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Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, Alligator; the story collections Open and Something for Everyone; and the young-adult novel Flannery. Her books have won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and CBC’s Canada Reads, been finalists for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Lisa is also the co-librettist, along with Laura Kaminsky, of the opera February, based on her novel of the same name (2023). She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Melanie Raabe is a German author. She debuted with psychological thriller The Trap in 2015, followed by The Stranger (2016), The Shadow (2018) and The Woods (2019). Her latest work is a non-fiction book on creativity. Raabe’s novels are published in more than 20 countries. She lives in the city of Cologne.

Melanie Raabe’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Goethe-Institut.

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Helene Flood is a psychologist specializing in violence, revictimization and trauma-related shame and guilt. She lives in Oslo with her husband and two children. The Therapist is her first novel.

Helene Flood’s Festival appearance is generously supported by NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad. 

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Martha Bátiz is an award-winning writer, translator, and professor of Spanish language in literature. She is the author of four books, including the story collection Plaza Requiem, winner of an International Latino Book Award, and the novella The Wolf’s Mouth, winner of the Casa de Teatro Prize. Born and raised in Mexico City, she lives in Toronto.

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Alix Ohlin is the author of five books, including the novels Inside and Dual Citizens, which were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications. Born and raised in Montreal, she lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.

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Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright. Her novel Purge won the Prix Femina and the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and When the Doves Disappeared won the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize. Her latest novel, Norma, was a #1 bestseller in Finland and finalist for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize and the New Academy Prize in Literature. Oksanen was recently awarded a Medal of Honour by the Ukrainian Association in Finland. She has also received the Budapest Grand Prize, the European Book Prize and the Chevalier Medal of Honour from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

Sofi Oksanen’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Nordic Bridges.

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Ian Hamilton is the acclaimed author of 14 novels in the Ava Lee series and three in the Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung series. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years who should be on your bookshelf. Bonnie Jack is his first stand-alone novel.

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Esi Edugyan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Victoria and was raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of Washington Black, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Award and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her novel Half-Blood Blues was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Man Booker Prize and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of Dreaming of Elsewhere, which is part of the Kreisel Memorial Lecture Series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Christy Ann Conlin is the author of two acclaimed novels, Heave and The Memento. She is also the author of the short fiction collection, Watermark, a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Evergreen Award. Heave was a national bestseller, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Dartmouth Book Award and was a Globe & Mail Top 100 Book. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room, and Numéro Cinq. She was born and raised in seaside Nova Scotia where she still resides.

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Megan Gail Coles is the Cofounder and Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company, for whom she has written numerous award-winning plays. Her debut short-fiction collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the Writers’ Trust of Canada 5×5 Prize. Her debut novel, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the BMO Winterset Award. The Executive Director of Riddle Fence and a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Megan lives in St. John’s.

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