From 1928 Tour de France to Prohibition-Era Detroit in 1927, and from 1874 Launceston to 1921 Palestine, authors David Coventry, Alison Pick, Emily Schultz and Rohan Wilson discuss how time and place inspire and inform their fiction. This panel is moderated by Joseph Kertes and hosted by Sarah Lazarovic.
David Coventry’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Invisible Mile, won the 2016 Hubert Church Award for Fiction in his native New Zealand and was a finalist for the prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Born in 1969, Coventry lives and writes on the side of a hill in Wellington. Supported by Creative New Zealand.
Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary, but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. Kertes founded Humber College's creative writing and comedy programs. He was until recently Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes's latest novel is called The Afterlife of Stars. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. He is the most recent winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
Sarah Lazarovic is the author of A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy (PENGUIN 2014), which was named a best book of the year by The Globe and Mail. She worked as a writer, illustrator, and filmmaker for fifteen years. She currently serves as the Creative Director of Pilot PMR, where she recently oversaw the branding and way-finding for the Toronto Public Library’s children's services.
Alison Pick was the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising young writer in Canada. She has published three acclaimed volumes of poetry, and her first novel, The Sweet Edge, was a Globe and Mail "Best Book". Her second novel, Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Award for Fiction, and was named a "Top Ten of 2010" book by the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine. It was also published internationally to acclaim. Her memoir, Between Gods, was published internationally, was a finalist for the BC National Award for Nonfiction, a Globe and Mail "Best Book" of 2014, and a national bestseller. She presents Strangers With The Same Dream.
Emily Schultz is the author of the best-selling novel The Blondes. It was named a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and selected by NPR and Kirkus for Best Books of the Year. She is the co-founder of the literary magazine Joyland. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Bustle, Vice, The Walrus, Black Warrior Review, and Prairie Schooner. Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, Schultz studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works as a screenwriter. She presents Men Walking On Water.
Rohan Wilson was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists in 2012. His debut novel, The Roving Party, won the 2011 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award as well as the Margaret Scott and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. To Name Those Lost won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Award for Best Novel. Wilson lives in Tasmania. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.