Four Canadian and international masters of the short story discuss their inspirations and processes with moderator Steven W. Beattie.
Samuel Archibald currently teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies and video games, among other subjects. He presents his unforgettable debut collection of short fiction, Arvida, which contains stories of innocent young girls and wild beasts, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road trips heading nowhere. It won Quebec's Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012.
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.
Kate Cayley is a poet, novelist and playwright. She is the author of the play After Akhmatova, which was produced by Tarragon Theatre where she is a playwright-in-residence. She is also the author of a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, and the poetry collection When This World Comes to an End. Cayley presents her first short story collection, How You Were Born, which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award, was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Fiction Prize and a finalist for the 2015 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Cayley's stories all ask the same question: what if ordinary life is much stranger than we allow ourselves to think?
Tim Conley is the author of the poetry collections One False Move and Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity and the short story collection Nothing Could be Further: Thirty Stories. He has also published widely on Joyce, Nabokov and other topics in 20th-century literature. He teaches English at Brock University. Conley presents his latest collection, Dance Moves of the Near Future, with stories marked by precise and engaging prose, dark humour and a demented imagination.
David Constantine is an award-winning short story writer, poet and translator. His collections of poetry include Madder, Watching for Dolphins, Caspar Hauser, The Pelt of Wasps, Something for the Ghosts, Collected Poems and Nine Fathom Deep. He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Lighter than Air won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. He presents his latest work, In Another Country, a flawlessly constructed collection with eccentric characters driven by love.