Sex sells. Join an intimate conversation between four fiction authors on the role that sex and gender play in their work. The National Post‘s Emily M. Keeler moderates.
Dylan Horrocks is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. Horrocks has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: The Age of Magic and Batgirl. He presents his latest critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, which explores the pleasures, dangers and moral consequences of fantasy. Supported by New Zealand Book Council and Creative New Zealand
Kirstin Innes is a freelance writer, journalist and arts publicist. She won the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011 and writes for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The List and The Independent. She was a founder of the Words Per Minute literary salon, named one of the best spoken word nights in the UK by both GQ and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Innes presents her debut novel, Fishnet, a gripping story of sex, prostitution and missing persons.
Emily M. Keeler is the Vice President of PEN Canada. In 2012, she founded Little Brother, an award winning literary magazine featuring the best of a new generation of writing and art. Formerly the books editor of the National Post, Emily is now the series editor for Exploded Views, a chewy and contentious line of short and smart nonfiction books from Coach House Books. Her writing has appeared in the LA Times, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian.
Born in 1965, Eric Reinhardt is the author of four previous novels and a freelance publisher of art books. He lives and works in Paris. He presents the acclaimed and controversial bestseller The Victoria System, his first novel to be translated into English. Complex, compelling and ambitiously structured, it is a daringly sensual story of an obsession. It was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Goncourt and the Grand Prix du roman de L'Academie française.
Russell Smith is one of Canada’s funniest and nastiest writers. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in The Globe and Mail and teaches in the MFA programme at the University of Guelph. Smith presents his latest collection of short stories, Confidence, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It shows a darker side of urban dwellers, including mommy bloggers, PhD students and experimental filmmakers.