These authors’ novels address transformative relationships, revealing how one person’s influence can alter the stories of our lives. Edugyan’s newest book Washington Black is about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. She won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 and made this year’s Man Booker Prize short list. Wolitzer is a New York Times bestseller whose book The Female Persuasion zeroes in on feminism and the power of female mentorship. Three films have been based on Wolitzer’s work.
Esi Edugyan and Meg Wolitzer will be interviewed by Deborah Dundas. This event will be hosted by Catherine Graham.
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Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. Esi lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
Catherine Graham (Canada) is the author of six acclaimed poetry collections, including The Celery Forest and Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition. While living in Northern Ireland, Graham completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Author of the debut novel Quarry, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world.
Meg Wolitzer is The New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.