2024 Festival:
October 21–27

68. Novel Ideas: Conversations with Michael Crummey, Emma Donoghue, and Elizabeth Hay

68. Novel Ideas: Conversations with Michael Crummey, Emma Donoghue, and Elizabeth Hay

Three of the best loved names in CanLit sit down with longtime friend of the Festival, Marsha Lederman, to discuss their latest works. Michael Crummey, the multi-award winning, bestselling author, joins us with The Adversary: a dark, enthralling novel about the corruption of power and the power of corruption. Emma Donoghue captivates readers with every book. Her gorgeous novel, Learned by Heart, is based on the true story of two girls who fall secretly in love at boarding school in nineteenth-century York. Giller Prize-winner Elizabeth Hay’s new Snow Road Station is a poignant exploration of thwarted ambition, unrealized dreams, and love’s capacity to surprise us at any age. Moderated by Marsha Lederman.

Event Participants:

Michael Crummey

MICHAEL CRUMMEY is author of the memoir Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation; seven books of poetry, including Arguments with Gravity, winner of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry; and the short fiction collection Flesh and Blood. His first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His novels The Wreckage, Galore, and Sweetland were all national bestsellers. Michael Crummey's most recent novel, The Innocents, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award. Michael Crummey lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Emma Donoghue

EMMA DONOGHUE was born in Dublin in 1969. She is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Room sold more than two million copies and won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), as well as being shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes. Donoghue scripted the Canadian-Irish film adaptation, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The Wonder was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Donoghue co-wrote the 2022 screen adaptation for Netflix. The Pull of the Stars was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Donoghue's fiction ranges from the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects, Akin) to the historical (Haven, Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music) and includes two books for young readers, The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More or Less.

Elizabeth Hay

ELIZABETH HAY is the Giller Prize-winning author of six novels, including Late Nights on Air, His Whole Life, and A Student of Weather. Her memoir All Things Consoled won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction; her story collection Small Change was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. A former radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City, and makes her home in Ottawa.

Marsha Lederman

MARSHA LEDERMAN is an award-winning journalist and author. She is columnist for The Globe and Mail, where she was previously Western Arts Correspondent for 15 years. Her bestselling memoir Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2022.