The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

Our 2024 Interviewers

Bianca Marais

Bianca Marais is the author of the bestselling The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, as well as the beloved Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, and the Audible Original, The Prynne Viper.

She taught at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies where she was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing in 2021.

She is the co-host of the popular podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, which is aimed at helping emerging writers become published.

Bianca will be interviewing Matt Haig on September 9, 2024. View full event details here.


Daryl Sneath

Daryl Sneath is an author and high school English and Philosophy teacher from rural Ontario. He is the author of three novels, In the Country in the DarkAs the Current Pulls the Fallen Under, and All My Sins. Daryl holds an MA in Literature & Creative Writing from The University of Windsor. His poetry and fiction have been published in journals including The Antigonish ReviewPrism internationalWascana ReviewNashwaak ReviewpaperplatesZouch MagazineQuilliadFreeFallFilling StationThe Dalhousie Review, and The Literary Review of Canada. One of his short stories was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize.

Daryl will be interviewing Heather O’Neill on October 2, 2024. View full event details here.


Kate Hilton

Kate Hilton is the bestselling author of four novels: Bury The Lead (with Elizabeth Renzetti), The Hole In The Middle, Just Like Family and Better Luck Next Time.

She is also an experienced media contributor on topics ranging from working motherhood to creativity to reinvention and personal transformation. Her written work has appeared in various national publications including The National Post, Canadian Living, and The Huffington Post. She has been interviewed on Breakfast Television, CBC Early Edition, Global Morning, CTV Morning, and other local and regional shows.

When not writing fiction, Kate works with psychotherapy and life coaching clients in the area of transformational change. No stranger to reinvention herself, Kate has had prior careers in law, university administration, publishing, and major gift fundraising. To learn more about her practice, visit www.katehiltontherapy.com.

Kate is currently writing the second Quill & Packet mystery with her friend Liz, as well as a sole-authored dual-timeline historical mystery, both expected to be published in 2025. She lives in a blended family – including a husband, two sons, a stepdaughter, and a rescue dog – in Toronto.

Kate will be interviewing Lisa Moore and Elizabeth Renzetti on October 2, 2024. View full event details here.


Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for cabinet ministers in Ottawa and at Queen’s Park. His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads as the essential Canadian novel of the decade,” and was adapted as a CBC Television series and a stage musical. His next two novels, The High Road and Up and Down were finalists for the Leacock Medal, and in 2015, he won the prize a second time, for his fourth book, No Relation. His other novels includePoles Apart, One Brother Shy, Albatross, andOperation Angus, and were all national bestsellers. A skilled public speaker, he lives in Toronto with his wife, and blogs at  www.terryfallis.com 

Terry will be interviewing Rod Carley and hosting a comedy writing workshop alongside Rod on October 27, 2024. View full event details here and browse the comedy workshop here.


Brianne Sommerville

Brianne Sommerville is a Canadian author who writes female-driven thrillers. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and Crime Writers of Canada. Brianne studied English literature and theatre before entering the world of public relations and marketing. She lives in King with her partner and three littles under six, and knows every episode of Peppa Pig by heart. If I Lose Her is her debut novel and she is currently writing her sophomore novel, which will hit shelves in 2025.

Brianne will be interviewing Marissa Stapley on October 30, 2024. View full event details here.