Marq de Villiers is a veteran journalist, magazine editor and writer, who has worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow, South Africa, and other places. He has travelled extensively, especially in Africa, and has written twelve books on travel, history and natural history, some of them co-authored with Sheila Hirtle. He has also "ghosted" several others for subjects as varied as a convicted (but later freed) murderer and a deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. He won a Governor General's Award in 1999 for his Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, and the Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non Fiction for A Dune Adrift, a book on Sable Island, written with Sheila Hirtle. His most recent book, a re-telling of the Bluenose story called Witch in the Wind was published by Thomas Allen and Co. in 2007. Works in progress include Timbuktu: The Sahara's Fabled City of Gold, to be published in the fall of 2007 by McClelland and Stewart in Canada and Walker and Co. in the U.S.; and A Short History of Natural Calamities, to be published by Penguin in 2008.

Festival: 2008 (Spring)

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