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spotlight gallery: The Rabble-Rousers

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Introduction

There is a lot of talk in the book world these days. With this Spotlight, we raise a glass to those who consistently have something to say. This group always seems to be at the heart of the discussion, be it about books or authors or reviews or new technology or the industry as whole. Stating opinions and often sparking debate, these people keep the publishing conversations rolling and this is an important role.

All Spotlight portraits are created and photographed by one of our favourite Toronto photographers, Anna Ross. To see more of her amazing work, please take a look here. You may also want to check out our previous Spotlight gallery, The Editors.

The Rabble-Rousers

Open Book Magazine

The Gentlemen Around Town

Mark Medley & Ron Nurwisah at the National Post

Mark Medley (left) is the National Post's Books Editor. He escaped from Oshawa, where he was born and raised, only to end up in Kingston, where he studied at Queen's. After graduating, he studied Journalism at Ryerson. He is still paying off his student loans. He says he lacks any marketable skills, beyond the fact he knows a lot about the publishing industry, contemporary fiction, and is a half-decent writer. On Twitter, you can find him at @itsmarkmedley as well as @npbooks.

Ron Nurwisah (right) grew up in Vancouver but, to many of his friends’ dismay, now calls Toronto home. He is the co-editor of The Afterword, the National Post’s books blog and also works as a web producer at the Post. Ron has also freelanced for Spacing, Quill & Quire and This Magazine and he was an editor at the city blog, Torontoist. When he’s not on Twitter (@boyreporter), Ron tries to keep a balanced reading diet, alternating between fiction and non-fiction. When the weather turns nice he can be spotted on his bike headed towards one of the city’s nicer patios or coffee shops.

Notes: Poll people and they will say the National Post has the best book/publishing coverage of all the dailies in Canada right now. Equally impressive: you can find either Mark or Ron or both at the majority of literary events in this city. That is dedication.

Photographed the morning of December 3, 2010, in studio (east end Toronto). Photograph by Anna Ross.

The Madam

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson is professional publishing fan, writer and blogger. She's the literary voyeur behind Seen Reading and The Madam at Book Madam & Associates. She thinks reading looks good on you.

Notes: Julie is everywhere. Considering that most of those places are of her own creation, we think this is an achievement. Julie is a true catalyst: bringing people together over books and reading in one-of-a-kind ways, in public and behind the scenes. And, she is not afraid to write what she thinks, via her broad swath of online outlets. You can find her on Twitter at @SeenReading and @BookMadam.

Photographed the morning of November 30, 2010, in studio (east end Toronto). Photograph by Anna Ross.

The Source

The Quill & Quire editorial team

From left to right: Books for Young People and Last Word Editor, Nathan Whitlock; Staff Writer, Zoe Whittall; Editor, Stuart Woods; Review Editor, Steven W. Beattie.

Notes: The Quill is the go-to media outlet for Canadian publishing. Our industry rag. That’s a lot of pressure, we think, and this team handles it with style. They observe, interview, gather opinion, offer opinion and
distill—a keen and centered eye in these crazy times.

Photographed the morning of December 1, 2010, in studio (east end Toronto). Photograph by Anna Ross.

The Break-out Star

Stacey May Fowles

Stacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007. This Magazine called it “probably the most finely realized small press novel to come out of Canada in the last year.” In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. The novel was later selected as a National Post Canada Also Reads pick for 2010. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, Prism and Kiss Machine. She has been widely anthologized in Nobody Passes: Rejecting The Rules of Gender and Conformity; First Person Queer; Yes Means Yes; I.V. Lounge Nights; and PEN Canada’s Finding The Words. Most recently, she co-edited the anthology She's Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out and fighting back. She is the former publisher of Shameless magazine, and currently works at The Walrus.

Notes: Stacey May Fowles never shies away from provocative topics. The examples are many, including the recent and much-buzzed-about "Drinking With Men Who Are Not Russell Smith." And if you are lucky enough to be on her Twitter follower list, you get to see her wonderfully direct comments on a daily basis.

Photographed midday on November 30, 2010, in studio (east end Toronto). Photograph by Anna Ross.

Mr. Old School

Steven W. Beattie

Steven W. Beattie is a writer and critic in Toronto. He runs the literary website That Shakespearean Rag and is the review editor at Quill & Quire (see above).

Notes: Every time we see Steven W. Beattie, he is wearing a sports jacket. And often enjoying a beer. He values long and in-depth book reviews, which is a rare sensibility these days. We admire this. The strength of Mr. Beattie's opinions is evident in everything he writes: reviews, blog posts, articles. In 2010, he co-wrote "Don’t Believe the Hype: 10 Overrated Canadian Writers," sparking a storm of debate. People are still talking about that one.

Photographed the morning of November 30, 2010, in studio (east end Toronto). Photograph by Anna Ross.
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