Authors Hari Kunzru, Amanda Leduc and Mary Swan discuss tackling the subjects of faith and religion in their fiction, writing about both the unknown and the unknowable. Hosted and moderated by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer.
Hari Kunzru is the author of three novels and the recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a British Book Award and the Pushcart Prize. Granta named him one of its 20 best young British novelists. His work has been translated into 21 languages and his short stories and journalism have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian. Kunzru presents Gods Without Men, in which the fate of a young family travelling through the Mojave desert intersects with that of many other travellers, past and present, after their son mysteriously vanishes.
Amanda Leduc holds a Master’s degree in writing from the University of St. Andrews and has had her short stories, essays and articles published in Canada, the USA and the UK. She is one of the co-creators of Bare It For Books, a calendar that features nearly nude Canadian authors and is being sold to benefit PEN Canada. Leduc presents her debut novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men, which examines so-called religious truths and explores the intersection of pleasure and pain.
Mary Swan’s first novel, The Boys in the Trees, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her novella, The Deep, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Book Prize (Canada/Caribbean region) for best first book, and she was also the recipient of the 2001 O. Henry Prize for short fiction. Swan presents My Ghosts, the story of six Scottish orphans who make their way to Toronto in 1879. Their lives follow fascinating twists and turns, but the novel ends with Clare, their contemporary descendant, who is unaware of—yet deeply influenced by—the experiences of her ancestors.