Matteo Mastragostino is a graphic designer, journalist, and graphic novel writer with a degree in industrial design from the Politecnico of Milan. Primo Levi, his first graphic novel, was published by Beccogiallo Editore in 2017 with the artwork by Alessandro Ranghiasci. Since then, the book has been translated into French, German, Croatian, and now English. Primo Levi won third place at the Prix Révélation Bande Dessinée des lycéens Hauts-de-France in 2019. In 2020, Matteo published two more graphic novels: Perlasca (Beccogiallo Editore), illustrated by Armando Mìron Polacco, and Vann Nath (La Boîte à Bulles), with artwork by Paolo Castaldi. Matteo lives in Lecco with his son Leonardo, two goldfish, and an innumerable number of books and comic books.
Ian Radforth is a Canadian social historian who taught for more than three decades in the department of history at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Bushworkers and Bosses: Logging in Northern Ontario, 1900–1980 and Royal Spectacle: The 1860 Visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States.
Kingston writer and Between the Lines co-founder Jamie Swift is the author, most recently, of The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (with McMaster historian Ian McKay), finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Jamie is a founding member of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee.
Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) comes from a long line of Indigenous oral historians and factual storytellers. She is an award-winning filmmaker and educator, the principal owner of Running Wolf Productions, and the director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University.
Sarah Ratchford is a feminist journalist with a focus on social justice. They cover sexual health and consent, reproductive justice, trans health, and feminist activism. Their essays, features and news stories have appeared in The Walrus, The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Flare, Elle, Refinery29, and Cosmopolitan. They’ve hosted and produced a number of VICE documentaries on sex work law, trans health, and abortion access. Fired Up about Consent is their first book.
Dr. Julie Macfarlane is a professor of law at the University of Windsor and an experienced mediator, facilitator, and conflict resolution educator. She was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2020. Macfarlane is the author of The New Lawyer: How Settlement Is Transforming the Practice of Law, and has researched and written extensively on the topics of dispute resolution and self-represented litigants.
Grada Kilomba is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and theorist born in Lisbon, where she studied clinical psychology and psychoanalysis. Strongly influenced by the work of Frantz Fanon, Kilomba started writing and publishing on memory, trauma, race, gender, and postcolonialism, and later on extended her concerns to form, language, performance, and video installation. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin and has been lecturing at several international universities, and was last a Professor at the Humboldt Universität Berlin. In her work, Kilomba intentionally creates a hybrid space between the academic and artistic languages, using storytelling as a central element for her decolonial practices. Her highly thought provoking works, have been presented at the Bienal de São Paulo (2016), Berlin Biennale (2018) and Documenta (2017), and exhibited at venues such as The Power Plant, Toronto; MUAC - Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City and Amant Art Foundation, New York; among others. She is the author of Plantation Memories and co-editor of Mythen, Masken und Subjekte (2005), an anthology on Critical Whiteness Studies.
Dr. Jason Russell holds a PhD in history from York University and is an associate professor at SUNY Empire State College in Buffalo, New York. He is the author of Our Union: UAW/CAW Local 27 from 1950 to 1990 and Making Managers in Canada, 1945–1995: Companies, Community Colleges, and Universities. He is currently working on several forthcoming books on North American labour history.
Dr. Suzanne Evans holds a PhD in Religious Studies. After working, studying, and living in China, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam, she now lives and writes in Ottawa. She is the author of Mothers of Heroes, Mothers of Martyrs: World War I and the Politics of Grief. Her writing, which has appeared in academic and literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and books, has a strong focus on women and war.
Alessandro Ranghiasci studies at the Roman School of Comics and the Faculty of Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome. He has worked as a storyboard artist in cinema and advertising. Primo Levi is his debut as a comic book artist.