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The time has come, ladies and gentlemen, to start letting you in on some of our exciting plans for this year by introducing you to some of our presenters. I know you've been waiting - some of you more patiently than others - for the details. So I figured tonight, I'd share at least a couple with you.

But where to start? How do I pick? The only fair thing to do, I think, is to put all the names in a hat. So I've done that, and I'm going to pull out two names to tell you about tonight...

First up, this year, thanks to the trusty hat, is a new agent to us. Please give a warm welcome to Laura Bradford:

Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. The mission of Bradford Literary Agency is to form true partnerships with their clients and build long-term relationships that extend from writing the first draft through the length of the author’s career. Her recent sales include books placed with Berkley, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, Flux, Macmillan, Adams Media, Egmont USA, John Wiley and Sons and Mira Books. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult as well as some select non-fiction.

She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.

Welcome, Laura!

I let my twelve-year-old get in on the action to pull the second name for tonight out of the hat. Thanks to her pick, meet Dennis Foon:

Playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Foon’s work has received awards and accolades across the globe.

His novel, Skud, received the Sheila A. Egoff Book Award, and his fantasy/sci-fi trilogy, The Longlight Legacy, a Red Maple Honor Book, is published in Dutch, German, French, and Russian editions. A new edition of his novel, Double or Nothing, was released by Annick Press in 2011.

Life Above All, his screenplay directed by Oliver Schmitz (Paris, je t’aime), received a ten-minute standing ovation in Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Prix Francois Chalais, and made the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film. It is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. A Shine of Rainbows, the feature film he wrote with director Vic Sarin (starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Neilsen) premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, played at over 30 international film festivals, won 11 awards and was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox. Both film scripts garnered Leo Awards for Best Screenplay.

He received Gemini, Leo, and Writers Guild Awards for his screenplay of the CBC movie Little Criminals, which also won a Critics’ Prize at the Monte Carlo Film Festival and a Grand Prize at the Geneva Film Festival. He wrote the television movie White Lies, starring Sarah Polley and Lynn Redgrave, which received an International Emmy nomination for Best Feature, and earned Best Screenplay at the Columbus International Film Festival.

Foon scripted Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story for CTV (Gemini winner for Best Movie, Writers Guild Award) and Society’s Child for CBC (Blizzard Award, Best Movie, Gemini nominee, Best Movie). He also co-wrote Mina Shum’s feature Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (starring Sandra Oh), which played at the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals and was story editor of Mina’s acclaimed first feature Double Happiness. His adaptation of Michael Ignatieff’s Booker Prize finalist novel Scar Tissue was a Gemini nominee for Best Screenplay. His Shaftesbury/CTV film, Terry: the Terry Fox Story, has become a CTV staple.

He has written over 50 hours of episodic television, including Cold Squad; Eerie, Indiana; Emily of New Moon, Carol Shields Stories, and 2030 CE, a sci-fi series he co-created for YTV.

An internationally produced playwright, and founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s acclaimed Green Thumb Theatre, he has received the British Theatre Award, two Chalmers awards, the Jesse Richardson Career Achievement Award, the International Arts for Young Audiences Award, and the 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award for his plays. His play, RICK, The Rick Hansen Story, premiered at the 2010 Paralympics and his stage adaptation of Scar Tissue premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2012.

Welcome, Dennis!

More soon!