Canadian Author’s Conference, The award-winning Canadian author: Merilyn Simonds

When: Thursday April 6, 2017 from 12:10-1:15 pm

Where: Champlain St. Lawrence in rooms 347-349

Who: The award-winning Canadian author: Merilyn Simonds


Merilyn Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and inspiration for Judith Thompson’s play, Hot House; an internationally acclaimed collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a bestselling novel, The Holding; a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady; and a collection of personal essays, A New Leaf. Her work is published and anthologized internationally. In 2012, she released a flash-fiction collection, The Paradise Project, in both a hand-printed letterpress edition and as a digital book. That experience inspired Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & the Lasting Impression of Books, which will be available on April 12, 2017.

Reviewers have called her work, “Beautifully wrought, emotionally complex.” “Stories so solid they seem sculpted, yet so delicate they remain full of mystery.” “The observation of the details of life are Chekhovian in their accuracy.” Susan Halpren, writing in the New York Times, where The Holding was selected an Editor’s Choice, says, “Simonds is a careful, evocative writer, able to tease out colors from an overcast sky, to find depth in shadows.”