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The third installment in the celebrated illustrated series about Amazing Atlantic Canadians, featuring incredible women from across the region.
About the authors
I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and lived there till I came to my senses and moved to downtown Toronto, where I lived till I REALLY came to my senses and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ahhh, that’s better.I started writing soon as I figured out how to hold a pencil. I have done very little in the way of developing other skills, though I am reasonably good at talking on the radio, and I am a pretty great cook.I wrote Homing in November 2003 for NaNoWriMo…actually, I took on the challenge for a radio story for CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera. I was working there at the time, my colleagues liked my pitch, I experienced a brief moment of triumph before the head-splitting realization set in that, god damn it, I was going to have to write a novel.I procrastinated, blardy blardy blah, ended up writing several tens of thousands of words in about three days near the end of November, ended up with a finished, but flawed manuscript, and spent the next few years alternately polishing and ignoring it.Then along came Robbie from Invisible Publishing with an offer to make it into a book, and that was that.Homing won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award in 2008. I had such an outer body experience when they called my name, I didn’t even turn to look at, let alone kiss, my husband. I just bolted for the podium to accept my award. Because I am all class.I am working on another novel. It’s called Fallsy Downsies, and it’s about a bunch of singer songwriters who end up spending a lot of time crammed in a car, heading west. It’s loads of fun to write, when I get around to it.Homing was optioned by Lady Hammond Entertainment in spring 2009, and I am writing the screenplay. I sound so confident when I put it that way, don’t I?
Penelope Jackson is a writer and editor living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
James Bentley lives and works on the small island of Île-Perrot, just off Montreal, Québec. He studied and began his career as a freelance illustrator; a practice which gave him a great love for drawing. Anchored in figuration, he now works mainly with acrylic on canvas and acrylic and pastel on paper. Bentley's current body of work is focused on the ocean, portraits, and figure studies. He is always on the search to paint in an inventive, open manner.