Darren Greer, Luisgé Martin and Nathan Whitlock reinvent the Man and propose a more fluid and ever changing identity that breaks rules and assumptions. Their discussion is moderated by Lewis DeSoto.
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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.
Darren Greer grew up in several towns in Nova Scotia.He studied literature at the University of King’s College, Halifax, as well as Carleton University,Ottawa. His first novel, Tyler’s Cape, was published in March 2001 to critical acclaim and was on the bestseller list of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. Still Life with June (2003) and Just Beneath My Skin (2014) were honoured with awards and nominations across Canada. His new novel Advocate is elegiac, about overcoming ignorance and prejudice.
Luisgé Martín graduated in Spanish Language from the University of Madrid. He has worked as an editor for Ediciones SM and in Ediciones del Prado. His writing includes the short story collections Los oscuros (1990) and El alma del erizo (2002) and the novels La dulce ira (1995), La muerte de Tadzio (2000)—Premio Ramón Gómez de la Serna— Los amores confiados (2005), Las manos cortadas (2009) and Woman in Darkness (Hispabooks 2014). He contributes occasionally to El Viajero, Babelia, El País and other Spanish publications. He will present The Same City to talk about reinventing an identity after destruction. Supported by Acción Cultural Española(AC/E)
Nathan Whitlock’s award-winning fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Flare, Fashion, Geist, Maisonneuve and Best Canadian Essays. He is a contributing editor for Quill & Quire. Congratulation on Everything is a story of ambition, failure, sex, and the service industry. Whitlock lives in Toronto with his wife and children.