Don’t miss stimulating round table discussion with authors shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction. Unfortunately Madeleine Thien and Katherena Vermette will not be in attendance. Anosh Irani will read for Thien and Lee Maracle will read for Vermette. The CBC’s Carol Off moderates.
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Find out more about the Award at ggbooks.ca.
Prior to the round table, Miriam Toews will accept the 2016 Harbourfront Festival Prize.
This event is organised in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award shortlisted Yiddish for Pirates and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. Barwin teaches creative writing in the Mohawk College Continuing Education program and will be the writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library for 2017–2018. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Anosh Irani has published three critically acclaimed and award-winning novels:The Cripple and His Talismans (2004), a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha (2006), which was an international bestseller and shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road (2010), which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (2006), and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Vancouver. He will present The Parcel.
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.
- Born in Montreal, Kerry-Lee Powell has lived in Australia, Antigua and the United Kingdom, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cardiff University and directed a literature promotion agency. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies throughout the United Kingdom and North America, including The Spectator, the Boston Review and the Virago Writing Women series. In 2013, she won the Boston Review fiction contest, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for short fiction and the Alfred G Bailey manuscript prize. She will be presenting Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush.
Miriam Toews is the author of five previous bestselling novels, including A Complicated Kindness and The Flying Troutmans. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and is also a two-time finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She has written for CBC’s WireTap, Canadian Geographic, The Guardian and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Toews is the recipient of the 2016 Harbourfront Festival Prize.