2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Esi Edugyan

2011’s Half-Blood Blues announced Esi Edugyan as one of Canada’s top writing talents; earning nominations for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for English language fiction and the Man Booker Prize; and winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize all in the same year. The book’s incredible success marked a new chapter in Edugyan’s career following an arduous struggle to secure a publishing deal for a since-abandoned novel that she originally planned on writing after The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, her 2004 debut.

Continue reading

2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Ondjaki

Ondjaki is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers in Angolan history, with critics hailing him as one of the most important writers in the history of African literature. Ondjaki’s diverse bibliography includes children’s books, poetry collections, short story anthologies and novels, plus additional credits in writing for film/television and theatre.

Continue reading

2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Vivek Shraya

Is there anything Vivek Shraya can’t do? For over 10 years now, the multi-disciplinary artist has bounced from medium to medium without ever missing a step, always subverting expectations and defying categorization. Short films, photo exhibits, solo and collaborative albums, poetry and short story collections you name it, she’s done it.

Continue reading

2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Arif Anwar

Earlier this year, Arif Anwar’s The Storm was released to immediate international acclaim; it was praised for its ambitious, sprawling narrative that plays out over several decades in its examination of the titular cataclysm’s impact on five different love stories.

What made the novel even more impressive? It was Anwar’s first-ever publication. That’s right: no short story collections, no chapbooks and no contributions in an anthology. And with it, Anwar had already garnered comparisons to celebrated authors like Khaled Hosseini and Rohinton Mistry.

Continue reading

Debut Authors at TIFA 2018

As exciting as it is to see established and world-renowned writers take the stage at the Toronto International Festival of Authors, acquainting yourself with emerging authors can be equally thrilling. After all, you never know who might become the next big name in writing. For example, the Festival has hosted such authors as Miriam Toews, Jonathan Safran Foer and David Benioff (co-creator and showrunner of HBO’s Game of Thrones) while in the early stages their careers.

Here are some debut authors appearing at the 2018 Festival, who we think you should keep an eye on!

Continue reading

Page 5 of 55« First...34567...102030...Last »