Meet the fabulous speakers of the very first Yukon Nonfiction Festival!
These four women will come to Whitehorse to inspire, encourage and celebrate the craft of nonfiction. Two authors, two industry powerhouses in great weekend.
Dr. Monia Mazigh: Academic, novelist and human rights advocate. Born in Tunisia, she immigrated to Canada in 1991. Dr. Mazigh was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. Dr. Mazigh campaigned vigorously for her husband’s release. In January 2007, her husband finally received an apology from the Canadian government. Dr. Mazigh authored Hope and Despair in 2008 which documents the ordeal and the campaign to clear his name. She has written two highly regarded novels that explore Muslim issues. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.
Cea Sunrise Person: Author of two bestselling memoirs, North of Normal and Nearly Normal. Her books chronicle her wilderness childhood and dramatic move into a modeling career at age thirteen. She has made many appearances to speak about her unique life, including a TEDx talk. After living in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Munich and Milan, Cea is now happily settled in Vancouver with her husband and three children.
Trena White: Principal of Page Two, a publishing agency based in Vancouver, and literary agent at Transatlantic Agency. Before launching Page Two, Trena held several other publishing roles, including publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, running a publishing program of sixty new books each year; non-fiction editor at McClelland & Stewart; and communications manager of the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Association. She has a master of publishing degree from Simon Fraser University and is now adjunct professor in publishing at the university.
Jen Gauthier: Director of Sales and Marketing, Greystone Books, a Canadian publisher specializing in a wide range of non-fiction books. At Greystone, Jen has overseen the sales and marketing of a number of bestsellers including Letters to My Grandchildren, by David Suzuki; Gut, by Giulia Enders; and The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. Jen previously worked at D&M Publishers and BookNet Canada, and currently serves on the board of the Association of BC Book Publishers.
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