Authors Lauren B. Davis, Anthony De Sa, Don Gillmor and Wayne Johnston share their most recent works. Hosted by Katrina Onstad.
Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Stubborn Season, The Radiant City and The Empty Room. Her novel Our Daily Bread, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by both The Globe and Mail and The Boston Globe. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives and An Unrehearsed Desire Born. Davis presents her latest novel, Against a Darkening Sky, a rich and fascinating story set in a mysterious, magic-riddled 7th-century England.
Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. His critically acclaimed Barnacle Love, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Toronto Book Award. He attended the Humber School for Writers and currently heads a high school English department and creative writing programme. De Sa presents Kicking the Sky. Set in 1977, the year 12-year-old Emanuel Jaques was brutally raped and murdered in Toronto, the novel is told from the perspective of young Antonio Rebelo (a character first introduced in Barnacle Love), whose world is turned upside down when this tragedy strikes his Portuguese community.
Don Gillmor wrote the bestselling two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and his debut novel, Kanata, was published to critical acclaim. Gillmor has also written nine children’s books, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. An accomplished journalist, he was a senior editor at The Walrus, a contributing editor at Saturday Night and Toronto Life and is the winner of ten National Magazine Awards. Gillmor presents Mount Pleasant, in which Harry Salter’s father has passed away and left him $4200 instead of the millions he expected. Desperate to relieve the weight of his debts, Harry attempts to find out what happened to the money.
Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John's area of Newfoundland. His #1 nationally bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. Johnston is also the author of the Charles Taylor Prize-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
Katrina Onstad is the author of the novels How Happy to Be and Everybody Has Everything, which was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. She is working on a non-fiction book about the erosion of leisure called The Weekend Effect (Harper Collins, 2017).