Join an intimate discussion between authors Tamara Faith Berger, Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès, Lewis DeSoto and Grażyna Plebanek on intersections of love, sex and art in their writing. Hosted and moderated by Lewis DeSoto.
Tamara Faith Berger wrote porn stories before publishing her debut novel, Lie with Me, which was later made into a film. Her third novel, Maidenhead, won the 2012 Believer Book Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Berger presents Little Cat, a revised re-release of her debut and second novel, The Way of the Whore, which introduce readers to two young women at the frontiers of sex, chronicling one woman’s increasingly extreme sexual encounters and another’s seduction by the sex industry.
Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès was a lecturer in philosophy at universities in Brazil, China and Italy, and for the Alliance Française in Taiwan. He now writes full time, edits a series of books on archaeology and is a member of the French Archaeological Mission. Blas de Roblès presents Where Tigers Are at Home, which won the Prix Médicis, was shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize and the European Book Prize and has already been translated into 14 languages. When Eléazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, starts editing a strange, unpublished biography of 17th-century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher, his own life begins to unravel.
Lewis DeSoto‘s latest novel is The Restoration Artist. An artist as well as a writer, he has exhibited his paintings across Canada. A former editor of the Literary Review of Canada, DeSoto has published essays and short stories in numerous journals, and he was awarded the Books in Canada/Writers’ Union Short Prose Award. His novel, A Blade of Grass, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He is also the author of a biography of Emily Carr, part of the Extraordinary Canadians series.
Grażyna Plebanek is the bestselling author of Box of Stilettos, Girls from Portofino and A Girl Called Przystupa. In 2011, she received the Literary Prize Zlote Sowy for her promotion of Poland abroad. She has worked as a journalist for Reuters News Agency and the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. She currently writes a column in the Polish weekly Polityka. Plebanek presents Illegal Liaisons, her first novel to be translated into English, where aspiring writer Jonathan finds his conscience in conflict with his desire when he begins an affair with the beautiful and mysterious Andrea.