The fate of Christianity’s most sacred relic, the woman behind Petrarch’s sublime love poetry, a female bullfighter in 1930s’ Spain—authors Justin Cartwright, Mary Novik and Elizabeth Ruth discuss rewriting history in their historical fiction. Hosted and moderated by Brendan de Caires.
Justin Cartwright is the author of the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers and The Promise of Happiness, which was awarded the Hawthornden Prize. His most recent novel, Other People’s Money, was named the Spear’s Novel of the Year. Cartwright presents Lion Heart, which finds Richie Cathar venturing to the Holy Land to discover the fate of Christianity’s most sacred relic and the truth about his father.
Brendan de Caires is the Programs and Communications Coordinator for PEN Canada. He has worked in trade and magazine publishing and has written for The Caribbean Review of Books, the Literary Review of Canada and The Toronto Review of Books.
Mary Novik’s debut novel, Conceit, about the daughter of poet John Donne, was chosen as a book of the year by both Quill & Quire and The Globe and Mail, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was named one of the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade by Canada Reads. Novik presents Muse, a lush historical epic set in 14th-century Avignon, which tells the story of Solange Le Blanc, the clairvoyant woman plagued by disturbing visions who becomes the muse and lover of the poet Petrarch.
Elizabeth Ruth is the author of Ten Good Seconds of Silence, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, Smoke, was chosen for the One Book, One Community program. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and is currently travelling across Canada, delivering professional development workshops to writers. Ruth presents Matadora, the story of a Spanish servant girl who attempts to make her name in the bullring at a time when it was illegal for a woman to do so.