Authors Jami Attenberg, Tom Barbash, Catherine Bush, Beatriz Hausner and Kim Scott read from their latest works. Hosted by Grace O’Connell.
Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and three novels, The Kept Man, The Melting Season and The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. She has contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, Real Simple, Elle, The Washington Post and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Attenberg presents her highly anticipated new novel, Saint Mazie, which introduces readers to Mazie Phillips, the big-hearted, bawdy, truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater.
Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the New York Times bestseller On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal. He has been published in a variety of publications, including Tin House, McSweeney’s and the Virginia Quarterly Review, and his work has been performed on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts series. Barbash presents Stay Up with Me, a collection of deeply resonant stories exploring the ways we attempt to connect with one another in an often cruel world.
Beatriz Hausner’s poetry books include: Enter the Raccoon, Sew Him Up, The Wardrobe Mistress, and many chapbooks. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, her mother tongue, and most recently into French. She is a respected literary editor and publisher, and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission. Beatriz Hausner has translated many works of literature, mostly from Spanish into English. She was President of the Literary Translators’ Association and was one of the founders of the International Literary Translation Centre at Banff. She works as a public librarian in Toronto.
Grace O'Connell is the author of Magnified World, a national bestseller and a Random House New Face of Fiction title. She writes a books column for This Magazine and her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Taddle Creek and The Journey Prize Stories. O’Connell was the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award and teaches short fiction at the University of Toronto.
Kim Scott writes novels, short stories and poetry. He is the award-winning author of Benang: From the Heart, which won the Western Australia Premier’s Book Award and the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. Scott presents That Deadman Dance, about the early contact between European settlers and the Noongar people of Western Australia’s south coast. Young native Bobby Wabalanginy is eager to join the Europeans when they appear on his shores, but not everyone feels the same way, and soon Bobby, a friend to both parties, is forced to take sides.