A discussion with TWUC members Emma Donoghue, Vincent Lam and Emily Pohl-Weary about what it means to write in Canada today. Mark Medley hosts and moderates. Presented by The Writers’ Union of Canada.
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.
Mark Medley is The Globe and Mail's books editor. Before that he spent more than seven years with the National Post, where he served as an arts reporter, books editor and managed the paper's books blog, The Afterword. His work has appeared in publications across North America, including The Walrus and Toronto Life. He currently sits on PEN Canada's Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Committee of Humber's School for Writers.
Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor and arts educator. Her previous books include a Hugo Award-winning biography, a female superhero anthology, a series of girl pirate comics and young adult novel, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl. She is currently the 2014 Toronto Public Library eWriter in Residence for Young Voices. She presents her latest collection of poetry, Ghost Sick, a poetry of witness about the devastation of a Christmas Eve shooting and the impact of the violence on the inner-city neighbourhood.