Writers Michel Basilières, Farzana Doctor, Milan Jesih and Anakana Schofield read from their latest works. Ania Szado hosts.
Michel Basilières was born and raised in Montreal’s Milton Park neighbourhood and now lives with his son in Toronto. He is the author of Black Bird, a magic realist novel set during the October Crisis. Basilières presents A Free Man, an unusual and remarkable dystopian novel presented as a booze- and pot-fuelled conversation between two old friends catching up after a long separation.
Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which in 2012 won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award and was the One Book One Brampton 2017 winner) and All Inclusive, a Kobo 2015 and National Post Best Book of the Year. She curates the Brockton Writers Series. www.farzanadoctor.com
Milan Jesih was born in 1950 in Ljublijana. His books Soneti (Sonnets, 1989), Soneti drugi (Sonnets the Second, 1993) and Jambi (lambics, 2000) represent the peak of Slovenian postmodernism in poetry. In addition to his poetry, he has written plays and produced numerous translations into Slovenian from English and Russian. Jesih presents Selected Poems, his first selection to be translated into English. Beginning with humour and autobiography, the poems gradually withdraw into a universe of fragments, quotations, dreams and doubt.
Anakana Schofield won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel, Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013. Martin John, her critically acclaimed second novel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Schofield contributes criticism and essays to the London Review of Books Blog, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail and more.
Ania Szado is the bestselling author of Studio Saint-Ex – a novel about fashion and The Little Prince in 1940s NYC – and Beginning of Was, which was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Ania was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read” (2014). Her short fiction has been anthologized, most recently in Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction.