Janie Chang, Marie Darrieussecq, Kyo Maclear and Roberta Rich share the stories of women taking their lives into their own hands with Kate Taylor.
Born in Taiwan, Janie Chang spent parts of her childhood in the Philippines, Iran and Thailand before ultimately settling in Canada. She has a degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University. Her first novel, Three Souls, was a finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prize's Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and one of nine Canadian books longlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Janie lives in Vancouver. She presents Dragon Spring Road.
Marie Darrieussecq published her first novel, Pig Tales, in 1996 at the age of twenty-seven, and it became an overnight sensation and bestseller, selling more than 300,000 copies and translated into more than thirty languages. The New Yorker described her as France’s “best young novelist,” and she is recognized as one of the leading voices of French contemporary literature. Her novel Men was awarded the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix in 2013. She presents Being Here Is Everything: The Life of Paula M. Becker Sticks. Supported by Consulat général de France (Toronto, New York)
Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo, was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her second book of fiction, That Time I Loved You, will be launched in the spring of 2018 by Harper Collins Canada.
Kyo Maclear is a novelist, essayist and children's author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.
Roberta Rich divides her time between Vancouver and Colima, Mexico. She is a former family law lawyer. Her first novel, the bestselling The Midwife of Venice, has been published to acclaim in thirteen territories, including the U.S., the UK, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Her second, The Harem Midwife, was a national bestseller. She presents A Trial In Venice.
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.