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Word Up December – Thursday Dec. 8, 2016

Tracy L Ward headshotTracy L. Ward is the Amazon best-selling author behind the Marshall House Mysteries, a morgue mystery series set in Victorian London where surgeon Dr. Peter Ainsley solves crimes using early forensic science. The fifth installment in the series, Prayers for the Dying, was released May 2016 and debuted at #11 for historical-mysteries on Kindle. Tracy lives in Midhurst with her husband, two teenagers and an intellectually challenged cocker-spaniel named Watson.

Barrie Doyle AuthorBarrie Doyle – Born in Wales, Barrie is a former journalist, public relations consultant, college professor, broadcaster and freelance writer. He served with major publications in Canada and the United States before sharing his media expertise as a consultant, training corporate executives and Christian ministry leaders. Barrie trained many budding public relations professionals as a professor at one of Canada’s most prestigious media studies programes in Toronto. He has lived in Virginia, California and Pennsylvania as well as Great Britain and Canada where he now lives on the beautiful blue water shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario.

He is an enthusiastic traveler, constantly thinking how to bring his latest travel discovery to life as a location in his next story. From Venice to Istanbul and many parts of Western Europe, he has also explored most corners of the United States. Many of these places will become prominent in the three books of the Oak Grove Conspiracies.  Apart from travel his eclectic range of interests varies from history and politics to theology and bagpipes and transportation to hockey.

Word Up – Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Canadian writer Claudio GaudioTexas by Claudio GaudioClaudio Gaudio is a Toronto based writer born in Calabria, who studied literature and philosophy at York University. His work has been published in ELQ (Exile Literary Quarterly), Geist and Rampike. An excerpt from his forthcoming novel will appear in A Second Coming: Canadian Migration Fiction this Fall (Guernica Editions), and a portion of his novel Texas is being translated by Francesco Loriggio to be included in an anthology of Italian-Canadian writers (Rubbettino Editore).

Word Up – Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Rocco de GiacomoRocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His work has recently been accepted for publication in Arc Poetry and Event, and has most recently been published in Existere. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including, in 2008, Catching Dawn’s Breath. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. His forthcoming collection, Every Night of Our Lives, will be published with Guernica Editions. In 2010, Ten Thousand Miles was longlisted for the ReLit Poetry Award. In 2011, it was selected for Poetry NOW’s 3rd Annual Battle of the Bards. From 2008 to 2014, Rocco volunteered on the committee for the Art Bar Poetry Series, Canada’s longest running weekly series. Rocco lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa Keophila, a fabric artist, and his daughters, Ava and Matilda. He is currently working on his third poetry manuscript.

Danila Botha

Danila Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied Creative Writing at York University and at Humber College for Writers. Her debut collection, Got No Secrets, was published by Tightrope Books in 2010 and by Modjaji Books in South Africa in 2011. It was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories) in 2011. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Too Much On The Inside was published by Quattro Books in May 2015. Stories from For All The Men (and Some of the Women I’ve Known) have appeared in Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq Magazine, Broken Pencil Magazine’s Fiction Issue, the Adroit Journal and more. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.

Special Word Up event on Saturday October 1, 2016 for Carnegie Days

Join us for entertaining and insightful readings by regional authors Barbara Landry and Joan Clayton. With a focus on the travelogue, these authors will present examples of their work exploring memories of place, personal adventures, family vacations, travel journal/diaries, or experiences rooted in the Canadian landscape. Organized by Aaron Reynolds and Linda Laforge. Admission free.

Barbara Landry was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. She grew up in Canada and studied piano and English literature at McGill University. She spent the next 10 years in Mexico where she taught school-aged children music and English. Since returning to Canada she has been teaching ESL in Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks: Love Letters and Heart-Shaped Rock with LyricalMyrical Press.

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Joan Clayton is a poet and playwright. Her plays include Perhaps English Isn’t Your First Language, The Power of Work (for Goodwill Industries) and Displaced by God. She hosts a monthly Open Mic Poetry Event in London, Ontario, as well as Guerilla Poetry Events in Public Venues. Dr. Clayton received the Kobzar Scholarhip to attend the Humber School of Writing Summer Workshop in July, 2012, and it was there that she began her first novel which was published last spring.

When the Bones Speak, is a work of historical fiction in which two of the characters are based on real people. Eva, is a Ukrainian woman who lived through the Holodomor, the Genocide of 1932/33, when she was a child. During World War II she left her village and walked by herself across Europe taking on a new language, identity and culture. The truth of who she might have been came out after she had died and Dr. Clayton spent several years researching the Holodomor and interviewing survivors. Eva is also the main character in her Non Fiction Chapter, Secrets, Lies and the Call to Reconciliation published by Guernica Press (2016).

The second character in When the Bones Speak is based on a World War II Air Gunner whose plane was shot down in Germany in 1943. Dr. Clayton thinks of herself as a Story Teller and she looks forward to reading from her work and discussing how to write Historical Fiction.


Word Up – Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Monty Reid, Canadian poetMonty Reid was born in Saskatchewan, worked for many years in Alberta, and now lives in Ottawa. His books include Garden (Chaudiere), The Luskville Reductions (Brick), and CrawlSpace (Anansi). Recent chapbooks include Kissing Bug (Phafours), Moan Coach (above/ground) and Site Conditions (Apt. 9). He has won Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry on three occasions, the Lampman Award, National Magazine Awards, and is a three-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award. He is currently the Managing Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Festival Director at VerseFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival.


JWM_3864bFrances Boyle is the author of one trade collection of poetry, Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks), and a chapbook, Portal Stones (Tree Press), which won the Tree Reading Series chapbook contest.  Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the U.S., including Fiddlehead, Grain, Room, The New Quarterly, Vallum, Arc, Prairie Fire, CV2, Flat Singles Press and Moonset. Other prizes she’s received include This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt (first place for poetry and third place for fiction in the same year) and the Diana Brebner Prize. She is a member of Arc Poetry Magazine’s editorial board.


Word Up – Thursday, July 14th, 2016book cover, Navy Blue by Steve Meagher

STEVE MEAGHER grew up in Oakville, Ontario. His poems have appeared in Carousel, The Nashwaak Review and Ottawa Arts Review. Navy Blue is his first book. He lives in Toronto.





Word Up – Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Fiction writer Michael MirolaTorp by Mirolla book coverThe author of a clutch of novels, and short story and poetry collections, MICHAEL MIROLLA describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include the novel Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator; two short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion and Lessons in Relationship Dyads; and two collections of poetry: Light and Time and The House on 14th Avenue (2014 Bressani Prize). His newest novel Torp is scheduled from Linda Leith this April. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in the GTA.

Click here to learn more about this author ~ http://www.michaelmirolla.com


book cover, Middle Aged Boys and Girls by Diane BracukDIANE BRACUK is an award-winning Toronto writer whose work has been published in leading literary and mainstream magazines. Her story “Doughnut Eaters” won the 2015 PRISM international creative non-fiction award. Middle-Aged Boys & Girls is her first published collection of short stories.


Word Up – Thursday, May 12th, 2016

writer Nina MunteanuWater Is book coverNina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist who has also authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were translated into several languages throughout the world. Her latest is “Water Is…” due May 10, 2016. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice. Nina teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College.

Visit this page to learn more about Nina’s book “Water Is…” ~ http://themeaningofwater.com

Word Up – Thursday, April 14, 2016

Authors Keith Garebian & Wasela Hiyate from Quattro Books.

Torotonto Canada author Keith Garebian author Georgia and Alfred book CoverKEITH GAREBIAN is the author of five previous poetry collections – Frida: Paint Me as a Volcano (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac), and Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica) – and fourteen books of non-fiction. His writing has earned him numerous awards, including the William Saroyan Medal (Armenia), three Mississauga Arts Awards (Established Literary), Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Awards, and numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council.

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Candadian Writer Wasela HiyateTravel is so broadening book coverWASELA HIYATE was raised in Toronto after emigrating from Guyana at the age of one. She studied in Montreal and earned a MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Descant, The Fiddlehead Review, The Art of Trespassing, The New South, Coming Attractions 2010 and other literary publications. The title story of Travel Is So Broadening was nominated for the Journey Prize. In a past life, Wasela traveled and worked throughout Asia and Europe and taught ESL in Turkey and Mexico. After working in legal publishing, she is now at work on various writing projects, including a historical novel.

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Canada Council For The Arts

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Poets League LogoWe also acknowledge the support of the League of Canadian Poets (http://poets.ca) and the Writers’ Union of Canada (http://www.writersunion.caWriters Union Logo

Word Up – Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Songwriter Sarah Melody presents for us for our first Song Writers Night!

singer songwriter sarah melodySarah Melody is a pop/rock/R&B singer songwriter from Barrie Ontario. She has been active in the Canadian music scene for the last 11 years and has released several albums including her latest EP Simple Things that Sarah Co-wrote and co-produce. Sarah won the Barrie Arts Award for Emerging Artist in 2007. She uses her music as a tool to speak out on human rights issues and represented Canada at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and Geneva Switzerland. Her charity work even received attention from former Prime Minister Paul Martin. Sarah also spearheads the Barrie Regional Songwriters Group a collective group of local singer/songwriters as part of Songwriters Association of Canada. This is one Melody you won’t forget.

Check her work out here on her Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sarahmelodymusic

Word Up – February 11th 2016

MCGUIRE Author photo COLOURAndy McGuire Country Club book coverANDY MCGUIRE is from Grand Bend, Ontario, and currently resides in Toronto. He is pursuing an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. McGuire’s poems have appeared in Riddle Fence, Hazlitt and The Walrus. He recently won the International Festival of Authors Poetry Games event and will be appearing at the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing in March. McGuire’s debut poetry collection, Country Club, was published last fall by Coach House Books.

Visit his website to learn more about and purchase his book.

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