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Imagination 2024 – Short Stories Panel

Come meet authors Sarah Gilbert and Alexander MacLeod!


April 14, 2024
12:45 - 14:15
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A Wide Range of Short Stories – Panel

Writing short stories is no less of a challenge than any other form of literary expression, but authors such as Sarah Gilbert (she/her) and Alexander MacLeod (he/him) excel at conveying a complete, and at times complex, narrative in this concise format. Come gain insight on how an author can fit plot twists, clever dialogue, and much more in just a few pages, and learn about the wealth of meaning and topics that short stories can cover.

Sarah Gilbert will talk her book Our Lady of Mile End and Alexander MacLeod his book Animal Person with moderator Gabriela Flor.


Order authors’ books now at La Maison Anglaise and the Festival will receive 30% of the sale! Click here for Sarah’s book and here for Alexander’s.



Sarah Gilbert (she/her) has been living in Mile End Montreal since 1990. Stories from her popular blog on changes in the neighbourhood were featured in the book Histoire du Mile End by Yves Desjardins and her fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. Gilbert has worked as a freelance writer and a radio producer and is a faculty member at Dawson College where she teaches literature. Our Lady of Mile End is her first book.



Alexander MacLeod’s (he/him) work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail. His first collection of short stories, Light Lifting, was named a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, The American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. He is a past winner of the O Henry Prize and, in 2023, he was chosen to serve as the Frank O’Connor International Fellow in Short Fiction in Cork City, Ireland. His most recent collection, Animal Person (2022), was named a “Book of the Year” by The New Yorker, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail and CBC Books. Alexander lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and teaches at Saint Mary’s University.

Alexander MacLeod is our 2011 Festival alumnus.


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