Charles Foran

Charlie Foran was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers. He is a contributing reviewer for The Globe and Mail and has won awards for his fiction, non-fiction, and journalism. He is also president of PEN Canada, the organization of writers and readers committed worldwide to defending freedom of speech. Foran has made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and co-wrote the TV documentaryMordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews. A senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, he divides his time between Toronto and Peterborough.

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News. He is one of only eight writers (and the only Canadian) to ever win all three science-fiction prizes: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won top science fiction awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. He has won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award and eleven Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). The ABC TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name. His twenty novels include Frameshift,Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake, and the popular “Neanderthal Parallax” trilogy consisting of Hominids,Humans, and Hybrids. He’s often seen on TV, including on such programs as Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera (Canada A.M.), and Saturday Night at the Movies. He is a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio. Robert holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University and has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland and the Banff Centre. He is an editor with Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Red Deer Press. Sawyer has given hundreds of talks across the world, including at the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada. He was born in Ottawa in 1960 and now lives just west of Toronto.

Deni Y. Béchard

Deni Y. Béchard was born in British Columbia to Québécois and American parents and grew up in both Canada and the United States. He has also travelled in more than fifty countries. His recently-published memoirCures for Hunger describes growing up with his bank-robber father, and was both an IndieNext pick and Amazon Canada’s editor’s pick as one of the best memoirs/biographies of 2012. His first novel, Vandal Love, published in French and Arabic, won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, both for the best first book in Canada and for the best overall first book in the British Commonwealth. It was also nominated for Le Prix du Grand Public Salon du Livre Montréal / La Presse, 2008, as well as the French version of Canada Reads (Le Combat des Livres, 2009). He has been a writing fellow at MacDowell, Jentel, Ledig House, the Anderson Center, Vermont Studio Center and the Edward Albee Foundation. He has done freelance reporting from Northern Iraq as well as from Afghanistan, and his articles, blogs, stories, and translations have appeared in the LA Times, theNational Post, Le Devoir, Maisonneuve, the Harvard Review, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. He is currently finishingEmpty Hands, Open Arms, a book about conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Paul Almond

Paul Almond began his career producing and directing over 120 television dramas for the CBC, the BBC, ABC, Granada TV in England (where he created his landmark documentary 7UP) and many other networks in the United States. His numerous awards include 12 Genies, including Best Feature Director and Best TV Director, a Hollywood Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Picture and another by his peers in the Directors Guild of America as Best Feature Director. He has written or adapted a dozen plays for television and five screenplays for motion pictures, as well as having made pictures for such major studios as Paramount, Universal and MGM. His trilogy starring Geneviève Bujold,Isabel, Act of the Heart, and Journey, is considered part of the Canadian film canon. A retrospective of his films toured Canada in 2000-2001. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of Canada. He has now turned his talents to writing a series of novels based on his own family’s pioneering adventures in Canada, the Alford Saga. Paul Almond lives on the Gaspé Peninsula in Shigawake, Quebec, and in Malibu, California.

Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue lives in London, Ontario. Her historical and contemporary fiction includes Astray, The Sealed Letter, Slammerkin, Touchy Subjects andRoom. The latter was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and won the Commonwealth (Canada and Carribean) Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize.

Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history. Q is also now broadcast across the United States on PRI. He has interviewed an array of prominent international figures from prime ministers to sports stars and cultural icons. His feature interview subjects on Q have included Woody Allen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Walters, Tom Waits, William Shatner, Jay-Z, Al Gore and Margaret Atwood. Ghomeshi was awarded a gold medal for his feature length world-exclusive with Leonard Cohen in 2010, and in 2012 won the prestigious New York Festivals radio broadcasting gold medal for Best Talk Show Host. His first book, 1982, debuted as #1 Canadian bestseller and was #1 on the MacLean’s Bestseller list for 5 weeks in a row.

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.