Writers Joseph Kertes, Laila Lalami, Eimear McBride and Kathleen Winter read from their latest works. Nathan Whitlock hosts.
Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary, but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. Kertes founded Humber College's creative writing and comedy programs. He was until recently Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes's latest novel is called The Afterlife of Stars. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. He is the most recent winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Newsweek. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. Lalami presents The Moor’s Account, a sweeping historical saga of a young man’s journey from successful merchant to slave to triumphant survivor.
Eimear McBride is a critically acclaimed debut novelist from Ireland. She is presenting her first novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, which won the 2013 Goldsmith’s Prize and the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The novel explores a young woman’s relationship with her brother, the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour and her sexual awakening, all told in a steam-of-consciousness style that drops the reader directly into the protagonist’s mind.
Nathan Whitlock’s award-winning fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Flare, Fashion, Geist, Maisonneuve and Best Canadian Essays. He is a contributing editor for Quill & Quire. Congratulation on Everything is a story of ambition, failure, sex, and the service industry. Whitlock lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
Kathleen Winter’s novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail "Best Book," a New York Times "Notable" book, a Quill & Quire "Book of the Year" and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada's Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes, and has been sold internationally. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. She presents Lost In September.