Michael Crummey is the author of four books of poems, including this year’s Under the Keel (House of Anansi, 2013), as well as a book of stories, and three novels, most recently Galore. His work has won the Timothy Findley Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, the CAA Literary Award, and the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award and has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the IMPAC Award. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Lisa Moore is the bestselling author of the novels February, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Alligator, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her third novel, Caught, will be published by House of Anansi Press in June 2013. She is the editor of The Penguin Anthology of Canadian Short Fiction by Women, and co-edited Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Birth by Canadian Authors, along with Dede Crane (Anansi). Her work has won the Commonwealth Prize for the Canadian and Caribbean Region; was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Winterset Award; and was long-listed for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. She has written for Chatelaine, Elle, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, and Canadian Art. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Chad Pelley is the award-winning author of two novels, including this year’s Every Little Thing (Breakwater Books, 2013). His debut novel, Away from Everywhere (Breakwater, 2009), was a Coles bestseller, won NLAC’s CBC Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for both the ReLit Award and the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award. It has been adopted by university courses, and is currently being adapted for film. His short fiction has been published in journals, textbooks, anthologies, and has been recognized by close to ten awards. Chad is the founder of Salty Ink, President of the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador, and writes for a variety of publications, including Quill & Quire, The National Post, and Atlantic Books Today. As a result, he rarely sees more of the world than his computer screen, and his hottest one-night stands happen in his own bed, with books of Canadian fiction.
Claire Wilkshire is a freelance writer and editor. A member of the famed Burning Rock writing group, her short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines. She is the editor, with John Metcalf, of the anthology Writers Talking. She lives in St. John’s with writer Larry Mathews and their children, Tim and Sally. Maxine is her first novel.
George Murray is the author of six books of poetry, including last spring’s Whiteout (ECW, 2012), and the highly-acclaimed Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms (ECW, 2010). He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. A former poetry editor for the Literary Review of Canada, he regularly reviews poetry and fiction for the Globe and Mail. He has won or been shortlisted for several awards, and he has been on the part time faculty at University of Toronto, New School University, and Humber College. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. From 2003 to 2011, he was the editor and operator of the popular literary website Bookninja.com
What Odds — Wanda Crocker, Gerry Strong, Jean Hewson and Rick West are all long-time contributors to the Newfoundland traditional music scene. They have played with each other in sessions and in various combinations on stage over the years without unfortunate incident. So, why not answer Newfoundland’s desperate need for another traditional band and find fame and fortune before geezerhood takes over entirely? “What odds, may as well”, they thought and hatched WHAT ODDS in the (very early) spring of 2013. The rest is unwritten history.
The Blue Drop — Allan Byrne and Holly Hogan are a singer/song-writer duo from St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Blue Drop combines their unique styles and beautiful harmonies with Allan’s intricate guitar arrangements on a wide range of folk country jazz and originals.