Saturday, November 2nd: 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Three of These Things Belong Together: The 2019 Publishing Panel

with Noelle Allen, Marilyn Biderman, Hazel Millar, Pamela Mulloy & Susan Scott


BSIA • Room 1-42

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The sing-song title says it all: some groupings are just a perfect fit. The publishing panel celebrates agents, small magazines, and small presses: why and how they belong together, and why understanding their linked roles and relationships is vital if you want to publish, or deepen your connection to publishing in general. Ideal for writers, editors, agents, and anyone who wonders about the rhythm and rhyme of literary fortunes. Moderated by Susan Scott.

  • NOELLE ALLEN is the publisher of Wolsak and Wynn literary press based in Hamilton, Ontario. She has been the chair of gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival and of the Literary Press Group, a national publishing organization. She also volunteers with the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Awards and the Hamilton Review of Books. 

    Photo Credit: Jeff Tessier

  • MARILYN BIDERMAN entered the Transatlantic Agency after working at her own literary agency and consultancy practice, where she helped launch the careers of début and prize-winning authors. She has worked at McClelland & Stewart as VP, Director, Rights and Contracts, and handled the international rights for authors including Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacLeod, and Madeleine Thien. Marilyn is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She is especially proud of her work with the St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy program. 

  • HAZEL MILLAR is the Co-publisher at Book*hug, an award-winning independent literary press based in Toronto. An avid reader, Hazel is rarely without a book. She is the current Chair of the Board of the Literary Press Group of Canada, and she also sits on several other publishing advisory boards and committees.

    She lives in Toronto with her husband, Jay Millar (a.k.a. the other half of Book*hug Press), their two sons, and a very cool calico cat named Tess.

  • PAMELA MULLOY is the editor of The New Quarterly and the creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. She is also a writer with short fiction published in the UK and Canada. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press in 2018.

    Photo by Ayelet Tsabari.

  • SUSAN SCOTT is the editor of Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers (Caitlin Press 2019) and the author of Temple in a Teapot. A deep interest in the interplay of the edgy, the iffy, and the sublime, and in championing neglected voices, informs her editorial instincts.

    She serves as The New Quarterly’s lead nonfiction editor, retreat director, associate director of the Wild Writers Festival, and on the board of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Her next book, Sainted Dirt, is a reckoning with land, language, family, and imperfect teaware.