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November 12, 2020

Candas Jane Dorsey, internationally-known and multi-award-winning author of novels

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.

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Novelist and short story writer Ursula Pflug

Ursula Pflug

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.

Seeds and other stories by author Ursula Plfug
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October 8, 2020

 

Samantha M. Bailey is the #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

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

Woman on the Edge cover by Samantha M Bailey

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Amy Stuart, #1 bestselling author of three novels

Amy Stuart

Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, Still MineStill 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.

Still Here book cover by Canadian author Amy Stuart
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September 10, 2020

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Rosanna’s novel La Brigantessa historical fiction novel

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.

Canadian Author Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli, La Brigantessa

Ray Robertson, author of eight novels

Ray Robertson

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.

Canadian author Ray Robertson, How to Die - a book about being alive
Canadian author Ray Robertson, The Old Man in The Mirror isn't Me, Haiku


July 9, 2020

July 2020 event featuring Barbara Kyle
Canadian thriller writer Barbara Kyle, writing instructor, techer

Barbara Kyle

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.

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June 11, 2020

June 2020 event featuring Robert Colman and Claudiu Murgan
Canadian peot author Robert Colman

Robert Colman

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.

Democratically Applied Machine - book cover - book of poems

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Claudiu Murgan Canadian SF writer, scli fi writer

Claudiu Murgan

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

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May 14, 2020

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Elana Wolff Canadian writer poet author

Kate Marshall Flaherty, canadian writer and yoga teacher

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.

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April 9, 2020

Earth Day is April 22! Join us for our Climate Action themed night as we host two passionate cli-fi writers. They can inform and inspire us to help build a sustainable world. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will take online at:

https://zoom.us/j/556659142?pwd=VThKUkZLSHhpZnFtSERpbXBjRW5NUT09

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Canadian author Nina Munteanu

Nina Munteanu

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’.

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Story Bundle: https://storybundle.com/scifi?fbclid=IwAR3X5M0ppZDom8CbruGA8WlDSj4vt7i7uNSxYJ_YFY_qMH98ouCMS1ixCdA

This link is to a trilogy of audiobooks (also perfect for us self-isolating bunch) of the Splintered Universe Trilogy (an SF space adventure series, narrated impeccably by Dawn Harvey): https://www.audible.ca/series/The-Splintered-Universe-Audiobooks/B072BTX7ZD?fbclid=IwAR2YapS-3mHMf27tGtXwlJWQqeiFZ5aUCyg2TSu6ZWCSw8CpQVMFYAOmemg

 www.TheMeaningOfWater.com

Canadian cli-fi author David Chernushenko

David Chernushenko

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.

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Links to more books from David: http://davidc.ca/#buylink

March 12, 2020

Allan Briesmaster Canadian writer poet author

Allan Briesmaster

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!

Canadian author Colleen Winter

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.

Canadian singer songwriter Kat Chabot

Kat Chabot

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!

Canadian romance author Mary-Lynne Cordero

Marilyn Lamb

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.

Canadian Romance author Mary-Lynne Cordero book cover On Ravyn's Wing

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December 12, 2019

poet Bruce Meyer headshot

Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer is author or editor of 65 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, and literary journalism. He won the 2019 Aton Chekhov Prize for Flash Fiction in the UK, the 2019 Freefall Prize for Poetry in Canada, and was a finalist this year for the Strand International Fiction Prize (UK), the Tom Gallon Trust Prize for Fiction (UK), and the Bath Short Story Prize (UK). His most recent books are A Feast of Brief Hopes (short stories, Guernica Editions, 2018), The First Taste: New and Selected Poems (Black Moss Press, 2018), McLuhan’s Canary (poems, Guernica Editions, 2019) and Pressing Matters: Fifty Years of Black Moss Press (non-fiction, Black Moss Press, 2019). In 2020, Guernica Editions will publish a collection of his flash fiction, Down in the Ground, and a volume of essays about his work edited by Benjamin Ghan in the Canadian Writers’ Series. He lives in Barrie, Ontario, was the inaugural Poet Laureate of the city, and received the Excellence in the Arts Award from the Barrie Arts Award in 2015. He will be reading from his new collection, McLuhan’s Canary.

McLuhan's Canary by Canadian author and poet Bruce Meyer

Book Cover - an idea about my dead uncle by K R Wilson

K. R. Wilson

Jason Lavoie is a young composer at the turn of the 21st century. Half Chinese and half assimilated Franco-Albertan, he and his sister have been deprived by their abusive father of almost any connection to their Chinese heritage. As Jason approaches thirty, he becomes increasingly fixated on his Uncle Larry, who went to China in the ‘70s and never returned, and finds himself driven to write a chamber opera about his uncle, despite knowing next to nothing about what happened to him. When his life goes sideways, he decides to go to China to find out.


November 14, 2019

poet Keith Garebian headshot

Keith Garebian

Keith Garebian

Keith Garebian holds a Doctorate in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature from Queen’s University. He is the author of seven poetry collections, with an eighth due to be published next September by Frontenac as part of its Quartet 2019. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Freefall Poetry Award, the 2015 GritLit Poetry Award, and the 2015 Gwendolyn MacEwen-Exile Poetry Award for the Best Single Poem from a suite. In 2013, he was a judge for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award. One of his poems from his collection Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems has been set to music for choir and instruments by American composer Gregory Spears, and Keith intends to be at the New York premiere in May 2019.

Keith Garebian appears as part of Canada Poetry Tours, supported by the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


October 10, 2019

Rayanne Haines author poet writer

Rayanne Haines

She is a community builder and an award-winning fiction author and poet. Her work has been published in Canada, the USA, and the UK. Publications include Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning, and the urban fantasy series The Guardian: Fire Born, Magic Born, and Air Born. She is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, western Canada’s most diverse poetry festival.

Brandon Pitts writer poet author

Brandon Pitts

Rising out of the raucous after hours salons of the Toronto underground poetry scene, Canadian American writer Brandon Pitts has wowed capacity crowds in four countries and multiple cities with his visceral dynamic poetry recitals. After being inducted into the Diaspora Dialogues as an “Emerging Voice” in 2011, he released a novel and produced three plays. He followed this with a series of well received poetry collections showcasing a disciplined artistic process with multi-layered socio-political commentary, culminating in what Jim Cristy calls the “rarest of things in poetry these days: a unique voice.” His second poetry collection for Mosaic Press, “Tender in the Age of Fury” is in its 3rd pressing.

Brandon currently lives in Montreal’s le Plateau with his wife and two cats.


September 12, 2019

Luciano Iacobelli is a Toronto born poet, playwright and visual artist. He is the author of several full length books of poetry including: The Angel Notebook (2007), Book of Disorders (2011), Painting Circles (2011) The Emu Dialogues, with Jens Kohler and Robert Marra (2015), and The Examined Life (2016), as well as artists’ chapbook Noctograms (2018). He has been active in the literary community as a creative writing instructor, event organizer, publisher and editor. Dolor Midnight is his sixth book.

 


LAURIE KRUK teaches at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, where she is Full Professor in English Studies.  She specializes in Canadian Literature, Native Literature, Women’s writing and the Canadian short story. As a scholar, Kruk has published The Voice is the Story: Conversations with Canadian Writers of Short Fiction (Mosaic, 2003) and Double-Voicing the Canadian Short Story (Ottawa UP, 2016).  She is also the author of three books of poetry: Theories of the World (Netherlandic, 1992), Loving the Alien (YSP, 2006) and My Mother Did Not Tell Stories (Demeter, 2012).  This latest book is described as weaving “tales that powerfully uncover the necessity of vocalizing that which is learned, experienced, and traditionally unshared” (ARC Poetry Magazine).


July 11, 2019

Valentina Gal is the blind daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Hamilton Ontario after WWII.  While at McMaster University, she discovered that her city was diverse and peopled by colourful characters.  Her writing and storytelling explore both her mother’s tragic history and her family’s adventures in becoming first generation Canadians.


Photo by Columpa Bobb

Lee Maracle is a storyteller, poet, thinker, and, over the last four decades, has become one of the most prolific and respected Indigenous writers in Canada. Maracle’s writings shed light on the injustices faced by Indigenous people, especially women, using her remarkable ability to tell “the old stories” of her Sto:lo people in a contemporary context. She is the author of seven books of fiction, three works of nonfiction, two collections of poetry, numerous essays, and a contributor to many anthologies. Her latest book, My Conversations with Canadians, is a collection of forthright essays in which she answers some of the “big” questions she’s been asked over the years at public events, tackling issues of identity, racism, and sexism. In Maracle’s trademark honest, thoughtful, and conversational tone, she explores ways we can work together to reimagine a different future for our nation. Lee Maracle will be delivering this year’s Bruce Hutchinson Memorial Lecture.


June 13, 2019

Author Michael Fraser
To Greet Yourself Arriving by Michael Fraser book cover

Michael Fraser has been published in numerous national and international anthologies and journals, including Paris/Atlantic, Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, and The Caribbean Writer. He was published in Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2013 and 2018. He has won numerous awards, including Freefall Magazine’s 2014 and 2015 poetry contests, the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize, and the 2018 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition.

celtic and mandella artist and author David Rankine

David Rankine Over the past 35 years, David Rankine has used his art, music and writing to explore the nature of creativity and its place in healing and in the development of consciousness. He has recorded 10 CDs of original music and written numerous articles on Sacred Art, Mandalas, Celtic Art and Healing. Teaching workshops for all age levels, David has also lectured on Medieval sacred art and Mandalas and his work with mandalas as a healing tool has been recognized in a number of publications. 2019 marks his entry into the world of fiction writing with a collection of stories based on his dreams, titled the Warrior’s Tale (pub. One Thousand Trees). Some of these stories have been performed live at various events and festivals over the years. He lives and works in rural Huron County, Ontario.

 

May 9, 2019

Doyali Islam phot profile
Doyali Islam. Photo by Llisa Spidle

Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019). Poems from this collection have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and Best Canadian Poetry. In 2017, Doyali was a National Magazine Award finalist and a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. She serves as the poetry editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and lives in Toronto.


poet Linda McGregor

Originally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario, Linda McGregor is the Manager of Indigenous Education, an award-winning program with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. A former student of best-selling author and Professor, Dr. Bruce Meyer, Linda was invited to write a manuscript for a publisher she called Secrets of a Native Mind. Linda will be reading an excerpt from this manuscript and a poem she wrote called Creator of All People – that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada described as “how easy it is to start” the process of reconciliation.


April 11, 2019

Johanne Levesque author writer
Trouble and Strife cover Johanne Levesque

Johanne Levesque was born and raised in Quebec City. She did extensive research in archives to bring you life during the Great Depression in Toronto in Trouble and Strife.

She is, at the moment, writing the sequel to Trouble and Strife titled In The Pink where she reveals the Second World War from the point of view of a family living in Toronto.
Her novels are based on true events from a Torontonian perspective.


Wendy Ranby author writer

Wendy Ranby is a teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching “literally every grade”. She currently teaches grade 8 and is inspired every day by the life force of adolescents. She recently received her Masters of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and has also taken Creative Writing courses from U of T. Wendy enjoys travelling, rooting for the Blue Jays, working out with her golden retriever, and family time with her husband and three grown children. Under the Floorboard is her debut novel, but she has kept a journal since she was a young child. She was born and raised in Rothesay, New Brunswick and now lives in Tottenham, Ontario.

Under the floorboard cover Wendy Ranby

Under the Floorboard – 15-year-old Aileen never feels good enough to please her mother. When she pries up the floorboard at her aunt’s house, she sheds a light on the dark secret she worked so hard to forget. Why does no one ever talk about her baby sister Claire and what happened to her?

When her mother announces she’s pregnant and starts acting strange. After the baby is born, her mother descends into a depression, and Aileen has to cope with the effect this has on both her and her family. Life isn’t easy when your parent has a mental health issue. Especially when no one talks to you about it. Honesty is tough. Does her mother have secrets of her own and is Aileen ready for the truth? Miscommunications abound, but underneath there is love—even if it is hard to feel it sometimes.


Word Up Thursday March 14, 2019

John Miller author writer headshot
Wild and Beautiful is the Night book cover

John Miller’s third novel, Wild and Beautiful is the Night, (Cormorant: October 2018) is the story of an unusual friendship between two women struggling to find their way in Toronto’s sex trade. The Featherbed (Dundurn, 2002) received stellar reviews and earned a devoted readership upon its release and A Sharp Intake of Breath (Dundurn, 2007) won the Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award in Fiction for 2008.

John grew up in Toronto and holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. in International Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. In addition to writing, he is an organizational development consultant with non-profits.

 

Poet John B. Lee photo
Beautiful Stupid book cover

In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford and in 2015 he was appointed Honourary Poet Laureate of Norfolk County. A recipient of over eighty prestigious international awards for his writing, he has well-over seventy books published to date and is the editor of nine anthologies. Called “the greatest living poet in English,” by poet George Whipple, he lives in Port Dover, Ontario where he works as a full time author.


Word Up Thursday February 14, 2019

poet Bruce Meyer headshot
The First Taste - book cover

Bruce Meyer is author or editor of 63 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, anthologies, reference books,  memoirs, portrait photographs, and textbooks. He was the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie from 2010 to 2014. He recently won The Woolf Poetry Prize in Zurich, Switzerland, and was shortlisted for both the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize (which he won twice — 2015, 2016) and the Carter V. Cooper Prize. He has had three national bestsellers: The Golden Thread (2000), We Wasn’t Pals: Cnaadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War (2000) and Portraits of Canadian Writers (2016). He lives in Barrie where he teaches Creative Writing, Composition and Canadian Literature at Georgian College and at Victoria College in the University of Toronto where he teaches Poetry, Non-fiction, and Comparative Literature in the Vic One Program. His most recent books are The First Taste: New and Selected Poems (2018), a selection of forty years of his poetry, and A Feast of Brief Hopes (2018), a collection of short stories. Over the next eighteen months McLuhan’s Canary (poetry), Down in the Ground (flash fiction), and a Bruce Meyer: Canadian Writer (a study of his works) will appear from Guernica Editions.

poet Keith Garebian headshot

Keith Garebian holds a Doctorate in Canadian and Commonwealth Literature from Queen’s University. He is the author of seven poetry collections, with an eighth due to be published next September by Frontenac as part of its Quartet 2019. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Freefall Poetry Award, the 2015 GritLit Poetry Award, and the 2015 Gwendolyn MacEwen-Exile Poetry Award for the Best Single Poem from a suite. In 2013, he was a judge for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award. One of his poems from his collection Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems has been set to music for choir and instruments by American composer Gregory Spears, and Keith intends to be at the New York premiere in May 2019.

Keith Garebian appears as part of Canada Poetry Tours, supported by the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


Word Up Thursday January 10, 2019

Heather Cadsby poet
Book cover Standing in the Flock by Heather Cadsby

Heather Cadsby is the author of five books of poetry. The most recent book is titled Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books, 2018). In the 1980s, she and Maria Jacobs founded Wolsak and Wynn Publishers. Since that time she has been involved with Phoenix: A Poet’s Workshop, The Axle Tree Coffee House readings, The Art Bar Poetry Series among other poetry related activities. She lives in Toronto. Heather appears as part of Canada Poetry Tours, supported by the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

 

Jeanette Winsor author headshot

Jeanette Winsor writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her first novel Molly Chant is currently in submission. She has published journal articles with Green Teacher Magazine, The Catholic Digest, The Navigator, Homemakers Magazine, and DownHome Magazine. Her short stores can be found in Wayfaring: Journeys in Language, Learning and Culture, Unleashed Ink, The Canadian Authors Association CanWrite Collection, and The Antigonish Review. Her scholarly journal articles have been published internationally. Jeanette lives in Angus, ON. She is represented by Olga Filina of The Rights Factory.


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