David Bouchet and Carol Bruneau 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. Hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.
This event has a Door Prize. You have a chance to win a library valued up to $500, courtesy of Véhicule Press.
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.
Alexandra Grigorescu's first novel Cauchemar (ECW Press, 2015) was selected as the Amazon.ca Editors' Canadian Spotlight for March 2015 and nominated for a 2016 Sunburst Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from U of T and lives in Toronto.
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.