STEPHEN LORNE BENNETT
Stephen Lorne Bennett, author of Last of the Ninth, was born in Saskatchewan. Bennett combines his expert knowledge of Roman history with a flair for writing intriguing fiction. Bennett, a Canadian diplomat, currently lives in Ottawa where he is working on his second novel.
Andrew Caddell, one of three authors of The Goal, has been a reporter and broadcaster in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, St. John's and Geneva, Switzerland and has been published in several Canadian newspapers. He has also worked for the UN in Europe and Asia and for the Government of Canada. He lives in Ottawa and Kamouraska, Quebec. He plays old-timers' hockey twice a week, and is a sometime goaltender.
Philip “Pip” Caddell (1913-2004) was a wonder-ful storyteller. His short story "The Black Horse" in The Goal is a must read for Montreal hockey fans. While he never played hockey, he loved the game. Born in Canada and raised in Scotland, he returned to this country as a teenaged immigrant. He enlisted for the Second World War in 1939, served in combat with the Royal Canadian Artillery and was promoted to Captain in the field. After the war, he worked as a brewmaster and personnel manager, and worked in dozens of community organizations. Philip Caddell was a proud Canadian until the day he died. And for him, hockey was synonymous with his nationality.
Nicole Chardenet is one of Canada's most talented humourists. Born in the States, she fled to Canada in 2005 for better beer (although she likes to tell Republicans it was for all the damn socialism). She plots literary world domination from her den o' debauchery in Toronto with her evil henchkitty Belladonna. When she's not writing or working in her glamorous workforce management consulting job, she watches "The Big Bang Theory" and stalks George Clooney. Sumer Lovin' is Nicole Chardenet's second novel. For more about Nicole Chardenet, visit her fantasy author website.
CON CÚ / IAN THOMAS SHAW
Ian Thomas Shaw is a Canadian novelist, who writes both under the unusual pen name Con Cu (owl in Vietnamese) and his own name. The pen name was derived from a nickname given to him by a Vietnamese friend, whose stories about Vietnam and coming as a child to Canada inspired his first novel, Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls. Shaw was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the last 34 years, he has worked as a diplomat and as an international development worker, living in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He currently lives in Aylmer, Quebec (just outside of Ottawa). His second novel, Quill of the Dove, is a blend of literary fiction and political thriller set against the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Quill of the Dove was published by Guernica Editions in Spring 2019 and optioned for a TV limited series by Original Pictures in June 2019. Foreign rights to the novel have been acquired by Éditions L'Interligne (French translation), Dokusou ediciones (Spanish) and Editorial Gregal (Catalan). Shaw is the founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, the Prose in the Park Literary Festival and the Ottawa Review of Books. Shaw is also a translator of literary fiction with two upcoming translations: The Unending Journey (from Spanish, Mapalé Publishing, 2020) and Choosing Eleonore (from French, Guernica, 2021). Shaw co-edited The Marginal Ride Anthology for DVP in 2019. See also his author's website.
Paul Phong Duong was born and raised in a little farming village south of Saigon. At an early age he left his homeland to cross the sea as one of the last of the Vietnamese Boat People. He has a university degree in computer science. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and child. His novel Bidong is inspired by his personal experiences in the Pulau Bidong refugee camp in Malaysia. Visit Duong's website for more on his writing.
Deux Voiliers Publishing welcomes crime writer and former actor Gerry Fostaty. Stage Business is Gerry's first novel. He was an actor working on stage and in film and television for more than twenty years. Gerry is also the author of As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier (non-fiction) published by Goose Lane Editions. In October 2016, Stage Business won the inaugural Whistler Independent Book Award for Crime Fiction. For more about Gerry Fostaty, visit his website.
GERI NEWELL GILLEN
Geri Newell Gillen was born in Ottawa. She grew up in Montréal, on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. She was educated in Montréal and held numerous jobs which included Chimpanzee babysitter, program typist for the Festival international du film en 16 mm, and McGill Library shelf-stacker. She finally settled on a career as a Research Technologist for a large manufacturing firm. Following early retirement, she appeased her aspiration of writing by chronicling 200 years of Newell Family History. In researching and writing these genealogical stories, and uncovering a multitude of mysteries along the way, she was drawn to writing a fictional mystery. Combining her love of poker and her quarter-century marriage to an amusing pub-loving Glaswegian, Quite Perfectly Dead was born. For more about Geri Newell Gillen, visit her website.
Norman Hall was born in Yorkshire, England. As a pre-teen he moved with his family to St. Catharines, Ontario where he attended high school. As a young man he moved to Massachusetts where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees. He is an ordained minister and as such served a parish in Dedham, Massachusetts before leaving parish work to head up an adolescent residential program. After returning to Canada he worked as an Executive Director of a large social service agency in Hamilton, Ontario for thirteen years. He has also worked as a certified adult ESL instructor and as a Personnel Officer. While at Seneca College he co-authored two text books on English pronunciation and edited several text books on English grammar and conversation. He has two children living in Massachusetts and currently resides in Toronto with his partner Karen.
Fernand Hibbert is considered a pioneer of the Haitian novel. His works, full of satire and wit, sought to criticize the corrupt powers of the day while painting an accurate, often beautiful portrait of Haitian society at the start of the twentieth century. Born in Miragoâne in 1873, Hibbert studied in Paris before teaching history and French literature at Lycée Pétion. He had a successful diplomatic career as Minister of Foreign Relations and later Minister Plenipotentiary to Cuba, and was later Secretary of State for Public Education. He contributed to newspapers and literary reviews, wrote several novels, plays and short stories, helping to establish a uniquely Haitian literary culture. Click here for more about Fernand Hibbert.
Carol Katz is an archivist by profession and a guitarist, artist, writer, singer, dancer and actress by creation. Several of her poems and short stories have been published in various journals and anthologies both in hard copy and online, in Canada and the United States. Katz lives in Montreal. Zaidie and Ferdele is her first children's book. For more on Carol Katz, click here for her website.
A native of Toronto, Elaine Kennedy studied English literature, French language and civilization, as well as translation in North America and Europe. She has taught translation at Concordia University, and worked as a translator and editor in the academic and cultural sectors. Her translations of a literary nature include This Country of Mine, originally published as Ce pays qui est le mien by award-winning Canadian author Didier Leclair. Elaine is the co-recipient of the 3Macs carte blanche Prize and a finalist for the Toronto Book Award and the International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. After living in Montreal for many years, she moved to Victoria, where she now focuses on literary translation. You can visit her at www.elainekennedy.ca.
Sang Kim is a writer, chef and food literacy advocate. He won the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Editions C.V.C. Short Fiction Award in 2013 for his short story “When John Lennon Died.” Sang Kim contributed two stories to The Marginal Ride Anthology, published in 2019. He was also the recipient of the York West Centennial Citation Award in 2015 for his food safety activism. He runs a regular hands-on sushi-making workshop, Sushi Making for the Soul. Born in South Korea, Sang Kim lives in Toronto.
Jason Lawson lives and writes in New Brunswick Canada. He is an outdoorsman, who has a wonderful family, horses and a couple of dogs who love to accompany him on his treks into the wild. Jason fell into writing quite by accident when he was informed that the curriculum for his high school English class had changed to creative writing. After winning an award for the best written composition, he never looked back. Jason has freelanced for numerous publications, written commentaries for CBC radio Canada and has three previous novels to his credit. The Vision, Rum Runners and Frozen Blood. In 2013, Grana Productions bought the movie rights to The Vision and it is currently in development with Telefilm Canada. A short story by Jason called "The Date" won an award at the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick's literary competition. For more about Jason Lawson, click here for his website.
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Born in Montreal to Rwandan parents, Didier Leclair grew up in different African countries—Gabon, Benin, Togo and the Republic of the Congo—then returned to Canada in the late 1980s. He has been living and writing in Toronto ever since. The author of nine novels, Didier is a three-time finalist for the Prix Trillium and the recipient of both the Trillium and the Christine Dumitriu Van Saanen Book prizes. His second novel, Ce pays qui est le mien, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction. The English edition of the novel, translated by Elaine Kennedy as This Country of Mine and published by Deux Voiliers, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award.
Jerry Levy is the author two books of short stories: Urban Legend (Thistledown Press 2013) and The Quantum Theory of Love and Madness (scheduled for publication in 2020 by Guernica Editions). Jerry Levy contributed two stories to The Marginal Ride Anthology, published by DVP in 2019. He has also published over twenty stories in various literary magazines. Originally from Montreal, Jerry Levy lives in Toronto.
Sean McGinnis grew up in the libraries of the west coast, fed on a steady diet of classic detective and comic mystery fiction. He remains a herbivore and an avid reader. Stark Nakid is his first novel. He works as a public servant and is considered a manservant at home. When relieved of his duties he enjoys skiing, running, hockey, and tai chi. He shares an appreciation for the absurd with his two sons and he lives with his soulmate in Nelson, British Columbia.
Michael Mirolla is a novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright. His publications include three novels: The Facility, Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner) and Torp; a novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; two short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and two poetry collections: the Interstellar Distances (2008), and Light And Time (2010). He contributed two stories to The Marginal Ride Anthology, published by DVP in 2019. Born in Italy, Michael Mirolla lives in Hamilton.
Timothy Niedermann is a graduate of Kenyon College and attended the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. He also holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. Wall of Dust is his first novel. Timothy Niedrmann co-edited The Marginal Ride Anthology for DVP in 2019. For more about Timothy Niedermann, visit his author's site.
Ursula Pflug is the author of three novels: Motion Sickness (Inanna Publications 2014), The Alphabet Stones (Blue Denim Press 2013), and Green Music (Tesseract Books 2002); two novellas: Down From (Snuggly Books 2018) and Mountain (Inanna Publications 2017), and two short story collections: Harvesting the Moon (PS Publishing 2014) and After the Fires (Tightrope Book 2008). Born in Tunisia, She contributed two stories to The Marginal Ride Anthology, published by DVP in 2019. Ursula Pflug lives in Norwood, Ontario.
Brendan Ray, author of Marching to Byzantium, is a freelance writer and English teacher based in Toronto, Ray graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a degree in History and Religion. For the greater part of the last decade, he has lived in Istanbul, where he met and married his wife. He continues to write passionately about Turkey, its history and its present.
Matthew Robertshaw is the translator of two DVP novels by celebrated Haitian author Fernand Hibbert: Romulus and Pretenders. These novels were originally published in French in 1908 and 1923, respectively. A brief visit to Haiti in 2011 led Robertshaw to direct his studies toward Haiti's unique history and literature. Noticing the virtual absence of English translation of major works of Haitian literature, he set out to translate Hibbert's literary legacy. Robertshaw lives in Cam- bridge, Ontario. He is also a talented videographer, graphic artist and the owner of Mock Turtle Productions.
Nick Simon was born in Ontario, Canada in 1978. He resided for several years in both Winnipeg and Vancouver and has lived and travelled widely in China, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Nothing to Hide is his first novel. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany where he spends most of his time writing. When he can't write he reads, and when he can't read or write he goes for walks. When he must he works. He's worked a variety of jobs: University instructor, English teacher, mail room stooge, launderer of stolen goods, dishwasher, cobbler, copy writer, data analyst, et cetera. He prefers sunrises to sunsets.
SU J. SOKOL
Su J. Sokol is a cyclist, an activist and a writer of speculative and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, she immigrated to Montréal in 2004 where she currently works as a social rights advocate. Su’s debut novel, Cycling to Asylum, was long-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
Cycling to Asylum is currently being optioned as a feature length film with Kiss Off Entertainment (Vancouver),. Her short stories have appeared or are upcoming in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology, the TFF 10th Anniversary Anthology, Glittership: an LGBTQ Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast, Glittership: Year One, and After the Orange (B Cubed Press). Su also curates and participates in literary events in Canada and abroad, including the Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, the Blue Met/Metropolis Bleu Literary Festival, and the 75th Annual World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki. Her new novel, Run J Run, will be coming out with Renaissance Press in 2019. For more information, visit her website.
Dave Stubbs is a columnist/sports feature writer with the Montreal Gazette. His three true short stories in The Goal are delightful hockey lore. Dave has been a sportswriter since 1976. Stubbs kept thick hockey scrapbooks filled with game summaries and Red Fisher's Montreal Star stories, collected dozens of Bee Hive Corn Syrup photos and put a fortune of hockey cards through the spokes of his bikes. His fantasy is to travel back in time to the 1950s and watch the great Canadiens dynasty that won five consecutive Stanley Cups. Or a decade earlier, to watch Elmer Lach centre Rocket Richard and Toe Blake on the fearsome Punch Line. Until then, Stubbs is happy to tell the stories of the men behind the game, profiling the superstars of yesterday and today.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972. Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA / MA in Human Sciences in 1974. He completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an épée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Since publishing Twisted Reasons with Deux Voiliers Publishing in 2014, Geza has enjoyed a considerable success in securing publishing contracts for his other books. These include: For the Children, his memoir of escaping Communist Hungary as a child, published by Editions Dedicaces in 2015; Cello's Tears, a collection of 83 poems, published by P.R.A. Publishing in 2015; and The EXPO Affair, an exciting memoir of how three Czechoslovak girls, working as hostesses at their country's pavilion at EXPO'70 in Osaka, Japan, approached two Ontario hosts to help them defect to Canada. In 2017 Black Opal Books released the second book in the Twisted trilogy of thrillers, Twisted Traffick, and this was followed in 2018 by the publication of Twisted Fates. Black Opal also published Geza's international political thriller, Rainbow Vintner, in 2019. Geza's second book of poems, Sighs and Murmurs, was released by P.R.A. Publishing in 2018 and this was followed by the publication in 2019 of Geza's third collection, Extinction. Deux Voiliers published Geza's third memoir, The Fencers--the story of how Geza helped a Romanian fencer defect to Canada at the Montreal 1976 Olympics--also in 2019. For 2020, P.R.A. Publishing has contracted to publish The Spinning Mind, Geza's first collection of short stories--two of which appeared in The Marginal Ride--and Black Opal Books is bringing out an updated rerelease of Geza's very first, originally self-published, thriller, Arctic Meltdown. Geza published his fourth poetry collection, Extinction Rebellion, in 2020 for and is working on a sequel to Arctic Meltdown as well as a murder mystery. In 2022, Deux Voiliers published Geza Tatrallyay's most recent poetry collection, The Abyss. For more about Geza Tatrallyay, visit his website.
Visual artist, games designer, teacher, meditator, writer of fantasy, adventure and SF, Turner's books include: The Relic Retriever, The Rogues of Bindar series, Future Destinies, Fantastic Realms, Tales of Other Worlds and Denibus Ar. Turner is also a prolific painter, with nearly a thousand oil paintings to his name. He has also been involved in extensive studio recording, guitar and keyboard. After graduating from University of Waterloo in Computer Science in the 90's he backpacked and biked throughout Europe and Asia before teaching computer programming courses in Ottawa, Canada. Turner's other interests are cycling, canoeing, tennis and software development. For more on this very talented writer and artist, click here.
Born in Vietnam, Caroline Vu spent her childhood in Saigon during the height of the Vietnam War. She left Saigon in 1970, moving first to the US then to Canada. Her childhood memories of war-torn Vietnam and integration into North American life have inspired her two novels: Palawan Story, published by Deux Voiliers Publishing and That Summer in Provincetown, published by Guernica Editions in May 2015. Palawan Story was a finalist for the 2014 Concordia University First Book Prize and the International Book Award. In June 2016, Caroline Vu won the Canadian Authors Association's Fred Kerner Award for the best book by a CAA member. Éditions Pleine Lune (Montreal) launched the French translation of That Summer in Provincetown in September 2016. Éditions Pleine Lune published the French translation of Palawan Story in September 2017. In July 2017, Caroline Vu's short story "Television Voices" was a finalist for the Bristol Short Story Contest (UK). The French translation of Palawan Story was a finalist for the 2018 City of Montreal Literary Diversity Prize. In June 2018, That Summer in Provincetown was optioned for a motion picture. Vu’s travel stories of exotic destinations have been published in the Doctor’s Review. She has published other stories and articles in the Medical Post, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Geneva Times and the Tico Times (Costa Rica). Caroline is also a family doctor, who currently works in Montreal. For more about this rising literary star, please visit her DVP author website.
Mike Young was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining town with a nearby First Nations reserve. He grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with his friends, and his grandfather. He moved down south in his 20's to follow a career in quality management, but his real pleasure was still heading outside the city, with canoe and tent. While in Toronto he also developed an interest in back-alley murals, in artistic graffiti, and worked with some police there who saw the potential of street art to foster a sense of community. He had always been a voracious reader, so several years into retirement he decided to try writing, and hasn't stopped since. Kirk's Landing is his first novel, and his second novel, Return to Kirk's Landing, will be published by DVP in December 2016. MIke has several more drafts waiting in the wings. He is also a contributor to The Spark: A Flash Fiction Anthology (July 2016). For more about Mike Young, visit his Raven's View blog.
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