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With vivid imagery and expertly-paced plot lines, it’s no wonder that this lineup of authors all have ties to the screen world. In their latest novels, these authors examine how a cast of characters can come together unexpectedly by a single event. Join Maureen Jennings (Heat Wave), author of the books that inspired the TV show Murdoch Mysteries and Bomb Girls; Guy Gavriel Kay(A Brightness Long Ago), member of the Order of Canada and winner of the World Fantasy Award; Linden MacIntyre (The Wake), former host of The Fifth Estate, where he earned an International Emmy; and Shandi Mitchell (The Waiting Hours), award-winning filmmaker and winner of Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book. The conversation will be moderated by Wendy O’Brien. Hosted by Emily Saso.
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Maureen Jennings immigrated to Canada from the UK as a teenager. She is the author of the Murdoch Mysteries series which has been adapted into a TV series. The series is going into its thirteenth season. Before becoming a full-time writer, Maureen was a psychotherapist. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband Iden Ford and their dog, Murdoch.
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.
Linden Macintyre hosted Canada’s premiere investigative TV show, The Fifth Estate, for nearly 25 years, where he garnered an International Emmy and ten Gemini Awards. Born in Newfoundland and raised in Cape Breton, his career began as a parliamentary bureau reporter with the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. He later worked at The Journal and hosted CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning. His first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award, while his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a national bestseller and winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award.
Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. Her debut novel, Under This Unbroken Sky, was simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (U.K.) and HarperCollins (U.S.) in August 2009. It sold in nine countries, including translation rights for Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch and Italian. It won the 2010 Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book (Canada/Caribbean), the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award. It was also longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Mitchell was born in New Brunswick, raised in Alberta and now makes her home in Nova Scotia.
Wendy O'Brien is a Hamilton-based philosopher and avid reader. She was the host of By The Lake Bookclub sponsored by The Humber School for Writers, The City of Toronto and TIFA for ten years. She currently is on the planning committee for Grit Lit as well as runs Bourbon & Books Salon. She teaches at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where she is currently working on a study of the concept of wonder and the wild.
Emily Saso (Canada) writes fiction and screenplays. She lives in Toronto and blogs at egoburn.blogspot.ca. Her debut novel, The Weather Inside, was published in 2016. She is currently writing her second.