From Page to Stage: Bringing a Classic Canadian Novel to the NAC

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Four premieres across the country for the adaptation of Ann‑Marie MacDonald’s critically-acclaimed Fall on Your Knees

In 1996, Fall on Your Knees, written by the internationally acclaimed Canadian writer Ann‑Marie MacDonald, was released – a sweeping novel that chronicles three generations of Cape Breton Island’s Piper family. The story moves from the battlefields of the First World War to the emerging jazz scene in Harlem, NY, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters.

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Monumental Encounters: Meet Ann-Marie MacDonald

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Ready to learn about a landmark in Canadian theatre? Ann-Marie Macdonald, graduate of The National Theatre School (1980), celebrated actress and author with credits including Fall on Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, and Adult Onset. Ann-Marie shares the exciting history of The National Monument and its place as a cultural hub in the 1890’s. The Claim. published in 2017 : “I was amazed at what I discovered about this building. (…) It was founded literally as a monument to French-Canadian culture, yet it was home to the biggest Yiddish theatre outside of New York City, to chinese theatre. There were classes, there were women’s sufferage meetings (…) It was an extraordinarily progressive, diverse environment that brought all kinds of people together.” #125MonumentNational

Cloud 9 song

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Song “Cloud 9” from the Mirvish Production of Caryl Churchill’s play Cloud 9. Original music by Paul Sportelli, lead vocal by Ben Carlson. Also featuring Evan Buliung, Megan Follows, David Jansen, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Yanna McIntosh, Blair Williams. Directed by Alisa Palmer.

The National Post

Author Ann-Marie MacDonald poses for a portrait in Toronto as she promotes her new book “Adult Onset” on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Acclaimed writer Ann-Marie MacDonald says leaders at the Soulpepper Theatre Company “bullied and harassed” her after she raised concerns about a fundraiser that auctioned dinners with a cast of actresses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

MacDonald says Soulpepper rejected her concerns over actress auction

Acclaimed writer Ann-Marie MacDonald says leaders at the Soulpepper Theatre Company “bullied and harassed” her after she raised concerns about a fundraiser that auctioned dinners with a cast of actresses. Read more…

The Globe and Mail

Ten Canadian Authors play “Exquisite Corpse” for Canopy and for the ancient forests of Vancouver Island

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The Globe and Mail

The early success of Ann-Marie MacDonald, along with other Canadian writers, helped CanLit get recognition on a global stage. FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

There was a period of time, not too long ago, when Canadian literature was arguably the toast of the publishing industry, speaking to both Canada and the world. Awards are not necessarily the most accurate measure, but in the decade between 1992 and 2002, for instance, Canadian authors won the Man Booker Prize three times and were shortlisted an additional six times; won the Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction) twice and were shortlisted three more times; and won the International Dublin Literary Award once and were shortlisted five more times, just to name three of the most prestigious international English-language writing prizes open to Canadian authors. Read more