Read below to see who our headlining authors have been so far this year.
Events from 2020
December 10, 2020
Michael Mirolla’s publications include three Bressani Prize winners: the novel Berlin (2010); the poetry collection The House on 14th Avenue (2014); and the short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads (2016). He has also authored two novellas, three novels, two short story collections and a second poetry collection. The short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology; and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. His latest novella, The Last News Vendor, claimed first place in the Readers View Awards. A speculative fiction collection, Paradise Islands & Other Galaxies, came out in the fall. In 2019, Michael served a three-month writer’s residency at the Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, during which time he finished the first draft of a novel, The Second Law of Thermodynamics. When not writing, Michael serves as editor-in-chief of Guernica Editions, a Canadian literary publishing house. Born in Italy, raised in Montreal, Michael lives in Hamilton.
Cornelia Hoogland is the award winning poet of Trailer Park Elegy and Woods Wolf Girl. She was the 2019 writer-in-residence for both the Al Purdy A-Frame and the Whistler Literary Society.
Cosmic Bowling is a collaborative work of Ted Goodden’s ceramic sculptures and Cornelia Hoogland’s poems. They are responding through image and text to the 64 hexagrams contained in the ancient book of wisdom, the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Cosmic Bowling’s calm weather lands in the midst of twitter storms in which everybody wants to start a conversation. Here’s a conversation—facilitated through visual art and poetry—that’s been going on for three millennia, one that asks the perennial question: How should we live now?
November 12, 2020
Candas Jane Dorsey
Candas Jane Dorsey is the internationally-known and multi-award-winning author of novels Black Wine and Paradigm of Earth; upcoming mystery series The Adventures of Isabel, What’s the Matter with Mary Jane?, And The Man Who Wasn’t There (2020-2022 ECW); upcoming YA novel The Story of My Life, Ongoing, by C.J.Cobb; short story collections Machine Sex and other stories (1988), Dark Earth Dreams(1994), Vanilla and other stories (2000), and ICE and other stories (2018); four poetry books; and several anthologies edited/co-edited, including Food of My People with Ursla Pflug (imminent from Exile Editions). She is also a community activist, advocate and leader who has won two human rights awards and served on many community boards and committees for working for neighbourhoods, heritage, social planning and human rights advocacy.
Ursula Pflug is author or editor of ten novels, novellas, edited anthologies and story collections. Her fiction has appeared in Canada, the US and the UK, in award winning genre and literary publications including Lightspeed, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Leviathan, and Bamboo Ridge. Her books have been endorsed by Jeff VanderMeer, Tim Wynne-Jones, Candas Jane Dorsey, Charles DeLint, Matthew Cheney, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Heather Spears. Her short stories have been taught in universities in Canada and India, and she has collaborated extensively with filmmakers, playwrights, choreographers and installation artists. Her fiction has won small press awards abroad and been a finalist for the Aurora, ReLit and KM Hunter Awards as well as the 3 Day Novel and Descant Novella Contests at home. Pflug’s work has been funded by The Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Laidlaw Foundation. Her third story collection, Seeds, was released in May 2020.
October 8, 2020
Samantha M. Bailey
Samantha M. Bailey is the #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge. A Toronto-based novelist, journalist and freelance editor, her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at Book Expo America 2013. She is the co-founder of “BookBuzz,” a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Her debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, became a #1 Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller. It was the December Fiction Book of the Month at Indigo Books and the Shopper’s Drug Mart January Book Lover’s Pick. Connect with her on Twitter @sbaileybooks
Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, Still Mine, Still Water, and Still Here. Shortlisted 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. In 2012, Amy completed her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons. Connect with her on her website AmyStuart.ca and on twitter @AmyFStuart.
September 10, 2020
Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli
Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli was born in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to Canada with her family at three years of age. She is a former award-winning teacher, and is a member and past president of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild. Rosanna is an alumna of the Humber School for Writers and a professional member of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), the Canadian Authors Association (CAA Toronto Branch), the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers (AICW), and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). Her work has been published in seventeen anthologies and has read at conferences and literary festivals in Sudbury, Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal, Vancouver, New York City, and in Italy.
Rosanna’s novel La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications, 2018) won Gold for Historical Fiction in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards, and was a Finalist for the 2019 Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Book Award and the 2019 Northern Lit Award. https://www.inanna.ca/index.php/catalog/la-brigantessa/
Rosanna is also published with Pajama Press (Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round) and Harlequin UK (three books published, three forthcoming). Pigeon Soup & Other Stories will be released by Inanna Publications in 2021.
Ray Robertson is the author of eight novels, four collections of non-fiction, and a book of poetry. His work has been translated into several languages. In 2020 he published How to Die: A Book About Being Alive and The Old Man in the Mirror Isn’t Me: Last Call Haiku. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, he lives Toronto.
July 9, 2020
Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Thornleigh Saga, a seven-book series of historical novels set in 16th-century England (“Riveting Tudor drama” – USA Today) and of contemporary thrillers including Beyond Recall, which was a Literary Guild Selection. Her latest novel is The Man from Spirit Creek (“A stunning thriller” – Goodreads). Over half a million copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.
Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto and is a popular guest presenter at international writers’ conferences. Her book Page-Turner has inspired writers around the world. Her video course “Your Path to Writing a Page-Turner” is a Udemy Bestseller.
Through her master classes and mentoring Barbara has helped launch many writers to published success, including bestselling mystery author Robert Rotenberg, award-winning historical novelists Cryssa Bazos and Bruce Gardner, debut novelist Christine Higdon, sci-fi author Colleen Winter, and Steven T. Wax for his award-winning memoir.
Before becoming an author, Barbara enjoyed a 20-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.
June 11, 2020
Robert Colman is a Newmarket, Ontario based writer and editor. He has been involved in trade publications for the manufacturing industry for more than ten years. Colman is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Democratically Applied Machine (Palimpsest Press 2020), Little Empires (Quattro Books 2012) and The Delicate Line (Exile Editions 2008), and the chapbook Factory (Frog Hollow Press 2015). He received his MFA from UBC in 2016 and served on the editorial board of PRISM International from 2015 to 2019.
Claudiu Murgan is enthralled by human consciousness and the notion of our place in the enormous wheels of the multiverse. His settings as Science Fiction, Fantasy or Eco-Fiction focus on describing the beauty of Mother Nature and demanding action from all of us.
Claudiu Murgan is the author of two novels, The Decadence of Our Souls (2017) and Water Entanglement (2018). ‘Water Entanglement’ is a Speculative Fiction novel about the real meaning of water in our lives, a manifesto that brings awareness to the water crises impacting us as a species. Claudiu’s experience in various industries such as IT, renewable energy, real estate and finance, helped him create complex but real characters that brought forward meaningful messages.
Claudiu is a co-Founder of the Immigrant Writers Association, Toronto, Canada, and the Vice President of Authorpædia Foundation, the world’s only encyclopedia for authors. You can hear the radio and TV interviews Claudiu gave in the last 12 months at www.claudiumurgan.com
May 14, 2020
Kate Marshall Flaherty
Kate Marshall Flaherty’s sixth book of poetry, “Radiant,” launched in 2019 with Inanna Press. She was shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year 2019, and for Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize 2018, and won the 2018 King Foundation Georgian Bay Project Award for her poetry. She has been published in numerous Canadian and International Journals and Anthologies, such as Vallum, Malahat Review, CV2, Grain, Saranac Review, and was shortlisted for Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Prize, the Robert Frost Poetry Award and others. She was Toronto Rep. for the League of Canadian Poets 2012 – 2018, and inaugurated Toronto’s Poetry in Union in2018, and initiated “Poetry and Healing” for Sick Kids in 2019. She guides StillPoint Writing Workshops in schools, youth shelters, universities and hospitals; poetry is her lifeline.
April 9, 2020
Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published novelist of eco-fiction and science fiction. In addition to eight published novels, Nina has written award-nominated short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were translated into several languages throughout the world. 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. Her recent book Water Is…The Meaning of Water was chosen by Margaret Atwood in The New York Times as her pick for ‘The Year in Reading’.
David Chernushenko is a writer, educator, speaker, film producer and explorer of
‘living lightly’ in our personal and professional lives. He was twice elected to Ottawa
city council (2010-18), where he chaired the Environment and Climate Protection
Committee and played a major role in promoting a renewable energy transition, active
transportation, complete streets, public health and supportive housing. He served as a member of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission and as deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada. He has written three books on sustainable management practices, and produced three films: Be the Change; Powerful: Energy for Everyone; and Bike City, Great City.
March 12, 2020
Allan Briesmaster has been active in the Toronto-area literary scene for many years as a workshop leader, reading series organizer, editor, and publisher. The author of eight full-length books of poetry and eight shorter books, he has given readings and talks and hosted poetry events at venues across Canada. His newest book, The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems, was published last fall by Guernica Editions.
Rocco de Giacomo
Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. The author of numerous poetry chapbooks and full-length collections, his latest, Brace Yourselves – on the representation of the individual as it relates to the Zeitgeist – was published in January, 2018, through Quattro Books. Rocco lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa Keophila, a fabric artist, and his daughters, Ava and Matilda.
February 13, 2020 ~ Happy Valentine’s!
Colleen Winter is a science fiction junkie and uses her electrical engineering degree to create stories that walk the line between what is real and what is possible. In a previous life she worked as a journalist and now is a communications consultant in the Ontario electrical industry. She lives near Toronto, Canada and spends as much time as she can hiking the beautiful places of the world with her family and her dog.
With an earthy vibe and calm demeanor, Kat Chabot brings a new quality to guitar-based folk in the 21st C. Her experimental tunings often serve the fundamental vibration of the instrument, while lyrics delve deeply into the essence of her Northern-Ontario mindset. Spending her youth working in a greenhouse, and growing up in a family band covering mostly RUSH and Journey songs; Kat feels most at home outside or onstage.
With her fingerstyle picking and smooth-as-silk vocal quality, audiences are mesmerized by each story Kat weaves. A typically noisy room often falls silent early in the set, as listeners tune into the magic of the performance. From showcasing at the Horseshoe Tavern performing with 3 uniquely tuned guitars, to recording live as a guest with Survivor Man Les Stroud’s band, and singing the Canadian anthem during the Vermont Expos Baseball game; her motivation and investment in mastering her craft is evident from the outset. You can catch Kat Chabot performing all over Ontario Farmer’s Markets, local festivals, bars and restaurants, either performing solo, or with Cardinal Street – a five-piece rock band.
Learn about Kat here and come see her live at Word Up!www.katchabotmusic.ca www.instagram.com/katchabot
January 9, 2020 ~ Happy New Year!
Marilyn Lamb (a.k.a. Mary-Lynne Cordero) is an active member of the Barrie Writers’ Club. She has previously self-published one novel, Blood Covenant and won awards for her writing in the Historical Category of the Toronto Chapter of the Romance Writers of America’s Catherine Competition.
Her works appear in the Barrie Writers’ Club’s Anthologies, Unleashed Ink and Unleashed Ink 2. She has been writing since her early teens.
On Ravyn’s Wing is her second self-published novel, recently awarded a 5-star rating from Readers Favorite web site.
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