Novel Histories

When and Where

Monday, January 27, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Robert Gill Theatre; 3rd floor (use St. George St. entrance)
Koffler Student Services Centre
214 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 2Z9


Kerry Clare, Maria Meindl, Jennifer Robson, Eva Stachniak


The line between fiction and history is never clear. As a narrative art, history often strays into the territory of fiction, and a well-researched novel can provide richer information than any history book. Sometimes, the discovery of history is a riveting story in itself. On January 27, four novelists will gather at CDTPS to share their work and talk about fiction as a way of engaging with history. We hope you will join us. A brief reception to follow.

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Jennifer Robson is the international bestselling author of The Gown, Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

Maria Meindl is the author of novel The Work, and Outside the Box, a memoir/biography of her grandmother, the poet and broadcaster Mona Gould (1908-1999). Her essays, short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. In 2005 she founded the Draft reading series, which features new and unpublished work by emerging and established writers. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

Eva Stachniak is an award-winning and internationally bestselling author of five novels. The Winter Palace was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and made The Washington Post’s most notable fiction list in 2012. She holds a PhD in literature from McGill University. Born and raised in Poland, she moved to Canada in 1981, and lives in Toronto. Her latest novel, The Chosen Maiden, was published in Canada, US, Germany, Poland, and Italy.

Author of Mitzi Bytes and the forthcoming Waiting for a Start to Fall, Kerry Clare is a National Magazine Award–nominated writer and the editor of the essay anthology The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood. Her essays, reviews and short fiction have appeared most recently in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Joyland and Canadian Notes & Queries. Kerry writes about books and reading at her popular website, She also teaches blogging, and is editor at

We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers' Union of Canada.  

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214 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 2Z9