TIFA colour divider

Paul Palango is a veteran investigative journalist. He started his career at the Hamilton Spectator, his hometown newspaper. In 1977, he joined the Globe and Mail as a reporter, and between 1983 and his resignation in 1990, he served successively as its sports editor, Metro editor, and, eventually, national editor. During his tenure at the Globe, Palango’s reporters swept the Centre for Investigative Reporting Awards in five consecutive years. In 1989, he accepted the Michener Award on behalf of the Globe.

Paul Palango headshot

Nita Prose is a longtime editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. She lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is only moderately clean. Visit her at nitaprose.com, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @nitaprose.

Nita Prose's headshot

Max Seeck devotes his time to writing professionally. An avid reader of Nordic noir for personal pleasure, he listens to film scores as he writes. His accolades include the Finnish Whodunit Society’s Debut Thriller of the Year Award 2016. Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing and loves to promote his works, and is fluent in English and German.

Max Seeck’s Festival appearance is generously supported by FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.

Max Seeck's headshot

Kurdo Baksi was born in 1965 in northern Kurdistan, and in 1980 came to settle in Sweden. In 1987 he first published the magazine Black and White, which dealt with integration and racial issues across Europe. He is the author of 10 books on human rights, racism, emigration and exile, and in 2000 he was awarded the International Olof Palme Peace Prize. Baksi was the closest friend of Stieg Larsson between 1992–2004. Kurdo Baksi is also a character in the third Millenium book with his real name and life. In January 2010, Baksi published Stieg Larsson, My Friend which was translated into multiple languages.

Kurdo Baksi’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Swedish Arts Council.

Kurdo Baksi's headshot

Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times–bestselling novels Into the Water and The Girl on the Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

Paula Hawkins' headshot

J.B. MacKinnon is the author or co-author of five books of non-fiction. An award-winning journalist, his work has appeared in such publications as the New Yorker, National Geographic and the Atlantic, as well as the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at UBC, where he teaches feature writing.

MacKinnon’s latest book is The Day the World Stops Shopping. Previous works include The Once and Future World, a bestseller about rewilding the natural world; The 100-Mile Diet (with Alisa Smith); and Dead Man in Paradise, which won the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Vancouver.

J.B. MacKinnon headshot

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know, The End of Her and Not a Happy Family, which have all been New York Times and The Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-seven territories around the world. She lives in Toronto.

Shari Lapena headshot

Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario who has published five books. Her most recent novel, Empire of Wild, became an instant Canadian bestseller and was named Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2019. Cherie lives in Ontario, on her ancestral grounds, where she is working on a new (unrelated) YA book, her next adult novel, as well as the forthcoming TV adaptations for The Marrow Thieves and Empire of Wild. Her latest book, a follow up to The Marrow Thieves, is Hunting by Stars.

Cherie Dimaline headshot

Author and illustrator Mélanie Watt is the bestselling creator of beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series, Bug in a Vacuum, You’re Finally Here!, Have I Got a Book for You! and Augustine. She is a multiple winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award and the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. She has just published her first Scaredy Squirrel book in years, Scaredy Squirrel in a Nutshell.

Melanie Watt headshot

Meg Rosoff grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to London in 1989. She attended Harvard University and St. Martin’s College of Art. Her first novel, How I Live Now, sold nearly one million copies, won the Printz Award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and made into a feature film. Her novels have won or been shortlisted for twenty international awards, including the Carnegie and the National Book Award. She lives in London with her husband, daughter, and two lurchers.

Meg Rosoff headshot