Nino Ricci is the internationally acclaimed writer of Lives of the Saints and several other novels. His recent biography Pierre Elliott Trudeau is part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series and his most recent novel is The Origin of Species, which earned him his second Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Mr. Ricci has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to literature.
Naomi Ragen is the author of ten international bestsellers including Jephte’s Daughter, Sotah, The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, The Covenant, and most recently, The Sisters Weiss. Her play, Women’s Minyan, which explores the oppression of women under the guise of religion, continues to garner awards since its premier in Israel’s National Theatre in 1999.
Elliot Grove founded Raindance International in 1991 and the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America…
Ron Silliman was born in Pasco, Washington, in 1946, and raised in Albany, California, north of Berkeley. He attended San Francisco State University, Merritt College, and the University of California at Berkeley between 1965 and 1970, but left in his senior year during the Vietnam War to perform alternate service as a conscientious objector to the draft.
Kirkland began writing a weekly humour column for newspapers
Michael Greyeyes is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is an actor, choreographer and director, who first began his career with the National Ballet of Canada. Recent works include Passchendaele (feature film), The Threshing Floor (a dance work he co-choreographed with Santee Smith), Triptych (a short film broadcast nationally on Bravo!), and The Journey (Pimooteewin), a new opera work he directed with music by Melissa Hui and libretto by Tomson Highway.
Professor Richard Sykes
Rick Sykes is the Assistant Director of the School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. His career includes 17 years in television news serving in various on-air and management positions in mid-size and top ten markets.
An award-winning author, editor and ghostwriter from Loveland, Colorado. Carol publishes prolifically in the inspirational market. In addition to authoring seven gift books, she has compiled anthologies for a number of publishers including Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing LLC, Health Communications Inc. and Publishers International Ltd.
Tracy Beckerman writes the syndicated humor column, LOST IN SUBURBIA® which is carried by over 400 newspapers nationally. Combined with her blog by the same name, which is syndicated to over 250 websites, Lost in Suburbia reaches up to ten million readers weekly.
Dr. Eva Olsson
The outbreak of World War II plunged Eva into the heart of the Holocaust: concentration camps, slave labour factories, disease, and the deaths of millions, included most of her family. Eva’s strong faith in God and in herself has enabled her to maintain a positive focus throughout the rest of her life. For 50 years she remained silent about her experiences during the Holocaust, partly out of denial and partly out of fear it might happen again.
Jan Olsson has been an elementary and secondary teacher, a high school department head in physical and health education and student services, and a secondary vice-principal and principal. Jan is co-founder of Schools That Shine with Character, a national character education conference organized by Huntsville High School.In 2010 he was selected as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership.Jan completed his Masters of Character Education at the University of San Diego in 2008.
Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
Both attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) in the 1960s and have been friends and working partners ever since. They have both lived in France for over 50 years, teaching literature and American civilization and writing English grammar and other books for French speakers.In the 70s, they both studied and got degrees in linguistics, one at the university of Vincennes, and the other at Nanterre, in Paris, hubs of new thinking in language and social science.
William Bruce Cameron
William Bruce Cameron (born 1960 in Petoskey, Michigan) is an American humor columnist. Cameron is best known as the author of the best-selling self-improvement book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was later adapted into the short-lived ABC sitcom that aired between 2002 and 2005. His book, 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, was released in 2008, and already had a Hollywood movie deal before its publication, with 89 Films and Wendy Finerman, producer of The Devil Wears Prada.