A MASTERCLASS WITH ALIX OHLIN Every story lives in at least two points in time—the moment of the action and the moment of the telling. As a writer, you get to travel widely in time, and the various choices you make can have wonderfully powerful effects on the reader.
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.
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/