Encounter Italian author Nicola Lagioia, David Machado from Portugal, Immanuel Mifsud from Malta and French novelist Sylvain Prudhomme, and discover today’s European literature’s rising generation. The discussion will be moderated by Toronto-based author Martha Baillie. Hosted by Beatriz Hausner.
This discussion is presented by EUNIC, the members of the European Union of National Institutes for Culture in Toronto.
Martha Baillie’s previous novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, was an Oprah Editors’ pick, and was published in France by Actes Sud. Her 2009 novel, The Incident Report, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry has been featured in the Iowa Review and her non-fiction in Brick Magazine and Longreads. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Koffler Gallery. Her multimedia project, The Schlogel Archive, shown at the Koffler Gallery in 2015, was selected by NOW Magazine as a Contact Festival “Must See,” and can be visited at: www.schlogel.ca. Martha was born in Toronto, where she now lives and works.
Beatriz Hausner’s poetry books include: Enter the Raccoon, Sew Him Up, The Wardrobe Mistress, and many chapbooks. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, her mother tongue, and most recently into French. She is a respected literary editor and publisher, and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission. Beatriz Hausner has translated many works of literature, mostly from Spanish into English. She is President of the Literary Translators’ Association and was one of the founders of the International Literary Translation Centre at Banff. She works as a public librarian in Toronto.
Nicola Lagioia, Italy’s most critically acclaimed contemporary novelist, won the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, with Ferocity. His novels have also won the Volponi, Straniero, and Viareggio literary awards. In 2010, he was named one of Italy’s best writers under 40. He is a jury member of the Venice Film Festival and the program director of the 2017 Turin Book Fair. Lagioia is a contributor to Italy’s most prominent culture pages. He was born in Bari, and lives in Rome. Ferocity is his English-language debut. Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Toronto, San Francisco) and Europa Editions.
David Machado hails from Lisbon, Portugal, and writes fiction for both adults and children. His books have been awarded literary prizes, including the European Union Prize for Literature for the Portuguese version of his novel, Índicemédio de felicidade (The Shelf Life of Happiness), which he adapted into a screenplay in 2016. When he’s not traveling, he lives in Lisbon with his wife and two children. Supported by Consulate General of Portugal (Toronto).
Immanuel Mifsud is a poet and a writer born in Malta in 1967. He is the recipient of a number of awards: the Malta National Award for prose (2002, 2014), the Malta National Award for poetry (2013), and the European Union Prize for Literature (2011). Various works by Mifsud have been translated and published in a number of languages. He holds a PhD from the University of Malta where he lectures in Maltese literature and literary theory. Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta (Toronto).
Sylvain Prudhomme is one of the most exciting contemporary novelists in France. He has been steadily gaining in recognition and popularity over the past three years. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de la Porte Dorée for his novel Les grands, which also won the Prix Georges-Brassens in 2014. Les grands (The Greats) was widely celebrated as one of 2014’s best books of the new literary season. Supported by Consulat général de France (Toronto).