Confirmed Presenters

D. M. Ditson has been writing for a decade as a journalist and as a communications consultant for a series of governmental organizations. She is obsessed with telling the truth. Her first book, Wide Open, won the John V. Hicks prize, awarded by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Prairie Dog Magazine called Wide Open "the must-read memoir of the year." D. M. Ditson recently moved from Regina, Saskatchewan to Invermere, British Columbia, where she can often be found enjoying the mountains. 

Marina Endicott’s latest novel, The Difference, was one of the Globe & Mail’s Best Books of 2019. Her novel Good to a Fault was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads, and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was short-listed for the Governor General’s award and long-listed for the Giller Prize, as was Close to Hugh. She teaches writing at Banff, Humber, and the University of Alberta.

Amanda Leduc is a disabled writer with cerebral palsy and author of the nonfiction book DISFIGURED: ON FAIRY TALES, DISABILITY, AND MAKING SPACE, out now with Coach House Books. Her first novel, THE MIRACLES OF ORDINARY MEN, was published in 2013 by ECW Press. Her new novel, THE CENTAUR'S WIFE, is forthcoming from Random House Canada. She lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, where she serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

Steven Price's most recent novel, Lampedusa (2019), was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and named a Book of the Year by the Globe & Mail, the CBC, and the Writers Trust. He is the award-winning author of two other novels, By Gaslight (2016), and Into that Darkness (2011), and two books of poetry. He lives in Victoria, BC.

Bruce Rice is the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, an essayist and editor. The Vivian Poemson street photographer Vivian Maier is his sixth collection for adults. Bruce writes about individual lives, community and how we are transformed by landscape even as we leave our footprints on it.Bruce lives in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory and the homeland of the Métis.

Nathan Ripley is the pseudonym of Toronto resident and Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum. Find You in the Dark, Ripley’s first thriller, was an instant bestseller and an Arthur Ellis Awards finalist for Best First Novel. As Naben Ruthnum, he is the author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race. Follow him on Twitter @NabenRuthnum.

Kristine is the author of the four young adult novels: The Gamer's Guide to Getting the Girl, The 11th Hour, If This Is Home, and
Throwaway Girl, all published by Dundurn Press.

Kristine has a special interest in writing as a healing art. She is the writer-in-residence at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon and conducts online journal and writing workshops as the founder of Creative Soul Writing Academy.

Paul Seesequasis is a nîpisîhkopâwiyiniw (Willow Cree) writer and curator currently residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For four years he has curated the Indigenous Archival Photo Project, an online and physical exhibition of archival Indigenous photographs, that explores history, identity and the process of visual reclamation. His photo book, ‘Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun’, was published by Penguin Canada in October 2019. 

Joan Thomas is the author of four novels. Her 2019 novel, Five Wives, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Joan’s first novel, Reading by Lightning (2008), won a Commonwealth Prize and the Amazon Prize. Curiosity (2010) was nominated for the Giller Prize and the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. The Opening Sky (2014) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. In 2014, Joan was awarded the Engel/Findley Award for midcareer accomplishment.  She lives in Winnipeg.

Bernadette Wagner celebrated the launch of her second book, The Dry Valley (Radiant Press, 2019) touring to 11 locations in five provinces. Shortlisted for the Saskatchewan First Book Award, her previous collection of poetry, This hot place, (Thistledown, 2010). She is the grateful recipient of Saskatchewan Arts Board funding, the SWG’s 2018 Hyland Volunteer Award, and the inaugural Literary Artist in Residence position at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre.

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) and ABD doctoral student at the University of Calgary (Treaty 7). He is the author of Jonny Appleseed, which was long listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for a Governor General, the Amazon First Novel Prize, and winner of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction. His poetry collection, full-metal indigiqueer, was shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award and the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.

Lindsay Wong is the author of the bestselling, award-winning memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family. She has a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, and she is now based in Vancouver, Canada. My Summer of Love and Misfortune is her first YA novel. Visit her online at or on Twitter @LindsayMWong.

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