The writers in this forum tackle themes of love and betrayal, privilege, race, separation and regret. With Up From Freedom, Wayne Grady’s historical story of a slave owner is informed by his own discovery of an African-American ancestor. In A Matter of Conscience, James Bartleman confronts the infamous Sixties Scoop and the traumas that still affect Indigenous Peoples today. The interview will be led by Steven Beattie and hosted by Ania Szado.
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James Bartleman is the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the Rivers Flow and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador, an Officer of the Order of Canada and winner of the Aboriginal Achievement Award. He lives in Perth, Ontario.
Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.
Wayne Grady has written more than a dozen books for adult and young readers, and is also one of Canada's top literary translators. His novel Emancipation Day won the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Grady lives in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, novelist and creative non-fiction writer Merilyn Simonds.
Ania Szado is the bestselling author of Studio Saint-Ex – a novel about fashion and The Little Prince in 1940s NYC – and Beginning of Was, which was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Ania was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read." Her short fiction has been anthologized, most recently in Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction.