Ms. Maracle is the author of a number of award winning and critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner’s and Sundogs [collected work of novel and short stories], Polestar/Raincoast, Ravensong [novel], Bobbi Lee[autobiographical novel], Daughters Are Forever, [novel] Will’s Garden [young adult novel], Bent Box [poetry], I Am Woman, Memory Serves, Celia’s Song, Talking to the Diaspora [poetry] and My Conversations with Canadians (non-fiction). She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning publication, My Home As I Remember [anthology]. She is also co-editor of Telling It: Women and Language across Culture [conference proceedings]. Ms. Maracle is published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, U of T. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Maracle has also received 3 teaching awards. Work in progress includes Hope Matters and Mink Returns to Toronto. Maracle is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2016 recipient of the Ann Green Award and the Queen is Diamond Jubilee Medal and awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada.
Cherie Dimaline is a bestselling author and editor from the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario who has published 4 books. Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, is a finalist for the White Pine Award, and is a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads. The Marrow Thieves was named an American Indian Library Association Honor Book and has appeared on numerous ‘Books of Year’ lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering and is at work on her next novel.
Richard Van Camp
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of two children’s books with the Cree artist George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films; his collections of short fiction include Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go and Other Stories, Godless but Loyal to Heaven and Night Moves. He is the author of four baby books: Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns; Nighty Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies and Little You (now translated into Cree, Dene and South Slavey!) and We Sang You Home, and he has two comic books out with the Healthy Aboriginal Network: Kiss Me Deadly and Path of the Warrior. His graphic novel, Three Feathers, is about restorative justice; his new novel, Whistle, is about mental health and asking for forgiveness and his graphic novel, The Blue Raven, is about mental health and the power of culture and friends. His Eisner nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies, is about peacemaking where a grandmother is the hero of the story and his latest graphic novel, Spirit, is about suicide prevention. Cinematic adaptations of his work include “Mohawk Midnight Runners”, by Zoe Hopkins based on Richard’s short story, “Dogrib Midnight Runners” from The Moon of Letting Go, Kelvin Redver’s adaptation of “firebear called them faith healers”, and Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s adaptation of “Hickey Gone Wrong”, based on Richard’s comic book with Chris Auchter and “Three Feathers”, which is available for viewing in Bush Cree, Dene and South Slavey as well as English, based on his graphic novel. You can visit Richard on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www.richardvancamp.com
A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of six national bestselling novels, including his latest, One Brother Shy, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part television miniseries, as well as a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation, was released in May 2014, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015, was a Globe and Mail bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year.
Kim Fahner was the fourth poet laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury (2016-18), and also the first woman to be appointed to the role. Kim has published four volumes of poetry, including: You Must Imagine the Cold Here (Scrivener Press, 1997), braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001), The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012), and Some Other Sky (Black Moss Press, 2017). Her play, Sparrows Over Slag, had a staged reading (in collaboration with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation) at Wordstock, Sudbury’s Literary Festival, in November 2017. Kim’s first novel, The Donoghue Girl, is a piece of historical fiction set in the Northern Ontario mining town of Creighton. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada, and PEN Canada. She blogs at The Republic of Poetry at kimfahner.wordpress.com
Her website is www.kimfahner.com
Neil Christopher has called the Eastern Arctic home for over 20 years. Neil first landed in Resolute Bay, and worked with the community to develop a community high school program. Several years later, Neil took a position at the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) as an instructor. It was at NTEP that Neil met Louise Flaherty and learned about the need for more resources that represented northern culture and perspectives. Together, Louise and Neil gathered a group of concerned artists and formed a not-for-profit society to begin development resources for Nunavut schools. These early projects were rich professional development opportunities for Neil and Louise, and slowly they learned what was needed to publish a book.
In 2006, after determining that the Arctic needed an independent trade publisher to ensure that northern voices were better represented in Canadian literature, Louise, Neil, and Danny Christopher decided to invest their time and money to establish Inhabit Media. Inhabit Media started off very slowly, as all three owners had other employment. For the early years, the company was run in the evening and weekends, with most of the profits remaining in the company to buy equipment and eventual hire one staff person.
Now, over 12 year later, Inhabit Media has now published over 200 titles, in English, Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, and French. The company has grown to approximately 7 staff members. Now Inhabit Media books are distributed across Canada and the US, and we are starting to sell foreign rights and have been exploring international distribution.
Inhabit Media has spawned two sister companies – Taqqut Production and Inhabit Education. Taqqut Production is a film and television production company, and Inhabit Education is an educational publisher.