Chamberlin also worked with Thomas Berger on the MacKenzie Pipeline Inquiry, was a senior Researcher with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and has worked extensively on native land claims in Canada, the US, Africa and Australia.
She has completed two collections of short stories. The first, The Beauty Box, won a 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for First Book and was also short-listed in the Fiction category. Her second book, Carnival Glass, came out in October of 2008 and was short-listed for a Saskatchewan Book Award in the Fiction category.
Mary Lou Finlay has had an illustrious 35-year career in broadcast TV and radio, for the CBC and CTV. She co-hosted Live It Up at CTV and she helped launch the CBC prime-time news program The Journal in 1982. She then moved into radio to host Sunday Morning. and As It Happens. Her first book, The As It Happens Files gives us the great stories – the hilarious eccentrics, the audience favourites, the poignant moments – that make up, for many Canadians some of the fondest, most vivid memories of the last decade.
Jerry Haigh has spent more than 40 years in Africa, where he became involved with treating the problems of wild animals, and was among the first to perfect the art of capturing and translocating animals with drugs rather than with a pole and a rope. Along with the normal cats, dogs, parrots, horses and cattle, his patients also included rhino, chimpanzees, roan antelope, elephants, zebras, warthogs, and birds. However, he regards one animal as being a symbol of what is happening to wildlife in Africa, and that is the lion.The trouble with lions is that while you are conducting a pregnancy test, you need to be equally, if not more, aware of what you can learn from the lion's other end. That is one lesson that Jerry Haigh brings home in this fascinating collection of stories about working with wild animals in Africa. Conversational in tone, conservational in theme-you will be right beside Jerry, wife Jo, and a colourful cast of vets, guides, and wardens as they scour Africa's sprawling vistas“troubleshooting” lions, rhinos, humans, and other indigenous mammals. Conservationists, veterinarians, and fans of real-life adventure tales will want to keep his memoir The Trouble With Lions handy on the dashboards of their Land Cruisers
Her latest collection is Cypress which was a finalist for Saskatchewan Book of the Year at the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Simon is not only a writer but also a performance poet and amateur comedian. He performed last year for the Regina segment of Yuk Yuks and Lafftrax Comedy reviews that showcased local talent. He also performed with a group called the Bionic Bannock Boys and showcased group comedy sketches at the Crow Hop Café in Regina. As an adopted Cree, Simon has written about his experiences of being raised in the "western way". His writing reflects the bi-cultural aspects of experiencing both worlds. Simon, who will be the instructor for the festival's Kids Ink children's program, will also entertain with adult storytelling sessions during the festival.
Sharon Pollock, two-time Governor General Award winner was awarded the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama for Kabloona Talk, from Sharon Pollock: Collected Works Volume Three.
The newly released Kasztner's Train, is an engaging, thoroughly-researched work of non-fiction, and Anna's seventh book. It is an examination of personal courage in a time of overwhelming moral ambiguity.
He is also an acclaimed prose author. Falling Into Place is his creative investigation of the Iroquois Bar, the geological formation that supports one of Canada's busiest transportation corridors.
His recent book, The Boys: Or, Waiting For the Electrician's Daughter, honouring his wife's three brothers, each of whom lived with muscular dystrophy until their early twenties. The book was short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize and the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. John Terpstra lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he works as a writer and cabinetmaker.
His latest book, Burning Down the House, is a riveting account of his experiences dealing with human tragedy and his own resulting trauma as a volunteer firefighter. This marks a return to dramatic terrain that fans of Wangersky's will recognize. Andreas Shroeder, in announcing Wangersky's 2003 Maclean Hunter Endowment Award for his literary essay “The Mechanics of Injury”, said: “Finally, a beautifully calibrated, finely honed account of a firefighter's experiences in three dimensions.”
Thomas Wharton's debut novel, Icefields, elicited praise and he was as surprised as anyone that it was picked up for American distribution by Washington Square Press. His Canadian publisher, NeWest Press, invited him to sit on their board, and his alma mater invited him to teach creative writing. Subsequent books included Salamander and Logogryph. His newest work is The Shadow of Malabron, the first volume in the trilogy Perilous Realms. He's hard at work on the next book, when he's not chasing his kids around the house or teaching class.
Great news: Thomas Wharton's The Shadow of Malabron, the first novel in the trilogy The Perilous Realm, has been nominated for both the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Childrens' Book Award, and the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award.
Knights Templar. Jack Whyte is a man of many talents who came to live
in Canada in 1967. Before he became Jack Whyte, the author, he made a living as a high-school English teacher, professional musician, actor, entertainer and scriptwriter for CBC national television.
His command of the English language and his love affair with narrative verse shine through his novels and his memoir Forty Years in Canada. Titles in his newest trilogy dealing with the Knights Templar are Knights of the Black and White, Standard of Honor and Order in Chaos, soon due for release.
Ed is also the author of four young adult fantasy and science fiction novels. (His YA fantasy Spirit Singer won the Regina Book Award at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards.) His most recent nonfiction titles are Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press) and Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart (Enslow Publishers). Upcoming nonfiction titles include a history of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors’ Association; The Bounty Mutiny; Disease-Hunting Scientists; and children’s biographies of Johnny Cash and Andy Warhol.
Ed also writes a weekly science column for newspapers and is a regular guest on CBC Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Edition, currently serving as its theatre critic. He’s also a professional actor and singer. He’s married and has one young daughter.