credit: Khadeja Reid

credit: Khadeja Reid

Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. He has works published in places such as The Dalhousie ReviewSwitchbackThe Fieldstone ReviewMaple Tree Literary SupplementCosmonauts Avenue, The Rusty Toque, Joyland, and The Antigonish Review. Derek Mascarenhas is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto. See more at www.derekmascarenhas.ca.

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April 13, 2019 – Author Speed Date

Përparim KapllaniPËRPARIM KAPLLANI (P. I. Kapllani) was born in the city of Elbasan, Albania. His most recent book in English is The Thin Line, published by Mawenzi House in 2018. The Last Will, a novel based on Çamëria genocide, was published by In Our Words, Inc. in 2013. His short stories appear in four anthologies: Lest I forget, Canadian Voices, The Literary Connection, and Courtney Park Connection. His novella The Hunter was shortlisted by Quattro Books for The Ken Klonsky novella contest in 2015. He is author of four books in Albanian language and had worked as a journalist for Ushtria, the Albanian Army Newspaper and Shekulli, a daily newspaper. Some publications appear in Spektër magazine and other local papers in Albania.

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Claire Tacon

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Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Awards and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The New Quarterlysub-TERRAIN and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international.

Recently, Claire was an artist in residence as part of Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Shebang collective. She lectures at St. Jerome’s University and, in her off-time, enjoys home-brewing and nerdy German strategy games.

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April 13, 2019 – Author Speed Date