Canadian writers catching attention in 2019

The 2019 Stratford Writers Festival features award-winning and emerging writers from Canada during its week-long programming. While it may be difficult to catch all of the authors in the span of the week, we’re highlighting some talented writers you may not have heard of before. These authors might be new to your reading list, but they are not to be missed.

Lise Leblanc

Author of Conscious Caregiving Guide, Lise Leblanc has the experience and insight to make your caregiving journey a little lighter. As a registered psychotherapist, conflict resolution specialist and caregiver she has seen the impact that caregiving without personal care can wreak on all lives involved. Her personal lived experience has also shaped her useful perspectives and her dedication to helping people take responsibility for the quality of their own lives at the same time as making space to support a conscious caregiving model. Lise LeBlanc carefully constructs a step by step, easy to absorb plan for working through the illness of a loved one in the Conscious Caregiving Guide from Next Chapter Press’ Wish I Knew series.

Becky Blake

Author of Proof I Was Here, Becky Blake is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for non-fiction in 2017 and short fiction in 2013). Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education. Becky currently lives in Toronto where she’s working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.

David Stones

Author of Infinite SequelsDavid Stones is a mostly retired marketing and business executive, now taking a deep breath as a poet, performer and spoken word artist. Stones’ poetry appears regularly in print and on-line journals (Harmonia Press, Beret Day Books, Authors Press, Big Pond Rumours). He is the recent winner of the Brooklyn Poetry Society prize and the Ontario Poetry Society’s Mighty Onym poetry contest. David is a proud member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Ontario Poetry Society and resides in Stratford and Toronto.

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