Interesting in self-publishing your work? Looking for some guidance and answers? D.I.Y. is a panel discussion featuring self-published authors with diverse and unique experiences. Moderated by Valentina Ciric from the Toronto Public Library’s Asquith Press, The D.I.Y. Self-Publishing Panel Discussion is Saturday, September 16 from 4-5:30pm at the East York Civic Centre.
Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring self-published authors Lia D. Munro (Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette), Sharon Smith (A Silent Bugle), and Nathalie Prezeau (Toronto Street Art Strolls). Moderated by Valentina Ciric of the Toronto Public Library’s Asquith Press.
Lia Davis Munro
Lia lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband and a snuggly cockapoo named Fynn. She holds a Masters of Arts in Drama from York University with a focus on the theatre of the women’s suffrage movement. During her time at York, Lia was published in the Canadian Theatre Review and Excalibur: York University Newspaper. Lia has worked as a dramaturge, director, and producer in the independent theatre scene in Toronto since 2012. Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette is her debut novel. Lia is currently working on publishing the second book in this series while developing the Cozy Writer’s Room, a series of online tools to help writers find time to connect to their writing practice.
Sharon Cecelia Smiths’ long relationship with the written word has spanned a four decade career as a songwriter and performing stage artist. A Silent Bugle, as an inaugural work that marks her departure from poetic prose, is a digest of the journals she kept while caring for her Father throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s. The book has spawned the creation of a workshop called Who cares For the Caregiver which she is planning to launch in the new year. Sharon is currently working on a childrens’ book as well as a co- write with her son about his years as a modern day hobo. Sharon moves between her home in Chatham and travels with her partner to Toronto and Montreal.
Nathalie Prézeau is an ex-Montrealer who moved to Toronto 25 years ago. An MBA specialized marketing from McGill University, she worked for the French side of TVOntario and was a weekly columnist in L’Express de Toronto before starting her own small company Word-of-Mouth Production in 1999. She has since self-published four popular guides: Toronto Fun Places, about family outings in and around the GTA (now in its 5th edition), Toronto Urban Strolls 1 (which made the Globe and Mail best-sellers list upon its release in 2011 and now in its 2nd ed.), Toronto Urban Strolls 2 (released in 2013) and her new walking guide Toronto Street Art Strolls revealing the truly whimsical side of 43 neighbourhoods in Toronto (released in Spring 2017). Prézeau was a weekly columnist for the French radio of CBC for over six years and is now a regular contributor to the national radio French show Culture Club, hosted in Montreal.
Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto Her latest book is “Water Is…” a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist, which was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. www.NinaMunteanu.ca; www.NinaMunteanu.me
This event is part of the Weekend of Words, a free, three-day celebration of language and literary arts in east Toronto from September 15-17 at the East York Civic Centre, presented by East End Arts. See the full weekend lineup including an exhibition, readings, performances, workshops, and activities: www.eastendarts.ca/weekend-of-words