Authors Jonas T. Bengtsson, Claire Letemendia and Kate Pullinger take the stage to read from their latest works. Becky Toyne hosts.
Jonas T. Bengtsson was born in 1976. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and prize-winning debut Amina’s Letters, which won the BG Bank First Book Award and was a finalist for the Weekendavisens Litterature Prize. His second novel, Submarino, was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize and was adapted into a film by Thomas Vinterberg. Bengtsson presents his third novel, A Fairy Tale, an unforgettable story about the profound love between a father and son. It was a finalist for the Danish Radio Literature Prize for Best Novel of the Year.
Claire Letemendia was born and raised in Oxford, England. After completing a doctorate in Political Theory and lecturing for some years, she chose to pursue a career as a writer and editor. She presents her thrilling new book, The Licence of War, which is her second novel to feature Laurence Beaumont, the seductive, sardonic protagonist introduced in The Best of Men.
Kate Pullinger is the author of 10 novels, including The Mistress of Nothing, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. Born in Cranbrook, BC, she is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Pullinger presents Landing Gear, a highly imaginative story of colliding worlds and extraordinary connections. Inspired by real-life accounts of airplane stowaways, the novel chronicles the complex texture of modern life.
Becky Toyne is a books columnist, editor and publicist based in Toronto. She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio One and Open Book: Toronto, and a part-time bookseller at Toronto indie Type.