Hear debut novelist Nina Berkhout and international bestselling author David Vann read from their latest works. A round table discussion will follow with an audience Q&A, time permitting. Berkhout and Vann will discuss their young narrators and the many ways magic in the everyday can heal fractured families. The Toronto Star‘s Books Editor, Deborah Dundas, will host and moderate.
Nina Berkhout is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds, which won the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award, and Arrivals and Departures, which was a finalist for the same award in 2011. Her work has also been shortlisted for THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and the John Hirsch Award for most promising Manitoba writer. Berkhout presents her debut novel, The Gallery of Lost Species, which explores the powerful bond and burden of sisterhood.
David Vann's internationally bestselling books have won 15 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 75 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is currently a professor at the University of Warwick in England and honorary professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France. Vann presents his latest novel, Aquarium, told from the perspective of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her.