7 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O, Montreal
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Founded in 2013, Metatron is an independent publisher specialized in contemporary literature and titles by new or rising authors. Metatron operates out of Montreal, Canada and is now a member of the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec as well as the Literary Press Group of Canada.

Fawn Parker lives in Montreal. Her collection, Looking Good and Having a Good Time, was published by Metatron in 2015. She is co-founder of Bad Nudes and edits fiction for The Void. @FawnCGParker

Jay Ritchie is the author of the poetry collection How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside (Metatron) and the short story collection Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac). He is Metatron's Assistant Editor and tweets at @jaywritchie.

Sara Sutterlin is a Montreal-based writer and the author of the poetry collection I Wanted To Be The Knife (Metatron), a poetry bestseller at Drawn & Quarterly. She is also the managing editor of the the magazine LESTE.

This is event will be hosted by Ashley Opheim, Metatron's managing editor and founder.


Nisha Coleman credit: Jeremy Clarke

7:30 pm, Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hudson StoryFest, Hudson Village Theatre, 28 rue Wharf, Hudson, QC
With special musical introduction by vocalist Carolina Pla.
Admission: $15
Festival website

Nisha Coleman is a writer, storyteller, and musician based in Montreal. Her memoir Busker: Stories from the Streets of Paris recounts the years she spent playing violin on the streets of Paris. Her solo show, "Self-Exile," won Best English Production at the 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival. Nisha has performed for events such as Yarn, Confabulation, Risk!, Raconteurs, Ladyfest, and ZooFest. She is a co-producer for Montreal’s monthly storytelling series, Confabulation.

Ian McGillis is the books columnist for the Montreal Gazette and author of the novel A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry, which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His next book, the memoir Higher Ground, will be published next spring by Biblioasis.

Eric Siblin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker and was the pop music critic at theMontreal Gazette. His book The Cello Suites, a multi-layered story about Johannes Sebastian Bach’s epic work, was a national bestseller and named one of the books of the year by The Economist in 2010. It won the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General Award for Nonfiction. Studio Grace, Siblin’s second book, was released in 2015 to coincide with an album of the same name.


L to R: Naïm Kattan, Norman Cornett
Photographer credits: Kattan:, Cornett: Leopoldo Soto

4:00 - 5:15 pm, Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Université de Sherbrooke,A4-166, Sherbrooke, QC

Educator, religious studies scholar, art critic, and translator, Professor Norman Cornett, Ph.D, teaches at universities throughout North America and Europe. He publishes and speaks on Lionel Groulx, the subject of his doctoral thesis. Prof. Cornett's translations appear in leading literary journals, such as Canadian Literature, Windsor Review, Rampike, Literary Review of Canada, FreeFall and ARC. He's the principal translator of Naïm Kattan's novel, Farida. Cornett presents 'dialogic' jazz workshops with composers and musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Vijay Iyer, Tord Gustavsen, David Murray, Joelle Leandre, Toots Thielemans, Jane Bunnett, David Amram, Antibalas Cornett's 'dialogic' approach to learning constitutes the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary directed by Alanis Obomsawin. He is also working on 'dialogic' arts workshops with Michel Goulet, Peter Greenaway, Dominique Blain, Gabor Szilasi, Frederic Back, John Oswald, Shoto Begay, John Greer, Martine Chartrand, Eruoma Awashish, Melvin Charney, ou encore Ethan Hawke. He gives conferences in French as well as English. For more information, visit his website:

Naïm Kattan est critique littéraire au quotidien Le Devoir de Montréal. En 1967 il devient chef du Service des Lettres et de l'édition puis directeur associé du Conseil des Arts du Canada qu'il quitte en 1991. Romancier , essayiste, nouvelliste et critique, il est l'auteur d'une trentaine d'ouvrages traduits dans plusieurs langues et participe à de nombreuses émissions de radio et de télévision au Canada, en France et en Belgique. Il a collaboré à de nombreuses revues et journaux ( Lettres nouvelles, la Quinzaine littéraire, la Nouvelle Revue Française, Critique, Synthèses, Le Devoir, Liberté etc...). Il est professeur associé au département d'études littéraires à l'Université du Québec à Montréal, directeur de la revue Les Ecrits. Il a voyagé en Amérique du Nord et en Amérique du Sud, en Europe, en Afrique et en Asie où il a pris part à des colloques et donné de nombreuses conférences. Il est membre du Conseil des Arts de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal de 1993 à 2001. Il fut, de 1994 à 96, président du Prix littéraire de la Ville de Montréal. Il est offiicier de l'Ordre du Canada, chevalier de l'Ordre du Québec, officier des Arts et Lettres de France et chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. Il est docteur honoris causa de Middlebury College du Vermont et de l'Université de Novi Sad en Serbie. Il est membre de la Société Royale du Canada et de l'Académie des Lettres du Québec. En 2004, il fut le lauréat du prix Athanase David pour l'ensemble de ses écrits. Le Conseil international d'études francophones l'a choisi en 2005 comme lauréat du prix annuel qu'il décerne à l'écrivain qui a servi francophonie. En 2006 il obtint un doctorat honoris causa de l’Université Concordia de Montréal. En 2007 l’Académie française lui décerna le Prix Hervé Deluen pour sa contribution exceptionnelle pour la promotion du français comme langue internationale.


Credit: Mélanie Robert
Fall 2016
Pointe-Claire Public Library, Pointe-Claire, QC
This is a private event

With a background in photography, Montreal-based filmmaker Eisha Marjara first drew attention with the witty and satirical The Incredible Shrinking Woman which showed off her skills as writer, cinematographer and director. Her provocative NFB docudrama Desperately Seeking Helen received the Critic’s Choice Award at the Locarno Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the München Dokumentarfilm Festival. She made several shorts including German-Canadian The Tourist (2006) and suburban drama House for Sale which has received over seven awards at various international film festivals. Most recently, her affecting photo series and essay on the Air India tragedy of flight 182 entitled Remember me Nought was featured in the fall 2013 issue of Descant magazine (Toronto). Her debut novel Faerie (Arsenal Pulp Press) came out to rave reviews earlier this year and received a star review in US Publisher’s Weekly. Marjara is currently developing feature films Venus, and Calorie which was selected for the 2014/15 Praxis Screenwriters Lab and was mentored by screenwriter Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page). Her film and writing work continues to be circulated and viewed internationally, and included in the curriculum of many North American universities. Filmmaker website:, Showreel

Writers Out Loud events come and gone in 2016...


Credit: Terry Hughes

Credit: Terry Hughes

Thursday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.
The Atwater Poetry Project, 1200 Atwater Avenue
The is a co-production with the Atwater Poetry Project. The event will also feature poets Gary Geddes and Pearl Pirie.

Talya Rubin is a Montreal born poet, actor and creator of new work for live performance. Her poetry won the National Bronwen Wallace award for Emerging Writers and was short listed for the Winston Collins/Descant prize for Best Canadian poem and The Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poetry, Leaving The Island, was published by Véhicule Press in April 2015. After winning the “Battle of the Bards” at Harbourfront, she was invited to take part in the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) in fall 2015. Talya has toured with her original solo performance work to festivals and major interdisciplinary arts centres around the world (Canada, Australia and Europe). ABC Radio National (Australia) commissioned Talya to adapt and perform Ariadne’s Thread as a radio drama, broadcast nationwide and The Girl With No Hands was nominated for a MECCA (Montreal English Critics Circle Award) for best new text. As a teacher, Talya has lead workshops at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School), NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts), Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney University and McGill. Her writing has appeared in Matrix, Grain, Hazlitt, ascent, and Macleans. Talya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and a BA in literature and theatre from Bard College, NY.

Visit Talya Rubin online at and


Credit: Elizabeth Grace

Credit: Elizabeth Grace

Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.
ImagiNation Festival, Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Québec, QC, G1R 4H3
The is a co-production with the ImagiNation Festival.

ImagiNation festival

Jack Hannan’s first book of poetry was published in 1976. His second book, Some frames, was published in 2011 by Cormorant Books, and was short-listed for the QWF A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. That was followed by A rhythm to stand beside (Cormorant, 2013). The Poet is a Radio, published in April, 2016, by Linda Leith Publishing, is his first novel. He has worked for many years in the world of books, both as a bookseller and in publishing. He lives with his family in Montreal, where he works for McGill-Queen’s University Press.


L to R: Mark Foss, Christina Park, Alisha Piercy, Mike Steves.
Photographer credits: Foss: Michka Saäl, Piercy: Sonia Halpern Bazar, Steeves: Nikki Tummon

Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m.
Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Auditorium, 5851 boul Cavendish, Côte Saint-Luc, QC

Accessibility: The main entry to the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is on the ground level and is wheelchair accessible. The auditorium where the readings take place is on the lower level of the building and accessible by elevator. STM buses 104 and 138 stop in front of the building and buses 161 and 162 stop one block away at the corner of chemin Kildare and boulevard Cavendish. 

Mark Foss is the author of the novels Molly O and Spoilers, as well as the short-story collection Kissing the Damned. His fiction and creative nonfiction have also appeared in such literary journals as The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, B&A New Fiction, and subTerrain, as well as Canadian and American anthologies. His radio drama, Higher Ground, was broadcast on CBC. He lives in Montreal. Visit him at

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Christina Park has been around art and letters all her life. Her writing is informed by personal experiences as a second-generation Korean Canadian, as well as by living in Vancouver and Montreal. Outside of her writing pursuits, Christina has worked for technology start-ups and large financial corporations. She comes from a family of academics as well as a notable Korean author whose film adaptation screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. An avid traveler and would-be runner, she is thankful to have run in interesting locales where she could see things up close.

Alisha Piercy is a Montreal-based writer, artist, and painting conservator. Studies in literature, art conservation and print media influence her creative practice, which ranges from drawing installations to sculptural bookworks to the writing of novellas. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries in eastern Canada, with international projects in Iceland and Mexico. Her chapbook You have hair like flags~ won the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award in 2010. Find Piercy at:

Mike Steeves grew up in Moncton and attended King’s College University in Halifax where he studied Political Science and English Literature before completing his MA in English Literature at Concordia University. Giving Up is his first novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Concordia First Book Award.

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

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada