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David Adams Richards, one of Canada’s greatest writers, examines one of society’s most perplexing subjects in Murder and Other Essays, his first collection of essays in a quarter-century. As he explores the killers of the Miramichi and their victims; Caligula; the villains of Russian literature; and more, you’ll discover that there’s more to this grim topic than meets the eye. Beyond self-deception and the allure of evil, there is much to delight in too: love; family; travel; the beauty of the natural world. These provocative insights and more will be revealed, in live conversation that’s bound to surprise. He’ll be interviewed by former Ontario Premier Bob Rae. Hosted by Catherine Graham.
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Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her debut novel, Quarry, won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s PoetryNOW: Battle of the Bards.
A former Rhodes Scholar, Bob Rae was elected to federal and provincial parliaments 11 times. He served as Ontario's 21st Premier in the early 1990s and as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013. He has also advised and worked on federalism and constitutional matters in many countries, and is a respected mediator and negotiator. Rae is the author of four books and two major reports for government, on higher education and the Air India bombing. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae and lives in Toronto.
David Adams Richards’ novels include Mary Cyr and Principles to Live By, as well as Crimes Against My Brother and Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, both of which were longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Among his other novels, The Lost Highway was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Friends of Meagre Fortune won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. He is also the author of the Miramichi Triology and has written four bestselling books of non-fiction. In 2017, Richards was appointed to the Senate of Canada.