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.
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.
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.
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.