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The history panel of authors Taras Grescoe (top left), Max Hamon (top right) and Danielle Bobker (bottom left) discussed stories of secrets and resistance on April 10. The discussion was moderated by Donald Fyson (top centre) and the panellists were introduced by Morrin Centre executive director Barry McCullough (bottom right). Danielle Bobker is the author of The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy. Taras Grescoe wrote Possess the Air: Love, Heroism, and the Battle for the Soul of Mussolini’s Rome. Max Hamon authored The Audacity of His Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation That Canada Never Was, 1840-1875. (Screenshot from Morrin Centre YouTube video)

Shirley Nadeau Local

Journalism Initiative reporter

The Morrin Centre held its 2021 Imagination Writers’ Festival online from April 6 to 11, bringing novelists, poets, historians, journalists, musicians, a chef, a sommelier, an art curator and hundreds of viewers together via YouTube.

Executive director Barry McCullough and the staff of the Morrin Centre put together a wide variety of events to please the at-home audience.

On the last day of the festival, McCullough said, “While we don’t have exact stats just yet, the number of attendees is very similar to what we would have for an in-person festival, and the same holds true for Imagination in Schools. We are very pleased with the turnout as well as the quality and diversity of the discussions and authors.”

The Imagination book sale is always one of the most eagerly awaited parts of the festival, and La Maison Anglaise, a vital partner of the event since its beginning, is the place to buy the featured books. Thirty per cent of the proceeds from the sale of books featured during the festival will be given to the Morrin Centre and invested back into Imagination.

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, one of the most anticipated festival events – Books and Wine – had to be postponed (new date to be confirmed). Visit to register for that event.

The YouTube videos of the events held this past week will be available for a week after the festival. Anyone interested in watching the video presentations can sign up through the Morrin Centre website to have access, as those who attended live did, free of charge. Donations are welcome.

The interview with Mark Kingwell (left), the author of On Risk, was moderated by Montreal Gazette journalist Philip Authier (right) during the Imagination Writers’ Festival on April 10.(Screenshot from Morrin Centre YouTube video)

This article was published in the April 14, 2021 edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

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