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Kyo Maclear is an essayist, novelist and children’s author. She lives and works in Toronto/Tkaranto. Her most recent books for children are It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way (with Julie Morstad) and Story Boat (with Rashin Kheiriyeh). 

Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize, and was nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and (in translation) the Prix des libraires de Québec. His second novel, The Wagers, appeared in 2019. Sean’s writing has also appeared in the Observer, McSweeney’s, Pitchfork, the Walrus and the Globe & Mail. 

Anosh Irani’s novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. His anthology, The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black, was a finalist for the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play. His play, The Men in White, was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. His latest play, Buffoon, won the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play. His latest book, Translated from the Gibberish: Seven Stories and One Half Truth, was published in India and Canada.

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including The Spy and the TraitorA Spy Among Friends and Operation Mincemeat, which will be a feature film starring Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times and has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

Margaret MacMillan is emeritus professor of international history at the University of Oxford and professor of history at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from Oxford University and became a member of the history faculty at Ryerson University in 1975.  In 2002 she became Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and from 2007 to 2017 she was the Warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University. Her previous books include Paris 1919, The War That Ended Peace, Nixon and Mao, Dangerous Games, and Women of the Raj.

Annabel Lyon is the author of seven books for adults and kids, including the internationally bestselling The Golden Mean. She teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, critic and teacher whose international publications include translations into Spanish, Italian, French and German. Lubrin’s writing has been recognized by the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther, Writers Trust Rising Star prize and others. Her debut, Voodoo Hypothesis, was named a CBC Best Book for which CBC named Lubrin a writer to watch. Her sophomore book is The Dyzgraphxst (M & S, 2020). NOW Magazine featured Lubrin in their 2020 Black Futures issue. She was 2019 Writer-In-Residence at Queen’s University and poetry faculty for the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers Intensive.

Ethan Lou was a staff business writer for Reuters and has also written for numerous publications around the world, including The Guardian, the South China Morning Post, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean’s and the Walrus.

Daniel Kehlmann’s works have won the Candide Prize, the Hölderlin Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Welt Literature Prize and the Thomas Mann Prize. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2016–17. Measuring the World has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker, an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of The Snakehead and Chatter. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York, and The New York Review of Books. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, the BBC and MSNBC. He received the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, for his story A Loaded Gun, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting (2015 and 2016) and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.