Introducing the 2013 FictionKNITstas:

CathyAceCathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mystery series, which includes The Corpse with the Silver Tongue and The Corpse with the Golden Nose. She was born and raised in South Wales. Since relocating to Canada, she has taught on the MBA course at the University of British Columbia as well as at various Lower Mainland universities, and is currently lecturing at Simon Fraser University. Cathy’s love of crime fiction began at an early age: she graduated from Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie when she was ten and has never looked back! Cathy makes her home in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and their dogs. Visit Cathy’s website  (Touchwood Editions)


Judith Alguire is a Kingston, Ontario writer, whose novels include Pleasantly Dead, The Pumpkin Murders, and the forthcoming A Most Unpleasant Wedding, all of which are part of the continuing Rudley Mystery series. Her short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in such publications as The Malahat Review and Harrowsmith, and she is a past member of the editorial board of the Kingston Whig-Standard. A graduate of Queen’s University, she has recently retired from nursing. (Signature Editions)

lisa bird-wilsonLisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis writer whose stories have been finalists for the Journey Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Grain, Prairie Fire, Geist, and in the anthology Best Canadian Essays. Just Pretending is her first book-length work of fiction. Lisa is the author of one other book, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, and has also written curriculum and other materials for the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education. Saskatchewan-born and -raised, Lisa works as a director of the Gabriel Dumont Institute and lives in Saskatoon with her family. (Coteau Books)

Astrid BlodgettAstrid Blodgett has published poetry and fiction in several Canadian literary journals and anthologies, including The Journey Prize Stories 24, Meltwater: Fiction and Poetry from Banff Centre, Prairie Fire, and Alberta Views. Her stories have also been read on CBC radio’s Alberta Anthology. Her collection of stories, You Haven’t Changed a Bit (University of Alberta Press) is hot off the press. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, two energetic daughters, and two affectionate felines. (University of Alberta Press)

Ali Bryan

Ali Bryan is a personal trainer and fitness instructor who grew up in Halifax and Sackville, New Brunswick. She completed a graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers under the tutelage of Paul Quarrington. She was a finalist in the CBC Canada Writes literary competition for her essay “Asshole Homemaker,” a bronze medalist in the Canada Writes literary triathlon, and a semi-finalist in the TV reality series 3-Day Novel Contest. Ali lives in Calgary with her husband and three young children. Roost is her first novel. (Freehand Books)


Gillian Campbell‘s short fiction has been published in Grain Magazine, Creekstones: Words & Images, The New Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. She has a BA from the Université de Montréal and a master’s of library science from the University of British Columbia, and for many years she worked as a children’s librarian. Gillian grew up on the West Island of Montreal and now makes her home on the West Coast on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. The Apple House is her first novel. Please visit Gillian online at (Brindle & Glass)

Dede Crane
A two-time finalist for Victoria’s Butler Book Prize, Dede Crane is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Cult of Quick Repair and two YA novels, and was the editor of the collection Great Expectations: Twenty Four True Stories about Childbirth. Her first published story was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award, and her stories have been published in numerous literary journals. A former professional ballet dancer and choreographer, Dede has studied Buddhist psychology and psychokinetics at Naropa Institute in Colorado and the Body-Mind Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts. She currently calls Victoria, B.C. home. Every Happy Family is Dede’s second publication with Coteau Books. (Coteau Books)

nicole cropped and compressedNicole Dixon has lived in Toronto, Sarnia, Windsor, North Bay and Halifax. Her work has been nominated for the Journey Prize and a CBC Literary Award and appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead, and Canadian Notes and Queries. In 2005 she won the Writers’ Trust of Canada RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for short fiction. Previously a French teacher for young children, Nicole is currently electronic resources librarian at Cape Breton University and divides her time among New Waterford, Cape Breton, and Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia. (The Porcupine’s Quill)

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The second-eldest of a family of eight children, Dora Dueck grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta. An editor, writer, and historian, Dora has published two previous novels, Under the Still Standing Sun (1989) and This Hidden Thing (2010), for which she won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. What You Get at Home is Dora’s first collection of stories. She lives in Winnipeg. (Turnstone Press)

Christine Eddie (Credit Gilles Savoie)Christine Eddie was born in Paris, spent her early childhood in Montreal, grew up in Bathurst, NB, and now lives in Quebec City. Eddie completed her journalism degree from Université Laval in 1976, and went on to earn a Masters of Arts and a Ph.D. from the same university (both in Quebec literature). Eddie published several short stories as well as a children’s book, La croisade de Cristale Carton, before her debut novel Les carnets de Douglas (Alto) was published in 2007. Les carnets de Douglas went on to win the 2008 Prix France-Québec, the 2009 Prix Léopold-Sedar-Senghor du premier roman francophone, and the 2010 Prix du Club des Irrésistibles, as well as being a finalist for five other awards.  Her second novel, Parapluies (Alto), was published in 2011. Today, Christine Eddie devotes herself to her writing. (Goose Lane Editions)

Mary Hagey

Mary Hagey grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Ontario. A long-time resident of Montreal, she studied studio art and creative writing at Concordia University. She has worked as a personal support worker, a housepainter, a clerk in retail books, a copywriter for a mail-order house, an English composition instructor at Concordia and an art instructor at McGill’s summer school for gifted children. She received her M.A. in English in 1994 while employed as a travel companion, a job that allowed her to see the world. Her work has been published PRISM International, Matrix, Grain, The New Quarterly, Room of One’s Own, Descant, and Rhubarb. Her writing has been nominated for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, The Western Magazine Award, and the CBC Literary Award. (Signature Editions)

Use of this photo is governed by contract and intellectual property laws of Canada. This image remains the exclusive copyright property of the creator. No rights are granted until written contracts are in place.Stella Leventoyannis Harvey was born in Cairo, Egypt and moved to Calgary as a child. In 2001, Stella founded the Whistler Writers Group, also known as the Vicious Circle, which each year produces the Whistler Writers Festival under her direction. Stella’s short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings Anthology, The New Orphic Review, Emerge Magazine and The Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, The Question and the Globe and Mail.  She currently lives with her husband in Whistler, but visits her relatives in Greece often, indulging her love of Greek food and culture and honing her fluency in the language. Nicolai’s Daughters is her first published novel.  (Signature Editions)

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Originally from Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Faith Johnston is a Winnipeg writer and former Ottawa teacher. Her work has been published in Dropped Threads 2, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Other Voices, and A Room of One’s Own. Her first book, A Great Restlessness, looked at the life of Dorise Nielsen and was received with much acclaim, including the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. The Only Man in the World is her first novel. (Turnstone Press)

Ailsa Kay (credit Laird Kay)Ailsa Kay fell in love with Budapest in 2004 and has lived there for short intervals.  Her work has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as Exile and The New Quarterly.  Kay has made a living teaching writing at college and university where she has learned from her students to laugh a lot, swear occasionally, and always risk that leap of faith.  After twenty years in Toronto, she has recently returned to her hometown of Fergus, Ontario, where she now lives with her husband and dog. Kay has recently completed a doctorate in English Literature. Her thesis analyzes the importance of shame to the history of the novels and to our idea of what it takes to be civil.  She is at work on a second novel about an accountant in eighteenth-century Venice who falls in love with a counterfeiter. (Goose Lane Editions)

Theresa SheaTheresa Shea has published poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and articles in a number of Canadian magazines and journals (Queen’s Quarterly, Grain, and The Edmonton Journal), and is a regular contributor to Avenue Magazine (Edmonton). A graduate of McGill and Queen’s Universities, she holds a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Alberta. Born in Maryland, and raised throughout the United States, she now lives in Edmonton with her husband and three children. Having come to motherhood relatively late (at the age of 35), Shea has always been particularly sensitive to the technological and moral issues surrounding women’s choices regarding childbirth. The Unfinished Child is her debut novel. (Brindle & Glass)

Cordelia StCordeliaStrube_LowResrube has won the CBC Literary Competition for her play Mortal and the Toronto Arts Foundation Protégé Award, and has been shortlisted for the Prix Italia and the Governor General’s Award. Her eight previous novels include Milton’s Elements, Dr. Kalbfleisch and the Chicken Restaurant, Planet Reese and Lemon, which was longlisted for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the 2010 Trillium Award. Her newest book is Milosz. (Coach House Books)



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