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Annette Lapointe


Annette Lapointe was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the coldest day of 1978, which might explain her ongoing affinity for the prairies. She lived in rural Saskatchewan, Quebec City, St John’s, Winnipeg, Seoul and Jinju in South Korea, before migrating to Grande Prairie, AB, where it’s cold most of the time but the wildlife comes right up to the door and asks to come in.


Her first novel, Stolen (2006), was nominated for a Giller Prize and was the Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (First Book Award and Saskatoon Book Award). A Finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, as well as being cited as a Globe & Mail Top 5 First Fiction choice, Stolen also garnered Lapointe a Canadian Authors Association-BookTV Emerging Writer award. Her second novel, Whitetail Shooting Gallery (2012), was a finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year.


Lapointe completed her PhD in Contemporary Literature in 2010. She teaches at Grande Prairie Regional College and edits The Waggle magazine.

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Eve Lazarus

Eve Lazarus is a business reporter and freelance writer with a passion for history and old houses. She is the author of At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver’s Heritage Homes (Anvil), The Life & Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman and LeRoy Jensen, co-written with Claudia Cornwall, and Wendy Newbold Patterson (Mother Tongue) and Frommer’s Vancouver with Kids and blogs obsessively about houses and their genealogies at www.blog.evelazarus.com

Mark Leiren-Young

Mark Leiren-Young is a popular Canadian performer, playwright and journalist. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and his award-winning drama, the romantic fantasy Blueprints from Space received a staged reading at New York's Open Eye Theatre. Mark's first radio drama, Dim Sum Diaries, received international attention when it debuted on CBC's Morningside in 1991. Mark's humorous commentaries have appeared in such publications as The Hollywood Reporter, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, and The Georgia Straight. His writing has also appeared in The Utne Reader, TV Guide, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the South China Morning Post. Leirin-Young has two plays published by Anvil Press: Shylock and Articles of Faith.

Jodi Lundgren

A past winner of the Open Space Emerging Writers' Competition and a finalist in Paragraph's Short Fiction Contest, Jodi Lundgren has published in literary magazines such as Trivia, Paragraph and subTerrain, as well as in the anthology Beyond Bedlam. Her critical writing has appeared in Canadian Literature, Matrix and Essays on Canadian Writing. She is currently working on a novel for young adults.

Steve Lundin

Steve Lundin grew up playing goal in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of two short story collections, A Ruin of Feathers and Revolvo and other Canadian Tales, and the novel This River Awakens, and is a past winner of the Three-Day Novel Contest (Stolen Voices, Anvil Press). After a brief stint in England, where he earned international acclaim for his Malazan Book of the Fallen series under the name Steven Erikson, he returned to his hometown with his wife and son to launch the novel When She's Gone. They now reside in Victoria, BC.

Steve Lundin & Mitchell Parry

Steve Lundin grew up playing goal in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of two short story collections, A Ruin of Feathers and Revolvo and other Canadian Tales, and the novel This River Awakens, and is a past winner of the Three-Day Novel Contest (Stolen Voices, Anvil Press). After a brief stint in England, where he earned international acclaim for his Malazan Book of the Fallen series under the name Steven Erikson, he returned to his hometown with his wife and son to launch the novel When She's Gone. They now reside in Victoria, BC.

Mitchell Parry's poetry has appeared in Grain, Event, Pottersfield Portfolio, and The Malahat Review. In 2002, he won first prize in The Antigonish Review's Great Blue Heron poetry contest. He lives on Pender Island, BC, and teaches film studies at the University of Victoria. Publications include: Tacoma Narrows (Goose Lane Editions, 2006) and Vacant Rooms, a novella (Anvil Press, 1994).

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Ed Macdonald

Ed Macdonald has written and produced many hours of television and has won three Gemini Awards for excellence in writing. He has been nominated numerous times. He has also won the prestigious Writers’ Guild of Canada Award and The Golden Sheaf Award. His novel Spat the Dummy was published in 2010 and was nominated for the QWF First Book award. A collection of his stage plays, Mutant Sex Party and Other Plays was published in 2012. Ed lives in Toronto.

Judy MacInnes Jr.

Judy MacInnes Jr. was born in Prince George, BC in 1970. Raised in Surrey, a graduate of Kwantlen College, the University of Victoria (BFA), and the University of British Columbia (MFA), Judy has worked in the film industry since 1994. Her writing has been anthologized in Northwest Edge: New Writing from the Pacific Northwest (Two Girls), Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets (Harbour), Eye Wuz Here: Women Writers Under Thirty (Douglas & McIntyre), In the Trenches (Anvil, forthcoming), and has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Other Voices, Room of One's Own, CV2, Geist, Prism International, Blood & Aphorisms, The Capilano Review, Prairie Fire, and subTerrain. She lives in Vancouver with screenwriter Andrew McEvoy.

David MacLean

David MacLean is an award-winning graphic designer, playwright and poet. The Sound of Whales was produced by Dark Horse Theatre in Vancouver in December, 1995. The impetus for The Sound of Whales came out of the author's (and his wife's) frustration dealing with the various bureaucracies regarding their son, who has Central Aphasia. Mr. MacLean lives in Deep Cove, BC with his wife, Jan, and their two children.

Mark Harris & Claudia Medina

Mark Harris (Essay) has a Master’s degree in Film Studies and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, both from the University of British Columbia, the institution at which he currently teaches. A prize-winning playwright, Dr. Harris has approximately 4,000 articles in more than 50 periodicals in Canada and the U.S. He resides in Vancouver.

Claudia Medina (Interview) is a filmmaker, writer, and educator from the west coast of BC. Her filmmaking deals with the stories and influences of her tri-national background (Mexico, Italy, Canada) and how they are transposed onto the Canadian cultural landscape. She resides in Vancouver.

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