Philip Lanthier - Co-Chairman
Philip Lanthier was founding editor of the literary magazine Matrix and has written and lectured on Eastern Townships poetry. He co-edited an anthology of 20th century Townships poetry in French and English. He has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Toronto, has taught at Champlain College and Bishop’s University, and now chairs the Knowlton Literary Festival Organizing Committee.
Frank Johnston-Main - Co-Chairman
A graduate of Bishop’s University and life-long Townships resident, Frank Johnston-Main is a retired writer and businessman who specialized in marketing, corporate communications and management of charitable and not-for-profit organizations.
Judith Duncanson - Vice-Chairman
After an outstanding career in fashion, cosmetics and television, Judith “retired” to Knowlton to care for ill family members. Her involvement in a number of volunteer positions has kept her busy: theatre board, museum, president of the Knowlton Lions Club, the literary festival, all while running an antique shop and an artisan/artist coop. She is an admitted bookaholic.
Alan Eastley - Treasurer
In 2007, after working for 40 years in Information Technology, Alan retired and moved, with his wife Gillian, from Calgary to Knowlton. Gillian has volunteered in most things musical. Alan continues to jog, as he has done for the last 45 years. He has served on the Board of CIDI as secretary. Last year he joined the Board of the Brome Lake Gardening Club as Secretary, and has now joined the Board of the Knowlton Literary Association as Treasurer. A leisurely reader, he enjoys mystery, science fiction, and non-fiction mostly politics, economics and sociology.
Kathryn Lexow - Secretary
Retired in Knowlton, Kathryn has pursued her interests in reading, writing, literature and photography. She has published articles, reports and photographs in the local newspaper, the Brome County News, and works on communications for the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and the Board of the Brome County Historical Society. She has degrees in physiotherapy and healthcare management.
Danny McAuley worked for fifteen years as a technical director and Equity stage manager in regional theatres and larger centers in Quebec. Danny spent many years touring productions around eastern North America from Nunavik to Pennsylvania. For the past ten years he and his wife Lucy have owned and operated Brome Lake Books a small but very active independent bookstore in Knowlton.
Rob Paterson has lived in Knowlton for 5 years. He became a reading addict by the age of 8 and still reads several books a week. He has written a popular blog since 2002 and has published 4 books online with another 4 in the pipeline. He is a writer, the online coordinator and a director of our local newspaper, Tempo. He is the Secretary of our new local rowing club, Aviron Knowlton. In his early working life he was a banker. Later, he was a consultant in the fields of human health and human social networks. He is fortunate to have 4 grandchildren who visit often. They all love books.