Leonard Cohen is backstage at Hamilton Place, having just performed an epic concert for an ecstatic audience. He's still wearing the hat, and with the double-breasted suit that threatens to engulf his slight frame, the rakish fedora lends him the air of a gangster from a lost age.
Charles William Gordon, pen name Ralph Connor, clergyman, novelist (b in Glengarry Cy, Canada W 13 Sept 1860; d at Winnipeg 31 Oct 1937). The most successful Canadian novelist in the early 20th century, Gordon used literature as a pulpit to preach his energetic branch of "red-blooded Christianity.
Anne Giardini of Kamloops, B.C., almost drove into the back of a wood-chip truck when she heard the news on her car radio last week. An announcer had just revealed that her mother, Winnipeg-based novelist Carol Shields, had won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Stone Diaries.
Sondra Gotlieb, author (b at Winnipeg 30 Dec 1936). Educated in Winnipeg, she has published 2 novels: True Confections (1978), subtitled Or How My Family Arranged My Marriage, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and First Lady, Last Lady (1981), a lively tale of diplomatic life.
Gordon Korman, writer (born at Montréal, 23 Oct 1963). Raised in Montréal until 1970 when his family moved to Thornhill, Ont, Gordon Korman moved to the United States to attend New York University and received a BA in Dramatic and Visual Writing with a minor in Motion Picture and Television in 1985.
Wayne Johnston, novelist (born at Goulds, NL 22 May 1958). Born in a small community just south of St John's, Wayne Johnston spent most of his childhood moving from place to place within the St John's area - a fact reflected in his semi-autobiographical first novel, The Story of Bobby O'Malley.
Claire Harris, poet (born 13 June 1937 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad). Harris has written numerous collections of poetry since her first volume, Fables from the Women’s Quarters, was published in 1984. Her work has garnered national and international acclaim — she was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Fables won the Commonwealth Award for Poetry. Harris’ poetry often voices the psychological struggles experienced by women of color who face oppression and violence.