On the cusp of the winners’ announcement of the Canada Council for the Arts’ 2019 Governor General’s Literary Awards, meet the authors of the finalist books in the English-language fiction category:
- Eye by Marianne Micros
- Five Wives by Joan Thomas
- Late Breaking by K.D. Miller
- The Innocents by Michael Crummey*
- The Student by Cary Fagan
Through a spirited roundtable discussion, you’ll be reminded of how profound and essential Canadian literature is to our lives with the help of moderator Carol Off. This star-studded event will begin with the presentation of the 2019 Harbourfront Festival Prize to Stuart Ross in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian literary community. Past recipients include Margaret Atwood (1986), Wayson Choy (2008), Michael Ondaatje (1988), Seth (2011) and most recently, Lee Maracle (2018).
This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards for English-language Fiction.
*Please Note: Unfortunately, Michael Crummey will not be at the event.
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Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and three story collections for adults, as well as many award-winning books for children. His books include A Bird’s Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year) and the story collection My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.
In her story collection Eye (shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award) and other writings, Marianne Micros explores the mythology, folklore, Greek customs, and old-world cultures that have fascinated her all her life. Her previous publications include two poetry collections, Upstairs Over the Ice Cream (Ergo) and Seventeen Trees (Guernica); and poems and short fiction in anthologies and journals. Marianne’s suite of poems Demeter’s Daughters was shortlisted for the Gwendolyn MacEwen poetry competition in 2015 and published in Exile: The Literary Quarterly. Having retired as an English professor at the University of Guelph, Marianne is currently compiling new poems into a book and working on a second collection of stories.
K.D. Miller is the author of two previous short story collections (Give me Your Answer and Litany on a Time of Plague), a novel (Brown Dwarf), and an essay collection, Holy Writ. Her work All Saints was shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor Award. Currently, her work Late Breaking is shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award in the English Fiction category. She lives and writes in Toronto.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio's As It Happens, the network's flagship evening radio program covering human interest stories worldwide. Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe, and is the author of three previous books. She was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. She lives in Toronto.
Joan Thomas’s first novel, Reading by Lightning, won the Amazon First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, among other honours. Curiosity, her second novel, was also nominated for the IMPAC Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Thomas was the 2014 recipient of the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Prize for a write in mid-carerer. Her most recent novel, Five Wives, is currently a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. She lives in Winnipeg.