Greenwood’s Storyfest 2016 heads into second exciting week


PHOTOS COURTESY GREENWOOD CENTRE FOR LIVING HISTORY

Saleema Nawaz (above) and John Farrow are next in line to grace the stages of the Hudson Village Theatre as part of the 15th annual StoryFest literary festival.

Greenwood’s StoryFest 2016 heads into its second week with two Montreal-area authors: novelist Saleema Nawaz on Tuesday, October 11, and crime fiction writer John Farrow, a.k.a. Trevor Ferguson, on Thursday, October 13. Both events will be held at Hudson Village Theatre at 7.30 p.m.

Born in Ottawa, Nawaz, knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. After studying humanities at Carleton University, she moved to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba where she received an MA in English. She has also attended the Banff Centre for the Arts writing studio programme.

Short stories, essays, blogs, novellas and her first novel exhibit the range of her talent, and she has been published in a number of literary journals such as The Dalhousie Review and The New Quarterly. In 2008, Nawaz won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize for her short story My Three Girls. That same year she was nominated for the QWF McAuslan First Book Prize for her collection Mother Superior and in 2013 won the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction with her first novel, Bone & Bread which explores the relationship between sisters first introduced to readers in the book Mother Superior.

Canada Reads nominated Bone & Bread as one of its finalists for 2016.

John Farrow is the pen name for author Trevor Ferguson who has long been one of Canada’s foremost literary writers. Ferguson was born in Ontario and raised in Montreal, and was working in Canada’s Northwest on railway gangs when he began to write. His novel, Onyx John, received much critical acclaim and was a bestseller in France where he continues to be highly regarded, often cited as one of the world’s pre-eminent writers. Ferguson’s novel The Timekeeper won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Hugh MacLennan for Fiction in 2011 and subsequently became a film.

Ferguson wanted to explore the genre of crime fiction and created his moody, moral Sergeant Detective Emile Cinq-Mars under a pseudonym and thus was born John Farrow. Much of the atmosphere contained in the Farrow novels is fuelled by Ferguson’s time spent as a cab driver and bartender in Montreal. Farrow’s current book Seven Days Dead has been reviewed widely and garnered much praise. Booklist states that the Farrow novels are among the very best of crime fiction today and Die Zeit, a cultural newspaper in Germany, cites it as the best series of all time.

Trevor Ferguson is a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. He lives in Hudson, Quebec.

Tickets: $15. Available at Boutique Pure Art (422 Main Rd. Hudson QC), online at: greenwoodstoryfest.com, and at the door if any tickets remain. Hudson Village Theatre is located at 28 Wharf Road, Hudson QC J0P 1H0. For the full schedule of Greenwood’s StoryFest 2016 authors go to: greenwoodstoryfest.com.

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