2013 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

The 2013 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story featured guest authors and events. 

Authors & storytellers

Melanie Chambers

Melanie Chambers

Melanie Chambers is a writer and university instructor living in Toronto. Ever since cycling from Holland to Spain in 1996, Melanie has penned stories about her amateur athletic challenges such as cycling 105 uphill kilometres in Taiwan’s KOM Challenge road race and hiking Northern Africa’s highest peak. As an editor and instructor, she has conducted writing workshops around the globe. Locally, she’s provided workshops at the Alice Munro’s Writers and Readers Festival and Western University’s Homecoming. When she’s not on the road, she teaches food and travel writing courses at Western University. http://www.melaniechambers.ca/

Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy’s first novel, The Jade Peony, spent six months on The Globe and Mail’s national bestseller list, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995, and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. All That Matters, a companion novel to The Jade Peony, won the Trillium Book Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the 2005 Giller Prize. In 1999, Choy’s first memoir, Paper Shadows, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize. He won the Edna Staebler Award for Non-fiction. Choy’s most recent book is Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying.

Peggy Coffey

Peggy Coffey is the author of a collection of stories compiled by the Women’s Institute of Ontario. The book, entitled From This Place, was published in 2000 and includes 118 stories submitted by the oldest woman from each provincial women’s institute chapter at the time. The jumping off point for each story is “I was born,” followed by a recollection from their lives that often filled a page or two. Coffey has acted and taught at the Stratford Festival and runs a production company with her husband.

Gary Draper

Gary Draper is a retired Associate Professor of English at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, where he taught courses in both early and contemporary Canadian Literature. He has been a book reviewer, a librarian, a poetry editor with Brick Books and a short-fiction editor with The New Quarterly

Hayley Linfield

Hayley Linfield’s writing has appeared in a variety of journals and magazines. She published The Truth About Dandelions in 2013. She currently lives in Goderich.

Kim Jernigan

Kim Jernigan served as the editor of The New Quarterly from 1984 and energetically guided the publication toward its place as one of Canada’s best and most admired literary magazines.

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