Laura Secord Homestead, Queenston
Coast to Coast: Canada’s Diverse Women Literary Series
Coast to Coast: Canada’s Literary Women
Queenston Chapel – Laura Secord Homestead
This four-part speaker series highlights Canadian female authors, their unique perspectives and published works, inside the home of one of Canada’s best known heroines, Laura Secord. Enjoy wine and cheese as we celebrate these extraordinary Canadian authors.
Maia Caron September 13, 7PM - 9PM
Maia Caron is the Métis author of Song of Batoche, a historical novel that was #11 on CBC’s 95 must-read books of 2017.
Born and raised in the mountains of British Columbia, Maia has had short stories and essays in The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, the Women Awakening series, and Skeptic Magazine. Song of Batoche is her first novel and was chosen by Raven Reads as their spring 2018 Read for Reconciliation. Maia lives in Toronto, writing with a passion to resurrect remarkable women of Canada’s past, whose stories have been left out of the historical narrative. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario.
Suzette Mayr October 11, 7PM - 9PM
Suzette Mayr is the author of five novels, including her most recent, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall. Her fourth novel Monoceros was longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, and has been translated into Italian. Her novels have won the ReLit Award, and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize, and been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean region, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Best First Book and Best Novel Awards, and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction. She teaches Creative Writing at the University Calgary.
Ann Y.K. Choi November 8, 7PM – 9PM
Originally from South Korea, Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. Published by Simon & Schuster Canada, her novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a Toronto Book Awards finalist and One of CBC Books 12 Best Canadian Debut Novels of 2016. It was also longlisted for the 2017 Frank Hegyi Award (Ottawa Independent Writers) and a finalist for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the literary fiction category. Most recently, the Korean Canadian Heritage Awards committee recognized Ann for promoting Korean culture within Canada. The award was presented to her by Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto.
Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety is set in the 1980s and was inspired by Ann’s experiences working in her family-run variety store. Her debut children’s book, Once Upon An Hour, will be released in fall 2020. A teacher with the York Region District School Board, Ann lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
Michelle Winters December 13, 7PM – 9PM
Michelle Winters is a writer and painter from Saint John, N.B., living in Toronto. Her written and visual work embraces the absurd, explores the lushness of the industrial, and anthropomorphizes with gay abandon. Her stories have been published in THIS Magazine, Taddle Creek, Dragnet, and Matrix, and she was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize. Her debut novel, I Am A Truck, was shortlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize.
Wine & Cheese
All guests of the Coast to Coast Series are welcomed to join us in the Laura Secord Homestead Visitor Centre prior to and following the lectures for wine and cheese, featuring locally sourced artisanal cheeses and Niagara wines. Wine is available for $5 per glass.