Authors’ Advisory Group

Sandra MartinSandra Martin (Chair) is senior features writer at the Globe and Mail. Her newest book, A Good Death, won the Donner Prize and was selected as Walrus Magazine's Best Book of the Year. Her other books include Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives That Changed Canada, published by House of Anansi in 2012, and The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write About Their Fathers, a national bestseller which she conceived and edited for Penguin in 2007. She has won the Atkinson and Canadian Journalism Fellowships, National Magazine Awards, and writing prizes from the Society of Professional Obituary Writers. A past president of PEN Canada, Sandra lives in Toronto with her husband, historian Roger Hall. 


DavidBergen-(1).jpgDavid Bergen has published eight novels and a collection of short stories. He has been shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. In 2005 he won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. He lives in Winnipeg.

Neil BissoondathNeil Bissoondath has published seven novels, two short story collections, and a best-selling essay on Canadian multiculturalism. His works have won and been shortlisted for several literary prizes, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Guardian Fiction Award, and France’s Prix Fémina Étranger. In 2010, he was named to the Ordre national du Québec, with the rank of Chevalier. Currently a member of the nominating Counsel of the Ordre national, he has also served on the board of directors of PEN Canada. He is a full professor of creative writing at Université Laval in Quebec City, where he lives.

Cherie-DimalineCherie Dimaline is an author and editor based in Toronto. Her first award winning book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007. She is the founding editor of both FNH Magazine, an Aboriginal student periodical; and Muskrat Magazine, an online indigenous publication focusing on sovereignty, culture, and the celebration of community excellence. Her short fiction has been anthologized internationally. Cherie’s novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released by Theytus Books in June 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. She was recently appointed as the first Aboriginal writer-in-residence for the Toronto Public Library for Spring 2015 and was named the 2014 Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts Emerging Artist of the Year.

Tracy Hamon Writers' Trust Authors' Advisory Group member
Tracy Hamon lives in Regina, Saskatchewan and holds an MA in English from the University of Regina. She is a poet and an arts administrator with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Her first book of poetry This Is Not Eden was released in April 2005 and was a finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her second book Interruptions in Glass was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2010 and, prior to being published, the manuscript won the 2005 City of Regina Writing Award. Her third collection Red Curls won the Drs. Morris and Jacqui Shumiatcher Regina Book Award in 2015. She is currently the Vice-President of the League of Canadian Poets. 

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