Guests of Honour


Peter V. Brett

Peter V Brett
Peter V. Brett

Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over two million copies in 25 languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War and The Skull Throne. The final novel in the series, The Core, will be published in August 2017. He lives in Manhattan.











Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson
Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson is the author of five novels and two works of non-fiction. Corvus was nominated for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Aboriginal Peoples' Writing, and his fourth novel, The Cast Stone, won the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. He has served in the Canadian Navy, worked as a packsack miner and logger, and holds a Master of Law degree from Harvard University. He worked most recently as a Crown Prosecutor in La Ronge. He lives with his wife Joan at the north end of Montreal Lake where they continue the traditions of trapping and commercial fishing common to Johnson's Cree background.

Website: thistledownpress.com/html/search/Authors/Harold_Johnson_/index.cfm.




Erin Lindsey

Erin Lindsey
Erin Lindsey

Erin Lindsey
Erin Lindsey is the author of the Bloodbound series of epic fantasy novels from Ace, as well as the Nicolas Lenoir series of historical paranormal detective novels from Roc, which she writes under the name E.L. Tettensor. She spent over a decade working for the United Nations in dozens of countries around the world, and she also writes the “Villain of the Month” feature over at pornokitsch.com. Her books have been nominated for the Compton Crook Award and the Reviewers' Choice Award from RT Book Reviews. Her latest Bloodbound novel, The Bloodsworn, is out now. She lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta and Brooklyn, NY.





Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan
Sam Morgan

A lifelong fan of nerd culture, Sam was raised in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Communications: Media Studies and Production. He moved to New York City after graduating and soon thereafter began his agenting career at the Jabberwocky Literary Agency. He has worked with many genre writers including Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, and Jack Campbell and is actively building his client list.
Sam represents fantasy and science fiction, with an emphasis on unique, challenging, and diverse voices showcasing unforgettable characters and plots. He will also consider commercial fiction with a fresh approach to a classic idea or an appeal to humor.
Website: http://foundrymedia.com/team/sam/




Deanna Raybourn

Deanna Raybourn
Deanna Raybourn

New York Times bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Deanna makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including five RITAs, two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha, two Dilys Winns, a Last Laugh, and three du Mauriers. Her Lady Julia Grey novels are currently in development as a television series in the UK and she launched a new Victorian mystery series with the 2015 release of A Curious Beginning, featuring intrepid butterfly-hunter and amateur sleuth, Veronica Speedwell. Veronica’s most recent adventure is A Perilous Undertaking (January 2017), and book three, A Treacherous Curse, will be published in January 2018. Further books in the Veronica Speedwell series are already contracted through 2020.

Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade
Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of twenty novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (France). He also penned Dust, winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, and co-created the graphic novel Modo: Ember's End. He is a hybrid author who publishes traditionally and experiments with self publishing, including Kickstarter, audiobooks and ebooks. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada. He does all of his writing on a treadmill desk.