2018 Author Profiles

June 2018

Claire Tacon
By Anna Bowen

Claire Tacon is a Guelph-based novelist and the author of In the Field (Biblioasis 2011), which was the winner of the Metcalf-Rooke award. Claire holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, lectures at St. Jerome’s University, and produces micro-fiction podcast The Oddments Tray with Chioke I’Anson.  You can find the animated trailer for her much-anticipated new novel, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo (Wolsak & Wynn 2018), here. Read more…

Gillian Chan
By Helen Kubiw

Gillian Chan’s life is as varied as her authorship. In her childhood, she and her family travelled extensively throughout England (her birth place) and Europe, as required by her father’s job with the Royal Air Force. Throughout, Gillian Chan was guided by the books she read, while gaining fodder for her writing. Read more…

May 2018

Iain Reid
By Anna Bowen

Iain Reid’s newest novel and second thriller, Foe (Simon & Schuster), comes out in August of 2018 and has already been optioned for film by Anonymous Content. The novel is described as a “haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel.” Foe follows Henrietta and Junior who live in an isolated home in the country, and the fallout that happens when Junior is whisked away and Henrietta is left, not alone, but with… “familiar company.” Read more…

Lana Button
By Helen Kubiw

With the wonderful name of Lana Button, Lana was destined to be a children’s book author. Born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick and trained in theatre, performing on TV, film and stage, Lana Button’s road to children’s writing may seem an oblique one but when she wrote her first, Willow’s Whispers (Kids Can Press, 2010), Lana Button, children’s author, had arrived. Read more…

April 2018

Cherie Dimaline
By Helen Kubiw

It’s impossible not to hear Cherie Dimaline’s name everywhere in the CanLit community right now. Her most recent book, the young adult dystopian novel, The Marrow Thieves (DCB, 2017), was battling out with four other titles on the 2018 Canada Reads, the annual literary competition of the CBC. The Marrow Thieves is a novel in which a world in decline perpetrates horrors against Indigenous people who are the sole keepers of the ability to dream, a commodity housed in the marrow of their bones. Read more…


James Bow & Erin Bow
By Helen Kubiw
September 2017

It would be fair to say that both James Bow and Erin Bow came to writing circuitously. Read more