Presenters: Merilyn Simonds, Heidi Sopinka, Laura van den Berg
Moderator: Sarah Cohen
It seems to be an inherent element of human nature that we can never escape our pasts. We may come to terms with the past. We may utilize it to gather life lessons. We may try to outrun or deny it. We may embrace it and reflect on it with fondness. In many novels, the plot really takes off when a character's past shows up unexpectedly. This may lead to the development of a mystery or the use of clever plot devices like flashbacks and shifting time. It almost always causes the character to consider the truth of his or her past—a truth that has often been misremembered with time. Inevitably, we can count on the resurrection of one's past to make for great storytelling and our own self-reflection.