The 2017 Port Medway Readers’ Festival
July 8 — Helen Humphreys
When a fine writer is naturally curious, her lucky readers get to reap the benefits of her research and inquiry. Helen Humphreys has written about nature and history; her books range from stories of rivers (The Frozen Thames and, in The River, the Napanee) to bestselling novels set in a variety of times and worlds, from 1930s Toronto (Leaving Earth), to wartime England (Coventry and The Evening Chorus), and 19th century Paris (The Reinvention of Love). A multi-award-winning novelist and poet, she’s a master of unadorned prose, and a terrific storyteller. Quill and Quire wrote of Nocturne, her memoir about the loss of her brother, “a stunning book, heartfelt without being maudlin, and deceptively devastating.”
July 22 — Darren Greer
Darren Greer’s fiction has looked at Nova Scotian communities from both sides of the tracks, from the very gritty lives of Just Beneath My Skin to the privileged family of last year’s Advocate. A writer of social conscience and deep compassion, Greer is generous to both characters and readers. Strange Ghosts, his books of personal essays, is unpretentious and warm, and reveals that rarity in Canada, a writer who loves writing about the visual arts. His poetry, journalism and short fiction have been published in The Gay and Lesbian Harvard Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Bywards Magazine, The Found Poetry Review, The Ottawa Citizen, Found Press,and Maclean’s Magazine. Just Beneath My Skin received the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Toronto Star has called his work, “heartfelt, searing, and sad — and wholly captivating.”
August 5 — Ami McKay
One of Canada’s best-known writers, Ami McKay is author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling novels The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York. A Canada Reads finalist, she has also been nominated for the Dublin IMPAC award. Her writing has been honoured by booksellers (“Choice of the Year” and Libris Awards), librarians (the Evergreen Award) and is much beloved by her readers. In a recent review of Witches of New York, The National Post writes, “McKay has created and occupied a vital territory in Canadian letters, with scrupulously researched historical fiction foregrounding female characters and lives against traditionally masculine settings and milieus.” She arrives in Port Medway after premiering Nothing Less!, “a moving tale of an intrepid band of small town suffragists (and the men who loved them)” at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.