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Indie Author Day in Pickering October 13, 2018

Indie Author Days


Authors Reprise Indie Author Day at the Pickering Central Library October 13, 2018

Independent authors and publishers display their works at the Pickering Central Library the week of October 8-13th as part of the celebrations of Indie Author Day. Check out the talent within a 100 km radius of Pickering. "Discoverability" is the theme of the panel in the Pickering Library Auditorium on October 13 starting at 1 p.m. Authors and Indie publishers will discuss blogs, vlogs, trailers, podcasts, blasts--all the ways authors, artists and crafters use to let the world discover them. Meet authors and Indie publishers. Cryssa Bazos, A.B. Funkhauser, Peter Fritze, Lucy E.M. Black, Connie di Pietro, Grant Karcich, Angie Littlefield, Geoff Taylor, Manjit Singh, Gwen Tuinman and more. In 2017, the Ontario Library Association awarded the partnership of Indies, the PineRidge Arts Council and the Pickering Public Library a coveted 'poster session' at the provincial conference attended by thousands of librarians from across the province. Watch this page for additional authors signing on.

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2018 Titles

  Lucy E.M. Black Shell Game by A.B. Funkhauser Crook's Hill  
  Tom Thomson: A Fine Kettle of Friends Allucinor: The Element of Romance Tom Thomson's Last Bonfire by Geoff Taylor  

2018 Authors

Cryssa Bazos

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.

Lucy Black

Lucy E.M. Black

Author of Eleanor Courtown

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.

A.B. Funkhauser

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 released in September 2017 by Solstice Publishing.

Peter Fritze

Peter Fritze

Author of Crook’s Hill

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.

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.


Connie Di Pietro

Author of Allucinor: the Element of Romanc

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.

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:

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.

Gwen Tuinman

Gwen Tuinman

The Wellspring Podcasts

Gwen Tuinman is a fiction writer, and also the host and producer of The Wellspring Podcastwhere she digs for details that form the bedrock of her novels and short stories. Episodes feature curious facts about bygone days plus interviews with history buffs revisiting life in the past. Gwen’s writing appears in The Renaissance Anthology, Wunderlit, and online at The Litter I See Project. She is also the founder of The Wild Nellies, a performing collective of dynamic women creatives that raises funds in support of women escaping domestic violence. Gwen lives on an urban homestead with her husband and three hens.
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Grant Karcich

Grant Karcich

The Legacy of Vanished Trails

Grant Karcich has written articles and books on Canadian history and genealogy spanning twenty-five years. He is the author of six books and has published articles in Arch Notes, Families, Devil's Artisan, Ontario Professional Surveyor, and Database Canada. He is a professional librarian having worked from the Canadian Arctic to Virginia and in between. He has also provided information services including database training and records management. Now he is engaged in writing activities in anthropology and local history in his ultimate love of human origin. |


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