• T.M. O’Shaughnessy

Kathleen Winter heads to Greenwood’s StoryFest 2015 next Wednesday


Annabel author Kathleen Winter is coming to Hudson for Greenwood's StoryFest 2015 on Wednesday, October 14 at 7.30 p.m. at Hudson Village Theatre. Some tickets still available.

About a month ago, award-winning author Kathleen Winter received yet another accolade marking the success of her novel Annabel when it was announced that a movie will be made of the novel that tells the story of Wayne, born “intersex” with characteristics of both genders and who is raised as a man, but who longs for his female self.

Published in 2010, Annabel was nominated for many awards. It was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General’s award for fiction in 2010 and the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2014.

The much-celebrated author is StoryFest’s next special guest, and will appear at Hudson Village Theatre Wednesday, October 14, at 7.30 p.m.

Winter made a brief appearance in Hudson last year when she funnily and memorably introduced 2014 StoryFest guest, novelist Michael Winter, who is her brother.

But as Greenwood Director Audrey Wall said, “While we were truly excited when she agreed to come last year and introduce Michael, what we were really hoping was that she would agree to come and be in our line-up one day.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that she agreed to be part of our 2015 edition,” said Wall.

Kathleen Winter, who now lives in Montreal, was born in the north of England 1960. She immigrated with her family to Canada in the 1970s, and grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador. She began her career writing scripts and songs for Sesame Street before becoming a columnist with The Telegram in St. John’s. Her first collection of short stories boYz was published in 2007, winning that year's Winterset Award and Metcalf-Rooke Award. Then Annabel was published in 2010, and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction in Britain in addition to the flurry of nominations in Canada.

A second collection of Winter’s short stories, The Freedom in American Songs, was released in 2014, along with a nonfiction book titled Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage. Boundless was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

It was announced in September that the film rights for Annabel had been acquired by Toronto director Deepa Mehta’s production company, Hamilton Mehta Productions. Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and it is she who will bring Winter’s amazing creation Annabel to the big screen.

In the meantime, StoryFest goers will have the chance to meet the author and hear her speak next Wednesday.

Kathleen Winter will appear for Greenwood’s StoryFest 2015 at Hudson Village Theatre Wednesday, October 14 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets $15, available online and at Boutique Pure Art (422 Main Rd., Hudson QC). www.greenwoodstoryfest.com