We are delighted to have award-winning author Danila Botha and best-selling author Karen Connelly share the IFOA stage to read from and talk about their new books. Join them as they present on their inspiration, character development and what they learned from writing their stories. Catherine Graham will host the event.
“For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known is unlike anything I have ever read before. Unflinchingly honest in its examination of love in all its joyful, messy, agonizing, spectacularly beautiful glory, these stories seem to vibrate on their own emotional frequency. Danila Botha writes with a heartbreaking rawness and intensity that will continue to haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page.”—Amy Jones, author of We’re All In This Together
“Erotic. Truthful. Cunning. This is the juicy peach of a novel you’ve been longing to devour. Bless Karen Connelly for writing the life of a middle-aged woman with all the lusty bravura it deserves. I dare you to read The Change Room and not be simultaneously astonished and aroused.” —Ami McKay, author of The Witches of New York
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Danila Botha is the author of the acclaimed 2010 short fiction collection, Got No Secrets, published in Canada by Tightrope Books and in South Africa by Modjaji Books. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside (Quattro Books, 2015), won a Book Excellence Award for the Contemporary Novel and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Tightrope Books released her second short fiction book, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known in 2016. She interviews writers for The Puritan, is teaching in the spring 2017 Humber School for Writers’ correspondence program and is working on her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. Danila lives in Toronto with her family. Photo Credit: Ayelet Tsabari
Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being The Lizard Cage, which the New York Times Book Review compared to the works of Solzhenitsyn, Mandela and Orwell. It was nominated for the Kiriyama Prize and won Britain's Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Raised in Calgary, Connelly has lived for extended periods of time in different parts of Asia and Europe and now has two homes, one in Toronto and one in Greece.
Catherine Graham is the author of five acclaimed poetry collections, including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW. While living in Northern Ireland, Graham completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. Quarry is her first novel.