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Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices



Key figures in the creation of the book,
the livre d'artiste
and the theatrical production.

The Poet

Leon Rooke

An energetic and prolific storyteller, Leon Rooke's writing is characterized by inventive language, experimental form and an extreme range of characters with distinctive voices. He has written a number of plays for radio and stage, more than three hundred short stories, and seven critically acclaimed novels, including Shakespeare's Dog, which won the Governor General's Award in 1983. Rooke was invested into the Order of Canada in 2007.

The Artist

Tony Calzetta

Since receiving his BFA from the University of Windsor and his MFA from York University, Tony Calzetta has exhibited continually in solo and group exhibitions. He works mainly on canvas and paper and at times in sculpture and printmaking. In addition to commissioned works, he is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Tony Calzetta was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2004.

The Dramaturge

David Ferry

Award-winning actor, director and dramaturge David Ferry has worked nationally and internationally across many genres of theatre. As a published editor and scholar he has focused on the work of his mentor, poet/playwright James Reaney as well as other Canadian playwrights. His work as a dramaturge through his company Appledore Productions has helped authors to develop many successful plays, and have included DORA, Chalmers, and Governor General’s Awards nominees.

The Publisher

Tim Inkster

Tim Inkster is cited in Robert Bringhurst's The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada as the most celebrated book designer in Canada, with 43 citations over the past three decades. Inkster is a member of the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and the Order of Canada (CM); he has won silver and bronze medals for book design in Leipzig, and he has received a citation from the Art Directors' Club of New York. Inkster is one of a very few artisanal book publishers in Canada who runs the Heidelberg KORD himself.

The Producer

Marc Glassman

Marc Glassman is an event producer, editor, film programmer, writer and broadcaster. He is the Artistic Director of Pages UnBound (formerly known as This is Not a Reading Series), a multi-disciplinary project that explores the creative process in literature. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Ryerson's MFA in Documentary Media programme, as editor-in-chief of Point of View and Montage magazines, and as senior programmer for the Planet in Focus environmental film festival. His weekly film reviews air on Classical 96.3 FM in Toronto.

The Sculptor

Max Streicher

Max Streicher is a Toronto-based sculptor and installation artist. Known for his work using inflatable technology in kinetic scultures and installation works, his art has been exhibited across Canada in museums and galleries such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Edmonton Art Gallery, and Saskatoon's Mendel Art Gallery. His works have also been displayed internationally, with several residing in collections including Vienna's ESSL Museum, and Tokyo's Hara Museum. Streicher was a founding memeber of the Toronto art group the Nethermind collective in the 1990s.

The Musician

Richard Whiteman

Richard Whiteman is a talented and versatile musician who has for over twenty years performed profesionally at major music venues worldwide. He has played in major Toronto jazz venues, with orchestras and big bands, in new music concerts and classical crossover groups, and in musical theatre. In addition to leading his own group and playing in the Al Henderson Quintet, he is an in-demand accompanist as well as an educator teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at Humber College and York University.

The Educator

Darlene Spencer

Darlene Spencer is an actor, director, educator and Artistic Director of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She has performed nationwide for television, film and stage audiences and has directed over 40 theatrical productions, including Myra's Story by Brian Foster, Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Water by Brad Curtain. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from York University in Theatre Performance and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo Drama Department.

The Film Editor

Jonas Crawley

Jonas Crawley has contributed his talents to the entertainment industry for over twenty years. An experienced video editor based in Toronto, he has worked on a variety of projects for film, animated and reality television, documentary and many others.

The Curator

Tom Smart

Art gallery director, curator, advisor and writer Tom Smart is noted for his award-winning, critical biographies, catalogues and books on Canadian artists. He has worked in art galleries and museums across Canada and the United States, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection where he was Executive Director from 2006–2010. Currently, Smart is Deputy Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Sudbury, and special advisor to Toronto's Museum of Inuit Art. His bi-weekly column, The Curator, appears in Saint John's Telegraph-Journal.

The Librarian

Don McLeod

Don McLeod is the editor of the Devil's Artisan, Canada's journal of the printing arts, as well as acquisitions coordinator and liaison librarian for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto's Robarts Library. In addition, he sits on the board of the IRN North America, is the Secretary of the Board and Chair, Publications Committee, of the Champlain Society, and is a Vice-President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada.

The Editor

Chandra Wohleber

Editor Chandra Wohleber joined The Porcupine's Quill as a copyeditor and proofreader in 2010 and has since been promoted to fiction editor. Her expertise in the publishing industry has been honed through experience as a bookseller as well as a publishing professional. She trained at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York, and currently works as a freelance editor for a number of publishing companies large and small in Canada and the United States.

The Project Manager-in-Training

Stephanie Small

Stephanie Small completed her Master's degree at Trent University and recently graduated from the Humber College Book Publishing program. Stephanie trained in digital sales and marketing as an intern at HarperCollins Canada and contributes her ability to develop and implement new web initiatives, manage our corporate social media presences, and implement email marketing campaigns. She moonlights as a freelance ebook developer and web designer.

The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.

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