Writers Ted Barris, Adam Foulds, Robert Glancy and David Macfarlane read from their latest works with host Nathan Whitlock.
This event is part of 2014’s Festival focus, Remembering the Story: IFOA@35 Remembers the Great War, a programme featuring works that explore the societal changes in Canada and across the world around WWI.
Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post and various national magazines, Barris is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He has authored 17 non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno. He presents The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, which chronicles one of the most astonishing prison breaks in WWII from the viewpoint of those who experienced it.
Adam Foulds completed his MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and now lives in South London. Foulds is the recipient of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award for The Broken Word, and his novel The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Foulds presents In the Wolf’s Mouth, a novel set mostly in Sicily during WWII. With great lyrical intensity, it explores war and the Mafia, innocence and corruption, and history as an accumulation of the irrevocable.
Robert Glancy was born in Zambia in 1975 and raised in Malawi. At 14, he moved from Africa to Edinburgh, and then went on to study history at Cambridge. By day he works in PR and by night he writes. Glancy currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children. He presents his riotously funny and slyly insightful debut novel, Terms & Conditions, about a contracts lawyer who thinks and lives in the fine print.
David Macfarlane's novel Summer Gone, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His Newfoundland family memoir, The Danger Tree: Memory, War, and the Search for a Family's Past, was greeted with extraordinary international acclaim. His most recent novel, The Figures of Beauty, won the Bressani Literary Prize. During the past year, in collaboration with Douglas Cameron, Macfarlane has co-created The Door You Came In, a two-man performance of music and text based on the stories of The Danger Tree. It will be performed throughout Newfoundland in the summer of 2016.
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.