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.
Anne Michaels is the author of several books of poetry, the award-winning novel Fugitive Pieces, which was made into a feature film, and The Winter Vault, her much celebrated second novel. Her work has been translated around the world. She presents Correspondences, a rare and beautifully produced accordion book containing her book-length poem alongside illustrations by acclaimed artist Bernice Eisenstein. Ranging from the universal to the intimate, Michaels’ poem tells of historical figures for whom language was the closest thing to salvation. The poetry and portraits join together in a dialogue that can be read in any direction and any order.
Seth is an internationally acclaimed cartoonist and the author of the comic book series Palookaville and such graphic novels as It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken; Wimbledon Green and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. He is also the designer of The New York Times-bestselling Complete Peanuts collections, the Penguin Classics edition of The Portable Dorothy Parker and Lemony Snicket's new series, All the Wrong Questions. In 2011, he was the winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Seth presents Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, a vibrant and beautifully illustrated tribute to Stephen Leacock’s beloved book.