~THE AUTHORS~ Mia Kirshnerhas worked as an actor in film and television; among her credits are Brian De Palma’sThe Black DahliaandThe L Word.I Live Hereis her first book. J.B. MacKinnonis the award-winning author ofDead Man in ParadiseandPlenty. Michael SimonsandPaul Shoebridgeare award-winning creative directors, most notably forAdbustersmagazine, who have conceptualized books, magazines, television spots, and major international advocacy campaigns. ~CONTRIBUTORS~ Chris Abaniis a professor at the University of California, Riverside, whose writing has earned honors including the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award. His novels and poetry collections includeSong For Night,GraceLand,andHands Washing Water. Lynn Coadyis a fiction writer and essayist; her most recent novels areMean BoyandSaints of Big Harbour. Karen Cominsis currently completing an illustrated journal of her life and natural history fieldwork in southern Africa. Karen Connellyis the author of seven books of bestselling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, includingThe Lizard CageandDream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand. Phoebe Gloeckneris an artist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Her works includeThe Diary of a Teenage GirlandA Child’s Life. Kamel Khélifis a French-Algerian writer and artist whose works includeThe ExilesandHomicide. Lauren Kirshneris the author ofFun and Other Stories of Home,to be published by McClelland & Stewart in spring 2009. Ann-Marie MacDonaldis a writer and actor whose novels include the bestsellingFall On Your KneesandThe Way the Crow Flies. Julie Morstaddivides her time between drawing, illustration, animation, and design. Her recent works includeWhen You Were Small(with Sara O’Leary). Joe Saccois a renowned “cartoon journalist” whose works includeBut I Like It, Palestine,andSafe Area Gorazde. Also featuring artwork bySean Campbell, Cissors, Tara Hach, Edward Kasinje, Lackson Manyawa, Niall McLelland, Tina Medina, Tiffany Monk, Georgie Russell, Seamrippers Craft Collective, Valerie Thai,andFelix Yakobe.
Journalist and author J.B. MACKINNON coined the term "the 100 Mile Diet," and his book Plenty is widely considered a catalyst of the local foods movement. His essays on natural history have appeared in Orion, Reader's Digest, and other magazines. He is based in Vancouver, Canada.
Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945 In Marion, Indiana. He grew up on a small farm where his father raised black angus cows and his mother raised 25 cats. At a young age, asthma forced him inside and to entertain himself, he began to draw. Not well at first, but well enough to know he liked it and could become good at it. After college, Davis went to work for an advertising agency for two years. During his two years at the agency, Davis drew a comic called "Gnorm Gnat" which ran in one newspaper. Davis was unable to sell the comic to more papers, but he continued to draw it for five years. On June 17, 1978, "Garfield" a comic about cats, began circulating in 41 newspapers. It now appears in over 2600 newspapers worldwide and is the most widely syndicated Sunday comic in the U. S.. Garfield has had dozens of bestselling books, a CBS television series and 13 prime time specials. 33 Garfield books have appeared on the New York Time's Bestsellers List, 11 hitting number 1. Seven titles appeared simultaneously on the list in 1983. Davis has won four Emmys for writing in the Outstanding Animated Program Category for "Garfield on the Town" in 1983, "Garfield in the Rough" in 1984, "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" in 1985, and "Garfield's Babes and Bullets" in 1989. The "Garfield and Friends" animated series debuted in 1988. In 1981, Davis created Paws, Inc., a watchdog company for Garfield merchandise and artwork. Also in 1981 and again in 1986, Davis was named Best Humor Strip Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. In 1985, the NCS gave him the Elzie Segar Award for Outstanding Contribution Made to the Cartoon Industry. Davis received the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Strip of the Year in 1989. Each of his thirteen prime time specials have been nominated for Emmys on top of the four he has won. In 1990, Davis was given the Good Steward Award by the National Arbor Day Foundation for his efforts in the reforestation of Indiana. He is also involved with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Federation's "Build a Schoolyard Habitat" campaign. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities gave Davis the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985 for dedication to higher education, and in 1991, Ball State University and Perdue University awarded Davis honorary doctorate degrees.