Don’t miss award-winning writer and Officer of the Order of Canada Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with celebrated Canadian author Anne Michaels. Sullivan’s most recent non-fiction work, Stalin’s Daughter, tells the incredible story of Svetlana Alliluyeva, who was fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators. Sullivan and Michaels will be joined onstage by Svetlana’s daughter, Chrese, in a rare public appearance. Author Grace O’Connell hosts.
As per her Mother’s passions, Chrese Evans' childhood was surrounded by artists, musicians, actors, writers and philanthropists, all while growing up in the USA, England, Russia and Georgia. She has worked in antiquities and imports based out of India, Nepal and Bali, and booked musical talent in the States, written stand-up comedy and done some stand-up herself. She is currently a fashion buyer and antiques dealer for a large boutique in Portland, Oregon, while staying heavily involved in the EDM scene, writing, performing open-mike and training herding dogs. Evans is the daughter of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the subject of Rosemary Sullivan's latest biography.
Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor. She presents Be Ready For The Lightning.
Biographer and poet, Rosemary Sullivan (Canada) is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Her 14 books include the critically acclaimed Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape and a House in Marseille and Labyrinth of Desire: Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession. In 2012 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent book, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the BC National Non-Fiction Award and the RBC Charles Taylor prize, the Plutarch Biographers International Organization Award. Photo Credit: Cathie Ferguson