Writers confirmed for 2016:
Lorna Crozier and Ian McAllister
The Wild in You: Voices from the Forest and the Sea is a collaboration between an outstanding wildlife photographer and one of North America's most decorated poets. The writer's words and the photographer's images are exquisite and could easily stand alone: the sum of those parts is stunning.
If you need a little laughter with your literature, Charles is your guy. He is often found being funny on CBC Radio's The Debaters, or Just for Laughs on CBC TV, but he is also very funny in print. His latest book is The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things.
Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Excellent writing; a compelling story; well-developed characters and irresistible readability are what made Shilpi Somaya Gowda's debut novel, Secret Daughter, a million seller that had reviewers scrambling for superlatives and a film company quickly snapping up the screen rights. Her latest, The Golden Son, is on the same fast-track.
Lawrence Hill is the author of 10 books including the multiple award-winning bestseller, The Book of Negroes. The television adaptation of that book attracted both high viewership and high praise. His latest novel is The Illegal, a timely work that concerns the plight of an undocumented African refugee.
Guy Gavriel Kay
He is one of the world's best writers of fantasy. The third of his 12 novels, A Song for Arbonne, debuted at #1 nationally. Every one of his novels since has been a bestseller. His latest is River of Stars, and a new one, Children of Earth and Sky, is due early 2016.
He can sum up 500 years of Canadian history, with regard to Indigenous people, in two minutes. He'll gladly give you the long version, too, and point out the flaws in some persistent stereotypes. He is a broadcaster, musician and Aboriginal rights activist. Now, with his acclaimed memoir, The Reason You Walk, he is also a bestselling author.
Theresa Kishkan is the author of 10 books and three chapbooks. Her latest is Patrin, a novella about a young woman who travels to Czechoslovakia to trace her Roma history. Longer than a short story and shorter than a novel, the novella form will be the focus of a new imprint that Kishkan is developing.
The Meter's Running IV
This year's poetry event will feature three Aboriginal poets/spoken word artists. Meet two of the three:
Janet Rogers is a Mohawk writer, former Poet Laureate of Victoria and current writer-in-residence at UNBC. Her work takes a variety of forms and includes three books of poetry, performance poetry and video poetry. She hosts several radio programs and has produced three award-winning poetry CDs.
Jordan Abel is a young Nisga'a writer armed with an MFA from UBC. He has edited poetry magazines, taught poetry at SFU and been widely published. He won the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for his debut collection, Place of Scraps. There is much more to come from this gifted young poet.
She is the creator of the mega-hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, which ran for over 90 episodes and debunked many of the myths and misconceptions about Muslims. Now she has written Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, a humorously poignant memoir about growing up as a Muslim woman in Canada.
She is on a rapid rise to literary stardom with two critically-acclaimed, award-magnet novels to her name. Malarkey was the first, and the latest is Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Martin John, a boundary-pushing novel in which the titular protagonist, to understate it somewhat, is very interesting.
Her multiple prize-winning second novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, is set in Cambodia and concerns the horrific genocide perpetrated by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s on an already war-ruined country. Her forthcoming novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, is about Chinese students studying Western classical music in 1960s Shanghai.
He is a scientist who studies bees. He has written a rivetingly readable book called Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, winner of the Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. Bees are fascinating creatures, but the book is also “a powerful and lyrical meditation on humanity.” (Governor General's Awards Jury).
She is four novels, a short story collection and a bunch of awards into what will no doubt be a very long and fruitful writing career. Her second novel, Effigy, a work of historical fiction, was a Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee. The fourth, coming in April, is The Naturalist, set in Philadelphia in the time of Darwin.