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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada

Meet Our Authors

Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for more than thirty years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By curating and editing inspirational true stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-one-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She wrote her thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved traveling throughout Brazil and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career — from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy has a national syndicated newspaper column and is a frequent radio and TV guest, passing along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from reading and editing thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories.

She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.

Janet Matthews is a bestselling author, free-lance editor and inspirational speaker. After spending the first twenty years of her professional life in Toronto’s fast paced fashion-photography and advertising industry, in 1997 she became involved with producing Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. When Jack Canfield invited her to coauthor Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, she jumped at the chance. When it was released in 2002 it shot right to the top of the bestseller lists all across Canada. Since 2002, Janet has been inspiring audiences across Canada with her heartfelt journey of creating this unique Canadian book. With her stories, anecdotes and passionate delivery, Janet lights up a room.

Since 2003, Janet has utilized her editorial expertise to help other authors bring their books of personal or spiritual growth to publication. Working with American coauthor Daniel Keenan she completed a book-sized version of The Navy’s Baby, an amazing story first appearing in Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. She has stories in seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books and, with the release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada, Janet is thrilled to once again be part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family.

An eclectic individual with diverse interests and talents, Janet is a certified Love Yourself Heal Your Life workshop leader with training based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. She is a certified canoeing instructor, a couturier seamstress, and a passionate skater. She also plays the violin.

Now living in Aurora, Ontario, Janet has been a guest on countless television and radio talk shows across Canada, and gives a very dynamic interview. She is generally available for guest speaking spots and interviews, and you may contact her through or

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