Heather Barrett in conversation with Zoe Whittall and Lisa Moore


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When: Saturday, August 10, 3:00 pm

Zoe Whittall has a fascinating resumé as author and writer for some of your favourite television, among other projects. Joining her on stage is none other than St. John’s-based Lisa Moore who always has a lot on the go, most recently Best Canadian Short Stories, a collection she lovingly edited as you’d expect. Steering the conversation is CBC Radio WAM’s host, Heather Barrett. 

ZOE WHITTALL‘s most recent novel, The Fake, was an instant bestseller. Her fourth novel, The Spectacular, was described by the New York Times as “a highly readable testament to the strength of the maternal bond” and by the Toronto Star as “a singularly impressive piece of fiction.” Her third novel, The Best Kind of People, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was also Indigo’s #1 Book of 2016 and was named a best book of the year by the Walrus, Toronto Life, the Globe & Mail and the National Post. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book. Her debut novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers. She was a writer for the Emmy Award-winning comedy show Schitt’s Creek, as well as Degrassi and the Baroness Von Sketch Show, for which she won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy in 2018. Zoe Whittall lives in Prince Edward County.

LISA MOORE is the author of the novels, Alligator, February, Caught, This is How We Love and the young adult novel Flannery. She has also written the story collections Degrees of NakednessOpen, and Something for Everyone. She has co-written a work of creative non-fiction, along with Jack Whalen, called Invisible Prisons, forthcoming September, 2024 with Knopf. Lisa has edited several story anthologies and co-edited two collections of scholarly essays. Her work has been translated in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Turkish and Greek.  She loves teaching creative writing.

HEATHER BARRETT (host) is a veteran journalist and storyteller. She is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio across Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work has been aired on many national and local CBC radio/audio programs and her radio documentaries have received international awards. She is the co-author, with Xaiver Michael Campbell, of Black Harbour: Slavery and the Forgotten Histories of Black People in Newfoundland and Labrador, published by Boulder Books. Heather lives in St. John’s with her family. In her spare time, she knits and runs, but not at the same time.