Three award-winning authors discuss their most recent novels, in which the setting factors as significantly as the characters. Lewis DeSoto will host and moderate.
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.
Christos Tsiolkas is an author, playwright, essayist and screenwriter. His novel The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Tsiolkas presents his fifth novel, Barracuda, a moving story about a talented young swimmer’s struggle towards maturity.
Richard Wagamese is the author of 12 previous novels, including Keeper'n Me and Indian Horse, a recent Canada Reads finalist. He is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the bestselling One Native Life and One Story, One Song, which won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. He leads writing and storytelling workshops across the country, and makes frequent appearances as a speaker. Wagamese presents Medicine Walk. Set in the dramatic landscape of the BC Interior, it is a novel about love, friendship, courage and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing.