2021 Participating Authors

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Adam Sol

Book(s)

  • How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry (Gr. 10-12)

Availability

Adam Sol - October-December (Tuesdays and Thursdays Only)

Ontario

Author Bio

ADAM SOL has published four previous books of poetry, and one collection of essays, How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry. He is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression & Society Program at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College. Broken Dawn Blessings is his newest collection of poetry. (ONTARIO)

Presented thanks to the generous support of Sam Znaimer in memory of Nancy Richler, and of ECW Press.

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Alex Wood

Book(s)

  • Float like a Butterfly, Drink Mint Tea

Ontario

Author Bio

ALEX WOOD is a comedian, writer, and podcaster who has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Kevin Hart’s LOL, Vice, and Sirius XM Radio. His podcast How Alex Wood Quit Everything takes listeners on a journey through his addiction and subsequent recovery. Float like a Butterfly, Drink Mint Tea is his first book. (ONTARIO)

Alix Ohlin

Book(s)

  • We Want What We Want

British Columbia

Author Bio

ALIX OHLIN is the author of five books, including the novels Inside and Dual Citizens, which were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications. Born and raised in Montreal, she lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Amber Dawn

Book(s)

British Columbia

Author Bio

AMBER DAWN is a white queer femme survivor living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories. She is the author of five books and the editor of two anthologies. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Memoir. Her most recent book, My Art Is Killing Me And Other Poems, is a collection of lyrical essays that speaks to cultural and sexual harassment within the literary arts sector. She teaches creative writing at Douglas College and guest mentors at drop-in, queer and sex work-driven community spaces.

Aminder Dhaliwal

Book(s)

  • Cyclopedia Exotica

United States

Author Bio

AMINDER DHALIWAL has worked as the Director at Disney TV Animation, a Storyboard Director at Cartoon Network, and Storyboard Director on the Nickelodeon show Sanjay and Craig. Her first graphic novel, Woman World, was serialized on Instagram where she garnered 250,000 followers, and it appeared on 25 best of the year lists and received nominations for numerous awards including the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and the Stephen Leacock Medal. Cyclopedia Exotica, published in May 2021, is her second book. (UNITED STATES)

André Alexis

Book(s)

  • Ring

Ontario

Author Bio

ANDRÉ ALEXIS was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. He has twice won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Days by Moonlight and Fifteen Dogs, which also won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His other books include Pastoral, The Hidden Keys, Asylum, The Night Piece: Collected Short Fiction, and most recently, Ring. (ONTARIO)

Presented thanks to the support of Coach House Books.

Andrew O’Hagan

Book(s)

  • Mayflies

United Kingdom

Author Bio

ANDREW O’HAGAN has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times, won the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He is Editor-at-Large of the London Review of Books and a contributor to Esquire, the New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a UK Ambassador for Unicef. (UNITED KINGDOM)

Ann Goldstein

Book(s)

  • The Lying Life of Adults

United States

Author Bio

ANN GOLDSTEIN is a celebrated translator of Italian and longtime chief of the copy department at The New Yorker. She has translated into English all of Elena Ferrante’s books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Story of the Lost Child, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award. She lives in New York. (UNITED STATES)

Anne Serre

Book(s)

  • The Beginners

France

Author Bio

ANNE SERRE is a French writer, born in Bordeaux. She is the author of fourteen books, as well as numerous short stories and essays, and the recipient of a 2008 Cino del Duca Foundation award. Her first novel Les Gouvernantes was praised in La Croix for ‘its remarkable economy of style and in Libération as ‘a delightful Sabbath’. (FRANCE)

Presented thanks to the support of Alliance Francaise and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.

Anthony Doerr

Book(s)

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land

United States

Author Bio

ANTHONY DOERR is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of Memory Wall,  The Shell Collector, About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. (UNITED STATES)

Antonio Michael Downing

Book(s)

  • Saga Boy

Ontario

Author Bio

ANTONIO MICHAEL DOWNING  grew up in southern Trinidad, Northern Ontario, Scarborough, and Kitchener. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His 2010 debut novel, Molasses (Blaurock Press), was published to critical acclaim. In 2017 he was named by the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Authors for nonfiction. He performs and composes music as John Orpheus.

Arno Kopecky

Book(s)

  • The Environmentalist’s Dilemma

British Columbia

Author Bio

ARNO KOPECKY is an environmental journalist and author whose dispatches from four continents have appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, the Literary Review of Canada, Reader’s Digest, and others. His last book, The Oil Man and the Sea, chronicled the battle to keep oil tankers out of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Vancouver. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Presented thanks to the support of ECW Press.

Ashley Spires

Book(s)

  • Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite (Gr. K–3)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

ASHLEY SPIRES grew up in Tsawwassen. As a child she was constantly making drawings, stories and small polymer clay figures. Despite being told she wasn’t the best drawer, she set out from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design to become a children’s book illustrator. Now, some twenty years later, she is known for creating many quirky beloved characters, including Small Saul, Larf, and Binky the Space Cat, who is now featured on his own animated television series. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Atticus Lish

Book(s)

  • The War for Gloria

United States

Author Bio

ATTICUS LISH is the author of Preparation for the Next Life, which won the 2015 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the 2016 Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Kentucky. (UNITED STATES)

Ben Philippe

Book(s)

  • Black Friend

United States

Author Bio

BEN PHILIPPE is a New York-based writer and screenwriter. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada, he has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He has written two young adult novels: Field Guide to the North American Teenager, winner of the 2020 William C. Morris Award, and Charming as a Verb. Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend is his first book of adult nonfiction. (UNITED STATES)

Bertrand Bickersteth

Book(s)

  • The Response of Weeds

Alberta

Author Bio

BERTRAND BICKERSTETH is a poet, playwright, essayist, and educator born in Sierra Leone and raised in Alberta. In 2021, CBC named him a Black writer to watch. His collection of poetry, The Response of Weeds, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He has been a contributor/columnist for CBC’s The Next Chapter and Black on the Prairies. (ALBERTA)

Beverley McLachlin

Book(s)

  • Denial

British Columbia

Author Bio

BEVERLEY MCLACHLIN was the Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to 2017. She is the first woman to hold that position and the longest-serving Chief Justice in Canadian history. Her memoir, Truth Be Told, won the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize and the Ottawa Book Award for Nonfiction. Her debut novel, Full Disclosure, was a #1 national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Crime Novel Award. McLachlin is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
(BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Billeh Nickerson

Book(s)

  • Duct-Taped Roses

British Columbia

Author Bio

BILLEH NICKERSON is the author of six previous books, including Artificial Cherry, which was nominated for the City of Vancouver Book Award. He is a past editor of both Event and Prism International, and co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets. His latest book is Duct-Taped Roses. He lives and works in Vancouver where he is the co-chair of the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Brandi Bird

Book(s)

British Columbia

Author Bio

BRANDI BIRD is a Two-Spirit Saulteaux, Cree and Métis writer/editor from Treaty 1 territory currently living and learning on Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam land. Their work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Puritan, Poetry is Dead, Room Magazine, Brick Magazine, Prism International, Arc Magazine and The Fiddlehead.

Brandon Wint

Book(s)

  • Divine Animal

British Columbia

Author Bio

BRANDON WINT is a poet, spoken word artist, and educator. For more than a decade, Wint has been a sought-after, touring performer, and has presented his work in the United States, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Jamaica. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Brian Selznick

Book(s)

  • Kaleidoscope

Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Bio

BRIAN SELZNICK started his career as a bookseller at a children’s bookstore in New York City, so it’s no surprise that he took that love of storytelling, and became a bestselling author of books for young people himself. He is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the groundbreaking The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Wonderstruck, both of which were adapted into acclaimed movies. He is also the creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Marvels and Baby Monkey, Private Eye, which was co-written by David Serlin. His books have garnered countless accolades worldwide and have been translated into more than 35 languages. (UNITED STATES)

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Brit Bennett

Book(s)

  • The Vanishing

United States

Author Bio

BRIT BENNETT is the author of The Mothers, a finalist for both the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her second novel, The Vanishing Half, was longlisted for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Women’s Prize, and named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times. Bennet has also been named a National Book Foundation honoree, and one of Time’s Next 100 Influential People. (UNITED STATES)

Caroline Adderson

Book(s)

  • Sunny Days Inside

British Columbia

Author Bio

CAROLINE ADDERSON is an award-winning author of books for young readers and adults. She wrote the picture books Norman, Speak! (illustrated by Qin Leng) and I Love You One to Ten (illustrated by Christina Leist), as well as the Jasper John Dooley and Izzy series. Her middle-grade books include Middle of Nowhere, A Simple Case of Angels, and The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat. She has won the Sheila Egoff Award, the Chocolate Lily Book Award, and the Diamond Willow Award. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Carrie Jenkins

Book(s)

  • Victoria Sees It

British Columbia

Author Bio

CARRIE JENKINS is an award-winning philosopher and writer. She is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and holds a PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of What Love Is and What It Could Be and Uninvited: Talking Back to Plato. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)


Casey Plett

Book(s)

  • A Dream of a Woman

Ontario

Author Bio

CASEY PLETT is the author of Little Fish and A Safe Girl to Love, and co-editor with Cat Fitzpatrick of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She has written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the New York Times, Maclean’s, the Walrus, and others. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and received an Honour of Distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. (ONTARIO)

Cassandra Myers

Book(s)

Ontario

Author Bio

CASSANDRA MYERS is a queer, non-binary, South Asian-Italian, disabled poet, performer, community worker, and facilitator in Tkaronto, Ontario. Myers’ is a national spoken word champion and has won awards such as the ARC Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year Award. Cassandra’s forthcoming book is anticipated with Write Bloody Publishing. (ONTARIO)

Chantal Gibson

Book(s)

  • with/holding

British Columbia

Author Bio

CHANTAL GIBSON is an award-winning writer-artist-educator, whose work overlaps between literary and visual art and confronts colonialism head on. Gibson’s debut book of poetry, How She Read was the winner of the 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. Recipient of the prestigious 2021 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Gibson teaches writing and visual communication at Simon Fraser University. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Cherie Dimaline

Book(s)

  • Hunting by Stars

Ontario

Author Bio

CHERIE DIMALINE is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community. Her most recent novel Empire of Wild was named Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2019, and has been recently featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Chicago Review of Books, goop!, and Shondalands. Cherie lives in Ontario, on her ancestral grounds, where she is working on a new YA book, her next adult novel, and the forthcoming TV adaptation of The Marrow Thieves. (ONTARIO)

Cherie Jones

Book(s)

  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

Barbados

Author Bio

CHERIE JONES was born in Barbados in 1974. A graduate of the MA program at Sheffield Hallam University, she was awarded a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her short fiction has been published in PANK, Reflex Fiction, and the Feminist Wire. (BARBADOS)

Cheryl Foggo

Book(s)

Alberta

Author Bio

CHERYL FOGGO is a playwright, author and filmmaker, whose work over the last 30 years has focused on the lives of Western Canadians of African descent. In 2020 her NFB feature documentary John Ware Reclaimed received the Alberta Feature Audience Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival. She is the 2021 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Outstanding Artist Award, the Calgary Black Chambers Black Achievement Award, and the Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award. (ALBERTA)

Christa Couture

Book(s)

  • How To Lose Everything

Ontario

Author Bio

CHRISTA COUTURE is an award-winning performing and recording artist, writer and broadcaster. She is also proudly Indigenous (mixed Cree and Scandinavian), queer, and a mom. Her seventh album Safe Harbour was released in 2020. As a writer and storyteller, she has been published in Room, Shameless, and Augur magazines. Couture is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and is currently the weekday after host on 106.5 elmnt fm in Toronto. How to Lose Everything is her first book. (ONTARIO)

Claire Fuller

Book(s)

  • Unsettled Ground

United States

Author Bio

CLAIRE FULLER is the bestselling and award-winning author of three previous novels: Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize and was a finalist for the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award; Swimming Lessons, which was a national bestseller; and Bitter Orange, which was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. Claire has an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children. (UNITED KINGDOM)

Colm Tóibín

Book(s)

  • The Magician

Ireland

Author Bio

COLM TÓIBÍN is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author. His novels include The Master, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award. His works also include The Empty Family, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin. (IRELAND)

Colson Whitehead

Book(s)

United States

Author Bio

COLSON WHITEHEAD is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City. (UNITED STATES)

Danny Ramadan

Book(s)

British Columbia

Author Bio

DANNY RAMADAN is a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugees advocate. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards. His next novel, The Foghorn Echoes (2022), and memoir, Crooked Teeth (2024), are forthcoming from Penguin Random House. 

Darrel McLeod

Book(s)

  • Peyakow

British Columbia

Author Bio

DARREL MCLEOD is Cree from Treaty 8 territory in Alberta. Darrel was a chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity is his second memoir following the events in his Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. McLeod lives, writes, sings, and plays jazz guitar in Sooke, BC and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

David A. Robertson

Book(s)

  • On the Trapline (Gr. K—2)
  • The Great Bear: The Misewa Saga, Book Two (Gr. 5-8)

Availability

October-December

Manitoba

Author Bio

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award. The Barren Grounds received a starred review from Kirkus and was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020. A sought-after speaker and educator, as well as recent recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award, Robertson is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation. (MANITOBA)

David is available for two Writers in the Classroom events: one for On The Trapline and one for The Great Bear: The Misewa Saga, Book Two.

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David Ly

Book(s)

British Columbia

Author Bio

DAVID LY is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in PRISM international, The Puritan, carte blanche, The /tƐmz/ Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. His debut poetry collection, Mythical Man (Palimpsest Press, 2020), was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award. His sophomore poetry collection, Dream of Me as Water, is forthcoming in Fall 2022. David is the Poetry Editor at This Magazine, part of the Anstruther Press Editorial Collective, and a Poetry Manuscript Consultant with The Writers’ Studio at SFU.

Douglas Coupland

Book(s)

  • Binge

British Columbia

Author Bio

DOUGLAS COUPLAND is a Canadian writer, visual artist and designer. His first novel is the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, still celebrated for its cultural relevancy thirty years since initial publication. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of British Columbia, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Eddy Boudel Tan

Book(s)

  • The Rebellious Tide

British Columbia

Author Bio

EDDY BOUDEL TAN is the author of the novels After Elias and The Rebellious Tide. He’s been selected as a 2021 Rising Star by the Writers’ Trust of Canada and a finalist for the Edmund White Award. As a queer Asian Canadian, he celebrates diverse voices through his writing. His stories can also be found in Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press, and the G&LR. He lives with his husband in Vancouver. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Elisa Shua Dusapin

Book(s)

  • Winter in Sochko

Switzerland

Author Bio

ELISA SHUA DUSAPIN was born in France in 1992 and raised in Paris, Seoul, and Switzerland. Winter in Sokcho is her first novel. Published in 2016 to wide acclaim, it was awarded the Prix Robert Walser and the Prix Régine Desforges and has been translated into six languages. (SWITZERLAND)

Presented thanks to the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver and Alliance Francaise.

Esi Edugyan

Book(s)

  • Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling

British Columbia

Author Bio

ESI EDUGYAN is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of Washington Black, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Award; and Half-Blood Blues, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Man Booker Prize. Both won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, and Dreaming of Elsewhere, which is part of the Kreisel Memorial Lecture Series. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Evan Osnos

Book(s)

  • Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

United States

Author Bio

EVAN OSNOS is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a CNN contributor, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Based in Washington D.C., he writes about politics and foreign affairs. His first book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, won the 2014 National Book award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2020, he published the international bestseller, Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now. (UNITED STATES)

Francisco Goldman

Book(s)

  • Monkey Boy

Mexico / United States

Author Bio

FRANCISCO GOLDMAN has published five novels and two books of nonfiction. The Long Night of White Chickens was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. His novels have been finalists for several prizes, including the Pen/Faulkner Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin literary award, and more. The Interior Circuit was named one of 10 best books of the year by the LA Times. He teaches at Trinity College in Connecticut, and lives in Mexico City. (MEXICO/UNITED STATES)

Gary Barwin

Book(s)

  • Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted

Ontario

Author Bio

GARY BARWIN is a composer, multidisciplinary artist, and the author of twenty-three books. His recent national bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Hamilton Literary Award. It was also a finalist for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. His prose and poetry have been published in hundreds of magazines and journals internationally. (ONTARIO)

George Elliott Clarke

Book(s)

  • Where Beauty Survived: An Africadian Memoir (Gr. 11-12)

Availability

October-December (Except for Tuesdays)

Toronto, Ontario

Author Bio

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, librettist and scholar whose books have won him many honours. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Clarke presently resides in Toronto where he teaches African-Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. Clarke was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008 and served as Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate in 2016-17. (ONTARIO)

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Gord Hill

Book(s)

  • The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book: Revised and Expanded (Gr. 10-12)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

GORD HILL is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of “British Columbia.” His previous books include The Antifa Comic Book, The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book, and the first edition of this book, published as The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book in 2010. He has been involved in Indigenous people’s and anti-globalization movements since 1990. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Gordon Korman

Book(s)

  • Linked

United States

Author Bio

GORDON KORMAN is the #1 bestselling author of three books in The 39 Clues series as well as eight books in his Swindle series: Swindle, Zoobreak, Framed, Showoff, Hideout, Jackpot, Unleashed, and Jingle. He has published numerous other children’s books, including This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! published when he was 14. Gordon grew up in Thornhill, Ontario and he lives in New York with his family. (UNITED STATES)

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Harold R. Johnson

Book(s)

  • The Björkan Sagas

British Columbia

Author Bio

HAROLD R. JOHNSON is the author of five works of fiction and five works of nonfiction, including Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. He is now retired from the practice of law and writes full-time. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Hiromi Goto

Book(s)

  • Shadow List

British Columbia

Author Bio

HIROMI GOTO is an emigrant from Japan who gratefully resides in Lekwungen Territory. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, won a 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book, and was the co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. The Kappa Child was awarded the 2001 James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. Her other honours include The Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Her first graphic novel, Shadow Life, with illustrations by artist Ann Xu, published in Spring 2021. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Ian Williams

Book(s)

  • Disorientation

Toronto

Author Bio

IAN WILLIAMS was born in Trinidad and raised in Canada. He won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, Reproduction. His poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. Williams holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto and has recently returned as a tenured professor. His third poetry collection, Word Problems, was published by Coach House Press in the fall of 2020. (TORONTO)

Isabella Wang

Book(s)

  • Pebble Swing

British Columbia

Author Bio

ISABELLA WANG is the author of the chapbook On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press, 2019). She was the youngest writer to be shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Wang’s poetry and prose have appeared in over thirty literary journals and three anthologies. She studies English and world literature at Simon Fraser University and is an editor at Room magazine. Pebble Swing is her debut full-length poetry collection. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

J.B. MacKinnon

Book(s)

  • The Day the World Stops Shopping

British Columbia

Author Bio

J.B. MACKINNON is a writer based in Vancouver. He is the author of the bestsellers The 100-Mile Diet, co-written with Alisa Smith, and The Once and Future World. His writing has appeared in major Canadian media outlets, as well as such publications as The New Yorker, National Geographic and Best American Science and Nature Writing series. His first book, Dead Man in Paradise, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Jaap Robben

Book(s)

  • Summer Brother

Netherlands

Author Bio

JAAP ROBBEN is a poet, playwright, performer, and acclaimed children’s author. You Have Me to Love, his first novel for adults, won the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award, the Dioraphte Prize, and the ANV Award for best Dutch debut. Robben was chosen as one of the featured debut authors at the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival. Summer Brother, a bestseller in the Netherlands, is his second novel. (NETHERLANDS)

Jael Richardson

Book(s)

  • Gutter Child

Ontario

Author Bio

JAEL RICHARDSON is the executive director of the FOLD literary festival, the books columnist on CBC Radio’s q and an outspoken advocate on issues of diversity. She is the author of the award-winning memoir The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, appear in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. (ONTARIO)

Janice Jo Lee

Book(s)

Ontario

Author Bio

JANICE JO LEE aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean ancestry. Lee is a hard femme, queer, radical, comedian, truth-teller and satirist. In Waterloo Region, Lee was voted Best Performance Artist from 2016 to 2020. She was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2015. She is the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam. Lee has worked as an educator for ten years facilitating arts, anti-oppression and leadership workshops across Canada. (ONTARIO)

jaye simpson

British Columbia

Author Bio

jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. their work has appeared in the anthologies Hustling Verse, Love After the End and the forthcoming anthology The Care We Dream Of. it was never going to be okay was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award for poetry and won the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award. they are a displaced Indigenous person resisting, ruminating, and residing on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Jaz Papadopoulos

Book(s)

British Columbia

Author Bio

JAZ PAPADOPOULOS (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental writing, installation, and video. They are interested in diaspora, nervous systems, erotics, memory, grief and ritual. A graduate of the Cartae Open school, Jaz is also a Lambda Literary fellow and an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. Jaz lives on Coast Salish land.

Jeff VanderMeer

Book(s)

  • Hummingbird Salamander

United States

Author Bio

JEFF VANDERMEER is the author of the national bestseller Borne, which received widespread critical acclaim. His prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance). Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translated into 35 languages, and was made into a film from Paramount Pictures. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Washington Post. (UNITED STATES)

Jen Sookfong Lee 

Book(s)

  • Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees (Gr. 4-7)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

JEN SOOKFONG LEE is the author of The Conjoined, nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Jen was a columnist for CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter for many years. She teaches at The Writer’s Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for Wolsak & Wynn and co-hosts the literary podcast Can’t Lit. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Jesse Wente

Book(s)

  • Unreconciled

Ontario

Author Bio

JESSE WENTE is an Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and arts leader. He is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. Best known for more than two decades spent as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, in 2018 he was named the first Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. Wente was appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2020, the only First Nations person to ever hold the position. (ONTARIO)

Joanna Chiu

Book(s)

  • China Unbound: A New World Disorder

Ontario

Author Bio

JOANNA CHIU is an internationally recognized authority on China, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC World, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Quartz, Al Jazeera, GlobalPost, CBC, and NPR. In 2012 her story on refugees in Hong Kong won a Human Rights Press Award, and in 2018 her report on #MeToo cases in Asia was named one of the best Foreign Policy long-form stories. She is currently a senior journalist covering China-related topics for the Toronto Star. (ONTARIO)

John Freeman

Book(s)

  • Freeman’s

United States

Author Bio

JOHN FREEMAN is the founder of the literary annual Freeman’s and the author and editor of Dictionary of the Undoing, The Park, Tales of Two Planets, The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, and, with Tracy K. Smith, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Orions. The former editor of Granta, he teaches writing at NYU and is an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. (UNITED STATES)

Jordan Abel

Book(s)

  • Nishga

British Columbia

Author Bio

JORDAN ABEL is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s work has been published in numerous journals and magazines—including Canadian Literature and Poetry Is Dead—and his visual poetry has been exhibited at the Polygon Gallery and the Oslo Pilot Project Room. He teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Joseph Dandurand

Book(s)

  • The East Side of It All

British Columbia

Author Bio

JOSEPH DANDURAND is a member of Kwantlen First Nation. He is the director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre. He was recently shortlisted for the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection, The East Side of It All. Dandurand is the author of four other books of poetry, including SH:LAM (The Doctor) and I Will Be Corrupted, as well as the bestselling children’s book The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets.
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Joshua Bennett

Book(s)

  • Owed

United States

Author Bio

JOSHUA BENNETT is a poet, performer, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a book of criticism, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man. His writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. In 2021, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Award in Poetry and Nonfiction. (UNITED STATES)

Joshua Ferris

Book(s)

  • A Calling for Charlie Barnes

United States

Author Bio

JOSHUA FERRIS was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers in 2010. His novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. (UNITED STATES)

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Book(s)

  • Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From

Ontario

Author Bio

KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE is the author of the bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award. His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), was hailed as “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail. A finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Trillium Book Award, Al-Solaylee won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He teaches journalism and literary nonfiction at Ryerson University. (ONTARIO)

Karim Alrawi

Book(s)

  • Arab Fairy Tale Feasts (Gr. 4-7)

Availability

October-December

Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Bio

KARIM ALRAWI is a playwright, novelist and children’s book author. His Arabic plays have twice won the Egyptian Ministry of Culture national playwriting award. He is the recipient of several international awards, including the Samuel Beckett and the John Whiting awards. His novel Book of Sands won the inaugural HarperCollins Prize for Best New Fiction. He is the author of several children’s books, including The Mouse Who Saved Egypt and The Girl Who Lost Her Smile. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Karina Vernon

Book(s)

  • The Black Prairie Archives: an Anthology

Ontario

Author Bio

KARINA VERNON is an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto, where her teaching and research focus on black Canadian literature, archives, and decolonization. (ONTARIO)

Katherena Vermette

Book(s)

  • The Strangers

Manitoba

Author Bio

KATHERENA VERMETTE is a Métis writer from Treaty 1 territory, heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg. Her poetry collection North End Love Songs won the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her award-winning novel The Break was a bestseller in Canada. She is also the author of the graphic novel series, A Girl Called Echo, the children’s picture book, The Girl and The Wolf, and co-wrote and co-directed the short documentary, this river. The Strangers is her second novel. (MANITOBA)

Kathleen Winter

Book(s)

  • Undersong: A Novel

Québec

Author Bio

KATHLEEN WINTER is the author of Annabel, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. Her novel Lost was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. (QUÉBEC)

Kathleen Winter

Book(s)

  • Undersong: A Novel

Québec

Author Bio

KATHLEEN WINTER is the author of Annabel, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. Her novel Lost was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. (QUÉBEC)

Kevin Sands

Book(s)

  • Children of the Fox: Thieves of Shadow, Book One (Gr. 4-7)

Availability

October-December

Ontario

Author Bio

KEVIN SANDS has worked as a researcher, a business consultant, a teacher, and a professional poker player since escaping from university with a pair of degrees in theoretical physics. He is the author of the bestselling The Blackthorn Key series. (ONTARIO)

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Lauren Groff

Book(s)

  • Matrix

United States

Author Bio

LAUREN GROFF is a two-time National Book Award finalist and The New York Times-bestselling author of three novels–The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies–and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. (UNITED STATES)

Lawrence Hill

Ontario

Author Bio

LAWRENCE HILL is the internationally bestselling author of ten books, including The Book of Negroes, which was made into a TV mini-series, and The Illegal, which was the winner of CBC Canada Reads. Hill’s nonfiction work includes Blood: The Stuff of Life, the subject of his 2013 Massey Lectures, and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph and a member of the Order of Canada. (ONTARIO)

Lili Robinson

Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Bio

LILI ROBINSON (she/they) is a playwright, poet, actor and community organizer based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Lili is passionate about centring voices at the intersections of queerness, Black diaspora, socio-economic diversity and femme identity in her work. Having completed a year as the Artistic Producing Intern at Theatre Replacement in 2019, Lili is currently the Emerging Playwright in Residence at Rumble Theatre, and a part of the Emerging Playwrights’ Unit at the Arts Club. Beyond playwriting, their recent projects include: the role of Alejandra in Rumble’s online production of B by Guillermo Calderón; writing for Theatre Replacement’s sound installation project Speaker A; and co-organizing Rest and Resilience, a series of events creating space for the Black Queer community to connect this past summer. Mx, Lili’s debut play, was the recipient of the Fringe New Play Prize in 2019. Mx went on to win the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, earning the show a spot in the Cultch’s upcoming 2021 spring season. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Linda Boström Knausgård

Book(s)

  • October Child

Sweeden

Author Bio

LINDA BOSTRÖM KNAUSGÅRD is a Swedish author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for national radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in Translated Literature. Welcome to America was nominated for the prestigious Swedish August Prize and the Svenska Dagbladet Literary Prize, and longlisted for the 2020 Best Translated Book Award and the 2020 National Translation Award in Prose in the United States. October Child is a bestseller throughout Scandinavia. (SWEDEN)

Linden MacIntyre

Book(s)

  • The Winter Wives

Ontario

Author Bio

LINDEN MACINTYRE is a bestselling author who has won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction, the Evelyn Richardson Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award, and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award for his books. A distinguished broadcast journalist, MacIntyre spent twenty-four years as the co-host of The Fifth Estate. He has won ten Gemini awards for his work. (ONTARIO)

Linwood Barclay

Book(s)

  • Find You First

Ontario

Author Bio

LINWOOD BARCLAY is the author of nineteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. (ONTARIO)

Lisa Bird-Wilson

Book(s)

  • Probably Ruby

Saskatchewan

Author Bio

LISA BIRD-WILSON is a Saskatchewan Métis and nêhiyaw writer whose work appears in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada. Her fiction book, Just Pretending, was a finalist for the national Danuta Gleed Literary Award and won four Saskatchewan Book Awards, including the 2014 Book of the Year. In 2019, it was selected to be the Saskatchewan One Book One Province campaign choice to promote reading across the province. (SASKATCHEWAN)

Lisa Taddeo

Book(s)

  • Animal

United States

Author Bio

LISA TADDEO is the author of Three Women. She has contributed to The New York Times, New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England. (UNITED STATES)

Liz Howard

Book(s)

  • Letters in a Bruised Cosmos

Ontario

Author Bio

LIZ HOWARD won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize for her debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, which was also shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and named a Globe and Mail top 100 book. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Magazine, and Best Canadian Poetry 2018. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto. (ONTARIO)

Lois Peterson

Book(s)

  • Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community (Gr. 4-7)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

LOIS PETERSON is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction for children, and numerous short stories, essays and articles for adults. She worked at a public library for more than 35 years and worked as executive director of a homeless shelter. Lois lives in Nanaimo. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Maggie Nelson

Book(s)

  • On Freedom

United States

Author Bio

MAGGIE NELSON is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. (UNITED STATES)

Marcello Di Cintio

Book(s)

  • Driven

Alberta

Author Bio

MARCELLO DI CINTIO is the author of four previous books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense—also a W.O. Mitchell Prize winner. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in publications such as the International New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and Afar. (ALBERTA)

Maria Stepanova

Book(s)

  • In Memory of Memory

Russia

Author Bio

MARIA STEPANOVA is one of the most distinctive voices of Russia’s post-Soviet literary generation. An award-winning poet and prose writer, essayist, and journalist, Stepanova is the author of ten poetry collections and three books of essays. Her novel In Memory of Memory was shortlisted for the 2021 International Man Booker Prize. Stepanova is the founder of the online crowd-sourced journal Colta.ru, which covers the cultural, social and political reality of contemporary Russia, reaching nearly a million visitors each month. (RUSSIA)

Mieko Kawakami

Book(s)

  • Heaven

Japan

Author Bio

MIEKO KAWAKAMI is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of Time’s Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006. Her books have been translated into many languages. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Kawakami lives in Tokyo. (JAPAN)

Miriam Toews

Book(s)

  • Fight Night

Ontario

Author Bio

MIRIAM TOEWS is the author of seven bestselling novels: Women Talking, All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Literary for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. (ONTARIO)

Molly Cross-Blanchard

Book(s)

  • Exhibitionist

British Columbia

Author Bio

MOLLY CROSS-BLANCHARD is a white and Métis writer and editor born on Treaty 3 territory (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 territory (Prince Albert, SK), and living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, BC). She holds an English BA from the University of Winnipeg and a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia, and is the publisher of Room magazine. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

 

Mona Awad

Book(s)

  • All’s Well

United States

Author Bio

MONA AWAD is the author of Bunny and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, winner of the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. The recipient of a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in Time, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. (UNITED STATES)

Myriam Chancy

Book(s)

  • What Storm, What Thunder

United States

Author Bio

MYRIAM CHANCY was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A Guggenheim Fellow, she currently holds the Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College in California. Her first novel, Spirit of Haiti, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean) in 2004. The Loneliness of Angels won the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award (Best Fiction) and was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2011. (UNITED STATES)

Norma Dunning

Book(s)

  • Tainna; The Unseen Ones

Alberta

Author Bio

NORMA DUNNING is a writer as well as a scholar, researcher, professor and grandmother. Her first book, the short story collection, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (University of Alberta Press, 2017), received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story, and the Bronze for short stories in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. She is also the author of the poetry collection Eskimo Pie (Bookland Press, 2020), an Alberta bestseller. (ALBERTA)

Omar El Akkad

Book(s)

  • What Strange Paradise

United States

Author Bio

OMAR EL AKKAD is an author and a journalist who has won Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism. His debut novel, American War, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. It was listed as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, NPR, and Esquire, and for BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. (UNITED STATES)

Peyton Thomas

Book(s)

  • Both Sides Now

Ontario

Author Bio

PEYTON THOMAS is a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair. He was a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow, studying under Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Both Sides Now is his debut novel. (ONTARIO)

Pik-Shuen Fung

Book(s)

  • Ghost Forest

United States

Author Bio

PIK-SHUEN FUNG is a Canadian writer and artist living in New York City. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Kundiman, the Millay Colony, and Storyknife. Ghost Forest is her first book. (UNITED STATES)

Pilar Quintana

Book(s)

  • The Bitch

Columbia

Author Bio

PILAR QUINTANA is a Colombian author. She debuted with Cosquillas en la lengua in 2003, and published Coleccionistas de polvos raros in 2007, the same year the Hay Festival selected her as one of the most promising young authors in Latin America. Her latest novel, The Bitch, won the prestigious Colombian Biblioteca de Narrativa Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award Longlist for Translated Literature. (COLOMBIA)

Rachel Yoder

Book(s)

  • Nightbitch

United States

Author Bio

RACHEL YODER is the founder of draft: the journal of process. She holds MFAs from the University of Arizona (fiction) and the University of Iowa (nonfiction), where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her stories and essays have been published in literary journals such as The Kenyon Review and The Missouri Review, as well as national outlets such as The New York Times, The Sun, and Lit Hub. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and son. (UNITED STATES)

Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Book(s)

  • Bramah and the Beggar Boy

British Columbia

Author Bio

RENÉE SAROJINI SAKLIKAR is a poet, lawyer, and author of the groundbreaking poetry book, children of air india, about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 which won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize. A former poet laureate for the City of Surrey, her work has been adapted for opera, visual art and dance. Her epic fantasy series in verse, THOT J BAP: The Heart Of This Journey Bears All Patterns, begins with Bramah and the Beggar Boy. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Richard Powers

Book(s)

  • Bewilderment

United States

Author Bio

RICHARD POWERS is the author of twelve novels. His most recent, The Overstory, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was a finalist for the Booker Prize. The Overstory has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 63 weeks to date, with more than 1 million copies in print across all formats. Powers is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, among other accolades. (UNITED STATES)

Rob Taylor

Book(s)

  • Strangers

Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Bio

ROB TAYLOR is the author of Strangers (Biblioasis, 2021) and three other poetry collections, and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). He teaches Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University. 

Robin Stevenson and Tom Ryan

Book(s)

  • When You Get the Chance (Gr. 8-12)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

ROBIN STEVENSON is the author of more than twenty books for children and teens. She regularly presents in schools, offering book talks, creative writing workshops, and presentations on LGBTQ+ Pride. Robin’s YA novel A Thousand Shades of Blue was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and is included on CBC’s list, “100 YA Novels that Make You Proud to Be Canadian”. Stevenson lives on the west coast of Canada with her partner and their son. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

TOM RYAN is an award-winning author for children and teens. His debut novel, Way To Go, was nominated for the OLA White Pine Award and made the 2013 ALA Rainbow List. His follow-up, Tag Along, received glowing reviews and was nominated for a number of distinctions, including CCBC’s (Canadian Children’s Books Council) Best Books and the 2013 ALA Rainbow List. Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, and lives in Halifax with his husband and their awesome dog. (NOVA SCOTIA)

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Roy Jacobsen

Book(s)

  • White Shadow

Norway

Author Bio

ROY JACOBSEN has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. He is the author of more than fifteen novels and is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. In 2009, he was shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles. The Unseen was a bestseller in Norway and was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. (NORWAY)

Ruth Ozeki

Book(s)

  • The Book of Form and Emptiness

United States / British Columbia

Author Bio

RUTH OZEKI is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. Her nonfiction work includes The Face: A Time Code and Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foundation and teaches creative writing at Smith College. (UNITED STATES/BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Sam Wiebe

Book(s)

  • Hell and Gone

British Columbia

Author Bio

SAM WIEBE is the award-winning author of the Wakeland novels, one of the most authentic and acclaimed detective series in Canada, including Invisible Dead and Cut You Down (Random House, 2016 and 2018). Wiebe’s other books include Never Going Back (Rapid Reads, 2020), Last of the Independents (Dundurn, 2014) and the Vancouver Noir anthology (Akashic Books, 2018), which he edited. He lives in New Westminster. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Sara Pennypacker

United States

Author Bio

SARA PENNYPACKER is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling Pax; the award-winning Clementine series and its spinoff series, Waylon; and the acclaimed novels Summer of the Gypsy Moths and Here in the Real World. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. (UNITED STATES)

Sarah Raughley

Book(s)

  • The Bones of Ruin

British Columbia

Author Bio

SARAH RAUGHLEY grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. Sarah has been nominated for the Aurora Award for Best YA Novel. As an academic, Sarah has taught undergraduate courses and acted as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research concerns representations of race and gender in popular media culture, youth culture, and postcolonialism. She has written and edited articles in political, cultural, and academic publications. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Shashi Bhat

Book(s)

  • The Most Precious Substance

British Columbia

Author Bio

SHASHI BHAT is a winner of the Journey Prize and has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her stories have appeared in such publications as The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, subTerrain, PRISM international, and several anthologies. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape, was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her most recent novel is The Most Precious Substance on Earth. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book(s)

  • Velvet Was the Night

British Columbia

Author Bio

SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA is the New York Times-bestselling author of the critically acclaimed speculative novels Gods of Jade and Shadow, Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones; and the crime novel Untamed Shore. She has edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award–winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Sofia Fly

Book(s)

Ontario

Author Bio

SOFIA FLY is a DJ/Producer/Musician. Her music features poetic party-girl lyrics set to a Latin inspired fusion of trap and house music. A Trans woman and Queer nightlife Queen, she frequently DJs across the city in-person and virtually playing sets built around her own signature remixes and beats. She’s performed spoken word across the country and won first place at the Canadian National Festival of Spoken Word with the Toronto Poetry Slam Team in 2013. (ONTARIO)

Stephen Graham Jones

Book(s)

  • My Heart is a Chainsaw

United States

Author Bio

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Only Good Indians. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient, has won the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards; and has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. He teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (UNITED STATES) 

Susan Orlean

Book(s)

  • On Animals

United States

Author Bio

SUSAN ORLEAN has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in Los Angeles. (UNITED STATES)

Susin Nielsen

Book(s)

  • Tremendous Things (Gr. 8-12)

Availability

November—December

British Columbia

Author Bio

SUSIN NIELSEN has written for many beloved Canadian TV shows. Her first two young adult novels, Word Nerd and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, won multiple young readers’ choice awards. She won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year for The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Her most recent novel, No Fixed Address, won the Red Maple Award, the Violet Downey Book Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Te-Ping Chen

Book(s)

  • Land of Big Numbers: Stories

United States

Author Bio

TE-PING CHEN has been published in, or is forthcoming from, The New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Tin House, and The Atlantic. A reporter with the Wall Street Journal, she was previously a correspondent for the paper in Beijing and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Journal in 2012, she spent a year in China as a Fulbright fellow. The Land of Big Numbers is her first book. She lives in Philadelphia. (UNITED STATES)

Tom Ryan

Book(s)

  • When You Get the Chance (Gr. 8-12)

Availability

October-December

Nova Scotia

Author Bio

TOM RYAN is an award-winning author for children and teens. His debut novel, Way To Go, was nominated for the OLA White Pine Award and made the 2013 ALA Rainbow List. His follow-up, Tag Along, received glowing reviews and was nominated for a number of distinctions, including CCBC’s (Canadian Children’s Books Council) Best Books and the 2013 ALA Rainbow List. Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, and lives in Halifax with his husband and their awesome dog. (NOVA SCOTIA)

Tomson Highway

Book(s)

  • Permanent Astonishment

Québec / Italy

Author Bio

TOMSON HIGHWAY is the celebrated author of the novel Kiss of the Fur Queen and several plays including The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, both of which won Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Floyd S. Chalmers Awards. He has criss-crossed North America, Europe, and the world with his readings, lectures, piano performances, and teaching engagements. He divides his time between Canada and Italy. (QUÉBEC/ITALY)

Uzma Jalaluddin 

Book(s)

  • Hana Khan Carries On (Gr. 10-12)

Availability

October-December

Toronto, Ontario

Author Bio

UZMA JALALUDDIN is the bestselling author of Ayesha at Last and Hana Khan Carries On. A high school English teacher, she is also a Toronto Star columnist and a contributor to the Atlantic. Her first novel was published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and India and was optioned for film by Amy Pascal and Sony Pictures. (TORONTO)

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Valérie Perrin

Book(s)

  • Fresh Water for Flowers

France

Author Bio

VALÉRIE PERRIN was born in 1967 in Remiremont, in the Vosges Mountains, France. She grew up in Burgundy and settled in Paris in 1986. Her novel The Forgotten Sunday won the Booksellers Choice Award. Her English-language debut, Fresh Water for Flowers won the Maison de la Presse Prize. Figaro Litteraire named Perrin one of the ten best-selling authors in France in 2019. (FRANCE)

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Wab Kinew

Book(s)

  • Walking in Two Worlds (Gr. 8-12)

Availability

October-December

Manitoba

Author Bio

WAB KINEW is the bestselling, award-winning author of Go Show the World and The Reason You Walk. A member of the Midewin and an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, he is a former journalist, hip-hop artist and television host who was named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know.” Kinew, a provincial politician, lives in Winnipeg with his family. (MANITOBA)

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Wayne Johnston

Book(s)

  • The Mystery of Right and Wrong

Newfoundland

Author Bio

WAYNE JOHNSTON is the author of The Story of Bobby O’Malley, winner of the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Baltimore’s Mansion won the inaugural Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams was nominated for sixteen awards including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and was a Canada Reads finalist defended by Justin Trudeau. Johnston’s most recent novel, First Snow, Last Light, was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin prize. (NEWFOUNDLAND)

Whitney Gardner

Book(s)

  • Long Distance (Gr. 4-7)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

WHITNEY GARDNER is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist living by the Salish Sea with her husband and two pugs. She started drawing stick figures in second grade and somehow no one’s been able to stop her. When she isn’t drawing, she’s baking, tending to her houseplants, or rolling twenty-sided dice. She is the author of You’re Welcome, Universe and Chaotic Good, as well as the creator of Fake Blood and Long Distance and the illustrator for Debbie Levy’s Becoming RBG. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

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Will McPhail

Book(s)

  • In

United Kingdom

Author Bio

WILL MCPHAIL has been contributing cartoons, sketchbooks, and humour pieces to The New Yorker since 2014. He was the winner of the Reuben Award for cartooning in 2017 and 2018. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. (UNITED KINGDOM)

Xiran Jay Zhao

Book(s)

  • Iron Widow (Gr. 8-12)

Availability

October-December

British Columbia

Author Bio

XIRAN JAY ZHAO is a first-gen immigrant from small-town China who was raised by the Internet. A recent graduate of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote science fiction and fantasy while they probably should have been studying more about biochemical pathways. You can find them on Twitter for memes, Instagram for cosplays and fancy outfits, and YouTube for long videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)


 

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Yusef Salaam

Book(s)

  • Better, Not Bitter

United States

Author Bio

YUSEF SALAAM is a prison abolitionist, who, at age fourteen was one of five teenage boys wrongly convicted in the Central Park jogger case. In 2002, the sentences were overturned, and all of the Central Park Five were exonerated for the crime they didn’t commit. He is an inspirational speaker, advocate and educator on issues of mass incarceration, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, and the disparities in the criminal justice system, especially for men of color. (UNITED STATES)

Zoe Whittall

Book(s)

  • The Spectacular

Ontario

Author Bio

ZOE WHITTALL is the author of three previous novels: the Giller-shortlisted The Best Kind of People, Lambda-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and debut Bottle Rocket Hearts. She has published three collections of poetry, The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, Precordial Thump, and The Emily Valentine Poems. She is also a Canadian Screen Award-winning TV and film writer, with credits on the Baroness Von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Degrassi, and others. (ONTARIO)

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