How does an author make the past relevant in contemporary fiction? Dennis Bock, Janie Chang, Paul Harding and Jim Lynch discuss. Hosted by Farzana Doctor.
Dennis Bock has been hailed by The Globe and Mail as “Canada’s next great novelist.” His first collection of stories, Olympia, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Award and the Betty Trask Award in the UK. The Ash Garden was a #1 bestseller and won the 2002 Canada-Japan Literary Award. Bock is a lecturer at the University of Toronto and a faculty member at Humber’s School for Writers. He presents the Giller Prize-shortlisted Going Home Again, a novel about men and women falling in and out of love, and the thin line that exists between love and violence.
Born in Taiwan, Janie Chang spent parts of her childhood in the Philippines, Iran and Thailand before ultimately settling in Canada. She has a degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University. Her first novel, Three Souls, was a finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prize's Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and one of nine Canadian books longlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Janie lives in Vancouver. She presents Dragon Spring Road.
Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which in 2012 won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award and was the One Book One Brampton 2017 winner) and All Inclusive, a Kobo 2015 and National Post Best Book of the Year. She curates the Brockton Writers Series. www.farzanadoctor.com
Paul Harding has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, Tinkers, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Harding presents Enon, a brilliant successor to Tinkers, in which Charlie Crosby (grandson to George Crosby of Tinkers) is trying desperately to cope with the tragic death of his beloved 13-year-old daughter.
Jim Lynch lives with his wife in Olympia, Washington. His novels The Highest Tide, the national bestseller Border Songs and Truth Like the Sun have all been adapted for the stage. He presents his most recent novel, Before the Wind, a grand saga of a sailing-obsessed family.