Authors Philipp Meyer, Andrew Pyper, C.K. Stead, Carsten Stroud and D.W. Wilson read from their latest works. Hosted by Tanis Rideout.
Philipp Meyer’s critically acclaimed debut novel, American Rust, won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was an Economist Book of the Year. He is a graduate of Cornell University and was a James A. Michener Fellow while completing his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin. Meyer presents The Son, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land and oil that follows the rise of the unforgettable McCullough family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.
Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.
Tanis Rideout has been a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. In 2006, she was named Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario. Rideout also joined Sarah Harmer’s I Love the Escarpment Tour to read a commissioned poem. She was born in Belgium, grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of a novel, Above All Things, and a collection of poems, Arguments with the Lake.
C.K. Stead is a poet, literary critic and novelist who has written more than 40 books. He was a Professor of English at the University of Auckland for 20 years and has won numerous awards, including the New Zealand Book Award for both poetry and fiction. He was awarded a CBE in 1985 for services to New Zealand literature. In 2007, Stead received his country’s highest award, the Order of New Zealand, which he is currently the only writer to hold. He presents The Yellow Buoy, a three-part book of poetry completed in his 80th year.
Carsten Stroud is the acclaimed author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including The New York Times-bestselling true-crime novel Close Pursuit. He presents the second book in his Niceville series, The Homecoming, a novel of supernatural horror that picks up where the last story left off. Rainey Teague, orphaned by the events of book one, comes to live with ex-special forces soldier Nick Kavanaugh and his wife, Kate. But Nick can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right with Rainey, and it’s not long before his instincts are proven right.
D.W. Wilson is the youngest recipient of the BBC National Short Story Award and the author of a short story collection, Once You Break a Knuckle. He was shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He is currently a creative writing PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, where he received the university’s Man Booker Prize Scholarship and the Dean’s Postgraduate Studentship. Wilson presents his debut novel, Ballistics, in which Alan West, accompanied by a three-legged English mastiff and armed with a box of mysterious mementos, sets out into the 2003 firestorms of British Columbia to rescue his estranged father.