StoryFest Authors 2016

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Gail Anderson-Dargatz has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages in more than fifteen territories. The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK's Betty Trask Prize, the BC Book Prize for Fiction and the VanCity Book Prize. Both A Rhinestone Button and her most recent novel, Turtle Valley, were national bestsellers. She lives in the Shuswap in south-central British Columbia, the landscape found in so much of her writing. 

Terry Fallis 

Novelist Terry Fallis self-published his first novel The Best Laid Plans (reprinted by McClelland & Stewart, Douglas Gibson Books, 2008) winning the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 2008 and Canada Reads in 2011. Its sequel, The High Road (Douglas Gibson Books, 2011), was a finalist for the Leacock medal in 2011. Up and Down (Douglas Gibson Books) followed in 2013 and No Relation (Douglas Gibson Books) in 2014, winning the Leacock medal again. Poles Apart was published in 2015 (Douglas Gibson Books). Fallis won the 2013 Libris Award for Author of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association. 

Poetry with Don McKay

Poet Don McKay is the author of 28 books, including Angylar Conformity (Goose Land ed., 2014), Field Marks (Wilfred Laurier Press, 2006), Lependu (Naim Pub House, 1978), and is the winner of two Governor General's Literary Awards for Poetry for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (McClelland & Stewart, 2000). His nonfiction book Vis a Vis - Fieldnotes on Poetry and Wilderness was nominated for a Governor General's award. McKay won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007 for Strik/Slip (McClelland & Stewart). The co-founder of Brick Books, he was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2008, and currently lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. 

Saleema Nawaz

Montreal writer Saleema Nawaz's first book, a short story collection entitled Mother Superior (Freehand Books) was published in 2008, followed by her first novel Bone & Bread (House of Anansi) in 2014. Winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada's McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story "My Three Girls" in 2008, Saleema was nominated for the Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) McAuslan First Book Prize for Mother Superior in 2008. Winner of the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2013, Bone & Bread is one of the books being defended during the upcoming 2016 Canada Reads competition. 

John Farrow aka. Trevor Ferguson

Trevor Ferguson has written several novels including The Kinkajou (McClelland & Stewart, 1989), The True Life Adventures of Sparrow Drinkwater (Harper Collins Canada, 1993), The Timekeeper (Harper Collins Canada, 1995), The Fire Line (Harper Collins Publishers, 1995), and The River Burns (Touchstone, 2014). He also writes under the name John Farrow, publishing City of Ice (Harper Collins Publishers, 1999), Ice Lake (Random House, 2001), River City (Harper Collins Publishers, 2011), The Storm Murders (Minotaur Books, 2015) and Seven Days Dead (2016). The Timekeeper won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 1995. Ferguson is a past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada. 

Monique Polak

In addition to teaching English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Monique Polak is an active freelance journalist whose work appears frequently in The Montreal Gazette and in Postmedia newspapers across the country. She is the CBC/Quebec Writers' Federation inaugural writer-in-residence, and has been published in Maclean's Magazine. Monique is also the author of 19 novels for young adults. She is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

Nisha Coleman

Nisha Coleman studied music and psychology at McGill and Wilfrid Laurier University, then went to live in Paris as a street violinist. Her memoir about those years is called Busker: Stories from the Streets of Paris and was released with Hagios Press in November 2015. Nisha's work has appeared in publications such as Every Day Fiction, Pif Magazine, Road Junky and has been broadcast on the CBC (WireTap).

Ian McGillis

Ian McGillis is a regular contributor to The Gazette and co-edits the Montreal Review of Books. His journalism has appeared in the Globe and Mail and the National Post. He is the author of A Tourists Guide to Glengarry (Porcupines Quill), the critically acclaimed story of a day in the life of a nine-year old boy. The book was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal, the Hugh MacLennan prize and the QWF First Book Award.

Eric Siblin

Eric Siblin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker and was the pop music critic at The Gazette. His book The Cello Suites, a multi-layered story about Johannes Sebastian Bachs epic work, was a national bestseller and named one of the books of the year by The Economist in 2010. It won the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General Award for Nonfiction. Studio Grace, Siblins second book, was released in 2015 to coincide with an album of the same name.

Heather O'Neill 

Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter, and journalist Heather O'Neill published her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals (Harper Perennial) in 2006, winning the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for  Fiction, and was shortlisted for eight other major awards, including the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Her second novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (Harper Collins Publishers, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her short story collection Daydreams of Angels (Harper Collins Publishers, 2015) was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015. 

Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott is a Canadian novelist and short story writer whose writing career began with her first novel Open Arms (Douglas & McIntyre, 2001). Her second novel Good to a Fault (Freehand Books, 2008) won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Canada and the Caribbean and was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her third novel The Little Shadows (Doubleday Canada, 2011) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction for that year. Her fourth novel Close to Hugh (Doubleday Canada) was released in 2015. 

Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer is a London-based Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist, and military historian. Dyer's column on international affairs is published in over 175 papers in at least 45 countries. His 1985 book War (Random House of Canada) and its namesake television series have been aired on BBC and PBS. Several books include The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq (Emblem Editions, 2009) and Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014 (Random House of Canada, 2014). Dyer's most recent book Don't Panic: Islamic State Terrorism and the Middle East (Random House Canada) was released in 2015. 

Guy Vanderhaeghe 

Guy Vanderhaeghe is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, two plays, and one teleplay. He is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Award for English Language Fiction, most recently for his collection of short stories, Daddy Lenin. He has also received the Faber Memorial Prize in Britain. For his body of work he has received the Timothy Findley Award and the Harbourfront Prize. 

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