Writers Kate Cayley, Elizabeth Hay, Mark Anthony Jarman, and Jim Shepard read from their latest works. Sheniz Janmohamed hosts.
Kate Cayley is a poet, novelist and playwright. She is the author of the play After Akhmatova, which was produced by Tarragon Theatre where she is a playwright-in-residence. She is also the author of a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, and the poetry collection When This World Comes to an End. Cayley presents her first short story collection, How You Were Born, which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award, was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Fiction Prize and a finalist for the 2015 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Cayley's stories all ask the same question: what if ordinary life is much stranger than we allow ourselves to think?
Elizabeth Hay’s novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been a national bestseller. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and Small Change (stories). In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. Hay presents His Whole Life, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It is a captivating and unconventional coming of age story set in mid-1990s Quebec.
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.
Mark Anthony Jarman is an author of fiction, poetry and travel writing. He has been shortlisted for the O. Henry Prize and has won the Gold National Magazine Award in non-fiction, the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award and the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize. His novel Salvage King Ya! is on amazon.ca’s list of 50 Essential Canadian Books. He teaches at the University of New Brunswick and is the fiction editor of The Fiddlehead. Jarman presents his latest collection, Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, a book of moving, surreal and often funny tales of a man’s quest for himself.
Jim Shepard is the author of six previous novels and four collections of stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children, and teaches at Williams College. His collection Like You'd Understand Anyway won the Story Prize and was shortlisted for the National Book Award, and his work has been selected several times for The Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories. He presents The Book of Aron, a deeply affecting novel about the Holocaust and the children whose lives were caught up in it.