Ten years of stories, ideas, and Imagination

From April 2 to 7 the Morrin Centre will celebrate its 10th annual Imagination Writers’ Festival. This year’s festival features acclaimed authors from the current, diverse, Canadian literary scene and brings together artists from different fields for surprising and delightful pairings. Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will present new activities and bring back popular events from previous years inside and outside its walls.

Literary Notes, a new musical event organized in partnership with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Quebec Writers’ Federation, is one of the activities designed to mark the centre’s special anniversary festival. Held on Wednesday, April 3, this concert will allow participants to tune into the stories being read, thanks to music meant to capture the spirit of these works of fiction and poetry.

Foodies will also get a taste of literary arts thanks to the festival’s annual Books and Wine pairing event hosted by local sommelier Yann Barrette-Bouchard. This renowned and usually sold-out event will feature 2018 Giller Prize finalist Éric Dupont and Canada Reads winner Lisa Moore.

The festival’s much-anticipated Books and Brunch event is back for a fourth consecutive year and will take on a humorous twist thanks to the participation of Indigenous author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, one of two authors from a First Nations community to take part in Imagination 2019. Waubgeshig Rice is also part of the festival’s roster and he’ll discuss his latest post-apocalyptic thriller, Moon of the Crusted Snow, on Wednesday, April 3.

A total of 26 authors will be travelling from coast to coast to connect with our community. Two-time Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan is coming from British Columbia for a conversation on her epic novel, Washington Black, while award-winning author Sheree Fitch will travel from Nova Scotia to delight children and young adults with her stories.

A panel event on borders, migration, and identity will bring together Newfoundland-based novelist Sharon Bala (The Boat People) and Iranian-born author Nilofar Shidmehr (Divided Loyalties), who now lives in Vancouver.

As noted by Barry Holleman, president of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (which manages the Morrin Centre), “The festival’s aim is to offer meaningful encounters between authors and festival-goers, while allowing audiences of all ages to enjoy literature through multidisciplinary activities which are insightful, surprising, and even sometimes playful.”

In addition to talks, foodie events, and musical performances, this year’s festival will present two hands-on writing and illustrating workshops that will bookend Imagination 2019.

Claire Holden Rothman will host Trouble and Strife: The Lifeblood of Good Fiction on Tuesday, April 2, while Lorina Mapa will explore how to tell stories through comics during her graphic novel workshop on Sunday, April 7.

Tenth-anniversary festivities will come to a conclusion with Emma Hooper’s musical event on Sunday afternoon. Starting at 3 p.m., the Alberta-born author and musician who now calls Bath, England home, will be joined on stage by local musician Patrick Ouellet for a bilingual performance of songs from Hooper’s latest novel Our Homesick Songs (Les chants du large) and her project Waitress for the Bees.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with English-language authors from across the country, in the heart of Old Quebec. For more information on the complete program, and to purchase a festival pass or single event ticket, visit morrin.org/imagination or contact the Morrin Centre at 418-694-9147.