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Author Reading with Emily Paskevics
Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
10:30 - 11:30 am at the Bayfield Community Centre, 4 Jane Street, Bayfield

 In Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter, a startling debut short story collection by a new Ontario writer, intergenerational relationships unfold in a context of environmental change and degradation.

The Reading is followed by a Q&A.
The author will be available to sign books following the Reading.

Emily Paskevics takes her characters—mothers, daughters, fathers, sisters—into the wilderness to lose themselves in their primal nature . . . or to find what they’ve always been missing as they struggle in a borderland between irrevocable environmental change and hope for ecological connection and healing.

 

A man searches for his wife and son who have mysteriously vanished into the woods while they were exploring a small island in Northern Ontario—are they truly lost, or did the woods rescue them from an inadequate husband and father? A mother takes her daughters into the remote wilderness to tell them about a harrowing encounter with a mountain lion, only to find that her story has already been told and is no longer quite her own. An old woman stands on a frozen river, contemplating her own death, until she locks eyes with a curious fox. A retired professor-turned-beekeeper has an affair with a former student, and ultimately learns that she can live alone on the edge of wilderness.

 

In her stories, Emily Paskevics subtly subverts traditional nature writing: the forest is burning, rivers are flooding, and the exploitation of land looms large. At a time when human-animal sharing of territory is more fraught than ever, these enthralling tales challenge us to consider how our own existence intersects with the wild creatures we share the earth with, and to understand our place in a threatened ecosystem.

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Masterclass with Emily Paskevics
Place as Character: Crafting Dynamic Settings for Your Stories

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
at the Bayfield Branch of Huron County Library, 12 Main St. N., Bayfield

 

Place as Character: Crafting Dynamic Settings for Your Stories

In this workshop, participants will explore the craft of creating vivid & authentic settings, transforming places into characters that enrich their stories. Through practical exercises & discussions, writers will learn how to infuse their settings with life, making them integral to their storytelling.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Emily Paskevics is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her work has appeared in publications including Vallum Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, and Hart House Review. In 2022 she was a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award via the Writers Trust of Canada, for her short story “Wild Girls.” She was also longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize for her story “Little Wild Creatures.” She divides her time between Toronto and Montreal.

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