Authors Chris Eaton, Bernice Eisenstein, Anne Michaels and Seth discuss the influence of technology and other people—both living and dead—on their work. Hosted and moderated by Emily M. Keeler.
Chris Eaton is a songwriter, musician and the author of the novels the inactivist and The Grammar Architect, along with a book of short fiction, Letters to Thomas Pynchon. He has recorded numerous albums under the name Rock Plaza Central, including the highly acclaimed Are We Not Horses? Eaton presents his latest novel, Chris Eaton, a Biography: A Novel, which constructs a life using the details of the lives of dozens of other Chris Eatons, a group of individuals who share nothing but a name. In blending these lives, Eaton investigates how individual our individuality truly is.
Bernice Eisenstein’s highly acclaimed graphic memoir, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, was translated into 10 languages and won a National Jewish Book Award. Her illustrations have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications, and her artwork has been displayed at exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Eisenstein presents Correspondences, a beautifully produced accordion book containing her illustrations alongside a book-length poem by acclaimed novelist and poet Anne Michaels. Eisenstein’s luminous portraits of 20th-century writers and thinkers join Michaels’ poetry in a dialogue that can be read in any direction and any order.
Seth is a Canadian cartoonist who has been producing comic art for over twenty years. His books include It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken; Wimbledon Green; George Sprott, and his ongoing series, Palookaville. Apart from comics, he is the illustrator for Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions series. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth has exhibited throughout the world in a variety of group and solo shows, including a touring show of his model city of Dominion. From his home in Guelph, Ontario, he does illustrations for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker.