Hosted by Jeanette Kelly
To mark our 10th annual writers’ festival, the Morrin Centre joins forces with the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec (OSQ) and the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) to present a notewordy concert that also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the QWF. All three authors performing during this event were awarded QWF prizes in November 2018 for their works of fiction and poetry. Tune into their stories accompanied by music, performed and chosen by the OSQ’s trombone quartet, that captures the spirit of these prize-winning books.
About the authors
Paige Cooper’s collection of short stories, Zolitude (Biblioasis), won the Concordia University First Book Prize, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in magazines like West Branch, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, The Fiddlehead and Canadian Notes & Queries, as well as anthologized in the Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Montreal, where she edits fiction for Cosmonauts Avenue.
Sina Queyras is the author of the poetry collections, My Ariel, MxT, Expressway and Lemon Hound all from Coach House. Her work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, two Pat Lowther Awards, the ReLit, a Pushcart Prize and Gold in the National Magazine Award. Her first novel, Autobiography of Childhood was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is founding editor of Lemon Hound. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers and Haverford.
Eliza Robertson’s debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize, and selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, was a Globe & Mail book of the year and the winner of the 2018 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize. She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize. In addition to being shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and the Journey Prize, Eliza’s stories have won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Originally from Vancouver Island, Eliza lives in Montreal.