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2021 Author Readings

If you missed the Alice Munro Festival for the Short Story readings and interviews with award-winning authors during the 2021
Festival weekend you are in luck … follow the links below.

Friday, June 4, 2021 – 7pm EST
David Adam Richards
https://youtu.be/7rrQzy5jky0

Saturday, June 5, 2021 – 10am EST
Camilla Gibb
https://youtu.be/w2p0RDlQzzQ

Saturday, June 5, 2021 – 12 noon EST
Short Story Contest Awards
Guest Judge (adult) – Emma Donoghue
Guest Judge (youth) – Heather Smith
https://youtu.be/dXy3gcMGAMM

Saturday, June 5, 2021 – 4pm EST
M.G. Vassanji
https://youtu.be/kDaOBtUG_JQ

Sunday, June 6, 2021 – 11am EST
Mary Lawson
https://youtu.be/orP9j9WE4bA

Sunday, June 6, 2021 – 12 Noon EST
Lindy Mechefske: ( Sun. 12 pm)
https://youtu.be/_Z8nKkEUahw

Sunday, June 6, 2021 – 4pm EST
Alex Ohlin
https://youtu.be/-X_Qh9fu8uE

2020 Author Reading – Alex Pugsley

Alex Pugsley reads from AUBREY McKEE
Saturday, June 27 at 10am 
on Facebook @AliceMunroFestival

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“Alex Pugsley’s novel, Aubrey McKee, is a whip-smart portrait of the artist at the end of the twentieth century. Funny and wildly intelligent, it captures a somewhat tragic cohort of young, ambitious Haligonians trying to become themselves, all seen through the eyes of the narrator, a young man of incomplete wisdom. In quicksilver prose, Pugsley shows us a whole generation, some of whom are lost, some found, but all viewed with a profound, comic humanity.”

— Michael Redhill, Scotiabank Giller
Prize-winning author of Bellevue Square

AUTHOR BIO:
Alex Pugsley is a writer and filmmaker originally from Nova Scotia. A winner of the Writers’ Trust Journey Prize, his fiction has appeared in Brick, The Dalhousie Review, Eighteen Bridges, The New Quarterly, subTerrain, Taddle Creek, This Magazine, The Walrus, and, for the last three years, Best Canadian Stories. His next book, Shimmer, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.

AUTHOR READING – Maria Reva

Maria Reva reads from GOOD CITIZENS NEED NOT FEAR
Saturday, June 20 at 10am 
on Facebook @AliceMunroFestival

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A cast of unforgettable characters–citizens of the small industrial town of Kirovka–populate Maria Reva’s ingeniously entwined tales that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. Weaving the strands of the narrative together is an unforgettable, chameleon-like young woman named Zaya: an orphan turned beauty-pageant crasher who survives the extraordinary circumstances of her childhood through a compelling combination of ferocity, intelligence, stubbornness and wit.

Good Citizens Need Not Fear takes us from paranoia to tenderness and back again, exploring what it is to be an individual amid the roiling forces of history. Inspired by her family’s own experiences in Ukraine, Reva brings the dark absurdity of early Gary Shteyngart, the empathy of Miriam Toews, and the sly interconnectedness of Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno to a sparkling work of fiction that is as clever as it is heartfelt.

“Bright, funny, satirical and relevant. . . . A new talent to watch!” –Margaret Atwood

AUTHOR BIO:
Maria Reva was born in Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has an MFA in fiction from the Michener Center at the University of Texas. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories (2017 and 2019), McSweeny’s and Granta. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, and also works as an opera librettist. Her linked story collection, Good Citizens Need Not Fear, was published on March 10th. http://www.mariareva.ca/

2020 Short Story WINNERS


Congratulations to all our winners.

See the announcements on video here:

ADULT CATEGORY WINNER
Tanya Ambrose
Second Chances
“a languid story full of small comforts and the warmth of a later-life connection”
ADULT CATEGORY RUNNER UP
Kate O’Gorman
Dressing on the Side
“An investigation of grief and the sometimes surprising ways in which it manifests itself”
ADULT CATEGORY 3RD PLACE
Alison Stevenson
Foraging
“the sense of place is expertly observed, sometimes echoing the protagonists state of mind”
YOUTH WINNER:
Doris Hua
When the World Breathes Again
“A achingly beautiful story of loss and love”
YOUTH RUNNER UP
Naomi Marko
The Dictionary of Maya Rivas
“a realistic portrayal of dashed hopes and broken dreams”
3RD PLACE WINNER
Sharon Sun
The Magnolia Field
“Explores what it means to be home”