MELISSA BARBEAU

Melissa Barbeau is a founding member of the Port Authority Writing Group. She has been anthologized in Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland, The Cuffer Anthology, and Paragon. She lives with her husband and gaggle of children in Torbay, Newfoundland.

In this stunning debut, The Luminous Sea, researchers from a nearby university have set up a research station in a fictional outport in Newfoundland, studying the strange emergence of phosphorescent tides. Vivienne, a young assistant, accidentally captures a creature unknown to science: a kind of fish, both sentient and distinctly female. As the project supervisor and lead researcher attempt to exploit the discovery, the creature begins to waste away, and Vivian must endanger herself to save them both.

ROSALIND GILL

Rosalind Gill is a Senior Scholar in French and Translation at Glendon College, York University. She writes fiction and is a literary translator. Her stories and translations from French and Spanish have appeared in various Canadian journals and magazines. Recently, she has volunteered her translation services to human rights organizations such as Rights Action and PEN Canada.

Nancy comes of age in a British colonial school in 1950s St. John’s; Georgina discovers women’s liberation in a humorous evocation of the 1960s; Jamie returns to the resettled outport where he grew up, Emily discovers the dark side of her new husband. A modern-day literary extension of traditional oral storytelling, Too Unspeakable for Words is an interconnected collection of short stories infused with the imaginary of the Newfoundland cultural idiom.

PAM HALL

Pam Hall is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, film-maker, and writer. Her visual art has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and is represented in the National Gallery of Canada. She has won national awards for her work in film, as a children’s book illustrator, and was recently inducted into the Hall of Honour at the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards.  She currently lives in St. John’s.

From boat-building to berries, from knitting socks to mending nets, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge vividly presents the rich, place-based knowings and doings of more than one hundred knowledge-holders from rural Newfoundland. Hall perfectly marries her singular artistic vision and her exhaustive community-based research in a stunning celebration and preservation of rural knowledge. These images and texts come together to reveal and revalue the local in a time when global monoculture seems overwhelming.

JOEL THOMAS HYNES

Joel Thomas Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Calvert, Newfoundland. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and a collection of non-fiction. Hynes is also an accomplished actor and screenwriter. He is the creator and star of the CBC comedy Little Dog, and won several awards and nominations for the feature film adaptation of his novella Say Nothing Saw Wood, under the title Cast No Shadow. Hynes most recently released a full length studio album Dead Man’s Melody.

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot. Facing three to five years in a maximum-security prison, Johnny knows this might just be the end of the road. But when Madonna doesn't show up for court due to a fatal accident, shell-shocked Johnny seizes his unexpected “clean slate" as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver her ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver.  We’ll All Be Burnt in our Beds Some Night was longlisted for the Giller Prize, and won the Winterset Award and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

STEVE LUSH

Steve Lush has acted professionally in St. John's for over 30 years. In that time he has worked with many of the City's theater companies. In the summer of 2016 he performed in Cupids with Perchance Theatre. His film credits include work with director's Justin Simms (The King Hunt, Punch Up at a Wedding), and Christian Sparkes (Dark Clouds, A River in the Woods) and Justin Oakey (Riverhead). From 1998 to 2008 he was voice and creator of the radio series Sunday Dinner with Briany Newell on CBC Radio One.

Steve will be reading from his radio show Sunday Dinner with Briany Newell. From 1998 to 2008 he created over 300 episodes of this stoytelling series for CBC NL Radio One. It aired on WAM on Sunday mornings and was replayed on Monday afternoons under the title Monday Hash, during the drive show, On the Go with Ted Blades.

SDWBN is a series of short comedic tales about the antics of three generations of the Newell Family all living under one roof in the shadow of the Basilica. Narrator and grandson, Briany, exposes the foibles and strains of living in the same house as his grandparents, Nan and Pop Newell, as well as his socially challenged Aunt Edna and Uncle Al. The Newell Family were best described as 'tightly knot' as opposed to tightly knit.

 

DAVE PADDON

Dave Paddon was born and raised in Northwest River, Labrador. He is a crowd favourite at storytelling and ballad-singing events in St. John’s, and has performed at festivals and concerts across the island and on the mainland, either on his own, or as a member of the recitation collective, Stage to Stage. Dave has written numerous recitations; five of which have been published by Running the Goat as letterpress-printed chapbooks. Ralph, Flying Hound, his first book for children, was one of the Top Ten Recommended Reads for the TD Summer Reading Club in 2017. 

Half the Lies You Tell Are Not TrueThe world of Dave Paddon’s recitations is quirky, riotously funny, and utterly unique; a place of tall tales and plain foolishness, where fog is so thick you can use it for cannonballs, and a polar bear hijacks a bingo tournament.  Berry pickers turn combatants and the result is a bay full of jam; a local handyman turns doctor and uses the spare parts in his shed to patch up his neighbours.

 

CRAIG FRANCIS POWER

Craig Francis Power is an artist and writer from St. John’s. Power’s first novel, Blood Relatives (2010), won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, the ReLit Award, and was short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award. In 2008, Power was nominated for the Sobey Art Award, which recognizes the work of Canadian artists under forty.

Think the world can’t get any crazier? Think again. Set in near-future Toronto, Skeet Love tells the story of Shane, a conspiracy theorist and aspiring rapper; Nina, his girlfriend; and Brit, the couple’s lover. Wildly suspecting the threesome is under surveillance by a secretive religious cult, Shane moves the group to seek refuge with his father, a smuggler and taxidermist. And then the truth really gets weird.

AZZO REZORI

Azzo Rezori grew up in Germany and moved to Canada as a post-graduate student. After several careers and cities, he landed in St. John’s, where he became a member of CBC’s TV newsroom. He retired in 2016 and lives in Newfoundland.

Ben Tucker's Truck. Ben Tucker’s oil truck drives toward a fishing outport, never to arrive. A surprise visit forces a widow to face her husband’s murder, 20 years later. A chief coroner tackles his last case, willing it to be anything but boring. An impenetrable manuscript and the mysterious couple who may—or may not—have written it. These are just a few of the images from Azzo Rezori’s first book of short stories. Rezori’s keen eye for the quirky details of everyday life and graceful wordsmithing drive this unusual, remarkable collection. Enjoy the ride as he deconstructs issues of the heart and mind: religion, love, death, shattered relationships, and family entanglements.

MARY WALSH

Mary Walsh was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She studied acting at Ryerson University and is the creator of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Awards. She is a versatile actress and has appeared in both dramas and comedies, including the Gemini Award-winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she wrote and starred in. Recently, Walsh has performed in Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue and Slasher. She currently has several feature films in development, and in 2017 reunited with the cast of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching for a CBC feature. A Christmas Fury, of which Walsh is the writer, producer and star. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Crying for the MoonThere is no one like Maureen, the second youngest daughter of the Sarge, a mother so bitter, so angry about her fate that she bullies her children and her husband before anyone else has a chance to. Maureen's dad, once gorgeously young, is now a beaten-down man who tells his best stories when he is drunk. All Maureen really wanted was to get her life going. Even now, with everyone and everything against her, Maureen has one thing that nobody can take away: she is the indomitable Maureen—a young woman who is so much more than anyone thinks.