The Westport Arts Council

Westport Ontario Canada

Four bestselling, award-winning writers to read in Westport

The Westport Arts Council’s 6th annual Writers Reading at the Westport United Church, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013, features authors Wayne Grady, Elizabeth Hay, Andrew Pyper, and Merilyn Simonds.

Wayne Grady is the acclaimed author of fourteen books of nonfiction, including Breakfast at the Exit Cafe, which he co-authored with his wife, Merilyn Simonds. He has been the editor of Harrowsmith and Equinox magazines, and has translated the works of such writers as Antonine Maillet, Yves Beauchemin, and Louis Hamelin. His translation of Maillet’s On the Eighth Day won him a Governor General’s Award. In total, Wayne has published more than forty books, receiving many awards and other acknowledgements in the process. His most recent book, his first novel, Emancipation Day, is a fictionalized retelling of his father’s difficult journey of self-discovery. Wayne and Merilyn live near Athens, Ontario, He teaches online in the creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia.

Elizabeth Hay is an award-winning, much anthologized short story writer and novelist. A former CBC broadcaster, Elizabeth has traveled widely and lived in, among other places, the Northwest Territories, Winnipeg, Mexico, Toronto and New York City. A published author for almost twenty years, Elizabeth received the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her second last novel, Late Nights on Air, a major bestseller. Her previous books, including Small Change, A Student of Weather (a finalist for the Giller Prize), Garbo Laughs (a finalist for the 2003 Governor General’s Award for Fiction), were highly praised. Her latest novel, Alone in the Classroom, achieved the bestseller list in both hardcover and paperback, and was included in the Globe and Mail’s Best Books for 2011. Elizabeth lives in Ottawa.

Andrew Pyper is a writer with a growing list of bestselling novels to his credit, the most recent of which is this spring’s The Demonologist. Chosen one of Amazon’s Ten Best Books of the Year So Far, a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection, and the recipient of many other awards, The Demonologist will soon be available in more than a dozen foreign language editions. Film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures. His other titles include Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, and the novels Lost Girls, The Trade Mission, The Wildfire Season, The Killing Circle, and The Guardians, four of which have been optioned for film. Andrew holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from McGill University, and a law degree from the University of Toronto. The spectacular success of his first novel, Lost Girls, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel in 2000, allowed Andrew to write full time from his home in Toronto. He has never practiced law.

Merilyn Simonds is a highly regarded editor, anthologist, magazine writer, gardener, columnist, arts administrator, non-fiction author and novelist. Her freelance writing covers a vast range of topics from gardening to art, and war to architecture. She published her first non-fiction book, The Convict Lover, in 1996, to rave reviews. A national bestseller, it was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Literary Non-Fiction, translated into Japanese, Chinese and German, and adapted for the stage in 1998. Merilyn published her first novel, The Holding, in 2004, to equally strong reviews. It became another bestseller, and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Merilyn served as the 2012-13 chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and writes a monthly column, AboutBooks, in the Kingston Whig-Standard. She is the artistic director of the Kingston WritersFest, now in its fifth year.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, including refreshments. For sale at Murphy's Barber Shop, 5 Church St. (613-273-2145), at The Cove, 2 Bedford St. (613-273-3636 or 1-888-COVE-INN), and Stillwater Books, 29 Church St. (613-273-4625), or at the door, if available.

Additional author information available at their respective websites:

Wayne Grady:

Elizabeth Hay:

Andrew Pyper:

Merilyn Simonds:


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