Authors and Featured Speakers
Kate Harris is a writer with a knack for getting lost. Her words have been featured in The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and The Georgia Review, among other publications, and cited in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. A Rhodes and Morehead-Cain scholar, she was named one of Canada’s top modern-day explorers and in 2012 won the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award. Her journeys edging the limits of nations, science, and sanity have taken her to all seven continents, often by ski or bike. She's been profiled in Guernica, The Globe and Mail, VOGUE Germany, and the short film The Art of Wild. When she isn't wandering the world, she lives off-grid in a log cabin in Atlin, British Columbia. Her first book is the national bestseller Lands of Lost Borders.
Pauline Dakin is the bestselling author of Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood which won the Edna Staebler Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, was named one of the best 100 books of 2017 by The Globe and Mail, and was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction.
For many years Pauline was a trusted voice on health and medical issues as health reporter for CBC National News. She was a long-time host of the regional CBC documentary program Atlantic Voice. Her reporting and documentary work has been recognized with many regional, national and international awards. She is a three-time recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation in Washington and is a fellow of the MIT/Knight Science Journalism program on medical evidence in Cambridge, Mass.
She currently teaches journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S., Canada.
Cherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario who has published 4 books. Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, is a finalist for the White Pine Award, and is a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads. The Marrow Thieves was also named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the lists from National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC, and is a national bestseller. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering and is at work on her next novel.