EMWF In Your Own Backyard: Online Event Series

All events are free. Please register for events by clicking on the black buttons below. After registering, you will receive instructions by email regarding how to access the event on Zoom.

Scroll down to see a listing of past events and available event recordings.

More events will be added to our series over the coming months!





UPCOMING EVENTS

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Thursday October 28, 8:00 p.m. EST (online)
Emerge! University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA Showcase at the EMWF

Presenters: Kate Barss, Véronique Darwin, Anna Lee-Popham, Graeme McClelland, Yohani Mendis, and Elizabeth Mudenyo

Once again the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA is thrilled to be partnering with the Eden Mills Writers' Festival to present an event featuring up-and-coming writers who are currently students in the MFA. Hear the diverse and urgent voices of tomorrow as the Guelph Creative Writing MFA celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and its long-standing partnership with the Eden Mills Writers Festival.

Find more information about this event HERE.

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Read at the Fringe Literary Contest Winners
Available to view Thursday September 9

Featuring: Victoria Abboud, Amber Fenik and Jillian Read

Find more information about this event HERE.







PAST EVENTS

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Thursday October 7, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
EMWF Panel: The Writing Life

Presenters:  Omar El Akkad (What Strange Paradise), Jael Richardson (Gutter Child), Nicholas Ruddock (Last Hummingbird West of Chile) and Kim Thúy (Em)

As a booklover, you’ve probably wondered about the authors who transform ideas into novels. What inspires them? Who reads their first drafts? Where do they find the voices of their characters? In the final adult event of EMWF’s 2021 series, join Omar El Akkad, Jael Richardson, Nicholas Ruddock and Kim Thúy as they provide a peek behind the curtain, giving us the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the writing life.

This event includes closed captioning.

Find more information about this event HERE.

Watch the Recording
This recording will be available until October 26, 2021.

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Thursday September 16, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST (online)
EMWF Panel: Where is Home?

Presenters: Silmy Abdullah (Home of the Floating Lily), Kazim Ali (Northern Light: Power, Land and the Memory of Water), Kamal Al-Solaylee (Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From)

Host: Bee Quammie

“Places do not belong to us. We belong to them.” – Kazim Ali

We all desire to find a place we feel at home; a place where we belong. But what if ‘home’ is far away, intangible, a memory from childhood, or no longer exists? Silmy Abdullah, Kazim Ali, and Kamal Al-Solaylee join host Bee Quammie for a discussion about the idea of home, and their must-read new books.

This event includes closed captioning.

Find more information about this event HERE.



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Thursday August 26, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
EMWF Panel: Women, Interrupted

Presenters:  Emily Austin (Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead), Shashi Bhat (The Most Precious Substance on Earth) and Uzma Jalaluddin (Hana Khan Carries On).

Host: Zoe Whittall (The Spectacular)

Life can be a puzzle made up of pieces that don’t fit the way we’d hoped. Family, sexuality, relationships, work, desire, hope, healing, time and circumstance… things can get, well, a little complicated. This panel will explore the world through the eyes of complex female characters who come alive in the pages of four vibrant new works of fiction. Join Zoe Whittall in conversation with Emily Austin, Shashi Bhat and Uzma Jalaluddin as they introduce you to fictional women you won’t soon forget.

This event includes closed captioning

Find more information about this event HERE.




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Thursday August 5, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
Care Of: Ivan Coyote in conversation with Susan G. Cole

Writer and performer Ivan Coyote has spent decades on the road, telling stories around the world. For years, Ivan has kept a file of the most special communications received from readers and audience members—letters, Facebook messages, emails, soggy handwritten notes tucked under the windshield wiper of their truck after a gig. Then came Spring, 2020, and, like artists everywhere, Coyote was grounded by the pandemic, all their planned events cancelled. The energy of a live audience, a performer’s lifeblood, was suddenly gone. But with this loss came an opportunity for a different kind of connection. Those letters that had long piled up could finally begin to be answered.

EMWF’s August Book Club pick, Care Of, is an affirming and joyous reflection on many of the themes central to Coyote’s celebrated work—compassion and empathy, family fragility, non-binary and Trans identity, and the unending beauty of simply being alive, a giant love letter to the idea of human connection, and the power of truly listening to each other.

Join Ivan Coyote for a lively, intimate and heartful conversation with Susan G. Cole. This event includes closed captioning.

This event includes closed captioning

Find more information about this event HERE.


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Sunday July 18, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST (online)
Her Story: Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Emma Donoghue in conversation

Presenters: Doireann Ní Ghríofa (A Ghost in the Throat) and Emma Donoghue (The Pull of the Stars)

“To study a female life marked by silence is to attempt a cartography of fog.” – Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Throughout history, the intricate and intimate details of women’s lives have too often been revealed only through the male gaze, if not altogether erased. Complex lives and experiences have been reduced to a name on a gravestone, a reference in a relative’s letter, or a fleeting mention in a newspaper clipping. Writers Emma Donoghue and Doireann Ní Ghríofa explore these gaps to find the stories within, re-imagining the lives of women long gone. Join the authors for a conversation about writing, research, unearthing the past, self-discovery, motherhood, art, memory, and the importance of amplifying women’s voices on and off the page.

This event includes closed captioning

Find more information about this event HERE.

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Thursday June 24, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
Book Club: Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

Presented in partnership with the Guelph Public Library

Author: Linda Rui Feng, Swimming Back to Trout River
Host: 
Ann Yu-Kyung Choi

“Linda Rui Feng’s Swimming Back to Trout River is a beautifully written, poignant exploration of family, art, culture, immigration, and most of all, love.  I was swept away by Feng’s fierce intelligence and keen insight even as her characters captured my heart with their tender hopes and bold actions.”
- Jean Kwok, author or Searching for Sylvia Lee and Girl In Translation

EMWF’s June Book Club pick, Swimming Back to Trout River, is a startling debut novel that we’re sure will become one of your favourite new books. Grab a copy from your local library or independent bookstore and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between Linda Rui Feng, and Ann Yu-Kyung Choi.

This event includes closed captioning.

Find more information about this event, and the Guelph Public Library's pre-event discussion HERE.



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Thursday May 20, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST (online)
Our Stories: Strength and Survival

Presenters:  Antonio Michael Downing (Saga Boy), Harriet Alida Lye (Natural Killer) and Darrel J. McLeod (Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity).
Host: Bee Quammie

These three memoirs tell the story of struggle: to rise above family trauma, dislocation and addiction; to survive a life-threatening illness against all odds; and to overcome a traumatic past in pursuit of a happy and meaningful life. But more than struggle, these are compelling stories of resilience, reminding us that the human spirit is not something easily broken. Join us for interviews with each author, followed by a group discussion and Q&A.

This event includes closed captioning.

Find more information about the event HERE.


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April 25, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST (online)
Book Launch: The Only Way is the Steady Way

Presented in partnership with Invisible Publishing, The Bookshelf (Guelph), Glass Bookshop (Edmonton), Shelf Life Books (Calgary), Munro's Books (Victoria), Ben McNally Books (Toronto) and Real Vancouver Writing Series.

Author: Andrew Forbes
Host: Sean Cranbury

Spring training has started! Please join us for a live conversation between Andrew Forbes and Sean Cranbury as they discuss the legendary career of Ichiro Suzuki, the soul of fandom, and how a summertime distraction can help to make sense of the world during a global pandemic.

Find more information about the event HERE.


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Thursday April 15, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
EMWF Book Club: Return of the Trickster

Presented in partnership with: Idea Exchange

Presenters: Eden Robinson, Return of the Trickster
Host: Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC’s Unreserved

Sign up for the EMWF Book Club and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between bestselling author Eden Robinson, and CBC’s Rosanna Deerchild. Registered book club members can submit their questions for Eden ahead of time for a chance to ask them during the event!

This event includes closed captioning.

Find more information about the event HERE.


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Thursday April 8, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
EMWF Showcase: National Poetry Month Celebration

Presented in partnership with The League of Canadian Poets

Presenters: Roxanna Bennett (The Untranslatable I), Selina Boan (Undoing Hours), Leanne Dunic (One and Half of You), Therese Estacion (Phantompains), Louise B. Halfe (awâsis — kinky and dishevelled), Steven Heighton (Selected Poems: 1983-2020), Dallas Hunt (Creeland), Larissa Lai (Iron Goddess of Mercy), Grace Lau (The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak), Jen Sookfong Lee (The Shadow List), Garry Thomas Morse (Scofflaw), Ken Norris (South China Sea), Arleen Paré (First), Rebecca Salazar (sulphurtongue), Ian Williams (Word Problems)

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’ve curated a showcase featuring some of the most dynamic poetry to be published in Canada this year. Take a break from pandemic life and join these poets on a journey that will explore the depth and breadth of the human experience. Grab your favourite beverage, pull up a chair and enjoy the ride. 

Find more information about the event HERE.

This event will be presented on Facebook Live. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to watch the event.

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Tuesday, March 2, 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. MST / 7 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. AST (online)
Official online book launch of How to Fail as a Popstar by Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya in conversation with Bif Naked 

Hosted by the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and Arsenal Pulp Press in partnership with the Hillside Festival, The Bookshelf (Guelph), Another Story Bookshop (Toronto), Glass Bookshop (Edmonton), Massy Books (Vancouver) and Shelf Life Books (Calgary).

Join us for the launch of the first play by multi-media artist Vivek Shraya, about fame and personal transformation.

Join the event via Facebook Live on the EMWF Facebook page.

Find more information about the event HERE.

Watch on Facebook

Need the book? Buy from one of our bookselling partners or your local independent bookstore:

Guelph: The Bookshelf, 519-821-3311 x1
Toronto: Another Story Bookshop, 416-462-1104
Durham and York Regions: Blue Heron Books.com, 905-852-4282