Steve Burrows and Steven Heighton share the IFOA stage to read from and talk about their new books. Join them as they share their creative process, character development and themes they explore in A Shimmer of Hummingbirds and The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep. Ania Szado will host the event.
In the fourth book in the acclaimed Birder Murder Mystery Series, Chief Inspector Jejeune— our lovable and complex protagonist —finds himself in the jungles of Colombia looking for both hummingbirds and answers in his fugitive brother’s manslaughter case.
“It’s clear where Burrows is taking this series — more birds, and more murder. That’s a good thing.”
— Globe and Mail
Elias Trifannis is desperate to belong somewhere. To make his dying ex-cop father happy, he joins the military – but in Afghanistan, by the time he realizes his last-minute bid for connection was a terrible mistake, it’s too late and a tragedy has occurred. In the aftermath, exhausted by nightmares, Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of Eylul, a beautiful Turkish journalist.
“This book won’t let the reader sleep… a rich and disturbing literary thriller.” – Annie Proulx, author of Barkskins
Steve Burrows has pursued his bird-watching hobby on six continents. The first Birder Murder Mystery, A Siege of Bitterns, won the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The other books in the series are A Pitying of Doves,A Cast of Falcons, and A Shimmer of Hummingbirds. Steve lives with his wife, Resa, in Oshawa, Ontario.
Steven Heighton is the author of the novel Afterlands, which has appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice along with a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the US, and the UK; and is currently in pre-production for film. He is also the author of The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has been translated into ten languages, and his poems and stories have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Tin House, The Walrus, Europe, Agni, Poetry London, Brick, Best English Stories, and many others. Heighton's most recent book of poetry, The Waking Comes Late, won the 2016 Governor General's Award for Poetry; his works have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award.
In 2014, CBC called Ania Szado one of "Ten Canadian Women You Need to Read." Her short fiction has been nominated for the Journey Prize and National Magazine Awards, and her bestselling novel Studio Saint-Ex has received international acclaim. Szado's debut novel, Beginning of Was, was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.