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.   Author Events by Merilyn Simonds   .

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

.   2017   .

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

June 3, 2:00 pm
Workshop: The First Page
Alice Munro Library

June 4, 11:00 am
Books & Brunch
The Livery, Goodrich

June 18, 2017, 7:00 pm
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East, Toronto
NACO Performance of Life Reflected, musical portraits by Canadian composers of 4 exceptional Canadian women Foundational text for “Dear Life” adapted from the Alice Munro story by Merilyn Simonds

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

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

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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

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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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