“In history, every time a society is on the precipice of moving into a different, potentially more advantageous or equal stage, there’s a lot of push-back,” says Megan Gail Coles, “and unfortunately the push-back that we’re feeling right now is taking on very violent, very sinister forms.”
Megan is an award-winning author, editor, and playwright. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. She has published numerous plays including Falling Trees, Bound, and Our Eliza, with several more in progress. Her debut fiction collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award, and The Margaret & John Savage First Book Award, and it earned her the one-time Writers’ Trust 5×5 prize.
Her new novel, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club, focuses on a cast of complexly interconnected characters as they navigate through a shared stormy day at the upscale Hazel restaurant. Author Elisabeth de Mariaffi calls the book “a singular, beautiful, burning story — not only a piercing page-turner but a sharp and essential portrait of an island and its people… It is an ocean of a book.”
Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, Megan now resides in St. John’s, where she is the Executive Director of Riddle Fence.
Author Patron: Twoonie Book Club
Appearing in: 22. Women Who’ve Had Enough: Fiction