Robyn Sarah photo by D.R. Cowles

Photo credit: D.R. Cowles

Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke West, Westmount, QC

Robyn Sarah is the author of ten poetry collections, as well as two collections of short stories and a book of essays on poetry. Her poems have been anthologized in Canada, the United States, and the UK, and have been broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and included in his anthology Good Poems for Hard Times. Her most recent book publication is the poetry collection My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis, 2015). Robyn currently serves as poetry editor for Cormorant Books.



Ann-Marie MacDonald by Guntar Kravis

Photo credit: Guntar Kravis

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Greenwood Centre's StoryFest, Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Rue Wharf, Hudson, QC

Playwright, novelist, actor and journalist, Ann-Marie MacDonald has recently moved to Montreal. She is the author of Fall On Your Knees (Knopf Canada, 1996), the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and the winner of the Governor General's Award for Literary Merit, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Canadian Authors Association award for her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) in 1998. She hosted the CBC series Life and Times from 1996-2007. The Way the Crow Flies (Knopf Canada, 2003) was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Her most recent novel is Adult Onset (Penguin Random House, 2014).

Visit Ann-Marie MacDonald online.


Sean Michaels by John Londono

Photo credit: Dallas Curow

Tuesday, October 27, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Pointe-Claire Public Library, 100 Avenue Douglas-Shand, Pointe-Claire, QC

Sarah Lolley’s personal essays have appeared in ELLE Canada, ELLE South Africa, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, and Canadian Living magazine. Her travel features have appeared in WestJet’s up! magazine, ELLE Canada, Green Living, Reader’s Digest, and Doctor’s Review. Her short fiction has been anthologized and short-listed for various writing competitions, including the CBC Literary Awards, and her first children’s picture book, Emily and the Mighty Om, was published in September of 2014. She is also a cryptic crossword aficionado, and blogs about the intersection of puzzles and life at She has traveled through 37 countries on five continents and currently calls Montreal home.


Sean Michaels by John Londono
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Rigaud Public Library, 102, rue Saint-Pierre, Rigaud, QC

Mark Abley was born in England; grew up in northern Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan; attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship; and has lived in the Montreal area since 1983. A longtime journalist at the Montreal Gazette, he left the paper in 2003 to work as a freelance writer, though he continues to serve as its language columnist. In 2006 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2009 he became the first Canadian recipient of the LiberPress Prize in Catalonia.

Abley has written four books of poetry, including The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems, which appeared in April 2015 and quickly gained wide acclaim. He is also the author of two children’s books. But he is perhaps best-known for his works of non-fiction, notably Beyond Forget: Rediscovering the Prairies (1986), Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003), and The Prodigal Tongue: Despatches from the Future of English (2008). Spoken Here was translated into French, Spanish and Japanese, and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal.

His latest book of prose is a work of creative non-fiction exploring the life of one of Canada’s major poets, a man who also ran the Indian residential school system. Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (2013) earned praise as readable, passionate and fair-minded. In Canada’s History magazine, Bob Rae wrote: “Mark Abley’s brilliant book Conversations with a Dead Man enlightened Canadians on the country’s racist past.”

Visit Mark Abley online.



Sean Michaels by John Londono

Photo credit: John Londono

Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.
Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd, Côte Saint-Luc, QC

Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors, will discuss his debut novel set in Jazz Age New York and the Soviet Union, a beautiful story of love and invention.



Neil Smith by Alain Abel

Photo credit: Alain Abel

Thursday, May 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O, Montreal, QC
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Co-sponsored by Penguin Random House

Neil Smith grew up in the United States and Canada and now lives in Montreal. His first book, the critically acclaimed story collection Bang Crunch, was chosen as a book of the year by the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail and was nominated for the Hugh MacLennan Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada). He also works as a translator from French to English.


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

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