2018 Judges



Rolli is the author of numerous books for adults and children including The Sea-Wave (Guernica Editions), which was longlisted for the Saboteur Award, and Kabungo (Groundwood), which won the 2015/2016 Joan Betty Stuchner Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, The Walrus and other outlets. Rolli lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Visit his website (rollistuff.com) and follow him on Twitter @rolliwrites.

val stoneVal Stone

Often found curled up with her three dogs, Valerie enjoys a good read. With a diploma in Business Management from Ryerson, her love for reading and integrating it with career choices came apparent early. Soon working and books went hand in hand. Bookstore manager, stay at home mom and later a library assistant all allowed her to discover a wide variety of literature. Reading is a daily routine and stories are consumed at a voracious speed. Now semi-retired, Valerie is a software graphical designer, grows her own organic fruit and vegetables, does extensive ornamental and habitat gardening, and provides a permanent home for several rescued and retired animals.

ANdrew Gunn Jenn KlassenAndrew Gunn and Jenn Klassen, young and free press

young and free press is a new media outlet that features teenage journalists covering local news and events in small cities and rural areas in southwestern Ontario. The business is headquartered in St. Thomas, Ontario, and run by consultant Andrew Gunn along with three local high school students, Jenn Klassen, Alex Popen, and Maddie King. Together, the young and free press team report on St. Thomas, London, and further afield, and explore arts and culture, local food and drink, recreation, agriculture, and more! Andrew Gunn is the owner and general editor of young and free press. He grew up on a farm in Elgin County, attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, and is a graduate of Queen’s University and McMaster University. Recently he has worked in the Advancement Office and taught agriculture and business at Fanshawe College, and has been a journalist too, conducting interviews with many prominent Canadian musicians, artists, authors, and politicians. Currently he runs his own consulting firm, which focusses on impact philanthropy and special projects. Andrew has supported and volunteered with many organizations in London, St. Thomas, and Elgin County. Jenn Klassen is one of the original trio of young journalists at young and free press. She scripts and hosts a number of shows on social media and writes articles on a wide range of topics. Jenn attends Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas. Currently in grade eleven, she enjoys history, English, and personal fitness. Jenn would like to work with children in the future. In her role with young and free press, she has helped to attract advertisers, and aims to make a positive difference in the community through her work. Andrew and Jenn are very excited to be judges of the 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award! The pair host a book review show on the young and free press Instagram page called ‘Books on the Street’. They have focussed on books by authors like Michael Ondaatje, Joanna Goodman, Eden Robinson, and Richard Wagamese.