A live reading from internationally renowned authors Hisham Matar and Marcos Giralt Torrente from Lunatics, Lovers and Poets, an anthology of short stories inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes. This event is hosted by Beatriz Hausner and moderated by C.C. Humphreys.
As part of William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the British Council and IFOA are celebrating his enduring legacy as one of the UK’s greatest cultural icon with an innovative and unique programme at the 37th edition of IFOA. This event is part of Shakespeare Lives, an unprecedented global programme celebrating his work.
This event is also co-presented with the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain.
Beatriz Hausner’s poetry books include: Enter the Raccoon, Sew Him Up, The Wardrobe Mistress, and many chapbooks. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, her mother tongue, and most recently into French. She is a respected literary editor and publisher, and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission. Beatriz Hausner has translated many works of literature, mostly from Spanish into English. She was President of the Literary Translators’ Association and was one of the founders of the International Literary Translation Centre at Banff. She works as a public librarian in Toronto.
Chris (C.C) Humphreys is a bestselling author, an actor and a swordsman. He was born in Toronto, grew up in the UK and has acted on stages all over the world in roles ranging from Hamlet to Jack Absolute to Clive Parnell on Coronation Street. His books have been published in more than ten languages and have won numerous awards, including, most recently, the 2015 Arthur Ellis Prize for Best Novel (Plague) He lives on Salt Spring Island, BC with his wife and son. He presents Fire, a story about 17th century London.
Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men, won six international literary awards and has been translated into twenty-eight languages. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. Matar lives in London and in New York City, where he teaches at Barnard. He will be presenting The Return. Supported by the British Council Canada
Marcos Giralt Torrente has published novels, collections of short stories and a memoir. In 2014 three of his works were translated into English. In 2011 he won the Spanish National Book Award. He has received several other awards, such as the Herralde Prize in 1999 for his novel Paris. He was part of the Berlin Artist-in-Residence Programme in 2003. He is one of the six Spanish authors to write a story inspired by Shakespeare in Lunatics, Lovers and Poets, a book that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. Supported by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain