Join Nicola Lagioia, Rachel Manley, Eduard Márquez, Jean E. Pendziwol and Mary Walsh as they read from their latest works. Hosted by Danila Botha.
Danila Botha is the author of the acclaimed 2010 short fiction collection, Got No Secrets, published in Canada by Tightrope Books and in South Africa by Modjaji Books. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside (Quattro Books, 2015), won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Her second short fiction book For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known was named a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 2017. Danila teaches Creative Writing at University of Toronto and at the Humber School for Writers. She is currently finishing a new novel and a new collection of short stories. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Nicola Lagioia, Italy’s most critically acclaimed contemporary novelist, won the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, with Ferocity. His novels have also won the Volponi, Straniero, and Viareggio literary awards. In 2010, he was named one of Italy’s best writers under 40. He is a jury member of the Venice Film Festival and the program director of the 2017 Turin Book Fair. Lagioia is a contributor to Italy’s most prominent culture pages. He was born in Bari, and lives in Rome. Ferocity is his English-language debut. Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Toronto, San Francisco) and Europa Editions.
Rachel Manley is an author and poet. She is best known for her memoir, Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction), which was inspired by life with her grandfather, Norman Washington Manley, founder of Jamaica’s first national party. Born in Cornwall, England, and raised in Jamaica, Manley now resides in Toronto.
Eduard Márquez lives in Barcelona. He published two books of poetry in Spanish before writing Zugzwang, his first work in Catalan. He has continued writing in Catalan, publishing another collection of short fiction, twelve children's books, and four novels. His work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. He presents Brandes’ Decision. Supported by Acción Cultural Española, AC/E.
Jean E. Pendziwol was born in Thunder Bay and spent much of her childhood aboard her family's sailboat. After working as a freelance writer and photographer, she spent several years raising her three children before publishing her first book for young people. She is now the author of eight children’s books. She was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. She lives in Ontario with her husband, two of her three adult children, a lovable mutt and three temperamental chickens, who sometimes lay eggs. She presents The Lightkeeper’s Daughters.
Mary Walsh was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She studied acting at Ryerson University and is the creator of the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She is a versatile actor and has appeared in both dramas and comedies, including the Gemini Award-winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she wrote and starred in. Recently, Walsh has performed in Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue and Slasher. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. She presents Crying for the Moon.