The Writing Week facilitator Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You) as well as fifteen books for young readers.  She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book  of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival.  Her work has received numerous award nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.  Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.  She lives in Vancouver.

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Jeannette Armstrong is Syilx Okanagan.  She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Okanagan Philosophy at UBC Okanagan.  She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics and Syilx Indigenous Literatures.  She is recipient of the EcoTrust Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership, the BC Community Achievement Award and in 2016 the BC George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.  Her published works include contributions of poetry in a wide variety of collections, prose and children’s literary titles and academic writing on Indigenous issues.

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Moderator Stewart Goodings – A former federal and provincial senior civil servant and international development consultant, Stewart has been helping to organize the Denman Festival for the last five years.   Active in the local writers group, he’s read twice at the Festival’s Denman Writers sessions.  This is his third year as a Moderator and he relishes the chance to meet and learn from Festival authors.






Hiromi Goto is the author of many books for youth and adults.  Her writing has been honoured with The Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book, the Japan-Canada Book Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, the Sunburst Award, and the Carol Brandon Parallax Award.  Her first graphic novel, Shadow Life, with artist Celine Loup, will be published in 2018 with First Second Books.  She is a mentor in The Writer’s Studio at SFU, an editor, and a mother.  She gratefully lives and dreams on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh.

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Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known biographers and historians, and author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction.  Her most recent best-seller is The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country.  She is also the author of The Massey Murder, A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country which won or was nominated for most major Canadian non-fiction awards.

Her award-winning bestseller Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention is currently in production as a television miniseries.  The television miniseries, Klondike, broadcast on Canadian and US Discovery Channel in January 2014, was based on Charlotte’s 2010 award-winning bestseller Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike.  Gold Diggers is also the basis for a PBS documentary. 

Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history.  An adjunct research professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa, she holds five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Moderator Des Kennedy is an accomplished novelist and satirist as well as a celebrated gardening writer and speaker.  The author of nine books, in both fiction and non-fiction, he has been three times nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.  Acknowledged as one of the most influential personalities in the Canadian gardening scene, he’s also been active for many years in environmental and social justice issues.  His fourth novel, Beautiful Communions, will be released by Ronsdale Press in Spring 2018.







Moderator Jennifer Lee has trained and worked as an actor, art historian, writer, yoga teacher, farmer and back-country cook.  Currently, she works as a writer and officiant for weddings, funerals and other ceremonies in and around the Comox Valley.  She is also a full time gardener.  She is the founder of the Centre for Creative Being and the first and only Poet Laureate of the Denman Island General Store.







Emily St. John Mandel grew up in Merville and on Denman Island.  She is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner award, has been translated into thirty languages, and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award, among other honours.  She lives in New York City with her family.







Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987.  He came from a family of writers.  His grandfather wrote beautiful poetry and his aunt was a published murder mystery author in Iraq.  Since he was young, he was always passionate about writing.  At the age of 12, his story, “Linton Street Stop” was published in a compilation for young writers.  He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and he also received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award for being the top writing student.  In 2015, God in Pink was published by Arsenal Pulp Press.  The book received a lot of praise and was on the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books list for 2015.  It went on to win the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction.  Hasan is currently working on his second novel, Son of Sodom.  He lives with his husband Tampal Singh Khare in Vancouver.




Andrew Nikiforuk, an award winning investigative reporter, comes from a long line of European peasants.  For decades he has written about the marginalization of rural people and the abuse of natural resources.  Several of his acclaimed books focus on the impacts of energy consumption including Energy of Slaves and his most recent work, Slick Water.  Last year the US National Association of Science Writers honoured Slick Water with a Science in Society Award.

He now lives in Campbell River and serves as contributing editor to the Tyee.







Missie Peters is a spoken word artist and improviser from Victoria BC.  She is the founding director of the Victoria Spoken Word Festival and has performed her solo spoken word shows across Canada.  As one half of the improvised spoken word duo SpeakEasy she has performed in Berlin, London and Amsterdam. 







Andrew Struthers was born in Scotland and raised in Uganda and Prince George, and now lives in Victoria.  He is the author of Around the World on Minimum Wage (2014), The Last Voyage of the Loch Ryan (2004) and The Green Shadow (1995), which won a National Magazine Award in its original serialized form.  He is at least as well known as his films, which include the Hinterland Tales series for MTV, Tiger Bomb: A Symphony in Dynamite, and the wildly popular Spiders on Drugs.






Novelist and historian Ronald Wright is the author of ten books published in sixteen languages and more than forty countries.  Wright’s first novel, the dystopia A Scientific Romance, won Britain’s David Higham Prize for Fiction and was chosen as book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Sunday Times, and others.

His Massey Lectures, A Short History of Progress, won the Libris Nonfiction Book of the Year award and inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Surviving Progress.

Three of his earlier works – Time Among the Maya, Stolen Continents, and Cut Stones & Crossroads: A Journey in Peru – are newly available in Penguin Modern Classics with introductions by Pico Iyer, Jan Morris, and Alberto Manguel.

His latest novel, The Gold Eaters (2015), is set during the world-changing clash between the civilizations of Europe and South America.  See Ronald Wright’s website

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