Authors Panel

County Reads Authors Festival 2019


Camilla Gibb
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Camilla Gibb is the author of four novels—Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement—and has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Camilla has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and is an adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph-Humber. She is currently the June Callwood Professor in Social Justice at Victoria College, University of Toronto.


Intermission (refreshments available)
2:30 PM to 3:00 PM


Author Panel, moderated by Ken Murray
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall author of Hungover: The Morning After
  • Brian Flack author of When Madmen Lead the Blind
  • Cornelia Hoogland author of Trailer Park Elegy
  • Brian T.W. Way author of The Prince of Leroy
  • Samra Zafar author of A Good Wife

Hungover by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

In Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for a Cure, acclaimed journalist and witty raconteur Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall risks “life and liver” (Adam Rogers) to explore what happens to our bodies and minds when we over-imbibe and all the ways that we have tried to find relief. He delves into the infamous consequences of those rough mornings experienced by the greats of the past—from Noah to Churchill to pitcher David Wells—and recounts his own daring mission to find a cure so that you don’t have to. Bishop-Stall has been nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award and Amazon.ca First Novel Award. He was awarded the Knowlton Nash Fellowship for Journalism at Massey College. Bishop-Stall currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto and is a regular columnist for SHARP magazine.


When Madmen Lead the Blind by Brian L. Flack

What is forgotten and what is remembered and why are at issue in this novel about storytelling. As are the true identities of the characters and their intentions; and the fallout from the decisions they make. When Madmen Lead the Blind will challenge every reader’s long-held assumptions about what precedes and what follows life as we know it. Brian L. Flack is the author of novels, poetry, and literary criticism. He has written for newspapers and periodicals and, for several years, he hosted a weekly radio programme (“Bookviews”) on Q-107 in Toronto. In another life that he enjoyed for almost 40 years, he was a Professor of English Literature. He now lives quietly with the painter Susan Straiton in Prince Edward County.


Trailer Park Elegy by Cornelia Hoogland

Cornelia Hoogland’s Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011) was a finalist for the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her story “Sea Level” was shortlisted for the 2012 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Cornelia serves on national and international literary boards, and was the founder and artistic director of Poetry London and, most recently, of Poetry* Hornby Island, on the BC Gulf Island she calls home. In her seventh book, Trailer Park Elegy, in response to her brother’s sudden death, Cornelia Hoogland explores the shift in gravity his dramatic absence creates. Set on the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island’s east coast, Trailer Park Elegy reaches back two thousand years to the First Peoples, as well as to the brother whose delight was summers spent at Deep Bay.


The Prince of Leroy by Brian T.W. Way

Brian Way was born and raised on a small farm in the north end of Prince Edward County, Ameliasburgh, Ontario, a place where Loyalist ancestors came to settle in the1790s. He is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry. His latest book, The Prince of Leroy, is a rousing, comic tale of action and adventure where kidnapping, murder, mayhem and philosophical enquiry ensue. Pulp Fiction meets Casablanca in The Prince of Leroy, a stunning book, an off-the-wall romp, a wild and unpredictable matinee for the postmodern silver screen.


A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose by Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar faced years of abuse after arriving in Canada as a teenage bride in a hastily arranged marriage, but nothing could stop her from pursuing her dreams. In her memoir, A Good Wife, Zafar tells her harrowing and inspiring story, following her from a young girl with big dreams, through finding strength in the face of oppression and then finally battling through to empowerment.