Who we are

Linda Leith - President & publisher

Montreal writer and publisher Linda Leith was born in Northern Ireland. Her most recent book is the literary history Writing in the Time of Nationalism (Signature 2010; translated into French as Écrire au temps du nationalisme, Leméac 2014), and she has recently written an introduction to Mavis Gallant's play What Is To Be Done? (2017). Founder and former president and artistic director of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, she created Salon .ll. and Linda Leith Publishing / Linda Leith Éditions in 2011.

David Gawley - Chief Financial Officer

David Gawley has years of experience in financial analysis. Before joining Linda Leith Publishing, he worked in the Operating Department of Canadian Pacific Railway, developing and implementing systems. A native of Toronto and graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, he is treasurer of the Friends of the Westmount Public Library and an editor of Canadian Rail, the magazine of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association.

Carmelita McGrath - Publishing Associate

Carmelita McGrath has worked with writers, publishers, and arts/cultural organizations in various capacities and has also worked in marketing and communications, both in agency roles and as an independent contractor. Her own literary output includes award-winning books of poetry, fiction and children's literature. She looks forward to the challenges of developing LLP's organizational capacity and shares Linda Leith's vision of "changing the world, one book at a time."

Katia Grubisic - Associate Editor

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator. She was coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and was a founding member of the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for translation, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

Elise Moser - Associate Editor

Elise Moser is a writer and editor. Her novel Because I Have Loved and Hidden It appeared from Cormorant Books in 2009, and her YA novel, Lily and Taylor, was published by Groundwood Books in 2013. She was the founding Literary Editor for Montreal online culture magazine The Rover and reviews books for the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Life Sentence and Kirkus Reviews. She has served on the boards of the Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, the Quebec Writers' Federation and PEN Canada.

Kodi Scheer - Associate Editor

Kodi Scheer is an award-winning writer and editor. Her books include Incendiary Girls (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) and Midair (Little A, 2016), and her short fiction has appeared in the Chicago TribuneIowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others.


 


 


 

Alex Park - Technical Consultant

Alex Park has worked with technology solutions for startups since 2015 when he founded the publishing startup Tabulit. He has also worked with publishing companies in various capacities, roles including publicist, copywriter, and translator. He holds a master's degree in Political Economics from the London School of Economics, and a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.

Advisory Council Members

Lise Pouliot Bergevin

Lise Pouliot Bergevin started her publishing career in July 1976 as a publishing assistant for Éditions françaises / Larousse Canada, rising to the role of publisher and general manager. Between 1988 and 1998 she managed the scholarly publications of Université de Montréal. Since July 1988 she has been shareholder and general manager of Leméac Éditeur, the distinguished Montreal literary publisher of Quebec and international writing.

Rana Bose

With two novels published -- Recovering Rude (Véhicule Press) and The Fourth Canvas (TSAR) -- and eleven plays staged and published, Rana Bose is in a slow dance mode between being a semi-retired engineer and a writer/artist. He is also involved in curating an artspace project Espace Knox and is on its Board of Directors. He was awarded QWF's 2016 Judy Mappin Community Award and was recently an invited author at the 2017 Knowlton Literary Festival.

Ann Charney

Ann Charney is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and journalist. Her work has been published in the US, Italy, France, Germany, as well as in Canada. She is a member of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and the Honourary Board of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. She has also been named to the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

Patrick Coleman

Patrick Coleman is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of works on Rousseau and Gabrielle Roy and served as editor of Québec Studies between 2000 and 2005. His most recent books include Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment.

Julian Gollner

Julian Gollner has worked extensively in Management Consulting, Risk Management and Information Technology, with a degree in Economics from Concordia University. He holds multiple certifications within the IT field, and brings experience both from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, including Blue Metropolis Foundation. He lives in Vancouver, where he is a Manager at Ernst & Young, as part of its Advisory Services Performance Improvement practice.

Yvonne Hunter

Formerly Vice President, Publicity and Marketing for Penguin Books Canada, Yvonne Hunter is a CGA with fifteen years of publishing experience, she has held positions with the Literary Press Group, HarperCollins and Penguin, and has won numerous awards including a CMA Gold Award for 100 Years of Anne, a national campaign celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables, and CBA Awards for Publisher of the Year and Marketing Achievement of the Year for Penguin's critically acclaimed Extraordinary Canadians series. 

Tommy Schnurmacher

Tommy Schnurmacher is a national award-winning broadcaster and the host of a highly-rated radio talk show on CJAD 800 Radio in Montreal. During his 15-year-tenure at the station, he has interviewed thousands of guests, including Canadian prime ministers, Arianna Huffington, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, and show business personalities like Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, and Charlie Sheen. 

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