Samuel Archibald is an author and academic, teaching at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His first short story collection, Arvida, was a bestseller in Quebec, it won Quebec’s Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012. Translated into English by Donald Winkler, Arvida is an unforgettable portrait of Archibald’s hometown in Quebec and is filled with stories of wild beasts and young girls, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road trips heading nowhere. Arvida was a Finalist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Samuel Archibald read from his book Arvida. He also joined two author panels: If Truth Be Told, and Books and Brunch; along with taking part in the Jubilee Gala; and leading a Masterclass.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty 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.
Margaret Atwood read from her book Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales.
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.
Lynn Coady read from her book Hellgoing. Lynn also led an author talk titled Who Needs Books, Reading in the Digital Age and presented her book The Antagonist during a moderated book club discussion.
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.
Elizabeth Hay presented at the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro event, the Jubilee Gala, the Books and Brunch Author’s Panel, and presented her book His Whole Life a moderated book club discussion.
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.
Sheila Heti presented her work during an author reading. She also took part in the Books and Brunch Author’s Panel and led a Masterclass.
Don Martel was born in Windsor Ontario, Canada’s most southern point. Although London is now home base, he travels the world to photograph and to teach the Art of Visual Design. His presentations and hands-on workshop leave his students admitting, they never see the same again. Don’s passion for teaching has lead him to do workshops in North America, South Africa, Namibia Africa, and Cuba. Presenting to the many camera clubs in Ontario and New Brunswick he shares his knowledge and encouragement with beginners and seasoned photographers alike. As a full time freelance photographer Don has been carrying a camera around for more than 28 years and in the time he’s taught hundreds of students, photographed countless weddings, been the guest on CBC’s live radio program Ontario Today, and covered hundreds of events for Sun Media. www.donmartel.com
Don led the Photographing Munro Country event.
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 postsecondary 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.
Vivek Shraya presented at the That’s So Gay author panel.
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.
Merilyn took part in the Books and Brunch Author’s Panel o; the opening night reception If Truth Be Told author panel; the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro and led a Masterclass.
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.
Shawn Syms presented at the That’s So Gay author panel, the opening night reception If Truth Be Told author panel, and led a Masterclass.
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian artist and writer. Her new novel, Saving Montgomery Sole follows Montgomery Sole, a square peg in a small town, a girl with two moms forced to go to a school full of homophobes and people who don’t even know what irony is. Her saving grace – her two best friends, Thomas and Naoki.
Mariko Tamaki presented the book Saving Montgomery Sole at an author reading. Mariko was joined the That’s So Gay author panel; the opening night reception If Truth Be Told author panel; and led a Masterclass.
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 also Munro’s biographer, having published Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives (2005, revised 2011), a book written with Ms. Munro’s cooperation. More recently, he has edited Alice Munro, a collection of new essays by various hands forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic in September 2016.
Robert Thacker moderated the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro discussion and presented a keynote at the Alice Munro Country talk.
See highlights from the 2016 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story in this video