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What's the story on climate change? Find out Saturday

Quintet of Canadian writers will read, tell stories and discuss climate change at Nov. 16 event at Leacock Museum

Want to learn more about climate change in a unique way?

Canadian writers Kate Story, Catriona Sandilands, Deborah McGregor, Hillary McGregor, and Sam Dewaele will read, tell stories, and discuss a new collection of climate change stories, titled Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times.

This free event will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Stephen Leacock Museum at 50 Museum Dr. in Orillia.

Including more than 40 works of short fiction, memoir, and poetry, Rising Tides emphasizes the need for intimate stories and thoughtful attention on climate change.

Bringing stories about climate change—both catastrophic and subtle—closer to home, this event will inspire reflection, understanding, conversation and action.

Deborah McGregor joined York University’s Osgoode Hall law faculty in 2015 as a cross-appointee with the Faculty of Environmental Studies; she currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice.

McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, health and environment, and climate justice. She is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario.

Hillary McGregor is the Manager of Indigenous Wellness and Sport Ontario’s Standing Bear youth leadership initiative. A graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program, he is currently a student in Georgian College’s Anishnaabemowin and Program Development program where he is learning more about his Anishnaabe language and culture. A resident of Toronto, Hillary maintains close ties with family members in Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario.

Kate Story is a writer and performer. A Newfoundlander living in Ontario, her first novel Blasted (Killick Press) received the Sunburst Award's honourable mention.

Her short fiction has been featured in Exile Edition’s Cli Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change edited by Bruce Meyer, and has been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, published in World Fantasy-nominated and Aurora Award-winning collections, and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

She is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. In 2017 her third novel This Insubstantial Pageant came out with ChiZine Publications; the Toronto Star named it a “top science-fiction read… exotic, funny and very sexy.” Her first young adult fantasy novel Antilia: Sword and Song came out in 2018/19 and was longlisted for the Sunburst Award. “You know a good book as soon as you start it. It sings to you and makes an immediate connection. That’s what happened to me with Kate Story’s Antilia. I loved everything about the book.” (Charles de Lint).

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Cheryl Lousley 705-330-4008, ext. 2643. Or visit the website.

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