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Hall of Fame Nominees
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|Margaret Atwood Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC FRSL (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight childrenâ€™s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Atwood is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents. As a novelist and poet, Atwood’s works encompass a variety of themes including the power of language, gender and identity, religion and myth, climate change, and “power politics.” Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age. Among her contributions to Canadian literature, Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Writers’ Trust of Canada. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood|
“Dexter thrust a pamphlet into Samuel’s hand. “Greenstreet Mission. We’re doing a Christmas dinner. You can get a meal and hear the word of God.” Samuel smiled in relief. This, finally, he understood. “Which word?” “What?” “Well, God’s said a lot of words, you know, and a word like ‘it’ or ‘the’ wouldn’t be worth hearing again but its always fun listening to Him try and say aluminum.” Â Â – Tanya Huff –
Tanya Sue Huff (born 1957) is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her Blood Books series, featuring detective Vicki Nelson, was adapted for television under the title Blood Ties.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Huff was raised in Kingston, Ontario. Her first sale as a writer was to The Picton Gazette when she was ten. They paid $10 for two of her poems. Huff joined the Canadian Naval Reserve in 1975 as a cook, ending her service in 1979. In 1982 she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario; she was in the same class as noted science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer; they collaborated on their final TV Studio Lab assignment, a short science-fiction show.
In the early 1980s she worked at Mr. Gameway’s Ark, a game store in Downtown Toronto. From 1984 to 1992 she worked at Bakka, North America’s oldest surviving science fiction book store, in Toronto. During this time she wrote seven novels and nine short stories, many of which were subsequently published. Her first professional sale was to George Scithers, the editor of Amazing Stories in 1985, who bought her short story “Third Time Lucky“. She was a member of the Bunch of Seven writing group. In 1992, after living for 13 years in downtown Toronto, she moved with her four large cats to rural Ontario, where she currently resides with her wife, fellow fantasy writer Fiona Patton. Her current pet population consists of six cats and what she describes as an “unintentional chihuahua“.
Huff is one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy, a subgenre pioneered by Charles de Lint. Many of the scenes in her stories are near places where she has lived or frequented in Toronto, Kingston, and elsewhere. This author frequently uses as character names the names of people in her circle of acquaintances. A prolific author, “she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera.”
She appeared in a 2009 documentary Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror.
Eileen Kernaghan grew up on a dairy farm outside Grindrod, B.C., Canada, population 600. The reading material she found on the family shelves – Greek myths, historical novels, G. A. Henty‘s boys’ adventure books, a collection of Weird Tales and Thrilling Wonder Stories – helped to shape her writing career.
Her first published story, written when she was twelve, appeared in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. It earned her a byline, an illustration, and a cheque for $12.65. Her next appearance in print, twenty years later, was with a cover story in the New York science fiction magazine Galaxy. She went on to write the “Grey Isles” series, a Bronze Age trilogy based on the origins of Stonehenge. Journey to Aprilioth, Songs from the Drowned Lands and The Sarsen Witch were published by Ace Books during the 1980s.
As for her day jobs, they’ve included elementary school teaching, arts administration, operating a used bookstore with her husband Pat, and, for many years, teaching creative writing at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, and Port Moody’s Kyle Centre. She has three adult children and four grandchildren.
Not only is Eileen a highly credited author, she’s also been giving back to the writing community for many, many years.Eileen has won multiple awards, including the Silver Medal Award for original fantasy from West Coast Review of Books, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CASPAR) Award, an Aurora Award, and a Canada 124 Medal for community arts activism.
She has been an active member of SF Canada for many years and was one of the first published women science fiction writers in the country.
Involved with the Burnaby Writers Society since the mid-sixties Eileen has worked tirelessly to provide market information and mentoring through the meetings and newsletter. She’s also a regular supporter of the Burnaby Writers Society reading series, Eileen has taught a Manuscript Workshop in Burnaby at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since the early nineties, as well as at Port Moody’s Kyle Centre, helping many authors improve their skills.
Eileen has been a part of VCon, Vancouver’s regional Science Fiction convention, since the very beginning, attending almost every year as a participant on panels, as well as givingÂ her time to the Turkey Readings in order to raise money for charity. Eileen has been a mentor to so many in the writing community, including myself and other authors like Linda Demeulemeester. For me personally, Eileen has been a tremendous instructor, motivator and friend in the publishing industry. I believe she is deserving of this honour.