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Fame is a four-letter word with a two-way connotation. In their latest books, award-winning authors Adam Foulds (Dream Sequence, longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize) and Amy Jones (Every Little Piece of Me) unpack the concept of fame and celebrity, the journey towards it and the heavy costs it can bear. Join them as they take their own seats in the spotlight to discuss their motivations for exploring these shared themes of anxiety and status in contemporary culture. The authors will be interviewed by Sue Carter. Hosted by Kevin Hardcastle.
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Sue Carter is the editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire and book columnist at Metro News. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest and Canadian Art among other publications.
Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London, England, now resident in Toronto. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, the Costa Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Show Prize for Literature, the E. M. Forster Award, the Encore Award, and the European Union Prize For Literature. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. He was named as one of Granta Magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 and of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014.
Kevin Hardcastle is a fiction writer from Simcoe County, Ontario. He studied writing at the University of Toronto and Cardiff University. He was a finalist for the 2012 Journey Prize, and his stories have been published widely in Canada and anthologized internationally. Hardcastle’s debut short story collection, Debris, won the Trillium Book Award and the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His novel, In The Cage, was published to critical acclaim in 2017.
Amy Jones’s first novel, We’re All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as LongForm’s Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto. Every Little Piece of Me is her second novel.