2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Melanie Raabe

You never know when inspiration will strike or when a kernel of an idea will grow into something beyond your wildest dreams. This is especially true for German author Melanie Raabe, who was having dinner with a friend in Cologne when she heard a story about an author who refused to leave their home. Seeing the creative potential in that conceit, Raabe jotted the idea down and soon after began working on the novel that would change her life: Die Falle (The Trap).

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Cristina Ali Farah

Cristina Ali Farah has garnered much acclaim throughout her career for her profound and emotionally-resonant explorations of home, family, trauma and reconciliation in the context of immigration and colonialism. No matter what form of writing Farah chooses to experiment with novels, short stories, poetry or plays – she ultimately sees her writing as an important vehicle for communicating and disseminating a certain set of experiences that aren’t readily available for readers to discover and learn about.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Jakub Żulczyk

In Poland, Jakub Żulczyk has become one of the poster children (alongside fellow Festival participants Dorota Maslowska and Jakub Malecki) for an entirely new generation of writers who continue to challenge social and artistic norms through narrative. Inspired by the stories of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, there’s a similar bleakness and cynicism at play in Żulczyk’s work that has continued to disturb and captivate readers in equal measure.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman’s Tin Man is not the kind of book you simply put down at the end of a reading session before getting on with your life.

If the buzz is to be believed, she’s crafted a tear-jerker for the ages. It’s a simultaneously epic and intimate tale about the past and present love shared by two men; one is an aspiring artist forced to work in an car factory and the other is married to a woman with whom he has built an entirely new life. As their love triangle unfolds, Winman explores what happens when we shut out those closest to us with the book’s title serving as a thematic reference to the character of the same name in The Wizard of Oz.

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2018 Festival of Authors Profile: Sayaka Murata

This past summer, North American audiences were introduced to the equally eccentric and poignant writing of Sayaka Murata, whose acclaimed novel, Convenience Store Woman, was translated to English and released by Grove Press . Though she’s written 10 books since 2005, Convenience Store Woman marks the first time one of Murata’s novels has reached audiences in Canada and the United States. With that in mind, the book may be the perfect introduction to Murata, whose penchant for making the ordinary and the mundane seem extraordinary has been thoroughly praised by critics in the months following its release.

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