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April 12, 2017 Official publication date for Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & the Lasting Impressions of Books, published by ECW Press
March, 2017 Profile Kingston, “Hugh, Me, and the Book”
Excerpt from Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & The Lasting Impression of Books
March, 2017 Quill & Quire, “Out of the Attic & Down the Rabbit Hole’
Feature Essay
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Spring, 2017 Queen’s Quarterly, “Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & The Lasting Impression of Books”
February, 2017 The Writing Platform, Versions of Paradise
Experience Essay
January, 2017 Merilyn Simonds signs a contract with ECW Press for the publication of her novel, Refuge.
February 18 –March 6, 2016 World premiere of the play by Judith Thompson, inspired by The Convict Lover, directed by Kathryn MacKay, commissioned and produced by Theatre Kingston’s Artistic Producer, Brett Christopher.
Spring 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”
May 19, 2016 World premier of Life Reflected, a suite of four symphonies commissioned from four Canadian composers, including “Dear Life” a symphony by Zosha di Castri based on an adaptation by Merilyn Simonds of the Alice Munro story, with narration by Martha Henry, voice by soprano Erin Wall, photography by Larry Towell, and creative direction by Stratford Festival’s Donna Feore. Commissioned and conducted by Alexander Shelley. National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa

Watch: A live panel on the NAC’s Life Reflected »
2016 ARC magazine, Frameworks Issue
“Words on the Land I” and “Words on the Land II”, a poem and story produced during weekend retreat at Fieldworks, Perth

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“A Leader in Canadian Writing Takes Stock of Self-Publishing”, by Carla Douglas, September 27, 2016. Retrieved from

On The Convict Lover

“Convict Lover Revisited,” by Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard, February 13, 2016. Read the story »

The Convict Lover adapted into new theatre production,” by Merilyn Simonds, Kingston Whig-Standard, February 3, 2016. Read the story »

On the adaptation of “Dear Life” for the Zosha di Castri symphony

Adapting Alice Munro’s “Dear Life” for the NAC stageOttawa Morning. CBC. September 17, 2015. Radio.

“A ‘groundbreaking’ project,” by Michael Lea, Kingston Whig-Standard, September 4, 2015. Read the interview »

NACO’s cutting edge: Dear Life leads the way into a new form of musical presentation, Ottawa Citizen, by Peter Robb, September 11, 2015. Read online:

Reviews for Echoes of Childhood:

Gauthier, Natasha. "Shelley’s NACO debut haunting, vaguely menacing and powerful." Ottawa Citizen Thursday, September 17, 2015. Web.

Everett-Green, Robert. "Director Alexander Shelley brings adventurous life to NAC Orchestra." The Globe and Mail Friday, September 18, 2015. Web.

From Reviews of A New Leaf

“Merilyn Simonds writes of her soul–feeding experiences across an entire gardening year…it doesn’t take long for the book’s hard, black lines of type to disappear, and for the reader to be spellbound, completely submerged in her special world.”
The Globe and Mail, April 16, 2011
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On Gardening and Writing

Literature in Bloom: Merilyn Simonds in conversation with Amatoritsero Ede, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue #5

On Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America

Shelagh Rogers of CBC’s The Next Chapter talks with Merilyn & Wayne about life on the American road: Listen now »

“Two for the Road” in Open Book Ontario magazine

“Writers view America, Up Close and Personal” in Pique Newsmagazine, Whistler

On The Holding

“This time, Merilyn Simonds chooses to tell stories as a novel,” by Sarah Crosbie, Kingston Whig–Standard, March 29, 2004.

“A Woman Walks Alone in the Woods,” by Paul Gessel, Ottawa Citizen, April 8, 2004.

“What we remember and what we've lost,” by Susan Walker, Toronto Star, May 9, 2004.

On The Lion in the Room Next Door

with Linda Richards at

with The Arts Today, CBC Radio.

with BookTV, January 2000. mediaed/ guidepage_booktv.asp?studyID=48

with David Bright, Ffwd Magazine, May 27, 1999.

.   Recent Articles on Her Work   .

“Through a Windshield Darkly” by Mark Frutkin in the Literary Review of Canada, December, 2010.
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.   Recent Publications in Magazines and Journals   .

“The Girls from Campinas” in EnRoute magazine online at

“The Back Room” in Room Magazine: Past and Present, Volume 33.3, Fall 2010.

“Tree” “Fruit” “Earth” from The Paradise Project, The Antigonish Review, Summer 2009.

“Garden Suite” from The Paradise Project, Review 76: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Volume 41, No. 1, May, 2008.

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