New York Times reporter, Ian Austen, interviews Wayne Johnston and Linda Spalding about their literary career. Hosted by David Bradford.
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Ian Austen has covered Canada for The New York Times since 2004, both as a contract writer and staff reporter. Prior to his work for The Times, Austen was a freelance writer and contributing editor to Canadian Business Magazine. He was also a biweekly commentator for the CBC, focusing on technology industries. He was a senior writer and correspondent at Southam News, an Ottawa correspondent for Financial Times of Canada and a staff writer and correspondent at Maclean’s Magazine. Austen has been a National Magazine Awards and National Newspaper Awards finalist.
David Bradford is the author of Nell Zink is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017). He leads and curates the Slo-Po group reading series at knife | fork | book and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lemon Hound, Vallum, Prairie Fire, Poetry Is Dead, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City, The Capilano Review, and more. A poetry editor and MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, he splits his time between Toronto and Montreal.
Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John's area of Newfoundland. His #1 nationally bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. Johnston is also the author of the Charles Taylor Prize-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
Born and raised in Kansas, Linda Spalding immigrated to Canada in 1982 from Hawaii. She is the author of The Purchase, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, and three much earlier novels and two acclaimed works of nonfiction, The Follow, which was shortlisted for The Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize; and, most recently, Who Named the Knife. She received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine.