Canadian Authors WIBA 2019 Reviewers

Whistler Independent Book Awards partners, Canadian Authors, review and evaluate the shortlisted titles for the annual WIBAs. They also provide detailed evaluations for all submissions. These are administered by the Metro Vancouver branch of the association.

Matthew BennMatthew Binn is an author and IT consultant from Oakville. He has served as national chair of the Canadian Authors Association and secretary of the Canadian Copyright Institute, and is also a licensed humanist wedding officiant, and the bassist and backup shouter in a punk band. His latest novel, Brendan’s Way, was published by Bundoran Press. Matthew’s website.

Marlene Cheng
Marlene Cheng
I’ve worked in cancer research, taught at tech schools, become a registered massage therapist, taken up energy schooling in NY, married and raised two kids, and, at 73, published A Many Layered Skirt, a biography about a young Chinese girl trying to keep one frightening step ahead of the soldiers, during the Japanese occupation.
My husband, of 56 years, was Chinese. Our mixed marriage was intriguing, and happiness was ours. Interests in people, cultures and places took us around the world. Many of those adventures find their way into my writing. He passed away, throwing my life into chaos. Now, I’ve picked up the pen, again. I hope to publish A Mystical Embrace, the third book in a contemporary romance series, soon. Marlene’s website.

Brian DouglasBrian Douglas The stories I’ve told others, (some true – some bullshit), and the stories I’ve told myself (mostly bullshit), have made up the man I am today. I’ve learned that transparency and authenticity are the two most valuable contributors to good story telling … and good living. I am a writer of fiction. The words I write hold no truth. Nevertheless, mired within the untruth are the truths I have come to believe through a lifetime of mistakes, pain and brokenness. More importantly however, they are the truths I have come know through much grace, mercy, compassion and hope. My writing is birthed from my career as a clinical therapist. Years of dealing with human suffering, much the result of poorly made choices, gives me a unique perspective and authority to speak to issues pertaining to our humanness. My writing reflects the nature of good and evil that is part and parcel of the human condition. Brian’s website.

Joyce GoodwinJoyce Goodwin is writer and visual artist who emigrated to North Vancouver, Canada, from Ireland in 1989. A retired Government Social Worker she writes poetry and creative non-fiction. Her award-winning work has been published in magazines and numerous anthologies. Her words are etched in glass at the Lynn Valley library. A North Shore Writers Association executive member for many years, she is a co-founder of the literary cafe, Dare To Be Heard. She served on the board of the Canadian Authors Association and has been both judge and trustee for a number of national writing contests and book award contests.

Karen LeeKaren J Lee writes memoir, humour, and personal essay. Her work has appeared in PRISM international’s Love & Sex issue, The Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments column and in the Caitlin Press anthology, This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone. She is an alumna of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the Humber School of Writing.

Marion LovelaceMarion Lovelace
B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. in English, French, History, ESL, Curriculum Development
Instructor: ESL college level, ESL Teacher trainer
Publications:
Novel: Dance With the Angels (Pegausus Press, Victoria) 2014, eBook
Textbooks: Words Worth Learning (VCC Press) 15 short stories
TESOL Inservice Certificate Program, Teaching Reading and Writing; TEFL Training Project, English for Aviation
The Muse Journal (Toronto), poem, ‘Victoriana’
President’s Choice (Santa Cruz) Poetry Award for ‘City of the Dead: La Recoleta’
Marion’s website

The Whistler Independent Book AwardsMyrtle Siebert Myrtle lived her early life on a floathouse on the remote BC coast. Having no expectation of life after high school but marriage and children, her whole life changed upon presentation of a five-year scholarship. During employment as a secondary teacher she completed a textbook in Metric measure –  the first in Canada. This brought an educational publisher asking her to prepare a text for them. A passion for family history research brought new information about her paternal grandparents and visits to Norway. Three memoirs followed. Myrtle’s website.

Carol TulparCarol Tulpar, vice-president and publicity chair of Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver, co-ordinates the reviews for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. With a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University, Carol completed the Writer’s Studio in 2011, then served as a writing mentor at SFU Surrey for the six-year duration of the TWS affiliate Southbank program. Carol’s website.