Writers Charles Foran, Lee Henderson, Diane Schoemperlen and Kim Thúy read from their latest works. Alissa York hosts.
Charles Foran is an award-winning journalist and the author of 10 books, including four previous novels. His biography Mordecai: The Life and Times won the RBC Taylor Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Nonfiction and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award. Foran presents Planet Lolita. Told in the voice of a bi-racial girl and the language of social media, it is a riveting novel of desires and consequences in the unfolding digital age in Hong Kong.
Lee Henderson is the author of the award-winning short story collection The Broken Record Technique. He is a contributing editor to the arts magazines Border Crossings in Canada and Contemporary in the UK, and has published fiction and art criticism in numerous periodicals. His first novel, The Man Game, won the BC Book Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Henderson presents his latest novel, The Road Narrows as You Go, a bright, rollicking, unflinching portrait of the 1980s and of a young woman struggling to find her place.
Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her short story collection The Man of My Dreams was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Book Award. In 2008, she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Schoemperlen presents By the Book: Stories and Pictures, a sequel to her Governor General’s Award-winning Forms of Devotion, in which she pieces together fragments from old encyclopedias in the form of verbal and visual collage, breathing new life into the old forgotten texts.
Kim Thúy has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner. Her debut novel, Ru, won the Governor General’s Award for French-Language Fiction, and the English edition was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Thúy presents Mãn, a mystery about a woman who, upon discovering that she is a natural chef, creates dishes that are suffused with memory and emotion.