StoryFest Authors 2018

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Silver Donald Cameron is a multitalented Canadian author, journalist and producer, who focuses on social justice and environmental issues. Cameron’s most recent works include: The Green Interview media project, which features two documentary films both written and narrated by Cameron himself - Salmon Wars: Salmon Farms, Wild Fish and the Future of Communities (2012) as well as Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness (2010). Cameron is also the author of several books including his most recent Warrior Lawyers (Paper Tiger Enterprises, 2016) as well as A Million Futures:The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010) and Sailing Away from Winter (Douglas Gibson Books, 2006). In 1998, Cameron received the Evelyn Richardson Award for non-fiction (1998) as well as the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Award.

Marjorie Simmins is an award-winning writer, journalist, memoirist and public speaker known for her inspiring novel Year of the Horse: A Journey of Healing and Adventure (Pottersfield Press, 2017) and Coastal Lives: A Memoir (Pottersfield Press, 2014). In 2013, Marjorie Simmins was awarded a Gold Medal at the Atlantic Journalism Awards for best Atlantic Magazine Article and has had her articles published in newspapers such as the Montreal Gazette, the Toronto Star and the National Post. Inspired by her own life experiences, Simmins writes about living on Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts, offering a unique perspective of the diverse experiences one might encounter from sea to sea.     

From classroom, to arena, to courtroom to office, Ken Dryden has experienced more than most, both on and off the ice. After his nine year career in the NHL - which earned him a position in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 - Dryden has continued to inspire Canadians as a politician, lawyer and especially as an author. His recently published book, Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey (Single, 2017), explores the controversial subject of head injuries in sports - specifically in hockey. In his other books, Dryden discusses similar topics and investigates the forgotten issues that athletes face daily.    


Catherine McKenzie is a Montreal born bestselling author of over seven books, and has recently published her latest novel The Good Liar (Lake Union Publishing, 2018). Throughout her career as an author, McKenzie has been recognized numerous times for her fascinating narratives; In 2015, McKenzie’s novel Smoke (Lake Union Publishing, 2015) was added to the Top 100 list by Amazon. McKenzie was awarded a Canadian National Screen Institute Award (2014) for a short film based on her book Arranged (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2010). After graduating from McGill University with a degree in Law and History, Catherine McKenzie has not only worked in the Supreme Court of Canada, but she has done so while also managing to write eight novels.

David Adams Richards, is an award winning Canadian author, screenwriter and poet who in 2017 was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Governor General David Johnston. Some of Richards’ most recent works include Mary Cyr (Penguin Random House Canada, 2018) which has been described by The Globe and Mail as “a marvellously readable saga” as well as The Principles to Live By (Penguin Random House Canada, 2018) which according to the The Vancouver Sun, continues Richards’ “career-long inquiry into the nature of morality…”. Throughout his career as an author and screenwriter, Richards has received numerous awards including the Matt Cohen Award (2011), the Giller Prize for his novel Mercy Among the Children (Washington Square Press, 2010), and the Governor General’s Award in both non-fiction for his novel Lines on the Water (Arcade Publishing, 1998) as well as in fiction for Nights Below Station Street (New Canadian Library, 1988). 

Liona Boyd is a five time Juno award winning musician who was born in London, England and raised in Toronto where she began to study music at a young age. Boyd has travelled across the world performing in her unique style that combines classical and folk music, has recorded a total of 28 albums, and has introduced millions of people around the world to the art of classical guitar, earning her the title “The First Lady of the Guitar”. Throughout her career, Liona Boyd has received five honorary doctorates, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Boyd’s most recent album, No Remedy for Love (Universal Music, 2017), shares its title with her new autobiography (Dundurn Press, 2017) which features her decade long correspondence with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip. Today, Boyd continues to tour in Canada and the United States. 

Zoe Whittall's third novel, The Best Kind of People, is being adapted for feature film by Sarah Polley, was shortlisted for The Giller Prize, and named Indigo's #1 Book of 2016, selected as a Heather’s Pick and a best book of the year by Walrus Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, & The National Post. She has worked as a TV writer on CBC/IFC's The Baroness Von Sketch Show, which Vogue called "the best thing out of Canada since Ryan Gosling" and several other TV shows. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lamda literary award and was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association, and her debut Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of CBC Canada Reads' best books of the decade. She has also written three volumes of poetry. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and more. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto with her family. Her next novel, The Spectacular, is forthcoming with Ballantine in the U.S. and HarperCollins in Canada.

Sylvain Rivard is a Métis/Québecois artist and ethnologist of international stature. His stories grew out of his Abenaki heritage, and music and basket-weaving accompany his presentations and storytelling for all ages. Parents can enjoy this event with their children and learn about indigenous myths and languages in Quebec.  In 2014, Rivard published La Ceinture Fléchée: The Arrow Sash = Aienkwire Atiatahna (HANNENORAK, 2014), a trilingual picture book meant to teach children the origin of the Iroquoian sash in French, English and Mohawk. Rivard also uses art as a means of teaching Canadian children about Native American cultural practices.   

Former journalist and civil servant, Ian Hamilton, is a Canadian mystery writer and author of the popular Ava Lee series, which including his most recent publication, The Imam of Tawi-Tawi (House of Anansi Press, 2018), consists of 11 novels. Other books in the series include, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya (House of Anansi Press, 2013), The Disciples of Las Vegas (House of Anansi Press, 2011) and The Water Rat of Wanchai (House of Anansi Press, 2011) which received the Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. During his career as a journalist, Hamilton was published in magazines such as Macleans, and Saturday Night and Boston magazines. 

Michael Redhill is an American-Canadian award winning author, playwright and poet who has just been awarded the Giller Prize (2017) for his latest novel Bellevue Square (Doubleday Canada, 2017). Redhill was also nominated for the Giller Prize in 2001 for his novel Martin Sloane (Anchor Canada, 2001). Redhill is also the author of a crime series which he writes under the pen name of Inger Ash Wolfe, including The Night Bell (McClelland & Stewart, 2015), The Taken (McClelland & Stewart, 2010) and The Calling (McClelland & Stewart, 2001).  

Best known for her widely admired novels Mercy (Random House Canada, 2003), Effigy (Random House Canada, 2007) and Fauna (Random House Canada, 2010), Canadian author Alissa York’s latest novel, The Naturalist (Random House Canada, 2016), explores the relationship between human beings and nature within the Amazon rainforest. Throughout her career as a writer, York has been nominated for the Giller Prize (2007) for her novel Effigy, and in 1999 was awarded both Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award for her collection of short stories, Any Given Power (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 1999). Today, York lives in Toronto and continues to write stories about diverse and intriguing topics. 

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