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Registration Now Open for the 2021 Spring/Summer Webinar Series

Webinar Wednesdays are back, and we have seven webinars lined up from April through August. There’s something for everyone, including tips on marketing, feathering backstory into your manuscript, creating believable characters, writing modern gothic horror, and using folk narrative in your writing. Find out more and register here.

CanWrite! 2021 Writers’ Conference Registration Starts Soon!

The program is still being finalized, but check out the conference pages up so far here.

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 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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Anti-Racism Resources

Writers have honed language skills that can be used to rally our communities to act. Those of us who are not BIPOC can listen to, learn from and support those who are; all of us can advocate for change; we can extend hope and stand with those calling for justice; we can solicit, gather and disseminate stories rooted in BIPOC experience; we can engage in difficult discussions about racism; and we can act with compassion and courage. We can help educate. As writers we can be a force for good.

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Reproduction: The Making of a Giller Winner

A Canadian Authors – Toronto event open to the public

June 23, 7:00–8:30 pm ET

Join in for a lively summer conversation between author Ian Williams and his editor Anne Collins. To close out the 2020–21 season, Canadian Authors–Toronto and Editors Toronto are joining forces to bring back their popular series showcasing award-winning authors in conversation with their exceptional editors. This Zoom program event will feature Ian Williams, winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Anne Collins, his editor.

Editors Canada and Canadian Authors Association members can attend for free. Non-member admission is $7.

Reserve your ticket here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/editorstoronto/535988

 Find out more about these and other events by visiting our event calendar.

Member News

Ron Hore

Ron Hore, writing as R.J.Hore, (Member at Large) is pleased to announce that volume three of the “Housetrap Chronicles” collection of novellas is now available as an eBook or print version. This collection contains three novellas in the fantasy detective series: Menagerie @ Trois, Murder on the Disoriented Express, and Silence of the Sands. Available through the publisher, Champagne Books, or the usual on-line outlets.

Guglielmo D’Izzia

Guglielmo D’Izzia (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce that his debut novel, The Transaction (published by Guernica Editions), is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist.

Gordon K. Jones

Gordon K. Jones (Toronto Branch) is excited to announce that he has been signed by Bookland Press to record an audiobook of his crime thriller, Saving Tiberius, which is currently available in print and as an e-book.

Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan‘s (Metro Vancouver Branch) first book of poetry, Amplified Silence, has just been published by Silver Bow Publishers. Described by Christopher Levenson as, “Kieran Egan’s humorously thoughtful poetry excels at evoking the lives of children and animals . . . His linguistic skills will charm and beguile.”  For more information see: https://kieraneganbooks.wordpress.com.

Kathleen S. Schmitt

Kathleen S. Schmitt’s (Metro Vancouver Branch) novel Magnificat: Song of Justice will be published in the spring of 2022 by Inanna Publications in Toronto.

Guglielmo D’Izzia

Guglielmo D’Izzia’s (Toronto Branch) debut novel, The Transaction, has won the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence Best Crime First Fiction. See full details HERE.

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 on Amazon at https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0228842395. You can find out more about Chains at https://mtoddbooks.ca/.

Naomi Eliana Pommier Steinberg

Naomi Eliana Pommier Steinberg (Metro Vancouver) is exited to announce that on Wednesday June 16, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Banyen Books and Sound is hosting a book reading and storytelling event for Goosefeather: Once Upon a Cartographic Adventure. Register for this free event HERE. Naomi is happy to serve the CAA as treasurer for the Vancouver branch and is for hire as a traditional storyteller (for adults or children!). www.goosefeather.ca

Tara K. Torme

Tara K. Torme (Vancouver Branch) is pleased to announce that her new website is up: https://wordpress.com/home/tktorme.wordpress.com. Her poetry books, In Conversation Volume I and In Conversation Vol 2, have been released by Silver Bow Publishing. Tara’s latest book, Bull, has also been released and is available here: Bull.

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 Unites, is now available on Amazon. This book presents a systematic analysis of inequality, its origin, development, and potential solutions. Buy your copy here: https://www.amazon.com.br/Humanitys-Struggles-Inequality-Inequality-Divides-ebook/dp/B08X7GDCBV

Kamal Parmar

Kamal Parmar (Metro Vancouver Branch) is pleased to announce her online poetry reading event on April 20th via Zoom, at Campbell River Library (Vancouver Island, B.C.) from 2:00 – 3:00 pm PST. The reading event is called “Crossing many milestones: a poetic reflection”. Kamal is also reading on April 25th at Char’s Landing at Port Alberni (Vancouver Island, B.C.) via Zoom at 2:00 pm PST.

Carol L. MacKay

Carol L. MacKay (Metro Vancouver) has been announced the winner of the 2020 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry for her poem, “Moving Day Villanelle,” which was published in the summer 2019 issue of the Irish children’s magazine The Caterpillar. Vancouver Island Regional Library also selected Carol’s poem, “A Tailor Visits Englishman River”, as one of ten selections for their inaugural 2021 “Poem in Your Pocket Day” project. Her work also appears in InScribe Press’ recent anthology, Easter Stories & More.

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 the Europe – Best Regional Fiction category.

Mike Mulcahy

Mike Mulcahy (Metro Vancouver) has released his first cookbook entitled Feast On This: A Collection of Inspired Recipes & Life Stories That Should Be Shared, a compilation of 130 recipes that date back to his early years, with each chapter reflecting food he was cooking or being inspired by at the time. https://big-feast.ca/feast-on-this/

Dr. Ian Prattis

Dr. Ian Prattis (National Capital Region) has won the eLit Awards Environment/Ecology/Nature Silver Medal for his 18th book, Past, Present, Future: Stories that Haunt. www.ianprattis.com

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 2021 Montaigne Medal (Eric Hoffer Award) given to “the most thought-provoking books” and was named Reviewer’s Choice for May 2021 by the Bookwatch.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce the completion of his mystery trilogy entitled, The Freedom Flaw. These three novels tell the story of a Canadian psychology professor and former CSIS spy after a Harvard associate turns up dead on the same day they were to meet. When the local detective determines the death is suspicious, the investigation unravels a complicated conspiracy that originated in 1965 to hijack the U.S. Congress. The probe expands to the Massachusetts State Police, then the FBI, and progresses all the way to the President. Public Deception, Public Discovery, and Public Action are available on Rakuten-Kindle (eBook) and Amazon-Kindle (eBook & Paperback).

Scott Overton

Scott Overton (Member at Large) has just launched his newest science fiction thriller novel Naïda with a virtual launch and numerous interviews in Northern Ontario media. You can read a sample chapter and more at Scott’s website www.scottoverton.ca or buy the book through online retailers via https://books2read.com/Naida.

Vera Constantineau

Vera Constantineau (Member at Large), Poet Laureate of Greater Sudbury, will be reading as part of an 'International Voices' presentation via Zoom on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 11:00 am EST, along with David Bingham from Ironbridge, Shropshire. Both poets are widely published and have a passion for Japanese forms of poetry. To access the presentation, visit https://offaspress.co.uk/events/.

Gerald Richardson Brown

Gerald Richardson Brown (Metro Vancouver) has finished his trilogy of three books linked by the contents of a sea chest brought to America by early European settlers. In Road to Ganneious, (vol.1), five generations of a European family leave the mountains of Austria to finally settle in a former Iroquois village in Ontario. In The Villager, (vol.2), the protagonist grows up in a village in Ontario during hard times and war. In North to Crying Rock, (vol.3), a retired professor flees his earthquake devastated city, and finds refuge in an Indigenous village high in the mountains of British Columbia, itself a refuge from the clan’s flooded village on the coast. conundrumpress.com

Nina Shoroplova

Nina Shoroplova (Metro Vancouver Branch) is a historian, researcher, photographer, and author living in Vancouver’s West End. Nina’s book Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park (Heritage House Publishing, 2020) is a finalist for the 38th Annual British Columbia Historical Federation Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Competition. This annual competition for the coveted prize of the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s medal for historical writing celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham’s (Toronto Branch) seventh poetry collection Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric launches on Thursday, April 15 2021, at 7:00 pm EDT, a partnership between Toronto Lit Up, Wolsak &Wynn, Toronto Arts Council, and Toronto International Festival of Authors. Special guest is Kathleen McCracken, a wonderful poet from Northern Ireland. To attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ther-an-out-of-body-lyric-book-launch-tickets-146961825777.

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 story of Roxana, a young woman who spies, seduces, steals, and scams – anything to win the heart of a Russian mobster. Follow a cast of anti-heroes, mafiosos, hitmen, petty thieves, and the living, breathing city of Toronto itself while Roxana searches for love in all the wrong places. Read the book today at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0968TNQS1/

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. From twenty-first century London, a modern-day travel blogger meets a recluse prince from the fifteenth century England, through a magical mirror inside a cursed castle, where past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption. www.samreenahsan.com

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 in the Anthology/Short Stories category. See the Reader Views Awards page here: https://www.readerviews.com/winners-2020-2021. Purchase Ekleipsis from amazon here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08LR1PCJH.

Eleonore Schönmaier

Eleonore Schönmaier’s (Member at Large) Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete is being published June 1, 2021 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Wavelengths of Your Song (MQUP) was published in German translation as Wellenlängen deines Liedes in 2020 (parasitenpresse, Cologne) and Dust Blown Side of the Journey (MQUP) was a finalist in the 2020 Eyelands Book Awards. Her latest poetry film can be viewed here.

Sharon Frayne

Sharon Frayne (Niagara) is delighted to announce that her YA novel, The Sound of a Rainbow, won the 2020 Muskoka Novel Marathon. Latitude 46 Publishing has acquired the novel and expects to release it in 2023. Sharon is the President of the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association.

Rosanna Battigelli

Rosanna Battigelli (Toronto Branch) will read from her and illustrator Tara Anderson’s children’s books Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round and Easter Morning, Easter Sun (www.pajamapress.ca) in a virtual story time event by Reading Town Sudbury Ville Lecture and Greater Sudbury Public Library on Sunday, May 2nd, online via Facebook Live. The release of Rosanna’s collection Pigeon Soup & Other Stories has been changed to June 2021. https://www.inanna.ca/product/pigeon-soup-and-other-stories/

Rosanna Battigelli

Rosanna Battigelli (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce that her new website is up: www.rosannabattigelli.com. Her Easter book for children, Easter Morning, Easter Sun, has been released by Pajama Press: https://pajamapress.ca/book/easter_morning_easter_sun/. Free and downloadable teaching guide here. Rosanna’s Easter Video: https://youtu.be/XX65T5TYmRA. Her fourth book for Harlequin, Rescued by the Guarded Tycoon, has also been released and is available at Amazon and Chapters. Rosanna’s collection Pigeon Soup & Other Stories will be released by Inanna Publications in May 2021: https://www.inanna.ca/product/pigeon-soup-and-other-stories/.

Purabi Sinha Das

Purabi Sinha Das (Toronto) has released the book trailer for her new novel, Moonlight – The Journey Begins, being published in Summer 2021. When Chandni Rai turns thirteen, her father dies suddenly, and she discovers a clue to the mystery of her missing grandmother, a child-bride who disappeared without a trace. See the book trailer on YouTube HERE.

Nan Williamson

Nan Williamson (Peterborough Branch) will be leading a small group workshop for Peterborough writers, Poetry 101, weekly on Zoom during National Poetry Month. Nan also had her piece, “I made this poem for you”, showcased in the League of Canadian Poets Fresh Voices 22.

Jean Baker

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

Patrick Connors

Patrick Connors (Toronto) first full poetry collection, The Other Life, published by Mosaic Press, is now available at the Indigo bookstore at Bay and Bloor, and on many online platforms.

Melanie Marttila

Melanie Marttila’s (Member at Large) short story “The Wolf You Feed” has been accepted for publication in Home for the Howlidays, a holiday anthology published by Tyche Books and edited by M.L.D. Curelas. Publication will be in November 2021.