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 serves on the editorial board of the Humber Literary Review and on the advisory board of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. She completed an MFA in fiction at Guelph-Humber and is the author of the poetry collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, forthcoming this fall from Wolsak & Wynn.