A short story collection, a graphic novel and a work of literary fiction—writers Tim Conley, Jillian Tamaki and Sarah Winman discuss exaggerating reality, magic and their strange and wonderful most recent books. Brent Bambury moderates.
This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Brent Bambury is a Canadian radio and television personality who has worked on such CBC shows as Brave New Waves, Midday and Off the Cuff. He is currently the host of CBC’s Day 6, a nationally aired radio programme that blends journalism, current affairs, comedy and opinion.
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.
Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was on The New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 list and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the graphic novel This One Summer, was a New York Times Bestseller and won a Caldecott Honor as well as the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration. Tamaki's presents SuperMutant Magic Academy, expanded from her Ignatz Award-winning webcomic of the same name and centred around a high school for mutants and witches.
Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. Her first novel, When God Was a Rabbit, was an international bestseller. Winman presents her second book, A Year of Marvellous Ways, a powerful, character-driven, poetic and magical novel about an old woman and a young man in England in the late 1940s.