Gil McElroy

Gil McElroy is a poet, visual artist, curator, and visual arts critic. He has published four books of poetry, a collection of art writing and a memoir about his father and what it was like growing up a military brat during the height of the Cold War. He’s also published numerous chapbooks, and in 2013, was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Merton Lake Propers. His critical writing on art has been published in magazines in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.  He currently lives in Colborne and works for Canada Post delivering mail on rural routes, which gives him the opportunity to photograph the countryside he loves.

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Nathalie Lachance

Meet Nathalie Lachance who was born and raised in Quebec City. She became a teacher and has taught for over 25 years, mostly in schools in Marmora, Tweed and Belleville. At present she’s is teaching adults at the Canadian Forces Base Family Resource Centre in Trenton, children at the Belleville Montessori School and private clients. Through her Facebook page, J’apprends le francais Canadien, she has drawn 25,000 members to a group, wanting to improve their French.  Nathalie is also the author of a novel for intermediate French readers called, En Francais Sarah!, which she self-published recently.

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Janet Stobie

Word on the Hills talks to Janet Stobie, who  is a writer, family counsellor, storyteller, and ordained minister, During her years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her work with young people and children and she has written a number of books for children both ones which are based on Bible stories and some which deal with current social issues. Janet tells us why she writes and describes her latest books for children.

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Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes Grange

Cynthia Reyes and her daughter Lauren Reyes Grange talk about Cynthia’s new book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, which was inspired by an experience her 4-year old daughter  had at school. As with all her books so far, Myrtle originated in Cynthia’s family. Cynthia’s books for adults are about unusual homes, the people who love them, and the life events connected to these places. Her picture book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, was written for her daughter many years ago but can now be shared with children all over the world.

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Andrea Torrey Balsara

Andrea Torrey Balsara always dreamed of being an illustrator, but her first published book was one that she wrote. She published many books for the educational market, including the novels The Present, for young adults, and Parker Shanahan: Survivor Against All Odds for middle-grade readers. Finally, the opportunity arose to illustrate her own book, Greenbeard the Pirate Pig. Now her new novel, The Great and the Small, for young adults which she has written and illustrated, has just been released.

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Michael Topa

Poet, Michael Topa was born in Michigan and has lived and studied in many countries, including Canada, USA, and Afghanistan. He also travelled to India, Pakistan and Nepal.He spent four years in the United States Air Force as a Weather Observer during the Vietnam War and immigrated to Canada when his tour of duty ended, He has worked for many years as a Psycho-educational Consultant and is the co-founder and Director of Greenoaks Educational Services. He has been writing poetry for over 50 years.

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Jan Thornhill

Jan Thornhill is the recipient of many awards for her writing and illustrations and this year was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books for The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. EXTRA EXTRA! 

The nonfiction picture book Tragic Tale of the Great Auktook home the $30,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

 

 

 

 

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Drew Monkman

Drew Monkman  is a naturalist and writer whose nature column, “Our Changing Seasons,” appears regularly in the Peterborough Examiner. He is the author of three books. Two explore what is happening in the natural world each month of the year. They are Nature’s Year in the Kawarthas (2002) and Nature’s Year: Changing seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario (2012) Drew also co-authored The Big Book of Nature Activities: A year-round guide to outdoor learning (2016) with Jacob Rodenburg executive director of Camp Kawartha . The book is the winner of four awards including the Nautilus Book Award, which is a major American award for environmental writing.

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