2017 Festival Schedule

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

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2017 Authors & Artists

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Wayne Johnston

was born and raised in the St. John's area of Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.

Sheree Fitch's

first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children’s literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy As It Flies(2008). Fitch lives in River John, Nova Scotia, where in July 2017 she opened Mable Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery, a one-of-a-kind bookstore and literary venue.

Linden McIntyre's

bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA LIbris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Prize. His second novel, The Bishop's Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, among other honours. The third book in the loose-knit trilogy, Why Men Lie, was also a #1 national bestseller as well as a Globe and Mail "Can't Miss" Book for 2012. MacIntyre, who spent 24 years as the co-host of the fifth estate, is a distinguished broadcast journalist who has won ten Gemini awards for his work.

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Douglas Gibson

was called “a publishing icon” by the Globe and Mail in 2007. Later Alistair MacLeod said, “No one has done more for Canadian Literature than this man, Douglas Gibson”. In June 2017, he was awarded The Order of Canada as an “acclaimed publisher and literary editor.”

After a career in Canadian Publishing that began in 1968, he “retired” in 2007. As an editor he has worked with three Prime Ministers, and with Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, W.O.Mitchell, Mavis Gallant, and many more. He has written two books about his authors: Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others. (ECW,2011) . In 2015 he brought out Across Canada By Story: A Coast-to-Coast Literary Adventure (ECW). Both books—and the stage shows that they produced—were illustrated by Anthony Jenkins. So far he has given more than 160 such shows, across Canada, and in Beijing, Shanghai, and in Canada House in London, where he fell off the stage.

Sarah Faber

received an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Concordia University. Her writing has appeared in Matrix and Brick. Originally, from Toronto, Sarah now lives in Cape Breton with her husband and their children. All is Beauty Now is her first novel.

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Carol Bruneau

Carol Bruneau is the author of six books: two short fiction collections and four novels, including the recently released These Good Hands. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and has become a book club favourite. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. A mother of three sons, she lives with her husband in Halifax, where she teaches writing at NSCAD University. 

Sarah MacLachlan


has worked in publishing for over 30 years.  She began her career running the publicity department for Oxford University Press in Toronto.  Subsequently she worked for Little, Brown Canada for eleven years as VP Publicity and Marketing working with such literary notables like Richard Ford and Nancy Huston to bestselling writers like Maeve Binchy and Joanna Trollope.  In 1998 she was hired by the American distributor, Publishers Group West to run their Toronto operation, she was President of that organization until December 2003 when she was hired by Scott Griffin to become the President of the literary publisher, House of Anansi Press.  In 2005 Anansi acquired the children’s publisher, Groundwood Books and Sarah oversees both companies. In 2010 she was made Publisher of Anansi and has been acquiring and working with both Canadian and International writers.  She has created five new imprints at Anansi in the over the past 14 years; Spiderline which features crime fiction, Anansi International which features novels in translation, Astoria an imprint devoted to short fiction, Arachnide devoted to all fiction in translation from French-Canadian literature, and The A List which is a backlist imprint featuring Anansi classics from the past 47 years – all by Canadian authors. 

James Keelaghan

Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.


Mona Knight

For many years Knight was a correspondent for a third-world sponsorship agency. When she moved to Cape Breton, she became a valued contributor to a local newspaper, The Victoria Standard, attracting a devoted group of readers. She has published several short stories. Her short story Reversal of Fortune was a finalist in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s annual writing competition and became the opening chapter of Banjo Flats. Banjo Flats is her first novel.

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Rebecca Silver Slayter

is a freelance writer and editor. She co-edits Brick literary journal and was named one of CBC’s Ten Writers to Watch. Her first novel, In the Land of Birdfishes, was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Rebecca lives in St-Joseph-du-Moine, Cape Breton.