Our presenters appear in our evening events and take part in the Saturday panel discussions.
Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels, A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, and Ellen in Pieces, two collections of short stories, Bad Imaginings and Pleased to Meet You, and several books for young readers. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. Caroline appears at EMLF’s Saturday Night Live event and on the panel Once Upon a Time, as well as being our 2016 writer-in-residence.
CBC broadcaster and author Grant Lawrence’s first book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound (2010) was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Edna Staebler Award. He published his second book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, in 2013. Both books won the BC Book Prize for Book of the Year in their respective years. Grant is currently working on a third book about his touring days in the band The Smugglers. He has two children with his wife, musician Jill Barber. Grant reads at the 100-Mile Opening Gala and weighs in o the Writing the Land panel.
Bill Richardson is a well-loved Canadian writer and broadcaster. Among his 18 books are Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and After Hamelin, a novel for children, which won the Silver Birch Award. For CBC Radio, he hosted Richardson’s Roundup and Bunny Watson. He wrote, with Veda Hille, the play Do You Want What I have Got? A Craigslist Cantata performed by the Arts Club Theatre. His most recent collection of verse is The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps: Poems of the Late Middle Ages, published by House of Anansi Press. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., and Holmfield, Manitoba. Bill will MC the Friday evening Writing the Land event, then join Caroline Adderson as a featured author at the Saturday Night Live! event.
Panelists also include the authors profiled above.
Murray Kimber is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he embraced illustration as his chosen path. Since then, he has created original artwork for everything from billboards to packaging, postage stamps to children’s books. In 1994 he won the Governor-general’s Award for English-language Children’s Book Illustration for Josepha: A Prairie Boy’s Story, written by Jim McGugan. Other notable titles featuring Kimber’s bold, signature style include Fern Hill, Ancient Voices, The Wolf of Gubbio, and The Highwayman. He lives with his family in Nelson, where he operates Speedpro Signs. Murray joins the Once Upon a Time panel on children’s books.
Julian Ross studied writing and design at DTUC and UVIC before starting Polestar Press in 1981, setting up shop in Winlaw with an old Compugraphic typsetter. He published more than 100 titles, including first books by Luanne Armstrong, Caroline Woodward, Vi Plotnikoff, Holley Rubinsky and Rita Moir. An award-winning press, Polestar was one of the first to combine quality literary titles with bestselling non-fiction. After selling Polestar in 1995, Julian founded Bluefield Books, a non-fiction press sold to Nightwood Editions in 2005. He co-owns Polestar Calendars with his wife, Ruth. Julian brings his knowledge to the publisher’s panel.