Do not miss Catherine Graham as she hosts authors Alexandra Risen, Kate Taylor, and Madeleine Thien in a live reading of tales of truth.
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Catherine Graham (Canada) is the author of six acclaimed poetry collections, including The Celery Forest and Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition. While living in Northern Ireland, Graham completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Author of the debut novel Quarry, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world.
Alexandra Risen is the best-selling author of UNEARTHED, a meditation on love, family and cultural legacy, and our interconnectedness with nature. In the memoir, Alexandra restores a historic garden while she examines her parents’ history through their war years, and as part of the Ukrainian diaspora of Canada. UNEARTHED garnered excellent US literary reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist (starred review), and spent four weeks on the Canadian national non-fiction bestseller list. She is one of three co-founding editors of the not-for-profit online literary magazine donttalktomeaboutlove.org, which explores love in literary and art forms. Devoted to nature and a closet geologist, Alexandra lives with her husband, son, and rescued dog, Hunter.
Kate Taylor is an award-winning novelist, and a film critic and arts columnist at The Globe and Mail. Her debut novel, Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, was a national bestseller, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada-Caribbean region), the City of Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Both her second novel, A Man in Uniform, and her current novel, Serial Monogamy, were shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Madeleine Thien is the author of Simple Recipes, which was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, a Kiriyama Pacific Prize Notable Book, and won the BC Book Prize for Fiction. Dogs at the Perimeter was shortlisted for Berlin’s International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s Liberaturpreis. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and appeared in many literary journals. “The Wedding Cake” was shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is set in China after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Thien lives in Montreal.