Sharon Butala, Alexander Maksik and Charlotte Wood share stories of women’s courage, perseverance and the various characteristics that make us human. The round table will be hosted by James Grainger and moderated by Jessica Wyman.
Sharon Butala is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and plays. Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, as well as for the Governor General’s Award. Sharon has been the recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Calgary. Butala presents Wild Rose, Sophie’s story of hardship and survival after her husband's disappearance.
James Grainger’s debut collection of stories, The Long Slide, was the winner of the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His reviews and articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, Men’s Fashion, Sharp and Rue Morgue. He presents his first novel, Harmless. Set over the course of a single day and night, it is a tense, provocative and psychologically astute tale about a weekend reunion of old friends that takes a terrifying turn. The film rights to Harmless were recently acquired by award-winning Canadian director Atom Egoyan.
Alexander Maksik is a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, his writing has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon and Narrative Magazine, among other publications. He is the co-artistic director of the Can Cab Literary Residence in Catalonia. He has authored three novels: You Deserve Nothing; A Marker To Measure Drift, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for both the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; and Shelter In Place.
Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and the Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin and other prizes. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts
Jessica Wyman is a professor in the faculties of Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. She has worked as an art critic for more than 20 years, publishing in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice.