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Lyse Champagne

Photo: Alan Dean Photography 2016

Lyse Champagne's short story collection, The Light That Remains, was shortlisted for the 2017 Danuta Gleed LIterary Award for best first short story collection.  The stories are set in Turkey, Ukraine, China, France, Cambodia and Rwanda and chronicle the lives of six families before History overtakes them, snaps a picture before the film runs out.

Lyse writes in English and in French.  Her stories have appeared in Antigonish Review, Descant, The New Quarterly, Room of One's Own, Wascana Review, and Windsor Review.  Her memoir of growing up French in Ontario, Double Vision: Reflections of a Bicultural Canadian was published by Key Porter Books and her play Chicane de Famille won the David Smith Playwriting Prize.  She lives in Ottawa with her family.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

The Light That Remains. Great Plains Publications, 2016
Double Vision: Reflections of a Bicultural Canadian. Key Porter Books, 1990

Awards

shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first short story collection for The Light That Remains, 2017
David Smith Playwriting Prize for Chicane de famille, 1997
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

My short story collection, The Light That Remains, explores the lives of six families before History closes in on them.  The stories are set in Turkey (1915), Ukraine (1932-33), China (1937), occupied France (1942-43), Cambodia (1975-79) and Rwanda (1994).  There is a connection to Canada in each of the stories.

The presentation consists of a reading from one of the stories, some background on the research required, and how that research changed the way I look at the world.  There will be plenty of time to discuss genocide, displacement, impact of war and occupation on a civilian population, refugee issues, and the migrant crisis.

Presentation Length:
Half-hour to forty-five minutes (including discussion)
Genre:
Historical fiction, Human rights, Refugee issues
Grades:
11-12
Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$$
GST:
GST not applicable