Marty writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of
writing genres, Marty has written stage plays, TV scripts, and Y/A
novels. He’s written over 25 plays that have been produced around the
world. His hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl
had productions across Canada as well as an Off Broadway production in
2004. His thriller, The Bone House, was a hit at the Edmonton
Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
His popular Marty Chan Mystery series won over kids from across Canada as well as the City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2005 and a Diamond Willow Award in 2007. His Y/A steampunk fantasy series The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles is his first into this genre. The first book in the series, Demon Gate, was nominated for an Aurora Award as well as a High Plains Book Award. The third book in the series is expected to launch in 2016. Marty’s new fantasy series Keepers of the Vault hits bookstores in September 2015.
Marty was the first playwright-in-residence at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). He also served as the 2011 writer-in-residence at the Edmonton Public Library. He continues to work and live in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their two cats, Buddy and Max.
Julie E. Czerneda
Her first novel, A Thousand
Words for Stranger, was published in 1997 to rave reviews,
including being a finalist for the Campbell Best New Writer
award. Since then, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has
continued to share her love and curiosity about living things through
her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals,
terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her
novel, In the Company of Others won the Prix Aurora in 2001, as
did her short story that same year, Left Foot on a Blind Man.
Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her first fantasy, A Turn
of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora. Now a series, Night’s Edge,
Book #2 was released in 2014, A Play of Shadow.
As a professional editor of fiction and non-fiction, Julie has fifteen SF/F anthologies in print, including the Tales from the Wonder Zone series, winner of the Golden Duck Award, and a Canadian Science Writers Association Award (for Polaris). Her first for DAW, Space Inc. won an Aurora Award as did Under Cover of Darkness, co-edited by Jana Paniccia. Her favourite win however remains the dozens of first-time sales to be found in her anthologies.
But her first story, begun in Thousand and grown into the Clan Chronicles, isn’t done quite yet. Julie’s in the midst of writing the finale trilogy, with This Gulf of Time and Stars, Book #1 of Reunification out in Nov 2015, to be followed by The Gate to Futures Past Sept 2016.
Ian Hamilton is the author of nine novels in the Ava Lee
series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including
the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary
Prize, and are national bestsellers.
The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years that should be on your bookshelf. The series is being adapted for television.
Dr. Robert Runté took early
retirement as a professor at the UoL to become Senior Editor with Five
Rivers Publishing and a freelance editor and writing coach at
SFeditor.ca. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert
has been actively promoting Canadian SF for 35 years. In addition to
writing dozens of conference papers, articles, book chapters, and
entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, he was a founding
board member of SF Canada, NonCon and Context; co-editor of
Tesseracts5 and editor of the NCF Guide to Canadian SF.
He has won three Aurora Awards for his promotion of Canadian SF, and two of the first novels by new authors he edited for Five Rivers were nominated for Auroras. He has edited books by Dave Duncan, Leslie Gadallah, Sally McBride, Susan MacGregor, Marie Powell, Mike Plested, Susan Bohnet, Hank Hargreaves, and non-fiction by John Poulsen, Nate Hendley, Patrick Lima, Colin Scheyen, among others. He is married, has two daughters, and writes and edits using a treadmill desk.
National bestselling author Eve Silver writes for both teens and adults. She has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. In 2015 she won the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award. Her work was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014), and was both an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013). She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. And a snake called Ragnar.