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Nigel Beale muses on the Book, Literature, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Collecting, Media, Life and the Arts, and Audio Interviews from The Biblio File pertaining to same by a writer, broadcaster, bibliophile.

Anne Cavlovic is a local writer with a passion for the environment. She has had several short stories published in Canadian literary journals, as well as essays featured in The Globe and Mail and elsewhere. Her play “Emissions: A Climate Comedy” won Best in Fest at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in 2013.

Brenda Chapman is known for her YA mystery series, featuring 15-year-old Jennifer Bannon. 

Rhonda Douglas’s first poetry collection “Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems” was published by Signature Editions and she also writes fiction. 

Brian Doyle is among Canada's most distinguished authors of middle-grade and young-adult novels. His books have been adapted into both movies and plays. He lives in Ottawa and the stories are drawn from his experiences growing up in Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Amanda Earl is an Ottawa writer, amateur songwriter, singer and small press publisher, a polyamorous love anarchist and an ethical slut. Her  site acts as a central hub for her shenanigans. 

CB Forrest writes prose and poetry. His latest novel, The Weight of Stones, was published by RendezVous Crime this spring.

Mark Frutkin is the author of three books of poetry and seven of fiction, including Fabrizio's Return, winner of the 2006 Trillium Book Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and Atmospheres Apollinaire, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium and the Ottawa Book Award.

Charlotte Gray is an award-winning biographer and historian. She is the author of nine non-fiction bestsellers including  The Massey Murder: A Maid, her Master, and the Trial that Shocked a Country; Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike; Reluctant Genius: the Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell; and  Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill.

William Hawkins is a poet and songwriter whose poetry collection Dancing Alone:  Selected Poems was published by Broken Jaw Press with a foreward by Bruce Cockburn. A tribute CD to his music, “Dancing Alone: Songs of William Hawkins” was released at the Black Sheep Inn in October 2009.
Kate Heartfield is a journalist and fiction writer with short stories published by above/ground press, the Puritan, Another Toronto Quarterly and other journals. 

Elizabeth Hay is a prolific fiction writer who won the Giller Prize in 2007 for her wonderful novel “Late Nights on Air.”

Mary Jane Maffini is a Canadian mystery writer. She has created three mystery series & written 12 novels. Ladies Killing Circle & RendezVous Crime anthologies as well asChatelaine magazine, Storyteller Magazine, & Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine have published her short stories. She has won two Arthur Ellis awards for her short stories. 

Seymour Mayne is the author, editor, or translator of more than seventy books. His latest collections include the bilingual editions of his word sonnets,  Reflejos: Sonetos de una palabra , published in Spanish,  Ricochet: Word Sonnets/ Sonnets d’un mot , rendered into French, and  Auspicious Calligraphy: Word Sonnets/ Caligrafomanție: Sonete într-un cuvânt,  translated into Romanian.  On the Cusp: Word Sonnets (Albores: Sonetos de una palabra/ À l’orée: Sonnets d’un mot)  recently appeared in a trilingual edition in Latin America.
His most recent book of poetry,  Cusp: Word Sonnets , has been published to mark fifty years since his first collection of poetry appeared in Montreal.

As the leading international innovator of the word sonnet, he has given readings and lectured widely in Canada and abroad on this unique new ‘miniature’ form. He serves as Professor of Canadian Literature, Canadian Studies, and Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa.
A longtime resident of Ottawa, he has helped sustain the national capital literary and artistic community over the past four decades

Marcus McCann is a poet and journalist. He is the editor of Capital Xtra, Ottawa’s gay and lesbian newspaper.  Soft Where (Chaudiere Books) is his first full-length collection. 

Patricia McCarthy writes erotic fiction with a focus on vampire erotica. 

Susan McMaster is a poet whose memoir  The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa  was published by Black Moss in 2007. 

Max Middle is an Ottawa poet and sound poet and visual poet. 

Colin Morton is a local poet and fiction writer. The Local Cluster, his latest poetry collection is inspired by his Old Ottawa South neighbourhood.  The site is a source for his poetry, fiction, reviews and essays.

Kelley Powell writes fiction for children, young adults and adults. Her
non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Mothering and New
Moon Girls magazine. She also writes blogs, articles and voiceover scripts
for business clients.

Ian Roy writes poetry and fiction. His first poetry book is Red Bird published by Ottawa publisher Buschek Books in 2007. 

Michael F. Stewart is an Ottawa-based writer for the young adult market. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the ASSURED DESTRUCTION series, 24 BONES, THE SAND DRAGAON, HURAKAN, RUINATION and several award-winning graphic novels.

Richard Taylor is the author of “House Inside the Waves:  Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life,” the novel “Cartoon Woods” and the short-story collection “Tender Only To One.”  At present he is working on a new work of creative non fiction, an unusual book about swimming called “Water and Desire.” Richard also teaches writing workshops at Collected Works and at Carleton University.

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