presenters 2009

Linda Bailey who grew up in Winnipeg, describes her childhood by saying she was a daydreamer and a reader. “Thank goodness for that. Reading and daydreaming are fabulous preparation for becoming a writer, “ Linda says, “I snuck up on it! For many years, I was scared of writing. I was afraid to try in case I was awful. So I did other "booky" things instead. I taught literacy classes. I edited educational books.” Linda also traveled the world, mostly by ship, and is an ex-college teacher, an ex-editor, and an ex-travel agent. She has written more than 20 books for kids. Best known are the Stevie Diamond series, the Good Times Travel Agency Adventures, and the picture books about Stanley the Dog. Over the years, many of these have garnered awards.
Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood. Exit Lines is her 11th novel. Her first novel, Abra, won the Books in Canada first novels award, and her second, Dancing in the Dark, was made into an award-winning film entered in the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals. Critical Injuries, her ninth novel, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller prize. A recipient of the Marian Engel award, Barfoot lives in London, Ontario.
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario and moved to New York City, where he lived for the next twenty years before moving back to Toronto in 2002. Last year, his coming of age “road” novel, No Such Creature, was hailed by the Globe and Mail as a “wonderful tale from a master storyteller.” The Globe calls his latest novel, Breaking Lorca, “a tour de force, sorrowing and direct, sharp as a knife blade, beautifully written - an unforgettable window into the human capacity for cruelty and courage.”
Stephanie Bolster is the author of three collections of poetry and winner of the Governor General's Award and the Gerald Lampert Award, the Archibald Lampman Award and was short-listed for the Trillium Award. Poetry collections include White Stone: The Alice Poems, Two Bowls of Milk, and Pavilion. She is currently working on a new manuscript of poetry titled A Page From the Wonders of Life on Earth. Born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby, B.C., she now teaches in the creative writing program at Concordia University.
Gail Bowen's series features Joanne Kilbourn, a university professor, sometime political columnist, and a wife, mother and grandmothers. McClelland & Stewart will publish The Nesting Dolls, the 12th book in the series in August 2010. Gail lives in Regina.
Di Brandt is an award-winning poet, essayist, teacher and editor who has had a prestigious Canada Research Chair in English - Creative Writing at Brandon University since 2005. She has taught given readings, workshops and guest lectures in the U.S., England, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Palestine, Japan and Colombia. Di is a former poetry editor of Prairie Fire and Contemporary Verse 2. Her poetry has been set to music, and adapted for theatre, CD, film, video, radio, television, and multimedia performance. Her most recent book is So this is the world & here I am in it.
Alison Calder’s poetry collection, Wolf Trees, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award, and won two prizes at the Manitoba Book Awards. With Jeanette Lynes, she co-wrote Ghost Works: Improvisations in Letters and Poems, a limited edition chapbook form JackPine Press. She has also edited several books about Canadian literature, and published scholarly articles about prairie literature and culture. Alison lives in Winnipeg, where she teaches Canadian literature an creative writing at the University of Manitoba. She lives with her husband, Warren Cariou, and their two cats.
David Carpenter began to write seriously after attending a summer workshop at Fort San in 1977. His first short story was published in Saturday Night. Jokes for the Apocalypse was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best First Book of Fiction in Canada. Two books, Courting Saskatchewan and Banjo Lessons won Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction and the City of Edmonton Book Award. His book of poetry, Trout Stream Creed was nominated for 2003 Book of the Year at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. A frequent guest of CBC radio, he regularly reviews books for The Globe & Mail. His newest novel is Niceman Cometh.
J. Edward Chamberlin - grandson of an Alberta rancher, Chamberlin has bred horses and collected stories about them for most of his life. He is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, but his interest in stories and songs has taken him around the world to peoples as different as the hunters of the Kalahari and the herders of Mongolia and then back to the farmers of Mulmur Township, where he raises horses. The author of several books, his most recent tome, Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations, is the fascinating story of horses and humans from the beginning of time to the present.
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.
Bruce Dowbiggin joined the Calgary Herald in November 1998 as a featured sports columnist. He stirs up the passions of Calgary sports fans with his signature I Don't Like Mondays columns. Bruce is a two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster for his work with CBC-TV, Bruce is the best-selling author of Money Players a finalist for the 2004 National Business Book Award.His newest book is The Meaning Of Puck: How Hockey Explains Modern Canada. An avid gardener, golfer and wine collector, Bruce lives in Calgary with his wife and three children.
Bonnie Dunlop’s initial interest in writing came from the realization that the storytellers in her family were slowly disappearing, and she wanted to get those stories down before it was too late. She soon discovered that documenting was not for her and she found her niche in fiction.

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.
Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and worked as an actor and director before going to England, where she began to write fiction. In Saskatoon she ran the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. Her novel Open Arms was nominated for the Amazon/Books In Canada First Novel award in 2002, and her long poem, The Policeman's Wife, some letters, about Mayerthorpe, was short-listed for the national CBC Literary Awards in 2006. Her second novel, Good to a Fault, has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Canada/Caribbean region, and was short-listed for the 2008 Giller Prize. She is at work on a new novel, The Belle Auroras, about a sister-trio-harmony vaudeville act touring the Canadian prairies in 1909.
Meg Federico regularly writes humor for the National Post. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Shambhala Sun, and Agni Magazine. She is the author of Welcome to the Departure Lounge which leans on humor to describe caring for her mother who has Alzheimers’. She has written commentary and created documentaries for CBC Radio. For several years, she wrote a successful column, “Transitions: Issues in Caregiving,” for the Halifax Daily News. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her family.

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
Singer, songwriter and percussionist, Donna Kay was born and raised in Minsitikwan Lake, Saskatchewan. A 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominee for Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter, she has been nominated for a total of 12 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Donna blends a mix of aboriginal traditional sounds, blues and rock, with elements of myth, dance and drum to engage audiences in a unique multi-dimensional listening experience. We'll hear Donna Kay and her back-up group at this year's Sunday Luncheon.
Don Kerr is the author of five books of poetry, seven plays, a short fiction collection, a teen fiction novel, and non-fiction books on politics and the history of the City of Saskatoon. His latest non-fiction A Book in Every Hand is a history of public libraries in Saskatchewan. He served on the Saskatoon Public Library Board for 11 years and has been active in the Saskatchewan heritage movement for 20 years. He also has extensive editorial experience serving on Grain and NeWest Review and on the boards of Coteau Books and NeWest Press.
Barbara Klar's first book, The Night You Called Me A Shadow, won the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry in Canada. She worked as a tree planter for several years and now lives and writes in Ruddell, Saskatchewan.
Her latest collection is Cypress which was a finalist for Saskatchewan Book of the Year at the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Rod McIntyre is known primarily as a fiction writer and editor although he has also worked in radio, television and theatre. He travels extensively giving his performance-like readings and workshops across Canada. He was born in Saskatoon, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and lives in La Ronge. He has ridden his motorcycle from sea to sea to sea, and played golf and blues harp along the way. This year, he will be instructor for the week-long Teen Writing Experience at the Festival. In 2007 his short story collection Feeding at Nine was a winner in the children’s literature category of the Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Simon Moccasin is from the northwestern Saskatchewan reserve once called Little Jackfish Lake but is now known as the Saulteaux First Nation. Simon's writing crosses many genres and ranges from the macabre to the humorous. He honed his skills in poetry after joining the Survivors Writers Group of Regina in 2001.
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.
Andrew Nikiforuk's journalism has won seven National Magazine Awards since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. His dramatic Alberta-based book, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in 2002. His book, Pandemonium, examines the impact of global trade on disease exchanges and has received widespread national acclaim. His latest book, The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, examines the world’s largest energy project, and is a national bestseller.
Sharon Pollock is Canada's best known woman playwright. She does not write plays about romance or sexual escapades or happy domestic circumstances; constitutionally she is drawn to issues and ideas. Produced nationally and internationally, she has had a long and illustrious career in the theatre. Sharon Pollock remains an active, controversial and prolific participant in the Canadian theatre scene. Sharon will present a playwriting workshop on Thursday, the first day of the Festival, and she'll then direct dramatic readings on two occasions with local actors 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.
Anna Porter - If you are jailed as a political prisoner at the age of six, escape on foot from a totalitarian state, attend Catholic boarding school in a foreign language, and scrub toilets at a mental hospital to pay for your higher education, you may be tough enough for the world of publishing, considers Anna Porter. These experiences are behind her recent foray into non-fiction.

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.
Fred Stenson is the author of The Trade, which was nominated for the 2000 Giller Prize and won the inaugural Grant MacEwan Writer's Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Writers Guild of Alberta's Georges Bugnet Novel Award. The Great Karoo is Stenson's eighth book of fiction and fifteenth book overall. It made the Governor General’s short list last fall. He has also written scripts for over 140 produced films and videos. He writes a regular humour column for Alberta Views Magazine. Raised on a farm in the Alberta foothills north of Chief Mountain he now lives in Cochrane, Alberta.
Patrick Swan is a spoken word poet who originally hails from Moose Jaw. He has traveled North America performing with other poets and opening for various bands. In 2006 and 2007 he was Vancouver’s slam champion representing them twice in the Individual world poetry slam, and as a member of the Vancouver slam team that came in first place in 06/07 at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word(CFSW).
John Terpstra has published seven books of poetry, including the CG-nominated Disarmament and the Bressani Award-winning Forty Days & Forty Nights. His newest poetry book is Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems.
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.
thesen Sharon Thesen was born in Tisdale, educated at Simon Fraser University and now teaches at UBC Okanagan. She is the author of eight books of poetry, with the latest being The Good Bacteria. She won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her poetry collection A Pair of Scissors. Thesen has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Award and she has been a member of the jury for the prestigious Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry.
Russell Wangersky is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Based in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, he is the author of two books and the editor of the daily newspaper The Telegram.

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.”
Tom Wayman has spent the past 35 years creating poems exploring everything from the Vietnam War to the environment, to love. Wayman's poems have been described as sometimes witty or hilarious, but always piercingly accurate depictions of life in this century.  Wayman brings his activist voice and spirit to all of his pieces, including collections like The Astonishing Weight of the Dead. Wayman has also written a full-length book called A Country Not Considered: Canada, Culture, Work. 2007 saw the publication of a collection of short stories Boundary, four novellas in A Vain Thing and a book of poetry High Speed Through Shoaling Water.
Thomas Wharton is a writer, scholar and an explorer. He was born in Grand Prairie, but it was living in Jasper that made the strongest impact on his life. "It was in Jasper that I decided I wanted to be a writer," says Wharton, "The town - its people, not just the setting - made a deep impression on me."

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.
Jack Whyte is known worldwide for his novels about Arthurian England and now the
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.
Edward Willett, who was born in New Mexico, moved to Saskatchewan from Texas, grew up in Weyburn, and now lives in Regina, is the author of more than 40 books for children, young adults and adults. His most recent novel is Terra Insegura, the sequel to last year’s Marseguro, a finalist for the Prix Aurora Award for the best Canadian science fiction or fantasy novel of 2009. Terra Insegura, Marseguro and Ed’s previous science fiction novel, Lost in Translation, have all been published by New York’s DAW Books, which next year will release Ed’s first adult fantasy novel, Magebane, written under the pseudonym Lee Arthur Chane. More details and excerpts are available at Ed’s website,

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.