Amy Jones, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Suzana Tratnik and Charlotte Wood will talk about female character portrayals in literature and the consequences of women pushing social boundaries with NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole. This event will be hosted by Sheniz Janmohamed.
Susan G. Cole is an author, playwright and activist. She is the author of two books on violence against women, the author of A Fertile Imagination, a groundbreaking play about two lesbians trying to have a baby and has been a contributor to the Authors Festival for over 15 years. She is currently Senior Entertainment and Books Editor at NOW Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @susangcole
Sheniz Janmohamed is an author, artist educator, spoken word artist and occasional land artist. She has performed at venues around the world including the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Aga Khan Museum. She has authored two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010)and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014), and is currently working on her third collection of nature-inspired ghazals.
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. She will present We Are All In This Together.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan was born in Singapore and is a New York-based journalist and author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family, and edited the fiction anthology Singapore Noir. She has been a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, InStyle magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. She is presenting Sarong Party Girls. Supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore
Suzana Tratnik is a writer, translator, publicist, and sociologist. She has published six short-story collections, two novels (My Name is Damjan and Third World), a play, and three works of nonfiction. Tratnik was one of the founders of the LGBT-rights movement in 1980s Yugoslavia and was instrumental in creating one of Eastern Europe’s most vibrant alternative cultural scenes before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2007 she was awarded the Prešeren Foundation Prize, one of Slovenia’s most prestigious literary awards. She will present her collection of short stories Games with Greta. Supported by the Slovenian Book Agency
Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and the Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin and other prizes. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts