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Sharon Bala

Sharon Bala is the winner of the 2017 Journey Prize and a three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador's Arts and Letters award, she has stories published in Hazlitt, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, Riddle Fence, RoomPrism InternationalThe New Quarterly, Journey Prize 29, and in an anthology called Racket: New Writing From Newfoundland. Her debut novel, The Boat People, was in published in January of this year.

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Ian Brown

Ian Brown is an award-winning author and a feature writer for The Globe And Mail whose work has won a total of nine Gold National Magazine and National Newspaper awards. He is the author of two books: The Boy in the Moon and Sixty.

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Terry Fallis

A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of six national bestsellers, including his most recent, One Brother Shy.

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Pam Hall

Dr. Pam Hall is a distinguished visual artist, film-maker, and writer, whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has advised both federal and provincial governments on public policy in education, culture and communications, and was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2002. Pam’s presentation will highlight her multi-disciplinary project, Towards an Understanding of Local Knowledge.(www.encyclopediaoflocalknowledge.com).

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Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore’s first short story collection, Open, and her first and third novels, Alligator and Caught, were all nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her 2009 novel, February, was one of 13 novels long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, and won the 2013 Canada Reads competition. Her newest collection of short stories, Something for Everyone, will be published this September.

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Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of two previous books: the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women, and the literary thriller The Devil You Know. De Mariaffi’s poetry and short fiction have been widely published and praised in Canada, and have been shortlisted for the National Magazine Award.

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David Chariandy

David Chariandy’s debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General's Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. His second novel, Brother, was winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and long listed for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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Jamie Fitzpatrick

Jamie Fitzpatrick is a writer and broadcaster in St. John’s, and a member of the Port Authority writing group. His debut novel, You Could Believe in Nothing, won the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers in Newfoundland and Labrador. His latest novel is The End of Music, published by Breakwater in 2017.

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Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay, an Ottawa-based novelist and short story writer, can count, among her accolades, two Governor General Award nominations, and a Giller Prize, for 2007’s Late Nights on Air. She has also received the Marion Engel Award from the Writers' Trust of Canada for her body of work. Her latest novel, His Whole Life, was published in 2015.

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Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician, artist, and writer. His 2017 memoir, Beautiful Scars, was widely praised for its depth and honesty. Through his work, Tom has garnered a reputation as one of Canada’s most talented storytellers.

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Alan Doyle

Best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. His memoir, Where I Belong, became a best-seller in 2014. In 2017 he released, A Newfoundlander in Canada, a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.

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Des Walsh

Des Walsh’s published writings include poetry and screenplays of the international hit miniseries’ The Boys of St. Vincent and Random Passage. His work has won many prestigious international awards including a Gemini Award and the Gold Medal at the Banff Television Festival, the UmbriaFiction Award in Italy, the Grand FIPA d’Or Cannes and the 1995 Peabody Award.