Interview with Nancy Mauro

Nancy Mauro is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel New World Monkeys and The Sugar Thief, a novel about a secret pastry recipe that upends the lives of an entire immigrant family. Nancy grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where her Italian-Canadian family owned the bakery that invented the wildly popular (and equally... Continue Reading →

Interview with Brent Scollie

Brent Scollie, a graduate of Fort William Collegiate Institute, Queen’s University and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Library Science, retired from the federal public service in 1997. His insights on the Victorian era in Thunder Bay are derived from many years of research. This has resulted in numerous publications about the period mostly focussed... Continue Reading →

Interview with The Kao

Photo by Amber Hayes The Kao is Vincent Kao, an illustrator and comic artist known for his slice-of-life Web series, Mondo Mango, and the Prism Award-winning webcomic Magical Boy. Vincent graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. His work includes storyboarding, comics for independent studios, covers and posters... Continue Reading →

Interview with Evan S. Sullivan

Evan S. Sullivan lives in Ontario, Canada, with his fiancé, their very good dog, and their very just fine cat. Evan teaches university writing courses; in his free time he enjoys travelling, playing the piano, replaying his favorite video games, and continuing his 10-year wait for the next installment in his favorite book series to... Continue Reading →

Interview with Patricia Caine

Patricia Caine (nee Rusnak) is originally from Thunder Bay, ON. She wrote the book Gedo’s Hammer, Baba’s Borscht: Raising a Family in Current River, 1929-1989 after transcribing stories from her parents, who were both immigrants from Ukraine. She also has a blog, The Rusnaks, where she shares recipes as a tribute to her parents, for... Continue Reading →

Interview with Gloria Koster

Gloria Koster is a children's author and elementary school librarian. Gloria is a member of the Children's Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education, and the Women’s National Book Association. She is the author of The Peanut-Free Café, Little Red Ruthie, and Mitzi's Mitzvah. Her newest book, Dance the Hora, Isadora! will be... Continue Reading →

Interview with Ryan Dowd

Ryan J. Dowd has spent most of his career as Executive Director of a large homeless shelter near Chicago. In addition, he trains organizations around the globe (including libraries, homeless shelters, and hospitals) on how to use empathy-driven enforcement with homeless individuals. He is the author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness and A Homeless... Continue Reading →

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