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Reading from Refuge at the Whistler Writers Festival

Merilyn Simonds, author, with her granddaughter, at a book signing

Merilyn with her granddaughter, Myra Jaques.

Merilyn Simonds, author

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.   Author Events by Merilyn Simonds   .

If I’m in your neighbourhood, please come join me to talk books...

.   2020   .

February 12-16, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm
Introducing Madeleine Thien's keynote address:
“Spinoza’s Rooms: Spacetime in the Imagination of the Novelist”

Thursday, February 13, 3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Americas Read: Canada
Host for readings by Angie Abdou, Myrl Coulter, Leanne Dunic, Eliza Robertson, Wayne Grady

Saturday, February 15, 1:00-2:30 pm
Global Migration, People and their Stories
Panel with Valeria Luiselli, Rosa Beltrán, Madeleine Thien, and Juan Felipe Hererra

Blue Flamingo Literary Festival

March 19-22, 2020

.   2019   .

Thursday, December 5, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Prose Café, Reading with Wayne Grady & Signe Hammer
Sala Literaria
Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende

Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 pm

El Cervantino: Giving Into Light: a tour-de-force in song, dance, and story
Host of performance event with Alison Wearing
Galería Mazahua, Casa Canadá

Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm

El Cervantino: The Poet’s Eye
Host of poetry event with Steven Heighton & Pedro Serrano
Galería Mazahua, Casa Canadá

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 pm

El Cervantino: Six Impossible Things Translators Do Before Breakfast
Host of translation event with Pedro Serrano & Wayne Grady
Galería Mazahua, Casa Canadá

Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 pm

El Cervantino: The Search for Sanctuary
Readings & discussion with Wayne Grady
Galería Mazahua, Casa Canadá

Friday, September 27, 6:00 pm

In Conversation with Emma Donoghue
Grandview Room, Delta Hotel
Kingston, ON

Thursday, September 26, 2:00 pm

Moderator: Two Authors, Two Women, Two Flights
With Cary Fagan & Howard Akler
Bellevue Ballroom, Holiday Inn,
Kingston, ON

.   Other 2019 Events   .

February 13-17, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2:00 pm
Introducing Sandra Gulland’s keynote address:
“The Unexpected and Sometimes Bizarre Delights of a Literary Life”

Thursday, February 14, 3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Americas Read:
Host for readings by Kathy Page, Wayne Grady, Laurie Gough, and Merilyn Simonds

Friday, February 15, 12 - 1:00 pm
Signing and Reading with other authors in the anthology, Solamente en San Miguel

Sunday, February 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
PEN Panel: Writers and Freedom of Expression
With Jennifer Clement, Tony Cohan, Martín Solares, and Alicia Quinones
Moderated by Merilyn Simonds

Wednesday March 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

La Huipilista Artspace
Julián Carrillo 1, San Miguel de Allende
Reading with others from the anthology, Solamente en San Miguel

Wednesday March 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Bellas Artes
San Miguel de Allende
Reading with others from the anthology, Solamente en San Miguel

Friday, March 8

Performance of Life Reflected by the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as part of International Women’s Day

April 11-14, 2019 | GritLIT

Hamilton, Ontario

Friday, April 12, 8:30 pm

Refuge and Reinvention
Readings and discussion with novelist Merilyn Simonds (Refuge) and memoirist Samra Zafar (A Good Wife)

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am

Ask the Expert (Workshop)
Join Merilyn in a small-group setting as she answers your most pressing questions about writing and publishing. Participants will submit up to 3 questions in advance.

Saturday, April 13, 2:15 pm

Breaking the Mould with Anne T. Donahue (Nobody Cares), Elizabeth Renzetti (Shrewed) and Jenny Yuen (Polyamorous).
Moderated by Merilyn Simonds

May 17

The National Arts Centre Orchestra performs Life Reflected in Paris, France, at La Seine Musicale

May 26

The National Arts Centre Orchestra performs Life Reflected in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Gothenburg Concert House

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.   2018 Events   .

February 14-18, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 3:45 - 5:15 pm
Escape from the Slavery of WORD
Introduction to Scrivener Software for Serious Writers
Intensive Workshop for all prose genres

Friday, February 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & the Brave New World of Publishing
With Jane Friedman & Hilary Redmon
Moderated by Merilyn Simonds

Saturday, February 17, 2:30-5:30 pm
Playing in the Sandbox of the Sentence: Grammar for Writers
Intensive Workshop for all prose genres

Sunday February 18, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Blasting the Boundaries: Making the Novel Novel Again
Merilyn Simonds with Leanne Dunic and M Thomas Gammarino

Sunday, May 27, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

An Afternoon with Merilyn Simonds
Morton Community Hall, 13 Judd Street, Morton, ON
Discussing Gutenberg’s Fingerprint
Read more »

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Refuge Kingston Joint Launch with Wayne Grady
Davies Lounge, The Grand Theatre
218 Princess Street, Kingston

Sunday, September 23, 2:15 - 2:45 PM

Reading with Heidi Sopinka, Moderator Jael Richardson
Unexpected Reunions/Vibrant Voices of Ontario
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront, Queen’s Quay
The Word on the Street

Thursday, September 27, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

The Isle of Woman with Sandra Gulland
Kingston WritersFest
Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront
Kingston, ON

Friday, September 28, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Celebrate the Literary: Breakfast with Peter Carey in conversation with Merilyn Simonds
Kingston WritersFest
Delta Hotel Harbourview
Kingston, ON

October 4, 7:30 PM

Merilyn Simonds & Wayne Grady:
In Conversation with Lynn Pickering of The County Writes…The County Reads (99.3 County FM)
At Books & Company Bookstore, 289 Picton Main St, Picton, ON
Upstairs in the Lipson Room

October 11-14

Whistler Writers Festival
Whistler, BC
Tickets on sale August 13

October 12, 8:00 PM

The Literary Cabaret: Reading
with Kevin Chong, Lorna Crozier, Bill Gaston, Joel Hynes & others
Maury Young Arts Centre

October 13, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

The First Page: Workshop
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
View the complete program for Whistler Writers Festival (PDF) »

October 14, 8:45 - 10:15 AM

A Walk to Lost Lake and Back: Reading with Dave Bidini, Charles Demers, Wayne Grady
Meet at 8:30 AM in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler lobby

October 16, 6:00 - 7:15 PM

A Couple of Writers: Merilyn Simonds &s Wayne Grady with Hal Wake
Studio 1398, Granville Island, Vancouver
Vancouver Writers Fest

October 24, 7:30 PM

Parry Sound Festival of Authors
with Katherine Ashenburg, James FitzGerald, Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds
Charles W. Stockey Centre, Parry Sound, ON

November 13

Gene deGruson Memorial Lecture
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas

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.   2017 Events   .

February 18, 2017 9:00 am - 12 noon
Playing in the Sandbox of the Sentence: Grammar for Writers
Intensive Workshop for all prose genres
San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference

February 19, 2017 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Escape from the Slavery of WORD
Introduction to Scrivener Software for Serious Writers
Workshop for all prose genres
San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference

April 4-6, 2017 | ImagiNation Festival in Quebec City, Quebec

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:00 pm
Morrin Centre, 44, Chaussée des Écossais

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Books & Wine
Sommelier from Panache, an award-winning four-diamond restaurant and one of the best in Quebec City, pairs 4 fine wines to ImagiNation books, including Gutenberg’s Fingerprint.

April 7-9, 2017 | GritLIT, Hamilton, Ontario

Saturday April 8, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 pm Reading in the Digital Age
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. W., Hamilton
Merilyn Simonds joins novelist/blogger Kerry Clare (Mitzi Bytes) to discuss how we enter the world of stories in the digital age. Moderated by Graham Rockingham.

Sunday April 9, 2017
10:00 am Workshop: The First Page
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. W., Hamilton
Merilyn Simonds looks at the all-important first page and how to draw readers into your story from the very first line.

4:30 pm Drafts & Drafts
Mills Hardware, Hamilton (directions)
Festival authors Shari Lapeña, Merilyn Simonds and Marnie Woodrow join three local writers for a beer and a reading from their latest works-in-progress.
Hosted by CHCH TV Anchor, Annette Hamm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7-9 pm
Kingston Launch of Gutenberg’s Fingerprint
Davies Lounge, Grand Theatre, 218 Princess Street
Free. Everyone welcome!
Refreshments. Book chat.

April 20-22, 2017 | Prince Edward County Authors Festival, Picton, Ontario

Saturday, April 22, 2017
1:30 pm Reading/conversation with Tom Rand Books & Company Bookstore, 33 Bridge Street, Picton

6:00 pm Novels & Nosh, Fundraising dinner for Prince Edward Learning Centre Chef Michael Hoy Cullinary, 106 Bridge St, Picton

April 22-29, 2017 | Frye Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick

Wednesday April 26, 2017
6:00 pm Gutenberg’s Fingerprint presentation
Aberdeen Cultural Centre

Thursday April 27, 2017
5:30 pm Onstage interview with Madeleine Thien
Aberdeen Cultural Centre

Friday April 28, 2017
12 noon Workshop: Writing from Life
Moncton Public Library

April 29, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Hugh Barclay for the BookArts launch of Gutenberg’s Fingerprint
Wayzgoose BookArts Fair in Grimsby, Ontario

April 29, 2017
9:30 - 11:00 am
Authors for Indies Day, Charlottetown, PEI
Join Merilyn at Bookmark Bookstore, 172 Queen

1:00 pm
Authors & Illustrators Festival, Charlottetown, PEI
Murphy’s Community Centre, Free
Reading, Writing, & the Arithmetic of Future Books
Is the paper book dead? Or is it back? How exactly are people reading? And what does it all mean for writers? Merilyn Simonds makes sense of the headlines and reveals the truth about how reading and writing continue to evolve in the digital age.

Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Readingtown Lecture
Back to the Future of Books
at Rodd Charlottetown Hotel
Free to the public

Thursday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Bookmark Reading
Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain ARts & Social Sciences Building
Dalhousie University, 6135 University Ave, Halifax

May 10, 2017
Toronto Launch of Gutenberg’s Fingerprint
Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street. Everyone welcome.

June 2-4, 2017
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
Wingham, ON

Saturday, June 3 10:45 - 12:15 pm
Readings - Merilyn Simonds & Marni Jackson
Wingham Town Hall

Saturday, June 3 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Merilyn Simonds, judge of the Alice Munro Short Story Contest, awards prizes to adult & youth winners

Saturday, June 3 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Masterclass: The First Page
Alice Munro Library (Wingham)

Sunday, June 4 11:00 - 1:00 pm
Books & Brunch
The Livery, Goodrich
Moderator for short story faces past & present

June 18, 2017
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East, Toronto
5:30 - 6:15 pm
Pre-performance panel discussion with creative director Donna Feore, composers Jocelyn Morlock & Nicole Lizee, Carol Todd (mother of Amanda Todd), and Anne Joe (daughter of poet Rita Joe). Moderated by CBC host Heather Hiscox.

7:00 pm
NACO Performance of Life Reflected, musical portraits by Canadian composers of four exceptional Canadian women Foundational text for “Dear Life” adapted from the Alice Munro story by Merilyn Simonds

July 26, 2017, 7:30 pm
Bonnechere Authors’ Festival
St. James Church, 78 Wellington Street, Eganville
Stories, Conversation & Dessert

September 10, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Goodes Hall, Queen’s University Campus
QUILL Queen’s University Lifelong Learning
Back to the Future of Books: Reading & Talk

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Algonquin College Speaker Series
“Stories from Canada’s Most Notorious and Historic Prison”
Waterfront Campus, 1 College Way, Pembroke, Ontario
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

September 27-October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Writers’ Studio Master Class - Writing the First Page

Saturday, September 30, 11:00 am - noon
Unveiling of Project Bookmark Canada plaque honouring The Convict Lover
12:15 - 1:00 pm
The Prisoner’s Walk tour of Portsmouth Village with readings by Merilyn Simonds

Sunday, October 1, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Paper, Pen and Pixels: Memoir
Merilyn Simonds interviewed by Diane Schoemperlen

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-9:00 pm
Merilyn Simonds & Wayne Grady: Authors Talk Editing
Kingston Editors Association
Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave.

October 12-22, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2:00 pm
The Truth (About Books) with Elaine Dewar and Merilyn Simonds
Contemporary book culture in Canada and around the world

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Workshop: How to Write A killer (Nonfiction) Book Proposal

October 16-27, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 pm
Modern Satire with Suzette Mayr, Pola Oloixarac and Tom Perrotta
Moderator: Merilyn Simonds

Tuesday, October 17, 8:30 pm
Apples, Birds, & Books with Kyo Maclear, Helen Humphreys and Merilyn Simonds

Friday, October 20, 10:00 am
Writing Canada (1) Angie Abdou, Fanny Britt (QC), Maia Caron (SK) and Kevin Hardcastle
Moderator: Merilyn Simonds

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am
Books and Brunch reading with John Boyne, Claire Cameron, Karen Connelly, Nathan Englander, Merilyn Simonds & Deborah Willis

November 3-5, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Writers’ Trust Gala
Ritz-Carleton, Toronto

November 11, 2017
The World Remembers: an Evening for Peace
7:30 pm Isabel Bader Centre
Digging Roots trio, Geoff Hodgetts, ISKA youth refugee stories, and both the Cantabile Choir and Open Voices
Hosted by Merilyn Simonds

December 14, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm
San Miguel Literary Sala
Back to the Future of Books
Complimentary wine reception
Hotel de La Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio #15

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.   2016 Events   .

September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
Finding The Convict Lover
Talk with readings
The Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
97 Thomas St. E., Napanee, ON

September 28, 2016, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Loving the Bad Boy: A Story of Prison Romance
Merilyn Simonds in conversation with Diane Schoemperlen
Kingston Writersfest
Islandview Room, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

September 30, 2016, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
The Garden and the River: Meditations on Landscape
Merilyn Simonds in conversation with Helen Humphreys & Alexandra Risen
Kingston Writersfest
Bellevue Room, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

February 18-March 6, 2016
World premiere of the play “Hot House” by Judith Thompson, inspired by The Convict Lover Theatre Kingston
Kingston, ON

March 2016
Release of the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro, edited by David Staines, including an essay by Merilyn Simonds “Where do you Think you Are?: Place in the Stories of Alice Munro.’

April 30, 2016
Panelist, Artistic collaborations and their impact
Orchestras Canada National Conference
Kitchener, ON

June 2-5, 2016
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
Wingham, ON

July 18-28, 2016
Writing the Daredevil Draft
Sage Hill Writing Experience

September 20, 2016
Finding The Convict Lover
Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
Napanee, ON

September 28-30, 2016
Kingston WritersFest
Kingston, ON

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.   2015 Events   .

February 11-12, 2015
Creative Crossroads Literary Festival
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

May 2, 2015
Keynote Speaker, District 3 Horticultural Societies
Bath, ON

June 5-7, 2015
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story
Wingham, Ontario

June 16, 2015
Smith Falls Horticultural Society
Smith Falls, ON

July 20-30, 2015
Sage Hill Writing Experience
Blackstrap, Saskatchewan

August 21-23, 2015
Perth, ON

September 16-17, 2015
Reflections of Childhood: Dear Life
National arts Centre Orchestra,
World premier of my adaptation of the Alice Munro story “Dear Life’ for symphony

September 27, 2015
Kingston WritersFest
Kingston, ON

October 16-18, 2015
Whistler Readers & Writers Festival
Whistler, BC

October 20-25, 2015
Vancouver International WritersFest
Vancouver, BC

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.   2014 Events   .

April 2, 2014
Politics & the Pen
Ottawa, ON

April 5, 2014
Keynote Speaker, District 2 Horticultural Societies
Perth, ON

April 24-27, 2014
Frye Festival
Moncton, New Brunswick

July 17-20, 2014
Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

July 21-31, 2014
Sage Hill Writing Experience
Blackstrap, Saskatchewan

September 27-28, 2014
Kingston WritersFest
Kingston, ON

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Hudson, Quebec

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