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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Douglas Gibson

Douglas Gibson   Douglas Gibson became a trainee editor in 1968, and even as the publisher of McClelland & Stewart (1988–2004), he stubbornly continued editing—until he, too, became an author. A giant in Canadian publishing, Gibson’s most recent book, Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others (October 2011, ECW Press), has been applauded by the very people he writes about: “No one has done more for Canadian literature than this man” (Alistair MacLeod) and “my prize read” (Nobel prize winner Alice Munro). Gibson has taken the book out on the road, performing the text live across the country, and he will be treating conference attendees to some of the highlights of his work.


Closing Keynote: Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis   Terry Fallis is the author of three bestselling novels, The Best Laid Plans (winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and CBC Canada Reads), The High Road, and Up and Down (winner of the Ontario Library Association’s 2013 Evergreen Award), all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was made into a CBC television miniseries that first aired in January 2014. Fallis’s highly anticipated new novel, No Relation, will be published in May 2014. To close the conference, Fallis will be taking attendees on An Unorthodox Journey to the Published Land.