At the end of September 2014, the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative launched its sixth Voices anthology, in which is published my short story Paper Dolls.
I originally wrote Paper Dolls in French, following a talk with my grand-mother Jacqueline. When she told us about one of her favourite toys, growing up in Montreal in the 1930s, it painted such a picture in my mind that I couldn’t help but take her love of her paper dolls and insert it into my next short story.
I read an excerpt of Paper Dolls at the Voices book launch, voicing my main character both as a child and as an elderly woman.
I love this second life a reading gives characters, where an author can literally lend her voice to a story.
As part of the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative’s annual outreach efforts, I participated in the 2014 Literary Cabaret at Alleycatz Lounge last February. Eighteen members of the Co-op took the stage to perform their writing, accompanied by a varying array of musicians.
Though I’d never met him before we shook hands on stage, my reading of my short story Paper Dolls was accompanied by James Faulkner on acoustic guitar. James’ spry yet mournful strumming was a touching backdrop to a story of a late-blooming friendship in the life of an older woman.
I will make a video of my reading available in April.
A.M. Matte on stage, reading excerpts of her short story, Paper Dolls (photo courtesy of Omar Samara)
I’m excited to be reading as part of the Toronto Writers’ Co-operative literary evening, called Exchanging Notes, next month. On September 5th, 2013, the TOWC has invited award-winning author (and my one-time mentor) Terry Fallis to chat at the Toronto Reference Library.
Prior to the interview with Terry, two TOWC members will read their work – yours truly is one of them. It all goes down at the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be reading an excerpt of my short story Where Pigeons Roost, about a woman who becomes obsessed with the underground game of pigeon-thwacking.
See you there!
Exchanging Notes: the interviews
with Terry Fallis
Host John Miller converses about the writer’s life and craft with Terry Fallis. Terry is the author of The Best Laid Plans (Leacock Medal for Humour, 2008) and The High Road. In 2011, The High Road won CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” TBLP is currently in development as a CBC-Television mini-series. Terry’s continuing publisher, McClelland and Stewart, published Up and Down in 2011. It debuted on the G&M bestsellers list. Terry’s 4th novel, No Relation, will be published in May, 2014. His 5th novel is currently underway.
Terry has extensive experience in provincial and federal politics, and communications consultation with the agency he co-founded, Thornley Fallis.
A.M. Matte and John Warren of the T.O. Writers’ Co-op will read from their work.