Enbridge Presents

The Walrus Talks States of Mind at Blue Metropolis

Montreal 2 p.m. (ET), Saturday, May 3, 2014



George Elliott Clarke is a poet and playwright whose work explores black Canadian communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He received the City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, was made an officer of the Order of Canada, and became the fourth Poet Laureate of Toronto in 2012. His book Execution Poems won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry, and a collection devoted to his writing, Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke, received widespread critical recognition. He is currently an English professor at the University of Toronto.

Lisa Moore wrote two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February, and Caught. She edited The Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women’s Short Stories and recently adapted February for the stage. Open and Alligator were shortlisted for the Giller Prize; Alligator also won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Canada and the Caribbean and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. February and Open were shortlisted for the Winterset Award; February was also long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and it won the 2013 CBC Canada Reads competition. Caught was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In 2013, Lisa received the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for mid-career writers.

Josip Novakovich is a short story writer, novelist, and essayist who teaches creative writing at Concordia University. He was born in what is now Croatia and grew up under the authoritarian rule of