StoryFest Authors 2017

Monia Mazigh 

Author and human rights advocate, Monia Mazigh, immigrated from Tunisia to Canada in 1991, and has since been published in both French and English. Mazigh’s most recently published novel Hope has Two Daughters (Arachnide Editions, 2017) features a woman named Nadia and her escape from violence in her home country, as well as her journey immigrating to Canada. Mazigh’s other works include Du pain et du jasmine (Les Éditions L’Interligne, 2015), Mirrors and Mirages (Anansi, 2014 - English Version, Les Éditions L’Interligne, 2014 - Version Français), and Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband Maher Arar  (Emblem Editions, 2009). Monia Mazigh has been an active participant in fighting for human rights. 

Lee Maracle

 Lee Maracle is a Sto:Loh nation grandmother of four who was born in North Vancouver, BC. Her works include: the novels, Celia's SongRavensong, Bobbi Lee, and Sundogs, the short story collection, Sojourner’s Truth, the poetry collection, Bentbox, and the non-fiction work I Am Woman. She is co-editor of My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures, editor of a number of poetry works, Gatherings journals, and has published in dozens of anthologies in Canada and North America. Memory Serves and Other Essays is a collection of the oratories she has delivered over the years. Ms. Maracle is a an award winning author and mentor for aboriginal students at the University of Toronto where she is a teacher, and the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School, where she is a part-time cultural instructor.

Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin is an award-winning scientist, musician, record producer, and author who has had three books make the #1 bestsellers list. Levitin’s most recent book is Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era (Penguin, 2017). Levitin both studied and taught at Stanford University, earning his B.A in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science. He also studied at Stanford Medical School, UC Berkeley and the University of Oregon. His best sellers include The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Penguin, 2014). The World in Six Songs (Penguin, 2008), and This is Your Brain on Music (Penguin, 2006), which was translated into 19 different languages. Photo credit: Arsenio Coroa

Mary Walsh 

Mary Walsh is an actress, comedian, social activist and writer from St. John’s Newfoundland. Walsh is best known for her role on the Canadian television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and being a spokesperson for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). While Walsh’s earlier written works include dietary and lifestyle advice, she has more recently published her first novel Crying for the Moon (HarperCollins, 2017) which follows the story of a young woman from Newfoundland during the 1960’s, and the opening of Expo '67 in Montreal.

Ross King

Ross King is an art historian fiction and non-fiction writer who bases his works on the history of Italian, French, and Canadian art and architecture. King’s book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016) focuses on the dramatic history of Monet’s iconic Water Lilies and won the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction this year. Some of King’s other notable works include Leonardo and the Last Supper (Doubleday Canada, 2012)The Judgement of Paris (Doubleday Canada, 2006) for which he won the Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (A R P I Books, 2003), and Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture (Walker, 2000)

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill, author of ten books, is best known as a novelist as well as for his talents in the art of essay and memoir writing. Born in Ontario, Hill began his writing career in 2005 as a journalist when he wrote Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden, which won a National Magazine Award. In 2007, Hill’s novel The Book of Negros (Harper Collins Canada, 2007) was published to great critical acclaim. Hill’s most recent novel, The Illegal (HarperCollins Canada 2015), tells the story of a runner named Keita Ali and his interaction as a refugee with the government. Today, Hill is working on writing a miniseries for his latest novel, and works as a creative writing professor at the University of Guelph. 

Ian Howarth

Freelance journalist, Ian Howarth, has recently published his first book Rock ’n’ Radio: When DJs and Rock Music ruled the Airwaves (Vehicule Press, 2017). After studying to become a teacher, Howarth worked at Lindsay Place High School until 2001 when he retired to become a freelance journalist. Inspired by the days when DJs, British Invasion bands and alternative rock music were in the Top 40 of Canadian radio, Howarth wrote in his memoirs about the social change brought forth by the musical era, as well as his experiences interviewing those who took part in Montreal’s musical revolution.   


             Laurie Gough


Laurie Gough is the author of the newly-released Stolen Child: A Mother’s Journey to Rescue Her Son from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours, and Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in the U.K., and silver medal winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Travel Book of the Year in the U.S. Over twenty of her stories have been anthologized in literary travel books; she has been a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, and has written for  The GuardianMacleans magazineThe Walrus, The L.A. Times, USA Today, salon.comThe National PostCanadian GeographicHuffington Post, The Daily Express, Caribbean Travel + Life, among others. Laurie gives memoir and travel writing workshops internationally.

Douglas Gibson

Author of two novels, editor and publisher, Douglas Gibson started his career after graduating from Yale University as an editor, and later went on to be a publisher after winning the Presidents Medal from the Canadian Booksellers Association in 1991. Gibson’s latest book Across Canada by Story (EWC Press, 2015) is a memoir of his experience being a Canadian publisher as well as what it was like to work with some of Canada’s finest minds. Gibson is also well known for his piece Stories about Storytellers (ECW Press, 2011), which is also an autobiography, that discusses his role in the career of Alice Munro - a work that includes an introduction by Munro herself. 

Beth Powning

New Brunswick writer, essayist and journalist Beth Powning is the author of six works of literary fiction, including her latest bestselling novel A Measure of Light (Knopf Canada, 2015). While Powning is a full-time writer, she also finds the time to teach workshops, visit schools, and participate in many extra activities and committees, such as singing in two choruses as well as gardening and photography. In 2010, Powning was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in English Literary Arts. Some of Powning’s other national bestsellers include The Sea Captain’s Wife (Penguin Group, 2010), The Hatbox Letters (St. Martin's Press, 2006) and Shadow Child (Carroll & Graf, 2000). 

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