2014 Guest Speakers

2014 Guest Speakers


Anne FortierAnne Fortier is originally from Denmark and was educated at Oxford. She co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia; her 2010 NY Times bestselling novel Juliet, has been published in over 30 countries worldwide, and her first novel Shepherds on the Mountain, was shortlisted for Best Debut of the Year at the Copenhagen Book Fair. She divides her time between Washington, D.C. , and Quebec’s Eastern Townships.


Gillian SzeGillian Sze is the author of The Anatomy of Clay (ECW Press, 2011) and Fish Bones (DC Books, 2009), which was shortlisted for the QWF McAuslan First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in a number of national and international journals, and has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 2011 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Branch Magazine (www.branchmagazine.com) and has served as a poetry judge for This Magazine‘s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the National Magazine Awards. Gillian teaches creative writing to youths in the community and is currently working on a Ph.D. at University of Montreal. Her next book, Peeling Rambutan, will be released this spring by Gaspereau Press.


Pascal GirardPascal Girard’s is the author of Reunion, Bigfoot, and Nicholas. He began filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings from his first day of school. As he was never able to rid himself of this good habit, he naturally decided to make it his career. He received his interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi in 2004. Since then he moved to Quebec City and currently divides his time between his illustration career and drawing comics. His first two books, Dans un cruchon and Nicolas, shared the Réal-Fillion prize at the Quebec Francophone Comics Festival in 2006. In 2013, one of his comic books was included in a display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His new book Petty Theft will be published in April 2014.


Lori SchubertLori Schubert is the Executive Director of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, where she has worked since 2003. Since 1998, she has also served as General Manager of VivaVoce, a professional chamber choir, in which she which also sings. Prior to her work in arts management, Lori was a corporate communications trainer in the New York metropolitan area, then taught written and oral communication at McGill and Concordia Universities. A founding member of the Board of Directors of Quebec’s English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), Lori served on the steering committee for the 2011 State of the Arts Conference in Montreal. She is on the planning committee for the YES Montreal Annual Arts Conference, a member of the Editorial and Programming Committee for the Blue Metropolis Foundation and has served as an advisor for the Now! Organization, a dedicated team of young volunteers across Canada who are passionate about sustainability and sparking social change through the arts.


Elise Moser is the author of the YA novel Lily and Taylor (2013), from Groundwood Books. She has also published a novel for adults, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It (2009), from Cormorant Books, as well as many short stories and book reviews. She was the founding literary editor of Montreal’s online arts and culture magazine, The Rover (roverarts.com), and has collaborated with Leila Marshy to produce Mot/Town, a series of videos on Montreal writers in their neighbourhoods. Through the Quebec Writers’ Federation, she has led writing workshops and mentored emerging writers. She was president of QWF, 2009-2012.