Chris Bergeron is diverse and fluid: after beginning a career in journalism and eventually winding up at the helm of the weekly cultural magazine Voir, she now dedicates her artistic vitality to Cossette, a leading global marketing agency. She offers speaking engagements on leadership, diversity, inclusion, and trans rights. Chris lives in Montreal.
Patrick deWitt is the author of the novels French Exit (an international bestseller and a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), The Sisters Brothers (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize), and the […]
Michel Jean is a writer, TV news anchor and investigative journalist. The author of 11 books, he also writes and curates short stories and has edited two French-language collections showcasing Indigenous writers: Amun (2016) and Wapke (2021). In his 2012 novel Elle et nous, he opened up about his own Indigenous origins for the very […]
Michael Melgaard is the author of the short story collection Pallbearing. His writing has appeared in Best Canadian Stories anthology, as well as Joyland, Lithub and elsewhere. He is a former book columnist for the National Post. Originally from Vancouver Island, he currently lives in Toronto.
Kathy Friedman emigrated with her family from South Africa to suburban Toronto when she was five. Her debut collection of short stories, All the Shining People (House of Anansi, 2022) was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award. She studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia and the […]
Christine Estima is an Arab woman of mixed ethnicity (Lebanese, Syrian and Portuguese) whose essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times, the Walrus, VICE, the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Maisonneuve and many more. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism, longlisted for the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative […]
Anuja Varghese is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Hobart, the Malahat Review, the Fiddlehead, Plenitude Magazine and others. Her stories have been recognized in the PRISM International Short Fiction Contest and the Alice Munro Festival Short Story Competition and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Chrysalis is […]
Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer, born in Winnipeg, MB, and raised in Athens, GA; she currently lives in New York. Her latest book is Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions and her other books include the American Book Award winner The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital […]
Adriana Chartrand is a mixed-race Native woman, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her father is Red River Métis (Michif), born and raised in the Métis community of St. Laurent, and her mother is a mixed white settler from Manitoba. Adriana has two degrees in film studies and has previously worked in the social work […]
Jonathan Garfinkel is an award-winning author. His plays include Cockroach, House of Many Tongues and The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret. He has published the poetry collection Glass Psalms, chapbook Bociany and memoir Ambivalence: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide. His non-fiction has appeared in the Walrus, Tablet, the Globe and Mail, PEN International and […]
Scott Thornley grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of five novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series: Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone, Vantage Point and Middlemen. He was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1990. In 2018, he was named […]
Susan Ouriou is an award-winning fiction writer and literary translator from French and Spanish with over sixty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young-adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation and been short-listed for that same award on five other occasions. A number of her […]
Leigh Nash is the publisher at House of Anansi Press. Previously she was the publisher at Invisible Publishing, taught book publishing at York University, worked at Coach House Books, was a founding partner of editorial firm Re:word Communications and co-founder of chapbook press The Emergency Response Unit. She earned an MFA in creative writing from […]
Brandi Morin is an award-winning French/Cree/Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6, Alberta, Canada. For the last ten years Brandi has specialized in sharing Indigenous stories, which have influenced reconciliation in Canada’s political, cultural, and social environments. She is one of Canada’s most prominent voices on Indigenous issues. Morin has published or broadcast with the New York […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tomson Highway is a Cree author, playwright, and musician. His memoir, Permanent Astonishment, won the 2021 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. He also wrote the plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and the bestselling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. Tomson Highway is a member of the Barren […]
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 […]
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 […]