Kim Pittaway, President
Kim Pittaway is a writer, editor and educator. She is the Executive Director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King's College, the former Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine magazine, an 8-time National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) nominee, and the 2016 recipient of the NMAF's Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a former president of the NMAF and a former board member of ABC Life Literacy Canada. She has taught in the journalism programs at King's and Ryerson University and is a frequent seminar presenter. She is at work on a memoir that explores the question "Is forgiveness necessary?"
Gerald Trites, Treasurer
Gerald D. Trites, FCPA, FCA, CISA, (Jerry) is Executive Director of XBRL Canada on behalf of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). He also works as a researcher/writer. He has written fourteen research studies and other books and booklets, on business and technology related topics as well as numerous articles and essays in various publications. Prior to his current activities, Jerry was a tenured full professor at St Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia (1996 – 2006), where he served as Director of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems (2001 – 2002) and Chair of the Department of Information Systems, 2002 – 2003. While there, he published a textbook, ‘E-Business, A Canadian Perspective’ which went to four editions. He has published several short stories in literary journals and in a book. He is also Editor of The Antigonish Review and is working on a novel set in Halifax.
Sarah Sawler, Secretary
Sarah Sawler is the author of 100 Things You Don't You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, and has a number of children’s books (both fiction and nonfiction) in various states of completion and publication. She’s a regular contributor to Halifax Magazine, Atlantic Business Magazine, and Atlantic Books Today, and a kidlit reviewer for the Quill & Quire. She holds degree in English and Political Science from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College. In previous lives, she has worked as a bookseller, a publicist for a YA publisher, and a technical writing instructor.
Carol Bruneau, Past-President
Based in Halifax, Carol Bruneau is the author of seven books—three short story collections, including the forthcoming A Bird on Every Tree, and four novels, which include her most recent, These Good Hands. A past winner of the Dartmouth Book Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, she has had two novels published internationally. Her stories, reviews and essays have appeared in various Canadian journals and anthologies.
Gwen Davies, Director-at-Large
Gwen Davies is an award-winning writer of fiction and teacher of creative writing. Her collection of short stories, Facing the Other Way, came out in 2016. As an active member of the writing community, she created and directed (with the support of a great team) the Community of Writers, a unique writing retreat at the Tatamagouche Centre. For many years, she has earned a living as a plain language specialist, translating public materials like your power bill into something intended readers can understand quickly and use, and has published non-fiction books, essays, and on-line articles on using plain language, most recently, 5 Keys on Building a Clear and Usable Web Site. She made the front cover of Halifax Magazine for doing parkour in her sixties.
Nicola Davison, Director-at-Large
Nicola Davison is a portrait photographer and writer based in Dartmouth. She’s a graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, in which she completed the manuscript of her first novel. Dead Reckoning will be published with Vagrant Press (an imprint of Nimbus Publishing) in 2018. She is currently at work on her third novel.
Lisa Doucet, Director-at-Large
Lisa Doucet is the Co-Manager of Woozles Children's Bookstore where she runs numerous book clubs for children and teens. She is the children's editor for Atlantic Books Today and also reviews for Canadian Children's Book News and University of Manitoba's Canadian Materials website. Lisa has served on numerous book award juries including the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration. She has also served on the board of directors for such organizations as the Canadian Children's Book Centre, The Word on the Street Halifax, IBBY Canada, and the NS Children's Literature Roundtable, and she is the current President of the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Association.
Andre Fenton, Director-at-Large
Andre Fenton is both an award-winning spoken word artist and filmmaker. He is currently serving his second term as a member-at-large on the Board of Spoken Word Canada, and he has represented Halifax at six national poetry slams across Canada in cities like Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Winnipeg. He won the Spirit of The Slam Award at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015 in Saskatoon, and won the Youth Inspiration Award for his short film he had written and directed called Family. Andre has recently published his first book of poetry called Ode to Teen Angst, and has appeared in a collection of Canadian poetry called Oratorealis.
Veronica Purcell, Director-at-Large
Veronica Purcell is the author of the memoir Kindling Friendships and the paranormal series The Blue Portal. She is also a regional co-coordinator for the WFNS. She lives in West LaHave on the South Shore.
Marianne Ward, Director-at-Large
Marianne Ward is a freelance book editor who, since 2007, has worked on close to 100 titles for authors and publishers in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and BC. Many have been shortlisted for (and won) Atlantic Book Awards and various national awards. Marianne was a founding member of the Atlantic Book Awards Society, has been on the board of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards since 2010, and has served on various book award juries and on the Programs Committee of the WFNS. She is co-author and co-publisher of Clara’s Gifts, a picture book that captures the unique adaptation of The Nutcracker produced annually by Symphony Nova Scotia.