Stories in the North is the home baking literary festival in Thessalon.

What’s SiN Doing Now?

What’s SiN Doing Now?

What’s Stories in the North up to now?

First up is….(drum roll, please)….OPEN MIKE!
That’s right. We are holding an OPEN MIKE NIGHT so save the date.

It’ll be Friday, November 14th beginning at 7 p.m. (downstairs) at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 182) in Thessalon. Rumour has it the ever-entertaining Gerry Clark will be emceeing.
As in the past, we will have FOUR categories for you to enter your original works; Fiction, Poetry, True Stories, and Words & Music. In that last category either words OR music MUST BE original and MUST BE performed live! Keep in mind we will accept song parodies!

Each contestant has 5 minutes to perform their piece. (We aren’t above dragging you off the stage!) We recommend you practise. (You’ll be surprised at how quickly five minutes goes by.)

There will be a $50 CASH PRIZE in each category as determined in secret vote by the audience.
Entry fee for competing is $5.00 and all contestants must pre-register AND must be at the Legion BY 7 p.m.
But don’t forget! We NEED an audience too so bring your friends and come out and enjoy a really good show. The Legion bar will be available and we’ll have a few snacks (and coffee for those who prefer it) too! Audience admission is $7.00.
To register, call Pauline Clark at 705-842-3132.

Next up, Stories in the North is also participating in NaNoWriMo again!

What’s NaNoWriMo?

It’s short for Nation Novel Writing Month, an event that’s held around the world. In fact, this year NaNoWriMo organizers expect that 400,000 writers, 2,000 classrooms, and 200 countries will be participating.
Like NaNoWriMo, we here at SiN also believe this is a great opportunity for all aspiring writers to finally get going on their novels. The belief is that if you spend just that one month pushing yourself to write 50,000 words (that’s 1667 words a day), you’ll have the beginnings of a great novel by midnight November 30th.
Now, we aren’t policing the 50,000 words—we’re simply challenging you to spend some time writing whatever it is you want to get written whether it’s your life story, that unfinished novel or a bunch of poetry. You don’t ever have to show them to anyone—unless you want to.

So how can you participate?

You CAN go and register at www.nanowrimo.org and sign up for all their peptalks and inspirational writings as well. You CAN join Stories in the North members at Thessalon Public Library on Thursdays during library hours (that’s from 1 to 5 pm. AND from 7-9 p.m) where we’ll supply a quiet writing space and lots of Looming Deadline coffee (brought to us by St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters). Or you can write in the comfort of your own home. Whatever you do, we’d love if you share your successes AND your challenges too with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/storiesinthenorth or OR following the NaNoWriMo message in the COMMENTS section on our website at www.storiesinthenorth.com.
We also hope to plan a windup party where those who want to read from their works will be able to do so – but more on that later.

And what else are we working on?

Well, we CAN’T really tell you yet but we ARE already planning our next author visit. Watch for details early in 2015!


Be sure and tell us in the comment section: Which event are you most excited for?

Evening Show with Waubgeshig Rice

Evening Show with Waubgeshig Rice

Stories in the North is still coming down from the excitement of our recent event. We’ve been sharing photos of the weekend with you for the past couple of days. Here’s a look at the grand finale…the evening show! As you know, our evening shows feature the author–in this case, Waubgeshig Rice, author of  the recently released novel, Legacy, published by Theytus Books. We hold our events at the IOOF (aka Oddfellows or New Ontario Lodge) Hall in Thessalon. The Rebekahs make an amazing spread of finger food. Hopefully everyone got at least a bit to eat on this evening. We usually have tons of food but we were truly overwhelmed (and grateful) with our audience. It was our biggest ever!

The stage was set with our white tablecloths and low lighting which was excellent to feature these attractive centrepieces honouring the First Nations people! Thanks to Ali Doi and her friend for creating these.

honouringtheirroots Our show always starts off with a little music to get us in the mood. In this case, we had a great selection of artists that were heralded as “Les Sables Connection“. For those who don’t know, Au Sables was the original name for Thessalon First Nation.

Here, Bill Bisaillon and his young drummers provided some drumming while Bill’s sister, Julia Bisaillon belted out some tunes! That’s Samantha Giguere on the guitar.


Samantha also played with these three young ladies. Wow! Great fiddle music! (Hey, do you KNOW the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Tell us in the comment section.) Those other young ladies include Vanessa Ervin, Áine O’Gorman, and Carolyn Devon.


In one number, Áine tap-danced to the fabulous music. All of our shows feature short sets of music interspersed with readings from the featured author. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Waubgeshig’s readings from his new novel, Legacy and many took the opportunity to buy a copy and have it signed by the author.


Here are two of our guests, Bernice Walker (left) and Gabrielle Boyer (right) holding up their copies of Legacy.


And here’s Walter getting his copy signed.


Some of our special guests included these five people. That’s Christina Akrong, Associate Arts Education Officer for the Ontario Arts Council seated second from left. Thanks to Christina and her associates for coming such a long ways to join us! (We’re forever grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of Stories in the North and we encourage ALL artists to check out their website regularly AND apply for any programs you are eligible for!


Hey, Sharon Chillman….we hope you enjoyed the show! Sharon was the winner of our Facebook contest for free admission to the evening show. (Be sure to go and LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/storiesinthenorth. Now let’s take a look at a few other people enjoying the show….









Here’s SiN member (and emcee for the evening) Angie Gallop with our ever-faithful bartender John Jackson. Thanks John–and Joanne Laine too–for running the bar for us!

And finally, here are a couple more photos of Waub. We didn’t get photos of him while he was actually on the stage reading mostly because we were too captivated by what he was reading to get up and take photos! But we got him mixing with the crowd and that’s pretty fun too!


Here’s Angie with Waub….


…and here’s Waub with his new “Auntie”, Kathy Cullis…


…which brings us back to those young performers who actually approached “Auntie” and asked if she had any “pull” for them to get their photo with the author. Of course, she told him she did and Waub was more than happy to oblige….

Such a nice guy…such a nice evening…

Be sure to get his book. If you aren’t able to buy a copy, you’ll find copies of both Legacy and Midnight Sweatlodge (his first book of short stories) at Thessalon Public Library.

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Here’s one final look at the crowd at that very fine show. Thank you all for supporting Stories in the North!

Till our next event, our advice is to go read (or write!) a good book.
And be sure to tell us about it.

Workshops with Waub and John

Workshops with Waub and John

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A Weekend With Waubgeshig Rice

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Save the Date! Sept. 27th: A day of workshops and readings

Save the Date! Sept. 27th: A day of workshops and readings

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First Prize Winner in the SiN Short Story Contest

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