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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Hugh Brewster is an acclaimed war historian and the author of several award-winning works of fiction and non-fiction for younger readers, including On Juno Beach, Dieppe and At Vimy Ridge, which won the Norma Fleck Award. Brewster is an in-demand speaker, praised for his ability to bring history alive for audiences of all ages. In his latest book, From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to Finish in World War I, he captures the remarkable heroism, sacrifice and victories of Canadian soldiers during the Great War.
Catherine Graham 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. 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. Quarry is her first novel.
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 ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, most recently Fauxccasional Poems (icehouse 2015), and the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press 2014). Online, he runs the Fauxccasional Poems Video Project (bit.ly/fauxpoemvid) and he delivered the popular TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life)” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BUYzMypi8). Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Essays. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.