Mark Abley is a poet, journalist, editor and non-fiction writer. A Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, he has written four books of poetry and several works of non-fiction. For many years he wrote the “Watchwords” column in the Montreal Gazette. His new book, Watch Your Tongue: What Everyday Sayings and Idioms Literally Figuratively Mean, will be published by Simon & Schuster Canada in October. He lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
Helen Antoniou ~ The author of Back to Beer...and Hockey
The Story of Eric Molson is an executive coach for corporate leaders and family business owners, as well as a volunteer board member in the areas of health, education, and the arts. She has practiced corporate law and management consulting and holds master's degrees from the universities of Paris II and Harvard. She is Eric Molson's daughter-in-law.
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, a small city similar to the Algonquin Bay of his John Cardinal novels. After studying English literature at the University of Toronto, he moved to New York City, where he lived for the next twenty years, before moving back to Toronto in 2002. The first Cardinal novel, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger award, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for best novel, as did the latest, Until the Night. He has been twice long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC award.
Anne Fortier’s first novel, Juliet,was a New York Times bestseller. Her second book, The Lost Sisterhood, is a complex tale that weaves the modern academic world into the ancient time of myth and the Amazons. Fortier is a co-producer of the Emmy Award winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia. Born in Denmark, she now lives in North Hatley.
Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John's area of Newfoundland. His bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. Johnston is also the author of the Charles Taylor Prize winning and bestselling Baltimore's Mansion | A Memoir. He lives in Toronto.
Isabelle Lafleche began her career as a corporate attorney in Toronto and New York. In the aftermath of 9/11 she decided to follow her calling and dreams and chose writing over sleepless nights. She's the author of the best-selling novels: J'adore New York, J'adore Paris and J'adore Rome. Her most recent young adult novel, Bonjour Girl, addresses cyber-bullying and the importance of seeing more diversity in the fashion industry. She currently resides in the Eastern Townships where she's working on the second instalment of her series of teen novels.
Roy MacGregor is the acclaimed and bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award); A Life in the Bush (winner of the U.S. Rutstrum Award for Best Wilderness Book and the CAA Award for Biography); and Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, as well as two novels, Canoe Lake and The Last Season, and the popular Screech Owls mystery series for young readers. A regular columnist at The Globe and Mail since 2002, MacGregor's journalism has garnered four National Magazine Awards and eight National Newspaper Award nominations.
Montreal Noir is a 15 story compilation that delves into the shadow side of Montreal. Editor Jacques Filippi and three of the writers Johanne Seymour, Peter Kirby and Catherine McKenzie will bring the Noir aspects of Montreal to the Village of Knowlton in a panel session exploring the darker and edgier world of one of North America's oldest cities.
Our panelists will include: Peter Kirby, Johanne Seymour and Catherine MacKenzie.
Werner Zimmermann is a bestselling children's book illustrator whose works include the festive classic A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequels, the Farmer Joe series, Snow Day, and Henny Penny. He has been nominated twice for the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, and he and Jean Little won the Mr. Christie's Award for Pippin the Christmas Pig. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.