Our 2019 Authors
Heather Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her previous novel, The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, received a starred review from Kirkus and Quill & Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, The Globe & Mail, and Quill & Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People)
Baygirl (Orca, 2013)
The Agony of Bun O’Keefe (Penguin Teen Canada, 2017)
Ebb & Flow (Kids Can Press, 2018)
Angus All Aglow (Orca, 2018)
Chicken Girl (Penguin Teen Canada, 2019)
Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for the Globe and Mail and has reported for manyyears from Toronto, Los Angeles, and London. She is the author of the nationally bestselling essay collection Shrewed and the novel Based on a True Story, which was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and a national bestseller. She lives in Toronto with her husband, author and Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders, and their two children.
Eric began writing for his class to entice them to become more enthusiastic readers and writers. He has now published 101 books which have been translated into thirteen languages and have won over 150 awards including 12 children’s choice awards, The Christopher, Africana Children’s Book Award, and the UNESCO award for Literature in the Service of Tolerance. In 2014 he received the Order of Canada. He is the co-founder of a children’s program in Kenya (www.creationofhope.com).
For more information visit his website at www.ericwalters.net
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of five novels set during and after the two world wars: Somewhere in France, After the War Is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, Goodnight from London, and The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding, which was published December 2018. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children.
Somewhere in France (2013)
After the War Is Over (2015)
Moonlight Over Paris (2016)
Goodnight from London (2017)
The Gown (2018)
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. For more than 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. And after 18 years teaching, he has just retired as a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College.
Barris is the author of 18 bestselling, non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada: Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944 … Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945 … Behind the Glory: Canada’s Role in the Allied Air War … Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953 … Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917 … Breaking the Silence: Veterans’ Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan.
Lesley Crewe is the author of ten novels, including Mary, Mary, Amazing Grace, Chloe Sparrow, Kin, and Relative Happiness, which has been adapted into a feature film. Previously a freelance writer and screenwriter, her column “Are You Kidding Me?” appears weekly in the Chronicle Herald’s community newspapers. Lesley lives in Homeville, Nova Scotia.
Visit her at lesleycrewe.com
Tom Wilson is a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family. His band Junkhouse has scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush's iPod. Tom's most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States, where he's been touring for the last two years as a result. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, Ottawa. The author lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Terry Fallis is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of six national bestsellers, including his most recent, One Brother Shy, all published by McClelland & Stewart.
His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the "essential Canadian novel of the decade." In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans earning very positive reviews.
The High Road (2010) and Up and Down (2012) were both Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour finalists. In 2013 the Canadian Booksellers Association presented Terry with the Libris Award for Author of the Year. Terry's fourth novel, No Relation (2014) won the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Poles Apart (2015) was a 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal finalist. One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller.
Terry Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and then spent several years working in federal and Ontario politics. In 1995 he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a full service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.
Tracy Kasaboski and her sister, Kristen den Hartog, co-authored The Occupied Garden, which
tells the story of their father's family in the Netherlands in the Second World War, and their
subsequent move to Canada. Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “the quintessential Canadian
story,” the book was selected as one of The Globe and Mail’s best books of the year. The
Cowkeeper’s Wish is Tracy’s latest collaboration with her sister, a second family memoir that
fuses storytelling with historical research and genealogy. The sisters blog at https://thecowkeeperswish.com/. Tracy lives with her husband and sons in the beautiful
Kristen Den Hartog
Kristen den Hartog is the author of several novels, including And Me Among Them, shortlisted
for the Trillium Award, and The Perpetual Ending, shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. She
and her sister, Tracy Kasaboski, are the co-authors of two family stories stitched into
history: The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-Torn Holland and The Cowkeeper's
Wish: A Genealogical Journey. They blog at https://thecowkeeperswish.com/. Kristen lives in
Toronto with her husband and daughter and their two dogs.
Emma Hopper was raised in Alberta, Emma Hooper is a musician and writer. As a musician, her solo project
“Waitress for the Bees” tours internationally and has earned her a Finnish Cultural Knighthood. Her latest novel, Our Homesick Songs, was long listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James was an international bestseller and was published in 24 countries. She is a research-lecturer at Bath Spa University, but comes home to Canada to cross-country ski as much as she can afford.
Erika Behrisch Elce
Erika Behrisch Elce is the author of the novel Lady Franklin of Russell Square (2018) and editor of the scholarly edition As affecting the fate of my absent husband: Selected Letters of Lady Franklin Concerning the Lost Franklin Expedition, 1848-1860(2009). She teaches Victorian Literature and Culture at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. Most of her research is on nineteenth-century exploration narratives, but she especially likes the alternative histories that don't get told in the big, beautiful, blockbuster books: the stokers and cooks onboard Royal Navy ships, backyard tinkerers who tried to sell their ideas to the Admiralty, the Admiralty's own civil servants---the career administrators back home in London pushing paper to keep the machine of Empire ticking over---and of course the families whom the officers and men left behind to do their work. Erika is grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Royal Military College's Academic Research Programme for their support of her research and writing, both academic and creative.
Marissa Stapley is the bestselling author of three novels: Mating for Life, Things to Do When It’s Raining (which has been translated into eight languages) and The Last Resort (June, 2019). Her award-nominated journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Elle, Reader’s Digest and Today’s Parent. She has taught creative writing at the University of Toronto and Centennial College and currently provides bespoke fiction writing/mentoring services to a small number of students. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children (and one cat).
Lindy Mechefske is the award-winning author of Out of Old Ontario Kitchens (2018), Sir John’s Table (2015) and A Taste of Wintergreen (2011). She is the food columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard and blogs sporadically but enthusiastically about her adventures in the kitchen at lindymechefske.com. Lindy's passions include her family and her large shaggy diva of a dog; social and culinary history; culinary anthropology; long distance walking; eating, baking, cooking, foraging and growing all manner of perennial edibles.