Who we are

Linda Leith - President & publisher

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; translated into French as Écrire au temps du nationalisme, Leméac 2014), and she has recently written an introduction to Mavis Gallant's play What Is To Be Done? (LLP 2017). 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.

David Gawley - Chief Financial Officer

David Gawley has years of experience in financial analysis. Before joining Linda Leith Publishing, he worked in the Operating Department of Canadian Pacific Railway, developing and implementing systems. A native of Toronto and graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, he is treasurer of the Friends of the Westmount Public Library and an editor of Canadian Rail, the magazine of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association.

Leila Marshy - Associate Publisher

Leila Marshy has spent her career in communications—from editing films to editing text, from marketing encyclopedias to marketing apps, from writing and broadcasting to a detour as an artisinal baker and chicken farmer. A few years ago, she founded Friends of Hutchison, a groundbreaking community group in Montreal, and campaign-managed the first Hasidic woman to political office. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and her first novel, The Philistine (LLP 2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writers' Prize.

Katia Grubisic - Associate Editor

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator. She was coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series, and was a founding member of the editorial board for the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions. Her own work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for translation, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

Elise Moser - Associate Editor

Elise Moser is a writer and editor. Her nonfiction kids' book, What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling, appeared in 2016. It was preceded by her YA novel, Lily and Taylor (2013) and her novel Because I Have Loved and Hidden It (2009). She was the founding Literary Editor for Montreal online culture magazine The Rover and has reviewed books for Montreal Review of Books, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Life Sentenceand Kirkus Reviews. She has served on the board of the Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, and is currently on the boards of the Quebec Writers' Federation, the Quebec Community Groups Network, and PEN Canada. She is a co-organizer of the Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair in Montreal.

Alex Park - Technology Consultant

Alex Park has worked for many years in the startup domain before joining Linda Leith Publishing. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, he enjoys all things tech-related and specializes in digital operations and communications. 

Advisory Council Members

Lise Pouliot Bergevin

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.

Ann Charney

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 Honourary 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

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.

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

Formerly Vice President, Publicity and Marketing for Penguin Books Canada, Yvonne Hunter is 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. 


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