Double Date: Merilyn Simonds & Wayne Grady

Double Date: A Reading Series of Writing Couples is a Dalhousie University Department of English event series that investigates the compelling, romantic, and perhaps at times vexing phenomenon of writers who not only make art but choose to also make a life together. By hearing these writers speak to their creative practice as couples, read from their own work, and answer questions from the audience, other writers and readers can learn more about the relationships we kindle with our most beloved humans—and the relationships we develop toward our creative literary practices.

Merilyn Simonds is the award-winning author of 9 literary works, including the novel The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and the Canadian classic nonfiction novel, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and inspiration for the Judith Thompson play Hot House. Her most recent nonfiction is Gutenberg’s Fingerprint (2017), a meditation on reading, writing, and the future of the printed book. Her novel Refuge, a story of sanctuary set in Mexico City, the US, and Canada, was published in 2018. Woman, Watching, a memoir/biography of a reclusive Canadian amateur ornithologist, will appear in 2022. With her husband, Wayne Grady, Simonds wrote the travel memoir Breakfast at the Exit Café, and for nine years, a books column for the Kingston Whig Standard. The couple divides their time between Kingston, Ontario, and Mexico.

Wayne Grady primarily writes nonfiction but has also translated more than a dozen novels from the French and published two novels: Up From Freedom and Emancipation Day, which was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the First Novel Award, and was named a CBC Best Book of 2013 and a National Post Best Book of the Year. With Wayne’s wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds, he co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America after their three-month drive across the U.S. in a Toyota Echo. With David Suzuki, he co-wrote the international bestseller Tree: A Life Story. Wayne’s work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award four times, and won for his translation of Antonine Maillet’s On the Eighth Day. His translation of Louis Hamelin’s October 1970 was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Wayne has won four Science in Society Awards and won or been shortlisted for thirteen National Magazine Awards. His book The World of the Coyote was named Best Book of the Year for Young Readers by the New York Public Library, and The Great Lakes, won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award.

This reading & discussion is free to attend and will be held on Zoom on Friday, Nov 5, from 3:45pm to 5:00pm.
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This Double Date event is presented by Dalhousie University’s Department of English, co-presented by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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