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Are you ready to take your writing to the next level?

Canadian Authors Association is—and always has been—a membership-based organization for writers at all stages of their writing careers: aspiring, emerging, and professional.

Join us for professional development and networking opportunities with people who care about the craft and business of writing as much as you do.

Learn more at About CAA & Programs & Webinars.

Check out member benefits here.

Ready to join us? Visit this page.

Fred Kerner Book Award 2022 Shortlist Announced!

Check out the five shortlisted authors here.

Whistler Independent Book Award Shortlist Announced!

Check out the shortlisted authors for each of the three categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children’s Lit here.

Professional Development Opportunity for Canadian Authors

With submissions to the Whistler Independent Book Awards reaching an all-time high, we are seeking additional Canadian Authors Reviewers. All readers will receive their books for review in early June, and have until the end of July to review them.

Please indicate your interest by filling in this online form:

Take this opportunity to learn valuable skills while supporting the association!

Jean Kay: 2021 Winner of the CAA Allan Sangster Award

On Saturday, April 24, CAA held a volunteer appreciation event to recognize and celebrate the many volunteers across Canada who work behind the scenes to run the association, its branches, and its programs.

At the event, one particular member was awarded the Allan Sangster Award, given to long-time volunteers for long and meritorious service.


Find out more about Jean Kay and the award here.


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Be Part of the Change

In the federal government’s Budget Commitment of April 7, 2022, it pledged “to ensur[e] that the Copyright Act protects all creators and copyright holders … and [to] work to ensure a sustainable educational publishing industry, including fair remuneration for creators and copyright holders, as well as a modern and innovative marketplace that can efficiently serve copyright users.”

This promise was welcomed by writers’ groups across the country. Momentum is building. You may already have written a letter to your MP. We urge you to write again, spread the word, and part of the push to get the law changed before anything else diverts the politicians’ attention. Everyone who writes to their MP is eligible for a draw to win a free one-year membership with CAA.

We also encourage you to share some animated 15-second shorts with your friends, family, and associates. They need to understand how unfair the 2012 amendment to the Copyright Act is, and what the impact is on Canadian culture.

For more info, links to the shorts, and the deadline for our membership draw, see Take Action!

Webinar Wednesdays Are Here!

The 2022 Canadian Authors & SF Canada Webinar Series is well underway, with three already behind us and several more to go.

  • August 17: A Quick and Easy Guide to Book and Publishing Contracts, with D.G. Valdron

Find out more about these webinars and how to register here.


CanWrite!100 Writers’ Conference

On September 18 and 19, we held our conference virtually, with six amazing sessions taught by bestselling authors and industry experts, plus two panels—one with agents and a publisher and another on alternate forms of storytelling. We will have recordings of individual sessions available for purchase very soon, so watch this space.

In the meantime, check out the conference pages here.

Member News

Renee Sarojini Saklikar

CAA member and author, Renee Sarojini Saklikar (BC), will be reading from her new book, Bramah and The Beggar Boy,...
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Tara K. Torme

Tara K. Torme (BC Branch) will be teaching two upcoming poetry workshops at Roundhouse Community Centre and West Point Grey...
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Eleonore Schönmaier

Eleonore Schönmaier (Member at Large) will launch her poetry collection, Wavelengths of Your Song/Wellenlängen deines Liedes (McGill-Queen's University Press /parasistenpresse), in German...
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Anne Lazurko

Anne Lazurko's (Member at Large) second novel, What Is Written on the Tongue (April 2022), is on TIFA's list of...
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Nduka Otiono

Nduka Otiono (National Capital Region) is pleased to announce the publication of his new and selected poems, DisPlace: The Poetry of Nduka...
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Genni Gunn

Genni Gunn’s (BC Branch) novel Tracing Iris has been published in Italian as Alla Ricerca di Iris by Les Flâneurs...
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Lori Hahnel

Lori Hahnel (Member at Large) won the 2022 Short Story Collection Award in the Alberta Literary Awards for Vermin: Stories...
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Hanna Park

Hanna Park's (Toronto) debut novel, Finding Tiegan, is now available to the big wide world. Published by The Wild Rose...
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Lucian Childs

Lucian Childs’ (Toronto) short story, “Napoli,” has been accepted for publication in Prairie Fire: A Canadian Magazine of New Writing. Watch...
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Nan Williamson

Nan Williamson (Peterborough) will have her poem, "Poets Practice In These Times", published by Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine in their next...
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Tamel Wino

Tamel Wino’s (Metro Vancouver Branch) debut book, Ekleipsis, which was released on December 18th 2020, has won a Reader Views bronze award...
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John Passfield

John Passfield (Toronto) has posted readings of his novel, Pauline Johnson: Know Who I Am (Rocks Mills Press, 2021), on...
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Vera Constantineau

Vera Constantineau (Member at Large), Poet Laureate of Greater Sudbury, presented a reading as part of an 'International Voices' presentation...
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Aaron S. Bayley

Aaron S. Bayley (Toronto) recently published his first book, Why Baseball Is A Sport and Golf Is Not: Separating the...
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K. R. Wilson

K. R. Wilson’s (Toronto) tragical-historical-comical novel Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Millennia — in which a self-described immortal...
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Catherine Little

Catherine Little‘s (Toronto Branch) picture book, Twelve in a Race (Plumleaf Press), illustrated by Sae Kimura and published March 30,...
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Dr. Ian Prattis

Dr. Ian Prattis (National Capital Region) has a new poetry book coming out in the spring of 2022 called Four...
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JoAnn Catania

JoAnn Catania (Toronto) is happy to announce the release of the audiobook version of her novel, A Scarcity of Virgins,...
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Purabi Sinha Das

Purabi Sinha Das (Toronto Branch) has published her third book, Twenty-Two For 22, a collection of 22 stories, poems, and...
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Susan Wadds

Susan Wadds (Member at Large) is feeling both euphoric and a bit stunned. Her novel, What the Living Do, has...
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JF Garrard

JF Garrard (Toronto), a Toronto-based publisher/writer/editor, has created an ongoing podcast about writing and publishing, "The Artsy Raven," which is released bi-weekly. Writers...
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Patrick Connors

Pat Connors (Toronto) is launching his first full poetry collection, The Other Life, released by Mosaic Press last year, at...
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Robert W. Mackay

Robert W. Mackay (BC Branch) has sold his manuscript, set in Canada's war in Korea from 1950 - 1953. Now...
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Christopher Butt

Christopher Butt (Niagara Branch) has had his story, The Salesman, published on the website www.darkwinterlit.com on June 6, 2022.
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Susan Sommers

Susan Sommers (Toronto Branch) is thrilled to announce the release of her new audiobook, The Magic of Walking: Your Guide...
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Richard Pyves

Richard Pyves’ (Toronto) book, Sir John James Taylor De Facto Ruler of Ireland: Assistant Under-Secretary of Ireland 1918-1920, is available...
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Doreen Vanderstoop

Doreen Vanderstoop (Member at Large), author of Watershed, will participate in an online panel as part of Talking Fresh 2022,...
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May Q. Wong

May Q. Wong (BC) is honoured to share her contribution to the new 4-part series, BLK: An Origin Story, launched...
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Melanie Marttila

Melanie Marttila’s (Member at Large) short story, Torvi, Viking Queen, will be published in Tyche Books' Pirating Pups anthology in...
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Nancy Chislett

Nancy Chislett’s (Member at Large) debut literary novel, Bombing the Moon, will drop Canada-wide on April 15. The book launch...
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Christopher Gorman

Christopher Gorman’s (Toronto) latest short story, Finding Balance, is featured in an anthology titled Dreaming the Goddess, now available on...
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Kathleen S. Schmitt

Kathleen S. Schmitt's (BC) novel Magnificat will be published in the spring of 2022 by Inanna Publications in Toronto. Her...
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Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham (Toronto) is happy to announce that her second novel, The Most Cunning Heart, is on CBC Books “Fiction...
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Hasib Iftekhar

Hasib Iftekhar (Toronto) received big applause for his poetry recital at Willowdale Winterfest on January 30, 2022. Voiceover for audiobooks...
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Kelly Allers

Kelly Allers (BC), a young family man with a dream of becoming a career fantasy novelist, has self-published his first book...
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Sylvia Barnard

Sylvia Barnard (Niagara) from Penetanguishene, Ontario is pleased to announce the publication of her début novel, Rhubarb, Strawberries, and Willows,...
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Darlene Madott

Darlene Madott (Toronto), author of Dying Times, will be speaking at the Hot House Restaurant at 5:30 pm, on Monday, March...
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Maurice Suwa

Maurice Suwa (Affiliate Member) is pleased to announce the publication of The Great White Knot, his fun Canada-themed Puzzle book....
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Lise Mayne

Lise Mayne's (Member at Large) new historical fiction novel Time Enough was selected as a finalist in the Rigel 2022 contest by Sunspot...
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Rosanna Battigelli

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli's (Toronto) fiction collection Pigeon Soup & Other Stories (Inanna Publications, June 2021) has been honoured as a “Finalist” in the...
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Christopher Canniff

Christopher Canniff (Toronto) recently launched his latest novel, Intervals of Hope (Blue Denim Press, November 2021). Nicholas Dixon, armed with...
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Gerald Richardson Brown

Gerald Richardson Brown (Metro Vancouver) has finished his trilogy of three books linked by the contents of a sea chest...
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Bill Arnott

Bill Arnott’s (BC) new travel memoir, Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, the sequel to his award-winning bestseller Gone Viking: A...
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Christine Bergsma

Christine Bergsma (Toronto) converted a screenplay that was listed as a semi-finalist in the Austen Film Festival into a historical...
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Scott Overton

Scott Overton (Member at Large) has just delivered his second virtual book launch of the pandemic, receiving good response and...
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Samreen Ahsan

Samreen Ahsan (Toronto Branch), international award-winning author, is pleased to announce her third book in the [Stolen] Series, Once Upon A [Broken] Time....
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Keith Inman

Keith Inman (Niagara Branch) had work published this past year in India, on Black Moss Press’s website, and through the...
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Carmel M. Toussaint

Carmel M. Toussaint (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce her new book, Humanity’s Struggles with Inequality: More Inequality Divides – Less Inequality...
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Maria Saba

Maria Saba (National Capital Region), an Ottawa-based writer, Storyteller, and arts educator was awarded the 2021 Wallace Stegner Grant for...
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Carol L. MacKay

Carol L. MacKay (Metro Vancouver) has been announced the winner of the 2020 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry for her...
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Karen Schauber

Karen Schauber is pleased to announce that CAA Vancouver Writers Circle has an opening for a new member. Like them,...
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Monique Layton

Monique Layton’s (Metro Vancouver) book, Everyday Evil: Why Our World Is the Way It Is (Tidewater Press, 2019), was a finalist for the...
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D. Neil Elliott

D. Neil Elliott’s (BC) book, A Higher Road, was recently published and is available on Amazon and in bookstores. A Higher...
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Malak Kalmoni Chehab

Malak Kalmoni Chehab (Toronto Branch) is in the running for The Unsealed letter writing contest. Her letter, Romancing Time, has...
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Bill Waiser

Bill Waiser’s (Member at Large) latest book, In Search of Almighty Voice: Resistance and Reconciliation, was launched at the One...
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Vanessa Farnsworth

Vanessa Farnsworth (Member at Large) will be teaching a series of free genealogy workshops at libraries throughout the Kootenays this fall....
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Martin Neil Campbell

Martin Neil Campbell’s (Toronto) second published book Essential Life Behaviors (January 2022, Core Driver Press) is available on Amazon. It...
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Willie Handler

Willie Handler (Toronto) is thrilled to announce the release of his latest black comedy crime thriller Deep Into the Weeds,...
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P.L. Stuart

P.L. Stuart (Member at Large) is thrilled to announce the release of The Last of the Atalanteans (published by FriesenPress),...
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Guglielmo D’Izzia

Guglielmo D’Izzia (Toronto) is pleased to announce that his debut novel, The Transaction, has won the 2021 IPPY Awards Silver Medal in...
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John Van Rys

John Van Rys (Niagara Branch) has had two stories shortlisted in the short story category of the Word Guild’s Word Awards....
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Nina Shoroplova

Nina Shoroplova’s (Metro Vancouver Branch) book, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park (Heritage House Publishing, 2020), is a finalist for...
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Barbara Wade Rose

Barbara Wade Rose's (Toronto) middle-grade children's (and childish adults') book, MARABEL or The Great Exception, was published in November: the adventures...
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Adam Smith

Adam Smith (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce the completion of his mystery trilogy entitled, The Freedom Flaw. These three novels...
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Suzanne Craig-Whytock

Suzanne Craig-Whytock (Toronto Branch) recently launched a new online literary magazine called DarkWinter Lit (www.darkwinterlit.com). As Editor-In-Chief, Suzanne is thrilled...
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Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan's (BC), first novel, Tenure, has been published by NeWest Press. An entertaining comic campus thriller, in which a drug...
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Naomi Eliana Pommier Steinberg

Naomi Eliana Pommier Steinberg (Metro Vancouver) held a book reading and storytelling event for Goosefeather: Once Upon a Cartographic Adventure,...
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Gordon K. Jones

Gordon K. Jones (Toronto Branch) is excited to announce that he has been signed by Bookland Press to record an audiobook...
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Frank Spezzano

Frank Spezzano’s (Toronto) new book, Desires... Of Love, will be released in December 2021. Stay tuned for more details on his...
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Tonya Liburd

Tonya Liburd (Toronto) has been interviewed by the folks over at What's In The Box podcast, https://telluswhatsinthebox.podbean.com/e/ep-36-soucouyants-guest-tonya-liburd/. "Settle in with...
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Ron Hore

Ron Hore, writing as R.J.Hore, (Member at Large) announces the January 31st release of his latest novella, The Mid-Winter Cuckoos...
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Mike Phelan

Mike Phelan (BC) is pleased to announce the October 2021 launch of his historical fiction novel, The Secret of Bell...
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Betty Guenette

Betty Guenette (Member at Large) will have her mystery novel, A Burning We Will Die, available April 19 through Renaissance...
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John Bennett

John Bennett (BC) is excited to announce the publication of his first book, Wakan Tanka: On Human Origins, Spirituality and the Meaning...
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Kamal Parmar

Kamal Parmar (BC), the current Poet Laureate of Nanaimo, was thrilled to give a reading at an in-person event on...
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Jean Baker

Jean Baker (Niagara Branch) is delighted to announce her historical fiction novel Albatross Hall has now been published by Friesen Press. Available...
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Richard Tattoni

Richard Tattoni (Niagara Branch) has published work this past year available through his website and through Amazon. Besides the publication...
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Tina Kamakaris

Tina Kamakaris’s (Toronto) publishing company, Owl Publishing, is pleased to announce one of their authors, A. H. Nedani, has won...
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Rita Miceli

Rita Miceli’s (Niagara) short story called "Going to the Dance" has been published on Spillwords Press. https://spillwords.com/going-to-the-dance/
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Liz Rachel Walker

Liz Rachel Walker (BC Branch) was runner-up in the 2022 Debut Dagger competition, offered by the UK Crime Writers' Association...
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Sharon Frayne

Sharon Frayne (Niagara) is delighted to announce that her YA novel, The Sound of a Rainbow, won the 2020 Muskoka Novel Marathon....
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Jacquie Dankner

Jacquie Dankner’s (Member at Large) debut novel Unscented, a paranormal, romantic suspense (self-published through FriesenPress), is now available for purchase...
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K.S. Covert

K.S. Covert's (National Capital Region Branch) debut novel, The Petting Zoos, will be released May 24 in Canada (June 21...
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Marc Todd

Marc Todd (Niagara Branch) is delighted to announce that his horror/thriller fiction novel Chains has now been published and is available for sale...
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Karen Gansel

Karen Gansel (Niagara) is pleased to announce the launch of her second novel, Celeste Unraveled. Enjoy the journey of three...
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Elaine Cougler

Elaine Cougler (Member at Large) is excited to announce the launch of her latest book, My Story, My Song and...
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Mike Mulcahy

Mike Mulcahy (Metro Vancouver) has released his first cookbook entitled Feast On This: A Collection of Inspired Recipes & Life Stories That...
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Ifeoma Chinwuba

Ms. Ifeoma Chinwuba (National Capital Region) has been appointed Writer-in-Residence, 2021-2022, of the English and Film Studies Department at the...
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Doug Jordan

Doug Jordan (National Capital Region) has published his latest novel, The Treasure of Stella Bay, a nostalgia trip for anyone...
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Rick Prashaw

Rick Prashaw (National Capital Region) has signed an audiobook deal with Tantor Audio for Father Rick, Roamin’ Catholic, his second...
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Anna V. Leigh

Anna V. Leigh (Toronto) is delighted to make her authorial debut with The Russian Girl: A Noir Romance. The novel tells the...
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Lorrie Potvin

Lorrie Potvin’s (National Capital Region) follow-up memoir to First Gear - A Motorcycle Memoir (2015), Horses in the Sand, is being published...
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Joyce Goodwin

Joyce Goodwin (BC) published a poetry book, Fragments: A Poetry Mosaic, in November 2021, through First Choice Books.
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