Join indie publisher Biblioasis for a special celebration of their 10th anniversary! Several exciting CanLit stars will be reading from their latest works, including Alexander MacLeod, John Metcalf, KD Miller, Kathy Page, Kerry-Lee Powell, Ray Robertson, Leon Rooke, Rebecca Rosenblum, Diane Schoemperlen and Kathleen Winter! Canadian author Charles Foran will host.
Charles Foran is an award-winning journalist and the author of 10 books, including four previous novels. His biography Mordecai: The Life and Times won the RBC Taylor Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Nonfiction and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award. Foran presents Planet Lolita. Told in the voice of a bi-racial girl and the language of social media, it is a riveting novel of desires and consequences in the unfolding digital age in Hong Kong.
Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame and McGill, and currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University. MacLeod presents a reading from his celebrated first collection of stories, Light Lifting, which offers a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies that explore the depths of the psyche. It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and won the Atlantic Book Award.
John Metcalf was for 17 years the editor for the Porcupine’s Quill Press and for the last twelve years has been fiction editor for Biblioasis. He has co-edited and edited 18 volumes of Oberon Press’s Best Canadian Stories. His last fiction collection, Adult Entertainment, was a New York Times Notable Book. Forthcoming from Biblioasis are Vital Signs, The Museum at the End of the World, and an overview of the last fifty years or so of Canadian short fiction entitled The Canadian Short Story. He is currently working on a collection of essays and sketches entitled None of the Above.
K.D. Miller’s short stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize, published widely in Canadian magazines and broadcast by the CBC. Her first collection, A Litany in Time of Plague, appeared in 1994. Her second collection, Give Me Your Answer, was shortlisted for the inaugural Upper Canada Brewing Company’s Writers Craft Award and named by the Toronto Star as one of the 10 best books of 1999. Her most recent work is All Saints, a collection of linked short stories praised by Maclean's as "a Canadian classic" and shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Kathy Page is the author of seven novels, including The Story of My Face, longlisted for the Orange Prize, and Alphabet, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction. She is the co-editor of In the Flesh, an anthology of personal essays about the human body, and has written for radio and television. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals in Canada and the UK, and are collected in Paradise & Elsewhere, from which she will be reading. Departing from literary realism, the stories reveal Page as a skilled fabulist while maintaining her recurring themes of “loss, survival and transformation.”
Ray Robertson is the author of multiple novels and two collections of non-fiction, including Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Robertson presents his most recent novel, I Was There the Night He Died. Starring a 40-something writer who stumbles through the small town he thought he’d left behind forever, and a marooned teenager who wishes she were anywhere else, it is a saucy, swaggering look at loss, love and the redeeming power of music in the 21st century.
Leon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, editor and critic who has published over 30 books. He was born in rural North Carolina, but has been a resident of Canada for many years. Rooke is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award for English-language Fiction for Shakespeare’s Dog and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Rooke presents Hitting the Charts, a collection of short stories that go as far back as 1980, offering up the full range of his voice and accomplishment.
Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of two acclaimed books of fiction, The Big Dream and Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award and named one of Quill and Quire's 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. So Much Love is her first novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Award, and has appeared in the National Post, Exile Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, The Journey Prize Stories, Maisonneuve, Coming Attractions, and Best Canadian Stories. She holds an Honours English degree from McGill, a publishing certificate from Ryerson, and a Master's of English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto.
Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her short story collection The Man of My Dreams was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award. In 2008, she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Schoemperlen presents By the Book: Stories and Pictures, a sequel to her Governor General’s Award-winning Forms of Devotion, in which she pieces together fragments from old encyclopedias in the form of verbal and visual collage, breathing new life into the old forgotten texts.
Kathleen Winter's debut novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the three biggest fiction prizes in Canada. It won the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award and an Independent Literary Award, and was a 2014 Canada Reads selection. Her first story collection, boYs, also won numerous Canadian awards. Winter presents her first work of non-fiction, Boundless, which was recently shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize. It is both a travel journal and a meditation on Canada's relationship with the North and the people who call it home.