Olive Senior delivers prestigious 2019 Margaret Laurence Lecture: A Writer’s Life

With wit and heart, Olive Senior delivered the 2019 Margaret Lawrence Lecture to a packed audience. Born in Jamaica in 1941, the seventh of 10 children, Olive went on to become one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers. Hear excerpts from her lecture, readings from her work and a conversation with IDEAS producer Mary Lynk. To […]

Roy Miki

is a poet, writer, and editor. He is the author of Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004) and Surrender(Mercury Press 2001), which received the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His latest publications include a book of poems,Mannequin Rising (New Star 2010) and a book of essays, In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing (NeWest 2011). […]

X. J. Kennedy

is one of America’s celebrated poets for children, he has published numerous works including more than 10 collections of verse and two novels. He is the winner of the 2009 Robert Frost Medal awarded by the Poetry Society of America for distinguished lifetime of service to American poetry and the prestigious National Council of Teachers […]

Rachna Gilmore

is a Governor General’s award-winning Canadian author. Her publications include picture books, early readers, middle-grade and young adult fiction, as well as adult fiction. Her books have received multiple honours and awards and have been translated into several languages. Rachna was born in India, but moved to London, England, with her family when she was […]

Glen Huser

has written many highly praised novels for young readers. He has won a number of awards such as the Mr. Christie Award, the Governor General`s Award, and the R. Ross Annett Award. A teacher-librarian for most of his life, he lives in Vancouver where he continues to write, pursue his artwork and coach students working […]

Virginia Frances Schwartz

has won many awards including the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, the Silver Birch Award, Red Cedar, MYRCA, and IODE Violet Downey Book Award. In addition, two of her books were ALA notable books. Born in the fruit belt of Ontario, she now lives in New York City. She is currently a full time writer and […]