Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist Marina Endicott

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up with three sisters and a brother, mostly in Nova Scotia and Toronto. She worked as an actor and director before going to England, where she began to write fiction. After London she went west to Saskatoon, where she was dramaturge at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for many years before going farther west to Mayerthorpe, Alberta; she now lives in Edmonton. Her first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon/Books In Canada First Novel award in 2002. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean region. The Little Shadows, her latest book, longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was a finalist for this year’s Governor General’s Award and will be published in the UK and Australia in spring 2012. She is at work on a new novel, Hughtopia.

Marina's Links:

Website

The Questionless Books Interview: Writer and Musician Robert Priest

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Robert Priest, is the author of fifteen books of poetry, 3 plays, 2 novels, lots of musical CDS, one hit song and many columns for Now Magazine . His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the Transit system, quoted in the Farmer's Almanac, and sung on Sesame street. His most recent book: Reading the Bible Backwards (ECW) peaked at number two on the Globe and Mail’s poetry list. His new CD of songs, Feeling the Pinch, is due out in late May.

Robert's Links:

Wherein the author appears naked with horses<.a>
a site where the author’s avatar can be prompted to speak aphorisms
official website
Doctor Poetry on Twitter

The Questionless Books Interview: Writer, Performer, & Director of Winnipeg's Int'l Authors Festival THIN AIR, Charlene Diehl

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Charlene Diehl is a writer, editor, performer, and the director of THIN AIR. Her memoir, Out of Grief, Singing: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss (Signature Editions, 2010) has been warmly received by both readers and critics, and was shortlisted for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Non-Fiction Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. Charlene has published one poetry collection, lamentations, along with poems in literary journals and anthologies. She has also written a critical book on poet Fred Wah, and reviewed books and music in various Canadian journals. Arts journalism is also a passion: she co-edits dig! magazine, and writes the jazz column for The Winnipeg Review.

Charlene's Links:

Personal Site
Out of Grief, Singing
Winnipeg International Writers Festival
dig! magazine

The Questionless Books Interview: Writer, Editor, and Translator Katia Grubisic

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor and translator. She guest-edited the acclaimed Montreal issue of The New Quarterly and the journal’s non-fiction supplement, and is the editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. Since 2008, she has also been the coordinator of the renowned Atwater Poetry Project reading series. Her collection What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

Katia's Links:

Books

The Questionless Books Interview: Literacy Advocate and Children's Author Sheree Fitch

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Sheree Fitch has been telling stories, performing poems and publishing children's books for almost twenty-five years She's published award winning novels for adults and teens and offered writing workshops in the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, China, and Bhutan. This fall Nimbus re-relased of There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen with new art by Sydney Smith. Apps for the apes are in development as is a new picture book, Night Sky Wheel Ride, and more adult fiction.

Sheree's Links:

Website: Fitch Happens
Twitter
Google+
Facebook
Collaborator Sydney Smith

The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Multi-Disciplinary Artist Gary Barwin

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Gary Barwin is a writer, musician, composer, performer, visual and multimedia artist, and educator. His latest book is Franzlations: the imaginary Kafka parables (with Craig Conley and Hugh Thomas; New Star). His recent books are The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts; Bookthug), and The Porcupinity of the Stars (Coach House) which won the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry. He has a PhD in music composition and degrees in education and English. He lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario where he is currently at work on the great Canadian Jewish pirate novel.

Gary's Links:

Website
Blog
Franzlations: the imaginary Kafka parables
Trailer for above

The Questionless Books Interview: Canada Council Literary Officer and Writer Paul Seesequasis

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Paul Seesequasis spent 13 years at The Canada Council for the Arts as a literary arts officer. Prior to that he was the recipient of a Maclean-Hunter Scholarship in Journalism, founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices magazine, author of The Republic of Tricksterism, and a journalist covering aboriginal affairs. Last year he published his first novella, Tobacco Wars (Quattro Books, 2010). He is currently engaged on a new novel and a graphic novel collaboration, based on the Pop Wuj, with 2011 Guggenheim fellow Jesus Mora. He currently lives a semi-reclusive existence, somewhere in the hills of Gatineau and, when not splitting logs, he writes.

Paul's Links:

Quattro Books

The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Event Magazine Editor Nikki Reimer

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Nikki Reimer’s works include [sic] (Frontenac, 2010); shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert award, and the chapbooks that stays news (Nomados 2011), haute action material (Heavy Industries 2011) and fist things first (Wrinkle 2009). She is currently Managing Editor of EVENT Magazine. Reimer chronicles the East Van Cats, edits Van City Kitty on VancouverisAwesome.com and divides her time between East Vancouver, New Westminster and nikkireimer.com.

Nikki's Links:

Author Site
Event
Van City Kitty

The Questionless Books Interview: Retiring Vancouver Poet Laureate Brad Cran

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Brad Cran served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver from April of 2009 until October of 2011. He published his first book of poetry, The Good Life, in 2001 and his first book of nonfiction Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome) won the City of Vancouver Book Award and has raised over $50,000 for the people of the Downtown Eastside. His second book of poems, Ink on Paper, is forthcoming and he is currently finishing his second book of non-fiction The Truth About Ronald Reagan: How Movies Changed the World.

Brad's Links:

Books
Vancouver 125 Legacy Books Project
Poet Laureate of Vancouver

The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist Michael Winter

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Michael Winter is the author of The Death of Donna Whalen, which is available as a paperback Penguin for twenty bucks. He lives in a caravan. (Photo credit: Stephen Crocker)

Michael's Links:

Wikipedia
Anansi Books

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