The Toronto International Festival of Authors returns to the CNE to kick off its 40th Anniversary celebrations with a look into the illustrious career of Drew Hayden Taylor. Drew will take the stage with fellow author Kevin Hardcastle to discuss his work as an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, journalist and playwright, and provide a sneak peek into his upcoming book, Chasing Painted Horses.
Chasing Painted Horses has a magical, fable-like quality. It is the story of four unlikely friends who live in Otter Lake, a reserve north of Toronto. Ralph and his sister, Shelley, live with their parents. One day, their mother brings home a chalkboard and installs in prominently in the kitchen. She wants her children and their friends to draw something every week, at the end of which there’ll be a vote as to which is the best artwork. Danielle, a small and quiet girl from school, draws a horse – a breathtakingly beautiful horse. And while she wins the competition, the reactions to her work set in motion a series of actions and reactions that will shape the lives of the brother and sister and William, Shelley’s would-be-boyfriend, that rarity, a bully who bullies other bullies.
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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.
Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist, short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed the documentary Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew for the National Film Board of Canada.