Lee Henderson is the author of the award-winning short story collection The Broken Record Technique. He is a contributing editor to the arts magazines Border Crossings in Canada and Contemporary in the UK, and has published fiction and art criticism in numerous periodicals. His first novel, The Man Game, won the BC Book Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Henderson presents his latest novel, The Road Narrows as You Go, a bright, rollicking, unflinching portrait of the 1980s and of a young woman struggling to find her place.
Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria, then pursued her MA in prose fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received a Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer. She was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for "We Walked on Water," and her short story "My Sister Sang" was shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize. Robertson presents her debut collection, Wallflowers, a quirky and masterful bouquet that smashes stereotypes and shows us remarkable new ways of experiencing the world.
Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness (winner of the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction), The Flying Troutmans (winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize) and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She presents All My Puny Sorrows, the riveting story of two sisters, Elf and Yoli. This at once tender and unquiet novel offers a profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities.
Kathleen Winter's debut novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the three biggest fiction prizes in Canada. It won the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award and an Independent Literary Award, and was a 2014 Canada Reads selection. Her first story collection, boYs, also won numerous Canadian awards. At our Biblioasis anniversary event, she presents The Freedom in American Songs, her new story collection about modern loneliness, small-town gay teenagers, catastrophic love, inappropriate laughter and the holiness of ordinary life. At the Festival, Winter presents both the story collection and her first work of non-fiction, Boundless, which was recently shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. It is a powerful homage to the ever-evolving and magnetic power of the North.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)