Place and geography play a major role in Kyo Maclear’s Birds Art Life and Antanas Sileika’s Barefoot Bingo Caller. They discuss how the cityscapes influence their writing with Sheniz Janmohamed. Hosted by Matthew Blackett.
This event has a Door Prize. You have a chance to win a library valued up to $500, courtesy of ECW Press.
Matthew Blackett is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. As publisher, Blackett has helped shape the magazine into one of Canada's top small magazines. Blackett was named Editor of the Year for 2007 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and Spacing has been named Canadian Small Magazine of the Year six times. In 2015, Blackett was appointed as an advisory director to Ryerson University’s City Builders Institute. He has contributed to numerous publications including The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Sun and others. He has appeared as a guest or commentator on CBC’s The National, CTV National News, City TV, CP24, CBC Toronto’s 2014 Election Night, and numerous radio programs. He had a regular ‘column’ on CBC Radio’s “Here and Now” for two years, and in 2016 was the host of a five-part television series “50 Objects That Define Toronto” based on the book by the same title that Blackett co-authored.
Sheniz Janmohamed is an author, artist educator, spoken word artist and occasional land artist. She has performed at venues around the world including the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Aga Khan Museum. She has authored two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014), and is currently working on her third collection of nature-inspired ghazals.
Kyo Maclear is a novelist, essayist and children's author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.
Antanas Sileika is the author of four works of fiction. His first collection of stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Toronto Book Award as well as serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Woman in Bronze and Underground were both listed among the 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, and the latter has been optioned for film. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He presents The Barefoot Bingo Caller.