President & Publisher

Linda Leith


Montreal writer and publisher Linda Leith was born in Northern Ireland. Her most recent book is the literary history Writing in the Time of Nationalism (Signature 2010), published in French as Écrire au temps du nationalisme (Leméac Éditeur, 2014, French translation by Alain Roy). Leith is the author of the memoir Marrying Hungary and of three novels, Birds of Passage, The Tragedy Queen, and The Desert Lake (Signature). She has recently written an introduction to Mavis Gallant's play What Is To Be Done? (2017). The founder and former president and artistic director of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, she created Salon .ll. and Linda Leith Publishing / Linda Leith Éditions in 2011.

Chief Financial Officer

David Gawley

[Photo: Linda Leith]

David Gawley has years of experience in financial analysis and plain old-fashioned bookkeeping. Before joining LLP, he worked in the Operating Department of Canadian Pacific Railway, developing and implementing systems. A native of Toronto and graduate of the University of Toronto, he is treasurer of the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, English secretary of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Volunteer Association, and an editor of Canadian Rail, the magazine of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association.  

LLP Staff and Consultants

Carmelita McGrath, Publishing Associate

Carmelita McGrath has over thirty years of experience working with writers, publishers, and arts/cultural organizations in various capacities. In addition, she has worked in marketing and communications in the public and private sectors, in both agency roles and as an independent contractor. Her own literary output includes award-winning books of poetry, fiction and children's literature. She looks forward to the challenges of helping to develop LLP's organizational capacity and shares Linda Leith's vision of "changing the world, one book at a time." You can reach her at

Katia Grubisic, Associate Editor

[Photo: P. Seib]

Katia Grubisic is a writer and freelance editor and translator. She has been involved with literary magazines including The FiddleheadThe New Quarterly and Arc Poetry Magazine. She was coordinatoor of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and presently sits on the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book. 

Elise Moser, Associate Editor

[Photo: Fred Lauing]

Elise Moser is a writer and editor. Her novel Because I Have Loved and Hidden It appeared from Cormorant Books in 2009, and her YA novel, Lily and Taylor, was published by Groundwood Books in 2013. She was the founding Literary Editor for Montreal online culture magazine The Rover and reviews books for the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Life Sentence and Kirkus Reviews. She has served on the boards of the Playwrights' Workshop Montreal and the Quebec Writers' Federation and, currently, PEN Canada.

Kodi Sheer, Associate Editor

[Photo: Dan Lippett]

Kodi Scheer is an award-winning writer and editor. Her books include Incendiary Girls (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) and Midair (Little A, 2016), and her short fiction has appeared in the Chicago TribuneIowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others.

Alex Park, Technical Consultant

Alex Park has worked with technology solutions for startups since 2015 when he founded the publishing startup Tabulit. He has also worked with publishing companies in various capacities, roles including publicist, copywriter, and translator. He holds a master's degree in Political Economics from the London School of Economics, and a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.


Advisory Council Members

Lise Pouliot Bergevin

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Lise Pouliot Bergevin started her publishing career in July 1976 as a publishing assistant for Éditions françaises / Larousse Canada, rising to the role of publisher and general manager. Between 1988 and 1998 she managed the scholarly publications of Université de Montréal. Since July 1988 she has been shareholder and general manager of Leméac Éditeur, the distinguished Montreal literary publisher of Quebec and international writing.

Rana Bose

[Photo: George Smid]

Born and raised in Calcutta, Rana Bose has over 30 years experience in Engineering and Management, a field in which he continues to work as mentor and consultant. Best known in Canada as a playwright, his plays include The Death of Abbie Hoffman and Five or Six Characters in Search of Toronto. The author of the novelsRecovering Rude (Véhicule Press 2000) and The Fourth Canvas (TSAR 2008), Bose lives in Montreal, where he is one of the editors of the arts and politics webzine Montreal Serai

Ann Charney

[Photo: Joyce Ravid]

Ann Charney is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and journalist. Her work has been published in the US, Italy, France, Germany, as well as in Canada. She is a member of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and the Honorary Board of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. She has also been named to the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

Patrick Coleman

[Photo: Candis Snoddy]

Patrick Coleman is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of works on Rousseau and Gabrielle Roy and served as editor of Québec Studies between 2000 and 2005. His most recent books include Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer (Oxford, 2011) and an annotated edition of Balzac’s The Wild Ass’s Skin (Oxford, 2012).

Maurice Forget, C.M., Ad.E.

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Maurice Forget is a Montreal business lawyer known for his community involvement, particularly in the arts. Counsel and former Chair of the Fasken Martineau law firm, which he joined in 1969, he has also led the Montreal Arts Council (1999-2006), Heritage Montreal, and the Foundation of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. In 1998 he was admitted to the Order of Canada in recognition of his philanthropy in the fields of education, healthcare and the arts.

Julian Gollner

Julian Gollner has worked extensively in Management Consulting, Risk Management and Information Technology, with a degree in Economics from Concordia University. He holds multiple certifications within the IT field, and brings experience both from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, including Blue Metropolis Foundation. He lives in Vancouver, where he is a Manager at Ernst & Young, as part of its Advisory Services Performance Improvement practice.

Yvonne Hunter

[Photo: Monique de St. Croix]

Formerly Vice President, Publicity and Marketing for Penguin Books Canada, Yvonne Hunter is an independent publishing and PR executive based in Toronto. A CGA with fifteen years of publishing experience, she has held positions with the Literary Press Group, HarperCollins and Penguin, and has won numerous awards including a CMA Gold Award for 100 Years of Anne, a national campaign celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables, and CBA Awards for Publisher of the Year and Marketing Achievement of the Year for Penguin's critically acclaimed Extraordinary Canadians series. 

Tommy Schnurmacher

Tommy Schnurmacher is a national award-winning broadcaster and the host of a highly-rated radio talk show on CJAD 800 Radio in Montreal. During his 15-year-tenure at the station, he has interviewed thousands of guests, including Canadian prime ministers, Arianna Huffington, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, and show business personalities like Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, and Charlie Sheen.