Opening Showcase


with Heather O’Neill and Farzana Doctor.

Award winning author Heather O’Neill joins Farzana Doctor for a discussion on the intense relationship between two charismatic friends in her latest book, When We Lost Our Heads. World building, detailed research, and a complex exploration of human nature have become hallmarks of O’Neill’s style and will be explored in this reading and discussion. 

Heather O’Neill’s most recent bestselling novel The Lonely Hearts Hotel, won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and CBCs Canada Reads. Her previous work, which includes Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize two years in a row. She has won CBC’s Canada Reads and the Danuta Gleed Award.

The Opening Showcase will also feature short readings from The New Quarterly magazine’s annual writing contest winners Hollay Ghadery, Thom Vernon, and Sandhya Thakrar.


This event will be live-streamed. Attendees can attend the event in-person or virtually.

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