Do not miss exquisite authors André Alexis and Takashi Hiraide as they read from their most recent works and discuss their distinct creative process! Andrew Westoll moderates.
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André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His previous novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Other works include Pastoral, Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play. He will present The Hidden Keys, a story about faith and honour.
Takashi Hiraide is a poet, critic and book designer. He has published books of various genres and forms from poetry to prose and from poetics of sports to criticism on arts, receiving numerous prizes. Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, highly praised Hiraide’s writings for providing a new direction for prose within the field of poetry.His first novel The Guest Cat, became a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. It has been translated into ten languages, including English and French. There are plans for more translations, totalling more than twenty languages. This is a book of hybrid literary form consisting of Japanese I-novel style & Surrealistic documentary. Supported by The Japan Foundation Toronto Photo ©Takewaki of rengoDMS
Andrew Westoll is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher. A former biologist and primatologist, his books include The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which was a national bestseller and winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Westoll is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Jungle South of The Mountain is his first novel.