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The 2012-2013 Writers:

    

The Department of English and the Département de langue et littérature françaises are thrilled to announce this year’s selected Mordecai Richler Writers-in-Residence are celebrated authors Steven Heighton and Élise Turcotte. Last year’s writers, Kathleen Winter and Louis Hamelin were a tremendous success and generated incredible feedback from the McGill community and beyond. To ensure the longevity of this inspiring Program, private financial support is essential. Our aim is to secure endowed funding from individuals who share a passion for literature in all forms. With your visionary support, together we can nurture new talent by providing valuable insight into the creative process. To learn more, visit www.mcgill.ca/arts/alumni/campaign/richler

Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton’s recent books are The Dead Are More Visible and Workbook: memos & dispatches on writing. His novel, Afterlands, appeared in six countries, was a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice, a best of year choice in ten publications in Canada, the USA, and the UK; and has been optioned for film. His fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and appeared in such publications as London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, The Walrus, Best American Poetry (2012), and Best English Stories. He has received four gold National Magazine Awards, been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award. Steven is also an occasional fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.

Élise Turcotte

Élise Turcotte a publié plusieurs recueils de poésie dont La Voix de Carla (prix Émile-Nelligan 1987), La Terre est ici (Prix Émile-Nelligan 1989), Sombre Ménagerie (Grand Prix du festival international de la poésie 2002, prix de poésie Terrasses Saint-Sulpice de la revue Estuaire 2002). Elle a écrit trois romans, Le Bruit des choses vivantes (prix Louis Hémon), L’Île de la merci et La Maison étrangère, qui remporte le Prix du Gouverneur général en 2003. En 2007, elle publie une série de récits intitulée Pourquoi faire une maison avec ses morts. Ses livres sont traduits en anglais, en catalan et en espagnol. Élise est aussi nouvelliste et l’auteur de plusieurs livres pour enfants. Elle vit à Montréal et enseigne la littérature au cégep depuis 1986.