2020 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

The 2020 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story featured guest authors and events.


David Bergen

David Bergen is the author of eight novels and a collection of short stories. Among his acclaimed works are The Time in Between, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Matter with Morris, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Age of Hope, which was a bestseller and a finalist for CBC Canada Reads; and Stranger, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize. Bergen lives in Winnipeg. His new collection of short stories, Here the Dark, will be published March 10th.

David Bergen read from Here the Dark. Watch the reading on our Facebook video

Maria Reva

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/

Maria Reva read from Good Citizens Need Not Fear. Watch the reading on our Facebook video

Alex Pugsley

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.

Alex Pugsley read from Aubrey McKee. Watch the reading on our Facebook video

Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankaham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. The title story of her forthcoming debut collection of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. How to Pronounce Knife was published on April 7th.

Souvankham Thammavongsa read from How to Pronounce Knife.
Watch the reading on our Facebook video

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