WRITERS OUT LOUD @ IMAGINATION 2020: LITERARY NOTES
Unfortunately, the IMAGINATION 2020 FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO REGULATIONS SURROUNDING THE COVID-19 SITUATION.
Moderated by Alison Brunette
For the second year in a row, QWF’S Writers Out Loud series joins forces with the Morrin Centre and the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec (OSQ) to present a “notewordy” concert. Susan Doherty, Tess Liem, and Lindsay Nixon all won QWF prizes in November 2019 for their works of nonfiction and poetry. Tune into their stories, which are accompanied by music—performed and chosen by the OSQ’s string quartet—that captures the spirit of these prize-winning books.
About the Authors
Educated at Concordia University and Ryerson, Susan Doherty has worked at Maclean’s Magazine and the International Herald Tribune and has run her own advertising production company for 20 years. After 28 long years in Toronto she returned to Montreal and wrote her debut novel, A Secret Music (2015). Research for her novel led her to the Douglas Hospital and ten extraordinary years as a volunteer with people suffering from extreme psychosis. The Ghost Garden is the culmination of her work in the excavation of mental illness. Susan’s affiliations include: the YMCA, the Douglas Institute, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and Nazareth House, a shelter for the homeless and addicted.
Tess Liem’s writing has appeared in Plenitude, Room Magazine, The Boston Review, Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and 2019, the Montreal Review of Books and elsewhere. Her debut collection Obits. (Coach House) was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award and won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award as well as the A.M. Klein Prize in 2019. She lives in Montreal, Tiotia:ke—unceded Haudenosaunee and Mohawk territories.
Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux researcher, curator, editor, writer, and McGill Art History PhD student. Nixon won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and the 2019 Concordia University First Book Prize, and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indigenous Voices Literary Award and several National Magazine Awards. Namely, Nixon was nominated as the lead editor for the summer 2017 issue of Canadian Art in the “Best Editorial Package” category—an issue on the theme of “Kinship.” They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art and previously edited mâmawi-âcimowak, an independent Indigenous art, art criticism, and literature journal. Nixon’s first book nîtisânak is out through Metonymy Press.
General Admission: $15
Morrin Centre Members: $11.25
For tickets: https://www.morrin.org/en/events/imagination-2020-literary-notes/
Buy a festival pass: https://www.morrin.org/en/events/imagination-2020/
Festival pass holders receive:
Free entry to all author readings and discussions
25% discount on tickets for:
Books & Wine: a book and wine pairing event, Thursday, April 2, 5:30 p.m.
Books & Brunch: Sunday, April 5, 11:00 a.m, with Terry Fallis