Authors’ Advisory Group

DavidBergen-(1).jpgDavid Bergen has published eight novels and a collection of short stories. He has been shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. In 2005 he won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. He lives in Winnipeg.

Neil BissoondathNeil Bissoondath has published seven novels, two short story collections, and a best-selling essay on Canadian multiculturalism. His works have won and been shortlisted for several literary prizes, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Guardian Fiction Award, and France’s Prix Fémina Étranger. In 2010, he was named to the Ordre national du Québec, with the rank of Chevalier. Currently a member of the nominating Counsel of the Ordre national, he has also served on the board of directors of PEN Canada. He is a full professor of creative writing at Université Laval in Quebec City, where he lives.

Andrew CohenAndrew Cohen, a native of Montreal, is a journalist, author, and professor who studied at The Choate School, McGill University, Carleton University, and the University of Cambridge. Among his bestselling books are A Deal Undone: The Making and Breaking of the Meech Lake Accord; The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are; Extraordinary Canadians: Lester B. Pearson; andWhile Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award which the Writers' Trust and Samara Canada recently named one of the top 12 Canadian political books of the last 25 years. Cohen has won two National Newspaper Awards, three National Magazine Awards, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He writes a nationally-syndicated column for the Ottawa Citizen; contributes essays, articles, and reviews to books, newspapers, and periodicals; and appears as a regular commentator on CTV and CPAC. Since 2001, he has been a professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife Mary Gooderham, a journalist and editor, and his son and daughter.

Cherie-DimalineCherie Dimaline is an author and editor based in Toronto. Her first award winning book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007. She is the founding editor of both FNH Magazine, an Aboriginal student periodical; and Muskrat Magazine, an online indigenous publication focusing on sovereignty, culture, and the celebration of community excellence. Her short fiction has been anthologized internationally. Cherie’s novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released by Theytus Books in June 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. She was recently appointed as the first Aboriginal writer-in-residence for the Toronto Public Library for Spring 2015 and was named the 2014 Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts Emerging Artist of the Year.

Farzana DoctorFarzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author and the recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Grant for an emerging gay Canadian author (2011). Her first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. Her second novel, Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn 2011), has been praised by Publishers Weekly as “..a paean to second chances.” In her spare time, she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services and is a co-curator of the Brockton Writers Series. For more information visit

Sue GoyetteSue Goyette lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has published three books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone, and outskirts (Brick Books). Her novel, Lures (HarperCollins), was published in 2002. She's been nominated for several awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther, the Gerald Lampert, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry and the 2010 Earle Birney Prize. Her fourth collection of poems, Ocean, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in 2013. Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University, is faculty for the Banff Wired Writing Studio and works part-time at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

  Sandra MartinSandra Martin is senior features writer at the Globe and Mail. Her newest book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 lives that changed Canada, was published by House of Anansi in 2012. Her other books include The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write About Their Fathers, a national bestseller which she conceived and edited for Penguin in 2007. She has won the Atkinson and Canadian Journalism Fellowships, National Magazine Awards, and writing prizes from the Society of Professional Obituary Writers. A past president of PEN Canada, Sandra lives in Toronto with her husband, historian Roger Hall.

Schoemperlen-by-Joanne-PageDiane Schoemperlen
has published several books of short fiction and three novels. Her collection, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor General’s Award for English Fiction. Her latest project is By the Book, a collection of stories illustrated with her own full-colour collages, published by Biblioasis in September 2014.

Aritha Van HerkAritha van Herk is the author of five novels including No Fixed Address, nominated for the Governor General’s Award for fiction, and Places Far From Ellesmere, a geografictione. She has published hundreds of articles, reviews, and essays, with her wide-ranging critical work collected in A Frozen Tongue and In Visible Ink. Her irreverent but relevant history of Alberta won the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award for Alberta Writing and frames the permanent exhibition on the province’s history at Calgary's Glenbow Museum; Audacious and Adamant: the Story of Maverick Alberta, accompanies the exhibit. With photographer George Webber, she has published In This Place: Calgary 2004-2011 and most recently, Prairie Gothic. Aritha currently teaches creative writing and Canadian literature at the University of Calgary. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, and is the most recent recipient of the Lorne Pierce Medal, awarded to recognize achievement of special significance and conspicuous merit in imaginative or critical literature in Canada.

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