Leslie Hall Pinder

Leslie Pinder is both a lawyer and a writer. Her novel On Double Tracks was published to critical acclaim both in Canada and Britain, and was short listed for the Governor General’s Award. Her legal career — mainly on behalf of Canada’s First Nations — has involved her in some of the most significant actions of our time. About her …

John Pass

Canadian poet John Pass has been published widely in his own country and also in the US, the UK and Ireland. His most recent work, crawlspace is Pass’s follow-up volume to his Governor General’s Literary Award winner, Stumbling in the Bloom. Of the two short poems below, Pass says: I left these pieces out of crawlspace although they speak in …

Theresa Kishkan

Kishkan’s writing surprises, again and again, both in her very personal essays where the reader walks with her in awe through what she recently described to me in an e-mail as “the compost of daily life” and in her novels, lucent pentimenti of lost places, lost times. Revenge is a dish best served cold (A piece deleted from Kishkan’s soon-to-be-published …

Pauline Holdstock

www.paulineholdstock.com Pauline Holdstock is an internationally published writer whose fiction and non fiction have also appeared in many literary journals, national newspapers, and been broadcast on the CBC. Her novel Beyond Measure was a finalist both for the 2004 Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Prize, and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Holdstock is also a winner of the Malahat …

Steven Heighton

The work of internationally published Canadian novelist, poet and short story writer Steven Heighton has received numerous awards including the Gerald Lampert Award (best first book of poetry); the 2010 K.M. Hunter Award (literature); four gold medals for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards; the Air Canada Award; the 2011 P.K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry; and, …

Frances Greenslade

www.francesgreenslade.com It’s great to have not one but two fine writers from my own home town contributing to the hi-jinx at Dr. Johnson’s Corner. Penticton writer Francie Greenslade’s debut novel Shelter, (published by Random House Canada this August of 2011) caused quite a stir at the London Book Fair earlier this year. Rights were acquired by German, Dutch, British and …

Katherine Govier

www.govier.com www.theghostbrush.com Katherine Govier is the author of nine novels and three short story collections. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the United Kingdom, the United States, and throughout the Commonwealth, and in translation in Holland, Italy, Turkey, and Slovenia. She is the winner of Canada’s Marian Engel Award, and the Toronto Book Award. Her novel Creation was a …

Anne Giardini

Anne Giardini is a writer, lawyer, and President of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited. I first read Giardini’s Advice for Italian Boys all in one gulp, and often dip back for its bittersweet bites of folk wisdom. I love spending time with this Canadian-Italian family. Strictness is flavoured with brothy sensuality, as a young man discovers the difficulties and joys of finding …

Zsuzsi Gartner

www.zsuzsigartner.com Vancouver writer Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the critically acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth and the editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales From Tomorrow. Her fiction has been broadcast on CBC and NPR, and widely published, most recently in The Walrus, and Best Canadian Stories 2010 and 2011, Her latest book, Better Living Through …

Lucy Thora Ferrier

Dear friends, Is there anyone out there who can help solve this mystery? I opened the door on New Years morning. And there, in a basket, wrapped in tissue, tied with lacy ribbon — was a story. By an unknown writer, with a lady-like Edwardian-sounding name. No clue as to who the mother of this foundling might be. What to …