Whether they lived here or merely visited, Quebec City has been the setting for works by a number of great English-language writers, including Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood. Our Writings is an online interactive map, a walking tour, two exhibits and a series of events examining these writers and the places in our magnificent city which inspired them.
One of these sites is our very own building, which retains architectural evidence of its past as a municipal prison (1812-1867), a Presbyterian college affiliated with McGill University (1868-1902), as well as the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec’s magnificent library (1868-present). Visiting authors have been highly inspired by our venue and the city. In 2010, Louise Penny published her bestselling crime novel, Bury Your Dead, in which much of the action takes place at the Morrin Centre.
Thousands of people from all over the world flock to the Morrin Centre each year to visit the crime scene and sit in the library where Inspector Armand Gamache cracked the case. Visitors can share their Quebec City literary moment with all thanks to the Penny Wall collaborative exhibit displayed outside our library.
Click the points on the map to find out more, or view the full-screen version.
On November 18, we will be celebrating Quebec City’s literature, and the influence the City has had on authors, with the Our Writings Panel Discussions. Register for the event today.
Louise Penny Postcard Wall: Quebec has been the setting for many novels, including Louise Penny’s Bury Your Dead. Morrin Centre visitors have told us about their first literary moments in Quebec City.
“Six Word Stories” exhibit: As part of the initiative, we worked with different local schools to involve students in story writing and the production of an audiovisual display. The students wrote, then recorded, 6-Word Stories. These stories, in both their written and audio format, will be included in an audiovisual display launched at the Our Writings Panel discussion. It will also be on display at our annual ImagiNation Writers’ Festival in 2018.
A second collaborative exhibit will be displayed at the Morrin Centre in 2017 and 2018. The Our Writings multimedia installation will allow visitors to discover the map with its literary landmarks in a new light, while showcasing tomorrow’s talent.
Quebec City’s Literary Heritage: A Bibliography. See the full listing of English-language works featuring Quebec City as a setting.
This project is also made possible thanks to the support of Fondation Québec Philanthrope through its funds creators.