Saturday October 29: 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

11:10 A.M. Echoes of History: Writing the Overlooked Stories

with Pamela Mulloy, Aimee Wall, and Laura Rock Gaughan.

BSIA Room #142


Writers often look to the past to make sense of the present and use historical events as a way of examining contemporary life. So how do writers give overlooked stories a new life? How do they introduce and develop characters that are relevant to the modern-day reader?

Join Pamela Mulloy and Aimee Wall in conversation with Laura Rock Gaghan as they look back at history’s forgotten stories in their most recent works. This session will also look at how to find these stories, how to conduct research, and what we can learn when exploring the events of the past. 

  • AIMEE WALL is a writer and translator. Her essays, short fiction, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including Maisonneuve, Matrix Magazine, the Montreal Review of Books, and Lemon Hound. Wall’s translations include Vickie Gendreau’s novels Testament (2016), and Drama Queens (2019), and Sports and Pastimes by Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard (2017). She lives in Montreal. Her acclaimed debut novel, We, Jane, has been nominated for nine literary prizes including the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award for Fiction, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.


    Photo Credit: Richmond Lam

  • PAMELA MULLOY is the Editor of The New Quarterly and the Creative Director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press (2018). Her novel As Little As Nothing is published by ECW Press (October, 2022). She has lived in Poland, England, and the United States and now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and daughter.

  • LAURA ROCK GAUGHAN is executive director of the Literary Press Group, a nonprofit association representing over sixty independent Canadian literary publishers. Her fiction, essays, and author interviews have appeared in Canadian, Irish, and US journals, including The New Quarterly, Southword, and CRAFT, and her first book, a short story collection entitled Motherish, was published in 2018. One of her flash fiction stories, selected as runner up in CutBank’s Big Sky, Small Prose contest, is forthcoming in CutBank 97.

    Photo Credit: Rebekah Littlejohn