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.
Anne Michaels’ books are published in over forty-five countries and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Lannan Award for Fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize (twice), the Governor-General’s Award, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award (twice). Her novel FUGITIVE PIECES was adapted as a feature film. Her latest book of poetry, CORRESPONDENCES, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2014. She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate
Grace O'Connell is the author of Magnified World, a national bestseller and a Random House New Face of Fiction title. She writes a books column for This Magazine and her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Taddle Creek and The Journey Prize Stories. O’Connell was the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award and teaches short fiction at the University of Toronto.
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