Toronto Star editor Deborah Dundas moderates a panel discussion featuring Claire Cameron, Helen Humphreys and Roberta Rich. The authors of The Last Neanderthal, The Ghost Orchard and A Trial In Venice discuss how science and history informed their fiction. Hosted by Jessica Wyman.
Claire Cameron grew up in Toronto and studied at Queen’s University. She lived in San Francisco and London, UK before moving back to Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. She is a staff writer at The Millions. The Line Painter won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for Best First Novel. The Bear was a #1 national bestseller and was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Last Neanderthal is now a national bestseller.
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Helen Humphreys’most recent novel, The Evening Chorus, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and was a national bestseller. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Nocturne, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Previous novels include Coventry, a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award; Afterimage, which won the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for fiction; Leaving Earth, which won the Toronto Book Award; and The Lost Garden, which was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario. She presents The Ghost Orchard.
Roberta Rich divides her time between Vancouver and Colima, Mexico. She is a former family law lawyer. Her first novel, the bestselling The Midwife of Venice, has been published to acclaim in thirteen territories, including the U.S., the UK, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Her second, The Harem Midwife, was a national bestseller. She presents A Trial In Venice.
Jessica Wyman is a professor in the faculties of Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. She has worked as an art critic for more than 20 years, publishing in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice.