The Koffler Centre of the Arts returns this year to the International Festival of Authors to proudly present one of Toronto’s most celebrated playwrights Ravi Jain in conversation with acclaimed author Olive Senior.
Bound by their shared passion for cultural identity and lineage, they will discuss the complications (and joys) of navigating multiple cultures inside and outside the family, and the relationships between mothers, daughters, and sons.
Hosted by Lewis DeSoto.
Lewis DeSoto‘s latest novel is The Restoration Artist. An artist as well as a writer, he has exhibited his paintings across Canada. A former editor of the Literary Review of Canada, DeSoto has published essays and short stories in numerous journals, and he was awarded the Books in Canada/Writers’ Union Short Prose Award. His novel, A Blade of Grass, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He is also the author of a biography of Emily Carr, part of the Extraordinary Canadians series.
Ravi Jain is the current Associate Artistic Director at Soulpepper Theatre, and founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre. He is an international producer, and an award-winning director, actor, and playwright who has spent a great deal of his career exploring intercultural and inter-generational relationships. His play, A Brimful of Asha is the true, and very Canadian, story of his and his mother's generational and cultural clash, and will be remounted at Soulpepper November 1-5 2016. He also co-created the participatory performance project, Like Mother Like Daughter, which premieres in Toronto, October 24-30 2016. Photo Credit: David Leclerc
Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Canada at Carleton University. Her work is the subject of numerous critical essays and is taught in schools and universities worldwide. She has been on the Faculty of the Humber School for Writers from 1998 to the present and has served as a writing mentor for Diaspora Dialogues. She has taught writing at multiple universities, including the University of Toronto and Columbia University. She won the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for her short stories collection The Pain Tree. She lives in Toronto.