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.
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 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.