Once again we are assembling an eclectic and diversified group of critically acclaimed authors and literary prize winners representing a range of literary genres from literary fiction, poetry and non-fiction to memoirs and thrillers. With adult, teen and children’s programming, the festival will offer entertaining and thought-provoking programming for all ages. The Festival will also feature The Guelph Poetry Slam Team delivering their high energy performances.

You will want to ensure that September 16, 17, and 18 is marked in your literary calendars; especially Sunday 18th, Festival Sunday, to hear these wonderful authors reading and discussing their works and to meet them at our signing table or as they also mingle, munch and enjoy the festival in the charming village of Eden Mills.

Thursday, September 15: Opening Night

Sarah Mian

Fiction – When The Saints (Harper Collins)

mian.jpgSarah Mian’s debut novel, When the Saints, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. It won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Sarah is from Dartmouth, NS and now lives on Nova Scotia’s south shore.


Nicholas Ruddock

Fiction – Night Ambulance (Breakwater Books)

ruddockNicholas Ruddock’s first novel, The Parabolist (Doubleday) was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and for the Arthur Ellis Award in 2010. How Loveta Got Her Baby (25 stories) was published by Breakwater Books in 2014. His work has appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology and has been filmed by the Canadian Film Centre. Most recently, he has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Night Ambulance, his second novel, was published by Breakwater this spring. He lives in Guelph.

Saturday, September 17: In Conversation with Alexandre Trudeau

Alexandre Trudeau

Nonfiction – Barbarian Lost (Harper Collins)

unnamedAlexandre Trudeau is a traveler, filmmaker and journalist. Over the past decade and a half, his films and reports on issues of geopolitical importance have been seen and read by millions of Canadians. Trudeau was a trusted witness in Baghdad as the bombs brought shock and awe. He charted out the intimate realities on both sides of the Israeli security barrier, explored the pluralism of Canadian identity, stood up for the rights of arbitrarily imprisoned terror suspects in Canada, tracked youth-driven democratic awakenings in the Balkans, shed light on the origins of unrest in Darfur, Liberia and Haiti and deconstructed the Canadian peace-keeping legacy fifty years after Pearson’s Nobel. Born into one of the country’s most prominent political families, Alexandre has been familiar to Canadians since birth by his nickname, Sacha. Trudeau lives in Montreal with his wife and three young children.

Ever since he was a boy, Alexandre Trudeau has been fascinated by this great county. Recounting his experiences in the China of recent years, Trudeau visits artists and migrant workers, townspeople and rural farmers. Often accompanied by a young Chinese journalist, Vivien, he explores realities caught in time between the China of our memories and the thrust of progress. The China he seeks out lurks in hints and shadows. It flickers dimly amidst all the glare and noise. The people he encounters along the way give up but small secrets yet each revelation comes as a surprise that jolts us from our preconceived ideas and forces us to challenge our most secure notions.

Barbarian Lost, Trudeau’s first book, is an insightful and witty account of the dynamic changes going on right now in China, as well as a look back into the deeper history of this highly codified society. On the ground with the women and men who make China tick, Trudeau shines new light on the country as only a traveller with his storytelling abilities could.

“Alexandre Trudeau has a keen eye for contradiction, a novelist’s gift for dialogue, and a fly-on-the-wall detachment that is both austere and engrossing. At turns provocative, hilarious and moving, this book is a must-read for all Canadians.” —Robert Wright, author of Our Man in Tehran

Madeleine Thien, Moderator

unnamed (1)Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes, which was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, a Kiriyama Pacific Prize Notable Book, and won the BC Book Prize for Fiction; the novel Certainty, which won the First Novel Award; and the novelDogs at the Perimeter, which was shortlisted for Berlin’s 2014 International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis.  Her novels and stories have been translated into twenty-five languages, and her essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Five Dials, Brick and Al Jazeera.  Her story “The Wedding Cake” was shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Sunday Times EFG short story award. The daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal. Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, about art, music and revolution in China, is currently shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Sunday, September 18: Festival Sunday


Kamal Al-Solaylee

Brown (Harper Collins)

kamalKamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a distinguished writer at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business magazine and has written features and reviews for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, eye weekly, the Literary Review of Canada and Elle Canada. Al Solaylee’s bestselling memoir Intolerable was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and Canada Reads, and won the Toronto Book Award. Al-Solaylee holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has taught at the University of Waterloo and York University. Al-Solaylee lives in Toronto.

Frances Backhouse

Nonfiction- Once They Were Hats (ECW Press)

backhouseFrances Backhouse is the author of five books, including Children of the Klondike, winner of the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. She is also a veteran freelance magazine writer and teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Victoria. She lives in Victoria, B.C.



Steve Burrows

Mystery – A Cast of Falcons (Dundurn)

burrowsSteve Burrows has pursued his birdwatching hobby on five continents. He is a former editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Magazine and a contributing field editor for Asian Geographic. The first book in the Birder Murder mystery series, A Siege of Bitterns, won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Mystery. Steve lives in Oshawa, Ontario.





George Elliott Clarke

Fiction – The Motorcyclist (Harper Collins)

clarkeGeorge Elliott Clarke’s works include George & Rue, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Execution Poems, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry; and Whylah Falls, winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry and a selection for CBC’s inaugural Canada Reads competition.

In 2008, he was appointed to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. He recently served as Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2015, and currently serves as Parliamentary Poet Laureate, as well as the EJ Pratt Professor at the University of Toronto.


Cherie Dimaline

A Gentle Habit (Kegedonce Press)

dimalineCherie Dimaline is an author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. Her first book, Red Rooms, (Theytus Books, 2007) won Fiction Book of the Year from the Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards. Her novel, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy (Theytus Books, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award.
Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH and Muskrat magazines. Her fiction has been anthologized internationally. Cherie was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year – Ontario Premier’s Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence – Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library.
Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering and is at work on her next book.

Katherine Govier

Fiction – The Three Sisters Bar & Hotel (Harper Collins)

govierKatherine Govier’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Katherine’s novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She won Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). She has twice been shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium prize. The author of twelve books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing programs, Writers in Electronic Residence and The Shoe Project, which works to improve the written and spoken English of immigrant women. Katherine travels between Toronto and Canmore, Alberta, in the Rocky Mountains.

Laurie D. Graham

Poetry – Settler Education (M & S)

grahamLaurie D. Graham hails from Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in Kitchener. She has two books of poetry: Settler Education (McClelland & Stewart, 2016) and Rove (Hagios Press, 2013).

Her poetic work has won or was shortlisted for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize, the CBC Poetry Prize, Arc’s Poem of the Year contest, and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

She is the publisher of Brick magazine.


Phil Hall

Poetry –  Conjugation (Bookthug)

hallPhil Hall is a writer, editor, and teacher. His first book, Eighteen Poems, was published in 1973. Among his many published titles are: Killdeer (Bookthug, 2011; winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, the 2012 Trillium Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize). Hall has taught writing at York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College and George Brown College, and has held the position of Poetry Editor for Bookthug since 2013. Phil lives with his wife near Perth, Ontario.

Liz Howard

Poetry – Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (M&S)

howardLiz Howard’s first book of poems, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time a debut collection has won the award. The book was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Born and raised in northern Ontario, Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix Magazine

She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph and works as a research officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto.

Helen Humphreys

Nonfiction – The River (ECW)

humphriesHelen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, seven novels, and three works of creative non-fiction. Her latest book The River, a pastiche of the Napanee River that mixes history, natural history, photographs, maps, memoir, and fiction. She lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario.”


Maureen Jennings

Murdoch Mysteries (Random House)

jenningsBorn in England, Maureen Jennings emigrated to Canada as a teenager. The first Detective Murdoch mystery was published in 1997. Six more followed, all to enthusiastic reviews. In 2003, Shaftesbury Films adapted three of the novels into movies of the week, and four years later the Murdoch Mysteries TV series was created; it is now shown around the world as well as on Canada’s national broadcast network, CBC TV. The Detective Inspector Tom Tyler series, set in World War II-era England, got off to a spectacular start with 2011’s Season of Darkness, followed by Beware This Boy (2012) and No Known Grave (2014). Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs, Varley and Murdoch.

John Metcalf

Fiction – Museum at the End of the World (Biblioasis), launch.

metcalfJohn Metcalf was Senior Editor at the Porcupine’s Quill until 2005 and is now Fiction Editor at Biblioasis. A scintillating writer and an almost magisterial editor and anthologist, he is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow and Kicking Against the Pricks. His newest book is a collection of novellas titled The Museum at the End of the World (Biblioasis, 2016). He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna.


Jane Munro

Poetry – Blue Sonoma (Brick Books)

munroJane Munro’s sixth poetry collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry (2nd place), was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs who have published two books, Whisk (Pedlar Press) and Rhinoceros (Gaspereau). She lives in Vancouver.

Kurt Palka

Fiction – The Piano Maker (Penguin/RH)

palkaKurt Palka is the author of The Piano Maker, his sixth novel. His previous work includes Clara, which was originally published in hardcover as Patient Number 7, and was a finalist for The Hammett Prize. He lives near Toronto.






Soraya Peerbaye

Poetry – Tell: poems for a girlhood (Pedlar Press)

peerbaye.jpgSoraya Peerbaye’s first collection of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her second, Tell: poems for a girlhood was also a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and is the winner of the 2016 Trillium Book Awards for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets, and the chapbook anthology Translating Horses. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Peerbaye lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Daniel Poliquin

The Angel’s Jig (Goose Lane Editions)

poliquinDaniel Poliquin is one of Canada’s leading French writers. His novels and translations have won or been shortlisted for several major awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Grand prix du Journal de Montréal, the Prix littéraire Le Droit, the Trillium Book Award, and the Giller Prize. He is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et lettres and a Member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Ottawa. The Angel’s Jig, published by Goose Lane Editions in 2016, is the English translation of the Trillium-shortlisted novel Le vol de l’ange.

Leon Rooke

Fiction – Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices (The Porcupine’s Quill), launch.

rookeLeon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, editor and critic. He was born in rural North Carolina but has been a resident of Canada for many years. He has published 28 books and nearly 300 short stories, with a collection of novellas and stories due this fall titled Swinging Through Dixie (Biblioasis, 2016). Over the course of his career, Leon Rooke has been writer-in-residence at numerous North American universities, including the University of Victoria, Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Toronto. Rooke is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Canada-Australia Literary Prize (1981), the Governor General’s Award for English Language Fiction for Shakespeare´s Dog (1985), and the North Carolina Award for Literature (1990).

Cordelia Strube

Fiction- On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light (ECW)

strubeCordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including Alex & ZeeTeaching Pigs to Sing, and Lemon.  Winner of the CBC literary competition and a Toronto Arts Foundation Award, she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Prix Italia, and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  A two-time finalist for ACTRA’s Nellie Award celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting, she is also a three-time nominee for the ReLit Award.


Alissa York

Fiction – The Naturalist (Penguin/RH)

yorkAlissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include MercyEffigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and, most recently, Fauna. She is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden. The author lives in Toronto.


Young Adult

Lena Coakley

Worlds of Ink and Shadow (Harper Collins)

coackleyLena Coakley is the Globe & Mail bestselling author of Worlds of Ink and Shadow, a portal fantasy about the young Brontë siblings and the imaginary countries they wrote about in childhood.  Her previous novel, Witchlanders, won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and was a White Pine Award honouree.

She lives in Toronto, where, in her spare time, she can often be found rereading Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.



E.K. Johnston

Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Dutton Books), The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (Carolrhoda Lab)

johnston.jpgE.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.

You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, or on Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you’re just here for pretty pictures.



Sylvia McNicoll

Best Friends Through Eternity (Tundra Books)

mcnicoll.jpgA former editor of Today’s Parent Toronto, and acclaimed arts educator, Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over 30 novels, many published internationally. Most recently her young adult novel Crush.Candy.Corpse was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis YA Crime Award, the OLA Red Maple, the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice and the Saskatchewan Snow Willow.  Best Friends Through Eternity, her paranormal novel about an adopted Chinese teen and her ill-fated shortcut along a railway track, comes “highly recommended” by CM Magazine, made the CBC 2015 summer reading list and has been translated into Korean.

Douglas Davey

Switch (Red Deer Press)

davey.jpgDouglas Davey is the author of the teen novels M in the Abstract and Switch, both published by Red Deer Press. He has Bachelors degrees in both Art and Education and a Masters in Library Science. He works as a Children’s and Youth Services Librarian. He has played guitar for many years, most notably with a long-running Joy Division cover band. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Amanda West Lewis

September 17 (Red Deer Press), The Pact (Red Deer Press)

lewis.jpgAmanda West Lewis has built a life filled with words on the page and on the stage, combining careers as a writer, theatre director and calligrapher. Her latest book, The Pact, sets friendship, poverty and family amidst the culture of indoctrination and propaganda in Nazi Germany. Her previous novel, September 17, was nominated for the Silver Birch Award, the Red Cedar Award, and the Violet Downey IODE Award. Both novels are published by Red Deer Press. Previous books include Writing: A Fact & Fun Book; Lettering; Making Memory Books; The Jumbo Book of Paper Crafts; and Rosie Backstage (co-authored with Tim Wynne-Jones), all published by Kids Can Press. Amanda is also the Artistic Director and Founder of The Ottawa Children’s Theatre. She lives in the woods outside of Perth, Ontario, with her husband, writer Tim Wynne-Jones.

Lisa Moore (cancelled)

Flannery (Groundwood Books)

moore.jpgLisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year. Her novel Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Canada and the Caribbean).

She is a three-time finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, most recently for her novel Caught, which was a national bestseller.

Flannery, published by Groundwood Books, is her first young adult novel. Lisa has written for Elle and The Guardian, and her work has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Turkish and French. She teaches creative writing at Memorial University

R.J. Anderson

 Ultraviolet (Carolrhoda Lab), Quicksilver (Carolrhoda Lab)

andersonR.J. (Rebecca) Anderson is the author of nine published novels for children and teens, including the UK-bestselling Knife, the story of a fierce young faery who fights to save her dying people while concealing her forbidden love for a human, and the Nebula Award-nominated Ultraviolet, a thriller about a teen with cross-wired senses who ends up in psychiatric care. Her latest book A Pocket Full of Murder, a magical 1930’s-style mystery, was named one of the 2015 Top Ten Best Bets for Kids by the Ontario Library Association. Rebecca lives with her husband and three sons in Stratford, Ontario.


Liane Shaw

Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell (Second Story Press)


Liane Shaw is the author of several books for teens, including, Fostergirls, The Color of Silence, and her latest: Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, included in CBC’s “10 Canadian YA novels that could be the next big thing“. Her works have been finalists for the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book award and the Stellar Award (BC’s Teen readers’ choice award) and have been included on more than several best books for kids and teens lists. She’s also the author of a work of non-fiction called Time Out: A teacher’s year of reading, fighting, and four-letter words.

Liane was an educator for more than 20 years, both in the classroom and as a special education resource teacher. Now retired from teaching, Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley.

Jane Ozkowski  *new addition

Watching Traffic (Groundwood Books)

unnamedJane Ozkowski has a BA in English and Creative Writing from York University. She works in the office at a motorcycle driving school, and although she does not have a motorcycle, she does have her license in case she needs to make a quick getaway. Watching Traffic is her first novel. Jane is the winner of House of Anansi’s Broken Social Scene Story Contest and is currently working on an adult novel set in Toronto during the apocalypse. (Author photo credit: Benjamin Oczkowski)



Ben Caesar


DSCF0368Ben has been performing magic for more than 25 years. He had his first magic show at the age of 12; he went on to compete and win magic competitions across Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong, and in 1999 won a trip to Japan, where he entertained audiences there. His show is a mixture of illusion and comedy; it’s a delight for people of all ages.

Deborah Hodge

West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet (Groundwood Books)

HodgeDeborah Hodge is the author of more than 25 books for children. She specializes in writing engaging nonfiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. She also enjoys writing picture books.

Many of Deborah’s books have received awards and have been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada, the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and being named to ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. She was also a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives with her family in Vancouver.

Elly MacKay

Butterfly Park (Running Press)

MacKayElly Mackay creates worlds inside a paper theatre. She uses paper, scissors, light and photography to create luminous illustrations. She has written and illustrated Butterfly Park, Shadow Chasers and If You Hold A Seed. She is also the illustrator for a new edition of the Anne of Green Gables series. Elly’s art is sold internationally and has been featured in Chatelaine, O Magazine, FLOW and Cosmopolitan.

She and her family live in Owen Sound, Ontario. Her newest illustrated books, Maya and Beach Baby were released this spring.


Zig Misiak

Wampum: The Story of Shaylyn the Clam (Real Peoples History)

MisiakZig Misiak still sees himself as a student of Native/First Nations history and culture. In addition to providing curriculum and related support to schools in Ontario and other parts of Canada, Zig’s mission is to familiarize, coach, present, and mentor all those who share his interest in history. He is very clear stating that he speaks about, but not for, the Native Nations and always takes into account both oral and written information, when available, respecting both sources.

Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Shining Star Award and The George & Olive Seibel Award.

Jael Richardson

The Stone Thrower (Groundwood Books Ltd)

RichardsonJael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award. A children’s book was published May 2016. In 2013, Richardson served as the Toronto District School Board’s Writer-in-Residence. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton, Ontario where she serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).

Philip Roy

Mouse Tales (Ronsdale Press)


Philip Roy writes children’s books and young adult novels of adventure and historical fiction that invite young and older readers alike to consider the variety, vastness, and fascination of the world around us. Visiting schools extensively throughout Ontario and Atlantic Canada, he shares books from both his Submarine Outlaw series, (with the eighth title, Stealth of the Ninja, due out in 2017), and The Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series, which is now four titles strong, (Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse, Mouse Pet and Mouse Vacation due out in late September), with an anticipated twenty-three more titles in the series to be published. He has also published two works of historical fiction, Me & Mr. Bell and Blood Brothers in Louisbourg.
Philip has received the Moonbeam Silver Medal for YA fiction and a ForeWord Silver Medal. His nominations include the CLA Book of the Year, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, as well as the Red Maple, Silver Birch, Red Cedar, Diamond Willow, and Rocky Mountain awards, among others.

Philip and his family live in Durham, Ontario, where he writes novels and composes music. For more information about Philip and his books, visit:

Joel Sutherland

Haunted Canada 5 (Scholastic Canada Ltd)

sutherlandJoel A. Sutherland is the author of Be a Writing Superstar, Haunted Canada 4 (nominated for the Hackmatack Award), and Haunted Canada 5 (nominated for the Silver Birch Award). His adult horror novel, Frozen Blood, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Scholastic Canada will release his first young adult novel, Summer’s End, in 2017. His short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Blood Lite II & III (Pocket Books) and Cemetery Dance Magazine, alongside the likes of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.

He has a Masters of Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales and is the Children’s & Youth Services Librarian for the Georgina Public Library. He lives in southern Ontario with his wife and children. Please visit his website at

Eric Walters

Today is the Day, From the Beginnings (Tundra)

waltersEric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade 5 students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. Since then he has published 95 novels and picture books.  His novels have all become best-sellers, have won over a hundred awards, and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Eric writes in a variety of genre including historical/fiction, contemporary, humour, first chapter books, picture books, sports, and mystery, and non-fiction.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and they have three grown children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia.

Over the past few years, he has been the driving force behind The Creation of Hope an organization that serves orphans and needy children in Kenya.

In 2014 Eric was named a Member of The Order of Canada.  The citation reads – For his contribution as an author of literature for children and young adults whose stories help young readers grapple with complex social issues.

Vocamus Presents – Local Authors Stage

James Clarke

The Quality of Mercy (HJC Press)

clarke_jJames Clarke is the author of almost twenty books of poetry and memoir, including Dreamworks, Forced Passage, How to Bribe a Judge, L’Arche Journal, A Mourner’s Kaddish, The Raggedy Parade, Silver Mercies, and The Way Everyone is Inside. He is a former Superior Court judge, and his judgments have been published extensively in legal journals. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

He is reading from his newest book, The Quality of Mercy. Published by HJC Press



Candace de Taeye

Roe (Publication Studio Guelph)

detaeyeCandace de Taeye’s poetry has been published in CV2, Carousel, Echolocation, and Joypuke. For the last nine years, she has worked during the day, and more frequently at night as a Paramedic in downtown Toronto. She lives in Guelph with her husband, young son, two dogs, two cats, four elderly tree-frogs and a very large tortoise.

She is reading from her chapbook, Roe, published by Publication Studio Guelph.

John Nyman

Players (Palimpsest Press)

nymanJohn Nyman’s verse, conceptual poetry, visual poems, and poetics have appeared in various print and online publications, including Rampike, (parenthetical), Cordite Poetry Review, and Hamilton Arts and Letters. Originally from Toronto, John lives in Guelph with his partner, visual artist Amanda Boulos, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Theory and Criticism at Western University in London, Ontario.

He is reading from his first full-length poetry collection, Players, published by Palimpsest Press.

Andrea Perry

Rise (Vocamus Press)

perryAndrea Perry graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2008 with a BA in English Literature and a Minor in Political Science. She served five years as an Intelligence Officer in the Canadian Army before releasing in 2013 to pursue a lifetime long, multi-dimensional love of reading and writing. She has since completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and now drifts between hometown Ottawa, new-town Guelph, and other travels. She writes poetry and fiction.

She is reading from her debut collection of poetry, Rise, published by Vocamus Press.