All-Day Saturday Pass/Events in Wingham: Alice Munro Festival 2023

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All-Day Saturday Pass/Events in Wingham: Alice Munro Festival 2023

Join us for all of the Author Talks and the Saturday Luncheon & Short Story Contest Announcements in Wingham.

By Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

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Date and time

Saturday, June 3 · 11:40am - 5pm EDT


Maitland River Community Church 414 Josephine Street Wingham, ON N0G 2W0 Canada

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11:40 AM - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:35 PM

Reading, Q&A: Corinna Chong - The Whole Animal

"The Whole Animal: For fans of Souvankham Thammavongsa, Lynn Coady, and Lisa Moore comes Corinna Chong’s striking debut collection of short stories that explore bodies both human and animal: our fasc...

12:35 PM - 1:25 PM

Reading, Q&A: Emily Urquhart - Ordinary Wonder Tales

A journalist and folklorist explores the truths that underlie the stories we imagine—and reveals the magic in the everyday. “I’ve always felt that the term fairy tale doesn’t quite capture the essenc...

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Luncheon & Short Story Winner Announcements

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Reading, Q&A: Alissa York - Far Cry

In a novel as compelling as the forbidden love at its heart, Alissa York, one of Canada's most distinctive writers, evokes an era of unspoken desires in which pain and longing are braided together al...

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Reading, Q&A: Anuja Varghese - Chrysalis

CHRYSALIS is a debut short story collection authored by Anuja Varghese and published by House of Anansi Press. Chrysalis offers genre-blending stories of transformation and belonging that centre wome...

About this event

Your Saturday ticket includes all of the Author Readings in the Mainroom for the day as well as catered lunch and access to the Short Story Contest Winner Announcements.

Note: Masterclasses are purchased seperately.

Saturday will include readings from the following authors:

Corinna Chong

Corinna Chong was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She received a BFA in Visual Art (Photography) and a BA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Calgary and earned her MA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of New Brunswick. Her first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013, and her reviews and short fiction have appeared in magazines across Canada, including Grain, Ricepaper, Room, Riddle Fence, The Malahat Review, and PRISM international. She won the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize for “Kids in Kindergarten.” She’s currently working on a novel called Bad Land, set in the Canadian badlands of Drumheller, Alberta.Since 2011, Corinna has lived in Kelowna, BC, where she teaches English and Fine Arts as part of the Diploma in Writing and Publishing at Okanagan College. In addition to writing and teaching, Corinna does freelance design work and has served on several editorial boards for literary publications, including Qwerty and The Fiddlehead.

Emily Urquhart

Emily Urquhart is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore. Her award-winning work has appeared in Longreads, Guernica, and The Walrus, and elsewhere, and her first book was shortlisted for the Kobo First Book Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. Her most recent book, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, my Father and Me, was listed as a top book of 2020 by CBC, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. She is a nonfiction editor for The New Quarterly and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Alissa York

Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist (winner of the Canadian Author’s Association Fiction Award). Stories from her short fiction collection, Any Given Power, have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award; her essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Brick magazine and elsewhere. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden. She teaches Creative Writing at the Humber School for Writers.

Anuja Varghese

Anuja Varghese (she/her) is a Pushcart-nominated QWOC writer based in Hamilton, ON. Her work appears in The Malahat Review, Hobart, The Fiddlehead, and Plenitude Magazine, as well as the Queer Little Nightmares anthology (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022), among others. Anuja serves as Fiction Editor for The Ex-Puritan Magazine, as well as a board member for gritLIT, Hamilton’s literary festival, and host of LIT LIVE, Hamilton’s monthly reading series. Anuja holds a degree in English Literature from McGill University and is currently pursuing a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto, while working on a debut novel. Her short story collection, CHRYSALIS (House of Anansi Press, 2023), explores South Asian diaspora experience through a feminist, speculative lens.

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