We are delighted to have award-winning author Danila Botha and best-selling author Karen Connelly share the IFOA stage to read from and talk about their new books. Join them as they present on their inspiration, character development and what they learned from writing their stories. Catherine Graham will host the event.
“For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known is unlike anything I have ever read before. Unflinchingly honest in its examination of love in all its joyful, messy, agonizing, spectacularly beautiful glory, these stories seem to vibrate on their own emotional frequency. Danila Botha writes with a heartbreaking rawness and intensity that will continue to haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page.”—Amy Jones, author of We’re All In This Together
“Erotic. Truthful. Cunning. This is the juicy peach of a novel you’ve been longing to devour. Bless Karen Connelly for writing the life of a middle-aged woman with all the lusty bravura it deserves. I dare you to read The Change Room and not be simultaneously astonished and aroused.” —Ami McKay, author of The Witches of New York
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Karen Connelly is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the most recent being the novel, The Change Room, published by PenguinRandomHouse. The Change Room has been called “revolutionary” and “boundary-breaking” in its treatment of women’s sexuality. Connelly is also the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, which was the winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband New Novelist’s Prize, shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize, and compared, in the New York Times Book Review, to the work of Mandela, Solszhenityn and Mandela. Set in a prison in Myanmar, the novel was banned in that country for almost a decade and finally published there in translation last year. Touch the Dragon, her nonfiction travelogue about living in Thailand as a teenager, won the Governor General’s Award and was a Canadian bestseller for over two years. She has also received the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry. Her works have been translated into fourteen languages and published in seventeen countries. She lives with her family in Toronto and, during the summers, in Greece.
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.