Writing Canada (1)

Angie Abdou, Fanny Britt, Maia Caron, Kevin Hardcastle

Writing Canada (1)

Moderator: Merilyn Simonds

Event Number: 59
Tickets: $17.00

Writing Canada (1)

Angie Abdou, Fanny Britt, Maia Caron, Kevin Hardcastle

Friday, October 20
10:00am - 11:30am
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

Hop aboard a trans-Canada train, travelling not just through space, but through time as well. First stop is a coal mining town in the Rockies, where Angie Abdou sets her novel about Eli, a boy possessed by the ghost of his great-great grandfather, who’s pulled into history to atone for past wrongs. On the prairie, Maia Caron reimagines the Northwest resistance of 1885 through the Métis women of Batoche, who question Riel’s grip on reality. Rolling on east, Kevin Hardcastle sets his contemporary novel in rural Ontario where a feared cage fighter, his career derailed by injury, slips into a criminal underworld. And Fanny Britt sets her novel in residential Montreal and the contemporary problems of modern marriages. So many Canadas for us to explore, by rail and imagination.

Suitable for grades 10-12 and adults.

Event Participants:

Angie Abdou


Angie Abdou is a Canadian fiction writer whose work has received numerous awards and is often included on the “best of” lists of the year. In addition to being a novelist, she often moderates discussions at writers’ festivals across the country. She has taught for more than 15 years and is currently the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. She regularly contributes to Quill & Quire, where she furthers the discussion of Canadian literature.  Abdou’s new book In Case I Go is her fifth work and explores how we are haunted by the actions of our ancestors.


Fanny Britt


Fanny Britt is a Francophone writer who has written a dozen plays and translated more than 15. She graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada in 2010, and two years later she won the Governor General’s Literary Award in Drama for her play Bieveillance. Britt’s first graphic novel, Jane, the Fox and Me, was collaboration with Isabelle Arsenault and won numerous awards. They are working together again on Louis Undercover. Britt’s first novel for adults Hunting Houses, arriving this year, is a complex and realistic exploration of a woman’s marriage.


Maia Caron


Before becoming a writer, Maia Caron was a registered massage therapist and studied Buddhism, Taoism and spiritual healing. In her twenties, she discovered she is Red River Métis and her ancestors fought at the Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816 and served in Louis Riel’s councils. Song of Batoche is her first novel which affectionately explores the relations of Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont and the Métis.


Kevin Hardcastle


Kevin Hardcastle is a fiction writer whose debut collection of short stories Debris won the 2016 Trillium Book Award and received copious accolades. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Joyland, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review and has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and in two issues of The Journey Prize Stories. His first novel, In the Cage, is a carefully crafted story with powerful, direct prose. After an extremely vicious Mixed Martial Arts cage-fighter suffers a career-ending injury, he falls into the criminal world for work.