ImagiNation off-festival event at the Morrin Centre

On August 15, the Morrin Centre will host a special ImagiNation off-festival event with author Kathleen Saint-Onge. The Montreal Gazette has described her book, Bilingual Being, as a memoir that will “interest anyone who cares about language or the history and culture of Quebec. Saint-Onge has other readers in mind, too: those who move through life ‘with odd snippets of memory and a sense of intimate strangeness, like a haunting.’ To them, above all, she offers a story that is haunting indeed.” Originally from Quebec City, Kathleen Saint-Onge grew up in a French-speaking household and attended English-language schools. At her Morrin Centre book launch, Saint-Onge will explain how this duality played an important part in her story, why English was the language in which she took refuge, and what the emotional gains and losses are of a life that straddles two languages. A victim of childhood abuse, Saint-Onge describes the influence of her mother tongue in the formation of her identity, as well as the role her second language played as a psychological sanctuary. Saint-Onge is a doctoral candidate in education at York University and a full-time language teacher in the Greater Toronto Area. She is particularly honoured to launch her book in her hometown. Please join her at the Morrin Centre on Thursday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. for her very public narration of a very private journey. Souce : Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/imagination-festival-event-morrin-centre

Everest: From the top of the world to St-Romuald

He has seen Everest so bottlenecked, it lead to disaster. It’s a mountain he’s climbed no less than eight times, and now he’s talking about some of the issues at stake in the world of commercial climbing. Dr. Rob Casserely showed his breath-taking photos Tuesday evening at the Morrin Centre. From England, he now lives in St-Romuald with his wife, Marie-Kristelle Ross, originally from Sept-Iles. Source : CBC, Breakway http://www.cbc.ca/breakaway/2013/05/14/he-has-seen-everest-so/

Everest: A Photographic Journey to the Top of the World

On Tuesday, May 14, the Morrin Centre invites you to climb the world’s highest mountain with a man who has conquered it, Dr. Rob Casserley. A family and emergency doctor on Prince Edward Island, Casserley has reached the summit of Mount Everest eight times – and is clearly still undaunted. Source : Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/everest-photographic-journey-top-world

Judging books by their covers

This past weekend, the sun shone both on the throngs of people out to enjoy a stroll and on the covers of many a book long consigned to storage. From the depths of the Morrin Centre, hundreds of books emerged. Novels, works of history, biographies, and children’s books were among the many genres on offer at the Morrin Centre Library book sale. Source : Bethann G. Merkle, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/judging-books-their-covers

Ghomeshi: Q is “my love letter to Quebec City”

What does Q stand for?” asked a woman who voiced what everyone else was wondering. Q is the name of his national daily cultural affairs talk program (recorded in Studio Q at the CBC headquarters in Toronto). “Could it be for Quebec City?” she teased. “Well, yes, right, that’s it,” chimed in a charmed Jian Ghomeshi and the room roared with laughter and applause. Source : Marie White, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/ghomeshi-q-my-love-letter-quebec-city

Morrin Centre Book Sale

Looking for a summer read, a book to curl up with on a rainy day or a timeless classic? The Morrin Centre will be hosting a mega sale of English-language second-hand books (softcover donations and duplicates). Come choose from hundreds upon hundreds of books displayed in College Hall. Source : Matt, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/morrin-centre-book-sale

ImagiNation writers share their favourite words

This QCT writer, who loves words and is fascinated by the wonders of our English language, emailed the writers who are preparing to come to the ImagiNation Festival.I asked them the following question: As writers and communicators, words are key to what you do. What is/are your absolutely favourite (most essential, powerful, effective, expressive…) word(s)? Source : Marie White, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/imagination-writers-share-their-favourite-words

ImagiNation 2013 continues to celebrate Canadian talent

Meet authors Jian Ghomeshi, Emma Donoghue, Paul Almond, Deni Y. Béchard, Robert J. Sawyer, Charles Foran, Peter Dubé, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Douglas Gibson, Christine Eddie, Ken Howe and H.Nigel Thomas at the Morrin Centre’s fourth annual writers’ festival. Source : Marie White, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/imagination-2013-continues-celebrate-canadian-talent