2022 Short Story Awards Luncheon

Alexander MacLeod is the 2022 Guest Judge for the Adult Short Story Contest. He’ll announce the winners over lunch. Then, Mr MacLeod will read from his “compelling and captivating collection*” of short stories ~ Animal Person (description below).

Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Noon at Maitland River Community Church, Wingham. Tickets are $30.00 per person (lunch included – menu below)

*Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of August into Winter
Photo by Heather A. Crosby Gionet

Animal Person: Stories by Alexander MacLeod

From Giller Prize finalist Alexander MacLeod comes a magnificent collection about the needs, temptations, and tensions that exist just beneath the surface of our lives. Named a Canadian Fiction title to watch by the CBC, Quill & Quire, and 49th Shelf, and a “must-read book” by Maclean’s. Featuring stories published in The New Yorker, Granta, and the O. Henry Prize Stories.

Startling, suspenseful, deeply humane yet alert to the undertow of our darker instincts, the eight stories in Animal Person illuminate what it means to exist in the perilous space between desire and action, and to have your faith in what you hold true buckle and give way.

A petty argument between two sisters is interrupted by an unexpected visitor. Adjoining motel rooms connect a family on the brink of a new life with a criminal whose legacy will haunt them for years to come. A connoisseur of other people’s secrets is undone by what he finds in a piece of lost luggage. In the wake of a tragic accident, a young man must contend with what is owed to the living and to the dead. And in the O. Henry Award-winning story “Lagomorph,” a man’s relationship with his family’s long-lived pet rabbit opens up to become a profound exploration of how a marriage fractures.

Muscular and tender, beautifully crafted, and alive with an elemental power, these stories explore the struggle for meaning and connection in an age when many of us feel cut off from so much, not least ourselves. This is a collection that beats with raw emotion and shimmers with the complexity of our shared human experience, and it confirms Alexander MacLeod’s reputation as a modern master of the short story.

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Mildly spicy Butter chicken and a vegetable curry, served on white basmati rice with warm naan bread and a salad.

Served with sparkling lemonade, tea, coffee and dessert.

Cookie buffet: chocolate chip, peanut butter, buttery oatmeal cookies and iced sugar cookies.  This completely homemade option has something for everyone.

Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.