talent

 

Here is a sneak peek on our exciting talent who will join us this September!

Check back periodically for updates and more exciting talent.

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Marilyn Bowering

@hutchisoncove | marilynbowering.com

Marilyn Bowering is a poet, novelist and librettist. She has received many national and international awards for her work. Her opera with Gavin Bryars received its UK premiere in May.

Marilyn’s new book of poems, What Is Long Past Occurs in Full Light, weaves meditations on absences and loss with personal, local and cultural memories. The poems flourish with transformative interconnections between literature, ecology, civilization, history and personal critique.

“Bowering is one of our essential poets. Despite her unflinching acknowledgement of the horrors humans visit on themselves and others, her vision is grounded in the subtle integrity of love.” - Jan Zwicky

“Tender. Passionate. Informed. Haunting.” - Jane Munro

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George Garrett

George Garrett is a retired reporter who spent over forty years with CKNW. He also worked for BCTV, now Global TV. He has received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation and the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Honorary Life Member of the RCMP Veterans Association and Honorary Constable of the New Westminster Police Department.

About George’s latest book: Reporter George Garrett takes readers to the front lines of news coverage with some of the most memorable stories of the past five decades. In his memoir, Garrett shares harrowing, humorous and occasionally humiliating behind-the-scenes tales of his investigative tactics, from posing as an accident victim to uncover the questionable practices of an insurance claim lawyer, to acting as a tow-truck driver to expose a forgery scheme, to baring it all for the sake of an interview with a local nudist colony. Garrett also delves into the personal details of his life, sharing the hardships and resilience that mark him as an empathetic storyteller. He reveals the heartbreaking loss of his son in a canoeing accident, and his wife’s devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease which inspired him to dedicate his time to supporting the Alzheimer Society. Through it all, George Garrett never lost the insatiable curiosity that, according to radio personality Rafe Mair, made him the “standard by which good reporting is judged.”

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Note: Robert has been adopted by Celeste Pelc.

Robert Budd

@lucky_budd | memoriestomemoirs.ca

Robert Budd is the co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends series and the author of Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and its sequel, Echoes of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2014), which won second prize in the BC Historical Federation’s writing competition in 2014. He lives in Victoria, BC.

About Robert’s latest book: Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue, the third instalment of the bestselling First West Coast Books series pairs the concepts of colours and seasons. Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue follows the shifting spectrum of the Pacific Northwest including the quiet grey rain of winter, the verdant growth of spring, the jewel red tones of tart summer huckleberries and the shimmering scales of a spawning sockeye salmon as it turns from silver to red in fall.


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Lee Edward Födi

@leefodi | leefodi.com

Lee Edward Födi is an author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator. He is the author of The Secret of Zoone and The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar. He lives in Vancouver.

About Lee’s latest book: When an enormous, winged blue tiger appears on his aunt’s sofa, Ozzie follows him through a secret door in the basement of his apartment building and into Zoone, the bustling nexus of the multiverse, where hundreds of doors act as gateways to fantastic and wonderful worlds. But some doors also hide dangers—and when the portal back to Earth collapses behind them, Ozzie gets more than the adventure he bargained for.

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Note: Kit has been adopted by Maryn Ashdown and Family.

Kit Pearson

kitpearson.com

Kit Pearson is one of Canada’s most beloved and distinguished children’s authors. She is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

About Kit’s latest book: An #OwnVoices exploration of identity and burgeoning sexuality, Be My Love is set off the coast of Vancouver, shortly after WWII. For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family. This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean. When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.

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Hasan Namir

@hnamir | facebook.com/hasannamir

Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, and in the film God in Pink: A Documentary. He lives with his husband in Vancouver.

Hasan Namir’s debut collection of poetry, War / Torn, is a brazen and lyrical interrogation of religion and masculinity—the performance and sense of belonging they delineate and draw together. Namir summons prayer, violence, and the sensuality of love, revisiting tenets of Islam and dictates of war to break the barriers between the profane and the sacred.


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Note: Eve has been adopted by Laura Yazedjian.

Eve Lazarus

@evelazarus | evelazarus.com

Eve Lazarus is an author, blogger and podcaster. Her passion for history and fascination with murder has led to seven books of non-fiction including her latest BC bestseller Murder by Milkshake.

About Murder by Milkshake: In 1965, Rene Castellani a radio personality with CKNW, murdered his wife Esther with arsenic flavoured milkshakes so that he could marry Lolly, the station’s 20-something receptionist. The Castellani’s had a daughter named Jeannine aged 11 at the time of her mother’s murder, and who clung to her father’s innocence, even committing perjury during his trial. The book tells the story from Jeannine’s perspective, set within the social, legal and political confines of Vancouver in the 1960s.

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Bianca Bujan

@biancabujan | bitsofbee.com

Bianca Bujan is a travel writer for publications such as the Sun/Province, WestJet magazine, and BC Living. She is also a parenting columnist for Burnaby Now and New West Record newspapers, and the assistant editor for WestCoast Families magazine.

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LAURA MATWICHUK

Laura Matwichuk is the author of Near Miss. Her poems have been published in Canada and the US. She was a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award.

Near Miss, Laura’s latest work, considers the relationship between close calls and the tenuous conditions of contemporary life. From actual cataclysms to everyday failures and accidents, these inventive poems collide with the perpetual unease created by unpredictability while contemplating mortality, fragility, gratitude and hopefulness.


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Note: Erin has been adopted by Margaret Shorter.

Erin fisher

@wrongasparagus | erinfrancesfisher.ca

Erin Frances Fisher is from Victoria BC. THAT TINY LIFE, published by House of Anansi Press, was a finalist the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

About THAT TINY LIFE: In settings that range from the old American West to pre-revolutionary France, from a present-day dig site in the high tablelands of South America to deep space, That Tiny Life is a wide-ranging and utterly original collection of short fiction and a novella that examines the idea of progress — humanity’s never-ending cycle of creation and destruction.

THAT TINY LIFE was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

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DAVID STARR

@djstarrwrites | davidstarr.org

David Starr is the prize-winning author of six previous books, including Like Joyful Tears and The Nor’Wester. He is a high school principal in Coquitlam, B.C. Visit David at www.davidstarr.org.

Like Joyful Tears is a timely and gripping novel about two women forced to navigate a broken refugee system in a human crisis the world has forgotten. Victoria Deng was sixteen when her school was attacked during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Twenty years later in a refugee camp, Victoria meets Abena Walker—a restless UBC student teaching in the camp and looking to rediscover her African roots—who resolves to defy camp rules and help Victoria immigrate to Canada.

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Note: Norma has been adopted by Kathy Shoemaker.

norma charles

@ncharles44 | normacharles.ca

Norma Charles is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Tree Musketeers. She enjoys visiting schools and libraries to meet young readers. Visit Norma online at www.normacharles.ca.

Ten-year-old Jeanie has just moved to the West Coast from Saskatchewan. On her first day at her new school, an excavator demolishes the cute house next door—before heading for a beautiful cedar. Everyone is aghast, and Jeanie and her new friends rush outside to stop it. That’s when they discover that the contracting company belongs to Jeanie’s uncle. Now it’s totally up to Jeanie and her classmates to come to the cedar tree’s defence. They are the Tree Musketeers.


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Note: Mahtab has been adopted by Sita Carboni.

Mahtab narsimhan

@MahtabNarsimhan | mahtabnarsimhan.com

Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of books for young readers, including Mission Mumbai and The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Award. She lives in Furry Creek.

About Mahtab’s latest work: Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school fundraiser, Shivani is sure she’ll embarrass her. Especially if she cooks one of the "stinky" dishes that Shivani loves but is too ashamed to eat in front of her friends. But on the day of the fair, Shivani walks in and smells Indian spices.

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Note: Tanya has been adopted by Kathy Shoemaker.

Tanya lloyd kyi

@tanyakyi | tanyalloydkyi.com

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than 25 books for children and young adults. She loves stories about scientists, activists, and world-changers.

About Tanya’s latest work: It's not easy to solve the world refugee crisis, ace a class project, and babysit a skateboarding sister. But twelve-year-old Mya is confident she could accomplish all those things, if only she had her own cell phone. Preferably one just like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. Though light in tone, the novel includes a strong social justice component and explores ways that kids can make a difference in the world.

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Note: Alex has been adopted by Cathleen With.

alex leslie

@notherstories | alexleslie.wordpress.com

Alex Leslie was born and lives in Vancouver. She is the author of two previous short story collections, including We All Need to Eat (2018), a finalist for the 2019 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

We All Need to Eat is a collection of linked stories that revolves around Soma, a young Queer woman in Vancouver. Through thoughtful and probing narratives, each story chronicles a sea change in Soma’s life, slipstreaming through her first three decades, and surfacing at moments of knowing and intensity Lyrical, gritty, and atmospheric, Soma’s stories refuse to shy away from the contradictions inherent to human experience, exploring one young person’s journey through mourning, escapism, and the search for nourishment.

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Note: Tiffany has been adopted by Adriane Carr.

TIFFANY STONE

tiffanystone.ca

Tiffany Stone is a children’s poet and author of the picture book Tree Song. Her poems have appeared on buses and at Kits Beach. Tiffany lives in Maple Ridge.

About Tiffany’ss latest work: Tallulah isn’t big, but the instrument she dreams of playing sure is. Try as she might, tiny Tallulah keeps coming up short on how she can play the tuba in her school band. But with some perseverance and a lot of creativity, Tallulah hatches a plan that she hopes will turn her musical dream into reality.

Children will laugh along with this fun and engaging story featuring a diverse protagonist who takes matters into her own hands to solve a problem.

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ROB TAYLOR

roblucastaylor.com

Rob Taylor is the editor of What the Poets are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation. He is also the author of three poetry collections and the guest editor of The Best Canadian Poetry 2019.

In 2002, Nightwood Editions published Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a successful first-of-its-kind collection of interviews with literary luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Avison, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier and P.K. Page, conducted by “the younger generation” of poets of the day. Sixteen years later, What the Poets Are Doing brings together two younger generations of poets to engage in conversations with their peers on modern-day poetics, politics and more. Together they explore the world of Canadian poetry in the new millennium: what's changed, what's endured and what's next. Participants include celebrated BC poets Elizabeth Bachinsky, Kayla Czaga, Raoul Fernandes and Russell Thornton.

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CURT PETROVICH

@retrocanada | curtpetrovich.ca

Curt Petrovich is an investigative journalist with more than three decades of experience in Canada and abroad. His work has garnered national and international recognition including the Michener Award.

About Curt’s latest work: Images of Robert Dziekanski convulsing after being shocked by a Mountie’s Taser went viral in 2007. International outrage and domestic shame followed the release of the painful video. It had taken just twenty-six seconds for four Mounties to surround and stun the Polish immigrant at Vancouver International Airport. More than a decade later, after millions of dollars spent on an inquiry and relentless prosecutions, the story you thought you knew is at last revealed.


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Note: Cathy has been adopted by Kerrie Manderscheid.

cathy stonehouse

cathystonehouse.com

Cathy Stonehouse lives in East Vancouver and teaches creative writing and interdisciplinary expressive arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The Causes (Pedlar Press 2019) is her first novel.

About Cathy’s latest book: This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Influenced by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and John Berger, The Causes explores themes of war and trauma, resilience and repair. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist,The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic.

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becky livingston

@beckyliving23 | beckylivingston.com

Becky Livingston’s The Suitcase and the Jar made the BC Bestseller list in its first week. A graduate of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive her work appears on CBC & other media.

About Becky’s latest book: The Suitcase and the Jar is a profoundly moving story of a mother’s courage and resilience. For 26 months Livingston travels the globe— untethered and alone. In her suitcase: her daughter’s ashes, heavy but compact. A poignant memoir, The Suitcase and the Jar explores how one finds the strength to reconfigure a new life by necessity.

As the desire for ‘slow living’ increases—especially in North America—it offers a unique perspective on why travel can be so life affirming.

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ONJANA YAWNGHWE

@onyawn | onjana.com

Onjana Yawnghwe has written two books of poetry, Fragments, Desire (Oolichan, 2017) and The Small Way (Caitlin, 2018), both of which were nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She is currently writing/illustrating a graphic novel about Burma/Myanmar. For more information, visit www.onjana.com.

About Onjana’s latest book: THE SMALL WAY is a passionate record of love and loss, and a naked exploration of vulnerability. The book is an elegy to love and memory, a chronicle of holding on and letting go.


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jonas saul

@jonassaul | jonassaul.com

Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the Sarah Roberts Series and has written and published over thirty thrillers. After selling more than two million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management. His recent releases are, THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN and THE IMMORTAL GENE.

About Jonas’ latest work: PLAYING GOD HAS CONSEQUENCES

Jake Wood has it made. He is a tough homicide detective with a partner who's like a brother, and he's about to marry the girl of his dreams. Then Jake learns a close friend is missing and travels to South America in search of him. After a freak accident in the Amazon Rainforest, Jake wakes up in the hospital—eighteen months later. Long presumed dead, he discovers his fiancée is married and pregnant, his house was sold, his job is gone, and his partner transferred to another city to become lead detective on a serial killer case. Jake buys a cabin in the woods and tries to leave the world behind, until his home is broken into and he discovers he was targeted—but why? Now they intend to destroy their only error—Jake Wood—who has become something more than human.

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Note: Eve has been adopted by Fernanda Viveiros.

EVE JOSEPH

Eve Joseph's three books of poetry were nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. In the Slender Margin won the Hubert Evans nonfiction award. Quarrels won the 2019 Griffin Prize.

About Eve’s latest book: The poems in this collection reach for something other than truth, the marvellous. Leaves fall out of coat sleeves, Gandhi swims in Burrard Inlet. There are leaps between logics within the poems, and it is in these illogical spaces where everything comes together, like the uplift of the conductor's hand to begin a piece of music where, as Arvo Part put it, the potential of the whole exists.

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jennica harper

@jennicaharper

Jennica Harper is the author of three previous books of poetry: Wood (Anvil Press, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize, What It Feels Like for a Girl (Anvil Press, 2008), and The Octopus and Other Poems (Signature Editions, 2006). Her poetry has been translated for the stage (Initiation Trilogy), gone viral, and won Silver at the National Magazine Awards. Jennica also writes for television, and lives with her family in Vancouver.

About Jennica’s latest book: Bounce House is a collection of small containers for the uncontainable. Restrained in form but not feeling, Harper's fourth book explores the cyclical nature of grief, imperfect parenting, and our willingness to jump without promise of a safe landing. Measured and meticulously weighted, these poems are playful and poignant as they navigate the strange terrain around losing a loved one: how the past and present blur together, the dead simultaneously here and missing, and how joy moves inevitably forward, as if on wheels.

 

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Nhung N. Tran Davies

@nhungtrandavies | nhungtrandavies.com

Nhung N. Tran Davies is a physician, mother of three, and an advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam when she was a young child. She is a recent recipient of RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.

About Nhung’s latest book: Thirteen-year-old Yen and her family have survived the ravages of the Vietnam War and the ensuing famine and persecution. After a flood destroys their village, her family decides to take the ultimate risk on the high seas for a chance at a better life. Based on events from the author’s childhood, this fictionalized narrative offers readers a gripping account of the refugee experience. . .the action never flags, and Yen’s feistiness makes her an engaging and empathetic character. (Booklist Librarians, January 2019).

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howard white

Howard White was born in 1945 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was raised in a series of camps and settlements on the BC coast and never got over it. He is still to be found stuck barnacle-like to the shore at Pender Harbour, BC. He started Raincoast Chronicles and Harbour Publishing in the early 1970s and some of his other books include The Men There Were Then, The Sunshine Coast, Patrick and the Backhoe and The Airplane Ride. His selected works, Writing in the Rain, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He has also been awarded the Order of BC and the Order of Canada. His previous book of poetry, Ghost in the Gears, was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize.

Howard White says, "Some poets try to capture rare butterflies in their writing. The things I go after are more like houseflies." The comparison does him no favours but it is true inasmuch as his writing is notably unpretentious and concerned with common and everyday realities. That is, if your everyday realities include such things as sinking docks, driving bulldozers, arguing about sand, baseball, pouring without a funnel, dancing in the street, thought guns, coition, brainfarts, not sending sympathy cards, not shooting your father, and sea otters. In this book he also writes quite a bit about writing, not so much the kind of personal writing he does in this book so much as that he has done as an "accidental chronicler" for "a galaxy of voices" he acted as a "conduit" for in his work as a memoirist and publisher.