-A BEST BOOK FOR KIDS AND TEENS (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books For Kids and Teens 2013, Fall Edition)
-A 2014 Sydney Taylor Honor Book Selection for Older Readers
-Winner of the 2014 Helen & Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Young People

Behind Enemy Lines
(Scholastic Canada, 2011)

-Chosen by the The Canadian Children’s Book Centre as one of their “Best Books” for 2012
-Nominated for the 2013 Ontario Library Association Golden Oak Award
-Shortlisted for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Book Award (An Alberta Children’s Choice Book Awards)

The Edge of When
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2011)


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Matlow, Rachel

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Rachel Matlow is an arts and culture journalist/audio producer at the CBC. She worked on Q for eight crazy years as well as Day 6, The Sunday Edition, and now, Spark. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Believer. She recently won a 2016 Third Coast International Audio Festival award and a 2017 Gabriel Award for her documentary Dead Mom Talking, and is now writing a yet-to-be titled memoir (a traumedy!) about her eccentric mother’s cancer journey.


Maxymiw, Anna

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

McBride, Karen

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Karen is an Algonquin Anishnaabe writer from the Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now Quebec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. Most recently, Karen graduated with a Master of Arts in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

Karen is currently writing a novel that follows the story of Hazel, a young Algonquin woman who returns home to her reservation to reconcile the death of her father and the legacy left in his wake. With the aid of the trickster, Nanabush, Hazel begins to unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

Presently, Karen is working as an elementary school teacher on her home reservation.

McBride, Jason

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Jason McBride is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. He is a regular contributor to Toronto Life, New York, The Walrus and many other publications. He lives in Toronto.


Kathy Acker: Her Revolutionary Life and Work (Simon & Schuster)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

McDonald, Marci

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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)

McGuire, Tara

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Tara McGuire’s short stories have been broadcast on The Sunday Edition and The Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio and published in local and international publications, such as Impact Magazine, Australian Yoga Life, The Vancouver Province, and West Coast Families. Her personal essay “Hook an Anger” was shortlisted for the 2018 Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. The new anthology, Always With Me: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child includes Tara’s prose essays “Mourning Sickness” and “Hole Family” and her poems, “Go Away” and “On Sunday.” During Tara’s twenty-nine-year career as a radio broadcaster, she interviewed many extraordinary people, including: Isabel Allende, Sarah Ferguson, Robert Redford, Roberta Bondar, Queen Noor, Goldie Hawn, Madeleine Albright, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sally Field, Isabella Rosselini, Lily Tomlin, Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson, Billy Jean King, and many others. Tara holds an Honours Diploma in Radio Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is writing her first volume-length work: a personal exploration of the opioid crisis, by examining events surrounding the overdose death of her son, Holden. Tara McGuire lives in Vancouver.

Follow Tara on Twitter @tarajmcguire and

McGuire, Ra

Agent: Rob Firing

Ra McGuire is best known as the singer and songwriter for the Canadian group, Trooper. He has written or co-written a dozen hit songs, recorded and released 11 albums, and been described, by Canadian television personality and author, Rick Mercer, as Canada’s “poet laureate of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Trooper has been awarded 5 gold and 11 platinum plaques comprising millions of sales in Canada, and received a Juno Award for Band of the Year. The Globe and Mail dubbed them “honest-to-God Canadian rock legends,” the Vancouver Sun called them “Canadian rock heroes of the first order … the best performing band in Canada,” and Joel Rubinoff of The Record wrote: “What becomes more apparent with each passing year, is that this frolicking, rollicking showcase for McGuire’s soaring pop melodies and whimsical wordplay is arguably one of the biggest Canadian bands of all time.” Trooper continues to perform sold-out shows across Canada.

McGuire is the author of two books. The non-fiction Here For a Good Time, On the Road with Trooper, Canada’s Legendary Rock Band (Insomniac Press), was described by Jim Barber of Music Life Magazine as “a witty, sometimes sad, but always honest appraisal of not only what is going on in McGuire’s life, but in his head, his heart and his spirit.” William McGuirk of Durham News called it “… a brilliant read with the necessary elements of a good story intact.” His latest book, Buddy Fucking Forever, is a hard-rock murder mystery that interweaves themes of fame, power, love and the shifting boundaries of freedom. He is currently working on the second book in that series.

McGuire is the recipient of SOCAN’s National Achievement Award for “outstanding success, predominantly in the Canadian music industry” and the West Coast Juno Award for “Best Male Vocalist”. Ra and his wife, Debbie, who live in White Rock, BC, spearheaded a three-year campaign that resulted in Surrey BC’s first Fine Arts School, and have received the World Harmony Run’s Torchbearer Award for their “collaborative commitment to inspire cultural harmony and community spirit through music, and championing the importance of fine arts in education.” The Ra and Deborah McGuire Collection is installed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and a collection of both Ra McGuire and Trooper archival material is housed at the Gatineau Preservation Centre as part of Library and Archives Canada’s permanent collection.

Here For a Good Time, On the Road with Trooper, Canada’s Legendary Rock Band (Insomniac Press)

When Canada won its second straight gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships, the song booming from the rink’s speakers was Trooper’s “Raise A Little Hell.” At hockey games and summer festivals, on Molson and Tim Hortons commercials, whether it’s Canada Day in Newfoundland or Klondike Days in Alberta, when Canadians celebrate it’s often to the music of Trooper. More than 30 years after their first hit, Trooper remains one of the country’s most enduring and popular rock bands.

In his book Here for a Good Time, Trooper’s singer-songwriter Ra McGuire chronicles life on the road with honesty and humor. The book is a backstage pass to the world of Trooper, traveling back and forth across Canada, performing 100 shows a year in as many towns and cities. Days go by without sleep; limos, vans, and planes blur together (and one blows up); the long-distance bills soar—but at the end of every travel day, the party begins when Trooper arrives in town.

Partying with fans, friends, and other Canadian rock legends, dealing with groupies, journalists, and concert promoters, or just hanging out in hotel rooms watching movies on his laptop and missing his wife and son, Ra McGuire shares a candid look at the joys and challenges of being a fifty-something rock star on tour from Tofino to Torbay.

“Canada’s soundtrack is not complete without Trooper. My Canada includes Ra McGuire as the poet laureate of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Raise a little hell indeed”. -Rick Mercer

Buddy F*cking Forever
Saints, Drugs and Rock and Roll

Buddy F*cking Forever is a hard-rock murder mystery, written by a Canadian rock legend, that interweaves themes of fame, power, love and the shifting boundaries of freedom.

In 1981, Canada’s most beloved band goes dark when two of its members disappear. In 2008, a bludgeoned body and cryptic words written in blood compel a troubled recluse to leave his Airstream hideout to begin an epic search for the truth.

Buddy F*cking Forever is a page-turning, unconventional mystery that follows a passionate crew of misfits on an unauthorized and probably misguided murder investigation that careens from the anonymity of a riverside Vancouver lumberyard, to the halls of power in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.

In Canada, fame is low-key but deep. For some, it’s the dark road to temptation, for others, a probing spotlight that sears as much as it illuminates. Buddy Forever risks everything when he steps back into that light, hoping to find justice, and peace.

McKeown, Bob

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

McLeod, Cinders

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Learn more about Cinders McLeod at and and follow her on Twitter at @cindersmcleod.

Agent: Samantha Haywood

McMahon, Ryan

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

Since 2010, McMahon has recorded 3 National comedy specials (Welcome To Turtle Island Too, UnReserved & Red Man Laughing) & 2 taped Gala sets at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

In 2012, McMahon became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV (Ryan McMahon – UnReserved). Later that year made his debut at the prestigious Just For LaughsFestival in Montreal, QC where he was named to the NEW FACES LIST at the festival. Ryan’s latest full length CBC comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015. McMahon’s new live show, Wreck-On Silly Nation, is scheduled to tour across Canada in 2018.

McMahon’s latest major project, the documentary, “Colonization Road,” just had its worldwide premiere at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival and was sold to CBC TV and it aired Nationally in January 2017.

Ryan has written for the GLOBE & MAIL, VICE, CBC, CBC Indigenous, APTN among others.

McMillan, Amber

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Amber McMillan is the author of the memoir The Woods: A Year on Protection Island (2016) and the poetry collection We Can’t Ever Do This Again (2015). In 2017, she won a Penguin Random House award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Maisonneuve, Arc, Global Poetry Anthology, Room, The Walrus and other publications across North America. She lives in New Brunswick and works as editor at Nightwood Editions.

Amber’s debut collection of short fiction, THE RUNNING TREES, asks what constitutes truth, opinion and fact, tapping into the zeitgeist of the current socio-political climate of language-based communication (texting, email). A telephone call between lovers, a confrontation between a child and her mother, even an existential discussion between talking cats. When the truth is unknown or unclear, how do we arrive at an acceptable alternative? These stories ask, in the murky terrain of feeling and memory, what’s real?

McNicoll, Sylvia

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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:


The Snake Mistake Mystery (Dundurn Press, January 2018)




The Best Mistake Mystery (Dundurn Press, January 2017)




The Artsy Mistake Mystery (Dundurn Press, August 2017)




Dying to Go Viral (Fitzhenry, 2013)World Rights Available Ex: North America: Fitzhenry
Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish: Stabenfeldt



crush. candy. corpse. (Lorimer, 2012)




McNulty, Lori

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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 was longlisted for the CBC Literary Prizes three times: she made the Short Story Prize longlist in 2010 and 2014 and made the Nonfiction Prize longlist in 2010. Lori holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA from McGill University. LIFE ON MARS is her debut collection of short fiction, and she is at work on a novel. Lori is a Vancouver-based digital storyteller and traveler.

Agent: Samantha Haywood


Life on Mars (Goose Lane Editions, 2017)

Shortlisted, 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award
49th Shelf Top Fiction Book of 2017




McQuerry, Maureen

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.

Mears, Emira

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein
Emira Mears is the co-author of The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business. She is the principal of a digital agency, Raised Eyebrow, located in Vancouver that has been working to help non-profit agencies amplify their impact online for over a decade. She is passionate about women, business and leadership, and regularly speaks about her own experiences as a female leader at conferences, including one she produces annually for the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. She adores writing and is currently working on a book about motherhood and business.
More about Emira can be found at her website:

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Melgaard, Michael

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Michael Melgaard’s fiction has appeared in Grain, The Puritan, The Antigonish Review, and other magazines in the U.S. and U.K. His story, “A Pregnancy,” was honorably mentioned in The Humber Literary Review‘s Emerging Writers’ Fiction Contest, with judge Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer calling the story “…an extraordinary, urgent, and devastating rendering.” He is a regular contributor to the National Post‘s book section, and has contributed articles and criticism to The Millions, Torontoist, and elsewhere. His first volume work, a collection of short stories, will be published by
House of Anansi Press. Michael lives in Toronto, and is working on a novel.


Methods, Bryan

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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

Methot, Suzanne

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Suzanne Methot is the author of the non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019). She is also the co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Goodminds/Pearson Canada, 2011) and a contributor to Scholastic Canada’s Take Action series of classroom resource books. Suzanne facilitates professional development sessions for the education sector, and is a speaker on various topics including human rights, Indigenous literatures, Indigenous worldviews, Indigenous approaches to health and wellness, intergenerational trauma, and decolonization. She also works as an editor and in program development for the education, environmental, museum, and arts and culture sectors.

Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in various anthologies, and her feature articles, guest columns, profiles, and book reviews have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Windspeaker, and Canadian Geographic. In 2014, Suzanne was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature.

Reviewers have called Legacy “accessible, relatable, and full of storytelling about real people,” saying that the book “uncovers the critical need for legislation that moves from creating ‘a renewed relationship’ with Indigenous peoples to creating real structural change.” The School Library Journal says Legacy is “a deeply empathetic and inspiring
work with insights of value to anyone struggling to overcome personal or communal trauma,” and Quill & Quire says the book “offers Indigenous readers testimony and some tools, and provides non-Indigenous readers depth of scope for understanding the relationships that exist between Indigenous peoples, their nations, and Canada.”

Born in Vancouver in 1968 and raised in Peace River, Alberta — which is known as Sagitawa (“where the rivers meet”) in the Nehiyawak language — Suzanne is of mixed Indigenous (Nehiyawak, Peskotomuhkati, Haudenosaunee) and European (Scottish, Norman, Russian, French Canadian) heritage. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she is working on a children’s book about hidden urban rivers and a novel set in northern Alberta.

Visit Suzanne’s website at

Micallef, Shawn

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Miller, Kayla

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Kayla Miller is a cartoonist based in New Jersey. After graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Illustration, Kayla has pursued a career writing and illustrating graphic novels for children and teens. The first of these graphic novels, Click, is due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January with a sequel already in the works.

Miller-Schroeder, Patricia

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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

Mirk, Sarah

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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,

Mirk, Sarah

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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,

Montgomery, Jon

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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:

Moodie, Craig

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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


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

Mootoo, Shani

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and lives in Canada. She holds an MA in English from the University of Guelph, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist who has exhibited locally and internationally. Mootoo’s novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She is a K.M. Hunter Arts Award and 2017 Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Midcareer Novelist Award recipient. Her visual art has been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and at the Venice Biennale at the Transculture Pavilion. She currently lives in Prince Edward County in Ontario.

Morgan, Phillip Dwight

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Phillip Dwight Morgan is a first-generation Canadian journalist, poet, and activist of Jamaican heritage. He is the inaugural Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow and his essays, op-eds, and poetry have appeared with Maclean’s, CBC,, the Toronto Star, and in Briarpatch, Spacing, and Geez magazines. Phillip is currently working on his first book, Where do we begin?, a collection of essays exploring Black identity in Canada through analyses of media representation, activism, politics, sexuality, and masculinity. Phillip views writing as a process of self-discovery, emancipation, and nourishment.

Morrill, Stephanie

Agent: Sandra Bishop

Stephanie Morrill is the creator of 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.


THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET (Zondervan, Spring 2017)




Moxley, Richard

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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,, 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

Moyles, Trina

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Trina Moyles is a freelance writer, journalist, photographer, human rights activist, and community organizer. Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World is her first book. It weaves together the narratives of female farmers and farm workers across three continents, from eight countries. A mix of travel writing and feminism, Women Who Dig is a critical look at how women are responding to, and increasingly, rising up against, the injustices of the global food system.

Ms. Moyles’ works of fiction and poetry have been published in many literary journals, and her journalism in many magazines, and on websites. Over the past ten years, Moyles has worked intimately with rural communities in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Canada, and East Africa. She focuses her research and writing on human rights, education, food security, potable water, and gender equality. In 2010, she found the Ceiba Association, a youth-run organization to promote social justice in local and global communities. Her next book will chronicle her experiences over three summers working as a Fire Tower Lookout at a remote location in Canada’s northern boreal forest. Ms. Moyles lives in Peace River, Alberta.

University of Regina Press (North America) Spring, 2018

Follow Trina on Twitter at: @trinamoyles


Women Who Dig
University of Regina Press, 2018
Cover by University of Regina Press

Mufleh, Luma

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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:

Mulder, Michelle

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Michelle Mulder is the award-winning author of many books for children, including several titles in the Orca Footprints series and the middle-grade novels After Peaches, Out of the Box, Not a Chance, and The Vegetable Museum (forthcoming 2019, Orca Books). She has written on topics ranging from pedal-powered blenders, to book exchange boxes, to buildings made from trash. She regularly visits schools and loves talking to kids about books and writing. When not writing, she can be found riding her bicycle, foraging for wild food, or wandering along the beach near her home in Victoria, British Columbia. You can visit her website at

Photo credit: David Lowes

Nadler, Ben

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Ben Nadler is a Chicago based illustrator and writer with two new original graphic novels ready for consideration. His first graphic novel, Heretics! The Wondrous (And Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy came out with Princeton University Press in 2017. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and has been making comics and graphic novels since. His online comic, Planet Street, was jury selected by the Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual. Nadler has been working on an epic science fiction graphic novel, NEW TEXAS, since 2013 (partial manuscript available). Plus, a new original graphic novel FRANCHISE is also ready for consideration. For readers of Daniel Clowes’ Wilson, in FRANCHISE a famous fantasy writer is feeling at odds with his popular book series after the movie adaptions get critically panned. When he kills off one of his main characters in an act of rebellion it sets off a chain of events that lead him to realize the universe he created has immense effects on other people in his life.

Naik, Priyanka

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Priyanka Naik is a 2017 Food Network Award Winning Chef, Food Blogger, Editor, and Influencer. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Chef Priyanka’s specialty is bringing together ingredients, flavors, and cultures through original vegetarian dishes in an Indian Twist on Global Classics. Her flavor profile and cooking skills landed her a spot on the Food Network Show Cooks vs. Cons, where she defeated two professionals and one amateur cook to take home the title of best cook and the prize of $10,000–with purely vegetarian food!

She was the first Twitter employee to be a Guest Chef at the Twitter NYC HQ and the third-ever Twitter employee to be a Guest Chef at Twitter San Francisco HQ serving over 2000, thus joining the Twitter Guest Chef “Hall of Fame” amongst Nigella Lawson, Bryant Terry, Virginia Willis, and other world renowned chefs. She is also a contributing editor to her hometown NYC-based newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, builds sponsored content with brands such as Motorola for GQ, Laxmi House of Spices, LUMI, Biena Snacks, is regularly invited to promote NYC restaurants, is a speaker at the 2018 #TECHMunch Conference and is writing her first cookbook.

A glimpse into Priyanka’s lifestyle and cooking style can be found on and YouTube.

Nawaz, Zarqa

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

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

Neaton, Claire

Agent: Sandra Bishop

Claire Neaton spent her childhood on a remote homestead in the Aleutian Islands – when she wasn’t out to sea on her family’s commercial fishing boat. Claire and her sister Emma Teal have been fishermen since they were old enough to work on boats, and are now co-owners of a thriving retail business, Salmon Sisters, which is a celebration of the wild places and wild people of the North Pacific and its sustainable fisheries.

They have been featured in Vogue, Outside Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Alaska Airline’s inflight magazine Beyond, Roade’s Organic Life, Men’s Journal, on PBS News’ Good Morning America, in a video series produced by Maersk Line, and in the near future, on Chris Kimball’s new Milk Street podcast. Their merchandise and fishing business are regularly featured in fishing industry news (National Fishermen, Pacific Fishing magazines), and on local Alaskan radio. They receive several requests per week from television series producers interested in their work as female fishermen, which they have so far managed to evade. They work with a communications firm (Rising Tide Communications) whose expertise has helped them make many connections in fish-marketing, restaurant, retail, and food industries.

Newman, Lenore

Agent: Trena White

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.

Nickel, Barbara

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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


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

Nodelman, Perry

Agent: Marie Campbell

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:

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

Odell, Catherine

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Catherine Odell’s childhood spanned the globe, and helped her to develop an appreciation for all the different lives a person can live. She was a keen observer and people watcher from the beginning, learning to read gestures and emotions without always understanding the language.

She earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Syracuse University, and continued to develop her observational skills while working as a product designer at Ziba Design, seeking to understand the lifestyles, habits, decision making, and the physical and emotional experiences of people and the everyday objects they encounter.

She took a slight detour from the design world, to travel and experience life on the road as a cellist in a touring band, before returning to her first love, drawing. While working to develop her personal style as an illustrator, she began selling her art at local street fairs and now spends her weekends at the Portland Saturday Market.

Catherine now approaches her art as a means to tell stories and connect with others, illustrating her own interpretations of small everyday moments as well as the more imaginative and slightly ridiculous. She values humor as well as the quiet and melancholy.

Her first illustrated book, I’M DONE written by Gretchen McClellan, comes out this fall from Holiday House, and her first written and illustrated book, PEPPER AND FRANNIE will be released on March 23, 2019 by Page Street Kids.

She has illustrated for both public presentation and internal concept storyboarding, counting Pampers, Thomas & Friends, Intel, Starbucks, John Prine, Comet Skateboards, OHSU Children’s Hospital and The New York Times among her list of past clients.

Off, Carol

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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.  Her newest work, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others was published in 2017 and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the BC National Prize for Nonfiction.  She lives and works in Toronto.

Author photo by Kevin Kelly



All We Leave Behind  A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others

(Random House Canada, September, 2017)

Finalist, 2017 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction; Finalist, 2017 Hillary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction; Finalist, 2018 BC National Prize for Nonfiction

In 2002, Carol Off and a CBC TV crew encountered an Afghan man with a story to tell. Asad Aryubwal became a key figure in their documentary on the terrible power of thuggish warlords who were working arm in arm with Americans and NATO troops. When Asad publicly exposed the deeds of one of the warlords, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, it set off a chain of events from which there was no turning back. Asad, his wife, Mobina, and their five children had to flee their home.

The family faced an uncertain future. But their dilemma compelled a journalist to cross the lines of disinterested reporting and become deeply involved. Together, they navigated the Byzantine international bureaucracy and the decidedly unwelcoming policies of Stephen Harper’s government until the family finally found a new home.

Carol Off’s powerful account traces not only one family’s journey and fraught attempts to immigrate to a safe place, it also illustrates what happens when a journalist becomes irrevocably caught up in the lives of the people in her story and finds herself unable to leave them behind.

“With clear, page-turning prose, Off embarks on a rigorous and honest examination of her role in the family’s fate, first as a journalist, but ultimately as a friend, when she crosses the line of dispassionate reportage and becomes deeply involved in their bid to reach Canada. The book is an insightful contemplation of journalism’s mission, and its impact on the lives of the people who dare to speak out in the name of truth.” —2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury (Susan Harada, Arno Kopecky and Siobhan Roberts)

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
 Lion Fox cover 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
Writers’ Trust of Canada



Olding, Susan

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Susan Olding is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, selected by 49th Shelf as one of the top 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her work has been honoured multiple times by the National Magazine Awards Foundation and has appeared in The Bellingham ReviewThe L.A. Review of BooksMaisonneuveThe Malahat ReviewThe New Quarterly, and the Utne Reader, and in many anthologies including Best Canadian Essays, 2016 and In Fine Form, 2nd Edition. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of British Columbia, she lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario, where she holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship in Cultural Studies.

To learn more, visit her website:

Nonfiction: Pathologies: A Life in Essays (Freehand Books, Fall 2008). Longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. Winner of the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s Readers’ Choice Award, 2010.

Photo credit: John W. MacDonald

Oliveros, Chris

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Paisley, Erinne

Agent: Rob Firing

Erinne Paisley is an activist, public speaker, writer and student who made international headlines when she turned her math homework into a dress and wore it to prom, then donated the money she would have spent on a dress to the Malala Fund. In response to this new audience, Paisley started an activism and pop culture blog,, to further engage youth in social media activism. She is now studying Peace, Conflict and Justice, as well as Book and Media Studies, at Trinity College in the University of Toronto.

Paisley is the author of three YA how-to activism books with Orca Book Publishers: Can Your Smartphone Change the World? (Sept. 2017), Can Your Outfit Change the World? (April 2018), Can Your Conversations Change the World? (Sept. 2018).

Papamarko, Sofi

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Sofi Papamarko is an award-winning writer and matchmaker (love, not sulphur) who lives in Toronto.

She is a former regular columnist for The Toronto Star, Sun Media Newspapers and Metro Canada. She’s also written for The Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, Flare, CBC, Reader’s Digest, Salon, Exclaim! and many more.

Sofi recently completed her debut short fiction collection, Radium Girls, for which she was awarded Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve Grant, a Toronto Arts Council grant and an emerging writer grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Her short stories have appeared in Taddle Creek, Maisonneuve, Room and The Toronto Star.

Sofi is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Photo credit: Jennifer Rowsom

Parise, Michelle

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience.

Photo Credit: Pascal Chiarello

Parks, Amy Noelle

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Amy Noelle Parks is an associate professor of elementary education at Michigan State University, where she tries to help future teachers recover from the trauma inflicted on them by years of school mathematics. She writes stories about smart girls falling for feminist boys in quirky midwestern settings. She’s a fan of kissing books and quantum physics, all manner of baked goods, and using One Direction lyrics as the basis of entire novels. Social media still scares her, but she’s working on it. Her first YA novel is due for publication in Fall 2020.

Parr, Jocelyn

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Jocelyn Parr was born in New Zealand, but grew up on the West Coast. She holds a PhD in English Literature, which she completed as a cotutelle with the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral programme, graduating from the universities of Tübingen and Perpignan. Her writing has appeared in publications in France and Germany, as well in Canadian literary magazines such as Brick and Grain. Her debut novel, Uncertain Weights and Measures, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award for English-language fiction.

Parry, Rosanne

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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.

hires-cover-tideTHE TURN OF THE TIDE, Random House Children’s, 2016
  • Starred review School Library Journal
  • Starred review Booklist


writteninstone_finalartWRITTEN IN STONE, Random House Children’s, 2013
  • 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
978-0-375-86166-6SECOND FIDDLE, Random House Children’s, 2011
  • Spring of 2011 an Indy Next pick by independent booksellers
  • 2011 Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner
  • Oct. 2012 Oregon Spirit Book Award from the Oregon Council of Teachers of English
  • 2013-2014 Oregon Battle of the Books list for 6th to 8th grade.


HEART OF A SHEPHERD, Random House Children’s, 2009
  • 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

Partridge, Jason

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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,, 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.

Patel, Reema

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

Paul, Ruth

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Ruth lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house on a farm just outside Wellington, New Zealand. As well as writing and illustrating children’s picture books, Ruth has worked as a costume illustrator for Peter Jackson movies. She has two teenaged sons and is actively involved in her local community, having previously chaired her local Community Board and School Board of Trustees.

Over the years, Ruth achieved a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and History from Victoria University, a Diploma in Visual Communication Design from Wellington Polytech (now Massey University), and most of a law degree.

Ruth started writing and illustrating her own picture books in 2004 and has created over 17 titles. I Am Jellyfish recently won the 2018 award for Best Picture Book at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, The King’s Bubbles won the Children’s Choice picture book award in 2008, and three of her books have made the Storylines Notable Book List over the years. Stomp was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards 2012, and Bad Dog Flash was selected for the US Kid’s Indie Next List in 2014. Her books have sold in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, the UK, China and Korea, with translations in 5 languages. Ruth’s poetry is included in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, 2014. Her original picture book illustrations have contributed to touring exhibitions for Painted Stories (previously Te Tai Tamariki Trust) and two are held in the Mazza Collection at the University of Findlay, Ohio.

Ruth says every new book is a challenge and presents the opportunity to get better at the craft she wholeheartedly loves.

Trade Books:
The Animal Undie Ball, Scholastic 2004
The King’s Bubbles, Scholastic 2007
Superpotamus, Scholastic 2008
Two Little Pirates, Scholastic 2010
Stomp!, Scholastic 2011
Hedgehog’s Magic Tricks, Walker Books 2012
Red Panda’s Toffee Apples, Walker Books 2013
Bad Dog Flash, Scholastic 2013
My Dinosaur Dad, Scholastic 2014
Rabbit’s Hide and Seek, Walker Books 2014
Go Home Flash, Scholastic 2014
Bye-Bye Grumpy Fly, Scholastic 2015
What’s The Time Dinosaur?, Scholastic 2015
My Meerkat Mum, Scholastic 2017
I Am Jellyfish, Penguin Random House 2018
Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale, Penguin Random House 2018
Mini Whinny, Happy Birthday to Me! by Stacy Gregg, illustrated by Ruth Paul, Scholastic NZ 2018

Payne, Mary Jennifer

Agent: Amy Tompkins

PayneMbwMary 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)

Peacock, Synte

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Synte’s early life was spent journeying between the roiling ferment of South Africa, the green-blue silence of Finland, and the soggy skies of England. Schooling was in the city of York, where she was raised on a diet of Charles Dickens, Pink Floyd, and Cadbury’s chocolate. After graduating from Oxford University, America beckoned. Over the years, she migrated from New York City to New Mexico to the University of Chicago, before finally dropping anchor in Boulder, Colorado. In the two decades Synte spent as an oceanographer and climate scientist, she witnessed dramatic climate change firsthand, from the rapidly thinning Arctic ice to the far-to-warm ocean around Antarctica. The scale and astounding pace of this change fostered a desire to communicate the science behind environmental issues to a broader audience. Synte is interviewed in the movies ‘Chasing Ice’ and ‘Racing Extinction’ and has given numerous talks to audiences from kindergarten classrooms to the Secretary of the USDA. She would like to be a painter or a wolverine in her next life. In this one, she is raising kids, cats, bats and chickens, and writing a book about extinction events — past, present and future. More at


Photo Credit Katy Moses

Pearson, Debora

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Debora Pearson has written books for children that have been published in Canada, the United States and beyond. Her titles have received praise from School Library Journal, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews; they have also been translated into Chinese, Korean and Albanian. Debora’s newest picture book, My Words Flew Away Like Birds, will be published by Kids Can Press in 2021.

Debora is also a children’s librarian with the Toronto Public Library where she works with newcomers to Canada and leads popular storytimes for young children. She has reviewed books for Publishers Weekly, Horn Book Magazine and the Horn Book Guide, as well as the Swiss-based Secretariat of The International Board on Books for Young People.

More information about Debora Pearson can be found on her website:

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Pearson, Kit

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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
(HarperCollins, 2012)
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…”
– Quill & Quire
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)

Series Fiction

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)

Picture Books

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

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Peck, Frances

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Frances Peck is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, and speaker about the finer points of language. She’s the author of the collection Peck’s English Pointers, a co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website, and an essayist and blogger whose work has appeared in The Editors’ Weekly, West Coast Editor, Language Update, and Geist. Frances wrote fiction and poetry until her early twenties, when she stopped (ironically) to become a professional writer. Now she’s rediscovering the magic of making things up. THE BROKEN PLACES is her first novel.

Pelley, Chad

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


 Every Little Thing Every Little Thing(Breakwater Books, 2013)
 Away from Everywhere Away from Everywhere(Breakwater Books, 2009)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Penfold, Rosalind B.

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

Selected Praise

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.”
—The Bookseller

“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. ”
—Sunday Telegraph

“[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.”
—Montreal Gazette

“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'”.
—O Magazine

“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.”
—Hour Magazine, Montreal

“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.”
–Cherie Blair, prominent QC and campaigner, and wife of Tony Blair

“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.”
—McNally Robinson Newsletter

“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.”
–Meera Syal, comedian, actress, writer, and supporter of Women’s Aid UK

“[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.”
—Jane Henderson,

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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Peterson, Shelley

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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

Petrou, Michael

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Non Fiction

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.”
– Ottawa Book Award, jury citation

“A gritty, up close and personal chronicle of the great freedom struggle of our time.”
– Terry Glavin, author of Come from the Shadows:
The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Pignat, Caroline

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Photo Credit: Angela Flemming

Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Literary Award winning author highly acclaimed novels, non-fiction, and poetry. Her contemporary, historical fiction, and free verse novels for young adults explore character and conflict through multiple forms and points of view. Back in high school, Caroline wrote a short story that later became her novel Greener Grass, winner the 2009 Governor General’s Literary
Award. The Gospel Truth, a novel in poetry, won her a second Governor General’s Literary Award in 2015.

Her freelance work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and educational resources for publishers such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Nelson, and Novalis. Her work also appears in publications such as The Ottawa Citizen, the
Vancouver Sun, Capital Parent, Focus on the Family and Chicken Soup for the Soul and she is a regular contributor to Living Faith Kids and Living with Christ.

Caroline speaks at literary festivals, library events, in classrooms and school assemblies, and at conferences such as: MASC Young Authors, MASC Teen Authors, Carleton University’s Creative Writing Camps, SCBWI’s Art of Story, and CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination. She toured with TD Book Week and was the Keynote at Saskatoon’s Literacy for Life Conference. She is a confident and engaging speaker with over 20 years experience teaching and engaging elementary, intermediate, and high school students and inspiring authors of all ages.

Picture Book

Poetree (Red Dear Press, Spring 2018)


Shooter (Penguin Random House Canada, Spring 2016)

Red Maple Award Winner, 2017
John Spray Mystery Award Winner, 2017
Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, Honour Book 2018

The Gospel Truth (Red Deer Press, Fall 2014) 

Governor General’s Award Winner, 2015
CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, Honour Book, 2015

Shortlisted for:
Red Maple Award, 2016
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2015
Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, 2015
Ottawa Book Award, 2015
Snow Willow Awards, 2016

Unspeakable (Razorbill, Spring 2014)

Red Maple Award, Honour Book, 2015

Shortlisted for:
BC Stellar Award, 2016
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2015
CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, 2015

Egghead (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Fall 2007)

Red Maple Award, Honour Book, 2009

Shortlisted for:
CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, 2009
Snow Willow Award, 2009

Series Fiction

Timberwolf (Red Deer Press, 2011)

Shortlisted for:
Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, 2013
2011 IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2011 recommended resource
Ontario Library Association Best Bet’s Honourable Mention

Wild Geese (Red Deer Press, 2010)

Shortlisted for:
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2011

Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2009 *Starred Choice* recommended resource

Greener Grass (Red Deer Press, 2008)

Governor General’s Award Winner, 2009

Shortlisted for:
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, 2010
CLA Children’s Book of the Year, 2009
Red Maple Award, 2010
Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2010
Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2011


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)

Study Guides

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)

Short Fiction

An Auspicious Day short story in textbook (McGraw Hill Ryerson)
Looth Tooth (
In the Presence of the Lord Family Devotions for AdventBooklet
(Creative Communications)
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

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Pimienta, Jose

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Jose grew up in the city of Mexicali, Mexico where he was influenced by films of all sorts, music and comic strips. During his teenage years Jose spent a lot of time drawing, playing in a rock band, and taking really long walks. He later attended Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in sequential art. Jose’s time in Georgia also presented him with the opportunity to storyboard student films and collaborate with other cartoonists. By 2009 he packed his car and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in storyboarding. Currently, Jose resides in Glendale California where he has storyboarded for Disney Digital Network, Psychic Bunny and numerous productions companies. When he isn’t doing commercial work, he focuses on writing and illustrating comics. Jose’s debut graphic novel, Suncatcher, which began as a successful Kickstarter is due out in 2021 with Random House Graphic. Learn more at:

Pirie, Lauren

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.

Pittaway, Kim

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:

Pizzuti, Carolyn

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.”

Platt, Jason

Like most artists out there in the world, Jason Platt was known as that kid in the class who could draw. Jason was the one who could mimic Charles M. Schulz or Jim Davis’s characters on a dime and make the other kid’s smile. And as he grew older his tastes changed too. Jason became enthralled with Mad Magazine‘s Mort Drucker and, famed movie poster artist, Drew Struzan. With Drucker’s work Jason would always pick up his copy of Mad at the Eagle grocery store and study his amazing line work before Jason even read a line of copy. And with Struzan, Jason would find himself admiring his work for, what seemed like, ages wondering what adventure the movie was going to be about. This was pre-internet days, and it wouldn’t be until years later that Jason realized that his first name was Drew, and not his last.

And being a kid who also loved to write, Jason would often find himself imagining what would happen in the book he was holding after his eyes feasted on its cover art. And, at times, would find himself liking the stories he had created by looking at the covers more than the actual book itself.

You could say that Jason was that person who would buy a book for it’s cover. That and a natural born storyteller.

Working his way as a professional actor and puppeteer (yes, those jobs actually exist), Jason focused on the art of illustration and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD for those in the know).

Jason is particularly drawn to the art of humorous and children’s illustration (pun not intended), but he’s done other types as well. Including paintings, technical illustration and portraits. But, since being a kid Jasonhas always taken to the humorous illustration.

Visit Jason’s website at

Polak, Monique

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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

Poliquin, Rachel

Agent: Amy Tompkins

PoliquinRbwRachel 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

Porter, Catherine

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

Photo by Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Pountney, Christine

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

Proulx, Joanne

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


We All Love the Beautiful Girls (Viking, 2017)




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

Rabakukk, Gayleen

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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 or on Twitter @gayleenrabakukk.

Rebick, Judy

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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, 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.

Redford, Jan

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Jannicke Kitchen

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Reding, Mary

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Mary Reding has spent the better part of her life as a student of literature: earning advanced degrees in English and Creative Writing with specialization in medieval studies, magic, and heroism. Currently she dedicates half her time to tending various pets and plants on a farm in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa. The other half she devotes to dreaming up new fantasy worlds for children. In the in-between she is a scholar: teaching English and directing the Writing Center at Upper Iowa University. In the after-ward she plans to haunt bookshops, all sorts.

Reeves, Andrew

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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.


Non fiction:

OVERRUN: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis (World English, ECW Press, 2019)

“A thorough look at an important – and multifaceted – topic.” -Publishers Weekly

“The definitive narrative of carp in America. Reeves chronicles the complex web of good intentions, imperfect science, and different agencies and entities working at cross purposes that led to the carpification of U.S. waterways. His tour through the quest to regain control is compelling and comprehensive. In the end, Reeves takes a broad and holistic view of the issue, pointing out that fighting a few enemy fish species in the absence of meaningfully addressing the pollution, land management, water management, and climate change that create the conditions for carp to thrive is like dueling with our own shadow. The carp is the symptom, not the disease. A must-read for those who love the Mississippi River watershed and the Great Lakes, for those interested in “invasive” species, for sport fishers and environmental historians.” -Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden

“With a journalist’s critical eye and storytelling ability . . . Overrun is more than an engaging story about nuisance fish. This eye-opening book demonstrates the interrelationship of species, the climate, and the environment.” -Foreword Reviews

“In shining a light on the many facets of one of the most wicked problems besetting the planet – the spread of invasive species – Andrew Reeves shows us how to see with compassion and intelligence, and how to voice a range of perspectives while holding in tension the need to embrace complexity and the urgency of choosing worthy solutions. This book is important not merely for its topic but for its nuanced and thoughtful approach.” -Trevor Herriot, naturalist and author of Islands of Grass, and River in a Dry Land

“Overrun is a whip-smart romp through the dystopian history of Asian carp, that wrecking ball of aquatic ecosystems in North America. But in telling it, Reeves charts a sustainable future for the waterways that connect all of us on the continent. An environmental writer as good as Reeves gives me hope.” -Harry Thurston, winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Writing and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

“A riveting ‘can’t put it down’ book about fish? You bet! Andrew Reeves takes us on a dizzying journey along the waterways of North America with a rich cast of fish farmers, environmentalists, hustlers, scientists and befuddled politicians as we follow the murderous and seemingly unstoppable advance of Asian Carp that now threaten the Great Lakes themselves. This is a very important book to heed if we want to save this watershed.”-Maude Barlow, author of Boiling Point

“This detailed account of the invasion of Asian carp into North American waterways reads like a Kurt Vonnegut novel or science fiction. Yet the carp’s unbelievable progress splashes another clear warning about how so-called solutions have become the chief cause of our problems.” -Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Empire of the Beetle


Reich, Kass

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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.

Picture Books

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

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Reid, Angus

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

Reid, Iain

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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
(Spring 2013)
One Bird’s Choice
(House of Anansi, 2010) Best Non-fiction Book, CBC Bookies Awards, 2010

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Reid-Benta, Zalika

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Zalika Reid-Benta is a born and bred Toronto writer, TV fanatic and cheeseburger enthusiast. In 2011 George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch”. Her work has appeared on the CBC website, in the TOK 7 anthology and in Apogee Journal. She is an alum of the 2017 Banff Writer’s Studio and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in 2014. Her work explores matters of intergenerational cycles, race, identity and culture through the lens of second-generation Caribbean Canadians. Her collection of linked short stories, Frying Plantain, is currently on offer and she is working on a fantasy YA novel.

Photo credit: Michele Comeau

Richards, Sarah

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Sarah’s first novel manuscript, CHINA WHITE, was a finalist in the 2018 HarperCollins Best New Fiction Prize. Her short stories, reviews, and interviews have appeared in carte blanche, prism international, The Puritan, Rusty Toque, Room Magazine,The Cardiff Review, The Danforth Review, Eclectica, Fox Adoption, and UNBUILD walls, and she has published non-fiction work with Lonely Planet and, among others. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2017. Now she works as an English Instructor at Langara College and a literacy mentor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Richardson, Robin

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Ridgeway, Justin

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair
Justin Ridgeway’s fiction and non-fiction writing (culture, design, fashion and film) have appeared internationally in publications including Azure, Details, Documentary, Dose, Lost in Thought, Numb and Umbrella Factory. In the spring of 2012 he was a participant in The Banff Centre Writers’ Studio. His writing has received a Pushcart nomination (2013) and an Ontario Arts Council grant (2014).
In 2014 he established curio, a public art management and design discipline communications consulting practice to curate and project manage large-scale art installations ( Justin presently divides his time between Toronto and Brooklyn. He is at work on a novel.
Photo by Eamon MacMahon.

Rivera, Matthew

Matthew Rivera is an illustrator from central Arizona where he grew up on a diet of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Brady Bunch reruns and Star Wars. In fifth grade Matthew won the program design contest for his school’s Christmas musical, “Santa and the Snowmobile”. He’s been in love with illustration and design ever since.

Matthew graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and then moved to Los Angeles. He worked many years as an art director for agencies, large corporations and toy companies.

Now, Matthew makes art and writes stories for kids!

You can find Matthew at his desk–painting, drawing and writing; listening to classical music while sipping unlimited cups of coffee.

Visit his website at

Awards and Achievements

SCBWI Central California Artworks 2018 portfolio showcase winner’s featured illustrator of the month: August 2017

SCBWI Southern California Agent’s Day 2016: portfolio contest winner

SCBWI Illustrators Day 2015: Professionals Choice portfolio winner

SCBWI Los Angeles Chapter 2015 Mentorship Contest winner

Rosenblum, Rebecca

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:


So Much Love (McClelland & Stewart, 2017)




The Big Dream (Biblioasis, 2011)




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

Roth, Roger

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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.

Picture Books

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.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

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.”
– Tom Brokaw

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
(Yearling, 2001)
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,
American Booksellers
Alison’s Wings by Marion Dane Bauer
(Hyperion Chapters, August 1997)
The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
(Yearling, 1996)
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

Series Non-Fiction

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

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Rothman, Claire Holden

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Arthur Holden


 My October 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

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Rudy, Rebecca Marks

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca Marks Rudy now lives and writes in sunny Southern California. She holds an AB in Classics from Harvard College and an MS in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University. A lifelong competitive athlete—including tennis, rowing and triathlon—Rebecca currently trains by running, rough water swimming, and chasing after her two dynamic children (whose antics may or may not provide fodder for her work). You can read more about Rebecca and how ancient poetry, food science, and books for young readers are curiously linked at

Rumack, Leah

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

Ruthnum, Naben

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

Naben Ruthnum is a Toronto-based novelist, critic, and screenwriter. His 2017 book Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race parallels the evolution of the incredibly varied dish the subcontinent is perhaps best known for with the narrow ways in which South Asian identity in the West is often received. Ruthnum’s fiction has been published in magazines ranging from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine to Granta, and he is a winner of Canada’s Journey Prize for short fiction. His first thriller, Find You In The Dark, was published in North America by Atria / Simon and Schuster and in the U.K. by Text Publishing in 2018. He and his frequent screenwriting partner Kris Bertin currently have projects in development at Oddfellows Entertainment.

Rutledge, Justin

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

S. Thompson, Kelly

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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

Saeed, Umar

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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 ( 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.

Salamon, Daria

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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:

Author photo by Mandy Malazdrewich


The Prairie Bridesmaid (Key Porter, Fall 2008)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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Saltzman, Devyani

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

twitter @DevyaniSaltzman


Shooting Water (Key Porter, Can, 2005, Penguin, India, 2006, Newmarket Press, US, 2006, Key Porter, paperback Oct 2007)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Samuel, Alexandra

Agent: Trena White

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,, and Alexandra holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Samuel, Sigal

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)



SSMysticsCADcovThe Mystics of Mile End (Freehand Books, Spring 2015)

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Savage, Jill

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.


 NO MORE PERFECT MARRIAGES (Moody Publishers, Spring 2017)



Schmatz, Pat

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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:

Author photo by Edie Walker


SPLizardRadioCov1Lizard Radio (Candlewick, Fall 2015)

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
ALA Notable
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

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Schoemperlen, Diane

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

First Things First: Selected Stories (Biblioasis, June 2017)





This is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications (HarperCollins Canada, 2016)




Schreck, Halvorsen, Karen

Agent: Sandra Bishop

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of the historical novels Broken Ground (Simon & Schuster May 2016), called a “masterfully written…must-read” by USA Today, and Sing For Me, which was described by Publishers Weekly as “an impressive debut…a well-wrought and edifying page-turner” (Starred Review), along with two novels for young adults and a book for children. Her short stories, interviews, and essays appear in magazines and journals including Consequence, Hypertext Magazine, The Rumpus, Belt, and Image. The recipient of 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 the Chicagoland area.


Broken Ground (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books, 2015)
Sing for Me (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books, 2014)

Schultz Nicholson, Lorna

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Lorna Schultz Nicholson grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and as a child loved to read and write, and participate in sports. Quite the combo! So she earned a B Sc. in Human Performance from the University of Victoria. With her degree she worked as the Fitness and Recreation Co-ordinator at UVic, where she also coached rowing. Over the years she has had many jobs, from hosting a radio show to co-hosting a fitness television show. But her passion was always in writing. Well, and sports too! To date, Lorna has published children’s picture books, (Puckster series), middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction hockey books. Her books have been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple award, MYRCA award, Alberta Literary Guild award, Willow award(s) and Red Cedar award. A frequent presenter in schools, Lorna also speaks at writing workshops and conferences. Married with three adult children, Lorna lives with her husband, Bob, in Edmonton, Alberta. They spend their time working and living with the family pets – a cuddly but whiny bichon-shih tzu, and a quirky Mexican dog named Poncho. Yes, Lorna rescued him and brought him back on an airplane when he was an itty-bitty puppy so he could live in the cold climate!

Lorna writes for both children and adults and you can visit her website at:

Schultz Nicholson, Lorna

Agent: Amy Tompkins

Lorna Schultz Nicholson grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and as a child loved to read and write, and participate in sports. Quite the combo! So she earned a B Sc. in Human Performance from the University of Victoria. With her degree she worked as the Fitness and Recreation Co-ordinator at UVic, where she also coached rowing. Over the years she has had many jobs, from hosting a radio show to co-hosting a fitness television show. But her passion was always in writing. Well, and sports too! To date, Lorna has published children’s picture books, (Puckster series), middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction hockey books. Her books have been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple award, MYRCA award, Alberta Literary Guild award, Willow award(s) and Red Cedar award. A frequent presenter in schools, Lorna also speaks at writing workshops and conferences. Married with three adult children, Lorna lives with her husband, Bob, in Edmonton, Alberta. They spend their time working and living with the family pets – a cuddly but whiny bichon-shih tzu, and a quirky Mexican dog named Poncho. Yes, Lorna rescued him and brought him back on an airplane when he was an itty-bitty puppy so he could live in the cold climate!

Lorna writes for both children and adults and you can visit her website at:

Schwartz, Virginia Frances

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

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. Her latest novel, THE VIRGIN CHARGE, will publish with Holiday House in 2018. Inspired by the true story of celebrated author Charles Dickens’s home for “fallen girls,” this atmospheric mystery depicts the sights and smells of a beguiling 19th century London, entwined with a novel of a girl finding her voice, and piece by piece discovering the grave wrong inflicted in her past.


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

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Scorgie, Lesley

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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

Scott, Genevieve

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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.

Sekulich, Daniel

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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:
US: Thomas Dunne Books (SMP), 2009
UK: currently on offer
Brazil: Editora Landscape
Italy: L’ancora sri
Arabic: Arab Scientific

Daniel Sekulich’s blog on modern day piracy

Ocean Titans Journeys in Search of the Soul of a Ship

World Ex:
English Canada: Penguin Books Canada (2006)
English U.S.: The Lyons Press (2007) Honorable Mention, 2007 Keith Matthews Award, Canadian Nautical Research Society


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

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Selecky, Sarah

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

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Sendros-Keshka, Jen

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Jen Sendros-Keshka (published under the name Jenny Pinkerton) is an artist, educator, author, and illustrator. She has a Masters degree in Art Education, a BFA in Fine Arts, a minor in Art History, and is a certified art educator in the state of New Jersey. Based on research, Keshka develops book concepts and designs intended to engage children’s senses, share foundational art knowledge, and encourage creative-thinking behaviors.

For 6 years Keshka was the sole art educator for approximately 1000 PreK-5th grade students until she resigned in 2016 to fulfill her life-long dream of living in New York City. It is there that her many book ideas, previously jotted onto sticky notes, drawn into her teaching planner, and stuffed into notebooks, had the time and space to flourish. While in NYC, Pinkerton conducted her thesis research which investigated strategies used by museum educators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to engage children between 18-months and 3-years old in story time. Through research and experience, Keshka knows that art experiences matter to the cognitive, emotional, and physical development of children. Pinkerton believes that every person possesses creative potential—a notion she hopes to instill in her readers.

Shalan, Gail

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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!

Shelstad, Sam

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Sam Shelstad lives in Toronto, Ontario. He was longlisted for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize and was a runner up for the 2014 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. He regularly contributes to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and has been published in many literary magazines, including The New QuarterlyThe Fiddlehead, and Joyland. His debut story collection, COP HOUSE (Nightwood Editions, 2017), was compared to the work of George Saunders in Quill and Quire, where they remarked, “it is precisely this blend of humour and pathos that give Shelstad’s stories their disarming power.”

Slot, Andrea Witzke

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

SlotAndreabwcroppedAndrea 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:

Photo Credit: Karolina Urbaniak

Smith, Heather

Agent: Amy Tompkins

SmithHeatherbwHeather 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

Smith, Christian

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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: or follow @drcasmith on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Lucas Oleniuk

Smythe, Karen

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

SymtheKarenbwKaren 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 PortfolioThis Side of Sad is her first novel.

Sookocheff, Carey

Agent: Fiona Kenshole

Carey Sookocheff is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, now publishing its fifth title with Groundwood Books. Carey is also the author/illustrator of Wet (Henry Holt), which was included in the Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition in 2017, and Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems (Tundra), which is currently a selection for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Her most recent illustration project is a picture book titled Sprout, Seed, Sprout! which will publish in 2019 with Owlkids Books.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, she began her illustration career working for clients such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Real Simple Magazine. Her editorial work has received recognition from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts and a National Magazine Award.

Since pursuing children’s book illustration in 2014, she has worked on nine picture books. She is also a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Writers.

Carey loves reading and drawing with kids and recently traveled to Nunavut as part of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. She lives in Toronto with her family and their dog Rosie. For more information about Carey you can visit her website at and her Instagram at

Southey, Tabatha

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Spurway, Amy

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Amy Spurway was born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, where, at the age of eleven, she landed her first writing and performing gigs with CBC radio. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of New Brunswick and a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. She has worked as a freelance writer, communications consultant, editor and performer. Her work has appeared in Today’s Parent, the Toronto Star, Babble and many other publications. Her debut novel, Crow, published by Goose Lane Editions in the spring of 2019, has already garnered lots of rave reviews and enthusiastic endorsements. She is currently writing her next novel, The Devil and Ducky O’Toole, and lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Stafford, Rachel

Agent: Sandra Bishop

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.


ONLY LOVE TODAY (Zondervan, Spring 2017)




Stapley, Marissa

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Marissa Stapley is a writer and former magazine editor who contributes to ElleThe 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:

Photo Credit:  Eugene Choi


Mating for Life (Atria US, Simon & Schuster Canada, 2014)




Agent: Samantha Haywood

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Staunton, Ted

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.


Recent works

POV (Forthcoming, Orca)

Harry and Clare Stay Home (Forthcoming, Tundra)

Who I’m Not A young adult novel about a teen con artist who desperately claims to be a missing child, only to find himself in more danger than he ever dreamed possible


“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:

Agent: David Bennett

Sternberg, Rob

Agent: Rob Firing

Rob Sternberg’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, The Globe and Mail, The Dublin Review of Books, and Riddle Fence, among other publications. He holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University (Montreal, QC) and has received further training through the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio (Calgary, AB) and Humber College’s School for Writers (Toronto, ON). Currently, he works as an English Professor at Toronto’s Centennial College.

Sterritt, Angela

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Stewart, Wendi

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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 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

Stuart, Amy

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Amy Stuart is the author of two instant national bestsellers, Still Mine and Still Water. Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel award, and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy’s writing has previously appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons. She is currently at work on her third novel. Visit her at or @AmyfStuart.

Stulberg, Cindy

Agent: Trena White

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.

Photo credit: Kailee Mandel

Swan, Susan

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.

Swanson, Jennifer

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Science Rocks! And so, do Jennifer Swanson’s books. She is the award-winning author of over 25 nonfiction books for children.

Jennifer’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science resonates in the fascinating books she has written. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, the Nerdy Book Club, and a Eureka! Nonfiction Award from the California Reading Association.

Her book, SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) was named an NSTA Best STEM book of 2017 and an NSTA Outstanding Trade Book 2017. Her upcoming release, Geoengineering Earth’s Climate: Resetting the Thermostat, from 21st Century Books/ Lerner received a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Jennifer has her M.S. Ed in K-8 science education and is a middle school science instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.

You can visit Jennifer at her website


Swartz, Avery

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Avery Swartz is a Toronto-based tech expert. She is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. Avery is the resident tech expert on CTV’s Your Morning, where she talks about tech trends and highlights the latest tech gadgets for a national audience. She writes articles about tech and the modern woman for Chatelaine, writes about tech and small business for The Globe and Mail, and hosts the Camp Tech podcast. Avery acts as a digital advisor to a number of charities (including the Art Canada Institute and Canadian Cancer Society), hosts the Gather North retreat for women who make the web, and is #5 on the Top 50 Women in Marketing list by Search Engine Journal.

Swartz, Elly

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

Elly Swartz loves writing for kids, Twizzlers, and anything with her family! Her debut novel, FINDING PERFECT (FSG 2016) is about twelve-year-old Molly, friendship, family, OCD, and a slam poetry competition that will determine everything. In her second book, SMART COOKIE (Scholastic, 2018), you meet the spunky and big-hearted Frankie. Frankie’s all about family with a dash of mischief and mystery! And then on October 15, 2019, say hello to Maggie in GIVE AND TAKE (FSG). Maggie has a hard time letting go. When her family takes in a foster baby awaiting adoption, the collection of things Maggie's hoarding under her bed spirals out of control. With the help of a turtle named Bert and a foster baby named Izzie, she learns that love sometimes means letting go. Elly lives in Massachusetts with her family and beagle named Lucy. If you want to connect with Elly, you can find her at, on Twitter @ellyswartz, on Instagram @ellyswartzbooks, or on her webseries #BooksintheKitchen with author Victoria J. Coe.

Tacon, Claire

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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 Quarterlysub-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.

Takei, Masa

Agent: Trena White

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:

Tamblyn, Diana

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.

Graphic Novels

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”
– Shawn Hoke, Size Matters: The Mini-Comics Blog

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,
“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.”
– Marc Campos, Poopsheet

That Thing You Fall Into Mini-comic

One of Eye Magazine’s top mini-comics picks of 2003
“That Thing was nominated for an Ignatz award as Outstanding Mini comic this year, and the justification for why she didn’t win is debatable…”

“She has a pleasing grace, and renders melancholy deftly.”
– Eye Magazine

Ignatz Award nominee for best mini-comic of 2003

Gunslingers Mini-comic

“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.”
– cartoonist Sarah Dyer

Selected Praise

“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

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Tate, Nikki

Agent: Amy Tompkins

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.
(Orca, 2011)
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)

Series Fiction

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

Picture Books

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

Series Non-Fiction

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.
Highly Recommended.”
– CM Magazine

“A very thorough and very readable investigation of racehorses and horse racing.”
– The Globe and Mail

“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.”
– Booklist

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

Taylor, Jess

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012. Pauls, her first collection of stories, was published by BookThug in 2015. The title story from the collection, “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess has also released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). Jess’s second story collection, Just Pervs, will be published in the fall of 2019, and she continues to work on a novel and her life poem, Never Stop.

Twitter: @JessTaywriter

Photo credit: Angela Lewis

Taylor, Alison

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Alison Taylor is a writer, stand-up comic and video artist whose work has screened internationally. She has an MFA in film from York University and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. She has previously published in Exile Literary Quarterly and her upcoming novel is about an oxy-addicted mother, her university-dropout daughter and the shared trauma that haunts their past. She is currently working on her next novel, in which two estranged siblings are forced to reunite after their mother suffers a debilitating stroke. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Alison currently splits her time between Toronto, where she works as a television editor, and Fredericton, where her partner lives with their two cats.

Teillet, Jean

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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.



Teis, Kyra

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Kyra Teis began her artistic career while studying Art, Folklore & Religion at University of Delaware and Boston University. She maintains her love of story and art in her career as an author-illustrator of children’s books and graphic novels. In addition to illustrating, she is an avid sewer who costumes for a regional ballet company. She lives with her husband and two busy daughters in central NY.

Tempelman-Kluit, Annemarie

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit is the founder of 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.

Tilley, Sara

Agent: Stephanie Sinclair

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

Tingle, Tim

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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.

Todd, Paula

Agent: Samantha Haywood

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

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

Todd, Zazie

Agent: Trena White

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,, Scientific American blogs, the Smithsonian magazine, Victoria Stilwell’s, the APDT (UK), New Shelton, The New Inquiry, the Pet Professional Guild, and the popular Japanese pet website 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:

Toten, Teresa

Agent: Marie Campbell

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 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 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.”
—CM Magazine
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

Series Fiction

Beyond Blonde(Penguin Canada, 2011)

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: 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.”
– Canadian Materials
Shortlist, 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award
BC Teen Readers Choice
Shortlisted, 2007 Young Adult Book Award.
Canadian Library Association CLA
Nominee, 2007 White Pine Award, Fiction
Nominee, 2008-2009 Stellar Teen Book Award

Picture Books

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
(Penguin, 2001)

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

Trembath, Don

Agent: Marie Campbell

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)

Series Fiction

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

Treml, Renée

Agent: Elizabeth Bennett

Renée Treml is the author and illustrator of several picture books for children including the Once I Heard a Little Wombat (2016 Environment Award for Children’s Literature Picture Fiction and Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2016 Birth-3 Years) and Ten Little Owls (CBCA Notable Book Early Childhood 2017 and Scholastic Australia Standing Orders Librarians’ Choice Award 2017). Her first graphic novel for independent readers, Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery, will be published in April 2018. Renee’s stories and illustrations are inspired by her love of nature and her background in environmental science.

Photo credit Donna Nugent, Indie Lane Photography

Trotter, Kathleen

Agent: Jesse Finkelstein

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.

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Trottier, Maxine

Agent: Lynn Bennett

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

Picture Books

(Groundwood Books, 2011) Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Series Fiction

Blood Upon Our Land Dear Canada
The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier, 1885
(Scholastic Canada, 2009)


Three Songs for Courage (Tundra, 2006)

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Turnbull, Samantha

Agent: Samantha Haywood

TurnbullS300bwSamantha 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 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

Urquhart, Emily

Agent: Samantha Haywood

Emily Urquhart is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore and draws on both backgrounds in her writing. Her work has appeared in AzureThe Globe and MailHakai Magazine, and The Walrus and in 2014 she won a National Magazine Award. Her first book, Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2015 and was shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Kobo First Book Award, and the BC Book Prize for non-fiction. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband and their two young children.



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

van Kampen, Karen

Agent: Shaun Bradley

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.

On Offer

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

(HarperCollins, 2005)

“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”
Quill & Quire “…The Golden Cell is a fast-paced tour of the supercharged world of biomedical research. Van Kampen translates complex biology into readable prose, and the back story that does not often make the headlines.”
Winnipeg Free Press If gee-whiz science and fun narrative was all there was to this book, it would be a superb example of writing for a general scientific audience. However, van Kampen understands that there are political, financial and ethical implications to each of the breakthroughs that she writes about. It is when she begins writing about these issues that The Golden Cell becomes truly extraordinary.
Edmonton Journal “Although van Kampen writes about dauntingly complex subject matters – gene therapy, stem cells and the quest for the next great medical breakthrough –The Golden Cell is a highly readable and accessible book that puts a human face on the issues.”
Calgary Herald

Vanderpool, Clare

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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 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
Kirkus Best Books of 2013
School Library Journal Best Books 2013


“Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel — her most recent since her Newbery-winning ‘Moon Over Manifest’ — to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending.”
The Washington Post

“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.'”
The New York Times

“An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism.”
The Wall Street Journal


Moon Over ManifestMoon Over Manifest (Delacorte, 2010)

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
2010, New Voices Picks List, Association of Booksellers for Children


*”Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.”
Kirkus, starred review

“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.”
– Patricia Reilly Giff, author of Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

Agent: Andrea Cascardi

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Vermette, Katherena

Agent: Marilyn Biderman

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. She won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2013 for her first book, North End Love Songs. Ms Vermette’s first novel, The Break, tells the story of a of a multi-generational Métis family