Dive into a unique opportunity to explore foreground characters and experiences that are still rarely attended to in mainstream publishing in Canada. Inanna Publications authors Ami Sands Brodoff (In Many Waters), Connie Guzzo-McParland (The Women of Saturn), Mariam Pirbhai (Outside People), and Mehri Yalfani (The Street of Butterflies) will converse about the vital possibilities that open in writing between languages and voices, landscapes and cultures, and homes away from home. Moderated by Soraya Peerbaye. Hosted by Niyosha Keyzad.
Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and a volume of stories. Her previous novel, The White Space Between, about a mother and daughter struggling with the impact of the Holocaust, won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Bloodknots, a volume of thematically linked stories about families on the edge, was a finalist for The ReLit Award. Ami’s debut novel, Can You See Me? was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. In Many Waters was published by Inanna Publications in April 2017. She lives in Montreal.
Co-director and President of Guernica Editions, Connie Guzzo-McParland has a BA in Italian Literature and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Upon graduation from the Master’s program, she received the David McKeen Award for creative writing for her thesis-novel, Girotondo. In 2005, an excerpt from this novel, On the Way to Halifax, translated into Italian, won second prize at the ninth edition of the Premio Letterario Cosseria in Cosseria, Italy. Her novel, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore, was published in 2013 by Linda Leith Publishing and shortlisted for the Concordia First Novel Award by the Quebec Writer’s Federation. Her second novel, The Women of Saturn, was released in May 2017 by Inanna Publications, She lives in Montreal.
Niyosha Keyzad is a PhD Candidate at the Department of English and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on memoirs of the Iranian diaspora, and literatures of exile and displacement.
Soraya Peerbaye’s first collection of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets, the chapbook anthology Translating Horses, and Canadian literary journals. Her book, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood, won the 2016 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.
Mariam Pirbhai was born in Pakistan, and lived in England and the Philippines before emigrating to Canada. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Pirbhai has published several academic books in the field of postcolonial and diaspora studies. Her short stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. Outside People and Other Stories is her debut collection of short fiction.
Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. She graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for twenty years. She immigrated to Canada in 1987 with her family, and has been writing and publishing ever since. Four novels and two collections of short stories written in Farsi, her mother language, were published in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. Her novel, Dancing In A Broken Mirror, published in Iran, was a finalist for the "Book of the Year" in 2000. She has published several books in English, including Parastoo: Stories and Poems (1995): Two Sisters (2000); and Afsaneh's Moon (2002). A Farsi version of Afsaneh's Moon was published in Iran in 2004. A volume of poetry in Farsi, Rahavard, was also published in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of American and Canadian anthologies. The Street of Butterflies was published by Inanna Publications in October 2017. She lives and writes in Toronto.