Toronto Star‘s editor Deborah Dundas interviews Man Booker Prize winner and distinguished author Roddy Doyle about his new novel Smile. With his sharp humor and dialogue, Doyle explores memory, trauma and our connection to the past.
Due to personal circumstances Roddy Doyle has postponed his travel to Toronto and he will not be appearing at the Festival. He has promised to visit at another time.This event has been cancelled. Tickets will be refunded.
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, Two Pints and Two More Pints, collections of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He presents Smile.
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Robert G. Kearns is President and Founder of Kearns Insurance Corporation and Kearns Investment Corporation. Since his arrival in Canada in 1979, he has been continuously involved in Irish-Canadian business and cultural relations, making significant contributions to a number of Irish-Canadian organizations. These include his position as a member of the Board of the Ireland Fund of Canada from 1980-2004. He was Chairman of the Ireland Fund from 1989-1992, and a Director of the America Ireland Fund. He is a Founding Director of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce and remains a member of the Chamber to this day. In 1997, he began work to establish Ireland Park Foundation as a volunteer board, which was formally incorporated in May of 2000. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Ireland Park Foundation since then. In December of 2016, he was the Canadian recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.