2018 Literary Festival Authors

Here’s the list of 2018 authors.  Stay tuned for more pics and bios:

Gurjinder Basran

George Bowering 

Michael Christie, Workshop Leader

Angela Crocker, Workshop Leader 

Leesa Dean

Charles Demers

Wendy Donawa 

John MacLachlan Gray

Michael Harris

Wayne Johnston

Theresa Kishkan, Workshop Leader

Ashley Little

Kyo MacClear

Dan MacIsaac

Arleen Pare

Michael Redhill

Clea Roberts

Jennifer Robson

Evany Rosen

Martina Scholtens

Timothy Taylor

Audrey Thomas, Workshop Leader

Iona Whishaw

Mary Walsh

Sam Wiebe

Ellen Wild


25232187646_10f4ebd2e0_kGeorge Bowering

Canada’s first Poet Laureate, was born in the Okanagan Valley. A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian, and tireless supporter of fellow writers, Bowering has authored more than eighty books, including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and youth fiction.  His most recent books include The Hockey Scribbler, Writing the Okanagan, 10 Women and The Dad Dialogues.  He is an officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. A native of British Columbia, he lives in Vancouver.

demersCharles Demers

is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of a novel, The Prescription Errors, and two books books of essays, Vancouver Special (a finalist for the BC Bookprize for non-fiction) and The Horrors. In addition to being a frequent performer on CBC radio’s The Debaters and This is That, he has written several stageplays, and stars as Walter the Slug on the award-winning Netflix animation series Beat Bugs, based on the music of The Beatles. His new book, The Dad Dialogues, is a non-fiction collaboration with iconic Canadian author George Bowering.

Wendy Donawa

was formerly a museum curator and academic in Barbados, but now lives on the West Coast and participates in Victoria’s vibrant poetry scene. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and online publications across Canada. She was a finalist in The Malahat Review’s 2013 Open Season Competition, and in 2015 she was runner-up in the inaugural Cedric Literary Awards. She has published three chapbooks, Sliding Towards Equinox (Rubicon Press, 2009), Those Astonishments of Sorrow, of Joy (Leaf Press, 2012) and The Gorge: A Cartography of Sorrows (JackPine Press, 2016). Thin Air of the Knowable is her first collection.

Theresa Kishkan 

is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, including Mnemonic: A book of Trees and Patrin  and the newly released Euclid’s Orchard & Other Essays (Mother Tongue). She has been a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize. The French translation of Patrin, titled Courtepointe, will be released by Marchand des feuilles in 2018. She lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband John Pass.

Kyo MacClear

is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author for both adults and children. Her picture books for children include Yak and Dove, The LisztsThe Good Little Book (which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award), The Fog, and, most recently, Bloom. The Letter Opener, her first novel for adults, won the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and was shortlisted for the Amazon Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her follow-up novel, Stray Love, appeared on several notable “Best of 2012” lists. Kyo’s newest book for adults, Birds Art Life, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Nonfiction Prize. She lives in Toronto with singer and composer David Wall and their two children.

Dan MacIsaac

was raised on Vancouver Island and  is a third-generation lawyer whoserved for ten years as a director on the board of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria. His poetry, verse translations, and fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and magazines. One of his stories was short-listed for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards, one of his poems received the 2014 Foley Prize from America Magazine, and another poem was short-listed for the 2015 Walrus Poetry Prize. He lives in Victoria. Cries from the Ark is his first poetry collection.

Arleen Paré’

had her first book, Paper Trail, nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Leaving Now, a mixed-genre novel released in 2012, was highlighted on All Lit Up. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, was nominated for the Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré’s poetry collection, He leaves His Face in the Funeral Car, was a 2015 Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist. She lives in Victoria with her partner of thirty-seven years.

Clea Roberts

lives on the outskirts of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Her debut collection of poems, Here Is Where We Disembark (Freehand Books, 2010), was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, was nominated for the ReLit Award, and was translated into German and Japanese. Clea’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Europe, the United States, and Australia. She facilitates a workshop on poetry and grief through Hospice Yukon and is the Artistic Director of the Kicksled Reading Series.


THOMASAudrey Thomas

has published 17 previous novels and short story collections. Her novels Intertidal Life and Coming Down from Wa were nominated for Governor General’s Literary Awards and won B.C.’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2003 she won the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. Other of her well-known novels include Mrs. Blood, Tattycoram, Local Customs, Isobelle Gunn, and The Path of Totality.  Audrey lives right here on Galiano Island!

Mary Walsh

was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She studied acting at Ryerson University and is the creator of the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Awards. She is a versatile actor and has appeared in both dramas and comedies, including the Gemini Award–winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she wrote and starred in. Recently, Walsh has starred in Sensitive SkinRookie Blue and Slasher. She currently has several feature films in development, and in 2017 the cast of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching will be reunited for a CBC feature called “Christmas Fury,” of which Walsh is the writer, producer and star. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.  Herlatest novel is Crying For the Moon.

10 thoughts on “2018 Literary Festival Authors

  1. I was delighted and honoured to be part of the festival on Galiano last year, as a reader and author of a new book of poetry from Mother Tongue. This year I hope to attend “from away” as an appreciative listener and avid reader. The experience of the festival which I received last year as a participant was far and above in the most delightful and supportive atmosphere I have ever had. Thank you all again for the wonderful organization and support of Canadian writers. See you soon, and best wishes, Cathy Ford

  2. I agree wholeheartedly! It was indeed an honour to be part of the 2011 Galiano Literary Festival! Especially as the only Alberta author!

    From the venue, the Galiano Inn, to sharing the company of so many wonderful writers, the whole experience was remarkable.

    All lovers of language and believers in books who attend this year (2012) will no doubt be as enthralled with the festival as I was!

    Much luck for another successful event-filled weekend!

    Anne Sorbie
    Calgary, AB

  3. Pingback: Go to the Galiano Literary Festival — This Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2013 | Robyn Michele Levy

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