Brave New Word authors Eleanor Catton, Isabel Greenberg, Xiaolu Guo, Joanna Kavenna and Marisha Pessl read from their latest works. Hosted by Rodge Glass.
This event is part of Brave New Word, a Festival focus on young and emerging authors from Canada and abroad.
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in London, Ontario and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize and the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction. In 2010, she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award. Catton presents her second novel, The Luminaries, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English Fiction. Set in 1866 during New Zealand’s gold rush, this richly imagined story weaves together the fates and fortunes of an entire community, where everyone has something to hide.
Rodge Glass is the author of three novels, a graphic novel and a literary biography, Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2009. He currently works as Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at Edge Hill University, and regularly appears at UK literary festivals and events, as well as on TV and radio. Glass presents his first collection of short stories, LoveSexTravelMusik, which insightfully explores how travel affects the lives and loves of men and women across the globe.
Isabel Greenberg is a writer and illustrator living in North London. In 2011, she won the Observer/Cape Graphic Short Story Prize for Love in a Very Cold Climate. She has worked for NoBrow Press, Seven Stories Press and Solipsistic Pop. Greenberg presents her debut graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which chronicles the adventures and ill-fated romance of a young man in an imagined era of Earth’s evolution.
Xiaolu Guo is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker. She studied at the Bejing Film Academy and received her MA from the National Film School in London. She has published seven novels in both English and Chinese, and her work has been translated into more than 26 languages. Her American debut, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her other novels include UFO in Her Eyes and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth. Guo presents her piece from Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4.
Joanna Kavenna was named one of The Telegraph’s 20 “Writers under 40” and won the Orange Award for New Writers. She has published three novels, Inglorious, The Birth of Love and Come to the Edge, and one work of non-fiction, The Ice Museum. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, London Review of Books, The Guardian and Observer. She has held various writing fellowships and was the Writer-in-Residence at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Kavenna presents her piece from Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4.
Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and currently lives in New York City. Her debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, was a bestseller and was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Pessl presents her latest thriller, Night Film, in which the young, beautiful Ashley Cordova, daughter of a notorious film director, is found dead one October evening. All signs point to suicide, but as investigative journalist Scott McGrath looks into her death, he finds himself falling deep into a twisted underworld of secrets.