Alison Pick is the author of the novel FAR TO GO, which was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and won the Canadian Jewish Book Award.
Currently on Faculty at the Humber Correspondence Program in Creative Writing, Alison Pick lives in Toronto where she is at work on a memoir.
Dave's presentation will be from his recent novel The Source of Light, set in contemporary Saskatoon. He has published three previous novels - all set in historic Saskatchewan - one of which won a Sask. Book Award (YA). Dave was born and raised in Melfort, Sask. He served in the Canadian Army then worked as an accountant in Calgary and is now an instructor at SIAST in Moose Jaw.
Keith Ross Leckie wrote many movies and mini-series for 30 years such as "The Avro Arrow", "The Halifax Explosion" and the "David Milgaard Story" before surrendering to the joys of novel-writing with "Coppermine", an adventure, romance, murder mystery and trial based on a true story. He has traveled to Asia, Central America and Indonesia in search of true stories to fictionalize. He’ll do a screenwriting workshop during the festival this year.
Marina Endicott worked in theatre before beginning to write fiction. Her novel Good to a Fault, a Giller Prize finalist, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. The Little Shadows was shortlisted for this year’s Governor General’s Award.
Terry Fallis's debut novel, The Best Laid Plans won the Leacock Medal for Humour, and Canada Reads. A CBC-TV miniseries is now in the works. His follow-up novel, The High Road, was a finalist for the Leacock.
Harold Johnson has a Master of Law degree from Harvard University. He has served in the Canadian Navy, and worked in mining and logging. In the fall of 2012 he launched his fifth book, The Cast Stone -- a fictional account of a US invasion of Canada that forces First Nations to decide where their loyalties lay in respect to a history of Treaties and racial conflict. Johnson has four previous publications and all of his titles have been nominated for Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Harold and his wife Joan live “off the grid” at the north end of Montreal Lake. Not only without power-lines, they are without road access to the cabin they built together on their trap-line. They continue the traditions of trapping and commercial fishing common to Harold’s Cree and Swede parents. His fiction comes from his connection to the land, to the trees, the lakes and rivers and the Aboriginal stories that flow from those places.
Monsieur Lazhar is one of the most acclaimed Québécois films of the last decade and Canada's submission for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Monsieur Lazhar won best Canadian film award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
After a Montreal elementary school teacher commits suicide one night after class, she is replaced by Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. As Lazhar introduces traditional teaching methods to his new class, he begins to develop close relationships with two of his pupils: a boy traumatized by his discovery of the former teacher's body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event provokes unforeseen revelations. This year’s film will be screened at the Mae Wilson Theatre.
Rosemary Aubert, is the internationally acclaimed author of the Ellis Portal Mystery Series, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Rosemary teaches at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and conducts an intensive novel-writing workshop at Loyalist College each summer.
Maureen Jennings has three series, one set in 1895 Victorian Toronto, featuring detective William Murdoch. The Murdoch Mysteries is currently a television series in its sixth season. In addition, she is working on a trilogy set in WW2 England and Season of Darkness was released last year. Beware This Boy, will be out in 2012. Bomb Girls, a Global tv series was based on an original concept from these books. She has received seven nominations for both best novel and best short story of the year. Maureen’s book Season of Darkness will be discussed at the Great Big Book Club during this year’s festival.
dee Hobsbawn-Smith is a poet, chef, journalist, educator and local foods advocate with publication credits in books, newspapers, magazines and literary journals across Canada. After 27 years in Calgary, she returned to the family land west of Saskatoon. Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet is her fifth book. Dee is working on a collection of short stories and a poetry manuscript. She has two sons. Both are professional cooks. Dee will be the reader at this year’s picnic in Crescent Park on Saturday.
His first book, Happyland: a History of the “Dirty Thirties” in Saskatchewan 1914-1937 was published by the University of Calgary Press in July 2010. After 5 years as a broadcast news reporter, he pursued academic studies and taught English in Asia before working on Happyland. McManus now teaches history at Lakeland College.
John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus, among others. His first book, The Golden Spruce was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General Award for Non-Fiction. His most recent book, The Tiger is also an award-winning bestseller. Of particular interest to Vaillant are stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world. He will be reading from his two most recent works, The Tiger, and a new novel Jaguar.
An anonymous sponsor has allowed us to include readings from Jalal Barzanji, originally from Kurdistan, located north of Iraq. He has been a poet and journalist since 1970.He has published 7 books of poetry and number critical columns. From 1986-1988 Jalal endured imprisonment. Forced to separate from books and pen, and tortured in Saddam Hussein's prison in Iraq because of his writing and his defense of freedom of expression. It was not until 1998, when he and his family took refuge in Canada that his pen spoke fully again on the issue of peace and freedom. In 2007 Jalal was appointed Edmonton first PEN Canada writer in Exile. His new Book (The Man In Blue Pajamas) is the product of this program and will be his featured reading at the festival this year.
Born in Hearne, Saskatchewan, in 1932, Allan Fotheringham has had a distinguished career as one of Canada's pre-eminent newspaper and magazine journalists. Dubbed "Dr. Foth," Fotheringham graduated from the University of British Columbia and has worked for numerous news organizations, including the Vancouver Sun, Southam News, the Financial Post, Sun Media, the Globe and Mail, and most notably as a long-time columnist for MacLean’s. Dr. Foth will be presenting his most recent book, his memoirs, “Boy From Nowhere – A Life in Ninety-One Countries” and speaking at the festival’s Friday Lunch. Please note the lunch event takes place at Zion Church this year as St. Andrews is under renovation.
Was the Publisher at Macmillan of Canada, and at McClelland and Stewart. As "editor to the stars" he has worked with Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and many others, as described in his book, Stories About Storytellers. In one of this year’s festival features, Gibson will entertain with a stage show portraying his encounters with the celebrity subjects of his stories.
For a first-time playwright, Kevin Loring is making quite a splash. The Vancouver actor and writer’s debut full-length script, Where the Blood Mixes, won the 2009 Governor General’s prize for Drama. This year’s two dramatic readings will make us one of the first locations in the country to present this drama before it tours nationally with a different cast later this year. Visiting playwrights are always amazed at the caliber of local Moose Jaw actors we invite to do these dramatic readings here on stage.
is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba or O-pipon-na-piwin Cree Nation. Her first book of poetry ‘this is a small northern town’ won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and was nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Rosanna lives in Winnipeg where she works in broadcasting.
Phil Hall is the 2011 winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, from Book Thug, titled Killdeer.
Previously, Trouble Sleeping was also nominated for the Governor General’s Award; and An Oak Hunch was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Steven Price's first collection of poetry, Anatomy of Keys won the Gerald Lampert Award, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and was named a Globe and Mail Book of the Year. His first novel, Into that Darkness, was published in 2011. He’ll read from a new collection of poetrry Omens in the Year of the Ox. He teaches at the University of Victoria and is husband to Esi Edugyen. (Ed oo jen) They’ll attend the festival with their new baby, Cleo Price.
Seems we’re getting a reputation as a family friendly festival!
Harold Rhenisch is a trickster and a poet of the grasslands and ancient traditions. His fifteen books of poetry walk a spirit path through place, self, and history. His latest, “The Spoken World”, celebrating a world of writing and listening, was published by Hagios Press in 2011. Harold has received the Malahat Long Poem Prize (twice), the George Ryga Prize for Social Responsibility in Literature, and the CBC Prize.
Jennifer Still's second poetry collection, Girlwood explores the interiors of place and identity as it locates girlhood inside a wrong-side-of-the-tracks townhouse on Winnipeg's eccentric Girdwood Crescent. Girlwood received first prize in the 2008 John V. Hicks manuscript awards and two long poems were finalists in the 2008 CBC literary awards. Her first book, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Jennifer lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two children.
Was Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton, eight cats and two dogs. Her 27 novels and 72 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. The Blood book series has been adapted into the popular 22 episode Blood Ties television series. Her latest novel is The Wild Ways and her next will be a heroic fantasy with werewolves and a Napoleonic tech level.
Our Kids Ink Programthis year will be guided by David Homel and it will focus on creative writing. This program, sponsored by Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow, is designed for the 10-13 year old age group, and takes place during the festival from 9-noon on Thursday morning at the library. Cost is $10. Please contact the office to register.
The instructor, David Homel, is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, journalist, translator, and documentary filmmaker. He’s also the husband of this year’s children’s author, Marie-Louise Gay. David co-wrote with her their most recent children’s book, Summer in the City. David Homel’s writing will also be highlighted in reading sessions with other authors throughout the festival schedule.
For many years, Penny shared tales as a professional storyteller at schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, and on radio and television. She has told stories in an Arabian harem and from inside a bear’s belly – but that is a story in itself. Her novels include Terror at Turtle Mountain, a finalist for the Silver Birch Young Readers’ Choice Award, and Saskatchewan’s Diamond Willow Award. Penny’s second Disaster Strikes! book, Peril at Pier Nine, was also a Silver Birch finalist, while Graveyard of the Sea won the Bolen Book Prize and was a Moonbeam Award Gold Medalist. Penny will read from her latest book, Day of the Cyclone.
A Book of Great Worth
And, ….we always have a BOOK LAUNCH at the festival….. This year, Coteau Books will launch A Book of Great Worth by Dave Margoshes. Dave is a Saskatchewan poet and fiction writer whose work has been widely published in magazines, anthologies and in over a dozen books, including two volumes of poetry in the last two years: The Horse Knows the Way in 2009, and 2010’s Dimensions of an Orchard. Both were nominated for the poetry award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Dimensions of an Orchard won that prize and was nominated for 2010 Book of the Year.
The book launch will take place Saturday afternoon, at the Cultural Centre, following the Saturday Feature session in the Mae Wilson Theatre.
teen writing experience
This is an intensive five-day program where teen writers aged 14 to 18 can work with a professional writer to develop their skills. Activities consist of writing exercises, talks, critiques and readings. Chris Fisher will be this year’s instructor and guest speaker to appear at this year’s Experience will be Dave Richards. This is a shared program with our partners at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Application forms for the experience are available tonight in the lobby, but please note the deadline for applications is only four days from now, April 30th.
Chris Fisher has published three short story collections: Third and Long; Voices in the Wilderness and Sun Angel. His short stories were featured in Oberon’s Coming Attractions series.
Chris writes humourously about small towns, sports and a rural way of life fast disappearing. He currently lives in Lumsden, but was a Moose Javian from 1979-90, while working at S.T.I.
saturday night live entertainment
This year’s concert is a real treat. Sponsored by Casino Moose Jaw – we present Ed Minevich principal violin for the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Jack Semple local guitar legend, and Stephen McLellan on bass who together form the True Jive Pluckers. Everything from jazz to blues, swing, rock, country, klezmer, gypsy, classical and tango, with their own original arrangements and some original compositions - they do it all and they do it very well.
You may have heard them in Tango, a three-hour concert broadcast across Canada by CBC Radio or playing for the sold-out Regina Jazz Society Concert in the Casino Regina Show Lounge. Perhaps you saw them at Mozart in the Meadow with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. If you have, you'll remember the True Jive Pluckers are all about combining fine musicianship with some gorgeous music, and lots of fun. Don’t miss this energetic showcase!
sunday farewell lunch
Singer Songwriter Megan Nash flirts with folk and punches pop in the face while wrangling soul-tinged roots. Raised in rural Saskatchewan, near Mortlach, Nash spent her childhood singing along to Reba McIntyre and listening to her mother’s hits of the 80’s. In her late teens she bought a guitar and started to write songs. Since then Nash has performed in numerous provinces, attended music school in Nova Scotia, worked for SaskMusic and studied songwriting at the University of Saskatchewan. She toured the prairies and released her debut album last fall. Here’ your chance to say you heard her at the beginning of her Career. This girl is going places! Megan’s appearance is sponsored by Julian’s Fitness.