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.

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. Her 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

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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.