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|October 19 to November 2, 2017||The National Arts Centre Orchestra will be performing Life Reflected, including “Dear Life” my symphonic adaptation of the Alice Munro story in central and western Canadian cities: Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver.
Winnipeg – October 19
Saskatoon – October 23
Calgary – October 26 (full )
Edmonton – October 28
Victoria – October 30
Vancouver – November 2 (full)
Find out more on the National Arts Centre website »
|September 30, 2017||Project Bookmark Canada plaque honouring The Convict Lover
September 30th the plaque will be unveiled in Garrigan Park, Portsmouth Village, once the quarry where the Kingston Penitentiary convicts did hard time breaking stone.
See event information on Kingston WritersFest website »
|September 12, 2017||Inside Kingston Penitentiary with The Convict Lover
— Merilyn at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke, Ontario
See the video »
|May through September, 2017||#CanadaBooks150
A Sesquicentennial Twitter campaign by Merilyn Simonds and Olivia Robinson of Bookmark Bookstore that lists a book published for each year of Confederation.
See the complete list »
|August, 2017||Gutenberg’s Fingerprint is featured in Kingston Life, “Summer Reads”|
|July 7, 2017||Gutenberg’s Fingerprint is included in the Toronto Star’s roundup of “Books for Every Weekend of the Summer.”|
|June, 2017||Gutenberg Giveaway
Enter to win a free copy at 49th Shelf through the month of June!
|June, 2017||Merilyn Simonds recommends Eva Crocker and others on the Writers’ Trust’s “2017 Summer Reading” www.writerstrust.com/Home/Recommended-Reading/2017-Summer-Reading.aspx|
|June, 2017||The Convict Lover anniversary edition
Merilyn Simonds signs a contract with ECW Press for a reissue of The Convict Lover, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of discovering this story in a Kingston, Ontario attic.
|June 29, 2017||Project Bookmark Canada announces the installation of a plaque to honour the place of The Convict Lover in Canada’s literary landscape. On September 30 the plaque will be unveiled in Garrigan Park, Portsmouth Village, once the quarry where Kingston Penitentiary convicts did hard time breaking stone.|
|June 18, 2017||CBC Spark interview with Nora Young. “Turning the page: the future of the printed book” with Nora Young, www.cbc.ca/radio/spark/turning-the-page-the-future-of-the-printed-book-1.4162040|
|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’
Link to the article »
|Spring, 2017||Queen’s Quarterly, “Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & The Lasting Impression of Books”|
|February, 2017||The Writing Platform, Versions of Paradise
|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. www.theisabel.ca/content/convict-lover|
|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
A Proust Questionnaire-type of lighthearted questions about Merilyn and her work; also Ivan E Coyote, Guy Gavriel Kay, Iain Reid, Kerry Clare, Bev Sellars, Rebecca Rosenblum & more. hamiltonreviewofbooks.com/gritlit-festival-2017
“County Reads, County Writes”, 993County FM, one-hour interview on Gutenberg’s Fingerprint with veteran literary broadcaster Lynn Pickering
Segment 1 (14:43)
Segment 2 (14:35)
Segment 3 (17:56)
“How I Wrote It”, series on CBC Books features Q&A with Merilyn on the writing of Gutenberg’s Fingerprint www.cbc.ca/books/2017/04/merilyn-simonds-hiwi.html
“A Leader in Canadian Writing Takes Stock of Self-Publishing”, by Carla Douglas, September 27, 2016. Retrieved from publishingperspectives.com/2016/09/merilyn-simonds-interview-self-publishing-in-canada/#.WALdAcmE3s6
“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 »
“Adapting Alice Munro’s “Dear Life” for the NAC stage” Ottawa 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: ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/nacos-cutting-edge-dear-life-leads-the-way-into-a-new-form-of-musical-presentation
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.
“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
Read the whole review »
Literature in Bloom: Merilyn Simonds in conversation with Amatoritsero Ede, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue #5 www.mtls.ca/issue5/roundtable.php
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 www.openbooktoronto.com/magazine/fall_2010/articles/two_road
“Writers view America, Up Close and Personal” in Pique Newsmagazine, Whistler www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/index.php?cat=C_Entertainment&content=Breakfast+at+exit+cafe+1740
“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.
with Linda Richards at januarymagazine.com www.januarymagazine.com/profiles/simonds.html
with The Arts Today, CBC Radio. cbc.ca/insite/THE_ARTS_TODAY_TORONTO/1999/5/27.html
with BookTV, January 2000. www.chumlimited.com/ mediaed/ guidepage_booktv.asp?studyID=48
with David Bright, Ffwd Magazine, May 27, 1999. www.ffwdweekly.com/Issues/1999/0527/book1.html
“Through a Windshield Darkly” by Mark Frutkin in the Literary Review
of Canada, December, 2010.
Read the full review (PDF) »
“The Girls from Campinas” in EnRoute magazine online at www.pinterest.com/pin/437201076299874851/
“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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