Catharine Parr Traill, née Strickland, pioneer writer, botanist (b at London, Eng 9 Jan 1802; d at Lakefield, Ont 29 Aug 1899). In 1832 Traill immigrated to Canada with her husband, half-pay Lieutenant Thomas Traill, and settled on the Otonabee River near Peterborough, next door to her sister Susanna Moodie.
In 2000 Paul Haggis moved on to the riskier business of writing and producing movies. He discovered an unpublished collection of short stories, Rope Burns, by F.X. Toole, and secured the film rights. He wrote the script for Million Dollar Baby and submitted it to Clint Eastwood's production company.
Hannah Moscovitch, playwright (born 5 June 1978 in Ottawa, ON). Winner of multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards and a nominee for the Governor General’s Award, Hannah Moscovitch’s most acclaimed works thus far are herplays East of Berlin, Essay, and The Russian Play. She isone of Canada’s most produced and prominent contemporary playwrights.
After the 1968 Soviet invasion, Skvorecky and his wife, the actress-novelist Zdena Salivarova, came to Toronto, where Skvorecky served as writer-in-residence at the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO for a year and in 1971 joined its English department, where he taught literature and film until 1990.