Getting a Grip

Jon McGregor, Maile Meloy, Grace O'Connell

Getting a Grip

Moderator: Jared Bland

Event Number: 84
Tickets: $20.00

Getting a Grip

Jon McGregor, Maile Meloy, Grace O'Connell

Saturday, October 21
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

Suspense novel, thriller, mystery—readers know what to expect when they pick up one of these books. Tonight, though, meet literary writers who defy categorization and cross those lines. Jon McGregor won the International Dublin Literary Award. Maile Meloy was honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Grace O’Connell is one of the judges for the Journey Prize this year. All three begin their books in crime and thriller territory, then venture into another kind of novel altogether. With extraordinary control, these authors highlight the emotions and broader implications of a girl’s murder, a violent hijacking and missing children with writing that’s meditative, culturally savvy or full of heart at the same time as full of fear. Mystery and crime readers, meet the literary crowd. You’ve got so much tonight to enjoy together!

Event Participants:

Jon McGregor

United Kingdom

Jon McGregor wrote his first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, while living on a narrowboat. The book was so well received that he was chosen as the youngest contender and only debut novelist on the 2003 Man-Booker Prize longlist. His work is often described as experimental as he takes on different forms and styles. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He is the author of four novels and a story collection and his newest work, Reservoir 13 tells the stories of the many lives affected by one family’s loss.


Maile Meloy

United States

Maile Meloy is a writer of short fiction, essays and novels. Her Apothecary trilogy for young readers, the final book of which was released this year, was a New York Times bestseller. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and her essays and short fiction have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Granta and O. Some of Meloy’s short stories were adapted into a film which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Her new adult fiction book, Do Not Become Alarmed, is a harrowing novel about two families whose children go missing while on vacation.


Grace O’Connell


Grace O’Connell is an editor, author of the national bestseller Magnified World and a Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award winner. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, ELLE Canada and The Journey Prize anthology. She writes for This Magazine, is the Senior Editor of Open Book, and teaches creative writing at University of Toronto. Be Ready for the Lightning is her new page-turning novel told through the eyes of a young woman who is trapped on a hijacked bus.