Authors-2024

2024 Festival Line-up

Authors


Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou has published seven books and co-edited Writing the Body in Motion and Not Hockey, two collections of essays on Canadian Sport Literature. A starred-review in New York’s Booklist declared her best-selling memoir, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom, “a first rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction.” Elle Magazine calls her second book of creative nonfiction, This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Memoir, a “sweet tale about a growing and changing parent-child relationship.” Angie Abdou is a Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

Latest Book: This One Wild Life

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Author Angie Abdou

David Bergen has published thirteen works of fiction. He has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. In 2005 Bergen won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. In 2018 Bergen was given the Writer’s Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. Away from the Dead is his latest novel. 

Latest Book: Away from the Dead

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Author David Bergen

Kevin Chong, award-winning author of seven books of fiction and non-fiction, lives in Vancouver and teaches creative writing at UBC.  His most recent novel, The Double Life of Benson Yu, was on the shortlist for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize.  His previous works include The Plague, written presciently pre-covid in 2018; Northern Dancer (2014), My Year of the Racehorse (2012), and Neil Young Nation (2005).  Chong was a popular presenter at the 2013 Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival.

Latest Book: The Double Life of Benson Yu

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Author Kevin Chong

Ian Ferguson won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for Village of the Small Houses and is the co-author, with his brother, Will, of How to Be a Canadian, which was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal and won the CBA Libris Award for non-fiction. His latest book I Only Read Murder which he will be reading from is also co-authored with Will Ferguson. Another book of note is his Survival Guide to British Columbia. A writer and creative director in the film and television industry, he lives in Victoria. 

Latest Book: I Only Read Murder

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Author Ian Ferguson

Will Ferguson is a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour. His novels include his debut, HappinessTM, sold in twenty-three languages; 419, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; and The Finder, which won the 2021 Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction. With his brother, Ian, he is the author of the mega-bestseller How to Be a Canadian. He lives in Calgary. 

Latest Book: I Only Read Murder

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Author Will Ferguson

Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He was raised off-reserve, in the spectacularly beautiful natural landscape that is Canada’s sub-Arctic. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; but Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring nation; a people with whom they roamed and hunted. Following an education where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts with an English major, he spent seven years immersed in the field of Native social work. He then combined his education and training and poured himself into writing. Today Tomson enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, pianist, and song writer. Tomson is best known for universal hits such as The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Rose, Ernestine Shuswap Gets her Trout, (The Post) Mistress and the best-selling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen and his recently published memoir Permanent Astonishment. He has also written children’s books, namely Caribou Song, Dragon Fly Kites and Fox on the Ice. His work has been translated into eleven languages. For many years Tomson was Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere aboriginal theatre company, Toronto based Native Earth Performing Arts, from which has emerged an entire generation of playwrights and theatre artists. Tomson is the recipient of eleven honorary doctorates and is an officer of the order of Canada. His awards and nominations include Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Governor General’s Literary Award, Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, Toronto Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and the 2022 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. The (Post) Mistress was nominated for a 2015 Juno Award for the best aboriginal recording of the year, and in the spring of 2022, Tomson released his first album of country songs, Cree Country-Tomson Highway. Tomson is the recipient of the 2021 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for his memoir Permanent Astonishment. In September of 2022, Tomson delivered the CBC Massey Lectures to audiences across Canada in the series’ first live event since 2019. Fluent in Cree, French and English, he continues to write, teach, lecture, and perform across Canada and around the world.

Latest Book: Permanent Astonishment

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Author Tomson Highway

Des Kennedy has been writing and homesteading on Inner (Denman) Island for the last 50-plus years. Living a conserver lifestyle, he and his partner Sandy have created gardens that provide food and beauty throughout the year and inspire much of his writing. His published works include five novels, five books of non-fiction and a memoir along with numerous feature magazine articles, including pieces on civil disobedience, BC’s war in the woods and Indigenous issues. Three of his books were nominated for the Stephen Leacock medal for humour and one for the international Annual Literature Award by the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Des also put in lengthy stints as a columnist for The Globe and Mail and for CBC Television. His most recent book is a novel titled Commune.

Latest Book: Commune

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Author Des Kennedy

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning investigative journalist and national bestselling author from the Wilp Wiik’aax (we-GAK) of the Gitanmaax (GIT-in-max) community within the Gitxsan (GICK-san) Nation on her dad’s side and from Bell Island Newfoundland on her maternal side. Sterritt worked as a television, radio, and digital journalist at CBC for more than a decade. She hosted the award-winning CBC original podcast Land Back. Her book Unbroken, a work that is part memoir and part investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls, published by Greystone Books became an instant national bestseller in May of 2023. Unbroken was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary prizes. It is also nominated for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust award for best non-fiction book in Canada.

Latest Book: Unbroken

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Author Angela Sterritt

Frank Tester is a resident of Denman Island, a Canadian author, film maker and professor of social work and environmental studies. He is currently adjunct professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba and the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, Nelson B.C., having previously taught at the University of British Columbia, York University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is the author/co-author of 6 books and over 50 publications dealing with Canadian and international social and environmental policies and issues, Inuit culture and Inuit social history. Tammarniit (Mistakes), a book examining government policy affecting Inuit after WWII, is a winner of the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize for its contribution to the Ethnohistory of Indigenous peoples. Tester is also a recipient of the Gustavus Myers Award for his contribution to the study of human rights in North America. He is a former chair of the City of Vancouver’s Family Court, Youth Justice Committee and a founding member of the Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice. Tester has worked as a technical advisor to Inuit organizations dealing with mining in Nunavut Territory and as an advisor to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Federal Government on matters related to research and policy affecting social housing in Canada. His film, Beneath the Surface (2016) explores Inuit experience with a nickel mine developed in the 1950s in the Kivalliq region of what is now Nunavut Territory. His latest book, Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Inuit Relocations (with Krista Ulujuk Zawadski) is published by James Lorimer.

Latest Book: Righting Canada's Wrongs: Inuit Relocations: Colonial Policies and Practices, Inuit Resilience and Resistance

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Author Frank Tester

Siila Watt-Cloutier was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada. She is an environmental and human rights activist. From 1991 to 1995, she worked as a counsellor in the review process of the education system of Northern Quebec. This work led to the 1992 report on the educational system in Nunavik, Silaturnimut – The Pathway to Wisdom. Watt-Cloutier also contributed significantly to the youth awareness video Capturing Spirit: The Inuit Journey. In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact global climate change has on human rights. She is a recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the Norwegian Sophie Prize. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and past international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet (2015) was shortlisted for Canada Reads and was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-fiction.

Latest Book: The Right to Be Cold

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Author Siila Watt-Cloutier

Mystery author Iona Whishaw grew up in Canada, Arizona and Mexico. She has an MFA from UBC, and spent her working life in education. Her Lane Winslow mysteries have won her the 2021 Bony Blythe Light Mystery Award and she has been a finalist for the Duthie book prize and two Lefty Awards. Her book Framed in Fire appeared in 2022, and the tenth book, To Track A Traitor, was released in April 2023 and went on to be the number one best-selling book in BC for 2023 in indie bookstores. This book has been listed on the national best seller lists by both CBC and the Globe and Mail. A passion for history and her family’s WW2 intelligence work, and long rambling rainy walks in England inform the spirit of her period novels. She writes in a disreputable pink fluffy bath robe, and under the strong influence of tea.

Latest Book: To Track A Traitor

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Author Iona Whishaw


 

 

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