Judges 2015

Michael B. Davie

Michael B. Davie

Michael B. Davie is President and CEO of Manor House Publishing, author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books and an award-winning career journalist who previously worked for The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and The Hamilton Spectator, and most recently served as an editor for Post Media Group, editing major newspapers across Canada including the Halifax Chronicle-Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun. His tongue-in-cheek book ‘Why Everybody Hates Toronto’ received national attention, coast-to-coast CBC radio interviews, along with national television and print media coverage and became the subject of the movie ‘Let’s All Hate Toronto,’ which had repeated airings on CBC TV. A decade into his decades-long journalism career, as a part-time student, he earned two degrees in Political Science (BA, Honours BA), with straight ‘A’s in his major. He was named to the Deans’ Honour List four straight years and won McMaster University’s Political Science Prize for exemplary academic achievement. During this time, he also completed photography and fine arts courses at Mohawk College (where he’d previously earned a Broadcast Journalism diploma) and earned a Print Journalism diploma from Niagara College. As a publisher, he has brought many talented first-time authors to public attention, including singer songwriters Ian Thomas, Jane Eamon and Gord Deppe (of the Spoons). Davie resides in Ancaster, Ontario, with wife Philippa and father-in-law Ron (since the loss of Ron’s wife June in March 2014).

Marylou McMillan

Mary Lou McMillan

It all started with Dick and Jane –my love affair with reading. I grew up on a small acreage near Charing Cross and attended a one room schoolhouse. I had a thirst for knowledge that was almost unquenchable There were a lot of chores shared by my 4 brothers and myself in my early years. After chores I searched for a private spot to read. My favourite place was under a tree where I could hide behind the trunk so no one would interrupt me. My thirst for adventure was satisfied by reading the Black Stallion mysteries and/or any story with horses. My mom took me to visit the bookmobile once a month and the librarian saved me books that she knew I would like. I grew up with Anne of Green Gables and longed to visit PEI. It was wonderful to experience all of her adventures vicariously as my life was very structured. My love for learning led me to my first career as a teacher and my favourite topic to teach was reading. It also led to my second career as a librarian. I firmly believe that the ability to read is the key to all knowledge. Reading for pleasure stimulates the imagination and takes the reader to places they have never been and allows them to experience a wide gamut of emotions. Books make me laugh, they make me cry and sometimes they make me laugh out loud. Short stories can pack quite a wallop in spite of being only the length of a chapter in the average novel. It is a privilege for me to offer my humble opinion as I act as one of the judges for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literacy Award. I am looking forward to it. Thanks for writing your stories.

Rachel Letofsky

Rachel Letofsky

Rachel Letofsky is a graduate of both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined The Cooke Agency in 2010 and is currently an Associate Agent. She frequently travels throughout Canada and the US to take part in quick-pitch sessions, moderate panels and host workshops for authors at writer’s festivals and literary events such as Bloody Words, PNWA, CanSCAIP, SiWC, VWF, NorthWords and Quick Brown Fox Writer’s Workshops. Rachel has previously acted as a judge for the HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction since its inauguration in 2013, as well as the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s annual Writing Awards in 2014 and is looking forward to reading and evaluating the submissions for this year’s John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award.  Awaiting confirmation and bio