Writers Out Loud

The Writers Out Loud series showcases talented English-language Quebec writers speaking about and reading briefly from their recently published books.

If you organize a reading series or festival, or if you represent a library or bookstore, and you would like to inquire about hosting a Writers Out Loud event, please contact Lori.


2023 Writers Out Loud Series

Muslim Awareness Week 2023: Writing Between Two Cultural Worlds


Toula Drimonis and Ehab Lotayef in conversation with Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed
Featuring Guest of Honour Frank Baylis, M.P.

Poet Ehab Lotayef (To Love a Palestinian Woman) and journalist Toula Drimonis (We, the Others) sit down with journalist Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed to discuss writing while straddling cultures.

Presented in partnership with Muslim Awareness Week.


Previous Writers Out Loud Series

Recordings of previous Writers Out Loud events can be found on our YouTube channel.


2022

Writers Out Loud—On Ukraine

Yuri Andrukhovych, Norman Nawrocki, and Bohdana Neborak in conversation with Kate Tsurkan

An extraordinary group of writers, three of whom are based in Ukraine, sit down for a conversation about their literary work and the current situation.

Click here to watch the recording (via Youtube).


Muslim Awareness Week 2022: Writing As Activism

A conversation with Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain, the award-winning author of Fighting for A Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada, and Indigenous Human Rights Advocate Ellen Gabriel, moderated by Ehab Lotayef. The discussion will focus on Dr. Shaheen-Hussain’s book, for which Ellen Gabriel wrote the Afterword, on the role writing can play in social change, and what it means to be an activist writer.

Presented in partnership with Muslim Awareness Week.

Click here to watch the recording (via Youtube).


2021

Writers Out Loud: Pride Edition

This extraordinary group of writers who all have new work out this year sit down with host Liana Cusmano for a conversation about their literary arts practice and new books: Christopher DiRaddo‘s novel The Family Way(Véhicule Press 2021), Helen Chau Bradley‘s short story collection Personal Attention Roleplay (Metonymy Press, coming October 2021), and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch‘s poetry collection The Good Arabs(Metonymy Press, coming September 2021).

Click here to watch the recording (via YouTube).


Writers Out Loud: Playwrights on Palestine/Israel I

The first in a series of digital events exploring Palestine and Israel.

Samah Sabawi, Rimah Jabr, and Stephen Orlov in conversation with Zachary Couture.
An extraordinary group of literary artists sits down with guest host Zachary Couture for a conversation about their arts practice and its connection to the situation in Israel and Palestine. This is the first in a series of two online events in 2021 exploring Israel and Palestine through the eyes and work of writers.

Click here to watch the recording (via YouTube).

Writers Out Loud: Playwrights on Palestine/Israel II

The second in a series of digital events exploring Palestine and Israel.

A conversation between Arthur Milner and Ehab Lotayef
Two extraordinary writers sit down together to converse on the situation in Palestine and Israel as it connects to their arts practice and activism.

Click here to watch the recording (via YouTube).


2020

Black Writers Out Loud: A Conversation About Black Literary Arts in Quebec

The first in a three-part series celebrating Black literary arts in Quebec.

Hosted by Deborah Forde, in conversation with artists Diane Roberts, Tali Taliwah (aka Nantali Indongo), and H. Nigel Thomas.

Click here to watch the recording (via YouTube).

Black Writers Out Loud: Spoken Word Edition

The second in a three-part series celebrating Black literary arts in Quebec.

Hosted by Jason “Blackbird” Selman, in conversation with artists Roen ‘Blu Riva’ Higgins, Fabrice Koffy, and Faith Paré.

Click here to watch the recording (via YouTube).

Black Writers Out Loud: At the Read Quebec Holiday Book Fest

The last in a three-part series celebrating Black literary arts in Quebec.

Hosted by Canisia Lubrin in conversation with Kaie Kellough.

Click here to watch the recording (via YouTube).