The Book I Didn’t Want to Write
Athlii Gwaii: Upholding Haida Law on Lyell Island
Sealskin and other Stories
A Tale of Two Shamans: a Haida Manga
The Orwell Tapes
War of the Blink



Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Author of War of the Blink

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas — author of War of the Blink — is the creator of Haida Manga, a distinctive fusion of pop graphics, Haida art and Japanese comic styles. His books include A Tale of Two Shamans; Flight of the Hummingbird, with an afterword by the Dalai Lama; Hachidori, a bestseller in Japan; and RED: A Haida Manga nominated for a BC Book Award, a Doug Wright Award for Best Book, and a 2010 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. RED was an Top 100 book of 2009.

Yahgulanaas is also a sculptor and graphic artist whose work is in the collections of the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver International Airport, City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops and University of British Columbia. He pulls from his 20 years of political experience in the Council of the Haida Nation and travels the world speaking to businesses, institutions and communities about social justice, community building, communication and change management. For more, see

Yahgulanaas lives on an island in the Salish Sea, with his wife and daughter.


author of War of the Blink

Tristan Hughes

Tristan Hughes

Author of Hummingbird

Tristan Hughes — author of Hummingbird

Tristan Hughes was born in Atikokan, Ontario, and brought up on the Welsh island of Ynys Mon. He has a PhD in literature from King’s College, Cambridge and has taught courses on American literature and creative writing at Cambridge, Leipzig, Bangor and Cardiff. He won the Rhys Davies Short Story Award in 2002 and wrote his first novel, The Tower (2004), while spending seven months in a body cast after breaking his back falling off the walls of a castle. Soon after he published Send My Cold Bones Home (2006) and Revenant (2008), all set on Ynys Mon and highly praised in the UK. His most recent novels Eye Lake (2011) and its follow-up, Hummingbird, are set in the northern Ontario town of Crooked River, based on Atikokan, where Hughes spent his childhood summers.

Tristan Hughes is a senior lecturer and an AHRC Fellow in Creative Writing at Cardiff University who splits his time between Cardiff and Atikokan.

Stephen Wadhams

Stephen Wadhams

Author of The Orwell Tapes

Stephen Wadhams — author of The Orwell Tapes — was born in Weymouth, England, in 1945, and joined the BBC in 1968. He spent 18 months as a volunteer broadcaster in Malawi, Africa, before moving to Canada in 1974 to join the CBC Radio program “As it Happens.” He then spent ten years as a documentary producer for “Sunday Morning,” producing many high-profile projects in Canada, the US, Europe and Africa. From 1990 to his retirement in 2016, Wadhams created radio documentaries for the CBC, helping colleagues and more than 200 members of the public tell their stories on the programs “Outfront” and “Living out Loud.”

Wadhams has won numerous Canadian and international awards, including a Prix Italia and a lifetime achievement award from Chicago’s Third Coast Festival, which described him as a “masterful documentarian” who has “earned worldwide respect as an innovative thinker, continually interested in expanding the boundaries of storytelling.” He was also in demand as a trainer and mentor for the CBC and other organizations, including the BBC, where he spent three months in 1999.

Wadhams and his wife now live in Victoria, British Columbia, where he follows his other life passion as a voice student at the Conservatory of Music and a member of the chorus of Pacific Opera Victoria.

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil — author of Sealskin — was born in Edmonton, grew up in Vancouver, and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales. He is the author of three novels—Fireball, The Drive and No Good Brother—and his short fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies in Britain, Canada and the United States. He has received a number of awards for his writing, including the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, the Wales Book of the Year People’s Prize and the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize (for “Sealskin,” in this collection). Among other things, he has worked as a tree planter, ice barge deckhand and shipyard labourer; he is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.

Erwan Larher

Erwan Larher

Erwan Larher was born in central France and attended the prestigious Sciences Po university. He left the music business after 15 years to write full-time; his first novel was published in 2010, and his third, The Male Abandoned in a Hostile Environment (2013), won the Claude-Chabrol and the Louis-Barthou literary awards. Larher was shot in the November 13, 2015 attack on the Bataclan Theater, and was lucky to escape with his life; he finished his fourth novel, Marguerite Doesn’t Like Her Butt, while recovering in hospital. His deeply moving account of this event, The Book I Didn’t Want to Write, appeared in France in August 2017 and was an immediate critical and commercial success.

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