2018 Cabot Trail Writers Festival
Featured Artists


Madeleine Thien

is a Canadian short-story writer and novelist who was born to a Malaysian Chinese father and Hong Kong Chinese mother. Her debut novel, Certainty, won the Amazon First Novel Award, and her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, about musicians studying Western classical music at the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s, and about the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations, won the 2016 Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award and was also shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Her books have been translated into more than 25 languages. She lives in Montreal, Canada.


Linda Spalding,

Kansas-born Canadian fiction and nonfiction writer, often explores world cultures and the clash between contemporary life and traditional beliefs. Her 2012 novel, The Purchase, won the Governor General’s Literary Prize for Fiction that year. Spalding is also well known for Who Named the Knife(2007), the true story of the murder trial of Maryann Acker, a teenager sentenced to life in prison for a murder committed while on honeymoon in Hawaii. Spalding, who served on the jury, tracks down Maryann 20 years later in order to reexamine the murder and the question of Maryann’s innocence. Spalding’s most recent novel is A Reckoning, a sequel to The Purchase released last September. Spalding lives in Toronto with her husband, Michael Ondaatje, her dog Jasper and her cat Jack.


Shalan Joudry

is a writer, performance artist and storyteller. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and the Mi'kmaq Anthology II. Her first book, Generations Re-merging was published by Gaspereau Press in 2014. Shalan also works as a cultural interpreter and community ecologist at Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her two daughters.

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