Canmore is rich with published authors, whether its history, trail guides, fiction, environmental/sustainability subjects, travel literature or childrens books...... Canmore's talent has you covered.
Katrina Rosen loves the outdoors. Along with her husband, Mike, they’ve raised their son to believe it’s entirely normal to sleep in huts and tents as often as your own bed, and to spend as much time as possible biking, skiing, hiking, and playing. Eager to share her passions and inspire others, Katrina works as a hiking and cycling guide in the Rocky Mountains, opening up her guests’ minds to the forgotten possibilities in life. When she’s not roaming through the wilderness or competing in ridiculously long races, she can be found curled up by a fire with a cup of coffee, poring over maps and dreaming up adventures. Katrina and her family live in Canmore, Alberta.
Bob Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals.
Jocey Asnong was raised by a pack of wild pencil crayons in a house made out of paper and stories. After finishing several years of illustration school at Sheridan College, she left the land of maple trees in Ontario and moved to the mountains of Alberta so she could wear mittens most of the year. When she is not chasing her cats around her art cave, she might be caught in a blizzard near Mount Everest, or running away from wild dogs in Mongolia, or peeking out castle windows in Scotland, or sleeping under the stars in Bolivia. Jocey’s books for children include Nuptse and Lhotse in Nepal (winner of a Purple Dragonfly Award), Nuptse and Lhotse Go to the Rockies, Nuptse and Lhotse Go to Iceland, Nuptse and Lhotse Go to the West Coast, Rocky Mountain ABCs, Rocky Mountain 123s, <West Coast ABCs, and West Coast 123s. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.
Steph is the author of fourteen books, including most recently Where Rivers Meet: Photographs and stories from the Bow Valley and Kananaskis and earth and Sky: Photographs and stories from Montana and Alberta. he is a full time conservation activist, writer, photographer, public speaker and strategy consultant who lives in Canmore, Alberta with his wife Jenn and two sons. He has been writing since 1988 and for nearly as long has been leading national and international conservation programs and organizations. He recently served as the program director (Crown, Alberta, NWT) of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation initiative (Y2Y). His writing includes nine murder novels, books of essays on Buddhism and Taoism and a collection of works by 25 authors on the Bow Valley of Alberta
Jeremy is the author of Motorcycle Therapy and Through Dusk and Darkness, as well as the editor of the original Motorcycle Messingers and Motorcycle Messingers 2. With his motorcycle, he has traveled to over 30 countries while managing to do at least one outrageously stupid thing in everyone
Katherine has published 10 novels, 3 short story collections and 2 anthologies of travel writing. She has won the City of Toronto Book Award and the Marian Engel Award. She is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Alberta, one of York University’s “Famous Fifty” alumni, and this spring is being recognized by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for Excellence in the Arts.
Katherine’s novel CREATION, about John James Audubon, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her novel THE GHOST BRUSH has been published in the United States, France, Spain, Romania, Latvia, and Japan. Her most recent novel is THE THREE SISTERS BAR AND HOTEL, set in the fictional town of Gateway, on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.
Katherine was born in Edmonton and grew up in Edmonton and Calgary, skiing and hiking around Banff. She now divides her time between Toronto and Canmore, with her husband Nick and two grown children. She has been President of PEN Canada and Chair of the Writers’ Trust. She directs The Shoe Project, a nation-wide writing workshop for refugee and immigrant writers in which they write about the shoes that symbolize their journey to Canada.
Stephen is a critically acclaimed author of eight literary non-fiction books on the history of science, exploration and ideas. I take a biographical and narrative approach to my writing, using the techniques of fiction writing – strong storytelling, creative language, emphasizing people, their decisions, actions and motivations – to tell factually and historically accurate stories. I believe that people and their behaviour never change, only the context is different. My lifelong interest in history is fuelled by the lessons to be learned from studying the successes and failures of history's greatest thinkers, leaders and innovators, those who challenged conventional thinking and entrenched power structures to change their world. I am particularly interested in how the world we live in today was formed by individuals who were responding to the big challenges of their time, and in particular, how and why those individuals became pioneers.
I grew up in Montreal where I studied creative writing at Concordia University while I pursued adventures in fashion and dance music all over the city’s hopping nightclub scene. I first visited Banff, Alberta, in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, in the early 1980s, and fell completely in love with the mountains and mountain life. I’ve lived in the Canadian Rockies ever since.
I began writing about mountain life in the mid-1990s, and since then I’ve written 12 books celebrating the unique culture, adventurous lifestyle and intriguing personalities of western Canada’s distinct mountain community.
I contribute articles about adventure and mountain history, culture, science and people to magazines and newspapers including Explore, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Rockies Annual, Crowfoot Media, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Experience Mountain Parks and Travel Alberta; and the Rocky Mountain Outlook, Whistler Pique Newsmagazine and Jasper Local. For 13 years I edited the Alpine Club of Canada Gazette.
I gave my first public presentation as guest speaker for the launch of my book Expedition to the Edge: Stories of Worldwide Adventure at the 2008 Banff Mountain Book Festival. Since then I’ve shared presentations for audiences of dozens to hundreds in theatres and halls across western Canada. I truly enjoy the opportunity to engage with audiences by sharing what I’ve learned about the places, people and their exploits that make Canada’s mountain community so utterly fascinating.
When I’m not working at my keyboard, I’m outside ski touring, climbing, backpacking and capturing photos of places and people in our precious mountain wilderness — and never with earbuds blocking nature’s music! And I’m always working on the next great story…
Jamey Glasnovic was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1968, and grew up in the suburb of Beaconsfield. A family trip to Spain when Jamey was seven was the first step in creating an avid traveller, and he was drawn early in life to such faraway destinations as Australia, Japan, Mexico and Ireland. He has visited much of North America, from Florida to Alaska, and repeated trips to the mountain West led to a move to Calgary in 1995. After relocating to Canmore in 2004, Glasnovic began freelancing for newspapers such as the Banff Crag & Canyon, the Canmore Leader and Rocky Mountain Outlook, and he continued to roam. Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal and Tibet have since been checked off his life list of destinations. His first book, Lost and Found: Adrift in the Canadian Rockies, was published by RMB in 2014. More stories and photos by the author can be found at jglas.com. Jamey Glasnovic lives in Canmore, AB.
Karsten is a University of Calgary trained wildlife biologist and writer who also works as a seasonal park ranger in Canadian national parks. He is a gifted public speaker and best-selling writer of award-winning magazine articles and books for adults and children. He is the recipient of the Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award, the Outdoor National Book Award (2006), the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2007), a National Magazine Award (2010), and the Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Grand Prize.