John Bemroseís first novel, The Island Walkers, was a national bestseller and a finalist for The Giller Prize. Bemrose is also well known as an arts journalist whose articles and profiles have appeared regularly in Macleanís, where he is a contributing editor. In the past, he has written for CBC Radioís Ideas, for the National Film Board, for the Globe and Mail, and for numerous other publications. He has also written a play, Mother Moon, produced by the National Arts Centre, and has published two poetry collections. Bemrose grew up in Paris, Ontario, the place that inspired the setting for The Island Walkers. His second novel, The Last Woman, will be released in September of 2009.
Festivals: 2009 (fall)