Four exciting young authors, Tamara Faith Berger, Craig Davidson, Mathew Henderson and D.W. Wilson, talk about writing today—the subject matter and contemporary author culture—offering an insightful look into the future of the written word. Hosted and moderated by Rodge Glass.
This event is part of Brave New Word, a Festival focus on young and emerging authors from Canada and abroad.
Tamara Faith Berger wrote porn stories before publishing her debut novel, Lie with Me, which was later made into a film. Her third novel, Maidenhead, won the 2012 Believer Book Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Berger presents Little Cat, a revised re-release of her debut and second novel, The Way of the Whore, which introduce readers to two young women at the frontiers of sex, chronicling one woman’s increasingly extreme sexual encounters and another’s seduction by the sex industry.
Craig Davidson is the author of three novels, including The Fighter and Sarah Court. Two stories from his lauded debut short story collection, Rust and Bone, were adapted into a film of the same name by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard. His work has been included in publications such as the National Post, Esquire, GQ, The Walrus and The Washington Post. Davidson's novel Cataract City was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is the tale of childhood friends Duncan and Owen, whose camaraderie endures the ultimate test when Owen catches Duncan in a deadly smuggling operation, leaving both men haunted by their past and faced with fatal consequences.
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.
Mathew Henderson lives in Toronto and has had his work published in The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Brick. He presents his first book of poetry, The Lease, which was inspired by his time working in the Alberta and Saskatchewan oilfields and was shortlisted for both the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Award.
D.W. Wilson is the youngest recipient of the BBC National Short Story Award and the author of a short story collection, Once You Break a Knuckle. He was shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He is currently a creative writing PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, where he received the university’s Man Booker Prize Scholarship and the Dean’s Postgraduate Studentship. Wilson presents his debut novel, Ballistics, in which Alan West, accompanied by a three-legged English mastiff and armed with a box of mysterious mementos, sets out into the 2003 firestorms of British Columbia to rescue his estranged father.