Catherine Chidgey, winner of the New Zealand Book Awards Fiction prize, and David Layton, bestselling author of The Bird Factory, discuss childhood struggles and familial relationships with Bert Archer. Hosted by Canisia Lubrin.
Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while traveling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US. You can follow his travels on Twitter and Instagram @BertArcher and read about them at bertarcher.com.
Catherine Chidgey was born in 1970. She has degrees in creative writing, psychology and German literature, and lived for two years in Berlin. Her debut novel, In a Fishbone Church won the South East Asia and Pacific Region Prize in the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Betty Trask Prize and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Golden Deeds, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, followed by The Transformation in 2006. Chidgey lives in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand. She presents The Wish Child. Supported by Creative New Zealand.
Award-winning writer David Layton has had short fiction and articles published in literary journals, newspapers and magazines including Exile, The Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveler and The Globe & Mail. He is the author of Motion Sickness, a memoir that was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, and the bestselling novel The Bird Factory. David Layton teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and is the course director for Backstage IFOA, part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors program. He presents The Dictator.
Canisia Lubrin is a writer, critic, educator, and editor. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and Hons. BA from York University. Her work has been published and anthologized widely, appearing in PRISM International, Brick, Vallum, Best Canadian Poetry 2018, The Unpublished City anthology, The Globe and Mail, and elsewhere. She is 2017-2018 Poet in Residence at Poetry in Voice and serves as advisor to Open Book Ontario. Lubrin is on the editorial board at Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books, poetry editor at The Humber Literary Review. Her debut collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, named a CBC Best Poetry Book of 2017, is a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.