Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival 

November 4-6th, 2021

Festival Who's Who?

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Zoe Whittall

Author of four novels and three books of poetry. Her fourth novel, The Spectacular, makes its debut this September.  Her third novel, The Best Kind of People, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, while her second novel, Holding Still For As Long As Possible, won the Lambda Literary Award. She is also a Canadian Screen Award–winning TV and film writer, with credits on the Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Degrassi, and others.

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Literary Agent

Sam Hiyate

President of The Rights Factory, a literary agency based in Toronto. Sam worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly in the 90s. He ran the edgy micropublisher, Gutter Press, from 1993 to 2002, as publisher. He launched the literary division of The Lavin Agency in 2003, where he built a list of clients and did his first deals.

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Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo orked as a visual artist and video maker before becoming a published writer. After writing four novels, a book of poetry and short stories, she has returned to painting and to photography. She continues to write, and, in 2020, released her fifth novel, Polar Vortex. Her books have been longlisted for the Giller Prize and the Man Booker Prize, and shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Lambda Award, the Chapters First Novel Award, and more.

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Author (She/They)

Rebecca Salazar

Writer, editor, and community organizer originally from Sudbury but now living on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik people. The author of poetry chapbooks the knife you need to justify the wound (Rahila's Ghost) and Guzzle (Anstruther), Salazar also edits for The Fiddlehead and Plenitude magazines. Her latest work,  sulphurtongue, was released in March of this year.

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Morgan Murray

Author of the humorous and absurd novel Dirty Birds, which was longlisted for the 2021 Canada Reads and winner of the AMPA Best Atlantic-Published Book award.

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Authors, Creators, and More

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