In 1996, Merilyn Simonds made her literary debut with The Convict Lover, which was hailed as a “tour de force” by reviewer Sandra Gwyn. This genre-busting nonfiction novel has been translated into several languages, was adapted for the stage, and dramatized on CBC’s Doc Zone. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for nonfiction and made several publications’ top-ten lists.
Merilyn has published a collection of autobiographical stories The Lion in the Room Next Door, a novel The Holding, selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a travel memoir Breakfast at the Exit Café, cowritten with Wayne Grady, a memoir of her garden, A New Leaf, and a collection of flash fiction, The Paradise Project. Her most recent title, Gutenberg’ Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels, and the Lasting Impression of Books, is part memoir, part history, part philosophy, a charming narrative that author Molly Peacock describes as “much like Simonds’ beloved garden: casually but deliciously informative, a feast of facts about paper, ink, and digital technology.”
Merilyn was the founding Artistic Director of Kingston WritersFest from 2009- 2013 and Fund Development Manager and Consultant in 2014. She lives in Kingston with her husband, fellow author Wayne Grady.