Writers Esther Freud, Steven Galloway, Sina Queyras and Marcel Theroux read from their latest works. Helen Guri hosts.
Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a feature film starring Kate Winslet. Her novels include Peerless Flats, Summer at Gaglow, The Wild and Lucky Break. She was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 1993. She lives in north London and Suffolk. Freud presents Mr Mac and Me, a vivid portrait of a home front community during the First World War, and of a man who was one of the most brilliant and misunderstood artists of his generation.
Steven Galloway is the author of Finnie Walsh, Ascension and the bestselling novel The Cellist of Sarajevo. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in British Columbia, and teaches creative writing at UBC and SFUH. Galloway presents his latest novel, The Confabulist, a brilliant story about fame and ambition that uses the sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love and illusion. The Confabulist is a finalist for this year's Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and essays have been published widely in Canada, as well as in the US and Australia. She currently works as a freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction and advises on poetry acquisitions for Brick Books.
Sina Queyras is the author of the Lambda Literary Award–winning Lemon Hound, Expressway (shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award) and the novel Autobiography of Childhood (shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award). She often writes for the Poetry Foundation and runs the online journal Lemon Hound. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal, where she now resides. Queyras presents her latest work, a devastating, cheeky and allusive poetry collection called MxT, or ‘Memory x Time,’ which is a formula she posits as a way to measure grief.
Marcel Theroux is the author of four previous novels: A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase (winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award) and Far North, which was shortlisted for the prestigious National Book Award. He lives in London, England. He presents his latest novel, the literary thriller Strange Bodies, a taut, edge-of-your-seat tale that asks whether (one way or another) we can live on after death.