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Beattie Benny Beattie
A retired history teacher, Benny Beattie has post-graduate degrees from McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University. He worked in a WWII refugee camp in Austria from 1960 to 1964, and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Russia, Asia, the Middle East, and North and Central America. He currently lives with his wife in Montreal and Cedarville, Ontario. He enjoys cross-country skiing, wilderness canoe trips sea kayaking, hiking, yoga, chess and sings bass in two choirs, and is a member of Servas Canada, an international peace organization of hosts and travellers.

Crossfield Maurice Crossfield
Born and raised in Quebec's Eastern Townships, Maurice J. O. Crossfield spent nearly 15 years as a daily newspaper reporter at The Sherbrooke Record. He then struck out on his own to work as a professional writer, translator, and editor of Harrowsmith's Almanac and Harrowsmith's Gardening Digest. Not content with a single line of work he has also worked as an auto mechanic, handyman, forestry worker and organic gardener. He lives in the quiet hamlet of West Brome with his wife, musician Sarah Biggs, their two kids and an assortment of dogs and cats.

Eva Echenberg Eva Echenberg
Born in Lima, Peru and educated in the USA, Eva Neisser Echenberg is a former teacher and author of several textbooks for students of Spanish and French. She holds two MAs, one in English and one in Spanish, from the University of Wisconsin, and has spent the last four years translating from German and Spanish the letters that eventually became Walter's Welcome, recounting through those letters and pictures the story of her family's flight from Germany and life in Peru.

Fortier Anne Fortier
Anne Fortier is a Danish / Canadian writer who has lived in the US and Canada since 2002. Since submitting her first manuscript for publication at the age of 13, she has written three novels in Danish, as well as the English language novels Juliet and The Lost Sisterhood. The novel Juliet, which takes place in Sienna in Italy and is based on the story of Romeo and Juliet, was a New York Times Bestseller, and a film version film is currently in production by Paramount/Montecito. Fortier also co-produced the Emmy Award–winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia.

Lafleche Isabelle Lafleche
A wellness warrior and fan of everything fashionable, Isabelle began her career as a corporate attorney where she worked in Toronto and New York. In the aftermath of 9/11 she decided to follow her 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.

Mostow Morri Mostow
Morri Mostow is founder of Fictive Press, a digital publisher of print-on-demand and e-book titles. She is also author of the P.J. le Pooch series: P.J. le Pooch & the Magic Sketchbook(2016) and P.J. le Pooch & the Haunted Inn (2018). Written for eight- to 12-year-olds, these novels are set in a fictionalized Brome Lake, inspired by her five wonderful years in Knowlton. Morri is also co-owner of BizNet Communications. She and her husband, author/songwriter Doug Long, now live with a cat and assorted visiting wildlife on Gabriola Island, in British Columbia’s Salish Sea.

Napier Jim Napier
Since 2005 Jim Napier’s reviews and interviews have been published in several Canadian newspapers, and his work has been featured across numerous major crime fiction websites and on his own award-winning website, Deadly Diversions. He has interviewed many seminal crime writers including P. D. James, Ian Rankin and Louise Penny, and has twice served as a judge for the Arthur Ellis Awards, given out by the Crime Writers of Canada. In 2011 he scripted a mystery play, Murder on the Menu, and his work was included in the anthology Now Write! Mysteries. His current projects include preparing biographies of Canada’s leading crime novelists for The Canadian Encyclopedia, and completing two crime novels of his own featuring Inspector Colin McDermott of the London Metropolitan Police.

Paterson Rob Paterson
Rob Paterson has an MA in History from Christ Church, Oxford and is a survivor of the corporate world. His writing career began in 2002 when he began blogging. It was this experience that clarified his thinking on how the network-effect of the web might affect society. He has published three books on this topic: You Don’t Need a Job - The Rise of the Network; You Don’t Need Medicine to be Healthy and You Don’t Need a Banker to get Credit. Since his move to Knowlton in 2012, he has written Noblesse Oblige, that tells the story of how WWI destroyed the families of the Square Mile in Montreal. He has also completed the first three books of a nine-book historical fantasy series called The Travellers where the son of a rebel Russian Oligarch escapes his enemies by going back in time. In his spare time he writes for Tempo, volunteers for the Literary Festival and has co-founded the Knowlton Rowing Club. His latest books will be published in time for the Festival.