Author Bios

SamuelArchibaldSamuel Archibald

Samuel Archibald's debut collection of short fiction, Arvida (Éditions Le Quartanier, 2011), won Quebec's Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012. The English translation (Biblioasis, 2015) was nominated for the 2015 Giller Prize. Samuel currently teaches genre fiction and creative writing at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Margaret Atwood by LiamSharpMargaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her latest book of short stories is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014).  Her MaddAddam trilogy – the Giller and Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013) – is currently being adapted for HBO.  The Door is her latest volume of poetry (2007).  Her most recent non-fiction books are Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008) and In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011).  Her novels include The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; and The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Penelopiad.  Her new novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September 2015.  Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

LynnCoadyLynn Coady

Lynn Coady is an award-winning author of six works of fiction. Her first novel, Strange Heaven, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and in 2011, her novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, an award she won in 2013 for her short story collection Hellgoing. Coady lives in Toronto, where she writes for television.

ElizabethHayElizabeth Hay
Elizabeth Hay's nine books include short fiction,creative non-fiction, and five novels, notably the Giller Prize-winning Late Nights on Air and most recently His Whole Life, a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. Elizabeth contributed the introduction to the Penguin Modern Classic edition of “The View from Castle Rock”, 2010 by Alice Munro and she also authored a chapter in the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro, 2016. She lives in Ottawa.

SheilaHetiSheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the author of seven books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novel, How Should a Person Be? and the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, which features the voices of 639 women from around the world. She has published in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times and The London Review of Books. Her writing has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She works collaboratively and alone from her home in Toronto.

VivekVivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books, which have been used as textbooks at several post-secondary institutions. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, Word on the Street, and Yale University. Vivek is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Vivek’s first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2016. Her book on recording artist M.I.A. will be published in 2017 by ECW Press, as part of their Pop Classics series.  Vivek has been chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade

MerilynSimondsMerilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of 16 books, including the novel The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and the Canadian creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a Governor General's Award finalist and inspiration for the 2016 play by Judith Thompson, Hot House. Her work is anthologized and published internationally in eight countries. Her most recent releases are a collection of personal essays, A New Leaf, The Paradise Project, flash fiction published in a hand-printed book arts edition, and “Where Do You Think You Are?” in the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro, published in March 2016.  In 2015, the National Arts Centre Orchestra premiered Dear Life, a symphony by Zosha di Castri based on Simonds’ adaptation of the Alice Munro story. Her forthcoming book, in 2017, is Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: A Book Lover Charts the Digital Divide.

ShawnSymsShawn Syms

Shawn Syms has written for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. Shawn wrote the 2015 Relit Award–finalist short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar, a National Post pick for the Top Books of 2014 recently seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections because it “may encourage criminal
activity.” Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of filthy lucre, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling called Money Changes Everything.

MarikoTamakiMariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer.  She is the co-
creator of the award winning NYT Bestseller This One Summer (with Jillian Tamaki), Skim (with Jillian Tamaki), and Emiko Superstar (with Steve Rolston).  Her most recent YA novel is Saving Montgomery Sole.

RobertThackerRobert Thacker

Robert Thacker is Charles A. Dana Professor of
Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence University. Beginning in the 1970s, he focused much of his
scholarly attention on Alice Munro and her work as she emerged as the major Canadian writer of her
generation. Writing an early M. A. thesis on Munro (1976), Thacker has continued to publish critical essays and reviews since then. A selection of these essays, newly contextualized, was just published in February 2016 by the University of Calgary Press: Reading Alice Munro, 1973-2013. He is Munro’s biographer, having published Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives (2005, revised 2011), a book written with Ms. Munro’s cooperation. In 1984 he defined the landscape of Munro Studies with the first annotated bibliography of her work. Beyond this work, he has edited three collection of Munro essays by various hands: his The Rest of the Story: Critical Essays on Alice Munro (1999) is a noted collection and, more recently, he as edited a special issue on Munro of The American Review of Canadian Studies (2015) and also Alice Munro, a collection of new essays forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic in September 2016. After she received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, Munro asked Thacker to write her biography for the Nobel Foundation. It is available at: