The 2024 Port Medway Readers’ Festival


Rosemary Sullivan ​- JULY 20, 7 P.M.

Where The World Was

With fifteen books that encompass biography, memoir, short fiction, poetry, and travelogue, author Rosemary Sullivan knows that real life can often be far more surprising and inventive than any work of fiction. Her years of intense research have provided readers with many award-winning biographies; among them: Shadow Maker: the Life of Gwendolyn McEwan, (Governor General’s Award); By Heart, Elizabeth Smart/A Life, (International Plutarch Award, among others). Her latest book, The Betrayal of Anne Frank, A Cold-Case Investigation, (published internationally among 20 countries), generated both controversy and high praise. Described as a “…superbly rendered tale of scholarly detection,” (Kirkus), the work was acclaimed for Sullivan’s respect, and utmost care, in the handling of an extremely sensitive topic. Rosemary Sullivan is an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian Culture. Rosemary will be reading from her memoir Where the World Was.

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Rosemary Sullivan


The Adversary

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Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey writes with a poet’s sense of language to explore the history of Newfoundland and, more crucially, the sea-faring people who shaped that history. He is author of the memoir, Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation; along with seven books of poetry, six novels, and a short fiction collection. His novels take place in the past, and yet resonate with modern times. The first, River Thieves, was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his following works have each won similar acclaim, establishing him as one of Canada’s most well-regarded and beloved artists. His acclaimed recent novel, The Adversary, is a companion to his Giller short-listed masterpiece, The Innocents. Michael Crummey and his wife, writer Holly Hogan, live in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Michael will be reading from his novel The Adversary.


Ocean Dispatches from a Seabird

“Plastics have been one of the ocean’s best kept secrets,” affirms Holly Hogan, acclaimed Newfoundland writer and wildlife biologist. Holly has spent several decades conducting bird and marine mammal surveys to expose the devastating effects of plastics on ocean ecosystems. Her work has taken her to both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, and also to every latitude in-between. Praised for her lyrical prose—as well as her respect for the beauty and fragility of our natural world—Holly won the 2023 BMO Winterset Award for her non-fiction book, Message in a Bottle: Ocean Dispatches from a Seabird Biologist. In that work, she meticulously weaves together nature, science and high adventure; and offers not only a message of warning, but one of hope for the future of our global oceans.

Holly will be reading from her non-fiction work Ocean Dispatches from a Seabird Biologist.

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Holly Hogan


Animal Person

Alexander Macleod

Alexander Macleod

Alexander MacLeod’s debut short story collection, Life Lifting, has attracted a laundry list of accolades, and is described as, “…a sharp, poignant volume of wonder and nostalgia,” (Kirkus). It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; also, the Frank O’Connor Award; and acclaimed “Book of the Year,” by the American Library Association, The Globe and Mail, The Irish Times, and Quill and Quire. His second collection of short fiction, Animal Person, has been named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, and the Globe and Mail. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Dr. MacLeod teaches at St. Mary’s University, Halifax, and is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Award. Alexander will be reading from his new book of short stories Animal Person.