Lucy E.M. Black

Lucy E.M. Black is the author of The Marzipan Fruit Basket, a collection of short stories (Inanna Publications, 2017) and Eleanor Courtown, a work of historical fiction (Seraphim Editions, 2017).  Her novel, Stella’s Carpet (Now or Never Publishing, 2021) is a study of intergenerational trauma. The Brickworks (Now or Never Publishing) will be released in Fall 2023. Her award-winning short stories have been published in Britain, Ireland, USA and Canada in literary journals and magazines including Cyphers Magazine, the Hawai’i Review, The Antigonish Review and others. She is a dynamic workshop presenter, experienced interviewer and freelance writer.  She lives with her partner in the small lakeside town of Port Perry, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, First Nations. 

Of her first book of short stories (The Marzipan Fruit Basket), best-selling author Donna Morrissey says Lucy E.M. Black arrives into the world of Can Lit with this compilation of beautifully written short stories that speak to the heartfelt intimacies of both her characters and her readers.

Stella’s Carpet is a treat – a multinational, multigenerational gem of a novel about family, loss and the ties that bind.  Lucy Black writes with heart, verve… and oodles of talent.”  —Brad Smith, award-winning author of Copperhead Road, The Return of Kid Cooper, The Goliath Run, Cactus Jack  

Lucy writes and distributes a Monthly Newsletter, whichincludes book reviews, her book news, as well as promotes local arts events

She is a columnist for the Pineridge Arts Council, The Writing Room is the name of her column

She is a freelance writer for Silver Sage Magazine and other publications

Lucy has assumed the position of Creative Non-fiction Editor, The Artisanal Writer, an online journal discussing the craft of writing

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Lucy has served as Juror for The Writers’ Union of Canada writing contest multiple times, in addition to several local writing contests

She is an experienced workshop presenter on The Craft of Writing, Artifact-Based Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, Memoir

She regularly makes presentations to Book Clubs, Service Clubs and Libraries on the craft of writing.

Author of:

The Marzipan Fruit Basket

Eleanor Courtown

Stella’s Carpet

Gwen Tuinman

Gwen Tuinman is author of The Last Hoffman. Her novel writing explores human tenacity and how women navigate the social restrictions of their era. Gwen is currently writing her third novel. Her fiction and nonfiction works appear in The Globe and MailReader’s DigestWunderlit Magazine, and Blank Spaces Magazine. She blogs about writing life, introspections and history at

Author of:

The Last Hoffman

Hollay Ghadery

Hollay Ghadery is a multi-genre writer living in rural Ontario on Anishinaabe land. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her acclaimed memoir on mixed-race identity and mental illness, Fuse, was released by Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in Spring 2021. Her personal essays have also appeared on Today’s Parents and CBC Parents. You can find her on Instagram @hollayghadery and Twitter @Hollay2.

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Ethel Cody Stoddard (1877-1922)

Suffragist and writer under the names of “Lady Van” and “Mrs. Charles Stoddard.” Active “newspaper woman” all her life, toured the world for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and contributed to many leading papers and journals of the world.

Ethel Grant Cody was born in Lindsay, Ontario to Charles Grandison Cody (1854-1918) and Laura Adeline Grant (1848- 1934). Married to Robert Charles Stoddard in Toronto in 1905 and then the Ethel and her husband moved to Vancouver with her parents. Ethel Cody Stoddard died in Vancouver in March 1922 and is buried at Ocean View Burial Park.

Stories and Articles:

“The Diamond Valentine,” British Columbia Magazine, 1907 (link)

“Celebrated Dogs of Skagway,” 1915 (link)

“An Imperial Daughter,” The Canadian Magazine, volume 46, November 1915 (link)


The Sleeping Beauty and The Lions by Jane Parkin and Ethel Cody Stoddard, 1916 (link)

Mentions in articles:

“Ethel Cody Stoddard , active club woman and sporadic contributor to the Province under the pen-name “Lady Van”, titled one of her columns “The Real Career.” Approvingly, she told the story of a young girl who had always wanted “to do something big, something that would count” but who, at the end of a brilliant university career explained her future plans thus:

I see myself packing up my books and forgetting a great deal that it has taken me years to learn. I see honors such as the world gives fading into the distance. In the place of all this I see a home – one of my own – something I have commenced to want very much… I see a husband, children, and myself a general slave but a happy one at that to all of them. I see household duties looming large and the funny little routine that housewives get into… After all , you know, there is nothing like a home of your own and I want one.

(Province, February 22, 1922, p. 6)

Her professor (female, marital status not mentioned) congratulated her; “You have the right idea at last, Sheila, stick to it.” It was a young, single woman who spoke this praise of home and motherhood. Ethel Cody Stoddard and the majority of women who wrote on or were involved with women’s issues were married with families that were at least beyond the age of needing constant care if not fully grown.”

“As Women and as Citizens: Clubwomen in Vancouver 1910-1928” by Gillian Weiss, University of British Columbia, November 1983.

Saturday Sunset devoted a great deal of space to the discussion of railway problems, then stirring British Columbia. It paid serious attention to the developing fruit industry of the Okanagan, and to the municipal growing pains of Vancouver. Ethel Cody Stoddard, who, under the pseudonym “Lady Van,” conducted a column of miscellany “About Things in General,” wrote strongly against the limp building regulations and lack of zoning which permitted the erection anywhere of those long rows of cabins which were Vancouver’s first apartment-houses. That was twenty years before Vancouver had a zoning by-law.

“Adventures of Vancouver Newspapers: 1892-1926” by D.A. McGregor, The British Columbia Historical Quarterly, April 1946

Natalie Lougher

Natalie Lougher was born in Peterborough, ON. She discovered her skill for writing at the tender age of 10, and has honed her skills from that day onward. While she personally enjoys a good, romantic sci-fi or supernatural read, her own writings are the ‘down-to-earth, it-can-happen-in-real-life, with warm and fuzzy endings’ type. She loves the sound of rain on a cabin roof, the waves lapping at a shoreline, hazelnut-vanilla coffee, and calls Kawartha Lakes home, where she lives with her husband and young daughter.

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Author of:

Dragon’s Spell

Dragon’s Finder

Dragon’s Keeper

Final Summer Co-op

Running Away