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British Columbia
L. Marie Adeline Ontario

L. Marie Adeline is a pseudonym for bestselling Canadian author Lisa Gabriele. Adeline’s previous novel, S.E.C.R.E.T., is a #1 international bestseller. @lisagabrieletv @lmarieadeline Read more

J. Edward Chamberlin British Columbia

J. Edward Chamberlin is a professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, has lectured around the world and has received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies. Read more

Brad Cran British Columbia

Brad Cran is a poet, essayist and photographer. Cran was the second Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver (2009–11). He published his first poetry collection, The Good Life, in 2001, and his book Hope in Shadows (with Gillian Jerome) won the City of Vancouver Book Award and has raised more than $50,000 for marginalized people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His second book of poetry is Ink on Paper. Read more

Anne Michaels Ontario

Anne Michaels is the author of several books of poetry, the award- winning novel Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault, her celebrated second novel. Her new book, Correspondences, is a stunningly crafted long poem accompanied by profound and luminous portraits by illustrator Bernice Eisenstein. Read more

Host: Merilyn Simonds
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Granville Island Stage
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

All stories, true or imagined, begin with an idea but must take on a shape to grow. Is this a short story? A poem? Non-fiction? Or ... ? Though J. Edward Chamberlin, professor emeritus of English and comparative literature, is well aware of the many forms available to tell his story, he’s chosen non- fiction for Island. Brad Cran finds poetic essays the best form for his startling observations in Ink on Paper. Under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline, Lisa Gabriele, author of two literary novels, was determined to write her new novel in the genre form of erotica. Anne Michaels, best known as a novelist for Fugitive Pieces, now presents her readers with a long poem in Correspondences, which appears alongside portraits by Bernice Eisenstein.

This will be an interesting conversation among four thoughtful writers.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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L. Marie Adeline, S.E.C.R.E.T.
J. Edward Chamberlin, Island: How Islands Transform the World
Brad Cran, Ink on Paper
Anne Michaels, Correspondences

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts: poetry, non-fiction, short stories and novels
  • Creative Writing: inspirations and processes


  • Get students to write a 6-8 page narrative in whatever literary form they would like to experiment with (ie: poetry, short stories, non-fiction, memoir, etc.). Students should be encouraged to try something new and unfamiliar. 
  • Collecting all of the students’ contributions, create an anthology to print out and distribute to each member of the class.