Canadian author, actor and playwright Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience) joins New Zealand author and editor Tina Makereti (Black Marks on the White Page) in conversation. The award-winning writers will discuss their journeys to authorship and the pride and pressures of bringing cross-cultural characters to life with interviewer Andrew Westoll.
This event is part of the Lit On Tour programme.
Tina Makereti is supported by Creative New Zealand.
Ins Choi was born in Korea, grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. As an actor, he's worked with such companies as fu-GEN, Stratford and Soulpepper Theatre Company. His debut play, Kim's Convenience, premiered at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. The play then toured across Canada before being adapted into an award-winning TV comedy series enjoying its third season this winter on CBC-TV. It was published by House of Anansi Press, which also published the writing from his solo show, Subway Stations of the Cross.
Tina Makereti writes fiction, creative non-fiction and is co-editor of Black Marks on the White Page, an anthology that celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing. In 2016, her story ‘Black Milk’ won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific region. Her novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction, also won by her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, in 2011. The recipient of numerous awards and residencies, Tina teaches creative writing at Massey University, New Zealand. Her latest novel is The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke. www.tinamakereti.com Tina Makereti is supported by Creative New Zealand.
Andrew Westoll is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher. A former biologist and primatologist, his books include: The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname; The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which was a national bestseller and winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; and The Jungle South of the Mountain, his debut novel. Westoll is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.