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StoryFest 2019 Hudson out of this world


StoryFest 2019 Hudson – The Greenwood Centre for Living History has put together another strong line-up for its annual literary festival this autumn. This 18th edition of StoryFest includes two 2019 Giller Prize finalists, a retired Canadian astronaut, the winner of the new 2019 Library and Archives Canada Scholars Award, a double winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, a twice-nominated journalist for the National Newspaper Awards, and the recipient of the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History – to mention just a few of their accolades.

West Coast authors figure prominently in this year’s line-up. Irish-Canadian writer Anakana Schofield, who now lives in Vancouver, will be at Hudson’s Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre on Sept. 29. She’ll read and discuss her innovative writing in Bina: A Novel in Warnings. The story centres on a best friend from Malarky, which earned Schofield the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

Traveling from Victoria, Steven Price will visit the Hudson Village Theatre on Oct. 1. He’s just been named, along with former Montrealer Alix Ohlin, as one the 12 finalists for this year’s Giller Prize. Ohlin, who chairs UBC’s Creative Writing program, will lead a Creating Charismatic Charactersworkshop at Greenwood Oct. 5 and be the guest at the Community Centre Oct. 6.

Ottawa-based author Frances Itani, who has just added the 2019 Library and Archives Canada Scholars Award to the numerous recognitions for her 17 books, joins StoryFest at the Hudson Village Theatre this Oct. 8.

Still closer to home, Montrealer Rawi Hage is this year’s guest sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. Only the second Canadian (after Alistair Macleod) to win the prestigious Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, this double MacLennan prize winner appears at the Hudson Village Theatre on Oct. 15 with his latest novel, Beirut Hellfire Society.

Anyone who has ever journeyed to a smaller community in Canada (including Hudson) will appreciate Ann Hui’s Chop Suey Nation. The Globe & Mail reporter will be at St. Mary’s Hall this Oct. 20 to talk about how she integrated the stories of Chinese restaurant/take-out entrepreneurs with her own family’s past.

History figures prominently at StoryFest 2019 with D’Arcy Jenish being the guest at St. James Church this Oct. 24 to discuss his thoroughly researched and engaging The Making of the October Crisis. His visit is timely with this September marking 50 years since the death of Maurice Duplessis and the rise of the Quiet Revolution.

This past summer also marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing that continues to be a milestone for space exploration. StoryFest is delighted with welcome Dave Williams, a retired Canadian Space Agency astronaut, ER doctor, hospital CEO, pilot, skydiver and scuba diver to the Community Centre on Sunday, Oct. 27. At 10 am, this author of several children’s books will speak to youngsters and their guardians as part of StoryFest for Kids. He will return to the same venue at 2 pm to share his thoughts about the challenges facing Earth, having admired our planet from space. Williams is familiar with our part of the world, having lived on Montreal’s West Island and studied at McGill.

Film night this year will feature Can You Ever Forgive Me, starring Melissa McCarthy.

For StoryFest passes ($110 for a $150 value) or single event tickets, visit Boutique Pure Art at 422 Main Rd. in Hudson or go online at where you can also reserve your Writers’ Workshop spot.

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