Oukerfellah, Naïma Authors

Naïma Oukerfellah est auteure de littérature pour enfants.

‘’L’enfance de Naïma, native d’Algérie, a été bercée par les contes et les chants traditionnels de sa culture d’origine. En grandissant, elle se met tout naturellement à créer ses propres récits, qu’elle raconte à ses neveux et nièces, perpétuant ainsi la tradition ancestrale à sa propre façon. À la richesse de son patrimoine oral s’ajoute ensuite la culture écrite.’’

Devenue adulte, Naïma continue d’inventer des histoires qu’elle partage avec son entourage. Sa nièce lui suggère alors d’écrire un livre. C’est ainsi qu’est né son premier roman jeunesse – Ici, c’est différent de là-bas, paru chez Bayard jeunesse.

Elle se déplace dans les établissements scolaires et dans la communauté pour lire ses récits à haute voix, à des publics de tous les âges.

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Laframboise, Michèle Authors

Michèle Laframboise saupoudre des grains de café sur ses plantes, court de longues distances en plus d’écrire à temps plein. Fascinée par les sciences depuis qu’elle sait marcher, elle a publié 19 romans bourrés d’inventions folles et plus de 50  nouvelles en francais et en anglais, récoltant quelques distinctions littéraires au passage.

On peut lire ses nouvelles dans les revues Solaris, Galaxies, Brins d’Éternité, Tesseracts, Fiction River et Compelling Science Fiction, Abyss&Apex, Future SF and Asimov’s. Dessinatrice enthousiaste, Michèle a créé une douzaine d’albums de BD et continue de maintenir un blog humoristique illustré.

En mots ou en images, Michèle concocte des paradoxes sociaux habités par des personnages émouvants.

Et… Elle court encore les salons du livre!

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Osson, Gabriel Authors

Gabriel Osson est poète, romancier et artiste-peintre. Né à Port-au-Prince (Haïti), il vit à Toronto. Retraité du ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario ou il a œuvré pendant dix ans. Auparavant, il a été gestionnaire au Collège

Boréal à Toronto précédé d’une longue carrière en entreprise privée en plus d’avoir été consultant en développement organisationnel.

Il se consacre à plein temps à l’écriture. Il donne des conférences et anime des ateliers d’écriture pour différents publics, que ce soient des retraités ou des jeunes du secondaire dans les écoles de langue française en Ontario lors de la tournée Mordus des mots. Très impliqué dans la francophonie torontoise, Gabriel siège sur différents conseils d’administration : l’Association des Auteures et Auteurs de l’Ontario Français (AAOF) dont il est le président; et la Coopérative radiophonique de Toronto à titre d’administrateur. Il anime aussi l’émission hebdomadaire Franco Découvertes à la radio francophone de Toronto, CHOQ FM

Passionné d’environnement, Gabriel siège aussi au conseil d’administration de la Fondation Trees That Feed qui plante des arbres dans différents pays.

Voulant se mettre au service des enfants de son pays d’origine, il préside l’Association Haïti Futur-Canada visant à installer des tableaux numériques interactifs, munis de panneaux solaires dans des écoles rurales d’Haïti.

En tant que peintre, il a participé à de nombreuses expositions et ses peintures se retrouvent dans plusieurs collections privées.

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Frechette, Biz Authors

Écrivain et rappeur, Biz est membre du groupe Loco Locass. Le trio a fait paraître quatre albums [Manifestif (2000), In Vivo (2003), Amour oral (2004), Le Québec est mort, vive le Québec (2012)] et deux recueils de textes [Manifestif (2000), Poids plume (2005)]. Le groupe s’est aussi mérité trois Félix, dont celui d’auteur-compositeur-interprète en 2005.

À titre d’auteur, Biz a publié huit romans chez Leméac : Dérives (2010), La chute de Sparte (2011), Mort-Terrain (2014), Naufrage (2016), La chaleur des mammifères (2017), Cadillac (2018), Les abysses (2019), L’horizon des événements (2021) et le livre pour enfants C’est Flavie (2018). En 2012, La chute de Sparte s’est mérité le Prix Jeunesse des libraires du Québec et le Prix du livre jeunesse des Bibliothèques de Montréal. En 2015, Mort-Terrain a remporté le Prix littéraire France-Québec.

En tant que cinéaste, Biz a co-réalisé le documentaire Maudite machine! (2002). Il a aussi co-scénarisé l’adaptation cinématographique de son roman La chute de Sparte (2018). À l’automne 2020, il a co-animé avec Samian le documentaire Oka, 30 ans après, diffusé sur Historia. Depuis 2011, il collabore au club de lecture de l’émission de radio Plus on de fous, plus on lit! À ce jour, il tient une chronique Sport et société dans l’émission de Jean-Charles Lajoie à TVA Sports.

En 2012, Biz a été professeur d’expression orale à l’émission Star Académie.

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Bennett, Roxanna Authors

The disabled poem-making entity known as Roxanna Bennett gratefully resides on aboriginal land. They are the author of The Untranslatable I (Gordon Hill Press, 2021) and the award-winning Unmeaningable (Gordon Hill Press, 2019).

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Shields, Vanessa Authors

Vanessa Shields is the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room—A Gathering Place for Writers. She is the author of Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy (2011), I Am That Woman (2013), and Look at Her (2016). She resides in Windsor, Ontario, where you can find her mentoring, editing, teaching, and writing at Gertrude’s or having a dance party in her kitchen with her handsome husband, two amazing kids, and two golden retrievers. Her most recent work is Thimbles (Palimpsest Press.) Visit Vanessa’s website: www.vanessashields.com.

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Oloruntoba, Tolu Authors

Tolu Oloruntoba is the author of the Anstruther Press chapbook Manubrium. His poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Columbia Journal, Entropy, and other publications, and his short fiction has appeared in translation in Dansk PEN Magazine. He founded Klorofyl, a magazine of literary and graphic art, and practiced medicine before his current work managing projects for health authorities in British Columbia. After a somewhat itinerant life in Nigeria and the United States, he emigrated to the Greater Vancouver Area, where he lives with his family. His most recent work is The Junta of Happenstance (Palimpsest Press.)

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Toffan, Will Authors

A retired history teacher and veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, William Toffan lives in Windsor, Ontario, with his wife, Laura, and children Lauren, Heidi, Oksana, and Heather. Watching the Devil Dance: How a Spree Killer Slipped through the Cracks of the Criminal Justice System (Biblioasis) is his first book.

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Watada, Terry Authors

Terry Watada is the author of two previous novels, The Three Pleasures and The Blood of Foxes, a collection of short fiction, Daruma Days, four books of poetry, two children’s books, the nonfiction title Bukkyo Tozen: A History of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada 1905 – 1995, and two manga style comic books. Terry is also a musician and recording artist. Mr. Watada lives in Toronto. His latest work is Mysterious Dreams of the Dead (Anvil Press.)

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Riley, Rochelle Authors

Rochelle Riley ended a nearly 20-year career as an award-winning Detroit columnist in 2019 to become the City of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture. She now guides the city’s investment in the creative economy and creates opportunities for transformative innovation. Her most recent project was the United States’ first city-wide memorial to victims of Covid-19: 15 funeral processions that circled the city’s Belle Isle past 924 photo billboards of victims. Rochelle travels the country hosting conversations about the burden that America still bears by refusing to deal with the aftermath of American enslavement. She received the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists “for her outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve” and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She was a 2016 inductee into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and a 2019 inductee into the North Carolina Media and Journalism Hall of Fame. And she is a co-founder of Letters to Black Girls, an initiative to give letters of advice and encouragement from women across the country to girls across the country. The essayist, keynoter, and arts advocate is the author of That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed The World (2021) and The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (2020,) both published by Wayne State University Press. Rochelle lives near the banks of the Detroit River. But the world traveler never stays at home long. She has visited 28 countries and 33 states… and counting.

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Richardson, Jael Authors

Jael Richardson is the executive director of the FOLD literary festival, the books columnist on CBC Radio’s q and an outspoken advocate on issues of diversity. She is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The memoir received a CBC Bookie Award, an Arts Acclaim Award and a My People Award. A children’s edition was published by Groundwood Books. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, appear in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Gutter Child (HarperCollins Canada) is her most recent work. Jael Richardson received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

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Moore, Nathaniel G. Authors

Nathaniel G. Moore was born in Toronto in 1974. He has lived and worked as a writer and book publicist in Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario, and New Brunswick, where he now lives with his wife and daughter and runs moorehype, a boutique publicity operation. His books include Savage 1986-2011, winner of the 2014 ReLit Award for Best Novel, and most recently, the poetry collection Goodbye Horses. His writing has appeared in Toronto Life, This Magazine, The Berkeley Review, The Georgia Straight, The National Post, The Globe and Mail and Edit. His most recent work is Honorarium (Palimpsest Press.)

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Walschots, Natalie Zina Authors

A writer and game designer whose work includes LARP scripts, heavy metal music journalism, video game lore, and weirder things classified as “interactive experiences.” Her writing on the interactive adventure The Aluminum Cat won an IndieCade award, and her poetic exploration of the notes engine in Bloodborne was featured in Kotaku and First Person Scholar. She is (unfortunately) the author of two books of poetry: Thumbscrews, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains. Her debut novel is Hench (William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada, 2020.) Natalie sits on the board of Dames Making Games, a space for queer and gender-marginalized people to create games freely, where she hosts interactive narrative workshops. She plays a lot of D&D, participates in a lot of Nordic LARPs, watches a lot of horror movies, and reads a lot of speculative fiction. She lives in Toronto with her partner and five cats. This is, arguably, too many cats.

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Baird, Natalie Authors

Natalie Baird is a visual artist, filmmaker, and community-based researcher based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Natalie completed a bachelor of environmental science from the University of Manitoba in 2014, where she explored film-making as a tool for environmental action. Her documentary, animation, and video-installation work has been screened and exhibited across Canada. She has an embedded community practice, working as an arts facilitator and artist-in-residence in drop-in art centres and personal care homes. In 2016 Natalie returned to the University of Manitoba for a master of environment, leading arts-based research projects about the social dimensions of climate change in Nunavut. Her pen and ink illustrations are featured in the award-nominated volume TreeTalk by Ariel Gordon (At Bay Press.)

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Gervais, Marty Authors

Canadian poet, photographer, journalist, and teacher. Gervais has also published plays, children’s books, non-fiction, and a book of photography, A Show of Hands: Boxing on the Border (2004). In 1998, he won the prestigious Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian letters and to emerging writers. In 1996, he was awarded the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award for his book, Tearing into a Summer Day. In 2006, Gervais and his work were the subject of a TV Bravo episode of the television series Heart of a Poet produced by Canadian filmmaker Maureen Judge.

Marty Gervais served as Windsor’s first poet laureate for seven years, and now is poet laureate emeritus. This year, Marty has released two new collections, A New Dress Every Day: Poems in My Mother’s Voice and Nothing More Perfect (both Mosaic Press.)

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Di Cintio, Marcello Authors

Marcello Di Cintio is the author of five books. Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book. Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey into the Heart of Iran won the Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Best Nonfiction at the Alberta Book Awards. Walls: Travels Along the Barricades and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense were both winners of the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, with the former winning the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. (Shaughnessy Cohen, for those who don’t know, was a remarkable Member of Parliament from Windsor.) His magazine writing has appeared in appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, EnRoute, Geist, Canadian Geographic, and Afar. Di Cintio has served as a writer-in-residence at the Calgary Public Library, the University of Calgary, and the Palestine Writing Workshop, and he teaches nonfiction writing at the annual WordsWorth youth writing residency. Marcello DiCintio’s latest book is Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers, published by Biblioasis in 2021.

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Halfe, Louise Bernice Authors

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Her first book, Bear Bones & Feathers (Coteau, 1994), received the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. Blue Marrow (Coteau, 1998) was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her fourth book, Burning in This Midnight Dream (Coteau, 2016), won the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Award and the Raymond Souster Award, among numerous other awards. Halfe was awarded the Latner Writers Trust Award for her body of work in 2017, and was awarded the 2020 Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She was granted a lifetime membership in the League of Canadian Poets, and currently works with Elders in the organization Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”) and lives near Saskatoon with her husband, Peter. Brick Books has published a new edition of Burning in This Midnight Dream in May 2021. Her newest work is awâsis – kinky and dishevelled (Brick Books, 2021.)

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Howard, Liz Authors

Liz Howard’s debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry, and was named a Globe and Mail top 100 book. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Magazine, and Best Canadian Poetry 2018. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto. Her most recent work is Letters in a Bruised Cosmos (Penguin Random House.)

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Donaldson, Jesse Authors

Jesse Donaldson is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, The Tyee, The Calgary Herald, the WestEnder, the Vancouver Courier, and many other places. His first book, This Day in Vancouver, was a finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes). He is also the author of the first two volumes in the 49.2 Series, Land of Destiny: A History of Vancouver Real Estate, and Fool’s Gold: The Life and Legacy of Vancouver’s Town Fool. Most recently, he has co-authored The Acid Room: The Psychedelic Trials and Tribulations of Hollywood Hospital (Anvil Press.) He currently lives in Mount Pleasant with Abbey, the world’s best dog.

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Ghadery, Hollay Authors

Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and reviews have been published in various literary journals, including The Malahat Review, Room, Grain, CAROUSEL, and The Fiddlehead. Her personal essays have also appeared on CBC Parents and LadyLatitudes. Her most recent book is Fuse (Guernica Editions.)

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Jacobs, Heidi LM Authors

Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear (NeWest Press, 2019) won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2020. She is a librarian at the University of Windsor and one of the researchers behind the award-winning Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding & the Chatham Coloured All-Stars project. With Dale Jacobs, she is co-author of 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (Biblioasis.) She is currently writing a book about the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars, the first Black team to win the Ontario Baseball Amateur Association Championship. Originally from Edmonton, she now lives in Windsor, Ontario.

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Barwin, Gary Authors

A writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-three books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent national bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Hamilton Literary Award. It was also a finalist for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New and Selected Poems was also recently published to much acclaim. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. His prose and poetry has been published in hundreds of magazine and journals internationally–from Reader’s Digest to Granta and the Walrus. His most recent work is Nothing the Same: Everything Haunted: The Battle of Motl the Cowboy (Penguin Random House.) Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Grisenthwaite, G. A. Authors

G. A. Grisenthwaite is Nłeʔkepmx, member of the Lytton First Nation. His stories and poems have appeared in The Anitgonish Review, Our Stories Literary Journal, and Prism International. His work has earned a number of prizes, including the 2014 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. He lives in Kingsville, Ontario. His most recent work is Home Waltz (Palimpsest Press.)

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Dyck, Erika Authors

A Professor and a Canada Research Chair in the History of Health & Social Justice at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author of Psychedelic Psychiatry (2008); Facing Eugenics (2013); co-author of Managing Madness (2017), and co-editor of Psychedelic Prophets (2018). Most recently, she has co-authored The Acid Room: The Psychedelic Trials and Tribulations of Hollywood Hospital (Anvil Press.)

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Jacobs, Dale Authors

Dale Jacobs is the author of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). He is the editor of Sunday with the Tigers: Eleven Ways to Watch a Game (Black Moss Press, 2015) and The Myles Horton Reader (University of Tennessee Press, 2003), and co-editor (with Laura Micciche) of A Way to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion and Composition Studies (Boynton Cook/Heinemann, 2003). With Heidi LM Jacobs, he is co-author of 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (Biblioasis.) His academic/creative nonfiction book, The 1976 Project: On Comics and Grief, is forthcoming from Wilfred Laurier University Press. He is the editor of The Windsor Review and teaches in the English Department at the University of Windsor.

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Laforme, Chief R. Stacey Authors

R. Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over twenty years, being first elected to council in 1999. He is very active throughout MNCFN’s traditional territory which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller and poet. Chief Laforme has recently been appointed as honorary senior fellow for Massey College, joining the Duke of Edinburgh and the Chancellor of Oxford as only the third person awarded the highest honor the college can bestow. De dwa da dehs nye (Aboriginal Health Centre) has awarded Chief R. Stacey Laforme the Walter Cooke Wisdom Keeper Award, in recognition of one’s capacity to exemplify significant and continuous service to our community by demonstrating integrity, generosity of spirit, humility, courage, collaboration, “The Good Mind”, and traditional ways of knowing and being. Chief Laforme has collaborated with Kevin Hearns from Barenaked Ladies for a video/song called 215/reconciliation, has participated in the CBC opening program of the Tokyo Olympics, and much more. His most recently published volume of poetry is titled Living in the Tall Grass: Poems of Reconciliation (UpRoute.)

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Thompson, Cheryl Authors

An Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries. She is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture. She previously held a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her work has appeared in The Conversation, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Spacing, Herizons Magazine, Halifax Coast, and Rabble.ca. Thompson was born and raised in Toronto, where she currently resides. She has also lived in the United States and in Windsor, Ontario. Her most recent work is Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics Of Loyalty (Coach House Books.)

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Fogarty, Catherine Authors

Catherine Fogarty is a storyteller. She is the founder and president of Big Coat Media, with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and North Carolina. An accomplished television producer, writer and director, Catherine has produced award-winning lifestyle, reality and documentary series for both Canadian and American networks. Catherine is the executive producer of the Gemini nominated series Love It or List It. In addition to that franchise, Catherine has produced several other lifestyle and documentary series including Animal Magnetism (W Network), My Parents’ House (HGTV), and Paranormal Home Inspectors (Investigative Discovery Canada). Catherine also produced and directed I Don’t Have Time for This, an intimate documentary about young women with breast cancer.

Originally trained as a social worker, Catherine studied deviance and criminology. She worked with numerous at-risk populations including street youth, people with AIDS, abused women, and social services. Her most recent work is Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston State Penitentiary (Biblioasis.)

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Gordon, Ariel Authors

A Winnipeg-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Gordon also co-edited the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018) and is the ringleader of the National Poetry Month in the Winnipeg Free Press project. Her 2019 release Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn) was soon followed by TreeTalk, illustrated by Natalie Baird (At Bay Press, 2020.)

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Aladejebi, Funké Authors

A scholar of the twentieth century with a specialization in Black Canadian history. Her research and teaching interests focus on oral history, the history of education in Canada, Black Canadian women’s history, and transnationalism. Her most recent book, Schooling the System: A History of Black Women Teachers (McGill-Queen’s University Press,) explores the importance of Black Canadian women in sustaining their communities and preserving a distinct Black identity within restrictive gender and racial barriers. Her writing frequently explores how legacies of race, gender, and migration influence the contemporary educational encounters of Black Canadian communities. Her articles on Black Canadian history and feminist pedagogies have appeared in Education Matters, Ontario History, and the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies. She is also currently co-editing with Dr. Michele Johnson, a collection of essays titled Unsettling the Great White North: African Canadian History, which explores the histories of African Canadian, Canadian, and African Diasporic communities across chronological, regional, and thematic subjects.

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Sookfong Lee, Jen Authors

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, Gentlemen of the Shade, and Chinese New Year. Jen teaches at The Writers’ Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for ECW, and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit. Her new poetry collection is The Shadow List (Wolsak & Wynn.)

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