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Troy Townsin (Time For Wine) was born in Melbourne, Australia and worked as an actor and playwright before embarking on a round-the-world backpacking extravaganza. After establishing a career in bar management and hospitality he returned to Melbourne and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, taking semesters in Malaysia, Turkey and the UK. After graduating, he worked for the United Nations Information Centre in London before taking a job as an event reporter. In 2003, he won the prestigious Travel Writer of the Year award with TNT Magazine UK. After moving to Victoria, BC in 2004, Troy and his wife Cheryl-Lynn self-published Cooking with BC Wine and it won 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Cooking with the Wines of Washington and Cooking with the Wines of Oregon will be released by Whitecap Publishing in spring 2007.


Grant Lawrence (Podcast Picks) began his career with the CBC in 1997. Making his start as a researcher in the inaugural season of RadioSonic in Vancouver, Grant became a producer and then host for RadioSonic and RadioEscapade. Currently, Grant is one of the personalities heard on CBC Radio 3 on Saturday nights. He can often be heard interviewing musicians, producing features and hosting live events. Grant is also a contributor to Radio 3's weekly online magazine, When not at his post at the CBC, Grant still manages to spend time behind the microphone. For the past 15 years, he has been the singer for the internationally acclaimed band The Smugglers.


 Janet Marie Rogers (Tribal Clef) is a writer and radio host from the Mohawk/Tuscarora nations. She presents spoken word poetry, video poetry and performance poetry throughout Turtle Island (north america) and abroad. She has three published poetry collections and two recorded poetry CDs. Janet is the city of Victoria's current Poet Laureate



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 Amanda Farrell-Low (Creative Class) A Victorian via the Yukon Territory, Amanda has been covering arts and culture in Mile Zero for nearly a decade. A graduate of Camosun College's Applied Communication Program, she cut her media teeth working at the campus radio station and newspaper. Amanda spent five years as arts editor and reporter at Monday Magazine and was on the grand jury for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. She considers herself lucky to call such a culturally vibrant city her home.


Robert J. Wiersema (Beyond the Bestseller) was born in Agassiz, BC, and has spent the last quarter century in Victoria, but, really, he's lived his whole life in books. He's the author of the novels Before I Wake and Bedtime Story, both national bestsellers, the novella The World More Full of Weeping, and the quirky memoir Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Quill & Quire magazine and numerous other periodicals. In his spare time, he builds miniature dioramas of scenes from classical history, drawn from Herodotus' Histories. No, not really. It's pretty much always books.