AX Literary Series

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free, donations encouraged

Location: In-person, AX

Fayne – An In-Conversation Event with Ann-Marie-MacDonald


The AX Literary Series, in partnership with the Lorenzo Society, is proud to present award-winning novelist Ann-Marie MacDonald, who will read from her latest book, Fayne, on Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. Ann-Marie will be joined by CBC host and moderator Julia Wright, and there will be a question and answer period following Ann-Marie’s reading.

Fayne, a tale of science, magic, love, and identity, tells the story of Charlotte Bell, who lives on a vast and lonely estate straddling the border between England and Scotland, where she has been kept from the world by her adoring father, owing to a mysterious condition. Charlotte, strong and insatiably curious, revels in the moorlands and has learned the treacherous and healing ways of the bog from the old hired man, Byrn, whose own origins are shrouded in mystery.

Ann-Marie MacDonald, best-selling author of Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, and Adult Onset, has won numerous awards in her capacity as a novelist, playwright, actor, and television presenter. We hope you will join us in Sussex for this unique opportunity to gain insight into MacDonald’s perspectives and insights as she discusses her work with CBC host Julia Wright.

Please note: Entry for Ann-Marie MacDonald’s reading is free and will be first-come, first served. To avoid overcrowding, those who arrive early will receive admission tokens which will allow them to leave and return when doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission will be granted to those with tokens. 

There will be a bookseller on hand, and sales and book signings will take place after the event.

About Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a best-selling novelist, playwright, actor, and television presenter based in Montreal and Toronto. Her work in all capacities has been honoured with multiple awards. Her plays are produced and published internationally. She is the author of Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, and Adult Onset. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages. In 2019, Ann-Marie was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her LGBTQ2SI+ activism. Her new play, Hamlet-911, premieres this summer at The Stratford Festival. 

Fall on Your Knees (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!) is an award-winning and international bestseller and only the second Canadian book to be chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club pick. And Fall on Your Knees will have its world premiere stage adaptation to four cities – Toronto, London, Ottawa and Halifax – this January. Her new novel, Fayne, her first in eight years, is being released this October. 

About Julia Wright

​Julia Wright is the host of CBC Information Morning in Saint John, N.B. Julia is a “Johner” born and raised, though she left the city long enough to get her BA at UNB Fredericton and Masters in English at McGill University in Montreal. She started working at CBC New Brunswick in 2016 as the morning newsreader for Information Morning Saint John, filling in for maternity leave. A few months later, she was a successful candidate for a full-time position reporting for CBC New Brunswick’s digital platforms. Before she joined the public broadcaster, Julia was a columnist for Vice and the Saint John Telegraph-Journal, and an associate editor at Civilized. Earlier, she founded and edited two independent publications that showcased Saint John stories, characters and creators: ​​Hard Times in the Maritimes and ​​The Tempest. In addition to her fondness for Saint John, she loves photography, microfilm, running, and sushi.



The AX Literary Series is supported, in part, by the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Government of Canada, and the Lorenzo Society at UNB Saint John.