Join distinguished authors Yann Martel, Andrew Westoll, and Alissa York as they read from their new works live! This event is hosted by Ania Szado.
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Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee. He is the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, he studied philosophy at Trent University and lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children. He will present The High Mountains of Portugal.
In 2014, CBC called Ania Szado one of "Ten Canadian Women You Need to Read." Her short fiction has been nominated for the Journey Prize and National Magazine Awards, and her bestselling novel Studio Saint-Ex has received international acclaim. Szado's debut novel, Beginning of Was, was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Andrew Westoll is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher. A former biologist and primatologist, his books include The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which was a national bestseller and winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Westoll is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Jungle South of The Mountain is his first novel.
Alissa York's internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. She is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories which have won her the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.