Where does a story come from? A poet and two novelists share their influences and inspirations. Steven W. Beattie will moderate.
Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
Adam Sol is the author of three previous books, including Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario's Trillium Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays and reviews for The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and many others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University's campus in Barrie, Ontario. Sol presents Complicity, an intimate, experimental and outlandish collection that focuses on the inescapable troubling structures that determine our lives.
Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. Thomas presents his riveting debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, which charts the story of the American Century through one Irish-American family, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII.
Russell Wangersky is a writer, editor and columnist. He has written five books, including Whirl Away, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a winner of the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He works at the St. John’s Telegram as the editorial page editor. Wangersky presents Walt, a dark, psychological thriller about a grocery store cleaner who is pursued by police detectives unsatisfied with the answers he’s given about his wife’s disappearance.