Writers Out Loud events come and gone in 2014


Anne Fortier
Tuesday, April 1 - 6:00 p.m.
Paragraphe Book Store: 2220 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC
Co-sponsored by HarperCollins Canada

Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark and divides her time between Europe and Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Juliet. Fortier also co-produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of ideas from Aarhus University Denmark. The Lost Sisterhood is her second novel in English.

View The Lost Sisterhood book trailers, here and here.

Visit: annefortier.com

SHEILA FISCHMAN - Making Québécois literature available to the world

Sheila Fischman

Photo credit: © Valérie Jodoin Keaton

Saturday, April 12 - 2:00 p.m.
ImagiNation Festival, Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Quebec City, QC
Hosted by Louisa Blair

This discussion will highlight Sheila Fischman's role in redefining the context of literary translation in the country and proving that translation is in itself an art form.

Sheila Fischman is the award-winning translator of some 150 books. Her authors include Gaétan Soucy, Michel Tremblay, Christine Eddie, Jacques Poulin, Louise Desjardins and Élise Turcotte. She lives in Montreal.


Guillaume Morissette

Photo credit: Sarah O'Driscoll

Thursday, April 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O, Montreal, QC
Hosted by Véhicule Press’ Dimitri Nasrallah. With additional reading by Ashley Opheim
Presented in collaboration with Drawn & Quarterly and Véhicule Press.

New Tab is a semi-autobiographical novel about a twenty-six-year-old videogame designer who’s trying to reset his life. Set in Montreal, it features Concordia University, ambiguous relationships, a homemade backyard cinema, French/English, bands, bad parties, good parties, Facebook Chat, anxiety and many other things.

Guillaume Morissette is the author of the novel New Tab (Véhicule Press, 2014) and the collection of stories and poems I Am My Own Betrayal (Maison Kasini, 2012). His work has appeared in Maisonneuve magazine, Little Brother Magazine, Metazen, HTMLGiant and many other publications. He lives in Montreal.

LEON BERGER - JFK: Heroic Life, Tragic Death

Leon Berger
Thursday, May 22 - 2:00 p.m.
Eleanor London Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, QC

Leon Berger is the award-winning author of 10 books, including his iconic new thriller series The Kennedy Trilogy. Well-known for his docudrama thrillers, Berger intricately weaves suspenseful and intriguing tales which seamlessly blend factual representations of the current geopolitical climate along with a fictional plot.


Ann Charney
Sunday, June 1 - 2:00 p.m.
St Mary's Hall, 261 Main Road, Hudson, QC
Hosted by Linda Leith
Presented in collaboration with the Greenwood Centre for Living History

Ann Charney is a novelist, short story writer and journalist who has received awards both for her fiction and non-fiction, including two National Magazine Awards, the Chatelaine Fiction Prize, the Canadian Authors' Association Prize, and the Canadian Jewish Congress Award. She was also honored by the French government, which named her an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Her work has been published in Canada and the US as well as in France, Germany and Italy.

Linda Leith

Montreal writer and publisher Linda Leith's most recent book is the literary history Writing in the Time of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes to Blue Metropolis. She is the founder of Blue Metropolis Foundation, the online literary SALON .ll. and Linda Leith Publishing Inc./Linda Leith Éditions inc.


Mark Lavorato
Photo provided by the author.

Friday, September 25
Bishop's University and Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC

Mark Lavorato is the author of three novels, Serafim & Claire (House of Anansi, 2014), Believing Cedric (Brindle & Glass, 2011), and Veracity (Rain Publishing, 2007). His debut collection of poetry, Wayworn Wooden Floors (Porcupine's Quill, 2012), was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award.

Visit: marklavorato.com


Shelagh Plunkett
Photo credit: Niamh Malcolm

Wednesday, October 8 - 7:00 p.m.
Westmount Library, 4574 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Westmount, QC

In 2006, on a whim, Shelagh Plunkett moved from Salt Spring Island to Montreal. She brought along a short piece of nonfiction she’d begun writing. That piece, “In A Garden,” won the 2007 CBC Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction and was the inspiration for The Water Here is Never Blue, which was nominated for both the Quebec Writers' Federation's Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction and Concordia University First Book Prize in 2013. Shelagh is a freelance writer whose credits include those in The Walrus, enRoute Magazine, Geist, the Globe and Mail, and the Montreal Gazette. Work focused on human rights issues has taken her to South Africa, India, and Bangladesh where she conducted research for the Bangladesh government and UNICEF.


Alan Silberberg
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Tuesday, October 21 During Public Library Week
Pointe-Claire Public Library100 Douglas-Shand, Pointe-Claire, QC

Alan Silberberg is an author, cartoonist and screenwriter. His newest book, The Awesome Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz combines comedic text with cartoon illustrations to tell a magical story of friendship and creative chaos. His book, Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze is a funny, heart-felt story of a young teen’s struggle to make sense of his new life as he also learns to overcome a devastating loss. The book also combines text with cartoons and was completed while Alan was the James Thurber House Children’s Author in Residence. In 2011 MILO won the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Humor Award as well as the Quebec Writers' Federation Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

Alan has a Masters in Education from Harvard and is the only person in the world with a B.A. in “Cartoon-Communication Education.” He lives in Montreal with his wife and son and a dog named Zeus.


Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan
Kindellan-Sheehan photo credit: Gina Pingitore, Kirby photo credit: Benjamin Von Wong

Thursday October 30, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, 1200 Atwater Avenue, auditorium

Atwater Library

"Fallen Bodies - A Halloween Crime Fiction Event" features writers Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan and Peter Kirby discussing their latest crime novels. This event is jointly hosted by the Atwater Library and the Quebec Writers' Federation's Writers Out Loud series.

Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan has published a memoir and seven novels. Her work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, read on CBC Radio, Radio One, CBC Montreal and CJAD, and seen on CTV and Global TV. Her latest mystery, The Courier Wore Shorts, was launched in September, and will receive national promotion. Visit Sheila online.

Peter Kirby is the author of the Luc Vanier crime series set in Montreal. His first book, The Dead of Winter was short listed for Best First Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. His second, Vigilante Season was published in 2013 and was featured by Quill & Quire magazine as a booksellers’ choice for top crime and mystery books of 2013. It also won the House of Mystery’s Readers Choice Award for Best Canadian Crime Novel. Visit Peter online.


Lorne Elliott
Photo credit: John Sylvester

Thursday, October 30 - 7:00 p.m.
Rigaud Library, 102 rue Saint-Pierre, Rigaud, QC

Humorist, storyteller, musician, playwright and novelist, Lorne Elliott is based in Quebec. He creates and produces stage performances, which he tours in theatres across Canada and abroad.

His plays are produced by various Canadian theatres, and his newest play received the 2012 Playwrights Guild of Canada Musical Play Award. A novella based on his play "The Fixer-Upper" was published in 2009 by Acorn Press. His first novel, Beach Reading (Acorn, 2013), was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His second novel, The Goat in Tree, was published in March 2014.

QWF gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada