Authors S. Bear Bergman, Jowita Bydlowska, Wayson Choy and Alison Wearing share their most recent works. Hosted by Grace O’Connell.
S. Bear Bergman is an acclaimed author, performer and gender-jammer. He has written six books (four for adults, two for children) and has contributed to a variety of anthologies on topics both sacred and profane. An activist and lecturer, he speaks frequently on transgender issues. Bear presents his third essay collection, Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter, which sheds necessary (and humorous) light on gender, sexuality and family, challenging our understanding of what these are and what they can be.
Wayson Choy’s bestselling debut novel, The Jade Peony, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995 and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. Its companion novel, All That Matters, also won a Trillium Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2005 Giller Prize. His first memoir, Paper Shadows, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize and the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize. Choy presents his second memoir, Not Yet, about the bonds of love and family that sustain us, framed by Choy’s own two near-death experiences.
Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor. She presents Be Ready For The Lightning.
Alison Wearing's first book was the bestselling, internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey. Along with writing, she dedicates herself to music, dance, theatre and her award-winning one-woman shows. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of publications, and she is the recipient of a National Magazine Award Gold Medal, among other accolades. Wearing presents Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, a memoir about growing up with a gay father in a small Ontario town in the 1970s.