Festival Program

2018 Program In Development

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Master Classes

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2018 Festival Guests


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.


Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years


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 Canada'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

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Leslie Lefebvre's lifelong passion for writing and his love of reading led him to the book industry as a bookseller. His journey began in 1992, the same year he sold his first short story. Twenty-five years later, he has published books in print, ebook and audio formats and has worked in virtually every aspect of the book industry, and has been the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Rakuten Kobo since 2011. A hybrid author, Mark self-published his first book One Hand Screaming, a collection of previously published short fiction, and he continues to firmly embrace both indie and traditional publishing. He has edited the anthologies Campus Chills, Tesseracts Sixteen and Fiction River: Editor's Choice and writes a series of non-fiction paranormal books for Dundurn Press that include Creepy Capital, Tomes of Terror and the August 2018 release (co-authored with Rhonda Parrish), Haunted Hospitals: Eerie Tales About Hospitals, Sanatoriums and other Institutions.

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