Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Long Story Short with
Cynthia Flood, Kelli Deeth & Lynn Coady

Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen’s Kate Heartfiled
"Since 1998’s Strange Heaven, her Governor General’s Award–nominated debut novel, Coady has harmonized humour and heart in prose that rings true. Hellgoing provides another reminder that her use of wit is consummate, and her regard for the reader is gracious.
— Georgia Straight
Cynthia Flood - Photo courtesy of Dean Sinnet
Kelli Deeth - Photo courtesy of Brian Carson
Lynn Coady - Photo courtesy of Rob Appleford

Long Story Short is an exploration of the art of the short story. From Alice Munro to Alistair McLeod, Canadian short fiction writers are among the best in the world. Join us in celebrating the next generation of great Canadian storytellers.


Women. Young women, old women. The hair-obsessed, the politically driven, the sure-footed, the bonybutted, the awkward and compulsive and alone. Sleep-deprived and testy. Exhausted and accepting. Red Girl Rat Boy by Journey Prizewinning author Cynthia Flood is a collection of astonishing range and assured technique.


Kelli Deeth’s first book since her acclaimed debut The Girl without Anyone (a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year) is, The Other Side of Youth, a collection about missed connections and unrequited desire. Her protagonists confront the emotional complexities of marriage, childlessness, adoption, adolescent longing, friendship, and death; they mourn the loss of youth while grappling with the uncertainties of adulthood.


Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Lynn Coady returns to the Festival with Hellgoing, a collection of eight new stories. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day.


Books by participating authors available on-site. A booksigning will follow each event.


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