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A.J.B. (John) Johnston is the author or co-author of books and museum exhibits, as well as articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. He was made a chevalier of France’s Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of his body of work on Louisbourg and other French colonial topics. The best known of his history books is Endgame 1758, which won a Clio award from the Canadian Historical Assocationtion and was short-listed for the Dartmouth Book Award.
His two latest books, his 20th and 21st, will appear in 2020. First up will be Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns (Nimbus). Then it will be Ancient World, New World: Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst (Acorn), co-authored with Jesse Francis.
In 2018, John released The Hat, a YA novel that offers a 21st-century take on the Acadian Deportation, and Something True, which was inspired by the real-life adventures of Katharine McLennan in late 19th and early 20th-century Cape Breton and in France during the First World War.
In 2017, he was Writer-in-Residence at the Center for the Writing Arts in Fairhope, Alabama. Back in 2016, John participated as a mentor to emerging writer Linda MacLean in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program. From mid-April to mid-May 2017 he combined with Sarah Sawler and Norma Jean MacPhee to offer sessions for the WFNS entitled “So You Want to be Published” in Halifax, Antigonish, Wolfville, Sydney and Yarmouth.
John has written three novels in the Thomas Pichon series: Thomas, A Secret Life in 2012; The Maze in 2114 and Crossings in 2015.
Back in 2013, Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Acorn), won three awards: “best-published Atlantic Book”, best PEI Non-Fiction, and a PEI Heritage Award. The French version of the book, Ni’n na L’nu: Les Mi’kmaq de l’Ile-de-Prince-Édouard, is now available from La Grand Marée (Tracadie Sheila, NB).
Released in 2015 was Grand Pré, Landscape for the World (Nimbus), co-written with Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc.
Most of his books are available as e-books.
John writes exhibits as well, including the “Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians” for the Nova Scotia Museum and the ground floor of the Black Cultural Centre. The award-winning travelling exhibition Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island opened at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown and then travelled to the Museum of Canadian History in Gatienau, Quebec and other subsequent venues. More recently, John developed the storyline and texts for the revitalization of the Colchester Historeum in Truro. That exhibit opened officially in early 2016.
More information on John can be found at ajbjohnston.com and on Facebook at A J B Johnston, Writer. John is on Twitter at @ajbjohnston and on Instagram at AJBJohnston.
John donates his papers to the Beaton Institute of the Cape Breton University.
Grand Pré, Landscape for the World, 2015. Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-77108-271-6AWARDS
- Endgame 1758 was shortlisted for the Darmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction.
- The Canadian Historical Association awarded ‘Endgame’ a Clio prize as the best book on the history of Atlantic Canada published in 2007
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Nimbus Publishing), short-listed for best-published book, Atlantic Book Awards, 2014.
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Acorn Press), short-listed for best non-fiction book, PEI Book Awards, 2014.
- Biographical entry in Canadian Who’s Who since 2009.
- Both the exhibit entitled Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island and the book of the same name published by Acorn Press received a PEI Heritage Award, 2014.
- Alcuin design award (second place) for Phoenix Fortress, 1991.
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island selected “best-published Atlantic book” at 2014 Atlantic Book Awards.
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island selected Best PEI Non-Fiction Book at 2014 Atlantic Book Awards.
Alec Bruce is an established reporter, writer and editor with a flair for producing award-winning stories. He is a nationally syndicated columnist on business, politics and social issues for Troy Media. His senior editorial positions have included those with the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times of Canada, Commercial News Magazine, the Moncton Times & Transcript, and Atlantic Business Magazine. His by-lines have appeared in ROB Magazine, FP, NYT, CBC, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, The Hollywood Reporter, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Halifax Magazine, and Huddle.Today, among others. He is also the author of Keeping the Faith: The Story of Laura McCain (Margaret Norrie McCain/Goose Lane Editions, 2013).
Alec’s professional awards include:
• Silver for “Commentary” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Silver for “Magazine Article” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Silver for “Commentary” in the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Gold for “Regular Column” in the 2011 International TABBIES Awards.
• Silver for “Profile Article” in the 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Gold for “Regular Column” in the 2010 International TABBIES Awards.
• Gold for “Commentary” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Gold for “Magazine Article” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Merit for “Feature Article” in the 2009 International TABBIES Awards.
• Silver for “Business Reporting” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Silver for “Magazine Article” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Gold for “Commentary” in the 2008 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Silver for “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Silver for “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Gold for “Commentary” in the 2006 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
• Finalist in the 2005 Kenneth R. Wilson National Business Writing Awards.
Alice Burdick lives and writes poetry in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and co-owned the former Lexicon Books in Lunenburg. Alice moved to Halifax in 2002 from Toronto, Ontario, where she was born and raised. She has also lived in Espanola, Vancouver, and on the Sechelt Peninsula in BC.
Burdick has been involved with the small press community in Canada since the early 1990’s, when she was co-editor, with Victor Coleman, of The Eternal Network. This very small ongoing imprint produced chapbooks, including several of her own works, such as Signs Like This, Fun Venue, and Voice of Interpreter. Her work has been published by other small presses in Canada, including: Proper Tales Press (a Time, My Lump in the Bed: Love Poems for George W. Bush); Letters Press (Covered); and BookThug (The Human About Us). It also has appeared in various magazines, such as Hava LeHaba (from Tel Aviv, Israel), Event Magazine, Canadian Poetries, Two Serious Ladies (from the US), Dig, What!magazine, subTerrain, fhole, This Magazine, and Who Torched Rancho Diablo? From 1992-1995, Alice was assistant coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair. She has also done numerous readings over the years in many different venues, including the Ottawa International Writers Festival, The Scream in High Park in Toronto, and the Halifax Word on the Street.
Alice’s fourth collection of poetry, Book of Short Sentences, came out in the spring of 2016 from Mansfield Press. Her last book, Holler, was released in April 2012, following Flutter, which came out in Fall 2008 (both Mansfield Press). Two collaborative poems have shown up in Our Days In Vaudeville by Stuart Ross and 29 Collaborators (Mansfield Press, Fall 2013). Her poems have appeared in Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, Fall 2005), Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence, An Anthology of Surrealist Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, Fall 2004), and in Pissing Ice: An Anthology of ‘New’ Canadian Poets, (BookThug, 2004, as well as other anthologies. Her first perfect-bound book was Simple Master, published in 2002 by Pedlar Press.
“Deportment“, a book of selected poems from the early 1990s onward, is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press in the autumn of 2018. Her essays will also appear in three upcoming anthologies, “Home” from MacIntyre Purcell, 2018, “Gush” from Frontenac House, 2018, and “Locations of Grief” from Wolsak & Wynn, 2020.
Read more about Alice Burdick in interviews conducted by Alex Porco on Open Book Toronto and on Lemon Hound and in gallery form here. You can watch and listen to Alice read some poems on a beach here.
Book of Short Sentences. Mansfield Press, 2016. ISBN 9781771261098
Alice Walsh graduated fron St. Mary’s University with a degree in Criminology and English, and from Acadia with a master’s degree in Children’s Literature. She has worked as a preschool teacher, probation officer, creative writing instructor and hospital ward clerk.
Alice has written numerous articles and short stories for newspapers, magazines and literary journals, and has written educational material for various publications. Her published work includes a non-fiction book for adults, as well as four children’s books. She has won the Childen’s Book Centre Our Choice Award and has been nominated twice for the Hackmatack Award. In 2005, her book Pomiuk; Prince of the North won the Ann Connor Brimer award.
Alison DeLory is a writer, editor, publisher, teacher, and consultant in Halifax.
She’s the author of an adult novel called Making it Home (Vagrant/Nimbus Publishing, 2019); two children’s chapter books called Lunar Lifter (Bryler Publications, 2012) and Scotia Sinker (Sketch Publishing, 2015), and a story in the YA creative non-fiction anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL (Fierce Ink, 2014).
Alison has written news, feature stories and essays for publications including The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Ryerson Magazine, Dalhousie Magazine, Medical Post, Halifax Magazine, and Canadian Traveler.
Alison was a finalist twice in the Atlantic Writing Competition and won prizes for her blog and poetry at Mount Saint Vincent University. She served as a judge for the 2017 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and as a reader for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. She’s been a presenting author twice at Word on the Street Halifax (2015 and 2019).
She has two degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University including a masters of public relations, and was editor of the alumni magazine Folia Montana there for four years. Her third degree is from Ryerson University in journalism.
Alison has been a part-time instructor at Mount Saint Vincent University in communication studies since 2013. She’s also taught at the Nova Scotia Community College and taught workshops through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS). She participated in the WFNS Writers In The Schools program from 2009 to2017, bringing writing workshops into more than 50 classrooms province-wide. Alison has served as council member at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) since 2009.
Alison enjoys working with emerging authors on their manuscripts, and also performs substantive, structural and copy-editing for various clients including creative writers, business writers, and academics.
She is currently the Associate Director of Communications for the University of King’s College where she writes content for print and digital publications, and is editor of the alumni newsletter and Tidings Magazine.
1. Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis, Women of Excellence Award, Communications and Public Affairs, 2014
2. President’s Award, MSVU, 2013
3. Finalist, Atlantic Writing Competition, 2013 & 2011
4. Best Blogger, MSVU, 2011
5. Ekphrasis, Art Prompts Writing Poetry Award, MSVU, 2011
Born and raised on the South Shore, Alison lived in Quebec, Ontario and Japan before settling down in New Germany with her husband and two sons. Alison has a BA and MA in English Literature from Acadia University where she received the Bittner Award for Creative Writing in 1996.
Alison has published two collections of poetry, The Wedding House (2001) and Six Mats and One Year (2003), as well as a chapbook, Fishwork, Dear (2010), with Gaspereau Press. Her work has also appeared (or is forthcoming) in the literary journals Lemon Hound, Event, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Gaspereau Review, Fjords, Rusty Toque, and Guernica.
WFNS Writing Competition. 3rd prize poetry. 1991.
Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Prize. 1999.
CBC Poetry Prize: Finalist. 2013.
Allison is a freelance writer. Since 2003, she has worked from her home in Prospect.
While studying journalism at Ryerson University, she spent a summer working as a reporter for The Rural Voice, a farming magazine based in Blyth, Ont. She happily travelled the countryside talking to farmers and hearing stories about the latest breed of cattle and amazing new varieties of corn and cauliflower.
From Blyth, she moved on to work as a reporter at several daily newspapers in Ontario, including The Brantford Expositor and The Standard in St. Catharines. After landing a summer internship at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, she stayed for another two years writing and editing for the paper’s website.
In 2003, she returned to Nova Scotia, the place she had fallen in love with as an English and Russian student at the University of King’s College a decade earlier.
Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines. She has also written seven non-fiction books.
Her first book 250 Years of Progress: Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency was published by Nimbus in 2005. Her second book, Rum-Running was published by Nimbus in 2009. It was the first book in a series called Stories of Our Past.
In 2015, The Roar of the Sea, a book ghostwritten by Allison, was published by Boulder Publications. Her book, “The Saddest Ship Afloat”- The Tragedy of the MS St. Louis was published by Nimbus in 2016.
Broken Pieces, a children’s non-fiction book about the Halifax Explosion, appeared in bookstores just before Dec. 6, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the explosion. Broken Pieces was nominated for a 2019 Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association and a 2019-2020 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.
Allison also works as a writing coach with journalism students at the University of King’s College.
Allison Maher is a former manager of marketing for a company that invented “spy gear”. She now resides on a small farm in rural Nova Scotia.
I, The Spy is her first juvenile novel. I the Spy has been short listed for a Red Cedar Reader’s Choice Awared and is listed on Kayak Magazine’s Recommended Reading List.
Her second novel. Time Flies When You’re Chasing Spies, was short listed for a Hackmatack Award.
Allison Watson is the author of Transplanted: My cystic fibrosis double lung transplant story. She was born with cystic fibrosis and grew up in New Brunswick. After undergoing a double lung transplant and subsequently getting post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, she hopes her days of medical turmoil are in her past. Allison has a BSc in biology and recreational therapy from Dalhousie University. She loves board games, reading, and hiking.
As a writer of fiction, essays, musical theatre, radio documentaries and dramas, Ami is a dedicated artist who brings creativity and passion to her work. With over 15 years of experience in musical theater she has scored several productions, including The Clouds, Mother Courage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.
She believes that the power and magic of a good story can only come through the strength of the characters, plot and place. Her work has been described as “a balance of stories – observation and internal musings, matter of factness and fancy.” Her radio documentary for the CBC, Daughter of Family G won an Excellence in Journalism Award at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards and her novel, Given, was awarded second place in the 27th annual Atlantic Writing Competition.
Born in Indiana, Ami currently lives in an old farm house in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia. She’s an avid blogger and is an active member of PEN Canada as well as an Associate Editor of Fiction for The Antigonish Review.
Her first novel, The Birth House was published by Knopf Canada in 2006 as their New Face of Fiction’s 10th anniversary title (publication by Luitingh Sijthoff – Holland, and Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag -Random House Germany to follow).
March 2004 27th annual Atlantic Writing Competition – H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize for Unpublished Novel – Second Place for Given.
May 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards – Excellence in Journalism Award (Finalist in the Feature Writing for Radio Category, Daughter of Family G)
April 2003 Gabriel Award Nomination, Daughter of Family G.
January 2003 Finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition – Illumination.
November 2002 – May 2003 Apprentice in the WFNS Mentorship Program (paired with Richard Cumyn).
Amy Spurway was born and raised in Cape Breton. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from UNB and a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. She lives in Dartmouth with her husband and three daughters.
Andre Fenton is an award-winning spoken word artist & filmmaker who has represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada. He is currently on the board of directors of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada. He is an author of two books. Ode to Teen Angst and his new YA novel, Worthy of Love which was published by Formac. He is based in the Halifax area.
- Ode to Teen Angst (2016)
- Worthy of Love – Formac Publishing (2018)
- ANNAKA – Nimbus Publishing (2019)
- Forthcoming novel with Formac Publishing (TBA)
- Spirit of The Slam Award – Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015
- Youth Inspiration Award – Emerging Lens Film Festival 2015
- School of Applied Arts & New Media Waterfront Campus William F. White International Inc Award 2015
Andrea Miller is the author of Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life (Pottersfield Press), My First Book of Canadian Birds (Nimbus Publishing), and The Day the Buddha Woke Up (Wisdom Publications). She’s also the deputy editor and a staff writer at Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly called the Shambhala Sun) and the editor of three anthologies for Shambhala Publications, including Buddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West.
Miller has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Dalhousie University. Her writing has appeared in The Best Women’s Travel Writing series, the Best Buddhist Writing series, The Chronicle Herald, The Globe and Mail, Saltscapes, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, and a wide range of other publications. Miller lives in Halifax with her husband and two children.
Andrew Battershill is the author of two novels, Pillow (Coach House Books, 2015) and Marry, Bang, Kill (Gooselane Editions, 2018). Pillow was longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Marry, Bang, Kill was named one of The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of 2018. Recently, he was the 2018-2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library, and the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Public Library. He is married to the poet and essayist Suzannah Showler. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science at Dalhousie University with the goal of working in public service.
Pillow: a novel (Coach House Books, 2015)
Marry, Bang, Kill: a novel (Gooselane Editions, 2018)AWARDS
Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create Grant, 2018-2019
Scotiabank Giller Prize, Longlist, 2016
Kobo Emerging Writer Award, Shortlist, 2015
Sunburst Award for Literature of the Fantastic, Longlist, 2015
Andria Hill-Lehr is a freelance writer and author of two non-fiction books: Mona Parsons: From Privilege to Prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe (Nimbus Publishing 2017) and A Mother’s Road to Kandahar (Pottersfield 2008). She is an entertaining public speaker who enjoys storytelling.
Andy Verboom is publisher of Collusion Books, co-founding editor of long con magazine, and author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently DBL (knife fork book, 2020).
His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2’s Young Buck Prize and Arc’s Poem of the Year, and appeared in CAROUSEL, Prism, The Puritan, Vallum, and elsewhere.
Angela Mombourquette is the adult non-fiction editor at Nimbus Publishing, a freelance writer, and the author of 25 Years of 22 Minutes: An Unauthorized Oral History of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, published by Nimbus. She is the former editor of Atlantic Books Today and former associate editor at Saltscapes magazine. In 2018, she won the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award for social justice writing. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and web publications, including The Walrus and Broadview magazine. She has a Master of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College.
Canadian Church Press Awards of Merit, 2019
Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award, 2018
George Cadogan Memorial Outstanding Columnist Award, Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, 2012
Ann Graham Walker is a professional writer with nearly 30 years experience. Her journalism career began with the 4th Estate, a legendary Halifax weekly newspaper.
After moving on to CBC Radio, Ann was a current affairs and local morning show producer, working in the Cape Breton and Halifax CBC stations. CBC listeners will know the diversity this job entailed, producing, researching and writing stories on a huge range of subjects.
Her next job turned out to be quite different, but no less fast-paced. Ann became the principal writer for former Nova Scotia premier, the late Dr. John Savage. During her tenure in the Premier’s Office she did everything from writing around three hundred speeches a year to producing a weekly cable tv-show and acting as liason with the media.
In 1997 she ended her temporary soujourn in provincial politics and wrote a book for the Greater Halifax Partnership entitled Halifax – Canada’s Smart City. She began freelancing, as a regular contributor to the quarterly magazine, Nova Scotia Open to the World, as well as for other Halifax publications. She then took up what turned out to be a two and a half year post as the Atlantic Region Staff writer for national weekly newspaper, The Medical Post.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Ann has published poetry in the Gaspereau Review, Voices Down East, PRISM International, and in Vancouver Island’s Leaf Press. In July 2002, she put her snow shovels away, packed her garden tools and her laptop and moved to the west coast, together with her Irish husband, a border collie and three cats. There, she began taking master classes with poet Patrick Lane, published poems in numerous chap books Lane edited, I and published a chap book of her own :The Puzzle at the End of Love (Leaf Press, 2012). In 2008 she completed a two year degree and obtained an MFA in Creative Writing from the Port Townsend campus of Goddard College.
A true child of the global village, Ann grew up in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and the United States where she attended university. She now lives in Nanoose Bay, BC (on BC’s Vancouver Island) where she works as a freelance journalist and is completing her novel about growing up in Argentina: The Girl in the Garden.
Ann is currently also very busy volunteering as the president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.
Finalist in malahat Open Season Awards and Prism Poetry Prize
Burnt like toast from a freelance writing career, Anna Quon faced the fact that she had always wanted to be a novelist and poet. She thought if she sat at her computer and wrote several hundred words a day she’d get there eventually… and she did. The first pages of her first draft took her to the beautiful St. Petersburg on a small scholarship from the Summer Literary Seminars Russia, which in turn encouraged her to keep writing. She finished a first draft in 2007 and her novel Migration Songs was released by Invisible Publishing in Fall, 2009. Her second novel, Low, followed in 2013, and her third is in the works, scheduled for publication with Invisible in 2021.
Anna has self-published two chapbooks of poetry, Poems for 4 Seasons (ISBN 0-9737263-0-X) and Half Empty (ISBN 0-9737263-1-8), and a number of poetry zines. Lately she’s had a poem accepted to Poetry in Motion and a chapbook for Atlantic Canadian poets to be produced by the League of Canadian Poets, and in 2020 also completed an animated film of her poem “Polar Bear” thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Her first professionally published chapbook of poetry is scheduled to be released in the Sping of 2021.
Before she decided to call herself a writer, Anna held a number of different jobs, including day care teacher, administrative assistant, fundraiser/ outreach coordinator for a shelter for victims of family violence, volunteer coordinator of a disability organization, retail sales clerk and communications assistant for a provincial not-for-profit. She hopes the jobs title of novelist, poet, and filmmaker will stick longer than any of them.
For samples of her writing check out her blog, https://annaquon.wordpress.com/
Find examples of her visual art at https://ekeandutterarts.ca/ and check out her Eke and Utter Arts YouTube channel for her poetry films Missing Women and The Day I Stopped Talking.
Picture Books, MG Non-Fiction and Fiction, YA fiction.
Anne divides her time writing and teaching between Toronto Island and the LaHave River, Nova Scotia.
CLA Book of the Year Award for Children 2009 and 2005
Jane Addam’s Honor Award for Peace 2009
Mr. Christie Gold Award Best Picture Book in Canada 2003
Anne C. Kelly has loved to read and write for as long as she can remember. Her first publication was a class newspaper which she wrote with a friend in Grade four. She especially enjoys reading historical fiction and books about characters who discover who they really are after going through challenges in life.
Anne is an English teacher at heart. She taught English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) to adult newcomers to Canada for over twenty years. She loves learning about different cultures and traditions. She always says that she learned more from her students than they ever learned from her!
Anne’s first novel, Jacques’ Escape, was published by Trap Door Books in June 2019. Jacques’ Escape, which tells the story of a fourteen-year-old Acadian boy who is deported with his family to Massachusetts in 1755, is a middle reader for children aged 9-12. It has been shortlisted for the 2020-21 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.
Jacques’ Escape Trap Door Books (Nevermore Press) 2019AWARDS
Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children Prize 2001
Anne Louise MacDonald was born with a passion for horses and a vivid imagination. She has worked with animals all her life and currently works part-time caring for critters from fish to rats. The rest of her time is spent teaching natural horse and hoof care, enjoying her two horses and writing. Her first YA novel, The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green, became an international best seller and is printed in five languages. Seeing Red is a companion book, second in her ‘Hug a Horse Farm’ series, which guarantees horses, kids with real-life problems and a bit of the paranormal. At the moment Anne Louise is working on a new novel and two picture books.
She has also presented writing workshops for children and adults, and is available for writing festivals and conference presentations.
Excepts from Anne Louise’s books are available on her website.
Nominated for the 2006 Snow Willow Award; ‘The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green’
Shortlisted for the 1999 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature; ‘The Memory Stone’
Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Memory Stone’
Resource Links The Year’s Best list; ‘The Memory Stone’
Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Dog Wizard’
Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘Nanny-Mac’s Cat’
Resource Links The Year’s’ Best list; ‘Nanny-Mac’s Cat’
Anne Simpson studied at Queen’s University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Now she lives in Antigonish, where she teaches part-time at St. Francis Xavier University. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library, the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University, and the University of New Brunswick. She has also been a faculty member at the Banff Centre.
She has written two novels, four books of poetry, and a book of essays on poetry and art. Her fiction has been awarded the Journey Prize and the Dartmouth Award for Fiction, and her most recent novel, Falling, was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her poetry has been awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Falling.
Winner of the Dartmouth Fiction Award for Falling.
Winner of the Pat Lowther Poetry Award for Quick.
Finalist for the 2008 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Quick.
Winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop.
Finalist for the 2003 Governor-General’s Award, Poetry, for Loop.
Nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXIX for Loop.
Finalist for the 2002 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.
Winner of the 2001 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Light Falls Through You.
Winner of the 2001 Gerald Lampert Award for Light Falls Through You.
Finalist for the 2001 Pat Lowther Award for Light Falls Through You.
Winner of the 1999 Bliss Carman Poetry Award.
Winner of the 1997 Journey Prize (shared with Gabriella Goliger) for “Dreaming Snow.”
Annick MacAskill is a writer and translator based in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad, including Best Canadian Poetry, The Stinging Fly, Canadian Notes & Queries, the Literary Review of Canada, Grain Magazine, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, Plenitude, Arc Poetry Magazine, Lemon Hound, and Versal. Her first full-length poetry collection, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award. Her second collection will be published by Gaspereau in the spring of 2020.
MacAskill’s poetry has also been longlisted for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize, longlisted for The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Prize, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a member of Room Magazine‘s editorial collective.
B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Lois Duncan. When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse in Halifax, NS, where she lives with her husband and their two children. You can find her online at bethanymyers.blogspot.ca.
Basma Kavanagh is a poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer who lives and works in Nova Scotia, in Mi’kma’ki. She produces artist’s books under the imprint Rabbit Square Books. She has published two collections of poetry, Distillō (Gaspereau, 2012), and Niche (Frontenac, 2015), which won the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2019 NS Masterworks Arts Award. The book-length poem, Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (Frontenac 2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 J.M. Abraham Poetry award, and won the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry Book of the Year. Basma has taught workshops and courses on poetry, printmaking, bookbinding, and letterpress, and has formally and informally mentored emerging artists and writers. She has been an artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts, the Banff Centre, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
2018 Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (poetry), Frontenac House Press, Calgary AB ISBN 978-1-927823-81-1
2015 Niche (poetry collection), Frontenac House Press, Calgary AB ISBN 978-1-927823-30-9
2012 Distillō (poetry collection), Gaspereau Press, Kentville NS ISBN 978-1-554471-15-7
2018 “Entangled with Light”,in Aubade: Poetry and Prose from Nova Scotia Writers, Boularderie Island Press, Boularderie, NS ISBN 978-1-926448-26-8
2018 “Mittelschmerz” in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for our Times, Frontenac House Press, Calgary AB ISBN 978-927823-79-8
2011 “Perfume” in Perfect Dragonfly, Red Dragonfly Press, Northfield, MN ISBN 978-1-890193-33-1
2010 “Transformers”, in Decomposition from Lost Horse Press, ID ISBN 978-0-9844510-0-5
Rubai’yat for the Time of Apricots
2019 Winner BPAA Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
2019 Shortlist J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
2019 Finalist Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award
2016 Shortlisted BPAA Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
2016 Winner Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
2019 Co-winner Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize
2017 Shortlisted Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize
2017 Shortlisted New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize
2014 Finalist CBC Poetry Prize “Coda”
Originally from Dartmouth, NS, Beth Ann completed a science degree at Dalhousie University. She works as an online ESL Teacher and Teacher Mentor, and coaches youth soccer in the summer. Beth Ann is passionate about the environment and enjoys being active. Early morning runs, bike rides, paddles, and yoga are her favourite things. She lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Gordie.
Beth Ann’s debut publication was a children’s book which she wrote and illustrated. Row Bot, was published in 2017 by MacIntyre Purcell. Said about Row Bot…
“Through clever text and hilarious illustrations, Knowles invites children to the sheer fun of wordplay. Younger kids will relish the sounds and pictures, while older ones grasp the comic subtleties. A highly original and fun book.” -Kate Lum, multi-awardwinning author, of What! Cried Granny and Princesses Are Not Just Pretty
Recently, a nonfiction manuscript that she has been working on for a number of years has gained attention and will be published in the spring of 2022 by Pottersfield Press. The Kimchi Experiment is a humorously written tale of two Canadian newlyweds as they test their bond and their fortitude teaching English in a rural South Korean farming community.
Beth Ann was the esteemed winner of two poetry contests when she was in grade 6. Her mother thinks that’s still relevant.
In 2020 she won the H.R. (Bill) Percy Creative Non-Fiction Prize for a story called The Hwagae Bath House.
In 2021 her manuscript, The Kimchi Experiment, came second in the Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
Binnie Brennan is the author of three books of fiction, Like Any Other Monday (Gaspereau Press), A Certain Grace and Harbour View (Quattro Books).
Co-winner of the 2009 Quattro Books’ Ken Klonsky Novella Contest, Binnie has also been published in several literary journals. Her novella, Harbour View, was published in the fall of 2009; in 2010 it was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award and longlisted for a ReLit Award. Her short story collection, A Certain Grace, was published in 2012. Binnie is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, where she was mentored by M.G. Vassanji and Alistair MacLeod.
In 2007 Binnie’s story A Spider’s Tale was adapted for the stage in Halifax, where it received critical and popular acclaim. Since 1989 Binnie has enjoyed a career playing the viola with Symphony Nova Scotia. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Blake Maybank works as a writer, editor, naturalist, speaker, photographer, and ecotour guide. He earlier spent more than two decades with Parks Canada as a naturalist and visitor specialist, but left to pursue writing and nature full-time. In addition to writing two books, Blake wrote a nature column for the Halifax Herald for five years, and serves as editor for a variety of nature-based publications, including Nova Scotia Birds. He continues to organise and lead nature-based tours in Canada and abroad, and photographs professionally. He is an amateur musician, gardener, and wine-maker.
Blake was born in Calgary, and has lived in seven of Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as England and Barbados. He is married to Martine Dufresne, a translator and botanist from Quebec.
Blanca Baquero’s origins are Spanish and French. Born in Chicago in 1944 and raised in New York, her family moved to Canada in 1959, making Montreal their new home.
Blanca has been writing for the past fifteen years. Her poetry has been published (in both the English and French languages) in a number of literary magazines, university works, and anthologies in Canada and in the United States. In 2001, the Canadian Authors Association chose two of her poems (Repletus and Child’s Play) to be published in their anthology. In 2001 she was the winner of the literary contest organized by the Salon du Livre de la Côte Nord in the province of Quebec.
For the past seven years the poet has been studying a Japanese form of poetry known as Haïku. In 2002, 2004, and 2005 several of her haïkus were published in Quebec by Les Éditions David of Ottawa. Additional highlights include: honourable mention in the Betty Drevniok Award 2005 organized by Haïku Canada; the publication of two of her haïku in Belgium in 2006; and third place winner in a haïku contest organized in Paris, France by l’Association française haïku.
Blanca is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, The Quebec Writers’ Federation, the League of Canadian Poets, Haïku Canada, Haïku Society of America, and the Association Française de haïku (France).
The writer moved to Nova Scotia in November 2002 and lives on the North Mountain near Canning where she is continually inspired by the pastoral beauty of the Annapolis Valley for her poetry and haïku.
Née à Chicago d’une mère québécoise et d’un père espagnol, Blanca Baquero réside au Canada depuis 1958. Poète anglophone depuis quinze ans, plusieurs de ses poèmes ont été publiés dans des revues littéraires, des anthologies, et des ouvrages universitaires.
En 1997, elle est déménagée à Sept-Iles au Québec. Déterminée à s’intégrer à la population francophone, elle s’est jointe à des ateliers d’écriture en français. Grâce à ces ateliers, elle est tombée amoureuse du haïku. En 2002, 2004 et 2005, elle été publiée par Les Éditions David d’Ottawa dans les recueils dirigé par Francine Chicoine intitulés Dire le nord, Dire la faune et Dire la flore. Haïku Canada lui a décerné une mention honorable dans le concours Betty Drevniok 2005. En 2007, elle a gagné le troisième prix du concours organisé à Paris par l’Association française de haïku.
Blanca Baquero est membre de la Nova Scotia Writers Federation, de la League of Canadian Poets, de la Quebec Writers Federation, de Haïku Canada, de la Haïku Society of America et de l’Association française de haïku en France. Elle habite en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 2002. Écrire est pour elle un joyeux délire ainsi qu’une véritable aventure.
November 2007: 3rd prize at the Festival francophone de haïku, Association Française de haïku et l’Association Culturelle Franco-Japonaise de Tenri, Paris, France.
May 2005: Honourable Mention — Haïku Canada, Betty Drevnick Award, Leaskdale, Ontario.
October 2001: Honourable Mention — Festival international de la poésie, Trois-Rivières, Québec.
September 2001: Honourable Mention for 2 poems — Anthology of Poetry — 2001 — Canadian Authors Association – Hampstead, Québec.
February 2001: 1st Prize — Québec North Shore Poetry Contest organized by the Salon du livre de la Côte-Nord, Sept-Iles, Québec.
Bob Kroll has been writing professionally for more than thirty-five years. His work includes books, stage plays, radio dramas, TV documentaries, as well as historical docu-dramas for Canadian and American museums. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Born New Haven, CT. Graduated Providence College and St. Thomas University.