The 2015 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story featured guest authors, masterclasses, a Jubilee Gala and roundtable discussions.
Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.
Caroline Adderson read from her work and presented the Masterclass Writing Linked Short Stories.
Andrew Kaufman, born in Wingham Ontario, is a Canadian writer, film director, and radio producer. His novella All My Friends Are Superheroes (Coach House, 2003) is a humorous love story between a normal man and a super-heroine, The Perfectionist. The novella is set in the Toronto superhero milieu, in which the bizarre characters (The Seeker, The Inverse, BusinessMan etc.) actually personify different human types. It has been translated into Norwegian (2006), Italian (2007), French (translated by Anna Rozen) Éditions Alto (2007), German (2008), Dutch (translated by Caroline Teszler) (2009) and Spanish (2010). A 10th anniversary edition with added bonus material was released in April 2013. Kaufman is the author of several other books, including The Waterproof Bible (Random House Canada, 2010) and The Tiny Wife (Madras Press, 2010). His most recent novel, Born Weird, appeared in January 2013 from Random House Canada.
Andrew Kaufman presented the Masterclass Story Structure of the Screenplay, hosted a coffee meet-up at the Wingham library and led a roundtable discussion.
Lisa Moore’s books Open and Alligator were both nominated for the Giller Prize. Alligator won the Commonwealth Prize for the Canadian Caribbean Region and the ReLit Award, and Open won the Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Prize for Short Fiction. Lisa has also written for television, radio, magazines (EnRoute, The Walrus and Chatelaine) and newspapers (The Globe and Mail and The National Post). Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She also studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she became a member of The Burning Rock Collective, a group of St. John’s writers.
Lisa Moore read from her work at the Jubilee Gala and presented the Masterclass: A Point of View.
Heather O’Neil is the author of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, which was a finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, won CBC’s Canada Reads and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. O’Neill is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, This American Life, The New York Times Magazine, The Gazette, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives.
Heather O’Neill read from Daydreams of Angels in an Author Reading
Merilyn Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award; a collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a novel, The Holding; and a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady. Her short fiction is anthologized internationally and her books have been published in Europe, Asia, Canada, and in the United States by G. P. Putnam’s Sons and W. W. Norton. She recently published A New Leaf: Growing with my Garden, a collection of essays rooted in her twenty–six gardens in eastern Ontario. Her latest work is The Paradise Project, a hand-typeset, hand-printed collection of flash fiction. Reviewers have called her work, “Beautifully wrought, emotionally complex.” “Stories so solid they seem sculpted, yet so delicate they remain full of mystery.” “The observation of the details of life are Chekhovian in their accuracy.” Susan Halpren, writing in the New York Times, where Simonds’ novel was selected an Editor’s Choice, says, “Simonds is a careful, evocative writer, able to tease out colors from an overcast sky, to find depth in shadows.”
Merilyn Simonds read from her work in an Author Reading and led the Masterclass Writing Flash Fiction.