2017 Program

2017 Program In Development

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2017 Festival Guests

Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series, and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. She is the author of more than 25 books, along with numerous novellas and short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She is a two-time RITA nominee, and her books have been nominated for and won awards from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer's books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications. She has a bachelor's degree in English and journalism and a master's degree in professional communications. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked at a daily newspaper. For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.jenniferestep.com/ or follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Jennifer’s social media links:
Blog: http://www.jenniferestep.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferEstepAuthor
Twitter: @Jennifer_Estep
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/580315.Jennifer_Estep

Will Ferguson

Will Ferguson
Will Ferguson's work has been published in 23 languages around the world. His novel 419 won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his most recent book, the travel memoir Road Trip Rwanda, was nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize. His humorous guidebook, How to be a Canadian, written with his brother Ian Ferguson, won the Booksellers Libris Award for Book of the Year.

He has written for The New York Times, Esquire UK, Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and Canadian Geographic Magazine. He also wrote a column for Maclean's, titled Will Ferguson's Canada for several years. A three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Ferguson was awarded the Pierre Berton Award by Canad's National History Society. Born and raised in northern Alberta, he now lives in Calgary with his wife and two sons. In 2016, he received an honorary degree in English from Mount Royal University.

Website: http://willferguson.ca
Photo credit: Alex Feguson

Sam Hiyate

Sam Hiyate
Sam worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 90s. He ran the edgy micropublisher, Gutter Press, from 1993 to 2002, as publisher. He launched the literary division of The Lavin Agency in 2003, where he built a list of clients and did his first deals.

Sam’s projects for the agency have been in various categories, including memoir, literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction and graphic novels. He’s looking for works of all categories with distinct and compelling voices. He loved to discover and help new writers prepare their works for the market, and to help them build a career with their talent.

Sam is actively speaking about creative writing, publishing and agenting. his newest project is donttalktomeaboutlove.com, a LitSite with writing and art about love.

Website: http://therightsfactory.com/agents/sam-hiyate/

C.C. Humphreys

C.C. Humphreys
As an actor Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has performed on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood. A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written ten adult novels including The French Executioner, runner-up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; The Jack Absolute Trilogy; Vlad – The Last Confession; A Place Called Armageddon and Shakespeare’s Rebel – which he adapted for the stage and which premiered at Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, in 2015.

He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and The Hunt of the Unicorn. The sequel, The Hunt of the Dragon, is published in Fall 2016. His recent novel Plague won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. The sequel, Fire is a thriller set during the Great Fire, published Summer 2016. He is translated into thirteen languages. Last year he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia.

Website: http://cchumphreys.com

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay
Guy Gavriel Kay has published thirteen novels which have been translated into 30 languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Beyond This Dark House. His most recent work is Children of Earth and Sky, published in May 2016. Before beginning his career as a novelist, Kay was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of The Silmarillion, the first and best-known of the posthumously published Tolkien works.

Kay has twice won the Aurora Award, is a multiple World Fantasy Award nominee, and won that award in 2008 for Ysabel. He also won the Sunburst Award for Under Heaven, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. In 2014 he was invested with the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

Website: www.brightweavings.com
Photo credit: Samantha Kidd

Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years

Amazing Additional Presenters for 2017

Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Blair Lindsay

Blair Lindsay
Blair Lindsay EMT-P, BHSc, MA is the Simulation Educator at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Centre for Advanced Patient Care Simulation. Prior to his career in teaching, Blair spent twenty years working as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Airdrie. Blair//�s first novel, Hunting the Dead, is a Civil War era horror novel that follows the ruthless and deadly Solenne as she hunts and destroys the undead creatures that slaughtered her tribe. Hunting the Dead and the sequel, Reaper, are available on Amazon. The third book in the trilogy, Armageddon Machine, will be available in 2017.