Writers Anna Hope and Sarah Waters read from and discuss their latest works with Carol Off.
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.
This event is also part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Anna Hope studied English at Oxford, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and then received an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck. She lives in London. Hope presents her debut novel, Wake, which tells the story of three very different women who try to find ways to live again after devastating losses endured during WWI.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio’s As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books, most recently, All We Leave Behind, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. She lives in Toronto.
Sarah Waters is the bestselling author of five previous novels: Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch and The Little Stranger. Winner of many literary awards, she has been shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in London. Waters presents The Paying Guests, a masterful novel of brilliant storytelling, sensuality and psychological suspense set in post-WWI England.