Four fiction writers, Janet E. Cameron, Fiona Kidman, Mary-Rose MacColl and Alice McDermott, talk about their use of time and place in their narratives. Hosted and moderated by Stuart Woods.
Janet E. Cameron has been living in Ireland since 2002. She was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Fish Short Memoir Prize, and has published an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for young ESL learners. Cameron presents her debut novel, Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, a winner at the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Competition. In this coming-of-age tale set in the small town of Riverside, Nova Scotia in 1987, Stephen Shulevitz has less than three months left of high school when he realizes he’s fallen in love—with exactly the wrong person.
Fiona Kidman is the author of more than 20 books. Her most recent novel, The Captive Wife, was a winner of the Readers’ Choice Award. She is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her service to literature, a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and holds the French Legion of Honour. Kidman presents her short story collection The Trouble with Fire. Shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, it explores how we are all touched and sometimes scarred by the flames of emotion.
Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of four novels, including No Safe Place, which was a runner-up for The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. Her first book of non-fiction, The Birth Wars, was a finalist for a Walkley Award. She presents her Canadian debut, In Falling Snow, the moving story of Iris Crane, an elderly Australian widow who, after receiving an invitation to a work reunion, is flooded by memories of her time spent employed as a nurse in a field hospital outside of Paris during WWI.
Alice McDermott is the author of six previous novels, including Charming Billy, which won the National Book Award for Fiction. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott presents Someone, which chronicles the life of one ordinary woman—her pains and joys, her moments of clarity and confusion—through scattered recollections of her childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.
Stuart Woods is the editor of Quill & Quire.