Join Miriam Toews, award-winning author of All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness for a transformative discussion about her latest book Women Talking. Based on real events that happened in a remote Mennonite community where more than 100 girls and women were drugged unconscious and raped in the night, Women Talking is composed of equal parts humane love and deep anger. This discussion will challenge your thinking and feeling about women – and men – in our contemporary world. Miriam Toews will be interviewed by Alissa York. Hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.
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Alexandra Grigorescu is the author of Cauchemar (ECW Press, 2015). She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto and is chipping away at the next thing.
Miriam Toews is the author of five previous bestselling novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness (Canada Reads 2006, Canada Reads Canadian Bestseller of the Decade 2010), The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.
Alissa York's internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. She is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories which have won her the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.