Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guess who's coming to Elora! Meet our authors for Festival 2015

The word has been trickling out on Twitter and Facebook, but now it's time to announce our 2015 line-up, right here, right now.


Here are the six Canadian authors who will join us at Aboyne Hall, Wellington County Museum and Archives, on Sunday, May 24, 1-4 p.m. They'll read to us, answer our questions, schmooze a bit throughout the afternoon - and wow us with their words.

Announcing the line-up of authors for the 2015 Elora Writers' Festival:

Barbara Kyle

BARBARA KYLE is the author of the acclaimed Thornleigh Saga series of historical novels, which follow a middle-class English family's rise through three Tudor reigns. She is also the award-winning author of contemporary thrillers. Over 450,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries. Her new novel, The Traitor's Daughter, will be published in June 2015.

Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers’ organizations and conferences. Through her Master Classes and manuscript evaluations, she has launched many writers to publishing success.
Before becoming an author, Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.
Barbara and her husband live in Guelph, Ontario.

Clifford Jackman

CLIFFORD JACKMAN was born in Deep River, Ontario, and grew up in Ottawa. He studied English Literature at York University and Queen's University before attending Osgoode Hall Law School and being called to the bar in 2008. He lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife, Cathy, and his son, Anthony.

Clifford's dark Western novel, The Winter Family, published by Random House Canada, will be available April 14, 2015.

Tasneem Jamal

TASNEEM JAMAL was born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade as an editor at The Globe and MailSaturday Night magazine and the National Post. She lives in Kitchener with her husband and two daughters. Where the Air Is Sweet is her first novel. 

Michael Hale
MICHAEL HALE lives in Elora, Ontario. He was born in Liverpool, England, and at the age of seven emigrated with his family to Canada. He grew up in Aurora, Ontario, before moving to Toronto to attend The University of Toronto and the New School of Art.

In the early eighties, while earning a living as a graphic designer, he wrote his first novel, The Other Child. It was short-listed (under the title Wakings) for the 1984 Seal Books First Novel Contest and published by Avon in 1986. 

His novel, A Fold in the Tent of the Sky, has just been released in paperback.

Kim Moritsugu
KIM MORITSUGU is the author of six novels to date, including Looks Perfect, nominated for the Toronto Book Award; The Glenwood Treasure, shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel award; The Restoration of Emily, serialized on CBC Radio; and the food-centric suburban comedy of manners, The Oakdale Dinner ClubKim also conducts a walking tour for Heritage Toronto and teaches creative writing through The Humber School for Writers.

Ian Hamilton

IAN HAMILTON is the author of the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee novels, which will be adapted for television by CBC. The first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Amazon.ca Top 100 Book of the Year, an Amazon.ca Top 100 Editors’ Pick, an Amazon.ca Canadian Pick, an Amazon.ca Mysteries and Thrillers Pick, a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year, and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year. The Disciple of Las Vegas was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Original Trade Paperback, and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery. Most recently, The Two Sisters of Borneo was an instant Canadian bestseller and, in July 2014, BBC included Ian Hamilton on their list of “crime writer[s] to read now.”


It's all happening on Sunday, May 24, 2015, 1-4 p.m., at Aboyne Hall, Wellington County Museum and Archives. Tickets are $25 and include the readings as well as a wine-and-nibbles reception afterwards, which offers a Q&A with the authors -- and a chance to schmooze one-on-one, too.

You can reserve and pick up tickets at Roxanne's Reflections Book and Card Shop in Fergus (Phone 519-843-4391) or order online through the Theatre on the Grand box office (find the link to their ticketing website, here).

Come and be read to! Please join us - and these six outstanding Canadian authors - at the 2015 Elora Writers' Festival.