6 April 2013 / 19h30


Festival Pass: $24


6 Apr 2013 07:30 pm

Christine Eddie launches the first of her books translated into English,The Douglas Notebooks*

Invited Authors: Christine Eddie


CHRISTINE EDDIE is the winner of the 2008 Prix littéraire France-Québec, the 2009 Prix Senghor du Premier Roman francophone, and the Prix Club des Irrésistibles des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal for the Douglas Notebooks.

*Admission to this event is free. Please reserve at 418-694-9147.

9 Apr 2013 07:30 pm

The Alford Saga: Tête-à-tête with Paul Almond

Invited Authors: Paul Almond


PAUL ALMOND is an author and filmmaker best known for his film trilogy starring Geneviève Bujold and for The Alford Saga, a series of Canadian historical novels.

10 Apr 2013 05:00 pm

Deni Y. Béchard launches the French translation of Cures for Hunger (Remèdes pour la faim)*

Invited Authors: Deni Y. Béchard

Remèdes pour la faim is translated by Dominique Fortier. * Admission to this event is free. Please reserve at 418-694-9147.

10 Apr 2013 08:00 pm

“The Dean of Canadian Science Fiction” – The Ottawa Citizen

Invited Authors: Robert J. Sawyer

One of only eight writers (and the only Canadian) to have ever won all three science fiction prizes, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, ROBERT J. SAWYER is the author of twenty novels, including Flashforward, the WWW series and the Neanderthal Paralax trilogy.

11 Apr 2013 08:00 pm

“Truth is stranger than fiction” – Mark Twain

Invited Authors: Charles Foran


CHARLES FORAN is the author of ten bestselling books, including Mordecaï: The Life and Times (2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction),Maurice Richard and The Last House of Ulster (winner of the QSPELL Prize for non-fiction in 1995, and chosen as Best Book of the Year by Maclean’sThe Toronto StarQuill & Quire, and NOW Magazine).

Deni Y. Béchard was scheduled to appear during this event. He is however unable to attend. Charles Foran will however still be reading from his biography, Mordecai: The Life & Times. Hosted by CJAD reporter Angelica Montgomery, this event will allow the audience to get better acquainted with Foran who has won many prizes for his fiction, non-fiction and journalism. He is also president of PEN Canada, the organization of writers and readers committed worldwide to defending freedom of speech.

12 Apr 2013 07:30 pm

1982: Glam, Glitz and Bowie

Invited Authors: Jian Ghomeshi


An award-winning broadcaster, musician, producer and best-selling author, JIAN GHOMESHI is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. His feature interview subjects onQ have included Woody Allen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Walters, Tom Waits, William Shatner, Jay-Z, Al Gore, Margaret Atwood and Leonard Cohen. 1982 is his first book.

13 Apr 2013 02:00 pm

Writers’ Out Loud: Engaged Storytelling

Invited Authors: Peter Dubé

PETER DUBÉ is the author of four works of fiction, the editor of three anthologies and a widely published art critic. He will be reading from his latest novel, The City’s Gates. Released during the student crisis last spring, this novel set in Montreal discusses activism, cultural politics, and the dynamics of subcultural identification.

13 Apr 2013 06:00 pm

“Canada’s greatest chronicler of the West” – The Globe and Mail

Invited Authors: Guy Vanderhaeghe

GUY VANDERHAEGHE is the author of many Canadian classics including the collection of short stories Man Descending (winner of the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and the Faber Prize in Great Britain), the novelThe Englishman’s Boy (winner of the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction) and The Last Crossing (winner of the CBC’s Canada Reads Competition, The Canadian Booksellers Ex Libris Prize and three Saskatchewan Books Awards).


13 Apr 2013 08:00 pm

Room and Astray: Emma Donoghue’s fact-inspired fiction

Invited Authors: Emma Donoghue

EMMA DONOGHUE is a highly celebrated Irish-Canadian author. Her historical and contemporary fiction includes AstrayThe Sealed LetterSlammerkinTouchy Subjects and Room. The latter was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, and won the Commonwealth (Canada and Caribbean) Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize.

14 Apr 2013 02:00 pm

Stories About Storytellers

Invited Authors: Douglas Gibson


After more than 40 years helping others to write their books, including authors Hugh MacLennan, Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant, and Alistair MacLeod, as well as Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, and Paul Martin, DOUGLAS GIBSON has published his first book, Stories About Storytellers. He has taken his one-man stage show, based on the book, across eight provinces and given more than 45 shows.

15 Apr 2013 07:30 pm

An evening of poetry*

Invited Authors: Ken Howe


Award-winning poet KEN HOWE updates the vocation of the lyrical “nature poet” for the twenty-first century in his latest book, The Civic-mindedness of Trees. At once playful and sublime, Ken Howe’s linguistically daring investigations pitch the staid genre of “eco-poetry” headlong into the information age.

16 Apr 2013 07:30 pm

Writer-Reader: A Thorny Relationship

Invited Authors: H. Nigel Thomas


Citing from Plato, Horace, Wordsworth, Thoreau, Arnold, Auden, Chinua Achebe, H. NIGEL THOMAS hopes to show that writers have always been expected to be entertainers and purveyors of truth. But to the extent that truth is for the most part subjective and socially constructed, usually by the powerful classes, serious writers find themselves in conflict with huge segments of their society and are frequently punished for it. Thomas will explore this in relationship to the writing of African Canadians in general, and to his own writing in particular.



The topic is open. Any type of entry that meets the submission criteria below is eligible.

Submission criteria

1. Contestants must be students signed up at a CEGEP in the Quebec City region.
2. The contest is open to prose works in English.
3. Entries must be creative non-fiction.
4. Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication.
5. Maximum length: 1,000 words.
6. IMPORTANT: No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. No footnotes and endnotes. No pseudonyms.
7. Entries must be sent to elizabethperreault@morrin.org
We will bring in two Canadian authors from across the country to judge the submissions received from the students.


$1000 worth of prizes will be split amongst three winners.
First prize: 500$
Second prize: 350$
Third prize: 150$

Writing Contest Deadline

Friday, March 15, 2013

Rules & Regulations

1. Entries are limited to CEGEP Students in the Quebec City area only and must be handed in to the English teacher.
2. Candidates may only submit original works in English.
3. The winner’s accept that their name, image or voice can be used in publication for the purposes of this contest without any additional fees borne by the Morrin Centre.
4. Prizes are non-transferable.
5. Under the circumstance where the Morrin Centre is not able to provide the prize as originally stated, the Morrin Centre reserves the right to replace the prize with one of equivalent value.
6. The collection of the name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth and profession of each participant will be used only for the administrative purposes of this contest. None of this information will be distributed without permission by the contestant.