All posts by Maurus Cappa

Breakfast Speaker January 21, 2023

Anthony De Sa writer, teacher (b at Toronto, Ont). Anthony De Sa grew up in the Portugese community of Toronto, Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto and later completed post-graduate work at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Anthony De Sa, writer, teacher (b at Toronto, Ont). Anthony De Sa grew up in the Portugese community of Toronto, Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto and later completed post-graduate work at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. A high school teacher by trade, De Sa attended the Humber School for Writers on a part-time basis during a sabbatical year. It was during his time at Humber that De Sa first began to submit his work to journals, and was eventually published in the Danforth Review. De Sa continued writing and a series of short stories was accepted and published by Doubleday Canada in 2008 as Barnacle Love.

De Sa's Barnacle Love was received extremely well in Canadian literary circles. A series of inter-linked stories, Barnacle Love explores the immigrant experience in Toronto. The collection is divided into two parts: the first focuses on Manuel, a Portuguese immigrant to Canada, and the second on his son Antonio as he grows up in Toronto's Portuguese community and finds himself torn between the traditions and expectations of the new and old worlds. Varied in style, Barnacle Love oscillates between folk tale, myth and narrative. It carefully and beautifully examines the divide that can occur in immigrant families when the dreams of those who first came are neither realized nor desired by the generation that follows. Acclaimed for its descriptive power and insight into the immigrant experience in Canada, Barnacle Love stands out as a great achievement for a debut collection.

Anthony De Sa was named as a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2008) and the Toronto Book Award (2009) for Barnacle Love. The debut collection also won him Portugal's Premios de Talento Award for Literature (2009).


Breakfast Speaker February 18, 2023


Calogero (Charly) Chiarelli was born in Racalmuto, Sicily and raised in Hamilton, Canada. He's proud to cite his first vocational achievements of selling newspapers in downtown streets and setting up pins in local bowling alleys. He was elected President of the Westdale High School Student Council,1965-66. He went on to acquire a four year BA in Psychology at McMaster University, a certificate in Applied Linguistics and Teaching from the University of Toronto and an MSW at Carlton University in Ottawa.
Concurrent with being a psychology professor and mental health consultant, Charly was/is a showbiz devotee. In the past 20 years he has applied his expansive talents to acting, writing (screenplays, stageplays, librettos, novels, children's stories and music). He is also a virtuoso musician - harmonica & vocals - and storyteller. All have received, awards, international acclaim and rave reviews. 
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Breakfast Speaker March 18, 2023

Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of eight national bestsellers, including his latest, Operation Angus, all published by McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House). His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans earning very positive reviews. In September 2015, it debuted as a stage musical in Vancouver. The High Road was published in September 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Terry’s third novel, Up and Down, was released in September 2012. It debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal, and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. In June 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association presented Terry with the Libris Award for Author of the Year. Terry’s fourth novel, No Relation, hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Poles Apart was released in October 2015, immediately hit the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy (2017), Albatross (2019), and Operation Angus (2021) were all instant bestsellers upon publication.
Terry Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and then spent several years working in federal and Ontario politics. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a full service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. He blogs at and his twitter handle is @TerryFallis.

Breakfast Speaker May 20, 2023

Jennifer Maruno  began her publishing career with award winning educational materials for The Peel District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is one of the authors of Explorations, a mathematics program for Addison-Wesley of Canada, and worked with TVO in developing teaching materials for the television show Mathica’s Mathshop. For her contributions to educational writing, she received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award, the National Council of Teachers Award of Excellence and The Award of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association. She holds a Masters of Education, Principal’s and Primary Specialists certification and is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Humber School of Writers summer program.Her short stories have appeared in a variety of children’s magazines in Great Britain, United States and Canada. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jennifer came from a book loving family. She worked as a library helper in the old red brick library on Victoria Avenue while attending Valley Way Public school. Her childhood ambition was to have a book with her name on the spine sitting on the shelf.Her first children’s novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell won nominations for the Hackmatack and Young Readers of Canada Awards.Educator, researcher and author, Jennifer Maruno knows stories provide much more than entertainment. From the pages of Canadian history, she creates novels empathetic to those who have experienced the darker side of our past. Maruno’s understanding of the importance of cultural identity has brought When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, Cherry Blossom Winter and Cherry Blossom Baseball based on the Japanese Internment and Warbird a novel of early Jesuit life among the Huron people.Details of Kid Soldier, Jennifer’s fourth novel for children, come from her father’s diary. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces under age and set out for England. Enroute Britain declared war. Totem, the story of a boy seeking his identity from the confines of a residential school, was written at a time most necessary to Truth & ReconciliationJennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario with her husband spending her time weeding her David Austin roses, writing and reading to grandchildren.Laurel Keating is an award-winning artist whose illustrations are familiar to Newfoundlanders. With an eye for detail and sympathy for all living things, Laurel brings her characters to life with warmth and humour. Children have delighted in her rich and colourful illustrations in Find Scruncheon and Touton (1 and 2) and Yaffle’s Journey and Full Speed Ahead: Errol’s Bell Island Adventure. She lives in scenic Portugal Cove, which she has called home all her life.



Breakfast Speaker June 17, 2023

Joe Giampaolo was born in 1963 in Rome, Italy, and moved to Canada as a teenager. He studied philosophy at York University. He speaks Italian and English and studied French, Spanish, Latin, and ancient Greek. Joe has a passion for fountain pens, mountain bikes, cooking, travelling, and the theatre. He lives in Toronto with his family and their two dogs, Suka and Buddy.Joe writes both fiction and non-fiction books about 19th-century England. The Hampshire Stories Series is divided into two sections: Essays, andNovellas and Short Tales.In this collection, readers will find delightful Regency romances, Victorian dramas, gothic tales, ghost stories and essays about the literature of this period. Joe has also published a collection of poems with the title of Deep Craving.

Joe’s favourite 19thcentury authors are Jane Austen, Charlotte BrontĂ«, George Eliot, Gustave Flaubert and Thomas Hardy. Favourite contemporary authors include Margaret Atwood, Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, Gabriel GarcĂ­a Márquez, Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges.


  • The Reader’s Companion to the Hampshire Stories Series, Life and Literature in Nineteenth-Century England
-Five-Star Seal, Readers’ Favorite, 2021

-An Amazon #1 Bestseller in the USA and Canada (In several categories)

-An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in the UK and Italy (In several categories)
  • The Reader’s Companion to the World of Jane Austen

-2022 Indies Today Book Awards, Finalist

-An Amazon #1 Bestseller in the USA, the UK and Canada

(Romantic and Gothic Literary Criticism)

-Five-Star Recommendation Badge, Indies Today

Historical Romance:

  • Hampshire Stories: A Collection of Tales Set in 19th Century England

-Gold Medal Winner, Literary Titan, 2020 Book Awards

-Bronze Medal Winner, 2022 Global Book Awards

-An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in the USA, Canada and Italy (In several categories)

  • The Farmer’s Daughter: A Regency Romance

-Five-Star Seal, Readers’ Favorite, 2021

-An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in the USA, the UK, Canada and Italy (In several categories)

  • The Master of Emmet Manor: A Regency Romance

-An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in the USA, Canada and Italy (In several categories).


  • The Hampshire Stories Series, Deluxe Edition, Volumes I, II & III
  • The Eldritch Chronicles, Wrath of the Sentinel & Other Ghost Tales


 Deep Craving, A Collection of Poems

-Literary Titan Book Awards, Gold Medal, March 2023

-An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Canada and Italy (Poetry, English)

Breakfast Speaker September 16, 2023

Dawn Grimmer is a writer of thousands of scripts for television production and videos for the corporate community. She has also produced numerous TV shows in a variety of genres, from business, to health, nutrition and sports, human interest and children’s programming. Her repertoire also spans several series, including the Toronto based Marilyn Denis Show, formerly on CityTV, and documentaries for various networks,

She has also written web copy and marketing material for corporate clients for decades.

Dawn has been an editor for the past 30 plus years, editing journalists’ and authors’ work, as well as two books of fiction, an online college business course, corporate marketing material, and a major golf magazine.

Her career has also included teaching as she was a professor at Conestoga College in Kitchener where she taught Communications, as well as Professional Writing for Business.

A writer since childhood, Dawn has written a children’s book – the first in a series – and has a novel in the works.