John Boyne, Terry Fallis and Frances Itani discuss familial relationships and the secrets found in their novels The Heart’s Invisible Furies, One Brother Shy and That’s My Baby. Follow their characters as they uncover their past and learn more about who they are. Moderated by Vincent Lam.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults, five novels for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. He has won three Irish Book Awards, a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. His novels are published in more than 50 languages. The author lives in Dublin, Ireland. He presents The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
Terry Fallis earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics, he worked for cabinet ministers at Queen's Park and Ottawa. His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC's Canada Reads as "the essential Canadian novel of the decade," and became a CBC Television series. His next two novels, The High Road and Up and Down were finalists for the Leacock Medal, and in 2015, he won the prize a second time for his fourth book, No Relation. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons. He presents One Brother Shy.
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.
Frances Itani, Member of the Order of Canada, is an award-winning author of 16 books. Her new novel is That’s My Baby, partly set during the jazz and big-band era of WW2. Tell was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2014. Other novels include Remembering the Bones and Requiem, published internationally and chosen by The Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles in the U.S. in 2012. She has written three books of poetry, including A Season of Mourning, illustrated by Molly Bobak. She has been involved in humanitarian work all her life, and lives in Ottawa.
Dr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto. Dr. Lam's first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. The Headmaster's Wager, Dr. Lam's first novel, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, was long listed for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Prize, shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Prize.