A Ring of Romance: André Alexis

André Alexis and Robert Wiersema

A Ring of Romance: André Alexis

André Alexis and Robert Wiersema

5:30pm

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author André Alexis returns to the Festival with the highly anticipated conclusion to his five-part series of genre-bending novels. Ring comes on the heels of Pastoral, Fifteen Dogs, The Hidden Keys and Days by Moonlight to complete Alexis’s Quincunx, five stories philosophically sophisticated and utterly delightful. Provoked by a reading of Harlequin romances, Ring is an enlightening meditation on the past, as well as on language, poetry and love. Find out how Alexis masterfully manipulated the conventions of genre and prose to achieve this climactic conclusion, and learn what the prolific Canadian writer might do next.

Interviewer: Robert Wiersema

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Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author André Alexis returns to the Festival with the highly anticipated conclusion to his five-part series of genre-bending novels. Ring comes on the heels of Pastoral, Fifteen Dogs, The Hidden Keys and Days by Moonlight to complete Alexis’s Quincunx, five stories philosophically sophisticated and utterly delightful. Provoked by a reading of Harlequin romances, Ring is an enlightening meditation on the past, as well as on language, poetry and love. Find out how Alexis masterfully manipulated the conventions of genre and prose to achieve this climactic conclusion, and learn what the prolific Canadian writer might do next.

Interviewer: Robert Wiersema

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André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Days by Moonlight, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Fifteen Dogs won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize, CBC Canada Reads, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Asylum, Pastoral, The Hidden Keys, and The Night Piece: Collected Stories. He is the recipient of a Windham Campbell Prize.

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Robert J. Wiersema is the bestselling author of Before I Wake, Bedtime Story, and four other books. One of Canada’s foremost writers on books, his reviews appear regularly in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire and other publications, and his Beyond the Bestseller column is featured biweekly on CBC Radio. Born and raised in the Fraser Valley, a couple of hours outside of Vancouver, Wiersema now lives in Victoria, BC. He is a professor of Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University and teaches his own private writing program.

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5:30pm

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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