2024 Festival:
October 21–27

51: An Evening with Heather O’Neill

51: An Evening with Heather O’Neill


Whether the setting is aristocratic Victorian drawing rooms or squalid downtown apartments or a grand circus tent, Heather O’Neill ushers us into worlds of beauty and humanity with every book. The multi award-winning, bestselling author of titles including The Girl Who Stole Saturday Night and The Lonely Hearts Hotel joins us to discuss her latest work, When We Lost Our Heads. This lush, spellbinding story centres on two young women friends who couldn’t be more different, building their lives—and those of others—on the Golden Mile of Montreal in the 19th Century. Enjoy the company of this imaginative, insightful thinker as she discusses writing women, adventures on the page, and more. Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

Presented in partnership with HarperCollins Canada.

Event Participants:

Jen Sookfong Lee

JEN SOOKFONG LEE is the author of books including The Conjoined, a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. She co-edited the anthology Good Mom on Paper. Jen acquires and edits for ECW Press and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit.

Heather O’Neill

HEATHER O’NEILL is the author of When We Lost Our Heads, a spellbinding story about two women whose friendship changes the course of history. Her previous work has won CBC’s Canada Reads and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as the Giller. (QUEBEC)