Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Amy Jones and Jim Lynch share ideas about familial relations in this exciting round table discussion. This event is hosted by Alison Pick and moderated by Ali Hassan.
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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. She has a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working on a PhD at the University of East Anglia. Her writing has appeared in, among other places, NPR's Selected Shorts, TriQuarterly, the Tin House Open Bar, the Indiana Review and she is a 2015 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop. She has lived in London, New York, Tokyo, Madison and Norwich. Harmless Like You, her debut novel, is a study on identity and familial relationships.
Ali Hassan is a Stand-Up Comedian and Canadian television and radio personality. He is the host of Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and SiriusXM and has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, JFL42 and the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival. In August of 2016, he also took his solo show Muslim, Interrupted to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world. His film work includes the movies Breakaway, Goon, and French Immersion, and Ali can be seen on television right now in recurring roles on the hit show Man Seeking Woman (FX) and Odd Squad (PBSKids), and in the upcoming CTV series, Cardinal.
Amy Jones won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award. She is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC, and her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, was the winner of the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award and a finalist for the 2010 ReLit Award. Originally from Halifax, she now lives in Thunder Bay, where she is associate editor of The Walleye.
Jim Lynch lives with his wife in Olympia, Washington. His novels The Highest Tide, the national bestseller Border Songs and Truth Like the Sun have all been adapted for the stage. He presents his most recent novel, Before the Wind, a grand saga of a sailing-obsessed family.
Alison Pick lives and writes in Toronto. She is currently on Faculty at the Humber School for Writers, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the 2015 Iceland Writers Retreat. She has no spare time, but if she did have spare time she would spend it drifting lazily down a Temagami river. Alison Pick will present Between Gods.