Christie Blatchford studied journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, and wrote for the campus newspaper, The Eyeopener. She subsequently worked as a sports reporter for the Globe and Mail, and as a columnist at the Toronto Star, before moving to the tabloid paper, the Toronto Sun. She remained at the Sun for almost 20 years, first as a lifestyle columnist, and then as a city columnist featured on Page 5 of the paper. She was hired away by the National Post when it was launched, and now writes for The Globe and Mail.

For the second half of 2006, Blatchford spent most of her time covering Canada's military operations in Afghanistan. During two trips to the country's Kandahar district, she reported on the experiences of Canadian soldiers. Her book, Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army, is based on her time spent with the soldiers.

Festivals: 2007 (Year Round)

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