Do not miss Joel Thomas Hynes, Michael Kaan, Alison MacLeod, Jocelyn Parr and Kathleen Winter, the authors shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction, in conversation with Carol Off.
This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Joel Thomas Hynes is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist from Calvert, Newfoundland. He is the author of numerous acclaimed works, including Down to the Dirt, Right Away Monday, Straight Razor Days, God Help Thee: A Manifesto and Say Nothing Saw Wood (adapted for film under the title Cast No Shadow and nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards). Also a musician, Hynes writes and directs for film and theatre, and works as an actor in television and film. He has performed in productions including Down to the Dirt, The Book of Negroes, Rookie Blue, Republic of Doyle, Eyewitness and, currently, Orphan Black and Frontier.
Michael Kaan was born in Winnipeg, the second child of a father from Hong Kong and a Canadian mother. The Water Beetles is his first novel.
Alison MacLeod grew up in Montreal and Halifax, and has lived in England since 1987. She is the author of two novels, The Changeling and The Wave Theory of Angels, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio’s As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books, most recently, All We Leave Behind, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. She lives in Toronto.
Jocelyn Parr was born in New Zealand but grew up on Canada’s West Coast. Her writing has been published in France, Germany, and Canada and in magazines such as Matrix, Grain, and Brick Magazine. She now lives in Montreal, where she teaches history at Dawson College.
Kathleen Winter’s novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail "Best Book," a New York Times "Notable" book, a Quill & Quire "Book of the Year" and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada's Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes, and has been sold internationally. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. She presents Lost In September.