Intentional Worldbuilding

28may4:00 pm5:00 pmIntentional WorldbuildingWith Cherie Dimaline, Kate Story, and Ursula Pflug

Speakers for this event

  • Cherie Dimaline

    Cherie Dimaline


    Cherie Dimaline is an author from the Georgian Bay Métis Community. Her book The Marrow Thieves won the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, and the Governor General’s Literary Award, among others. Its sequel, Hunting by Stars, was published in 2021 to great acclaim, and has been selected as Book of the Year from NPR, Indigo, and Kobo, and is a Good Morning America Buzz Pick, as well as a Cityline Book Club Pick for December 2021.


  • Kate Story

    Kate Story


    Kate Story is a genderqueer writer and performer who works across genres: literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and devised performance. She was awarded the K.M. Hunter Award for theatre, and her latest novel Urchin was a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist and NL Reads finalist. Ferry Back the Gifts is Kate’s debut short fiction collection.


  • Ursula Pflug

    Ursula Pflug


    Ursula Pflug is author of the novels Green Music, The Alphabet Stones, Motion Sickness (a flash novel illustrated by SK Dyment); the novellas Mountain and Down From, and the story collections After the Fires, Harvesting the Moon and Seeds and Other Stories. Her books and short fiction have appeared internationally, and she has been a finalist for the Aurora, ReLit, 3 Day Novel and other awards. 



Event Details

In some ways, every word we put on the page is worldbuilding, even if we’re not writing classic science fiction or fantasy. How do we choose those words (and those worlds) wisely? Join a panel of authors who have mastered the art of worldbuilding with care and intention.

Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline
Tundra Books

After inadvertently starting rumors of a haunted cemetery, a teen befriends a ghost in this brand-new young adult novel exploring grief and belonging by the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Marrow Thieves series.

Ferry Back the Gifts by Kate Story
Exile Editions

The author impersonates a virtuoso ring master, pulling up the curtain on a series of players who yearn, shock, succor, and entertain. Mermaids twine tails around foul-mouthed oil executives; wounded children forge their own magical salvation; a cup of tea on Bell Island is a conduit to another planet; a hiking trail leads to the end of the world, and beyond. Hilarious, moving, and dazzling by turns, this speculative fiction collection from one of Newfoundland’s most idiosyncratic writers will seduce you with raw wisdom, befriend you with wry wit, and stay with you.