David Bouchet, Carol Bruneau and Eden Robinson talk with Vincent Lam about their characters’ personal odysseys in search of ‘home.’ It turns out home is never the physical or geographical space, but an idiosyncratic and very personal state of mind. ‘Home’ is about having the freedom, the will and the courage to own one’s identity.
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David Bouchet (Daouda Toubab) is an editor, writer and screenwriter. He spent most of his life in Dakar, Senegal and has lived in Montreal since 2010. Sun of a Distant Land is his first novel.
Carol Bruneau is the author of six books: two short fiction collections and four novels, including the recently released These Good Hands. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and has become a book club favourite. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies. She lives with her husband and three sons in Halifax where she teaches writing at NSCAD University. She presents A Bird On Every Tree.
Dr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto. Dr. Lam's first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. The Headmaster's Wager, Dr. Lam's first novel, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, was long listed for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Prize, shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Prize. Photo Credit: Jack Soltysik
Eden Robinson grew up with her older brother and younger sister in Haisla territory near Kitamaat Village, surrounded by the forests and mountains of the central coast of British Columbia. After earning her B.A., Eden Robinson moved to Vancouver to look for work that would allow her to spend time writing. Encouraged by the success of her first published story Traplines, she enrolled in and eventually graduated from the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia. Eden holed herself up in her Vancouver apartment to write Monkey Beach. Critics in the US, the UK and Canada were unanimous in their appreciation of the book. Eden Robinson has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Whitehorse Public Library, and will be working with the Writers in Electronic Residence program, which links schools across the country with professional writers. She presents Son Of A Trickster.