Explore the world through writing. Join us for ‘What’s Life Got To Do With It?’. A panel of novelists and poets discuss how the world today affects their writing. Authors Mayank Bhatt, Terri Favro, Catherine Graham, Kevin Hardcastle and Grace O’Connell will be guided through a thought-provoking discussion by award-winning writer Lisa de Nikolits.
Mayank Bhatt immigrated to Toronto in 2008 from Mumbai, where he worked as a journalist. His short stories have been published in TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto and Canadian Voices II. In Canada he has worked as a security guard, an administrator, and an arts festival organizer. He lives in Toronto with his family.
Lisa is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of seven published novels to date: The Hungry Mirror, West of Wawa, A Glittering Chaos, The Witchdoctor’s Bones, Between The Cracks She Fell, The Nearly Girl and No Fury Like That (all Inanna Publications). Lisa’s short stories have appeared in Postscripts To Darkness, Volume 6, Maud.Lin House, Lynn Crosbie’s Hood, The Jellyfish Review, PAC’N HEAT (a Ms. Pac-Man noir collection), Thirteen O’Clock and Thirteen Claws (anthologies by the Mesdames of Mayhem) and The Whole She-Bang 3, a Sisters In Crime anthology. She has published poetry in the Canadian Women Studies Journal (Remembering, 2013, and Water, 2015).
Terri Favro is the author of three novels: Sputnik’s Children, Once Upon A Time in West Toronto and The Proxy Bride, winner of the Ken Klonsky-Quattro Books Novella Award, as well as non-fiction book, Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact and Speculation due out in February 2018 from Skyhorse Publishing, New York. Terri is also co-creator of the “Bella” graphic novel series (Grey Borders Books). A CBC Literary Prize finalist, Terri’s essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including the Humber Literary Review, Geist, Prism, and Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction. Terri blogs at terrifavro.ca Photo Credit: Ayelet Tsabari
Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her debut novel, Quarry, won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s PoetryNOW: Battle of the Bards.
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.
Grace O’Connell is the author of the novels Be Ready for the Lightning and Magnified World, a national bestseller. She is a past winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award, holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph and her fiction has appeared in various publications including The Globe and Mail, The Journey Prize Stories and The Walrus. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor.