ImagiNation 2010 : Writers' Festival at the Morrin Centre

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 ImagiNation 2010: Writers’ Festival

Presented by the Morrin Centre

April 7-11, 2010

http://imagination.morrin.org/en/

Are you ready for a literary event which is out of the ordinary? How about exploring new themes, letting your imagination run wild and discovering a whole new side to literature through history, poetry, music, kid’s events and more!

We invite you to take part in the five day long ImagiNation 2010: Writers’ Festival, which will take place from April 7 to 11, 2010, at the Morrin Centre, in Old Quebec. Our numerous events in English will celebrate eleven Canadian authors from across the country and four Mexican authors. We are proud to present our participants for this edition, many of whom are internationally renowned authors. We look forward to seeing you there!

PROGRAM

1) Recognition and Recollection: Black History Revisited

  • EVENT: A dynamic evening focused on African-Americans and their contributions to our society and culture. An exchange of ideas, discussions with the authors (who are experts in their field) and a short film showcasing the prejudicial barriers that have been overcome throughout history, and those that still remain. Presentation in English. English film with French subtitles.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes) and Karolyn Smardz-Frost (I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land)
  • DATE / TIME: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

2) Write what you don’t know

  • EVENT: Ever wonder how a character comes to life? Now is your chance to find out! One of Canada’s most outspoken authors shares with us his sources of inspiration and gives us a sneak peak behind the scenes into an author’s daily life. Presentation in English. Bilingual question period. · INVITED AUTHORS: Neil Bissoondath (Honourary Festival President) (Clamour in the Night)
  • DATE / TIME: Thursday, April 8 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

3) The Pen and the Sword

  • EVENT: What about our memories holds us back? What part of our memories guide us forward? This event takes a look at the role of memories, of the forgotten and the lived, through writer commentaries and a special performance by Capoeira Sul da Bahia. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial developed by African and Native slaves over 400 years ago as a means of fighting their oppressors. A short video presentation will be followed by a demonstration, and a workshop, in which the audience will be able to play the instruments, ask questions and learn some basic movements. Presentation in English. Bilingual question period.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Jeffrey Moore (Prisoner in a Red Rose Chain) and Camilla Gibb (Sweetness in the Belly)
  • DATE / TIME: Friday, April 9 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
  • Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival
  • pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

4) Céad Míle Fáilte: Gaelic Culture

  • EVENT: Céad Míle Fáilte: A thousand welcomes! An evening of Celtic culture awaits as we embark on a historic journey across cultures and different lands in search of a better life. A legendary author reads to the accompaniment of traditional Irish music, dance and their contagious joie de vivre! With Alistair MacLeod’s award-winning novel No Great Mischief in hand, join us in a stirring journey through the Gaelic musical culture of Cape Breton and Quebec. Readings from the novel by the author will be accompanied by renditions of Gaelic songs and stepping by Tess Leblanc and a lively fiddler. The evening promises a memorable taste of an interweaving of past and present – of peoples, languages, cultures, song and spoken word. Hosted by Elspeth Tulloch, professor of Canadian Literature at Université Laval. Presentation in English. Bilingual question period.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Alistair MacLeod (No Great Mischief)
  • DATE / TIME: Friday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
    Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival
    pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

5) Haïku Workshop

  • EVENT: Haïku Workshop. In French.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: France Cayoutte (La lenteur au bout de l'aile and Verser la lumière)
  • DATE / TIME: Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Carter Hall (beside Holy Trinity Cathedral), 31 rue des Jardins. Old-
    Quebec / Jeanne Grégoire et André Vézina at [email protected]
  • PRICE: Please register free of charge before March 15 if possible at the following email
    address: [email protected]. Last minute registration will also be accepted as long as there is room.

    6) Are you there Mr.ImagiNation?
     
  • EVENT: Attention all youngsters and the young at heart! Are you ready for an
    adventure? Well then come join us in the library as we create a colourful community
    book! The sky’s the limit when it comes to your imagination! In collaboration with one
    of Canada’s most beloved children’s authors and illustrators. Presentation in English.
    Bilingual question period.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Mireille Levert (Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming)
  • DATE / TIME: Saturday, April 10 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
    Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $3 for children / Free for accompanying caregivers

7) Ah! That’s what you call puppets!

  • EVENT: Puppets of all shapes and sizes will be the stars of the show! The workshop and demonstration Ah! That’s what you call puppets! allows people of all ages a look into this complex and fabulous art form. A shoe-box stage opens up and transforms into a theatre. Bilingual presentation. Bilingual question period.
  • PARTNERS: Les Gros Becs Theatre
  • DATE / TIME: Saturday, April 10 at 2 :00 p.m. (in English) Saturday, April 10 at 3:15 p.m. (in French
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
    Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147

PRICE: $3 for children / Free for accompanying caregivers

8) A taste of Mexico

  • EVENT: Take in the sights and sounds of Mexico! In collaboration with the Salon International du Livre de Québec, four Mexican authors will be presenting their most
    recent works. Food (provided by Le Marché La Fiesta) and games will contribute to the
    lively atmosphere. In addition, the local, Latin musical group Mosaiques will have us
    dancing to their rhythms all day long! In English and Spanish (with French translation).
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Monica Brozon, Rafael Lemus, Fabio Morabito, Eduardo Antonio Parra
  • DATE / TIME: Saturday, April 10 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
    Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: Free

9) The Power of Us : A Celebration of Women in the Arts

  • EVENT: An event celebrating women and their contributions to the expansive world of art! This evening will take you on a journey into a variety of art forms: spoken word, dance and music. A special performance by musical group Mosaiques and a samba presentation (followed by a workshop) will allow you to get a taste of exotic Brazilian dance culture. Special cocktails and prices for women. All welcome. In English.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Heather O’Neill (Lullabies for Little Criminals), Karen
    Connelly (Burmese Lessons) and Camilla Gibb (Sweetness in the Belly)
  • DATE / TIME: Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
    Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival
    pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

10) Graphic Novels : Art or News ?

  • EVENT: The graphic novel: Art or news? Comic strip or novel? In collaboration with Le Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec, we invite you to come meet one of Quebec City’s most famous authors, who is busy making a name for himself at home and abroad. Presentation in English. Bilingual question period.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: Guy Delisle (Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea)
  • DATE / TIME: Sunday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147
  • PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival
    pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

11) Making Poetry Relevant and Fun !

  • · EVENT: Poetry in all shapes and sizes ! From the contemporary to the classic, we aim to prove that poetry can be fun and entertaining! A performance by one of Canada’s best-known poets will make you forget the world outside for a few moments. Poetry has been transformed from the language of Shakespeare to the language of today’s youth, with rap and slam poetry creating new means of self-expression. A special acoustic performance by one of Quebec’s well-loved artists Randall Spear and a performance by Dan Parker, a new talent on the slam poetry scene. Presentation in English. Bilingual question period.
  • INVITED AUTHORS: George Elliot Clarke (Execution Poems: The Black AcadianTragedy of George and Rue)
  • DATE / TIME: Sunday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Morrin Centre, 44, chaussée des Écossais, Old-Quebec (between Rue
    Sainte-Anne and rue Dauphine) / (418) 694-9147

PRICE: $5 students ($20 All-access festival pass) / $8 members ($32 All-access festival
pass) / $10 general admission ($40 All-access festival pass)

List of authors: 

  • Neil Bissoondath  George Elliot Clarke
    Karen Connelly 
  • Guy Delisle
  • Camilla Gibb
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Mireille Levert 
  • Alistair MacLeod 
  • Jeffrey Moore
  • Heather O’Neill
  • Karolyn Smardz-Frost 

Also, four Mexican authors:

  • Monica Brozon
  • Rafael Lemus
  • Fabio Morabito
  • Eduardo Antonio Parra

 

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