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Indie Author | Publisher Days in Pickering 2017

Indie Author Days

pickering dates ~ October 19 to 22

Meet 'N' Greet Local Authors

Angie Littlefield ~ October 19, 4:30-8:00 pm
and October 22nd

Geoff Taylor ~ October 22nd Panel

Peter Fritze ~ October 21, 1-3 pm
and October 22nd Panel

Manjit Singh ~ October 22nd Panel

Joe Mahoney ~ October 22nd Panel

Connie Di Pietro ~ October 22nd Panel

Bill Allen

Christine Cowley ~ October 22nd Panel Moderator

Lucy E.M. Black ~ October 19th from 2-4pm
and October 22nd from 3-4

Cryssa Bazos ~ October 21 from 11 am to 1 pm
October 22nd from 3-4

A. B. Funkhauser ~ October 21 from 11 am to noon
October 22nd from 3-4

Roundtable October 22 ~ 1 to 4 pm


Pickering Central Library, Auditorium

1:00-1:15 Welcome and introduction to event by
Angie Littlefield and Jessica Trinier (Adult Client Services Specialist)

1:15 - 2:15 Panel moderated by Christine Cowley, author, radio host and Indie author supporter

2:15-2:30 questions from the floor

2:30-2:45 break to look at books and coffee/tea

2:45 to 4:00 "Talk to the authors"
book signings/sales.


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Pickering Public Library

One The Esplanade
Pickering | L1V 6K7 |

Angie Littlefield

Marangi Editions

Pineridge Arts Council

indie author day

Moss Pillow Publishing



next Indie Author day

October 13, 2018


Panel Moderator:
Christine Cowley,
Moss Pillow Publishing

Meet the Panel:
Geoff, Connie, Joe, Peter and Manjit

Getting into the independent publishing and self-publishing world can be intimidating. As writers, it is totally normal to feel of a bit of internal conflict: to love your work, but also question your validity. Will people really read what I have to offer? What will my life be like as a published author? What should I expect in the world of independent and self-publishing? MORE

Angie Littlefield: Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends Tom Thomson's Last Bonfire by Geoff Taylor False Guilt A Time and a Place
A Collection of Works by Florence Helena McGillivray by WC Allen The Marzipan Fruit Basket by Lucy EM Black Butchers, Bakers and Building the Lakers: Voices of Collingwood Shell Game by A.B. Funkhauser  

Angie Littlefield

Angie Littlefield

Author of Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends

Author, Curator, Educator and Editor Angie Littlefield previously explored Canadian artist Tom Thomson’s family heritage and the Toronto
neighbourhoods in which he lived. Now she tackles his life through his friends and food. Angie’s eclectic interests in art and writing have led to exhibitions in Canada and Germany and children’s books in Nunavut and Tristan da Cunha. She has written about Weimar photographer Ilse Salberg, dada artist Angelika Hoerle and about art as dissent. She recently edited Ruth Abernethy’s Life and Bronze. Angie lives in Toronto with her husband David.

Geoff Taylor

Geoff Taylor

Author of Tom Thomson's Last Bonfire

Geoff Taylor has been telling stories and paddling Algonquin Park for over fifty years. He is a stay-at-home defenceman and a proud Dad who grows garlic and plays sloppy mandolin. Geoff lives in Milbrook, Ontario.  Tom Thomson's Last Bonfire is his first novel.

Peter Fritze

Peter Fritze

Author of The Case for Killing and False Guilt

Peter Fritze practiced law as a solicitor in an Ontario government agency, partner in a major Toronto law firm and general counsel of a Canadian multinational. He’s now following his lifetime interest in storytelling by writing mysteries.

In April 2014, Peter self-published The Case for Killing. Against the backdrop of a fictitious Toronto law firm, two plans for murder collide. In February 2015, he also self-published False Guilt, in which a lawyer’s past involvement with murder follows him from Toronto to Rome.
Peter’s third mystery, Crook’s Hill, is due out shortly. Insider trading, ugly secrets and death envelop fractious brothers.
Peter was raised in Dundas, Ontario and has lived in Toronto since university.


Manjit Singh

Manjit Singh

Walking Through and Other Stories (is a co-authored collection of short stories)

Manjit Singh is a high school teacher and has hosted Multicultural Radio. An earlier version of Buckets of Wonderment, Manjit's short story featured in her debut publication, placed as a finalist in the ‘2016 Open Season Award for Fiction’ in The Malahat Review.

Story excerpts, profiles of all contributing authors and a CBC Radio interview featuring Walking Through and Other Stories may be accessed by visiting:

Joe Mahoney

Joe Mahoney

Author of A Time and a Place

Joe Mahoney works full-time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he’s helped make many radio shows over the years. His short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece.

Joe lives in Whitby with his wife and two daughters, and their golden retriever and Siberian forest cat. A Time and a Place is his first novel.

Christine Cowley

Christine Cowley, Founder and Managing Editor of Moss Pillow Publishing

Author of Butchers, Bakers and Building the Lakers: Voices of Collingwood

Christine Cowley is a fiction and non-fiction author, and has written and/or collaborated on more than 30 books, both traditionally and self-published. She currently has several works in progress, including her first novel. With many years experience as a writing coach, editor, publisher, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and television and radio host, Christine pursues her many interests with exuberance, curiosity and the desire to always be learning. Christine founded Moss Pillow Publishing, providing writing and micro-publishing services for corporate, personal and family histories. Storylines, Christine’s weekly book-talk radio show, can be heard Saturdays at 8 am EST and Wednesday evenings at 11 pm, on The Bay 88.7 FM, and at

Lucy Black

Lucy E.M. Black

Author of The Marzipan Fruit Basket

Lucy E.M. Black studied creative writing at the undergraduate level and later earned an M.A. in nineteenth-century British fiction.  She has also studied at the Sage Hill School of Writing, the Humber College School of Writing, and the University of Toronto Creative Writing Programme. A Hawk in Winter won third prize in the 2014 International Rubery Short Story Competition. Her short stories have been published in Cyphers Magazine, Fast Forward Fiction, Gargoyle Magazine, under the gum tree, the Hawai’i Review, Forge, Temenos Fiction, Romance Magazine, Vintage Script, and The Antigonish Review. The Marzipan Fruit Basket, a debut collection of her short fiction, was released by Inanna Publications in June 2017. Her first novel, Eleanor Courtown, is being published by Seraphim Editions, October 2017.  She lives with her husband in a small town near Toronto.

Connie Di Pietro

Connie Di Pietro

Author of Purgatorium

Connie Di Pietro, lives the small village life in Brooklin, Ontario with her husband, four kids, a barn cat and an Old English sheepdog named Odin, the dog of dogs. Though she writes horror, and has been dubbed the ‘Queen of Macabre’, Connie’s also known to dabble in the historical, romance and fantasy realms. Connie is an award winning author and slam poet. A long-time member of the WCDR, she makes time to pursue her passion for writing by contributing to 2 regular writer’s circles. Connie takes great pleasure in editing other writer’s work, and believes it strengthens her own writing chops. You are most likely to find Connie behind a computer, typing furiously, in a room surrounded by books, or writing and editing in her backyard oasis. For more information on Connie Di Pietro, please visit, or follow her on twitter, @scribescribbles and Facebook.

Cryssa Bazos

Author of Traitor's Knot

Cryssa Bazos is an award winning historical fiction writer and 17th century enthusiast with a particular interest in the English Civil War. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Romantic Novelist Association and is a co-editor and contributor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog. Her debut novel, Traitor's Knot, is published by Endeavour Press. For more stories, visit her blog.

A.B. Funkhauser

Author of Shell Game: A Black Cat Novel

A.B. Funkhauser is a funeral director, classic car nut and wildlife enthusiast living in Pickering Ontario. Like most funeral directors, she is governed by a strong sense of altruism fueled by the belief that life chooses us, not we it. A devotee of the gonzo style pioneered by the late Hunter S. Thompson, Funkhauser attempts to shine a light on difficult subjects by aid of humorous storytelling. “In gonzo, characters operate without filters, which means they say and do the kinds of things we cannot in an ordered society. Results are often comic, but, hopefully, instructive.”

Funkhauser’s debut novel, Heuer Lost and Found, is the winner of the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll for Best Horror 2015, and the New Apple EBook Award 2016 for Horror. Her sophomore effort, Scooter Nation, is the winner of the New Apple Ebook Award 2016 for Humor, and the winner Best Humor Summer Indie Book Awards 2016. Shell Game: A Black Cat Novel was recently released in September 2017 by Solstice Publishing.


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