Girls Lie, Mothers Don’t: Katixa Agirre & Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

Katixa Agirre, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir and Katrina Onstad

Girls Lie, Mothers Don’t: Katixa Agirre & Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

Katixa Agirre, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir and Katrina Onstad

11:30am

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Basque author Katixa Agirre and Icelandic author Eva Björg Ægisdóttir will explore how the genre of crime fiction can address damaging stereotypes about women and motherhood, as demonstrated in their latest crime novels. Agirre seamlessly weaves the elements of a traditional thriller into a powerful reflection on the relationship between motherhood and creativity in her latest novel, Mothers Don’t (translated by Katie Whittemore, Kristin Addis). The novel is told through the lens of a pregnant writer who becomes obsessed with a woman who committed a heinous double infanticide. Layering past and present tragedies involving two troubled new mothers, Ægisdóttir has crafted a chilling second installment in her popular Forbidden Iceland series, titled Girls Who Lie (translated by Victoria Cribb).

Interviewer: Katrina Onstad

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 5 at 11:30am ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Presented with support from Etxepare Basque Institute, the Icelandic Literature Centre, as well as Nordic Bridges and Harbourfront Centre.

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Conversation

Basque author Katixa Agirre and Icelandic author Eva Björg Ægisdóttir will explore how the genre of crime fiction can address damaging stereotypes about women and motherhood, as demonstrated in their latest crime novels. Agirre seamlessly weaves the elements of a traditional thriller into a powerful reflection on the relationship between motherhood and creativity in her latest novel, Mothers Don’t (translated by Katie Whittemore, Kristin Addis). The novel is told through the lens of a pregnant writer who becomes obsessed with a woman who committed a heinous double infanticide. Layering past and present tragedies involving two troubled new mothers, Ægisdóttir has crafted a chilling second installment in her popular Forbidden Iceland series, titled Girls Who Lie (translated by Victoria Cribb).

Interviewer: Katrina Onstad

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 5 at 11:30am ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre’s main building
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Presented with support from Etxepare Basque Institute, the Icelandic Literature Centre, as well as Nordic Bridges and Harbourfront Centre.

Basque Culture logo    Icelandic Literature Center
Nordic Bridges Logo   Harbourfront centre logo

Conversation

Featured Authors

Katixa Agirre made her debut in Basque literature with the short story collection Sua falta zaigu (Elkar, 2007), followed by Habitat (Elkar, 2009). After numerous works of children’s and young adult literature, she published her first novel in 2015, Atertu arte Itxaron (Elkar, 2015), a road novel which won the 111 Akademia Prize, and was translated into four other languages. Thanks to the Augustin Zubikarai prize, she published her most recent novel, Amek ez dute/Mothers don’t in 2018, translated into eight languages, including English. This novel is currently being adapted to the screen. Katixa Agirre’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Etxepare Basque Institute. 

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Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something she had wanted to do since she won a short-story competition at the age of 15. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and caring for her children, Eva finished The Creak on the Stairs. It was published in 2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It was published in English by Orenda Books in 2020. Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series. Follow her on @evaaegisdottir Eva Björg Ægisdóttir’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Icelandic Literature Centre.

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Katrina Onstad is a multiple award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, New York Times Magazine, the Guardian and Elle. Her critically lauded novels include How Happy to Be and Everybody Has Everything, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. Katrina's latest novel, Stay Where I Can See You, won the Howard Engel Award from the Canadian Crime Writers' Association for Best Canadian Crime Novel Set in Canada, 2021. Onstad lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.    

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Sunday, June 5

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