Authors Shani Mootoo, Heather O’Neill and Alexi Zentner take to the stage to read from their latest works. Sarah Liss hosts.
Sarah Liss is a senior editor at The Grid and the author of the book Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro, which was published by Coach House Books in 2013. Her writing has appeared in publications like Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Maclean's, and online at cbc.ca. She lives in Toronto with two dogs, one cat and a partner who is about to give birth any day now.
Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She is a visual artist, video maker and fiction writer. Her novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Heather O’Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and won Canada Reads. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has since published the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and the short story collection Daydreams of Angels, both of which were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in consecutive years. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter. She presents The Lonely Hearts Hotel.
Alexi Zentner's fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, Orion Magazine and other publications. His short story "Touch" was featured in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008, where it was chosen by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as a jury favourite. His debut novel, Touch, was published in spring 2011 to rave reviews. Zentner was born in Kitchener, Ontario, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and two daughters. He presents his second novel, The Lobster Kings, a tale of sibling rivalry, love lost and won, art history and the sometimes deadly adventure that is lobster fishing off the windswept Atlantic coast.