Christine Eddie

Christine Eddie was born in France, grew up in New Brunswick and now lives in Quebec. She has published several books of fiction including La croisade de Cristale Carton (for children), Parapluies, and Les Carnets de Douglas, which won the 2008 Prix littéraire France-Québec, the 2009 Prix Senghor du Premier Roman francophone, and the Prix Club des Irrésistibles des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal. Les Carnets de Douglas was translated this year by Sheila Fischman as The Douglas Notebooks.

H. Nigel Thomas

H. Nigel Thomas was a teacher with the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal and then taught American literature at Université Laval until 2006. A native of Saint Vincent in the Caribbean, he has lived in Canada since 1968. He has written a number of novels including Spirits in the Dark (House of Anansi Press, 1993), shortlisted for the 1994 QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, Behind the Face of Winter (TSAR Publications, 2001) and Return to Arcadia (TSAR Publications, 2007). He has published a collection of poetry entitled Moving Through Darkness (Afo Enterprises, 1993) and is the author of two non-fiction works, From Folklore to Fiction: A Study of Folk Heroes and Rituals in the Black American Novel (1988) and Why we Write: Conversations with African-Canadian Poets and Novelists (2006). H. Nigel Thomas lives in Montreal and is is one of the two artists who will receive Université Laval’s Hommage aux créateurs prize on April 2, 2013 for his contribution to the arts.

Ken Howe

Ken Howe is the author of two previous collections:Household Hints for the End of Time and Cruise Control: A Theogony. The first received the John V. Hicks Manuscript Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for poetry, and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book in Canada. The second moved the Globe and Mail to hail him as “a genius at this genus, a di jester of congestion and conjectural compression…” Griffin Poetry Award–judge Tim Lilburn described it as “funny, liturgical, elegiac,” while Toronto poet laureate Giorgio di Ciccio declared it his favourite book of 2002. He has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award, received the Regina Writing Hollinger Poetry Awards, and was selected to judge the Archibald Lampman Award for best book of poetry written in the Ottawa region. His latest book, The Civic-mindedness of Trees, will be released in April 2013.