IFOA pays tribute to Alice Munro, a Canadian literary icon. After a celebrated career as one of Canada’s most beloved, internationally recognized and award-winning authors, Alice Munro announced her retirement in June 2013. On November 2, IFOA will host a “who’s-who” of Canada’s literary community, including authors Margaret Drabble, Alistair MacLeod, Colum McCann, Miriam Toews and Jane Urquhart, close colleagues and family members, as they present readings of Munro’s work.
Join us for the special opportunity to celebrate the immense achievements of one of our greatest authors. This event will be hosted by Douglas Gibson, Alice Munro’s editor for almost 40 years.
Margaret Drabble became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for her contributions to contemporary English literature. She is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth and The Needle’s Eye, among other novels. She wrote biographies of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson, and edited two editions of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Drabble presents The Pure Gold Baby. Jessica Speight is on the cusp of a promising academic career in 1960s London, when a relationship with her married professor leaves her the single mother of a darling—but very unusual—daughter.
Douglas Gibson worked as an editor and publisher from 1968 until he retired from McClelland & Stewart in 2009. His Douglas Gibson Books was Canada’s first editorial imprint and lives on today. He is the author of a book of memoirs, Stories About Storytellers.
Alistair MacLeod has published two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun. MacLeod’s first novel, No Great Mischief, was published to great critical acclaim and was on national bestseller lists for more than a year. The novel won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, The Trillium Award for Fiction, the CAA-MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction and at the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards, MacLeod won for Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year.
Colum McCann is the author of two story collections and six novels, including the highly lauded Let the Great World Spin. His work has been published in over 35 languages and his accolades include the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize and an Oscar nomination for his short film, Everything in This Country Must. McCann presents his Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel TransAtlantic, which fictionalizes the lives of three historical figures to create a profound meditation on identity and history.
Miriam Toews is the author of five previous bestselling novels, including A Complicated Kindness and The Flying Troutmans. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and is also a two-time finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She has written for CBC’s WireTap, Canadian Geographic, The Guardian and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Toews presents All My Puny Sorrows, the story of two sisters grappling with the commitments of adult life and what bonds them together.
Jane Urquhart is the author of eight novels, a collection of short stories and three books of poetry. She has received numerous awards and honours, including the 1993 Trillium Award for Away, the 1997 Governor General's Literary Award for The Underpainter, the Harbourfront Festival Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Award) in France. Urquhart presents The Night Stages, a novel about the collapsing relationship of an English pilot and the Irish meteorologist that she loves, as they both grapple with troubles from their pasts.