Our 2018-19 showcase will be on display for one year in our Chinguacousy Branch, 150 Central Park Drive, in the Brampton Civic Centre. 

We are pleased to recognize books written by Peel Region residents currently living in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon that were published between 2013 and 2018. Submission details for the next cycle will be posted in 2019.

Author Profiles (provided by the authors)

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Lana H Allen

Love Yourself Being You: A Way to Live Your Best Life (Quiet Your Mind, Eliminate Stress, Find Inner Peace) | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Lana H Allen is a life improvement author whose aim is to help you enjoy life and be happy now. She uses simple yet powerful techniques to help you discover your inner power and overcome your challenges. Learn how to let go of your insecurities and be at peace with your thoughts, with yourself, and with your life. Discover the confident, joyful person that is hidden within you. Stop the negative self-talk and let your positive qualities come out to play. Lana enjoys being outdoors observing nature, taking long bike rides with her kids, and spending time with her family.

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Deborah Armstrong

Love's Promises | Deborah Armstrong

Love's Games | Deborah Armstrong

Family Pictures | Deborah Armstrong

Deborah Armstrong writes hot and spicy contemporary romance with a touch of country. She attributes her love of the English language, reading and writing to her parents. She is thrilled to have passed on her love of books (with the help of her husband, also an avid reader) to her children. Deborah lives with her husband, one cat, and five hundred cows on their dairy farm in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. When she’s not writing or working on the farm, she enjoys reading, travelling, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends. Deborah enjoys strong coffee, chocolate milk and single malt scotch, as does her heroines. Deborah is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Toronto Chapter, as well as Writers’ Ink with the Caledon Library.

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Nneka Atto

In the Hourglass | Independent/Self Published

Nneka Atto is a freelance writer, songwriter, graphic designer, and visual artist. She also wrote and illustrated the children's picture book, Ollie's Carrot, and does a near-perfect impersonation of the character, Pikachu. She holds a BA from York University and currently lives in Brampton, Ontario.

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Khalilah Campbell

Foundation of the Guyana Defence Force | Author House

Coauthor, Ms. Khalilah Megan Campbell has been an indispensable asset in charting the completion of the book. She has worked assiduously in every facet of the manuscript to enrich the publication of this historic masterpiece.  She is an accomplished Guyanese, and her experience in the Canadian Armed Forces – 735 (Winnipeg) Communication Regiment and the Guyana National Service, enabled her in the pivotal role of guiding this publication through its meticulous formative stages and her understanding of ‘Foundation of the Guyana Defence Force’.

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Josephine Casey

Life’s Poetry | Xlibris

Josephine Casey is an Author and Poet. She is also the founder of Life's Poetry Community Empowerment which is a non-profit organization inspiring individuals through community empowerment. Josephine has always been motivated and determined to pursue her dreams. One of her passions is writing poetry and she uses this outlet as a way to communicate her thoughts, emotions, and feelings. She accomplished her first poetry book publication, Life's Poetry in February 2013. Life’s Poetry is a collection of poems, which are a combination of an expression of emotion as well as inspirational messages throughout life’s good and bad times.

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Dilip Chakrabdrty

Sapratibha

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Carolina Cutruzzola

The Adventures of Posh Princess at

the Mysterious Campsite | Posh Empire

Carolina Cutruzzola is a wife and mother of three young children. Her passion for creative writing began as a child and has continued into her adult life. She recently launched the second book in her series titled "The Adventures of Posh Princess", and was featured on Cityline. She created the series to inspire young readers to explore their adventurous side -sparking the imagination and to instill valuable life lessons.

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Leonard Dabydeen

Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys & Fibonacci Poems | Xlibris Publishers (2015)

Leonard Dabydeen is a retired legal services provider with the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a Guyanese-born Canadian freelance writer, book reviewer, and published author of two books of poetry: Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems, Xlibris Publications (2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems, Xlibris Publications (2015). He is a prolific poetry contributor to social media, including Facebook, Boston Literary Magazine, The Society of Classical Poets, The Gandhi Peace Festival Journal (Mc Master Univ.), Newsletter of The Gandhi Foundation: The Gandhi Way (U.K.), MusePie Press – Fib Review and Shot Glass Journal, PoemHunter.com., Muse India e-Journal, Triveni e-Journal, and Metverse Muse (India). He is a Life Member and Official Critic of MetVerse Muse (India).

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Anne Darling

When One Door Closes | FriesenPress

Anne Darling enjoys spending her free time at her trailer relaxing with friends and family. But her main love is curling up on the couch and reading a good romance story. She finally decided to create her first novel which helped pass the time while her spouse, a big city cop worked night shifts. When she is not writing story lines and plot twists, Anne loves spending her summers on the back of a motorcycle travelling across North America. Her awesome adventures allow her to experience new places and meet wonderful, interesting people along the way. With no shortage of night shifts, adventures and great people in her life, a second novel from Anne is inevitable. Enjoy!

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S K Dhade

ROBIN with the MAGIC WING | PublishAmerica

S K Dhade born in India. She took her first breath on the bare ground in the hands of a mid wife after freedom from British Slavery. Her father S. Pakhar Singh Dosanjh had no favoritism among daughters and sons. Her father's thirsty soul in literature and science education, led her to be writer and technical career. At the age of twenty-one, she migrated to Canada with Bachelor of Science degree, teaching experience from England, blessing and one hundred pounds from her father. She educated herself in computers and real estate field in Canada. Currently she is Real Estate Broker and lives in Ontario, Canada.

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Michael Robert Dyet

Hunting Muskie: Rites of Passage - Stories by Michael Robert Dyet | Blue Denim Press

Literary fiction collection of 16 short stories reflecting that deep urge to return to where we feel at peace when life's storms knock us off course. The title story, Hunting Muskie, a literal and symbolic hunt to find and subdue an unseen foe, embodies that theme. The collection opens with a novella work, Slipstream, which sets the tone by exploring the powerful forces that derail us, how we are driven to search for answers and the harsh truth that redemption often comes at a price. The stories that follow elaborate on that theme.

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Lynne Golding

The Innocent | Blue Moon Publishers

Lynne Golding was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Victoria College at the University of Toronto before studying law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is a senior partner at the international law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where she leads their health law practice group. She currently lives in Brampton. She is married to Tony Clement. They have three grown children. Lynne is a winner of the 2018 Ontario Book Publishers Organization 2018 “What’s Your Story?” Short Prose and Poetry Competition. This is her first novel. 

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Cassandra Gullia

Doctor what is cancer? | Cassandra Gullia

Working as a healthcare professional in project management made me realize the need for education on difficult health topics for a children audience. I used my background in science and my experience working with children to explain the topic of cancer using symbolism to simplify to concept.

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Leslie Hatton

Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s | Spectacular Optical

Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television | Spectacular Optical

Leslie Hatton is a Fannibal, an animal lover, a music maven, and a horror movie junkie. She created and managed Popshifter from 2007 - 2017, and has contributed to Bramptonist, Diabolique Magazine, Modern Horrors, Rue Morgue, Vague Visages, and more.

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Hunyah Irfan

Lemon and Tea By Hunyah Irfan | Amazon

Hunyah Irfan is a 25 years old .Who lives in Brampton ,Ontario.
Hunyah has written books on different topics including travelling , and also poetry.
Hunyah has a paralegal studies diploma from Humber College
Hunyah came to Canada in 1999 when Hunyah was 7 years .Hunyah knows about newcomer challenges and what to expect . Hunyah has been writing since Hunyah was 14. Hunyah also written and published poems since Hunyah was 14 a poem called Hands with Experience.

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Gary James

The Xing | Westbow Press

Gary has been an omnivorous reader of fiction and non-fiction for as far back as he could remember. When it comes to fiction he enjoys reading crime, mystery, and suspense thriller novels. When it comes to non-fiction Gary often reads books documenting past events from different epochs of time. He is a frequent reader of history. He is formally trained as a teacher and Christian apologist. And he writes almost as frequently. Above all other publications, is his love for the Bible, which he believes to be the one book that has shaped western culture more than any other. 

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Shamel Jayakody

Paradeesayaka Daruwo | Sarasavi Publisher

Yali Upan Gahaniya | Sarasavi Publisher

Wew Pathule Kinduriya | Sarasavi Publisher

Shamel Jayakody is a Sri Lankan Sinhalese auther, born in Colombo Sri Lanka. She graduated from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lnaka in Civil Engineering. She worked in National Housing Development Authority, Ministry of Housing and Construction, in Colombo as a Civil Engineer. She migrated to Canada, Toronto in 2003.
Shamel Jayakody wrote her first novel in 2008, Rosamali, using her own observations.  Up to now, Shamel Jayakody has written 11 novels that are all well recognized, and some 6 of them have nominated to major literary awards in Sri Lanka.

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Jasbir Johal

Lehara Da Dhura Jandiala Manjki | Panj-ab Parkashan

Jasbir Singh Johal is a native of Jandiala Manjki district Jalandhar Punjab. MA.LLB

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Michael Joll

Our Plan to Save the World | Lulu

A collaboration between five authors of vastly different backgrounds, three from Southern Ontario, including long-time Brampton resident, Michael Joll, and two Americans, this volume of twenty short stories highlights their different writing styles and approaches to a common theme. From nearly forty different stories submitted for consideration, the final choices surprised, and delighted all of them. Some of the stories have been published before; others had never been submitted for publication. All give the reader a sense of time and place, some from the authors’ personal experiences, others from their vivid imaginations.

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Chaitanya Joshi

Time Heals Everything, Sometimes | Self Published

Chaitanya Joshi is an occasional writer with different perspective to the meaning of love, friendship and family. His book was introduced to audience in the year 2016 called, “There Ain't No Good In Goodbyes”. He is currently working on two different books. In his copious free time, he enjoys reading novels, building new characters for his books. Chaitanya Joshi is a helper and wouldn't hesitate to help others in their hard times. He is a reformer, a spiritual person, and a peacemaker. He had graduated in Bachelor of Computer Application, and post-graduated in Computer Networking.

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Nav K.

By Bodies of Water | Self Published/CreateSpace

Khan is an English teacher and writer and lives and works in the Greater Toronto Area. He studied English and Education at York University.

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Kathleen Kaczmarek

The Law of Redemption | Holy Fire Publishing

Kathleen graduated from Laval University, Ste-Foy, Quebec in 1999 where she earned a degree in Actuarial Sciences. She is also a licensed Christian minister with the Independent Assemblies of God International (Canada) since January 2010.  Kathleen currently works in an insurance company as a senior actuarial analyst.
Kathleen wrote "The Law of Redemption: What Must One Do to Go to heaven?" which was published in August 2016. Since then, she has been accepting invitations to speak in churches and holds conferences related to the topic of "The Law of Redemption".

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Jagir Kahlon

JALAWATAN | 5AAB PARKASHAN JALANDHAR

Born in village Dhidowal dist. Gurdaspur in east Punjab india on feb 8th 1952, completed graduation from Panjab university Chandigarh and did port graduation i.e M.A (Punjabi) from Punjabi University Patiala. Joined as Lecturer in Guru Nanak Dev University College Jalandhar and Subsequently served in the same capacity in the different colleges of Punjab, Retired as Associate Professor from Government Service in March 2010. Migrated to Canada on May6th 2011 , Wrote a research paper on the poetry of Bibi Harnam Kaur Nabha, The first Modern Poetess of Punjabi. Poetry included in the collections - Sach Ki Bani, Phoolan Di Mehak and Dhimah vaendah Panj Dariyah. Poems also published in the prominent periodicals of Punjabi. Active member of Literary and Social organizations of Toronto.

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Parveen Kaur

Literary Brain Storming | The Printing Team

Up to New Heights | The Printing Team

I am a writer and a visual artist. I was born in Lahore, India. I grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas. I got my education at The Punjab University, Chandigarh. I have a great love of nature and started writing poetry at the age of twelve. I got married at twenty. I came to Canada 38 years back with my husband and four children. My husband and I built CN bridges in British Columbia. For the last twenty five years I have devoted all my time to writing and painting. I have published two books of poems in Hindi and one book of poetry in Punjabi.

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Alvin Keating

True Love | Alvin Keating

Bob's Log Cabin | Alvin Keating

Alvin Keating was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Clarke's Beach, Newfoundland. He has no formal writing diploma only a high school diploma.

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Lillian Khan

SOULFIE | In Our Words Inc.

Lillian Khan is originally from India and now calls Canada her home. Coming from a family of educators, she believes in learning for life. A former marketing/advertising consultant, she is currently a licensed payroll compliance practitioner. SOULFIE is her first collection of poems in which she presents a journey through life from a soul perspective.

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Kount Kracula

What's Inside Your Gut, Shmut? : A Tragic First Tale of the World's Last Dumbosaurus! | Tony Watt, International (TWI) Media/Studios/Publishing

Illustrator: Mr. Watt & the kooky, benevolent author/storyteller' Kount Kracula ( Watt's malevolent alter-ego, a TV Horror Host); is a Brampton / T.O-based resident, who also lives (and lurks) in the mythical (mental) state of Hollyweird, Canada, North America! Watt considers the Chinguacousy Branch instrumental in his (& the Kount's) early story-telling development & former 2nd home. The 'What's Inside Your Gut, Shmut?' book, is #1 in a series of future books in the upcoming, satirical "Kount Kracula Picture-Book" series; distributed Worldwide. The Kount & Watt's hobbies include: watching schlocky, old B-Movies, listening to classic & vintage pop/rock/jazz music (and music videos), making fantasy-based indie television and movie productions & recently: writing satirical picture novels, for the “tween-ager” & juvenile publication market.

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Daniel M. Lewis

How? | Daniel M. Lewis

Ask anyone around town today, they'll tell you, he's the "happy-go-lucky," smiling in his sleep, ambitious entrepreneur. Motivational speaker. Retail Magician!
A couple business ventures, a couple awards, not too shabby on the popular scale. Daniel Lewis has moon walked across stages while accepting awards. paraded the streets in blue leotards with iced tea samples strapped to his back and has served up his well-known tea blends to Hollywood celebrities and influencers alike. Coasting through life's everyday adventures, one could easily say Daniel is living the Canadian Dream! But what would he say?
 "I'm just a simple kid with a desire to impact people's lives in a positive way." After being thrown into a whirlwind of unexpected events, his story has now become his message of inspiration and motivation to anyone who has ever felt helpless, hopeless and given up on their dreams.

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Claude Limberger

Johnny's Ripple |Pug Enterprises Inc

Johnny's Dilemma |Pug Enterprises Inc

Johnny's Resolution| Pug Enterprises Inc

Claude Limberger, a philosopher by nature and holder of degrees and certificates in the diverse fields of Psychology, Biology, Programming and Tai Chi, also finds time to write in his spare time. To date Claude has six books, Afterworld - When Ghosts Disappear, Timestopper, Afterworld Coversations, Johnny's Ripple. Johnny's Dilemma and Johnny's Resolution. He has received accolades for his writing from many sources and is currently taken his pen to the writing of screenplays where his work has just started to be recognized.

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Mari Malatzy

The ABCs of Christmas - A Look At Holiday Traditions in Canada and Around the World | Iuniverse

Mari Malatzy was born and raised in Canada. She has almost two decades of teaching experience, educating children of diverse cultural backgrounds in both elementary and high school levels. As a mom, Mari encourages a family bedtime routine that includes creating a story or reading a book. With her children's encouragement, she set out to write her first book: The ABCs of Christmas- A Look at Holiday Traditions in Canada and Around the World.

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Major Mangat

Ikk Hor Janam | Lokgeet Parkashan

Major Mangat was born in Punjab, India on January 1st, 1961. He first started writing at the age of 14 in grade 9 and had his first book published in 1982. He later immigrated to Canada in 1990, where he continued to write and expand his collection, as he established himself as a writer. Currently, he has a total of 12 books published, which include six storybooks, two novels, two non-fiction, two poetry books, and three scripts for movies. Major Mangat writes about themes such as life as an immigrant, cultural differences, and social matters among others. He has been recognized for his work by receiving different literary awards and being honoured at functions.

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Carlos Medina

Brampton Stories 1 | Tellwell

Carlos R. Medina is a self-avowed student-for-life. He was granted degrees and certificates by the University of Louvain, Belgium (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.); New York University, USA (Post-Ph.D.); University of Saskatchewan, SK (CerTESL); Canadian College of Educators, ON (PTCT 1); Mount Royal University, AB (PTCT 2); and Stratford Institute, QC (Creative Writing). He has published 7 books on cultural studies and 2 music CDs (originals and covers). He teaches ESL at the MCS LINC Program in Brampton. He plays folk-rock guitar and jazz-blues piano; and does concerts with the Brampton Folk Club. He has been blissfully married for 28 years to Maria Veronica--with whom he has a 27-year-old son, Theo.

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Grace Mession

Mango-A collection of short stories |Tellwell

Grace Mession in an aspiring author based in Toronto. Mango is an enticing venture by her as a storyteller. She has a degree in Human Resources Management from York University. She has a love for creativity and besides writing, she enjoys painting. 

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Patrice Russell

Notes From My Heart | CreatesSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Patrice Russell is an eternal optimist with limitless potential, her gift of encouragment sets her apart from her peers. It is her avowed joy to invest her quality time and influence into people who has a that unrelentingly desire to win. As a believer in Jesus Christ, her belief in Him garners her resolutions and fearlessness to never stop trying especially when it gets hardest to do so. Patrice is an avid lover of the Arts and draws inspiration for this collection from a plethora of outlets.

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Peel HIV/AIDS Network

Journal of a Young Black Woman | Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

We are community champions and changemakers. Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) is a community- based agency that offers services tailored to support the health, well-being, and empowerment of the diverse communities that we serve. We are committed to the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion, and to ensuring that all of Peel’s diverse communities enjoy optimal health and well-being.

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Z. Proudlock

Teacher Talk: A Story Collection Add your story | CreateSpace

A former teacher and department head, Z. Proudlock graduated from York University with degrees in French and history. She went on to study at the University of Toronto Faculty of Education. Over the course of more than thirty-five years as an educator, Proudlock taught history, library science, law and French. She will never forget the many wonderful students and colleagues who enriched her life.

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Barrington Rowe

7 Biblical Life-Changing Lessons: A Guide to a Successful and Peaceful Life | Trafford Publishing

Barrington Rowe earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the University of the West Indies. He grew up on the island of Jamaica West Indies and spent his early childhood in the city of Kingston and the spicy hills of Trelawny in a poverty-stricken environment where lack and want was his abundance. It was this environment of privation and hardship that gave rise to Barrington's determination to be successful. Because of his unwavering Christian faith and the love and encouragement of his family, he has achieved academic and financial success. He now resides in Ontario, Canada, and lives with his wife, Janet and three children, Jovaughn, Jordan, and Breanna.

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Mirian Sansalone

Purpose High - Living with Autism | Mirian Sansalone

I am a mother of four. My two eldest sons have a severe form of non-verbal autism, a developmental disability, sensory processing disorder and seizures. I am their primary caregiver. I shelved all personal aspirations to further my education or pursue career opportunities to educate myself about autism. I wrote about living with autism as a love letter to my family and to send a message of hope to families just new to autism. Autism, it's beautiful life.

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Samita Sarkar

I Am the Ocean | Blossoms Books

Samita Sarkar is a writer, editor, and animal rights advocate. She graduated cum laude from York University, earning a BA in Professional Writing. She lives in Canada.

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Pratibha Sarkar

K Is for Krishna | Blossoms Books

Pratibha Sarkar, PhD, is a chemist, writer, and painter. Through her work, she marries her love of art with her love of teaching children.

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Rocsanne Shield

Save Magic City | Stratton Press

Raluca Popov aka Rocsanne Shield is Romanian born. She wrote short stories and verse in Romanian and later in English. Started first novel after retiring. "Save Magic City" is her first self published novel. 

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Jagmohan Singh

Bebe Da Dera |Laser typesetting

Sikh Panth Da Niyara Chalan | SDM Printers and Packers

Jagmohan Singh Bhatia born in Punjab, India, completed his bachelors degree from Khalsa college Amritsar. He Did his Masters in Mathematics and worked as an Agriculture Scientist. After retirement he pursued his passion of writing. His writings are based on social subjects, life experiences and religion as a way of life. So far he has published two books and working on third.

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Mona Soliman

Lost and Found | Lightning Source Press

Born in Burlington, Ontario and lived in 3 different countries growing up. I hold both a Bachelors and Doctorate degree. I wrote this book to help educate, motivate, inspire, support and encourage others to realize the strength that lies within each of us when confronted with life's challenges. We are stronger in number together.

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Samina Tabassum

Parcham Talay | Siwa publications

Aine Shahid | Izhar sons

Neya Chand | Izhat sons

I was born and brought up in Pakistan. I come to Canada in September,2001. Now I am a teacher.

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Saidah Vassell

Portable Magic | Xlibris

Saidah Vassell has always wanted to publish a book ever since she was a little girl. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember and at the age of 18 decided she would do whatever it took to publish her work. By the age of 19, she had published her first collection of short stories, titled Portable Magic and intends for her next venture to be publishing a novel.

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Arun Vengadaramanan

Awesome Adventures | Arun Vengadaramanan

My name is Arun. Now I am in grade 4 student at Silverthorn P.S. I was released this book on October 29/2017. After my book released event I had an opportunity to meet an education Minister Mitzie Hunter at Queen’s Park. I am in JELC Program. My hobby is reading books and writing poems and stories. I am a sprinting Athlete at Mississauaga Track Club. I am a soccer player at Mapola FC. I play keyboard and Miruthangam. I am in different spots clubs at School.

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Omar Zia

Short Story Day | Omar Zia

Nightmare on Deen Street | Omar Zia

The Secret Hiding Place | Omar Zia

Omar Zia is a local children's author and youth mentor. By profession he is a High School Guidance Counsellor with the Peel District School Board and, as a volunteer, he delivers parenting workshops throughout the GTA with an emphasis on building a connected family within 21st Century societal norms.

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