Some search for truth and others just dare to act. Miguel Ángel Hernández, Suzana Tratnik and Ruth Ware discuss the journeys of their characters with the Toronto Star’s Deborah Dundas. Claire Cameron hosts.
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CLAIRE CAMERON grew up in Toronto and studied at Queen's University. She led canoe trips in Algonquin Park and worked as an instructor for Outward Bound, teaching mountaineering, climbing and white-water rafting in Oregon. She lived in San Francisco and London, UK, until moving back to Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. She is a staff writer at The Millions. Her first novel, The Line Painter, won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, The Bear, was a #1 national bestseller and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, The Last Neanderthal, is now a national bestseller. Photo Credit: David Kerr
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star – after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media both here and in Northern Ireland – including stints as Books Editor at Canada AM and producer at TVO – interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She feels the books beat is the perfect marriage of her experience in covering business, literature, politics and lifestyle.
Samantha Harvey is the author of three novels, The Wilderness, All Is Song and most recently Dear Thief, which was published in September 2014. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the AMI Literature Award and the Betty Trask Prize. Dear Thief was longlisted for the Baileys Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2015 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She lives in Bath, UK, and teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University.
Miguel Ángel Hernández was one of the finalists for the prestigious Herralde Novel Awards for The Instant of Danger in 2015. This award is one of the most renown fiction prizes in Spain. The author is currently enjoying a fellowship at Cornell University. He will be presenting Escape Attempt, a story about the power of art and the artist as an agent of change. Supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
Suzana Tratnik is a writer, translator, publicist, and sociologist. She has published six short-story collections, two novels (My Name is Damjan and Third World), a play, and three works of nonfiction. Tratnik was one of the founders of the LGBT-rights movement in 1980s Yugoslavia and was instrumental in creating one of Eastern Europe’s most vibrant alternative cultural scenes before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2007 she was awarded the Prešeren Foundation Prize, one of Slovenia’s most prestigious literary awards. She will present her collection of short stories Games with Greta. Supported by the Slovenian Book Agency
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before returning to the UK. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer. She will present her psychological thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood. Ware lives in London with her husband and their two small children.