Catherine McKenzie is the instant national bestselling author of You Can’t Catch Me, I’ll Never Tell and The Good Liar. Her previous novels have been translated into multiple languages. A graduate of McGill University, Catherine practices law in Montreal, Quebec, where she was born and raised.
Cynthia Loyst is a writer, producer, television co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL and a self-described “professional sensualist.” She is the creator of FindYourPleasure.com, a popular online destination that celebrates decadence, indulgence, and pure, unadulterated joy. She is also a sought-after public speaker and relationship advice columnist. Find Your Pleasure is her debut book and a national bestseller.
Liz Levine is an award-winning producer whose credits include Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, Story of a Girl, and Douglas Coupland’s television series jPod. She completed her master of journalism degree at the University of British Columbia and has written for the National Post, The Walrus, Playback magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She divides her time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.
Dr. Daniel Kalla is the international bestselling author of The Last High, We All Fall Down, Pandemic, Resistance, Rage Therapy, Blood Lies, Cold Plague and Of Flesh and Blood. His books have been translated into 11 languages. Kalla is the head of Emergency Medicine at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where he is currently helping fight on the front lines of COVID-19.
James Raffan is a prolific writer, speaker, geographer and author of numerous bestselling books, including his first work of creative nonfiction, Ice Walker. He writes for national media outlets and has produced documentaries for CBC Radio and the Discovery Channel. He is an international fellow of the Explorers Club, a past chair of the Arctic Institute of North America and a fellow and past governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. From 2010-2013 he traveled through the Arctic Circle, researching and writing on culture and climate change in the North.
Peter Szatmari, MD, is the Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, and the University of Toronto. The head of one of the largest divisions of child and adolescent psychiatry in the world, Peter is an international expert in autism spectrum disorder and specializes in family-based treatment for children and adolescents with depression, eating disorders, oppositional behaviors, and anxiety disorders. He also holds the Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health, and is the author of A Mind Apart: Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome and the coauthor of Start Here: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children and Teens through Mental Health Challenges.
Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is an assistant professor in Métis Studies at York University in Toronto. He is a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016 and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. His memoir From the Ashes was an instant Canadian bestseller and shortlisted for Canada Reads.
Pier Bryden, MD, is a psychiatrist and award-winning clinical teacher at The Hospital for Sick Children, and an associate professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and McMaster University, she specializes in the ethical and legal aspects of the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. She is the current Chair of the Medical Council of Canada’s Central Examination committee, and was previously the Canadian representative to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Ethics Committee. She is the coauthor of How Can I Help?, a national bestseller, and Start Here: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children and Teens through Mental Health Challenges.
Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, journalist and freelance editor. Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at Book Expo America 2013 and is the co-founder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Her debut psychological thriller, Woman on the Edge, became an instant national bestseller, and reached #1 on the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller lists.