For 25 years, McClelland & Stewart‘s Journey Prize anthology has helped to launch the careers of many of the best-known writers in Canada. This unique event features award-winning writers Steven Galloway, Elizabeth Hay, Miranda Hill, Alistair MacLeod, Pasha Malla, Lisa Moore and Alissa York—all previous contributors to the anthology—as they share anecdotes and personal stories on the theme of “beginnings.” In a special appearance, Yann Martel also emcees the event. This event is co-presented with McClelland & Stewart.
This event is part of Brave New Word, a Festival focus on young and emerging authors from Canada and abroad.
Elizabeth Hay’s novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been a national bestseller. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and Small Change (stories). In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. Hay presents His Whole Life, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It is a captivating and unconventional coming of age story set in mid-1990s Quebec.
Miranda Hill is the author of the critically acclaimed story collection Sleeping Funny, which won the City of Hamilton Award for Fiction, and of the story “Petitions to Saint Chronic,” which won the McClelland & Stewart/Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Readers’ Digest and The New Quarterly. Hill is also the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, the organization building Canada’s literary trail. Hill lives, reads and writes in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Alistair MacLeod has published two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun. MacLeod’s first novel, No Great Mischief, was published to great critical acclaim and was on national bestseller lists for more than a year. The novel won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, The Trillium Award for Fiction, the CAA-MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction and at the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards, MacLeod won for Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year.
Pasha Malla is the author of five works of poetry and fiction, including the story collection The Withdrawal Method and the novel People Park. His work has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Prize, an Arthur Ellis Award and several National Magazine awards. It has also been shortlisted for the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Prize (Best First Book, Canada & Caribbean), and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Pasha is a monthly books columnist for The Globe and Mail, and a regular contributor to Newyorker.com, The Walrus and CBC Radio. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He presents Fugue States.
Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee. He is the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, he studied philosophy at Trent University and lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children. He will present The High Mountains of Portugal.
Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year and won the 2013 Canada Reads contest. Her story collection, Open, and novel, Alligator, were both Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists and national bestsellers. Moore presents her latest novel, Caught, which has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is the funny, suspenseful and tragic story of Slaney, a young man who escapes from prison in 1978 and travels across Canada with grand, ill-conceived plans to set things right.