The Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix will be announced at a special event on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
Jean Fugère. A graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, Jean Fugère has been, by turns, an actor, stage director, author, composer, singer and a radio and television host. A renown literary columnist, he reads everything, sees everything and has an opinion about everything published in French.
Jeet Heer is an arts and culture journalist based in Toronto. He has written for The National Post, Slate.com, The Boston Globe, The Walrus, the Literary Review of Canada, and many other publications. He has published widely on graphic novels and comics for many popular series.
Chantal Guy stumbled onto reading like Obelix into the cauldron of magic potion. She did not want to be anything besides a reader when she grew up and was destined for a career as a bookseller or a librarian. She was named Director of La Presse newspaper's Lectures supplement in 2006.
Jury President, Terry Rigelhof is the author of many books and a Contributing Reviewer to The Globe and Mail's Books section. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, he studied at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Ottawa, and McMaster University. He has lived in Westmount, Quebec since 1973.
Charles Foran graduated from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. Originally from Toronto, he has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. His 2010 biography of Mordecai Richler won four major Canadian literary awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the Hillary Weston Writer’s Trust Award. Charlie currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario, with his family.