Join Adam Hochschild, Guy Gavriel Kay, Lola Lafon and Daniel Scott Tysdal as they explore the theme of writing about history. This event will be moderated by Hugh Brewster and hosted by Catherine Graham.
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Being able to create books, plays and performances about history is a dream job for Hugh Brewster (Canada) since he’s always been enthralled by history. As an author, he has written fourteen books for young readers and adults. On Juno Beach won the Information Book Award in 2005 and At Vimy Ridge was a Norma Fleck Award winner in 2008. Other titles include Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, a Governor General’s Award nominee in 1998 and an adult book RMS TITANIC: Gilded Lives on a Fatal Voyage which was a national bestseller and published in six countries in 2012. His latest book is From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to the Finish in World War I.
Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her debut novel, Quarry, won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s PoetryNOW: Battle of the Bards.
Adam Hochschild’s eight books include King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. He will present his latest work titled Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.
Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of many novels and a book of poetry. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in literature of the fantastic and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014, Kay was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages.
Lola Lafon is a bestselling Paris-based novelist and musician. The author of three previous novels, Lafon was born in France and grew up in Sofia and Bucharest. The original French edition of The Little Communist Who Never Smiled won eleven prizes, and was shortlisted for four others. She lives in Paris. Supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry and the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press). Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and has earned him a number of honours, including the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.