Hybrid Event | Stories and How They Tell Themselves: Ann-Marie MacDonald in Conversation

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 17:30to18:30
Chancellor Day Hall Moot Court*. Enter through the Nahum Gelber Law Library and turn left, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Friends of the McGill Library and Blue Metropolis Festival present the 2023 Hugh MacLennan Lecture, an evening with renowned author, actor and playwright, Ann-Marie MacDonald.

The award-winning and best-selling author chats about the creative process and the relationship between playwriting, acting, and writing fiction. With the recent premiere of her play, Hamlet 911, the national tour of the adaptation of Fall On Your Knees, and the publication of her new novel, FAYNE, Ann-Marie is ready to dive into themes that drive and haunt her work. From gender and identity, to science, magic, sex and spirituality, Ann-Marie spins, topples and tilts the dominant cultural gaze, and asks us to re-imagine our lives, our species, and our planet. Join us for a lively, provocative and, yes, highly hopeful conversation.

The event will be moderated by Professor Erin Hurley, Chair of McGill’s English Department, whose teaching areas are Quebecois theatre and cultural performance; national performatives; theatre historiography; performance studies; dramatic theory; 20th century theatre; feminist and LGBTQ theatre. Professor Hurley is currently researching English language drama, theatre and performance in Quebec from 1945 to 2010 using a mix of archival and research-creation methods. She continues to follow contemporary performance by women artists in Quebec.

The 2023 MacLennan Lecture is generously supported by Donald Walcot.

Books will be available for purchase through Paragraphe Bookstore.

*Venue change: The Lecture has been moved to the Moot Court in McGill University’s Chancellor Day Hall. (It was previously in the Colgate Room in the McLennan Library Building.)


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