Chris Edwards is a freelance editor and writer with a background in magazine publishing. He'll be reading verse and prose selections from his as-yet unpublished manuscript. In the absence of books to sign, Chris will sign your hand. He only asks that you do not wash the hand for at least a week, in order to aid his networking efforts.
Katie Franklin, when not moonlighting as a librarian, is a PhD student in Humanities at York University. For the past three years she has also had the honour of being one of the co-editors at Descant Magazine. Her recent voice work has been featured in such productions as "Yelling At My Mom" and "Shooing Away My Cat."
Deirdre Kelly holds a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto. She was the award-winning dance critic for the Globe and Mail before becoming a fashion columnist in 2000, reporting from Paris and Milan. Now a features writer, she has written for Marie Claire, Vogue, and Elle. Paris Times Eight is her first book. She lives in Toronto.
Cathy Marostica is a Toronto writer who writes both poetry and prose. This event will be her first public reading.
Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. Swan’s last novel, What Casanova Told Me, links two women from different centuries through a long-lost journal about travels with Casanova in the Mediterranean. What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region). It was a Globe and Mail Best Book; a Calgary Herald Top 10; a Now (Toronto) Top 10; and a Sun Times (Owen Sound) Top 10.
Matthew Tierney's most recent poetry collection is The Hayflick Limit, which came out with Coach House Books in 2009. He has been published in journals and magazines across Canada. In 2005, he won 1st and 2nd place in This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. In 2006, he was a recipient of a K.M. Hunter Award. He lives in Toronto.
And as emcee:
Michelle Alfano is a Toronto writer and a Co-Editor with Descant. Her short story “Opera”, on which her novella Made Up Of Arias is based, was a finalist for a Journey Prize anthology. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been widely published in Canada in major literary publications, and has also appeared in the U.S. She will be featured in a forthcoming documentary on the passengers, and the children of the passengers, of the Saturnia, an immigrant ship which transported thousands of Italian-born immigrants to Canada and which will be featured on OMNI-TV.