Wendy O’Brien converses with authors Michelle Berry, Bill Gaston, Immanuel Mifsud and Kathleen Winter about guilt, failure, hopelessness, the power of the human spirit and second chances .Hosted by Emily Saso.
Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories including I Still Don't Even Know You, which won the 2011 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book Published by a Manitoba Publisher. She has penned five novels, including This Book Will Not Save Your Life, which won the 2010 Colophon Award. Her writing has been optioned for film. She co-edits The Notebooks: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers and collaborated on Postcard Fictions with Winnipeg artist, Andrew Valko. She occasionally teaches and mentors at the University of Toronto, Trent University, and Humber College. She presents The Prisoner and the Chaplain.
Bill Gaston is the author of seven novels and seven collections of short fiction, as well as a book of poems and a memoir, Midnight Hockey. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and twice for the Governor General's Award. His most recent novel, The World, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He lives in Victoria, B.C.
Immanuel Mifsud is a poet and a writer born in Malta in 1967. He is the recipient of a number of awards: the Malta National Award for prose (2002, 2014), the Malta National Award for poetry (2013), and the European Union Prize for Literature (2011). Various works by Mifsud have been translated and published in a number of languages. He holds a PhD from the University of Malta where he lectures in Maltese literature and literary theory. Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta (Toronto).
Wendy O'Brien is a Hamilton-based philosopher and avid reader. She was the host of By The Lake Bookclub sponsored by The Humber School for Writers, The City of Toronto and TIFA for ten years. She currently is on the planning committee for Grit Lit as well as runs Bourbon & Books Salon. She teaches at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where she is currently working on a study of the concept of wonder and the wild.
Kathleen Winter’s novel, Annabel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail "Best Book," a New York Times "Notable" book, a Quill & Quire "Book of the Year" and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada's Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes, and has been sold internationally. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. She presents Lost In September.