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Interested in the Double Interview format? Be sure to check out Double Interview: Randy Boyagoda & Rawi Hage on October 26 at 8pm, and Double Interview: Alex Leslie & Sayaka Murata on October 27 at 4pm.
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.
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 is a Toronto-based writer. The Celery Forest, Graham’s sixth poetry collection, was shortlisted for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, named a CBC Best Book of the Year and appears on the CBC Books Ultimate Canadian Poetry List. 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 Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s Poetry NOW competition. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @catgrahampoet
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.