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 multi-award-winning novel Fugitive Pieces, which was made into a feature film and won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Winter Vault, her celebrated second novel. Her most recent book, Correspondences, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Michaels’ work has appeared in translation around the world. She presents The Adventures of Miss Petitfour, which chronicles the magical adventures of an eccentric Mary Poppins-esque heroine and her flying feline charges.
Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery's permanent collection. This year Seth designed the poster for the 37th edition of the IFOA and is curating the Five Ways exhibit.