Théodora Armstrong, Kevin Barry and Douglas Glover debate the merits and complications of the short story form. Hosted and moderated by Tim Conley.
Théodora Armstrong is a fiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in numerous literary magazines across Canada such as Prairie Fire, Descant, The New Quarterly and Contemporary Verse 2. She received a Western Magazine Award for Fiction in 2008, and her stories have been included in The Journey Prize Anthology 20 and Coming Attractions 10. Armstrong presents her debut fiction collection, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility, a deft depiction of families, friendship and human frailty set against the landscape of British Columbia.
Kevin Barry’s debut story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms, was a recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His first novel, City of Bohane, won the 2013 International Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Barry's most recent story collection, Dark Lies the Island, won the Sunday Times Short Story Prize and was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He presents Beatlebone, a searing novel that blends truth and fiction—and Beatles fandom.
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.
Douglas Glover is the author of the bestselling novel Elle, which won the 2002 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. His criticism has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The New York Times, and in 2006, he was awarded the Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for his entire body of work. He currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Writing program. Glover presents his latest story collection, Savage Love, which explores the concept of love and challenges our understanding of this important cultural institution.