Join Adam Hochschild, Guy Gavriel Kay, Lola Lafon and Daniel Scott Tysdal as they explore the theme of writing about history. This event will be moderated by Hugh Brewster and hosted by Catherine Graham.
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Being able to create books, plays and performances about history is a dream job for Hugh Brewster (Canada) since he’s always been enthralled by history. As an author, he has written fourteen books for young readers and adults. On Juno Beach won the Information Book Award in 2005 and At Vimy Ridge was a Norma Fleck Award winner in 2008. Other titles include Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a Governor General’s Award nominee in 1998 and an adult book RMS TITANIC: Gilded Lives on a Fatal Voyage which was a national bestseller and published in six countries in 2012. His latest book is From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to the Finish in World War I.
Catherine Graham (Canada) is the author of five acclaimed poetry collections, including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition. While living in Northern Ireland, Graham completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world.
Adam Hochschild’s eight books include King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He will present his latest work titled Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.
Guy Gavriel Kay is the bestselling author of twelve novels and a book of poetry. He has been called “one of the most gifted storytellers of our time” by The Globe and Mail. In the 1970s, he was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of Tolkien’s posthumously published The Silmarillion. In 1990, his novel Tigana reached the national bestseller list. Kay has been a bestseller since. He was awarded the International Goliardos Prize for literature of the fantastic, the Aurora Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sunburst Prize for best Canadian speculative fiction. He will be presenting Children of Earth and Sky.
Lola Lafon is a bestselling Paris-based novelist and musician. The author of three previous novels, Lafon was born in France and grew up in Sofia and Bucharest. The original French edition of The Little Communist Who Never Smiled won eleven prizes, and was shortlisted for four others. She lives in Paris. Supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Mourner's Book of Albums and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method, winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award, and the John V. Hicks Award. Tysdal's poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems was published by Oxford University Press. His most recent book Fauxccassional Poems, was released by icehouse poetry, an imprint of Goose Lane Editions. He teaches English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.