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Read by the Sea - Writers 2019

Colin Campbell



Colin Campbell, 28 year marketing industry veteran, has written his first book, Free Days With George, with Penguin Random House Publishing. He has held senior roles with MacLaren McCann, MKTG and the National Hockey League Players’ Association. He has created and managed marketing and branded content programs for Nike, Mattel, Kraft and General Motors, among others. Colin’s syndicated radio show Junior Hockey Magazine has aired across Canada for the past twenty-four years. Colin and George live in downtown Toronto and escape as often as possible to the beaches of California and Nova Scotia to get their surfing fix.


Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper began writing poetry while still attending Moncton High School. His first book of poems, Blood Lines, published by Fiddlehead Poetry Books in 1979, was followed in the next 40 years by 6 collections of poems and one book of translations. His most recent collection, Toward the Country of Light: New and Selected Poems, was published by Pottersfield Press in 2018. His poetry has often appeared in in Canadian and American publications; and has won the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry – twice; the Peter Gzowski Award, New Brunswick’s Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize, and short-listed for the 2018 J.M. Abraham Poetry Award at the Atlantic Book Awards. Allan was writer-in-residence at Mount Allison University, the first

president of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, founder of the poetry publishing house Owl’s Head Press, a poetry publishing house specializing in poetry, and publisher of the poetry magazine Germination. He is also a blues musician, and several of his poems have been set to music. He lives in New Brunswick.


Mayann Francis

Mayann Francis was the 31st lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia and the first Black person to hold that position. She was raised in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, and was educated in Canada and the United States. She was CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and held other senior positions in Ontario and her home province before her appointment. She lives in Halifax.

Portrait credit to Calnen Photography


Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay is the author of the #1 nationally bestselling novel Alone in the Classroom, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights on Air, as well as other highly acclaimed works of fiction, including His Whole Life, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and Small Change. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa.


Kevin Major

Governor General Award winner Kevin Major is the author of eighteen books—fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and plays. His first novel, Hold Fast, considered a classic of Canadian young-adult literature, was adapted into a feature film. As Near To Heaven By Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador was a Canadian bestseller and finalist for the Pearson Non-Fiction Prize. The verse novel, Ann and Seamus, was shortlisted for a total of ten awards and has been turned into an opera. New Under the Sun and Found Far and Wide published by Breakwater Books are the first two books in Major’s trilogy of Newfoundland historical novels. He lives in St. John’s and, in his spare time, writes a whisky blog.

Author photo: Victoria Wells


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