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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

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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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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R. J. Hore

R. J. Hore's (Member at Large) final omnibus volume, #4 of The Housetrap Chronicles, featuring the novellas in his fantasy...
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James Arnett

James Arnett’s (Toronto Branch) novel Bean Fate was reviewed in the Winnipeg Free press. See full review HERE.
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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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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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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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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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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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Lise Mayne (pen name LG Pomerleau)

Lise Mayne, pen name LG Pomerleau, (Member at Large) has a poem entitled “Take Ten”, about the life and untimely death of...
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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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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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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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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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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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Liisa Kovala

Liisa Kovala’s (Member at Large) historical novel, Sisu’s Winter War, set during the Finnish-Russian Winter War and in 1980 Northern...
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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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Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer's (Toronto Branch) debut literary novel, The Bridge, is receiving fantastic critical reviews. From Indiereader.com, to Reedsy, and OnlineBookClub.org, this...
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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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Arwinder Kaur

Arwinder Kaur (Member at Large) received a lovely review from the Whistler Independent Book Awards of her book Living While...
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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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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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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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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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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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Rick Prashaw

Rick Prashaw (National Capital Region Branch) shares readings and author stories from his Father Rick Roamin’ Catholic memoir in a...
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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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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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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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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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Jane Baird Warren

Jane Baird Warren’s (Member at Large) middle grade novel debuts October 4 from Scholastic Canada. How to Be a Goldfish...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joyce Goodwin

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

Kamal Parmar (BC Branch), Nanaimo's Poet Laureate, will be organizing an in-person poetry reading of local poets with newly published...
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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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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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Gordon K. Jones

Gordon K. Jones (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce his new crime thriller, Predators and Prey, will be released by...
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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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Patrick Connors

Patrick Connors (Toronto Branch) has had 5 poems published in the anthology Consonant Lights, a book review accepted by Freefall...
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Rosanna Battigelli

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli's (Toronto Branch) Pigeon Soup & Other Stories (Inanna Publications, 2021) was honoured as a Finalist in the 2022 International Book...
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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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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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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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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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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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Nancy M. Bell

Nancy M. Bell's (Member at Large) new novel Kayla's Cowboy will be released in November 2022 by BWL Publishing Inc....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Christopher Butt

Christopher Butt (Niagara Branch) has had his latest work, "The Call of the Dullahan", published at Darkwinterlit on August 22,...
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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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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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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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Wei Djao

Wei Djao’s (Toronto Branch) second edition of her book A Humanist Path: Confucius and Lao Zi for Today was published by...
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Anne Kathleen McLaughlin

Anne Kathleen McLaughlin's (National Capital Region Branch) novel Singing the Dawn is now available for online orders HERE. A small...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nduka Otiono

Nduka Otiono (National Capital Region Branch) has been shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry for his new collection...
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Carolyn Trickey-Bapty

Carolyn Trickey-Bapty's (Member at Large) new book To My Boy Baby is her first foray into children’s literature. In a...
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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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John Van Rys

John Van Rys (Niagara Branch) has won a Word Award from The Word Guild in the General Market Short Story category. His...
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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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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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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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