Apples, Birds and Books

Helen Humphreys, Kyo Maclear, Merilyn Simonds

Apples, Birds and Books

Moderator: Aislinn Hunter

Event Number: 18
Tickets: $20.00

Apples, Birds and Books

Helen Humphreys, Kyo Maclear, Merilyn Simonds

Tuesday, October 17
8:30pm - 12:00am
Improv Centre

1502 Duranleau St.

Three insightful, contemplative writers talk about blending memoir with an examination of things seemingly ordinary. When Kyo Maclear’s father fell ill, she focused on urban birds as a way to recharge after hours of eldercare. In doing so, she was struck by what happens when you apply the lessons of birding to other aspects of daily life. Helen Humphreys’ research into the history of the apple as one of her closest friends was dying resulted in deep personal insight linked to curiosity about agriculture, settlement and human relationships. Merilyn Simonds’ focus on the book, both as paper page and pixel, became part memoir, part philosophical and historical exploration of the written word. Join us for meditations on creativity and how writers can be changed by what they write about.

Event Authors:

Helen Humphreys

Ontario

Helen Humphreys is a poet and writer. She has written six novels, four poetry books and two works of creative non-fiction. Her last novel, The Evening Chorus, was a national bestseller and nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Humphreys was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence. The Ghost Orchard is a moving, well-researched work of non-fiction that delves into the secret history of the apple and how it is a symbol of settlement and ties between people.

hhumphreys.com

Kyo Maclear

Ontario

Kyo Maclear is an essayist, novelist and children’s author. Her essays, short fiction and art criticism have been published in Brick, Canadian Art, The Guardian, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail and many other publications and anthologies. Her first children’s novel Spork, about a mixed kitchen utensil, was inspired by her mixed Japanese and British heritage. Maclear has two upcoming children’s novels, Yak and Dove and The Fog, and a memoir, Birds, Art Life, about her search for inspiration to write and how she found solace in birds and the natural world.

kyomaclear.com

Merilyn Simonds

Ontario

Merilyn Simonds is the author of more than 17 books of fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Her most well-known book is the  creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. As a former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the founding artistic director of Kingston WritersFest, Simonds spends a lot of time thinking about issues that matter to writers. She teaches creative writing and mentors writers around the world. Gutenberg’s Fingerprint explores the development of the book over time and how we read today in light of the digital shift.

@MerilynSimonds
merilynsimonds.com