The Fiction Panel with Trevor Corkum, Alicia Elliott, Lori McNulty, and Rebecca Rosenblum. Moderated by Claire Tacon
Tough Choices. Literary fiction by its nature tends to seek out topics that make us feel uncomfortable, make us think, allow us to explore emotional territory that we might want to stray from, and yet this is the very territory that makes us feel more human. Join us for readings and discussions with authors who have each considered difficult subjects and written thought-provoking, elegant pieces as a result.
Trevor Corkum is a writer, consultant, and educator. His fiction, essays, and reviews have been published widely in magazines and journals across Canada. His work has been nominated for the Journey Prize, the CBC Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, and the Western Magazine Award for Personal Journalism. He reviews frequently for The Toronto Star and hosts a popular author interview series called The Chat on 49thShelf.com. A current PhD student in Adult Education at the University of Toronto, his research explores the intersection of storytelling, identity, home, and migration. His novel The Electric Boy is forthcoming with Doubleday Canada.
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her literary writing has been published by The Malahat Review, Room, Grain, and The New Quarterly, and her current events editorials have been published by CBC, Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and Maisonneuve. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Most recently, her essays, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award.
Lori McNulty is an author, photographer, digital storyteller and travel writer. A two-time Journey Prize finalist and a three-time finalist for the CBC Canada Writes Prizes, her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, PRISM international, The Dalhousie Review, Descant and the Globe & Mail. As a writer-in-residence aboard the Canada C3 icebreaker this summer, she navigated part of the world’s longest coastline with a cross-section of Canadian explorers. She is the author of Life on Mars, a fierce and funny short fiction collection and is hard at work on a novel.
Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of two acclaimed books of fiction, The Big Dream and Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award and named one of Quill and Quire‘s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. So Much Love is her first novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Award, and has appeared in the National Post, Exile Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, the Journey Prize Stories, Maisonneuve, Coming Attractions, and Best Canadian Stories. She holds an Honours English degree from McGill, a publishing certificate from Ryerson, and a Master’s of English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto.
Claire Tacon‘s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prize and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The New Quarterly, SubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. Claire is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University and her second book, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo is out with Wolsak & Wynn.