Writers Ann Eriksson, Damon Galgut, Julie Joosten and Lois Leveen read from their latest works. Grace O’Connell hosts.
Ann Eriksson is the author of three previous novels: Decomposing Maggie, In the Hands of Anubis and Falling from Grace, which was awarded a Silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Eriksson is a biologist and a founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. She presents her fourth novel, High Clear Bell of Morning, about a family dealing with schizophrenia and the frustrations that come with this tragic disease.
Damon Galgut is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His novel The Good Doctor was a regional winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Galgut presents Arctic Summer, an intimate portrait of E.M. Forster, his life, his struggles with homosexuality and the writing of his universally loved novel A Passage to India.
Julie Joosten is originally from Georgia. She has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD from Cornell University. Her poems and reviews can be found in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, The Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review. She presents her first book of poetry, Light Light, which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. It explores the way language captures the undulation of a mind’s working, how that rhythm becomes the embodiment of thought and how that embodiment forms a politics engaged with the environment and its increasing alterations.
Lois Leveen is a novelist, poet, educator and historian. Her work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals, such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Bitch magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and on NPR. Leveen gives talks about writing and history at universities, museums and libraries around the United States. She presents Juliet’s Nurse, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of the nurse.
Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor. She presents Be Ready For The Lightning. Photo Credit: Dani Coutoure