Paul Rowe

Paul Rowe is a Canadian actor and writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

His first novel, The Silent Time, published in 2007 by Creative Book Publishing was inspired by his mother’s experience as a deaf child growing up and being educated in early 20th century Newfoundland. The Silent Time was shortlisted for the Winterset Awardthe Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award, and long-listed for the Re-Lit Awards.

His first feature-length drama To Dare Mighty Things was produced by Rising Tide Theatre in 2003. During the summer of 2010 Paul performed in his own stage adaptation of The Silent Time at Rising Tide Theatre’s Trinity Festival.

He was also a founding member of Teatro, Newfoundland’s only French language theatre company. He has performed with the Resource Centre for the Arts, Tramore Theatre Company, Perchance, Artistic Fraud and, in 2015, with the Stratford Festival of Canada.

His latest book, The Last Half of the Year, explores the age-old interplay between innocence and experience in a dramatic new way. He will be presenting it at Fog Lit Festival 2017.

The Last Half of the Year (summary):

Jason Dade, a deeply sensitive and strangely ambitious young man, leaves home in July on a mock-heroic quest to find himself and become the man he is meant to be. The novel moves forward through a series of interconnecting narratives linking Jason’s childhood and early adolescence to this quixotic present-day journey. Jason’s untainted idealism and reckless innocence lead him into a series of humorous and sometimes harrowing situations. Past and present life experiences of Saul Dade, Jason’s father, are also deftly woven into the intricate narrative. The son, frantically on the road, the father, meditatively at home, seem mystically connected through space and time as each in his own way stumbles blindly toward a conception of happiness and fulfillment. 

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Nuala Reilly

Nuala Reilly has been a writer of sorts for as long as she can remember.

She grew up the second oldest in an Irish family with six siblings.  There are thirteen months between her and her older brother and fifteen years between her and her youngest one.  That’s quite an age gap but it meant that, as one of the oldest and as the oldest girl, she was always on the scene for birthday parties and sleepovers and other kid related events.  It was not unusual to find her holding down the fort with the kids while her parents kept the practical things ticking over.  More often than not, she wound up keeping guests entertained with made up fantastical tales.

By the time Reilly hit high school, she was writing poetry, short stories and plays. She had also turned into a hardcore reader, often staying up until the wee hours of the night with a flashlight and whatever book she had her nose stuck into. Once she found an author that she liked, she tended to read as much of their work as she could possibly get her hands on.  She still does so today, meaning that her book collection is ridiculously large.

She married at nineteen and had five children in eight years. The year that her youngest was born and the two years following his birth were difficult; he was premature by nearly two months and the birth was a dangerous one.  While he spent his first year of life in and out of the hospital, she went through a deep depression and some terrible health of her own, resulting in two surgeries in the space of a year and finally a hysterectomy. 

The space of time that Reilly was ill was awful, but it did get her writing again after years of running after babies and toddlers. She sent in a funny story to her local paper, The Cambridge Times, and they ran it.  This kicked off nearly five years of being a regular contributor.

In 2006, a friend of Reilly’s suggested that she send in an article to The Toronto Sun, which was holding a contest for new columnists. She beat out over four hundred others and won it, and then wrote freelance for the Sun for a year.
After her success at the Sun, those same friends were telling her to try writing a novel.  She found the idea completely daunting a the time; a whole novel?

In December 2009, her first novel, Autumn Violets (featured at Fog Lit Festival 2017),was released by Crackjaw Publishing.  She has since written a second, third and fourth book and is in the middle of her fifth.

After living in southwestern Ontario for her whole life, Nuala Reilly is now happily an East Coaster.  She lives with her family in southern New Brunswick. 

Autumn Violets (summary):

Moira Ryan is a woman for whom love has never seemed to work. She has bad luck with men and has seen too many broken relationships in the lives of those she loves. She lives in the shadow of her beautiful and vivacious sister, Sloane, for whom everything seems to come easy, and whose upcoming wedding is only making her feel worse about her lonely life.

Jack Wallace can’t remember the last time he felt truly happy.  After losing his mother as a teenager, he has treated women as an escape from the pressures of life and hasn’t committed to one for more than a few dates in years.  Now his father is dying of pancreatic cancer, and his only wish for his son is to find someone to share his life with.

Their worlds collide one day and neither can deny the growing attraction between them. The story follows these two as they deal with life, death, weddings and love. It’s a story about relationships between parents and children, sisters and friends, and most of all finding love when all odds are against it.

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Grace O’Connell

Grace O’Connell is a Toronto-based writer and editor and the author of Magnified World (Random House Canada, 2012) and Be Ready for the Lightning (Random House Canada, 2017). Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, ELLE Canada, Sharp Magazine for Men, Quill & Quire, and the Journey Prize Stories. She has been nominated for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and two National Magazine Awards for fiction, and was the 2014 winner of the Canadian Author Association’s Emerging Writer Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, writes a books column for This Magazine, and serves as Senior Editor for Open Book.

Be Ready for the Lightning (summary):

From acclaimed New Face of Fiction alumna Grace O’Connell, a suspenseful, poignant and provocative tale about violence, sibling love, friendship & heroism — all told through the lens of a young woman trapped in a hijacked bus.

Reviews:

With her razor wit and flawless ear for human speech, O’Connell turns the rare trick of writing a novel that reads as though an actual person was sitting next to you telling her story.” — The Globe & Mail

Be Ready for the Lightning totals you with a tidal flow of fear, suspense, affection and the singular brand of sadness that accompanies hard truth told well.” —The National Post

Be Ready for the Lightning is both a gripping page-turner and a heartfelt examination of what it means to be compassionate, even in the most extreme situations. Cinematic and timely, it’s a book you will not be able to put down.” —Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

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Emily Nilsen

Emily Nilsen was born and raised in Vancouver. She has published poems in PRISM International, Lake, and the Goose, and in a chapbook entitled Place, No Manual. Nilsen was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015, after have been longlisted for the prize on three separate occasions. Her work has also been longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. She lives in Nelson, British Columbia. 

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Jason Murray

Jason Murray is a journalist, teacher, and writer from Moncton, New Brunswick. His background includes degrees in Journalism and Education from St. Thomas University and a Master’s in Fine Arts from King’s. He has written for multiple publications – most recently Vice Canada. He’s spent the past thirty years trying to learn the subtle art of skateboarding and he’s now trying to figure out the mystery behind the drums and bass guitar.

In his narrative history and memoir, A Distorted Revolution: How Eric’s Trip Changed Music, Moncton and Me, Murray follows the rise of the band that put the Maritimes on the map. Eric’s Trip was a band defined as much by its DIY ethos as its low-fi, discordant music. The four-piece was formed in an early 1990s Moncton basement and, in a few short years, went from recording themselves on a four-track and selling cassettes at local record stores to signing on Seattle’s Sub Pop records, opening for Sonic Youth, and touring internationally.

Twenty years after the band’s breakup (1996), A Distorted Revolution is the ultimate nostalgia trip. Through personal recollections, interviews with band members and others integral to the early 90s Moncton music scene, this highly anticipated book offers a rare glimpse inside the band’s formation, success, and ultimate unraveling. The text includes over 20 images.

Read the Telegraph-Journal article written by Ken Kelley about Jason Murray & Eric’s Trip. (Page 1) (Page 2

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Melanie Mosher

In grade two, Melanie Mosher received a silver dollar for winning an essay contest and she has been fascinated with writing ever since. She now lives in a tiny green house with a bright orange door with her husband, Jim. Melanie loves to write for children. Her goal is to kindle their love of words, ignite their imaginations and spark their creativity. She has many freelance articles to her credit and her first picture book was published by Fifth House Publishers in May 2014. Her YA novel, Goth Girl, was published in April 2017 by Nimbus Publishing.

Mosher has a contagious enthusiasm when it comes to words. They can be wild and wacky or serious and somber. Recall your favourite poem or your most beloved children’s story; imagine a love letter that melted your heart or a great movie that moved your soul; ponder a motivational speech that stirred mankind to action or the to do list that stares at you from the desk. What do all of these things have in common? Words!

Publications: 

  • Goth Girl (YA novel, Nimbus Publishing, April 2017)
  • Fire Pie Trout (picture book, Fifth House Publishers, Spring 2014)
  • “Pet Horoscopes: Raccoon” (Zamoof! magazine, Jan/Feb 2012)
  • “The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth” (AppleSeeds magazine, September 2011)
  • “Feet Up Chronicles: Toilet Triumphs” (Zamoof! magazine, March/April 2012)
  • “The Kids at Heart” (Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, Fall 2004)
  • “Day Tripping in Nova Scotia” (Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, Summer 2004)
  • “A Christmas Tradition” (Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, Holiday issue 2003)
  • “Reading and Re-reading” (a bi-monthly column promoting children’s literature, Parent-Child Guide Book, 1998-1999)
  • “Down Memory Lane” (a monthly lifestyle column, The Senior’s Advocate, 1998-2000)
  • “Books, Books, Everywhere” (The Atlantic Connection, Fall 1999)
  • “Land Ho!” (The Halifax Herald, Feb 28, 1999)
  • “What’s Up With that Watermelon?” (ASK magazine, October 2013)
  • “The Life of a Pit Pony” (AppleSeeds magazine, January 2014)

Goth Girl (summary):

There are only three things that fifteen-year-old Victoria Markham truly enjoys: English class, her signature “Goth Girl” look, and art. It’s just that she tends to do the last one late at night, with spray paint, in public places. It isn’t long before Vic is caught red-handed and forced into community service with a bunch of stereotypes: there’s Rachael, the princess; Russell and Peter, a pair of fist-bumping punks; and Zach, the rich jock, who Vic is secretly crushing on. The motley crew has to collaborate to produce a mural for Halifax, but getting it organized is like herding cats.

On top of all that, Vic’s mother’s boyfriend, the only father figure Vic has ever known and the one who taught her to paint, left them both. Vic’s mother is still reeling, her relationship with her daughter strained. She doesn’t understand Vic’s insistence on spiking her hair, piercing her nose and lip, and wearing black clothing and heavy makeup. Vic is convinced her mother doesn’t care enough to find out what’s really behind the get-up.

Tensions run high as Vic tries to figure out who she is: Victoria Markham or Goth Girl? Sometimes, there’s more to people than meets the eye.

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