Twelve writers begin training today for the most grueling marathon of their careers as BookTelevision announces the finalists in the second 3-Day Novel Contest.
On August 31st, 2007 at the stroke of midnight these 12 writers will sit down in the middle of Edmonton's biggest Chapters bookstore - cameras and customers following their every keystroke - and try to write a novel on live television in just three days. The finalists will also face diabolically challenging contests and turns at "The Thirteenth Machine" as they compete to capture the $5000 cash prize and become Canada's next literary superstar.
GAYLEEN FROESE Day Job: Corporate communications editor and writer Hometown: Edmonton, AB
GORDON KIRKLAND Day Job: Humour writer Hometown: Pitt Meadows, BC
JAMES BURNS Day Job: Freelance writer/journalist Hometown: Orr Lake, ON
JENNIFER ISAAC Day Job: Communications consultant/freelance journalist Hometown: Westward Ho, AB
JOE GOODWILL Day Job: Writer, researcher, and ESL consultant Hometown: Vancouver, BC
LORNA SLOUKJI Day Job: Copywriter Hometown: Mississauga, ON
MARTY CHAN Day Job: Writer Hometown: Edmonton, AB
MATTHEW J. TRAFFORD Day Job: Student/transcriptionist/book reviewer Hometown: Toronto, ON
NANCY BELGUE Day Job: Library assistant Hometown: Kingsville, ON
PAUL MATWYCHUK Day Job: Entertainment Editor, SEE Magazine Hometown: Edmonton, AB
REBECCA SHUTTLEWORTH Day Job: Communications consultant for the federal government Hometown: Edmonton, AB
TRACY THOMPSON Day Job: Web editor Hometown: Edmonton, AB